Technical writing contract

A simple terms and conditions document to regulate the relationship between a specialist consultant another individual. This is not suitable if the consultant is trading through a company as an intermediary. Contains all usual terms and conditions plus specific provisions to deal with matters concerning technical writers such as intellectual property in particular. With full explanatory notes.

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland
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This document is suitable for a consultant working alone or with others direct for client with no company intermediary.

Although drawn for scientific and technical writers, the form can be easily adapted for a host of other technical professions. This document has been drawn specifically for technical work and as such, includes more extensive provisions to deal with intellectual property, thereby protecting your interests.

As in IT, the boundary between employment and self employment has always been blurred. This contract provides the glue for a contract for work. The regulations embodied in “IR35" now prevent the avoidance of employed status merely by “inserting” a limited company into your contractual relationships. Contrary to much popular belief, the rules do not create an employment situation where there would not otherwise be an employment situation.

Because the law requires nothing in a contract of this nature, every item is for negotiation. This document as drawn to safeguard the interests of both parties. In considering what to add or delete, we suggest you look carefully at:

  • How an assignment will be defined. What information will go into the “brief”?
  • The extent of the writer's liability. Who is taking the risk and is that reasonable?

Application and features

  • Suitable for single or multiple assignments;
  • Very flexible to suit the requirements of the parties;
  • Client protected by personal indemnities from the consultant company director;
  • Limitation of consultant liability;
  • Protects both sides, (but client protection may be deleted or reduced).


  • Status of consultant company and its working director;
  • Explanation of assignments;
  • Consultants payment arrangements;
  • Who owns the intellectual property created;
  • Mutual confidentiality;
  • Exclusion of consultant liability;
  • Who else consultant may work for;
  • Other appropriate legal provisions.

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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