Business Guides - Legal

Any risk if my client moves me from retainer to ‘required 9-to-5’?

Far from just losing billable hours, one creative may have lost the commercial status they’ll need to stay outside IR35.

Freelancers’ Questions: How to stop a client from stealing my work?

Top legal tips for self-employed people who fear both the axe and a swallowing up of their works.


Freelancers’ Questions: Can a client’s new director just change my work hours?

Legal aid for a freelancer stung by a client representative conflating employed working with self-employed services.

Freelancers' Questions: Who owns the IP rights in a freelancer situation?

Legal aid for an award-winning freelance floral designer, stung by new client representatives displaying copyright ignorance.

How to stop my unprofessional client emailing at odd hours?

A contract is the silver bullet a Virtual Assistant is missing or, at the least, a proper set of Ts & Cs.

Can my pay be refused if one of the client’s two managers disliked my work?

Legal aid for a graphics freelancer who didn’t see eye-to-eye with a PM who pulled the plug.

10 things to consider when signing a consultancy contract

There are two broad areas that freelancers should be concerned with - exposure to commercial risk and exposure to IR35 liabilities.

Can I take legal action over non-payment and unauthorised image use?

Legal aid for a freelancer stung by a client who’s ‘taken the website and run,’ but not before blocking access.

Data fee reminder letter from the ICO: do freelancers need to pay?

All outfits, including those run by the self-employed, potentially need to pay, but check seven exemptions.

What are the pitfalls of freelancing?

Before taking the plunge to the freelancing world its important to recognise and understands the pitfalls of freelancing. 

Is this Intellectual Property clause suitable for my design client and me?

Legal aid for freelancer whose ‘pretty standard’ terms are stopping a client from commissioning him.

New template contract for freelance services handed to self-employed

Download FreelanceUK’s expert-authored legal agreement, and make it your own for freelancing.

Freelancers' Questions: Do I deserve no pay if I reject a late contract?

Legal aid for a freelancer stung after refusing to sign harsh terms governing future and past self-employment.

Freelancers' Questions: Is my client exposing me to an IP rights challenge?

Legal tips for a freelancer who needs the work, but not the risk of infringement.

Intellectual Property Changes: what freelancers need to do before Brexit

Acting sooner rather than later, or just now, is key for IPR freelancers facing December’s deadline.

Freelancers' Questions: How to protect myself if I hire freelancers abroad?

'Mirrored terms, NDAs and translated guarantees are the legal must-dos to use self-employed talent from beyond our shores.’

Can I stop a threatening client trying to take back what they paid me?

Legal aid for a stung freelancer whose relations with his customer have broken down.

Top five contract negotiation tips for creative freelancers

Be reasonable, clued-up and flexible, but not bashful, to get your ‘hard lines’ respected.

Freelancers' Questions: Do self-employed people need to issue their own contracts?

Appear laid back? Or be official? Fortunately for freelancers, both are possible with clients who don’t ‘do’ formalities.

Is my videography client trying to take the footage, and all the credit too?

Putting a legal expert in the picture might help a visuals freelancer whose customer is mistaking an invoice for the contract.

A freelancer’s cut-out-and-keep legal guide to …Term and Termination

To end this FreelanceUK series, a look at your contractual end -- the 'minefield.'

Freelancers, here’s your cut-out-and-keep legal guide to…client obligations

The thorniest of issues in your contract? For self-employed creatives, it’s certainly up there.

Freelancers, here’s your cut-out-and-keep legal guide to…Statement of Works

Not even this pandemic can affect SoW being the most specific and individual clause in your self-employed contract.

Freelancers, amid the coronavirus, these legal steps can help protect you

The self-employed should make a few quick contractual moves to stop COVID-19 harming their business. 

Freelancers’ Questions: How to legally tackle my design client terminating me early?

Six sections could contain an answer for a creative cancelled through no fault of their own.

Freelancers, will you Brexit-proof your commercial contracts and, if so, how?

Self-employed creatives should set their post-December 31st small print sooner rather than later.

What kind of contract do freelancers need?

Whether you’re experienced in your trade or straight out of university, becoming a contractor or freelancer could be the most financially rewarding decision you make. So before you get started, here the kind of contracts that freelancers need. 

So you want to stay self-employed? Better have a substitute

Even if your stand-in remains on the side-lines, your contractual right to them is what matters more.

Can a client who stopped me defecting go back on our one-month contract?

'Your contractual ports of call to avoid hot water, when things have already gone south.'

A UK freelancer's overview of Paternity Rights

How to get supported as a sole trader if you pause self-employment to become a dad.