Boilerplate agreement

A form of agreement without substantive provisions, containing specimen boilerplate clauses (with optional language and alternative clauses in some instances). The clauses are intended to be used with the aid of their integrated drafting notes.

Boilerplate clauses deal with those generic contractual provisions which are generally found in commercial contracts, whatever the nature of the transaction. For example, matters such as the choice of governing law, the mechanism for serving notices, and requirements that any amendments be agreed and documented in writing. They can have significant practical and legal implications for the parties. For example, they may include provisions which restrict rights of assignment, impose obligations of confidentiality or define events of force majeure.

See also Standard document, Boilerplate agreement (tracked changes version), which shows changes made to this document since June 2013, and is intended to assist subscribers with updating their own boilerplate clauses.

For a guide to our materials relating to execution clauses and testimonium clauses, please see our Executing deeds and documents toolkit.

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