IR35 Contract Review – Essential

Join the thousands of contractors who’ve had contracts reviewed from an IR35 status perspective by our expert team over the past decade

What Does An IR35 Review (Essential) Provide?

The importance of having your contracts reviewed, despite legislation changes, from an IR35 perspective cannot be underestimated. When HMRC decide to open an enquiry in to the IR35 status of a contractor, the engagement(s) in question will be requested and reviewed, along with liaising with the end client(s) to ensure that the working practices mirror the written contractual terms.

It is therefore imperative that all contractors are proactive and show that they have taken reasonable steps to understand IR35 and ascertain their status accordingly, even if it has been assessed by a different party in the supply chain.  By undergoing an IR35 contract review this demonstrates to HMRC exactly that, and is a key indicator towards proving your IR35 status.


Why choose a Roots IR35 Contract Review – Essential?

By using the vastly experienced in-house expertise of Roots Contractor Insurance you can ensure you put yourself in the best position to avoid being caught on the wrong side of IR35. We’ve personally reviewed thousands of contracts and IR35 statuses from an IR35 perspective, and have been working in and around IR35 since the mid 2000’s at some of the biggest names in market, so you know you are in safe hands.

Being able to evidence your IR35 status and provide this to HMRC with the necessary documentation, evidencing that you have taken proactive action to ensure you are outside of IR35 will greatly aid the defence of the case, which itself can a very stressful time.  Once the contract has been reviewed an opinion is provided as to if it is a pass or fail. If the review provides a fail opinion, we will liaise with you to advise on the recommended amendments and additions to clauses within the contract and then re-asses it once implemented.


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IR35 is What We Do

We’ve been involved in IR35 since the mid 2000’s at some of the markets biggest companies – personally handling hundreds of IR35 enquiries and reviewing thousands of contracts from and IR35 perspective. So when it comes to IR35, you know you are in safe hands with Roots.

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FREE With Every PI Policy

An IR35 Contract Review is provided completely FREE of charge with every Professional Indemnity Insurance policy purchased via our website – giving you maximum value for your money and access to help you understand and improve your IR35 status.

IR35 Contract Review (Essential) Product Features


Overall Inside/Outside IR35 Opinion

In a nutshell we let you know our opinion on your contract and if it falls inside or outside of IR35 having considered the key status tests, providing you with a comprehensive overview of how and why we’ve come to our decision.


Succinct List of Recommend Changes

Comprehensive feedback informing you of recommended changes, having scrutinised the contract for all of the archetypal IR35 fail clauses, and advise you on the changes advised to be made to ensure you are outside of IR35.


Required Insurances Highlighted

We will help you remain contractually compliant, by providing you with a clean and complete list of the contractor insurances your business is required to have in place prior to and during the engagement with the end client.



How do HMRC undertake an IR35 enquiry?

During an IR35 status enquiry, HMRC will check to ensure that you are in business on your own account and that you are not a disguised employee. They will review your engagements, the associated contracts and liaise with the end clients to ensure that the working practices mirrored what actually takes place and what would be allowed to take place, as well as requesting sight of various other pieces of supporting information.  Once this has been provided, HMRC will review it all and form an opinion as to if you are deemed to be a disguised employee or not i.e. inside or outside of IR35.

Do you liaise with the recruitment and end client?

There are times when the agency or end client is being difficult to get hold of and/or deal with.  Our team of experts have the experience to negotiate on your behalf to ensure that your contract has the required new clauses added, or existing clauses amended so that your position and IR35 status strengthened. It is common for issues to arise around making changes to a contract and there being a reluctance for the agency or end client to agree to them, especially with the larger organisations who often have to go through a legal team to get the changes reviewed and agreed. We are used to dealing with this and use our vast knowledge and expertise to ensure it gets done as quickly and as hassle free as possible.

Why have you not commented on every IR35 clause in the contract?

This element is not included in this product, but it is included as standard within our IR35 Contract Review – Premium product.

How do I send my contract/documents to you to review?

Copies of your contract and any other supporting documentation should be emailed to us at [email protected]

No contract at all?

Contractors that think that by not having a written contract in place means they are exempt from being caught inside IR35 then they need to think again.  HMRC can, and will likely conclude a ‘hypothetical contract’ based on the working arrangements they deem are in place between the contractor and the end client, which will likely be found to be inside of IR35.

How do I get a FREE IR35 Status Review?

All you need to do is register with The Contractor Compliance Portal, which like Roots Contractor is part of the Vestura Group, and complete a Contractor Assessment. It’s completely free at all times and registering can be done by clicking here.