Contract for services: self employed contractor, simple version

This our contract for services is neutral version, favours both parties. The document is an umbrella agreement, suitable for any number of projects with the same, or with different contractors. The document reinforces the nature of the relationship as business one and not as one of employment and thus reduces the chance of employer obligations arising.

This is a contract for the provision of any type of service by a self-employed contractor, working as a sole trader or through a service company. It favours neither party over the other.

It should be used where the work does not involve processing information relating to individuals.

As well as setting out the terms under which the work will be carried out, it strengthens the proposition that the relationship is not one of employment for IR35 purposes.

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland
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This contract can be used for any type of assignment where the contractor is a self-employed individual working as a sole trader or under a service company. He or she may subcontract some of the work.

The services carried out could be any. The agreement principally deals with the terms under which the work is done, and refers to a specification of work which you provide as a schedule or a separate document.

The document can be edited and reused for each new client. It should be presented before work starts. If you subsequently perform more work for the same client, your pre-agreed terms automatically cover that new work (unless you want to specify otherwise) allowing you to focus on winning and performing the work rather than dealing with administration.

The agreement has been designed, as far as possible, to distinguish the relationship as a business one, and not one of employment.

It is suitable for any type of service such as building trades, household service provision, business consultancy, and creative work contracts.

Note that we do have a range of agreements tailored for specific construction industry trade as well as a large number for consultancy and many other business sectors.

Other versions of this agreement

If personal data is collected, stored, used or otherwise processed by the service provider, then you are required by law to include in your contract terms relating to data protection. Use the contractor version that includes the terms required under GDPR instead.

If you are the client, you may want an agreement that favours you to a greater extent. Use the client version of this agreement.


  • contractor’s status
  • client warranties
  • the assignments
  • fees and expenses
  • taxation
  • confidentiality
  • intellectual property
  • use of sub-contractors
  • warranties
  • disclaimers and limitation of liability
  • insurance
  • duration and termination
  • assignment of the contract
  • uncontrollable events (force majeure)
  • other miscellaneous matters

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

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