Software development and maintenance agreement

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Comprehensive contract for entering into a custom software development arrangement; both locally and internationally.
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About this document

This custom software development agreement records the terms set between the client and the software developer. Whilst it is fair to both parties, it is the developer's interests that are most protected. The document can be edited to suit a client.

For software developers, this agreement will form the terms and conditions with your clients. Clients too, can use this agreement to ensure they get a good deal. The software agreement is especially useful if you outsource software development work. In such cases, the terms provided by the developer may not fully protect your interests - it may for example, be drawn for use in another country. Use this international agreement to protect your business.

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  • Suitable for any size of software project
  • Covers technical, legal and practical matters
  • Provides a complete framework
  • Written in user friendly plain English
  • Complete with comprehensive explanatory notes


  • Parties to agree on a development plan in advance
  • Payment for development plan (if parties do not proceed)
  • Developer to provide the customer with a detailed specification
  • Payment arrangements: how much, when and how
  • Ownership of software: created or plugged in
  • Intellectual property rights: you choose what is suitable for you
  • Non-disclosure and confidentiality
  • Developer’s warranties
  • Testing of software before acceptance
  • Training and development
  • Maintenance of software
  • Non poaching provisions
  • Many other provisions to protect interests of both parties
Sample software development and maintenance agreementSample page from the development agreement for software

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Recent reviews

Worked Very Well
13 July 2018
This is a very good template for a fixed-price software development engagement. The document is comprehensive and easy to understand. All sections are in a logical order. It worked very well for us.
Bartosz Krol
Very Clear
26 June 2013
The document was great: very clear and with appropriate options (particularly around the ownership of intellectual property). The guidance notes were helpful, but most importantly, the agreement is clearly and straightforwardly worded.
Jonathan Bell

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