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What are SOWs (Statements of Work)

A Statement of Work (sometimes called a Scope of Work) defines project-specific activities for a contractor providing services to the client. An SOW is often an important accompaniment to an MSA or Request for Proposal (RFP).

They are usually created before the project begins and help to define all the important parts of the project. Depending on the complexity of the project, you may have several SOWs nested within one contract โ€” one SOW for each Legal Service Provider or subcontractor.

A statement of work usually defines:

  • Purpose

  • Scope of work

  • Term of the contract

  • Milestone/Deliverables schedule

  • The acceptance criteria for the finished work

  • Cost and payment schedule

How to use Statement of Work contracts in LawVu

โš ๏ธ If you are unable to access Statement of Work contracts, please contact the LawVu Support Team via the Support icon (located bottom-right of your LawVu screen). One of the Support Teams will enable this feature for each of your required contract types.

Once switched on, Statements of Work are displayed as the last tab within the contract:

You can add as many Statements of Work as you like. Clicking the Add statement of work button will present the usual contract upload/wizard creation method with which you will be familiar.

Select the appropriate option and fill out the fields as desired, ensuring that any red required fields are included.

The SOW inherits the members that are included in the original contract. Once a person is added to the contract as a member, they will also be automatically added to the SOW.

The Contract value fields within each individual SOW are collated and displayed as the Total Value in the Statement of work tab.

Within an SOW you can do the same actions as within regular contracts: Set approval stages, move between lifecycle stages, edit details, add other files, start a conversation, etc. You can also restrict the SOW so that only named members can access it.

When viewing your Contracts Grid, key information regarding the number of SOWs attached to each contract, along with their total value, is available through the use of the SOW Count and SOW Value attribute columns.

Example of how to use an SOW

In the animation below, you will see two SOWs nested within one contract. The document itself is found under the Contract file section from the Overview tab. Once you update the contract value field, the total value gets updated as well to reflect the change.

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