Consultancy Agreement

Overview

An agreement that sets out the terms of a working relationship between a consultant and a client, including compensation, services provided, confidentiality, and more.

What is a consultancy agreement?

A consultancy agreement that sets out the terms of a working relationship between a consultant and a client, including compensation, services provided, confidentiality, and more.

What does a consultancy agreement cover?

A consulting contract typically contains what the consultant is being hired to do, the term of the agreement – whether the contract is on a fixed term, fixed project basis, or open-ended, frequency of payment, whether the client will pay the consultant a retainer fee, how the consultant’s expenses will be handled, the ownership of any intellectual property created under the contract, and whether the consultant will have a duty to not reveal confidential information.

When should I use a consultancy agreement?

You will need a consultancy agreement when you hire a consultant and when you want to set out the terms and details of your arrangement. A consulting contract is commonly used by businesses that need to engage an outside expert, or by a consultant entering into contract on their own terms.

Do I need a consultancy agreement?

There are many reasons why you should use a consultancy agreement and would want to have written proof of the terms of engagement/ working relationship. Among them is that it is essential for taxation and auditing purposes that records be kept of all payroll and expense disbursements, and written service and employment agreements are an integral part of that practice.

Further information

It is important for both parties to have a clear idea how long the contract will last, the date it will end, and in what circumstances can the contract be terminated.

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