1.0 Definitions and interpretation
- Business Day: a day, other than a Saturday or Sunday, when banks in London are open for business.
- Charges: the charges payable by the Customer for the supply of the Services in accordance with 5.
- Commencement Date: has the meaning given in 2.2.
- Conditions: these terms and conditions as amended from time to time in accordance with 11.5.
- Confidential Information: information relating to the Customer provided by the Customer to the Supplier in the provision of the Services.
- Contract: the contract between the Supplier and the Customer for the supply of Services in accordance with these Conditions.
- Customer: the person or firm who purchases Services from the Supplier.
- Customer Default: has the meaning set out in 4.2.
- Deliverables: the deliverables set out in the Order produced by the Supplier for the Customer.
- Intellectual Property Rights: rights to Inventions, copyright and neighbouring and related rights, trademarks and service marks, business names and domain names, goodwill and the right to sue for passing off.
- Order: the Customer’s order for Services as set out in the Customer’s acceptance of the Specification.
- Services: the services, including the Deliverables, supplied by the Supplier to the Customer as set out in the Specification.
- Specification: the description or specification of the Services provided by the Supplier to the Customer incorporating these Conditions.
- Supplier: TYCHON CONSULTANTS LIMITED incorporated and registered in Scotland with company number SC682636 whose registered office is at 9 Bankers Brae, Balfron, Glasgow, Stirlingshire, Scotland, G63 0PY.
- Supplier Materials: has the meaning set out in 4.1(h).
- Tax: all forms of tax and charges, duties, imposts, contributions, levies, withholdings or liabilities wherever chargeable and whether of the UK or any other jurisdiction (including, for the avoidance of doubt, National Insurance contributions) and any penalty, fine, surcharge, interest, charges or costs relating to it.
- Tax Authority: any authority, body or official competent to impose, assess or collect Tax in the UK or elsewhere.
- References to clauses and the Schedule are to the clauses of and the Schedule to these Conditions.
- The Schedule forms part of these Conditions and any reference to these Conditions includes the Schedule.
2.0 Basis of contract
- The Order constitutes an offer by the Customer to purchase Services in accordance with these Conditions.
- 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).
- Any 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 have any contractual force.
- 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 law, trade custom, practice or course of dealing.
- Any quotation given by the Supplier shall not constitute an offer. A quotation is only valid for a period of 5 Business Days from its date of issue.
3.0 Supply of Services
- The Supplier shall supply the Services to the Customer in accordance with the Specification in all material respects.
- The Supplier shall use all reasonable endeavours to meet any performance dates specified, but any such dates shall be estimates only and time shall not be of the essence for performance of the Services.
- The Supplier reserves the right to amend the Specification if necessary to comply with any applicable law or regulatory requirement, or if the amendment will not materially affect the nature or quality of the Services, and the Supplier shall notify the Customer in any such event.
- The Supplier warrants to the Customer that the Services will be provided using reasonable care and skill.
4.0 Customer's obligations
- The Customer shall:
- ensure that the terms of the Order and any information it provides in the Specification are complete and accurate;
- co-operate with the Supplier in all matters relating to the Services;
- provide the Supplier with such information and materials as the Supplier may reasonably require to supply the Services, and ensure that such information is complete and accurate in all material respects;
- comply with all applicable laws, including health and safety laws; and
- keep all materials, equipment, documents and other property of the Supplier (Supplier Materials) at the Customer’s premises in safe custody at its own risk, maintain the Supplier Materials in good condition until returned to the Supplier, and not dispose of or use the Supplier Materials other than in accordance with the Supplier’s written instructions or authorisation.
- 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 or failure by the Customer to perform any relevant obligation (Customer Default):
- without limiting or affecting any other right or remedy available to it, the Supplier shall 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 in each case to the extent the Customer Default prevents or delays the Supplier’s performance of any of its obligations;
- 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 4.2; and
- 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.
5.0 Charges and payment
- The Charges for the Services shall be set out in the Specification.
- 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 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.
- The Supplier shall invoice the Customer in advance of completion of the Services.
- The Customer shall pay each invoice submitted by the Supplier:
- within 3 days of the date of the invoice; and
- in full and in cleared funds to a bank account nominated in writing by the Supplier, and time for payment shall be of the essence of the Contract.
- 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.
- If the Customer fails to make a payment due to the Supplier under the Contract by the due date, then, without limiting the Supplier’s remedies under 9, the Customer shall pay interest on the overdue sum from the due date until payment of the overdue sum, whether before or after judgment. Interest under this 5.7 will accrue each day at 4% a year above Barclays Bank plc base rate from time to time, but at 4% a year for any period when that base rate is below 0%.
