Guidance

Model services contract

Choosing the right terms and conditions of contract is essential for government and public sector buyers to get best value.

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Model Services Contract Combined Schedules v1.09 (England & Wales)

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Model Services Contract Combined Schedules v1.09 (Scottish Law)

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Model Services Contract v1.07 (England & Wales)

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Model Services Contract v1.07 (Scottish Law)

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List of Changes - Model Services Contract v1.07 and Combined Schedules v1.08A England & Wales (from v1.05 and Sch. v1.07)

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Model Services Contract - Guidance (Version 3.0)

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The Cabinet Office and the Government Legal Department have published an updated version of the Model Services Contract. This version reflects developments in government policy, regulation and the market. The Model Services Contract forms a set of model terms and conditions for major services contracts that are published for use by government departments and many other public sector organisations.

Editable versions in MS Word may be obtained from the Commercial Law site on LION and from the Model Services Contract Policy Team, please email: modelservicescontract@cabinetoffice.gov.uk Please check these resources for new versions of this precedent before using it.

General guidance on the terms may be obtained by contacting Government Legal Department Commercial Law Group Team B (CLGB) on procurementlawyers@governmentlegal.gov.uk.

The Model Services Contract:

  • has been developed for services contracts with an average, annual value over £20 million
  • has been developed for complex and high-risk contracts
  • reflects current government priorities and recommended ways of doing business
  • aims to aid assurance and reduce administration, legal costs and negotiation time
  • It is suitable for use with the range of business services that government purchases and contains applicable provisions for contracts for business process outsourcing and/or IT delivery services.

The documents are intended for use by procurement specialists and lawyers. You should carefully assess whether the provisions contained are appropriate for your project requirements and tailor the documents appropriately if required.

Published 1 April 2014
Last updated 14 July 2020 + show all updates
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  5. Updated Model Service Contract attachments for England & Wales, and Scottish Law.

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  7. Updated versions of model services contract, combined contract and list of changes added for both England & Wales and Scotland.

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