HR consultant contract

This contract is for use by an individual human resources consultant. Your clients could be of any size, and the work of any type. Primarily, it helps establish your self-employed status for tax purposes. It also makes sure that you are paid for the assignments you carry out.
Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland
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About this document

This is an agreement for a self-employed consultant who works on projects relating to human resources. 

The particular type of work does not matter as far as the suitability of this document is concerned. You might advise at a strategic level on a range of issues or undertake one specialist task. You might work alone, or in conjunction with an in-house team.

For example, you might:

  • headhunt senior managers
  • consult on how to improve individual or team performance
  • advise on employee diversity
  • manage dismissal after group restructuring

The specification of work for any particular project can be attached as a schedule to the agreement. That leaves the legal provisions separately at the front of the document, allowing you to use the document as an umbrella contract for repeat or subsequent work. You simply need to change the specification and reference the terms of the original agreement. Even if you expect never to enter into a new work assignment, you do not have to delete anything on that account.

You may wish to negotiate the terms with the client in advance of preparing a final contract, or edit the document to produce standard non-negotiable terms. The agreement is drawn to protect you, but should also be acceptable to your clients - there should be nothing contentious in it.

We provide you with a number of options in several areas, notably payment terms and working arrangements.

Alternatives to this agreement

If your work uses extensive information technology, such as in employee profiling or configuring HR software, you may prefer our contract for an IT consultant, which has additional paragraphs relating to intellectual property protection.

We also have a similar agreement to this one for a consultant working in any industry.


  • Definitions and interpretation
  • Preliminary legal matters
  • Consultant's status
  • Payment
  • Consultant's requirements and obligations
  • Option for exclusions - matters that could be misunderstood
  • Option for use of sub-contractors
  • Confidentiality
  • Intellectual property (IP) ownership
  • IP rights indemnity by client
  • Option for no competition
  • Limitation of your liability
  • Duration and termination
  • Other legal provisions
  • Publicity and announcements
  • Miscellaneous matters

Additionally, there are over 2,400 words of helpful and informative drafting notes.


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

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