Standard Terms & Conditions
The Customer’s attention is particularly drawn to the provisions of clause 8.
1.1 Definitions. In these Conditions, the following definitions apply:
Business Day:a day (other than a Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday) when banks in London are open for business.
Commencement Date:has the meaning set out in clause 2.2.
Conditions:these terms and conditions as amended from time to time in accordance with clause 11.8.
Content:all information, materials, documents, photographs and other content submitted by a Customer to the Supplier.
Contract:the contract between the Supplier and the Customer for the supply of Services in accordance with these Conditions.
Corporate Customer:means any Customer with an established corporate account with the Supplier.
Customer:the person or firm who purchases the Services from the Supplier.
Force Majeure Event:has the meaning given to it in clause 11.1(a).
Intellectual Property Rights:all patents, rights to inventions, utility models, copyright and related rights, trade marks, service marks, trade, business and domain names, rights in trade dress or get-up, rights in goodwill or to sue for passing off, unfair competition rights, rights in designs, rights in computer software, database right, topography rights, moral rights, rights in confidential information (including know-how and trade secrets) and any other intellectual property rights, in each case whether registered or unregistered and including all applications for and renewals or extensions of such rights, and all similar or equivalent rights or forms of protection in any part of the world.
Order:the Customer’s order for the supply of Services, as set out in the Customer’s online purchase order form.
Services:the provision of an online public relations service.
Supplier: Equinox Financial Search and Selection Ltd, t/a NonExecutiveDirectors.com registered in England and Wales with company number 05715110.
1.2 Construction. In these Conditions, the following rules apply :
- (a) a person includes a natural person, corporate or unincorporated body (whether or not having separate legal personality);
- (b) a reference to a party includes its successors or permitted assigns;
- (c) a reference to writing or written includes faxes and e-mails.
2. Basis of contract
2.1 The Order constitutes an offer by the Customer to purchase Services from the Supplier in accordance with these Conditions.
2.2 The Order shall only be deemed to be accepted when the Supplier issues written acceptance of the Order at which point and on which date the Contract shall come into existence (Commencement Date).
2.3 The Contract constitutes the entire agreement between the parties. The Customer acknowledges that it has not relied on any statement, promise or representation made or given by or on behalf of the Supplier which is not set out in the Contract. Any samples, drawings, descriptive matter or advertising issued by the Supplier and any descriptions or illustrations contained in the Supplier’s catalogues or brochures are issued or published for the sole purpose of giving an approximate idea of the Services described in them. They shall not form part of the Contract or any other contract between the Supplier and the Customer for the supply of Services.
2.4 These Conditions apply to the Contract to the exclusion of any other terms that the Customer seeks to impose or incorporate, or which are implied by trade, custom, practice or course of dealing.
2.5 Any quotation given by the Supplier shall not constitute an offer, and is only valid for a period of 20 Business Days from its date of issue.
3. Supply of Services
3.1 The Supplier shall provide the Services to the Customer.
3.2 The Supplier shall use all reasonable endeavours to meet any performance dates for the Services, but any such dates shall be estimates only and time shall not be of the essence for the performance of the Services.
3.3 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, and the Supplier shall notify the Customer in any such event.
3.4 While the Supplier will distribute acceptable Content to various media outlets, the Supplier makes no guarantee that any Content will be published or in any other way used by any third parties to whom it is sent, and the Supplier makes no representations or warranties whatsoever in relation to any potential improvement in search engine rankings or similar potential benefits.
4. Customer’s obligations
4.1 The Customer warrants to the Supplier that it is entering into the Contract as a business and not as a consumer. If the Customer is a consumer, then it should contact the Supplier directly.
