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Statement of work

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.

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)

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)

  • project dependencies

  • the services provided

  • fees

  • termination

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.

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.

Project deliverables are goods produced or services supplied as a result of the project. Project deliverables vary from project to project.

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.

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.

Other names for Statement of work

SOW.

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