Report disclaimer

From academic research reports to commercial white papers, and from expert analyses to general guidance documents, written reports come in many flavours. A range of different liabilities may arise out of the production, publication and distribution of such reports. For instance, the law of negligent mis-statement may apply to written reports, particularly where the report is addressed to a specific audience.

The purpose of this report disclaimer is to help manage or reduce the liabilities.

As with all our free legal templates, use of this report disclaimer is subject to our our terms and conditions.

*On website-contracts.co.uk we publish various consultancy agreements, including a version of this document which omits the text attributing authorship to Docular.

More information about report disclaimers

Some example sections from the disclaimer are given below.

  • “This disclaimer governs the use of this report.  [By using this report, you accept this disclaimer in full. / We will ask you to agree to this disclaimer before you can access the report.]”
  • “You must not rely on the information in the report as an alternative to [legal / medical / financial / taxation / accountancy / [other]] advice from an appropriately qualified professional.  If you have any specific questions about any [legal / medical / financial / taxation / accountancy / [other]] matter you should consult an appropriately qualified professional.”
  • “Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing paragraph, we do not represent, warrant, undertake or guarantee … that the use of guidance in the report will lead to any particular outcome or result.”
  • “We will not be liable to you in respect of any business losses, including without limitation loss of or damage to profits, income, revenue, use, production, anticipated savings, business, contracts, commercial opportunities or goodwill.”

Note that this document only addresses the question of the liabilities that may arise from a report.  There may be other legal issues.  For instance, this document does not concern itself with any licence that may be required in connection with the use or re-use of a report.

This disclaimer document does not deal with the requirements that may be imposed upon regulated business – for example business regulated under the UK’s financial services legislation.  Disclaimers are not always enforceable, and if you are unsure how the law regulates disclaimers then you should seek legal advice in relation to their use.

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