Guidance

Model services contract

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Documents

Model Services Contract - Combined Schedules - England and Wales v1.05

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Model Services Contract - Combined Schedules - Scots Law v1.03

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Model Services Contract - Scots Law v1.03

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Model Services Contract - England and Wales v1.03

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List of Changes - Model Services Contract v1.03 and Combined Schedules v1.05 Scots Law

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List of Changes - Model Services Contract v1.03 and Combined Schedules v1.05 England and Wales

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Model Services Contract - Guidance

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The Cabinet Office, Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and the Government Legal Service have published an updated version of the Model Services Contract (MSC). This version reflects developments in government policy, regulation and the market. The MSC 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.

The Model Services Contract:

  • has been developed for services contracts with a value over £10 million
  • 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.

The Model Services Contract now appears here in forms suitable for use under both Scottish law and the law of England & Wales.

In addition we have published:

  • Guidance on the MSC for those users involved in the contracting process who may not have specialist backgrounds
  • A Statement of Changes showing what has changed and where from the previously issued version
Published 1 April 2014
Last updated 19 February 2018 + show all updates
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