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This Consulting Agreement is an agreement between a client and a consultant for the provision of consulting services to the client. A consultant is a person hired to provide consulting services. A consultant is hired because of their skills and expertise in a particular field, For example, this document can be used for different forms of consultants, such as IT consultants, business consultants, investment consultants, etc. A client would use this document to hire or retain the services of a consultant in exchange for compensation.
The consultant works as an independent contractor (that is, an external professional) and not an employee. This means that the consultant is only entitled to a specified fee but not entitled to employment benefits, such as holidays, leaves, pension, and other employment benefit. For more information about employees and independent contractors, please see the legal guide on the Difference Between an Employee and Independent Contractor. This document outlines basic details such as the following:
Please note that this document should only be used in cases where a person is hiring a consultant. However, when an independent contractor is hired to provide services other than consulting services, the Service Agreement should be used instead.
How to use this document
This document is used to outline the relationship between a client and consultant. The person filling out this document is expected to enter all the required information.
After completing this document, it should be signed by the client and the consultant. If either of the parties is a company, either two directors or one director and one secretary must sign the agreement.
If either of the parties is an organization other than a company, the signature of one officer of the organization will be required. An officer here is a person who is in position of authority, such as a general manager, managing partner, CEO and any other person authorized to execute contracts on behalf of the organization.
After signing the document, each party should keep one original copy of the signed document for their record.
The Nigerian Labour Act is the applicable law.
Also, the general rules of contract are applicable to this document.
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Other names for the document: Consulting Contract, Consultancy Agreement, Independant Consultant Agreement, Business Consulting Agreement, Independent Consultant Agreement