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Offline tom66

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Advice on finding a good technical/engineering UK solicitor
« on: August 03, 2020, 08:29:22 pm »
Can anyone recommend a solicitor that they have worked with or are familiar with who has drafted technical / engineering contracts and documents?  Preferably such a solicitor would have experience with EEs but even a general engineering solicitor could be useful.

Reason:  I have a near-term need to draft up a contract between an interested party and myself in a potentially commercial product venture.

Cost is a factor - please don't suggest a £1000 per hour gold-plated solicitor.  Obviously, I'm willing to pay for the solicitor's time, but this is coming out of my own budget.


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Re: Advice on finding a good technical/engineering UK solicitor
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2020, 05:19:13 pm »
I don’t have a solicitor suggestion for you but to keep the overall billing down you should definitely be well organized and ready to go before you approach the solicitor since whatever the hourly rate is it will be multiplied by the number of legal hours billed.  The following should be ready as best you can write each.

1. Statement of Work listing what you will do under the contract and what the customer will do
2. Deliverables
3. Specifications
4. Prices
5. Terms and Conditions

One other section you might want (depending on the nature of the project) is a section (or Appendix) on Acceptance Testing.  This might need some collaborative drafting with the customer during negotiations but the further ahead you think and are prepared the better.

The rest is legal wrapping but for the solicitor to wrap it well (so there are no misunderstandings and so that you are protected along with the customer) you should take a first pass at this.  The Ts and Cs will probably be the section of the contract that gets the most help from the solicitor but you will likely get some questions and advice on all of it. If you have your draft of these five sections ready in an editable word document it will help the solicitor come up to speed faster and better and it will save you some hourly legal billing.

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