Having an online presence is a necessity for most businesses, rather than merely a competitive advantage. If your organisation does not have this capability in-house, you will need to engage the services of a professional web designer.
Whether you are looking for a relatively simple, informative website or a more complex e-commerce solution, it is important that you put in place a website design and development agreement.
Not only will this ensure that both you and your website developer are clear on the functional and performance requirements of your website, it will also help both parties to understand other key terms of the engagement. These include the timescale for delivery, an acceptance test procedure and ownership of the intellectual property rights in the website.
In our experience, disputes often arise in relation to undocumented, or inadequately documented, development projects, where the parties may have a different understanding as to the deliverables and what remedies for non-performance may be problematic.
Our team of IT law specialists have a wide range of experience in drafting website development agreements and will work with you to ensure the developer fully understands the scope of the services required. You may, for example, require hosting services to be provided in addition to the website design, together with ongoing maintenance of the site and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) services.
What does our package include?
Detailed Consultation - with one of our solicitors to provide advice and to take detailed instructions.
Website Development Agreement - a comprehensive agreement tailored to your requirements.
Guidance - written in plain English.
Liaising with you as required.
Website development agreements need to be carefully tailored to fit your specific requirements. Therefore, we do not provide a standard agreement that claims to be suitable for every development project. We draft our agreements to meet your specific needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
If you are looking to procure the development of software in conjunction with the design of your website, please see our Software Development Agreement service.