- All amounts due under the Contract shall be paid in full without any set-off, counterclaim, deduction or withholding (other than any deduction or withholding of tax as required by law).
6.0 Intellectual property rights
- All Intellectual Property Rights in or arising out of or in connection with the Services (other than Intellectual Property Rights in any materials provided by the Customer) shall be owned by the Supplier.
- The Supplier grants to the Customer, or shall procure the direct grant to the Customer of, a fully paid-up, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to copy the Deliverables (excluding materials provided by the Customer) for the purpose of receiving and using the Services and the Deliverables in its dealing with any Tax Authority.
- The Customer shall not sub-license, assign or otherwise transfer the rights granted in 6.2.
- The Customer grants the Supplier a fully paid-up, non-exclusive, royalty-free, non-transferable licence to copy and modify any materials provided by the Customer to the Supplier for the term of the Contract for the purpose of providing the Services to the Customer.
7.0 Data protection
8.0 Limitation of liability
- The Supplier has obtained insurance cover in respect of its own legal liability for individual claims not exceeding £100,000 per claim. The limits and exclusions in this clause reflect the insurance cover the Supplier has been able to arrange and the Customer is responsible for making its own arrangements for the insurance of any excess loss.
- Restrictions on liability in this 8 include every kind of liability arising under or in connection with the Contract including liability in contract, delict, under statute or otherwise (including liability arising from negligence).
- Nothing in the Contract limits any liability which cannot legally be limited, including liability for:
- death or personal injury caused by negligence;
- fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; and
- breach of the terms implied by section 11B of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 (title and quiet possession).
- Subject to 8.3 (Liabilities which cannot legally be limited), the Supplier’s total liability to the Customer:
- for loss arising from the Supplier’s failure to comply with its data processing obligations under 7 shall not exceed £5,000; and
- for all other loss or damage shall not exceed £100,000.
- Subject to 8.3 (Liabilities which cannot legally be limited), the Supplier is not liable to the Customer for any:
- loss of profits;
- loss of sales or business;
- loss of agreements or contracts;
- loss of anticipated savings;
- loss of use or corruption of software, data or information;
- loss of or damage to goodwill; and
- indirect or consequential loss.
- The Supplier has given commitments as to compliance of the Services with relevant specifications in 3. In view of these commitments, the terms implied by sections 11C, 11D and 11E of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from the Contract.
- Unless the Customer notifies the Supplier that it intends to make a claim in respect of an event within the notice period, the Supplier shall have no liability for that event. The notice period for an event shall start on the day on which the Customer became, or ought reasonably to have become, aware of the event having occurred and shall expire six months from that date. The notice must be in writing and must identify the event and the grounds for the claim in reasonable detail.
- This 8 shall survive termination of the Contract.
- Without affecting any other right or remedy available to it, either party may terminate the Contract by giving the other party three months’ written notice.
- Without affecting any other right or remedy available to it, either party may terminate the Contract with immediate effect by giving written notice to the other party if:
- the other party commits a material breach of any term of the Contract and (if such a breach is remediable) fails to remedy that breach within 10 days of that party being notified in writing to do so;
- the other party takes any step or action in connection with its entering administration, provisional liquidation or any composition or arrangement with its creditors (other than in relation to a solvent restructuring), applying to court for or obtaining a moratorium under Part A1 of the Insolvency Act 1986, being wound up (whether voluntarily or by order of the court, unless for the purpose of a solvent restructuring), having a receiver appointed to any of its assets or ceasing to carry on business;
- the other party suspends, or threatens to suspend, or ceases or threatens to cease to carry on all or a substantial part of its business; or
- the other party’s financial position deteriorates to such an extent that in the terminating party’s opinion the other party’s capability to adequately fulfil its obligations under the Contract has been placed in jeopardy.
- Without affecting any other right or remedy available to it, 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 the Contract on the due date for payment.
- Without affecting any other right or remedy available to it, the Supplier may suspend the supply of Services under the Contract or any other contract between the Customer and the Supplier if:
- the Customer fails to pay any amount due under the Contract on the due date for payment;
- the Customer becomes subject to any of the events listed in 9.2(c) or e 9.2(d), or the Supplier reasonably believes that the Customer is about to become subject to any of them; and
- the Supplier reasonably believes that the Customer is about to become subject to any of the events listed in 9.2(b).
