My Copywriting Terms & Conditions

Set out below are the copywriting terms and conditions of Andrew Baskott that shall apply for all assignments. Please read carefully before commissioning me to undertake a copywriting project on your behalf.
Valid from: 1st January 2019
DEFINITIONS
For the purposes of this agreement:
1: “The Client” or “You” means the Company, Agency, Organisation, Sole Trader or Private Individual commissioning the copywriting services of Andrew Baskott.
2: “I” or “Me” means Andrew Baskott.
3: “We” or “Us” means you, The Client, and me, Andrew Baskott.
4: “Material”, “Materials”, “Copy”, or “Draft” refers to the written item(s) produced by Andrew Baskott as stated in the written project brief confirmation received from The Client.
5: "Project" or "Assignment(s)" means the work as a whole you are commissioning me to undertake on your behalf.

THE CONTRACT
1: An assignment placed with Andrew Baskott is only accepted on the basis that the contract is between Me and the Client commissioning the project, and not with any third-party.
2: All contracts are accepted on the basis that it is only the Terms and Conditions of Andrew Baskott that are applicable.
3: It will be deemed that by asking me to proceed with producing the relevant materials requested for your project, you accept these Terms and Conditions in full. Any amendments proffered by the Client are specifically excluded. See also clause 15.
4: It is also deemed that the person named on the confirmation requesting me to proceed with the project, has the necessary authority or permission to make such a request.
5: These Terms and Conditions are valid from the date shown above and replace all those issued before this date.

1: PROJECT BRIEF
I will require from you as much information as possible so that I can best produce the material(s) you require to meet your objectives. We will work together on forming the Project Brief. As part of this you may be asked to complete a project brief questionnaire. PLEASE NOTE that if you only provide vague briefing details, then you must accept that this may contain ambiguities which could be reflected in the work I produce. If so, you must accept full responsibility for this, and for any subsequent costs incurred should I have to do more research and/or re-write the copy.

2: FEES
Most assignments are charged on a per-project basis. That way you'll know the exact cost of the job from the start. My fee will be based on (but not limited to): how urgent the work is, the word count, the complexity and how much time I will need to research, create and write your project. However, if you make changes to the scope of the project once it is underway, then I reserve the right to amend the fee I have quoted. My fee generally includes:
  • Research
  • Creative processes and writing a first draft
  • Two sets of revisions (if needed)
  • Final checks
  • Delivery of completed project as a Word document or pdf
    • My fee does not include meetings with designers, web designers or any other agency connected with your project. Such meetings would be subject to additional charges.

      I am not registered for VAT.

      3: SMALL COPYWRITING ASSIGNMENTS
      These are writing assignments taking under 4 hours and are charged at an hourly rate based on my half-day rate. There is a minimum chargeable fee for such work. See also clause 8.

      4: BEFORE I CAN START WORK ON YOUR PROJECT
      I shall need a written confirmation from you (by email or letter) confirming your acceptance of my fee, any agreed deadline(s) and the details of the project brief we have created together. I will also require from you a 50% deposit of my fee. Payment to be made by BACS.

      While I'm quite happy to work with a team as part of your project, I will require you to provide me with a single point of contact; someone who has both decision-making and approval authority.

      5: CHANGES IN THE SCOPE OF A PROJECT
      If the project scope is changed by you at any point after confirmation, that may mean I'll need more time to undertake the work; whether that's in terms of researching or writing. I therefore reserve the right to amend the project fee I have quoted accordingly.

      6: DRAFT CHANGES
      My project fee includes a first draft and two sets of revisions if needed. After your receipt of each draft, you have 10 days in which to Email me with any changes you wish me to make. If you do not provide me with any feedback within that time, I will take it that no changes to the copy are to be made and will issue my invoice accordingly.

      7: DEADLINES
      I will always do my best to meet agreed deadlines. However, I cannot be held responsible for delays caused by circumstances beyond my control such as illness, family crisis, disruption to power supply, loss of internet, cyber attack, computer failure, terrorism, war etc. I will always inform you of any potential delay.

      The meeting of any deadline is also dependent upon you supplying any requested information and/or feedback to draft revisions to me as speedily as possible. I cannot be held responsible for any delays or missed deadlines caused by your failure to provide such information or feedback in the time asked for.

      8: PAYMENT TERMS
      All payments to be made by bank transfer (BACS). As already stated, I require payment of a 50% deposit before work can commence. The balance is then payable within 14 days of final invoice date.

      For small copywriting assignments the full amount will be payable in advance, unless you are a trusted regular client.

      For ongoing or large-scale projects, then we can agree some payment milestones (first draft etc.), if you prefer.

      PLEASE NOTE: Late payment charges may be made on any invoice remaining unpaid after 14 (fourteen) days under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 or any amendment or re-enactment thereof (see here for details). Other legal costs may also be incurred by you for the recovery of outstanding fees owed.

      9: CANCELLATION
      Should you cancel the project after the start date, then I reserve the right to charge you for the amount of work undertaken up to that point. If you cancel after delivery of the first draft, then you will be immediately liable for the full project fee.

      10: COPYRIGHT
      The copyright on the material(s) I supply for your project will only pass to you upon your full payment of my final invoice. I reserve the right to use excerpts of the copy on my website or other online portfolio and/or in printed form, unless you specifically request otherwise at the time of commissioning the project.

      You confirm that you own the copyright or have the right or consent to use any previously commissioned marketing literature or any other written information that you supply to me that may then be incorporated within the material(s) I produce for your project. You also confirm that should a dispute arise between you and a third-party regarding the use of any such literature or information, you will fully indemnify me against any claim (legal or otherwise) for a breach of copyright, trademark, design or other intellectual property right.

      11: ACCURACY & LEGALITIES
      You are responsible for ensuring that all statistics, quotations, references and any other supporting information you supply in relation to the project are accurate and lawful.

      I will make every effort to ensure that all material(s) supplied to you complies with the relevant ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) rules and regulations. However, it is the responsibility of the Client to submit all copy for legal review should they wish.

      Andrew Baskott does not accept responsibility for any issues, claims, costs or expenses (legal or otherwise) arising from any of the work he undertakes at your request.

      12: ERRORS
      I shall make every effort to ensure there are no errors, omissions, misrepresentations or any other inaccuracy in the materials I supply to you. However, the final responsibility for checking such matters rests entirely with you.

      13: CLIENT CONFIDENTIALITY
      I will not disclose to any third-party any confidential information that you may supply to me in relation to your project.

      14: APPLICABLE LAW
      This agreement shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales.

      15: VARIATION
      These Terms and Conditions shall not be varied in any way except by the written agreement of Andrew Baskott.
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