4 essential legal docs every consultancy business needs

Whether you are a HR consultant, IT consultant, management consultant, finance consultant, marketing consultant, brand consultant, medical consultant….any type of consultant….. Having the right legal framework in place will help to build business credibility and trust with your clients and customers and also hopefully avoid any time-consuming legal disputes in the future.  Getting your legals in order means you can keep moving to focus on the things that you love and the things that you do best!

Here at Cherrypicka we have taken the guess work out of it and have set out below some of the essential documents that every consultancy business needs:

What is it?Why do I need it
Consultancy AgreementA Consultancy Agreement is a contract between a business and you, the consultant.. This document sets out key terms and essential expectations that are required for working together, including: scope; payment; intellectual property; liability (what happens if things go wrong); termination; confidential information; and dispute resolution.  A Consultancy Agreement makes sure you have all the right legal stuff in place to protect you if things go wrong.
Website Terms and ConditionsThis document is the unsung hero of every website. It sets out the rules about how visitors to your website can or cannot use your website, prevent users from posting abusive comments or copying content. 
Privacy PolicyUse it to tell customers, clients, visitors to your website and even employees, how you use, collect, store and share their personal information.  It is best practice to have a Privacy Policy on your website regardless of whether your business is legally required to have one.
Non-disclosure agreement  (NDA) (aka Confidentiality Agreement)Use it to protect your valuable ideas and commercially sensitive business information from misuse.  For example, you are looking to engage a contractor to perform some work for your business but before you formally engage them you need to share sensitive business information to enable them to provide you with a fee estimate or quote. Use a NDA to ensure that the contractor can only use that information for the purposes of preparing a quote.

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