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Consultancy (Sole Trader) Agreements

In certain situations, it may not be practical or even desirable to take on a full-time employee, particularly if specialist knowledge or experience is only required for a limited period. Engaging a consultant is often the answer.

A consultancy agreement will clearly define the services that are to be provided by the consultant. Such an agreement protects the interests of both parties, ensuring that the consultant is paid and that valuable business information and intellectual property belonging to the client is safeguarded. Additional protection may come from the inclusion of non-competition and non-solicitation measures, limiting the consultant’s freedom to provide services for competitors or to “poach” staff.

Whilst reasonable limits should be observed, a balanced form of agreement will ensure the maximum benefit for all concerned, providing a clear structure for an efficient and effective business relationship.

These templates provide for an individual consultant, working on their own as a self-employed sole trader, to contract personally with the client, without any consultancy company. As applicable, the information pages accompanying the templates highlight any risk that HMRC or employment law might regard the individual consultant as an employee rather than as a self-employed sole trader.

In addition, there are Consultancy (Company) Agreements ; these provide for the client to contract with a consultancy business (a company) which engages one or more individual professionals to provide the services on its behalf.

These Consultancy (Sole Trader) Agreements Documents are part of the Business Documents Folder. Just £35.00 + VAT will provide you with 1 year's unlimited access to download all/any documents from the Business Documents Folder.

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