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5 Things to Discuss With Your Software Developer

07 March 2018 |

At our March Gregg Latchams Tech Social, we will be welcoming Nic Alpi, co-founder of CookiesHQ, to speak on when – and how – to approach a software development company. But what legal checks should you yourself be performing as due diligence before you start working? Here are five things that you should discuss…

  1. What problem are you looking to solve?  

A clear understanding of the problem you are trying to solve will create a much clearer brief for your software developer: and that usually means fewer revisions, less confusion, and delivery deadlines that are met. It’s no guarantee, of course, but the more that you can help your software developer at the beginning, the better the working relationship is going to be.

  1. Who owns the rights to the work after completion? 

Whether your software developer is going to create a mobile app, internal programme, or tablet platform, you need to be completely aware of the intellectual property rights of the deliverables, once they are completed. This is particularly true for projects that involve graphic design and/or creative writing, so establish the eventual owners before you even get started.

  1. Who is writing the contract – and who decides the terms?

Just like any other terms of agreement, you should ensure that you discuss the contract of work with your software developer before you proceed too far down the line. Having all the requirements and expectations from both parties drawn up will ensure that neither overpromises, underdelivers, or can argue at a later date.

  1. What safeguards will be put in place for security and data protection?

Technology has the opportunity to be misused, so security functionality and data protection – particularly with GDPR coming in – should be a key focus of your discussion. How will your software be guarded internally and externally? With the software development company have access after completion, and do you want them to?

  1. What have you missed? 

At the end of the day, you are contracting an expert to provide a service precisely because it is specialised work, so before you sign on the dotted line or shake hands, make sure that you ask them if you have missed anything. There could be something vital that you have not thought to bring up – and that’s exactly the sort of thing you don’t want to accidentally leave out of your agreement.


Make sure you register to hear Nic speak at our Tech Social on March 8th 2018.

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

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