Use a statement of work when you and another party wish to set out the details relating to the provision of services of a commercial project.
When should I use a statement of work?
Use this statement of work:
where you are a service provider working on a commercial project for a client
to set out the project plan
to supplement the governing agreement (eg terms and conditions for the supply of services or a master services agreement)
What's included in a statement of work?
This statement of work includes and covers:
the project’s background
the scope of the work (eg what is going to be done)
project manager details
project deliverables (eg results of the project)
the services provided
What is a statement of work?
A statement of work is a document that is used in project management and captures and defines different aspects of a commercial project. It details and lays the groundwork for the project plan by setting out things such as, why the project is being carried out, the aim of the project and all project deliverables.
A statement of work is an ancillary document to other commercial documents (such as a master services agreement or terms and conditions for the supply of services, ie a governing agreement). While a governing agreement sets out provisions relating to the entire commercial relationship, the statement of work usually deals with the specifics of a single project.
Why do I need a statement of work?
Having a statement of work in place allows you to manage expectations and to have a written (and agreed upon) record of the project. Creating a statement of work will ensure that both parties understand what was agreed upon and their obligations in relation to the project.
What are project deliverables?
Project deliverables are goods produced or services supplied as a result of the project. Project deliverables vary from project to project.
What are project dependencies?
Project dependencies are things that the service provider needs or expects the client to provide in order for the successful completion of the project deliverables. For example, the client may need to ensure that relevant stakeholders are available to participate in creative and technical reviews.
How can this agreement be terminated?
This agreement can be terminated by either party, by giving written notice to the other party.
Ask a lawyer if:
the document doesn't meet your needs or cover what you want
the service provider is based abroad
This statement of work is governed by the laws of England and Wales.