National Freelancers Day 2017 promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a packed schedule of industry experts providing invaluable advice and support through a series of comprehensive seminars, masterclasses and workshops.
 
Whatever your industry, passion or age, this year’s NFD has something for you. Following three strands – student, new to freelancing and experienced freelancers – the day will include a host of tailor-made sessions covering everything you need to know about launching and running a stimulating and successful freelance business.
 
Rianda Markram, head of content and training at LHS Solicitors’ LLP (LHS), will be presenting ‘the legal part: ensuring your contract doesn’t catch you out’.
 
Rianda originally qualified as an attorney in South Africa in 2001 and specialised in civil litigation. She emigrated to the UK in 2005 and has since qualified as a solicitor in England. Rianda joined the predecessor to LHS as a commercial solicitor in 2006 and has been advising businesses on all commercial aspects of running a business for more than 10 years. 
 
Rianda will be delivering the session in the experienced freelancer programme with her colleague Edward Pearce, employment consultancy team manager, from 3.45-4.15.
 
Rianda said: “The session is focussed on business contracts and how to get it right. As a freelancer you’ll find that most of your decisions and day-to-day dealings with other businesses will be underpinned by some sort of agreement.  
 
“The importance of making sure that your business contracts are well-considered and set out clearly cannot be overstated. Having a well drafted contract will give you business certainty and can help to prevent costly disputes that distract you from running your business.  
 
“In our session we’ll discuss the basic elements of a contract and the main issues to consider when you are drafting or reviewing a commercial contract. We’ll be giving practical, plain English advice and drafting tips on contracts for freelancers. Having an understanding of contracts will minimise the risk of having to deal with disputes that can damage your reputation and cost you money.      
 
“I am very excited; this will be my second year attending NFD as a presenter. I look forward to meeting students and IPSE members and share my experience on the legal aspects that freelancers face when they are starting or growing a business.” 
 
Rianda’s colleague Elsa Caleb, start-up team manager at LHS, will be running a secondary session specialising in starting and developing small businesses. More details of that session can be read  here.