4.2 The Customer warrants to the Supplier that:
- (a) the Customer is authorised to submit the Content to the Supplier and that the Supplier is free to use any and all of the Content, and the Customer’s name, in the provision of the Services, or otherwise as the Supplier, acting reasonably, deems appropriate, including for marketing purposes;
- (b) the Content is true and accurate in all material respects;
- (c) the Customer is not impersonating any person or misrepresenting the Customer’s affiliation with any person;
- (d) the use of the Content by the Supplier does not constitute a breach of the Intellectual Property of any person;
- (e) the Content does not include or contain any information which is, or may be considered to be, illegal, inappropriate or otherwise against the spirit of the provision of the Services, and the Customer confirms that the Supplier may remove or refuse to publish or deal with any Content which the Supplier, in its sole discretion, considers to be illegal, inappropriate or otherwise against the spirit of the provision of the Services, including, but not limited to, pornographic material, gambling, live video media, live satellite media, phone unlocking or cloning, file sharing or music downloading. Repeated attempts by the Customer to provide Content of the type mentioned in this clause 4.2(e) may result in the refusal by the Supplier to provide the Services, without refund, and where appropriate, suspension or closure of any corporate account.
4.3 The Customer shall:
- (a) ensure that the terms of the Order are complete and accurate;
- (b) co-operate with the Supplier in all matters relating to the Services;
- (c) provide the Supplier with such information and materials as the Supplier may reasonably require to supply the Services, and ensure that such information is accurate in all material respects;
4.4 If the Supplier’s performance of any of its obligations in respect of the Services is prevented or delayed by any act or omission by the Customer or failure by the Customer to perform any relevant obligation (Customer Default):
- (a) the Supplier shall without limiting its other rights or remedies have the right to suspend performance of the Services until the Customer remedies the Customer Default, and to rely on the Customer Default to relieve it from the performance of any of its obligations to the extent the Customer Default prevents or delays the Supplier’s performance of any of its obligations;
- (b) the Supplier shall not be liable for any costs or losses sustained or incurred by the Customer arising directly or indirectly from the Supplier’s failure or delay to perform any of its obligations as set out in this clause 4.4; and
- (c) the Customer shall reimburse the Supplier on written demand for any costs or losses sustained or incurred by the Supplier arising directly or indirectly from the Customer Default.
5. Charges and payment
5.1 The charges for Services shall be as set out on the Supplier’ website, but all errors and omissions are hereby excluded. The Supplier reserves the right to alter its charges for the Services at any time. All prices are subject to fair usage.
5.2 The Customer (excluding Corporate Customers) shall pay for the Services in full in advance, by credit or debit card using the World Pay system used by the Supplier.
5.3 Corporate Customers will be asked to pay for their very first corporate account by debit or credit card using the Paypal system used by the Supplier. Every month the Corporate Customer will be sent an invoice a week before their monthly contract is due to expire. The Corporate Customer shall pay all invoices within that week by credit or debit card using the Paypal system used by the Supplier. In the event that payment is not made in accordance with this clause, accounts will be deactivated until the invoice is paid.
5.4 Time for payment shall be of the essence of the Contract.
5.5 All amounts payable by the Customer under the Contract are exclusive of amounts in respect of value added tax chargeable from time to time (VAT). Where any taxable supply for VAT purposes is made under the Contract by the Supplier to the Customer, the Customer shall, on receipt of a valid VAT invoice from the Supplier, pay to the Supplier such additional amounts in respect of VAT as are chargeable on the supply of the Services at the same time as payment is due for the supply of the Services.
5.6 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.
5.7 The Supplier will not make refunds under any circumstances.
6. Intellectual property rights
6.1 All Intellectual Property Rights in or arising out of or in connection with the Services shall be owned by the Supplier.
6.2 The Customer acknowledges that, in respect of any third party Intellectual Property Rights in the Services, 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.
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 7 shall survive termination of the Contract.
8. Limitation of liability and Indemnity: THE CUSTOMER’S ATTENTION IS PARTICULARLY DRAWN TO THIS CLAUSE
8.1 Nothing in these Conditions shall limit or exclude the Supplier’s liability for death or personal injury caused by its negligence, or the negligence of its employees, agents or subcontractors, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.
