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Subcontracting agreement checklist

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Here are a few important steps to take to finish your document

  1. Read the document to make sure it meets your needs and that you’ve provided all of the necessary information about the subcontracting relationship. Remember that, if you have any questions, you can Ask a lawyer for advice.

Various Schedules must be attached to your completed Subcontracting Agreement before it is signed. Schedules can be attached digitally (eg by adding your Agreement and the schedules into the same document) or you may print your Agreement and attach paper copies of the schedules. You should attach:

  • Schedule 1 - Main contract: attach a copy of the main contract, the obligations under which are being subcontracted out

  • Schedule 2 - Specification of services: set out the services that the subcontractor will supply here 

  • Schedule 3 - Charges: set out the charges that the main contractor will pay the subcontractor in exchange for their performing the services

  • Schedule 5 - Service levels: if you’ve chosen to agree on service levels (ie certain standards that the subcontractor’s service provision must meet for them to fulfil their obligations under this Subcontracting Agreement), set these out here

  • Schedule 6 (or 5, if service levels are not specified) - Anti-bribery policy: if the subcontractor must comply with the main contractor’s and/or customer’s Anti-bribery policy/policies (ie in addition to anti-bribery law), attach these policies here

The main contractor and the subcontractor must both sign the Agreement with the relevant schedules attached. If either is a company or a partnership, its representative (ie signatory) must sign. 

The date that the Agreement starts is the date on which the parties sign, if that is the same day. If they sign on different days, the start date of the Agreement is the day on which the last person signs. Alternatively, the start date of the Agreement may be a different, agreed upon effective date set out in the document.

You can sign your Subcontracting Agreement by either:

  • signing online using RocketSign, or

  • signing in print

    • print a copy for both parties 

    • both parties should sign and date both copies by hand. They can do this at different times, for example, if the main contractor sends the subcontractor two signed copies and asks them to sign both and return one

Each party should keep their own original signed Agreement.

A copy of your Subcontracting Agreement will also be stored automatically in your Rocket Lawyer account ‘Dashboard’.

You should regularly review your Subcontracting Agreement, particularly the specification of services and charges set out in Schedules 2 and 3. If there are any changes, the parties must execute a valid variation of the Agreement (eg in writing). 

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