Delegatus non potest delegare

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

A legal maxim that states effectively that when an agent has contracted to do work for a principal, he has no implied right to delegate the work to a third party. In practice this does not always apply. Subcontracting is customary in many trades. The maxim applies mostly where the personality of the agent is important.

Reference: The Penguin Business Dictionary, 3rd edt.

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