Corporate IT consultancy agreement

This IT contract is for use by a corporate IT consultancy working with large or small clients on any work with a substantial intellectual property, scientific or high technology content. It is an umbrella version suitable for either a single instruction, or for multiple or continuing assignments. It is drawn to be acceptable to a client but strongly protects the consultancy. Provides full and binding legal provision in all the areas you need.

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About this corporate IT consultancy contract

This document is suitable for any business which calls itself a scientific, technical or IT consultancy. Of course your industry sector affects the work you do. But this is a legal document, not a specification for your work. This contract is for a corporate IT consultancy to present to any client as its contract. See below for alternative consultancy contracts. It may be edited either by you before you submit it, or in negotiation with your client. It is drawn to protect you, the consultancy, but should also be acceptable to your clients.

This is an “umbrella” contract, set up for the possibility of future assignments under the same terms. That way, if you want more work from the same consultant, all you have to do is define it and refer to this agreement. Even if you expect never to enter into a new work assignment, you do not have to delete anything on that account.

The IT consultancy contract provides for the specification of work to be placed in a schedule to this agreement on the first time it is used. All later assignments of work will automatically be subject to this contract.

There are options in several areas, notably contract summary, payment systems and working arrangements.

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The law in this IT consultancy agreement

There is little statute law in this consultancy agreement. It depends on basic contract law and tort.

Alternatives to this IT consultancy agreement

Net Lawman publishes three types of consultancy contract:

  • for a corporate consultancy to offer to its client (this contract)
  • for a single consultant working alone or with colleagues or sub-contractors
  • for the client of a consultant to offer to a consultant, to protect his own interest.

Each of these three is available in three versions:

  • for IT consultants;
  • for HR consultants;
  • and for any other.

The IT and HR versions contain more provisions relating to aspects of IT and HR, but the legal framework is the same in all.

You can see the full selection at Consultancy agreements.

Contents of this agreement

  • Definitions and interpretation
  • Preliminary legal matters
  • Consultant's status
  • Contract summary and payment
  • Work management procedure
  • Consultant's obligations
  • Option for use of sub-contractors
  • Confidentiality
  • New intellectual property
  • Intellectual property rights indemnity
  • Option for no competition (if your client insists)
  • Limitation of your liability
  • Duration and termination
  • Mutual indemnity
  • Other legal provisions
  • Publicity / Announcements
  • Miscellaneous matters

Over 2,500 words of helpful and informative drafting notes.

Draftsman

This document was written by a solicitor for Net Lawman. It complies with current New Zealand law.

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