Contracts: useful links

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)

Guides about employment law and practice: www.acas.org.uk

AIGA: the professional association for design

USA trade organisation for graphic design - standard agreement for designers to adapt - useful contents lists: www.aiga.org

a-n

Resources for artists and curators. Much is free and more is available for a modest subscription. Toolkits including contracts: www.a-n.co.uk

Artlaw

Part of Artquest run by University of the Arts London - resource for artists. Wide-ranging introduction to law for artists (and designers) including contracts, plus case studies. Short list of legal advisers. Free legal advice for london-based arts and crafts people: www.artquest.org.uk/artlaw.htm

The British Library Business and IP Centre

Reference materials, workshops, advice on business and entrepreneurship including intellectual property protect. Long list of partner organisations: www.bl.uk/bipc/index.html

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Government guidance on business matters including distance selling, employment contracts and sales contract terms: www.bis.gov.uk

Business Link

'Practical advice for business' including starting up, finance and tax, contracts, overseas sales and many other topics: www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/home

Community Interest Companies (CIC) Regulator

Regulator for Community Interest Companies. Extensive information: www.cicregulator.gov.uk/index.shtml

Cultural Industries Development Association (CIDA)

Publicly funded, serving mainly East London but many services open to wider London area. Services free or highly subsidised. Has useful fact sheets including Proposals, Quotes and Terms and Conditions and Becoming a Freelancer: www.cida.co.uk

ClickDocs

A commercial site for document templates: www.clickdocs.co.uk

Companies House

Statutory authority for companies, limited liability partnerships, CICs etc. Extensive explanatory material. Details of all UK companies: www.companieshouse.gov.uk

Contractor Calculator

Includes guides and contract checklists: www.contractorcalculator.co.uk

Design-Nation

Educational resource for designers. Includes startup guide with chapter on contracts: www.thedesigntrust.co.uk/index.php

Free Law Documents

Commercial site offering free document templates with links to law firms for chargeable advice: www.freelawdocuments.com

Lawyer Locator

Commercial site for finding a suitable solicitor: www.lawyerlocator.co.uk

Office of Fair Trading (OFT)

Guidance on regulations about distance selling, consumer protection, consumer credit licensing, to name a few: www.oft.gov.uk

Own-it

'Intellectual property advice for creative businesses'. Free resource supported by professional firms. Range of FAQs, fact-sheets, articles, podcasts and videos, plus free contract templates. Email enquiry line. Short consultation with lawyer if needed. List of partner legal firms: www.own-it.org

The Law Society

Official body for solicitors and service to find solicitors (including by area of law): www.lawsociety.org.uk:80/choosingandusing/findasolicitor.law

UK Trade and Industry (UKTI)

The government body supporting exports from UK and inward investment into UK: www.ukti.gov.uk