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Consultancy Agreements Specialist consultancy agreement solicitors in Milton Keynes

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.

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Benefits of a bespoke consultancy agreement

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.

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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.

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Key clauses in a consultancy agreement

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:

  • The length of the agreement;
  • Services that the consultant will provide;
  • Payment terms and conditions;
  • A substitution clause, allowing the consultant to appoint someone else to carry out the services on their behalf;
  • Indemnities in respect of losses sustained by the client;
  • A clause requiring the consultant to have adequate insurance;
  • Restrictive covenants preventing the consultant from carrying out certain actions;
  • A confidentiality clause;
  • An intellectual property clause defining who will own any intellectual property created by the consultant;
  • A clause stating that the contractor is not an employee.

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Our consultancy agreements services

Our consultancy agreements services include the following:

  • Drafting consultancy agreements – bespoke contracts tailored to your unique requirements;
  • Advising businesses to ensure consultants do not inadvertently become employees;
  • Advising consultants – going through the terms of a consultancy agreement to ensure full understanding;
  • Negotiating consultancy agreements – ensuring the terms are in your best interests.
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For expert advice contact our consultancy agreement solicitors

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 .

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