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Confidentiality agreement

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Use to explore the possibilities for a deal before signing an agreement.

It protects your secrets from being used by the other side if your proposed deal does not go ahead.

It is suitable for safeguarding any secrets, which may include personal information as well as commercial secrets.

Example uses:

  • a proposed franchise
  • a business acquisition
  • the appointment of an agent or distributor
  • demonstration of plans, ideas or a prototype
  • discussions with a potential investor or lender

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland

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Confidentiality agreement: supplier, contractor or consultant

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This version contains the same principles and strong protection as our other confidentiality agreements.

The words are changed only to suit a different application, namely for use with some person who may need access to your information in order to undertake work for you.

Use for any contractor who will have access to precious information from a software engineer to a business consultant to a parts supplier.

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland

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Mutual confidentiality agreement

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This mutual confidentiality agreement contains the same structure and strong terms as our other agreements in this set, but it is drawn for both sides to sign and exchange.

Both sides agree to the same terms of disclosure, but not necessarily the disclosure of the same information.

Examples of use might be:

  • You are considering the sale of all or part of a business. The other party needs to know details of the business, but you need to know about the financial strength of the buyer.
  • You are discussing how to integrate products or processes together.
  • You are considering a joint venture or partnership and each party needs to know whether the other parties can bring what they claim to be able to do.
  • You are collaborating on a project and expertise and knowledge will be brought together (e.g. one party may have designs and the other may have unique production processes to realise the design).

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland

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Confidentiality agreement: protect created work

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This document is for use by a creator of a piece of work (whether a work of art, a book, a film, an idea, software code or other intellectual property) to prevent another party from using it without permission.

It allows the creator safely to explore development, manufacture, use or sale of his original work.

Examples of use:

  • you are showing someone a work of art or a prototype design
  • you are revealing a new process that will be valuable to the other party
  • you are showing someone how something works (like showing the source code of software)
  • you are looking for feedback on your ideas
  • you wish to show someone an idea for a book, film or play
  • you wish to show a manufacturer or developer your work

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland

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Authorisation to release confidential information

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This authorisation letter allows you to specify exactly who else is entitled to receive your confidential information other than the person with whom you have signed a confidentiality agreement.

Use it when it is necessary to permit access to colleagues of the prime signatory.

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland

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Non solicitation agreement

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This is a comprehensive non-solicitation agreement between a contractor and his client, providing limitations on the extent to which the contractor may solicit the employer's clients or customers.

After the contracted work ends, the restraint is simply limited in time and geographical extent.

The document will be most useful to businesses where the contractor or employee has regular contact with clients or customers as well as confidential information about your business.

Use as a stand-alone document or cut and paste to an existing form of contract.

Choose whether you want an absolute restraint or a restraint only within a geographical area, such as England or Derbyshire. Additionally, you can limit the solicitation to time, for example: for six months, or two years, as you prefer.

Note: common law provides that a person’s freedom to trade is very important. Your terms must be reasonable. If the contractor were to challenge this document for any reason, the less strict the restraints the more likely it is that a Court would uphold them as reasonable.

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland

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About these documents

Note that a confidentiality agreement is often referred to as a non-disclosure agreement or “NDA”. There is no difference in the meaning.

There are many situations where you might want to disclose confidential information that is private, valuable or both. Much of the time, the party (whether a business or an individual) to whom you divulge will be in a situation to be able to benefit from the using the information (perhaps in direct competition against you) or from the passing of it on to someone else. You can use a confidentiality agreement to prevent them from acting on the information, and thus to protect your personal or business information or ideas.

The nature and subject of the information is not as important as how it will be used. The information being protected can be something as basic as a bank account statement or as esoteric as a chemical formula. These documents are drawn broadly to cover all information passing to the other party, but in a way that enables you to insert your own precise secrets if you want to specify them.

Even the signing of a non-disclosure agreement reminds the other party that the information is sensitive, so he or she cannot later claim ignorance of its value to you.

You can also use these non-disclosure agreements to prevent a contractor or supplier from stealing your intellectual property or business “know-how”.

What is in these agreements?

First and foremost, we provide a very wide definition of confidential information so that you can easily edit it to cover your precise requirements.

These documents give you choices as to how you want the recipient of your information to deal with it. You may limit disclosure to the person who signs this agreement or you may allow him to pass the information to other professional advisers or employees or consultants.

All our non-disclosure agreements:

  • can be used when either or both parties are individuals or businesses
  • are fast to put in place: our guidance notes make completion easy
  • provide strong legal protection
  • can be used to protect defined information, or generally
  • are suitable for any sort of confidential information
  • cover the security of disclosed information: how information must be kept and stored
  • comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1988

Points to consider in how you manage confidentiality and non-disclosure

You should recognise that all the legal agreements in the world cannot prevent accidental or unintentional disclosure (for example, careless talk over a drink with a friend, or when leaving your documents out for public rubbish collection).

You can manage risks by limiting the information that you disclose, and the people who know about it. Both these things are covered by our non disclosure agreements. We all tend to be diffident about asking for a confidentiality agreement from people we "trust" with their ideas, but who have no obligation to keep our secrets safe, (for example, friends, potential investors, partners and customers). This is a great mistake. The upside of protection from insisting on an agreement, however awkward, far outweighs the downside of loss of private data.

Once enough information has been exchanged for terms of a deal to be agreed, another Net Lawman document (for example, a business sale agreement) will record the details and continue the requirement for confidentiality for as long as necessary.

Either party can initiate use of a non-disclosure agreement. If you are the receiver of information, you can make the other side at ease by suggesting the use of one before they do.

Remember to be sure that an agreement is dated and signed before information is disclosed.

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