Lydia Wanstall

Copy-editing and Proofreading


Terms and conditions

  1. These terms & conditions apply to any work done for the Client by Lydia Wanstall.
  2. The Client is under no obligation to offer Lydia Wanstall work; neither is Lydia Wanstall under any obligation to accept work offered by the Client.
  3. Lydia Wanstall will provide service(s) as mutually agreed, confirmed in writing by the Client.
  4. The work will be carried out unsupervised at such times and places as determined by Lydia Wanstall, using her own equipment.
  5. Lydia Wanstall confirms that she is self-employed, is responsible for her own income tax and National Insurance contributions, and will not claim benefits granted to the Client’s employees.
  6. Lydia Wanstall agrees to attend the Client’s or other premises for necessary meetings, the time spent and agreed reasonable expenses incurred to be reimbursed by the Client.
  7. The Client will reimburse Lydia Wanstall for agreed reasonable expenses over and above usual expenses incurred in the process of editorial work.
  8. The Client will pay Lydia Wanstall a fee per hour OR an agreed flat fee for the job.
  9. The completed work will be delivered on or before the date agreed, for the agreed fee, which will be based on the description of the work required and the brief, both supplied by the Client.
  10. If, however, upon receipt of the item to be worked on or at an early stage, it becomes apparent that significantly more work is required than had been anticipated in the preliminary discussion/brief, Lydia Wanstall may renegotiate the fee and/or the deadline.
  11. Similarly, if, during the term of Lydia Wanstall’s work, additional tasks are requested by the Client, Lydia Wanstall may renegotiate the fee and/or the deadline.
  12. If the project is lengthy, Lydia Wanstall may invoice periodically for completed stages.
  13. Any content created by Lydia Wanstall as part of the copy-editing/proofreading/project management process will become the copyright of the Client, unless otherwise agreed.
  14. The nature and content of the work will be kept confidential and not made known to anyone other than the Client and its contractors without prior written permission.
  15. Lydia Wanstall guarantees that any work that she subcontracts on behalf of the Client will be completed to the same standard, schedule and budget and with the same conditions of confidentiality.
  16. If Lydia Wanstall’s work is unsatisfactory, Lydia Wanstall will rectify it in her own time and at her own expense.
  17. Unless agreed otherwise at the outset, payment will be made within 30 days of receipt of Lydia Wanstall’s invoice, according to the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 (amended 2002 and 2013).
  18. The information that the Client and Lydia Wanstall may keep on record is covered by the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation. No more such information will be held than is necessary, at any time, to comply with those terms and with any compliance statement or privacy policy published by the Client and/or the Freelance. Both the Client and the Freelance agree that, where consent is required to hold or process such data, such consent has been requested and obtained and both facts can be demonstrated. Either may view the other’s records to ensure that they are relevant, correct and up to date.
  19. Either the Client or Lydia Wanstall has the right to terminate a contract for services if there is a serious breach of its terms.
  20. If Lydia Wanstall has made a substantial contribution to the copy-editing/proofreading/project management of the work, she will be entitled to receive one free copy of the work.
  21. Lydia Wanstall may use the Client’s name in her promotional material.
  22. This agreement is subject to the laws of England and Wales, and both Freelance and Client agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts.


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We have been working with Lydia for a year now and she has edited long and complex as well as short texts on environmental health topics for us. We have always been very happy with her timely and high-quality work. For us as non-native speakers, we need an editor in whom we can have a lot of confidence and Lydia is always willing to provide substantial advice on how to best use the English language.

Water and Sanitation at European Centre for Environment and Health, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Thanks very much for your work. Your copy-edit was really good, both in improving readability and in pointing out/questioning issues with content.

Kate Taylor
Assistant Editor at Cambridge Publishing Management Ltd

It’s a real pleasure to work with Lydia. She copy-edited a lengthy and complex publication in line with the UNICEF style guide and did so with great flexibility, good humour and perfect compliance with tight deadlines. Her services are highly recommended.

Marie Wernham
Consultant at CREATE and author of UNICEF Child Rights Education Toolkit