Helping New Zealand public sector agencies get contracts in place quickly and without the usual pain and cost
Public sector lawyers and procurers: build your contracts with our automated builders or choose clauses for an existing contract from our clause library. Ask questions and, if you need help with a contract, get in touch.
Richard Best Law
Richard Best, Principal
The Contract Foundry has been created by Richard Best Law. We have extensive experience in creating easy to use and modern contract templates and have been deeply involved in evolving contracting processes within the Crown and other public sector entities over time. We have worked in both in-house and external advisory capacities on a wide range of single supply, panel supply, syndicated, All of Government, and common capability contracts for the Crown, Crown entities and other organisations, often with an ICT focus. We have also developed numerous contracts associated with the transfer of functions from one part of the Crown to another, and Richard is the author of, among other things, Public Sector ICT Procurement: Practical Implications for the Public and Private Sectors (2013, NZLS Conference booklet).
What you get
Members who pay a subscription fee get access to our range of contract builders. You can use them to build MSAs, GMCs, confidentiality agreements, MOUs, and more, in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost it would otherwise usually take.
All members get access to our ever-expanding library of contract clauses, for use in a wide range of contracting scenarios. If you're working on a current contract and looking for a clause to address a particular issue, check out the library.
From our earlier days, we know what it's like when you have a public contracting question and need a quick answer. If you have such a question, check out our knowledge base. If your question hasn't been answered, feel free to ask us directly.
What clients say
"Thank you for completing our instructions [Richard]... your work is exemplary"
Senior Procurement Adviser, Government Ministry (in the context of a contract templates project)
Richard has an incisive mind and is able to translate extremely complex commercial supply strategies into manageable contractual frameworks that both allow value to be provided and mitigate commercial risk.”
Former Manager of AoG Supply Strategy, Department of Internal Affairs
"Richard’s deep IT knowledge and application make him remarkably versatile."
Former Assistant General-Counsel, Commerce Commission
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What are you waiting for?
If you have a .govt.nz email address, you can sign up to the clause library and knowledge base for free! If you pay for a monthly or annual subscription for access to the contract builders (anyone can do that) and genuinely believe they don’t add value, you can call on our no risk 14-day money back guarantee.
Anyone working within a public sector agency can access the clause library and knowledge base for free. This means anyone with a .govt.nz email address. Anyone can access the contract builders upon signing up to a paid subscription.
We need a name and email address to provide you with a logon to the site. Other than that, you can use the site without disclosing personal or commercially sensitive information. For example, you don't need to disclose any further information to use the clause library and, if you wish, you can use the contract builders in a way that doesn't involve the sharing of any personal or commercially sensitive information.
We take security seriously and understand the importance of security to public sector agencies. We use a range of methods to secure our service (including a reliable hosting provider that prides itself on security, encryption, a software firewall, and a malware scanner). The service we use for our contract builders installs per-client instances on AWS and undergoes regular security testing, and your data is encrypted in transit and at rest. See our Security page for more details.
Yes, if you do this, you'll only need one login to access all these parts of the site.
Yes, absolutely. For example, you might wish to build a draft contract with one of our contract builders and then have it tweaked to your specific circumstances, or you might wish to seek help with negotiating or finalising it. We're happy to help. Our normal rates will apply.
Yes. We want to make the library resource as helpful as possible. If you'd like to suggest a clause to be added, please use our add clause feature (Find a clause > Add clause). We reserve the right to accept or reject submitted clauses, and to tweak the wording if we think it's necessary or desirable to do so.
Yes, please feel free to do that. The more feedback we receive, the better. To suggest an amendment, please email us through the site's contact form.
Yes, we are open to adding further contract builders to the site over time. If you have one in mind that you'd like us to add, please get in touch via our contact form.
Yes, you will indeed.
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