Contractor Agreement

Need an extra pair of hands in your business, without taking on additional staff? Engaging the services of a consultant may be the answer. A consultant can plug the gap in the skills of your current employees, or act as an extra pair of hands during particularly busy periods.

A consultancy agreement is a contract between your company and an independent contractor (a self-employed individual) for the provision of services.

The important characteristic of a consultancy arrangement is that it does not create an employment relationship.

The consultancy agreement will clarify important issues such as:

  • Scope of the consultant’s role and responsibilities
  • Payment terms
  • Duration of the engagement
  • Treatment of your confidential information
  • Expected deliverables or time commitment

With a consultancy agreement in place, both parties have a clear understanding of their business relationship from the outset.

This service is for drafting a consultancy agreement between a company and an individual self-employed person. If the consultant is providing their services via an incorporated Personal Service Company, please use the service for Drafting a Consultancy Agreement with a Personal Service Company.

If you have received a consultancy agreement which you would like a lawyer to review before you sign, please see our service for reviewing documents. Or if you’d like a lawyer to review your existing consultancy agreements to advise on their effectiveness, please consult the service for reviewing documents.

What you will get from this service

After hiring an experienced lawyer for Contractor Agreement, you can expect:

A 60 minute consultation with your lawyer to align objectives. You’ll discuss:

  • The role you want your consultant to carry out
  • Payment terms
  • The objectives you want to achieve with the agreement
  • The ways in which a consultant could be deemed to be an employee for tax-purposes and the safeguards you need to have in place to avoid creating an employment relationship inadvertently.
  • Your specific questions about the agreement
  • The key information your lawyer needs from you to begin drafting the agreement

You’ll receive a professionally drafted consultancy agreement to use between your company and a specified self-employed individual.

What will this enable you to do

  • Flexibility to engage the contractor as and when you need them, without creating an employment relationship or hiring new staff.
  • Clarity on each party’s roles, rights, responsibilities and obligations for the duration of the contract.
  • Protection for your confidential information

What happens after I hire a lawyer?

Onboarding - You send your lawyer proof of ID and address and your lawyer checks for conflicts. You send any relevant documentation to your lawyer. Your lawyer send you a client engagement letter to sign and return.
Personal consultation - Choose between a phone, online or face-to-face meeting with your lawyer
Draft documentation - Your lawyer sends you a draft version of the document for you to review
Revisions and approval - You review the draft, provide comments if necessary, and request revisions. Your lawyer will provide you with another iteration, incorporating your changes as far as possible. Once you’re happy with the document, you approve the final version.
Funds released - You release funds and leave a review for Legal Drop and your lawyer

FAQ’s

What is out of scope for this service?

This service includes one meeting and one round of comments on your document, which your lawyer will incorporate. It does not include:

  • Any further meetings, phone calls or emails. 
  • Negotiations with the consultant or any other third parties. 
  • Any additional iterations of the document after one round of comments
  • Formal written advice on that ways in which a consultant may be deemed an employee for tax purposes. 
What happens if the scope changes during my matter?

Sometimes matters will evolve into something more complex than you and your lawyer first envisaged. Your lawyer will provide you with a fixed-fee quote for any additional work that is outside of the original scope. 

What assumptions have been applied to the price quoted?
  • Your company is a private, incorporated company registered in England or Wales. 
  • The consultant you want to engage is a self-employed individual. 
  • The agreement is for a specified, named consultant. You will not receive a template agreement that you can use for agreements with consultants arising from time to time. 
  • You will provide all the information / documentation that your solicitor requests and requires in order to draft the agreement. 
  • You provide accurate information about the services that the consultant will carry out under the agreement. 
What happens if i'm not happy with the service?

If you are not happy with the service and you would like to make a complaint, you can:

  • Contact us. Our complaints procedure is here.
  • If you’re not satisfied with the way in which we deal with your complaint, you can complain to the Legal Ombudsman.
  • If you are concerned about a solicitor’s behaviour, you can raise a complaint with the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority.
What happens if I change my mind?

You can cancel the service at any time and for any reason within 14 days of purchase (the ‘cooling-off period’). If you cancel within 14 days of purchase, you will receive a full refund.

However, if you asked for services to be provided during the cooling-off period, we will keep the necessary funds to cover the cost of the services provided up until the time you cancelled.

If you want to cancel the services after 14 days, you will not be entitled to a refund.

Malcolm Zoppi
GZ Legal

Malcolm is the CEO & founder of GZ Legal, a firm dedicated to protecting the interests of its client...

£690.00 +VAT

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2 years experience across

E-Commerce
Education
Professional Services
Tech, IT and Software

Working with

  • Sole Trader / Freelancers / Self-Employed
  • Microbusiness (up to 10 Employees)
  • Medium-sized business (up to 50 employees)
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2 years experience across

E-Commerce
Education
Professional Services
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Working with

  • Sole Trader / Freelancers / Self-Employed
  • Microbusiness (up to 10 Employees)
  • Medium-sized business (up to 50 employees)

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