8.2 Subject to clause 8.1:
- (a) The Supplier shall not be liable for the accuracy and authenticity of any of the Content, which shall be the sole responsibility of the Customer;
- (b) the Supplier shall not be liable to the Customer, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, for any loss of profit, or for any indirect or consequential loss arising under or in connection with the Contract; and
- (c) the Supplier’s total liability to the Customer in respect of all other losses arising under or in connection with the Contract, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, shall not exceed the amount paid by the Customer in relation to the provision of the Services.
8.3 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.
8.4 The Customer shall fully indemnify and hold harmless the Supplier, its agents, officers and employees, and any third parties with whom the Supplier deals in relation to the provision of the Services, against any claim, action, liability, loss, damage or suit (Claims), arising from the use by the Supplier of the Content in any way as set out in clause 4.2 above.
8.5 The Customer shall fully indemnify and hold harmless the Supplier, its agents, officers and employees, and any third parties with whom the Supplier deals in relation to the provision of the Services, against any Claims, arising from any breach of warranty or representation made to the Supplier by or on behalf of the Customer, or for any breach by the Customer of the provisions of these Conditions.
8.6 The indemnities set out in clauses 8.4 and 8.5 above shall include an obligation to pay any and all expenses and costs incurred by the Supplier in investigating and defending any Claims.
8.7 This clause 8 shall survive termination of the Contract.
9.1 Without limiting its other rights or remedies, the Supplier may terminate the Contract (and any corporate accounts which Corporate Customers may have with the Supplier) with immediate effect by giving written notice to the Customer if:
- (a) the Customer commits a material breach of its obligations under this Contract and (if such breach is remediable) fails to remedy that breach within 5 days after receipt of notice in writing of the breach;
- (b) the Customer suspends, or threatens to suspend, payment of its debts or is unable to pay its debts as they fall due or admits inability to pay its debts or (being a company) is deemed unable to pay its debts within the meaning of section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986 or (being an individual) is deemed either unable to pay its debts or as having no reasonable prospect of so doing, in either case, within the meaning of section 268 of the Insolvency Act 1986 or (being a partnership) has any partner to whom any of the foregoing apply;
- (c) the Customer commences negotiations with all or any class of its creditors with a view to rescheduling any of its debts, or makes a proposal for or enters into any compromise or arrangement with its creditors;
- (d) a petition is filed, a notice is given, a resolution is passed, or an order is made, for or in connection with the winding up of the Customer (being a company);
- (e) the Customer (being an individual) is the subject of a bankruptcy petition or order;
- (f) a creditor or encumbrancer of the Customer attaches or takes possession of, or a distress, execution, sequestration or other such process is levied or enforced on or sued against, the whole or any part of its assets and such attachment or process is not discharged within 14 days;
- (g) an application is made to court, or an order is made, for the appointment of an administrator or if a notice of intention to appoint an administrator is given or if an administrator is appointed over the Customer (being a company);
- (h) a floating charge holder over the assets of the Customer (being a company) has become entitled to appoint or has appointed an administrative receiver;
- (i) a person becomes entitled to appoint a receiver over the assets of the Customer or a receiver is appointed over the assets of the other party;
- (j) any event occurs, or proceeding is taken, with respect to the Customer in any jurisdiction to which it is subject that has an effect equivalent or similar to any of the events mentioned in clause 9.1(b) to clause 9.1(i) (inclusive);
- (k) the Customer suspends, threatens to suspend, ceases or threatens to cease to carry on, all or substantially the whole of its business; or
- (l) the Customer (being an individual) dies or, by reason of illness or incapacity (whether mental or physical), is incapable of managing his own affairs or becomes a patient under any mental health legislation.
9.2 Without limiting its other rights or remedies, the Supplier may terminate the Contract:
- (a) by giving the Customer 1 months’ written notice;
- (b) 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.
