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Last edited 19 Nov 2020
An internal contract is one that exists between a principal and an agent, i.e. the agent is legally appointed to act on its behalf. An external contract is one that exists between a principal and a third party, usually with the facilitation of an agent.
Some of the elements typically required in an internal contract include:
- Name of the principal/client.
- Name of the agent/supplier.
- The product and/or services to be provided.
- Start date.
- Estimate of the elapsed time required. (For SLAs, this takes the form of a renewal date.)
- Price and the terms of payment.
- Client’s accountabilities, i.e. what the client must do/provide in order for the supplier to successfully perform the contract.
- Risks and assumptions about external dependencies that may hinder the performance of the contract.
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