Technical writing contract

This contract sets the terms and conditions under which a specialist consultant or researcher will write a technical document.

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland
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About this document

This document is suitable for a consultant, researcher or expert who will write a factual or opinion based report, or a technical document such as a manual.

For example, it could be used for the production of:

  • an opinion by an expert witness that supports a legal case

  • a scientific report on breeding habits of local wildlife that helps support a residential housing planning application

  • a report for company directors on the current political landscape regarding a certain subject matter that should help the board make a strategic decision

  • a manual on how to use specific equipment made by a manufacturer

  • a review of academic literature on any subject that summarises current research findings

The agreement could be used for a wide range of assignments in many different subject areas. It differs from a copywriting contract in that the writer is more likely to have expert knowledge of the subject matter. The report or document may also require in-depth research, intellectual analysis, knowledge and opinion. The type of work therefore borders on that which a consultant might carry out as much as that which a copywriter might.

This difference is reflected in the agreement with strong intellectual property protection for the writer. The work may include the writer’s previous findings or work, designs, or examples that he or she wishes to protect.

The writer could be working with others, but should be self-employed. This agreement contains provisions that support the non-employment status of the writer for IR35 purposes.

Every provision can be negotiated and changed between the parties. There is no requirement for special terms in a contract of this type. This document as drawn to safeguard the interests of both parties. In considering what to edit, you might consider:

  • how the assignment will be defined and what information will go into the “brief”?

  • the extent of the writer's liability and the risk to the client if the information is incorrect?

Application and features

  • Suitable for single or multiple assignments

  • Very flexible to suit the requirements of the parties

  • Client protected by personal indemnities

  • Limitation of writer's liability

  • Protects both sides (client protection may be reduced within the agreement)

Contents

  • Employment status of the writer
  • Explanation of assignments
  • Payment arrangements
  • Who owns the intellectual property created
  • Mutual confidentiality
  • Exclusion of liability
  • Who else the writer may work for
  • Other appropriate legal provisions
Draftsman

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

UK-SGAbsv12 - Technical writing contract (Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland)

 
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