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If you are a consultant, it is essential to have a strong agreement in place clearly setting out the terms and conditions with your clients. Consultancy is generally beneficial to both parties, with a business able to bring in the specialist expertise it needs and consultants working flexibly.
At Heald Solicitors in Milton Keynes, our commercial team represent consultants across a wide variety of industries, drawing up detailed consultancy agreements outlining the terms under which they will be working. We also advise businesses on the ever-evolving risks associated with consultants unintentionally gaining employee status.
A good consultancy agreement will be tailored to the exact requirements of each individual engagement to ensure that whilst the contractor has the flexibility they need, the rights and interests of both parties are protected. It will also reduce the likelihood of a dispute arising.
When using the services of a consultant, a business can take on the help that it requires without the need to engage an employee with all of the statutory and other legal obligations and liabilities that that entails. It means that an organisation can work with a specialist, as and when needed on a cost-effective basis.
The off-payroll anti-avoidance regime brought in by HMRC in 1999 changed significantly with effect from 6 April 2021. Private sector entities now have to carry the burden of determining whether the regime applies. The repercussions have been considerable.
We can advise both businesses and consultants on how to cope with the problems associated with clients’ attitudes to status determinations and what type of arrangements might be acceptable.
While each consultancy agreement will be different to reflect the specific requirements of a consultant and the business they are working with, it will generally include the following clauses:
Our consultancy agreements services include the following:
At Heald Solicitors, our consultancy agreement solicitors can advise you in respect of agreements across a range of businesses and services.
While our office is in Milton Keynes, we regularly work with clients throughout England and Wales, often remotely, meaning that you can expect the same expert legal advice and excellent client care wherever you are located.
If you wish to talk to an expert consultancy agreements solicitor, please get in touch with our legal expert David Dees .01908 355 405
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