Self Employed Consultant Agreement (Short)

Self Employed Consultant Agreement (Short)


This Self-employed Consultant Agreement (Short) provides a short and simple to use agreement for independent contractors or freelancers who are individual sole traders or partnerships intending to perform consulting services for a company. With minor adjustments this template may also be used where the self-employed consultant intends to provide services to an individual.

If you wish to use this document in a scenario that involves personal data, standard clauses for data protection and data processing are available in our GDPR & Data Protection Group.

This form of agreement aims to reduce the risk that the individual consultant might be deemed to be a de-facto employee of the other party rather than a sole trader who is a self-employed contractor, but whether in law he is self-employed will depend on all circumstances (not just on the terms of this agreement). The relevant HMRC guidance and case law are not sufficiently precise to provide a simple answer on the point and so we recommend that you take professional employment law, tax, and NIC advice in relation to your circumstances before you decide to use this form of agreement. Nevertheless, a carefully worded contract ensuring the independence of the individual consultant is a key starting point.

Where the consultant is instead an incorporated company, the alternative short form Consultancy Agreement (Short) - Company should be used.

This template provides a form of business agreement which can easily be used for simple and short term relationships. Where a more complicated or longer term relationship is to be created between the parties one of the Self-employed Consultant Agreement (Medium) or (Long) versions should be used instead.

This Self-employed Consultant Agreement (Short) contains the following Clauses:

1. Appointment of Consultant
2. Consulting Services
3. Duration of the Consultant Agreement
4. Consultant’s Obligations
5. Fee
6. Expenses
7. Late Payment
8. Termination
9. Confidential Information
10. Tax Liabilities
11. Notice
12. Relationship of the parties
13. Applicable Law and Jurisdiction

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