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Associate / Freelancer Contract

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This template is intended for...

...businesses that wish to expand their team by engaging a Freelancer (sometimes called an Associate) to provide services to them. The Freelancer (or Associate) can be engaged on a project or retainer basis. 

The Freelancer (or Associate) will not be an employee of your business, but an independent contractor, and the template is specifically drafted to make this clear.
This template contains the essential terms to protect your business, including (amongst other things):
  • Standard of service expected from your Freelancer
  • IP provisions, transferring the IP created by the Freelancer to your business
  • Requirement to keep your (and your clients’) information confidential
  • Requirement to return your (and your clients’) property and confidential information at the end of the contract
  • Data protection provisions
  • Prohibition on your Freelancer ‘poaching’ your clients
  • Payment terms and right to make deductions if your Freelancer breaches the contract
  • Right to terminate the contract 
  • Limitation of your liability to the Freelancer
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The template includes comprehensive drafting notes to help you adapt the template for your business

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5. This template has been drafted in accordance with English law. It may not be suitable for use in other jurisdictions, and you should check with a locally-qualified lawyer in your jurisdiction