Model Form of Contract for Software Development

Model Form of Contract for Software Development


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CIPS Model Form of Conditions of Contract with guidance notes.

Designed for impartial use by sellers and buyers they provide a contractual basis upon which the customer can purchase his requirements and the contractor supply them.



    CIPS Model Form of Conditions of Contract with guidance notes.

    Available in PDF format to ensure speed of delivery to the customer. Please ensure that your email address is correct – the document will be sent to you by email once payment has been received.

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    As with any set of conditions, it is necessary both to understand the intention of the conditions and to apply them in their proper context. For this reason, these Notes for Guidance are issued to buyers as an aid when using the Model Conditions but it must be understood that they do not form part of, or legally interpret the Conditions in any way.

    The Model Conditions aim to achieve a middle ground between buyer and seller being biased in favour of neither.

    Some buyers or sellers will prefer to have their own conditions drafted which are in their favour to a much greater extent.

    It is stressed that these are Model Conditions and can be added to or amended to suit the requirements of particular contracts by agreement between the parties concerned.

    However, in order to secure the advantages of uniformity, it is recommended that such alterations be kept to a minimum.


    Software Development 
    1 Definitions 
    2 Standard of Work 
    3 Facilities to be Improved 
    4 Access to the Premises 
    5 Interference 
    6 Mistakes in Information 
    7 Programme of Work 
    8 Delivery and Installation 
    9 Variations 
    10 Extension time for completion 
    11 Delays 
    11.1 Delays by the Contractor 
    11.2 Delays by the Customer 
    12 Inspection and Testing during development 
    13 Acceptance Tests 
    14 Acceptance Certificate 
    15 Ownership and rights 
    16 Free issue materials 
    17 Termination for Breach 
    18 Intellectual Property Rights Indemnity 
    19 Assignment and Sub-Letting 
    20 Indemnity and Insurance 
    21 Consequential Loss 
    22 Terms of Payment 
    23 Fluctuations in Costs 
    24 Warranty Period 
    25 Maintenance 
    26 Insolvency and Bankruptcy 
    27 Statutory and Other Regulations 
    28 Waiver 
    29 Confidentiality and Data Protection 
    30 Force Majeure 
    31 Training 
    32 Offers of Employment 
    33 Publicity 
    34 Notices 
    35 No Third Party Rights 
    36 Expert Determination 
    37 Dispute Resolution 
    38 Law

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