The following definitions apply:
1.1 The Customer Letter constitutes an offer by the Supplier to purchase Services and shall be agreed when the Customer issues an Acceptance.
1.2 The contract constitutes the entire agreement between the parties.
2.1 The Supplier shall supply the Services to the Customer in accordance with the Specification.
2.2 The Supplier shall use all reasonable endeavours to meet the requirements specified in the Customer Letter.
2.3 The Supplier shall have the right to make any changes to the Services which are necessary to comply with any applicable law or safety requirement, or which do not materially affect the nature or quality of the Services
2.4 The Supplier warrants to the Customer that the Services will be provided using reasonable care and skill.
3.1 The Customer shall:
3.2 If the Supplier's performance of any of its obligations under the contract is prevented or delayed by any act or omission by the Customer:
4.1 The Charges for the Services shall be calculated in accordance with the Supplier's standard fee rates, as set out in the Customer Letter.
4.2 The Supplier shall be entitled to charge the Customer for any expenses reasonably incurred by the individuals whom the Supplier engages in connection with the Services including, but not limited to, travelling expenses, hotel costs, subsistence and any associated expenses, and for the cost of services provided by third parties and required by the Supplier for the performance of the Services, and for the cost of any materials.
4.3 The Supplier reserves the right to increase its standard fee rates. The Supplier will give the Customer written notice of any such increase before the proposed date of the increase.
4.4 The Supplier shall invoice the Customer on completion of the Services or otherwise in accordance with the Supplier’s standard terms of business.
4.5 The Customer shall pay each invoice submitted by the Supplier:
4.6 All amounts payable by the Customer under the contract are exclusive of amounts in respect of value added tax chargeable for the time being (VAT).
4.7 Without limiting any other right or remedy of the Supplier, if the Customer fails to make any payment due to the Supplier under the contract by the due date for payment (Due Date), the Supplier shall have the right to charge interest on the overdue amount at the rate of 4 per cent per annum above the then current HSBC's base rate accruing on a daily basis from the Due Date until the date of actual payment of the overdue amount.
4.8 The Customer shall pay all amounts due under the contract in full without any deduction or withholding except as required by law and the Customer shall not be entitled to assert any credit, set-off or counterclaim against the Supplier in order to justify withholding payment of any such amount in whole or in part. The Supplier may, without limiting its other rights or remedies, set off any amount owing to it by the Customer against any amount payable by the Supplier to the Customer.
5.1 All Intellectual Property Rights in or arising out of or in connection with the Services shall be owned by the Supplier.
5.2 The Customer acknowledges that, in respect of any third party Intellectual Property Rights, the Customer's use of any such Intellectual Property Rights is conditional on the Supplier obtaining a written licence from the relevant licensor on such terms as will entitle the Supplier to license such rights to the Customer.
5.3 All Supplier Materials are the exclusive property of the Supplier.
A party (Receiving Party) shall keep in strict confidence all technical or commercial know-how, specifications, inventions, processes or initiatives which are of a confidential nature and have been disclosed to the Receiving Party by the other party (Disclosing Party), its employees, agents or subcontractors, and any other confidential information concerning the Disclosing Party's business or its products or its services which the Receiving Party may obtain. The Receiving Party shall restrict disclosure of such confidential information to such of its employees, agents or subcontractors as need to know it for the purpose of discharging the Receiving Party's obligations under the contract, and shall ensure that such employees, agents or subcontractors are subject to obligations of confidentiality corresponding to those which bind the Receiving Party. This clause 6 shall survive termination of the contract.
7.1 Nothing in these Conditions shall limit or exclude the Supplier's liability for:
7.2 Subject to clause 7.1:
7.3 Except as set out in these Conditions, all warranties, conditions and other terms implied by statute or common law are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from the contract.
7.4 This clause 7 shall survive termination of the contract.
8.1 Without limiting its other rights or remedies, each party may terminate the contract with immediate effect by giving written notice to the other party if:
8.2 Without limiting its other rights or remedies, the Supplier may terminate the contract with immediate effect by giving written notice to the Customer if the Customer fails to pay any amount due under this contract on the due date for payment.
8.3 Without limiting its other rights or remedies, each party shall have the right to terminate the contract by giving the other party 30 days’ written notice. In the event that the Customer elects to terminate the contract, charges may apply.
8.4 Without limiting its other rights or remedies, the Supplier shall have the right to suspend provision of the Services under the contract or any other contract between the Customer and the Supplier if the Customer becomes subject to any of the events listed in clause 8.1(b)) to clause 8.1(c), or the Supplier reasonably believes that the Customer is about to become subject to any of them, or if the Customer fails to pay any amount due under this contract on the due date for payment.
On termination of the contract for any reason:
10.1 Assignment and subcontracting:
10.3 No partnership: Nothing in the contract is intended to, or shall be deemed to, constitute a partnership or joint venture of any kind between any of the parties, nor constitute any party the agent of another party for any purpose. No party shall have authority to act as agent for, or to bind, the other party in any way.
10.4 Third parties: A person who is not a party to the contract shall not have any rights under or in connection with it.
10.5 Variation: Except as set out in these Conditions, any variation, including the introduction of any additional terms and conditions, to the contract, shall only be binding when agreed in writing and signed by the Supplier.
10.6 Governing law and jurisdiction: This contract, and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, English law, and the parties irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.