Hire a consultant

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When using a Consultancy Agreement, someone might want to Hire a consultant for various reasons. These reasons may include: the consultant’s expert knowledge in a particular field, their ability to provide objective advice, or their ability to help with a specific project.

Short-Form Consulting Agreement

This is a short contract for services between an independent contractor and a client company, for when the client company hires a consultant for professional services. The contract is not considered employment under IR35 or off-payroll working rules, because the consultant will not be providing services through an intermediary.

What to watch out for

  • Make sure that the agreement clearly sets out the scope of the work to be undertaken by the consultant, and that both parties are clear on the deliverables expected.
  • Ensure that the contract includes provisions on payment, including when and how the consultant will be paid, and any expenses that will be reimbursed.
  • Make sure that the contract includes a confidentiality clause, to protect any confidential information that may be shared during the course of the work.
  • Include a clause on intellectual property, to ensure that any work product created by the consultant during the course of the work will be owned by the client.
  • Finally, make sure that the contract includes a termination clause, so that either party can end the agreement if necessary.
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    Consultancy Agreement - Company appointing an individual consultant (not using a personal service company)

    This template is to be used the next time your company needs to set out terms with an individual (i.e. not to be used for agreements involving a personal service company as defined within IR35). It sets out the terms on which a contractor provides services to a client company, and is perfect for freelance software developers, marketing consultants, designers, PR/HR/recruitment consultants.

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    Consultancy Agreement

    A consultancy agreement between a company and a consultant. The client shall engage the consultant and the consultant shall provide the services on the terms of this agreement.This consultancy agreement can be used when hiring a contractor or consultant. It contains the usual terms around term, termination, payment and fees, expenses, confidential information and data protection. The agreement also handles intellectual property to ensure that IP of the work is transferred to the company paying for the consultant, how notices should be provided and whether the contract can be varied.

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    Sample Consultancy Agreement (Lambert)

    Use this agreement when an individual researcher undertakes to provide consultancy services to a Sponsor. The researcher assigns IP in the work they do as a consultant to the Sponsor in return for payments made by the Sponsor.

    Note: In order to be assign those rights, the researcher must own them, which normally means they must not have developed them during the course of their employment by the university; if they have been developed in the course of his employment, those rights will usually belong to the university.

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    Relevant Contract Types

    🧑‍🏫 Consultancy Agreement

    A consultancy agreement is a contract between a consultant and a client, in which the consultant agrees to provide services to the client. The agreement should specify the nature of the services to be provided, the terms of payment, and the duration of the agreement.

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