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Agent or Principal? Supplying FF&E Explained

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Join the BIID for a webinar explaining the difference between acting as an Agent or a Principal when supplying FF&E

The supply, procurement, delivery and installation of Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) is a significant component of the work of many interior designers.

In performing this service, designers may act as an ‘agent’, advising on FF&E to be supplied by others or they may supply the FF&E directly to the client, acting as a ‘principal’. Some designers may act as both agent and principal, depending on the project and FF&E.

Ensuring you are complying with all relevant legislation, and adhering to the BIID Code of Conduct, when supplying FF&E can be complex and this CPD is designed to give an overview of the core principles to keep in mind when performing this type of work.


Topics covered will include:

  • Role and responsibilities of an ‘agent’ vs a ‘principal’
  • Client rights and responsibilities – consumer vs commercial clients
  • When ‘installation’ becomes ‘construction’
  • Liabilities and warranties
  • Trade discounts and designer commissions


Colin Jones – Colin Jones is Partner of HCR Hewitsons and a solicitor specialising in construction and procurement law. He is long time adviser to BIID and its members and as well as overseeing our Legal Helpline he has advised on the BIID contracts of appointment, including working in the past as part of a BIID team in the drafting of the BIID Concise Agreement for Interior Design Services contract (CID/14), published by RIBA Publishing.

Thomas Nation – Thomas Nation is a solicitor in the HCR Hewitsons Construction and Engineering team. He advises interior designers on appointment contracts and has represented interior design clients in contentious disputes, including court claims. Thomas has provided assistance to many BIID members via the BIID Legal Helpline.


This event is for interior designers seeking enhanced explanation of the designer’s role in relation to FF&E within a design project

BIID members are invited to join us for free, non-members can purchase a ticket for £8 + VAT

Additional Information

Once you have registered for this event and your ticket purchase has been verified, you will be emailed the Zoom meeting link the day before the session.  If this event is fully booked, please join the waiting list. If you are no longer able to attend, please inform the office so that we can give your spot to someone else.

Registered guests will receive a recording of the webinar post event. 

The advertised price does not include VAT.

If you have any queries, please email the office at or call 020 7628 0255.

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