9.3 Without limiting its other rights or remedies, the Supplier shall have the right to suspend the supply of Services under the Contract or any other contract between the Customer and the Supplier if:
- (a) the Customer fails to make pay any amount due under this Contract on the due date for payment; or
- (b) the Customer becomes subject to any of the events listed in clause 9.1(b) to clause 9.1(l), or the Supplier reasonably believes that the Customer is about to become subject to any of them.
10. Consequences of termination
On termination of the Contract for any reason:
- (a) the Customer shall immediately pay to the Supplier all of the Supplier’s outstanding unpaid invoices and interest and, in respect of Services supplied but for which no invoice has yet been submitted, the Supplier shall submit an invoice, which shall be payable by the Customer immediately on receipt;
- (b) the accrued rights and remedies of the parties as at termination shall not be affected, including the right to claim damages in respect of any breach of the Contract which existed at or before the date of termination or expiry; and
- (c) clauses which expressly or by implication have effect after termination shall continue in full force and effect.
11.1 Force majeure:
- (a) For the purposes of this Contract, Force Majeure Event means an event beyond the reasonable control of the Supplier including but not limited to strikes, lock-outs or other industrial disputes (whether involving the workforce of the party or any other party), failure of a utility service or transport network, act of God, war, riot, civil commotion, malicious damage, compliance with any law or governmental order, rule, regulation or direction, accident, breakdown of plant or machinery, fire, flood, storm or default of suppliers or subcontractors.
- (b) The Supplier shall not be liable to the Customer as a result of any delay or failure to perform its obligations under this Contract as a result of a Force Majeure Event.
- (c) If the Force Majeure Event prevents the Supplier from providing any of the Services for more than 2 weeks, the Supplier shall, without limiting its other rights or remedies, have the right to terminate this Contract immediately by giving written notice to the Customer.
11.2 Assignment and subcontracting:
- (a) The Supplier may at any time assign, transfer, charge, subcontract or deal in any other manner with all or any of its rights under the Contract and may subcontract or delegate in any manner any or all of its obligations under the Contract to any third party.
- (b) The Customer shall not, without the prior written consent of the Supplier, assign, transfer, charge, subcontract or deal in any other manner with all or any of its rights or obligations under the Contract.
- (a) Any notice or other communication required to be given to a party under or in connection with this Contract shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the other party personally or sent by prepaid first-class post, recorded delivery or by commercial courier, at its registered office (if a company) or (in any other case) its principal place of business, or sent by fax to the other party’s main fax number, or by email to that parties’ email address as notified to the other party from time to time.
- (b) Any notice or other communication shall be deemed to have been duly received if delivered personally, when left at such addressor, if sent by prepaid first-class post or recorded delivery, at 9.00 a.m. on the second Business Day after posting, or if delivered by commercial courier, on the date and at the time that the courier’s delivery receipt is signed, or if sent by fax or email, on the next Business Day after transmission.
- (c) This clause 11.3 shall not apply to the service of any proceedings or other documents in any legal action.
11.4 Waiver and cumulative remedies:
- (a) A waiver of any right under the Contract is only effective if it is in writing and shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any subsequent breach or default. No failure or delay by a party in exercising any right or remedy under the Contract or by law shall constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor preclude or restrict its further exercise. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy shall preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.
- (b) Unless specifically provided otherwise, rights arising under the Contract are cumulative and to not exclude rights provided by law.
- (a) If a court or any other competent authority finds that any provision of the Contract (or part of any provision) is invalid, illegal or unenforceable, that provision or part-provision shall, to the extent required, be deemed deleted, and the validity and enforceability of the other provisions of the Contract shall not be affected.
- (b) If any invalid, unenforceable or illegal provision of the Contract would be valid, enforceable and legal if some part of it were deleted, the provision shall apply with the minimum modification necessary to make it legal, valid and enforceable.
11.6 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.
11.7 Third parties: A person who is not a party to the Contract shall not have any rights under or in connection with it.
11.8 Variation: 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.
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