10.0 Consequences of termination
- On termination of the Contract:
- 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 been submitted, the Supplier shall submit an invoice, which shall be payable by the Customer immediately on receipt; and
- the Customer shall return all of the Supplier Materials and any Deliverables which have not been fully paid for. If the Customer fails to do so, then the Supplier may enter the Customer’s premises and take possession of them. Until they have been returned, the Customer shall be solely responsible for their safe keeping and will not use them for any purpose not connected with the Contract.
- Termination of the Contract shall not affect any rights, remedies, obligations or liabilities of the parties that have accrued up to the date of termination, including the right to claim damages in respect of any breach of the Contract which existed at or before the date of termination.
- Any provision of the Contract that expressly or by implication is intended to come into or continue in force on or after termination of the Contract shall remain in full force and effect.
- Force majeure. Neither party shall be in breach of the Contract nor liable for delay in performing, or failure to perform, any of its obligations under the Contract if such delay or failure result from events, circumstances or causes beyond its reasonable control.
- Assignation and other dealings
- The Supplier may at any time assign, charge, subcontract, declare a trust over or deal in any other manner with any or all of its rights and obligations under the Contract.
- The Customer shall not assign, transfer, charge, subcontract, declare a trust over or deal in any other manner with any of its rights and obligations under the Contract without the prior written consent of the Supplier.
- Each party undertakes that it shall not at any time disclose to any person any Confidential Information concerning the business, affairs, customers, clients or suppliers of the other party, except as permitted by 11.3(b).
- Each party may disclose the other party’s Confidential Information:
- to its employees, officers, representatives, subcontractors or advisers who need to know such information for the purposes of carrying out the party’s obligations under the Contract. Each party shall ensure that its employees, officers, representatives, subcontractors or advisers to whom it discloses the other party’s confidential information comply with this 11.3; and
- as may be required by law, a court of competent jurisdiction or any governmental or regulatory authority.
- Neither party shall use the other party’s confidential information for any purpose other than to perform its obligations under the Contract.
- Entire agreement
- The Contract constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes and extinguishes all previous agreements, promises, assurances, warranties, representations and understandings between them, whether written or oral, relating to its subject matter.
- Each party acknowledges that in entering into the Contract it does not rely on, and shall have no remedies in respect of any statement, representation, assurance or warranty (whether made innocently or negligently) that is not set out in the Contract. Each party agrees that it shall have no claim for innocent or negligent misrepresentation based on any statement in the Contract.
- Variation. Except as set out in these Conditions, no variation of the Contract shall be effective unless it is in writing and signed by the parties (or their authorised representatives).
- Waiver. A waiver of any right or remedy under the Contract or by law is only effective if given in writing and shall not be deemed a waiver of any subsequent right or remedy. A failure or delay by a party to exercise any right or remedy provided under the Contract or by law shall not constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor shall it prevent or restrict any further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. No single or partial exercise of any right or remedy provided under the Contract or by law shall prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.
- Severance. If any provision or part-provision of the Contract is or becomes invalid, illegal or unenforceable, it shall be deemed deleted, but that shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the rest of this agreement. If any provision or part-provision of this Contract is deleted under this 11.7 the parties shall negotiate in good faith to agree a replacement provision that, to the greatest extent possible, achieves the intended commercial result of the original provision.
- Any notice or other communication given to a party under or in connection with this agreement shall be in writing and shall be:
- delivered by hand or by pre-paid first-class post or other next working day delivery service at the address given in this agreement or as otherwise notified in writing to the other party; or
- sent by email at:
- email@example.com (Supplier), and
- Such email as used by the Customer (Customer).
- Unless proven otherwise, any notice or communication shall be deemed to have been received:
- if delivered by hand, at the time the notice is left at the address given in this agreement or given to the addressee;
- if sent by pre-paid first-class post or other next working day delivery service, at 9.00 am on the second Business Day after posting; or
- if sent by email, at the time of transmission.
- This clause does not apply to the service of any proceedings or other documents in any legal action or, where applicable, any other method of dispute resolution.
- Any notice or other communication given to a party under or in connection with this agreement shall be in writing and shall be:
- Third party rights. Unless it expressly states otherwise, the Contract does not give rise to any rights under the Contract (Third Party Rights) (Scotland) Act 2017 for any third party to enforce or otherwise invoke any term of the Contract.
- Governing law. The Contract, and any dispute or claim (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with it or its subject matter or formation, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of Scotland.
- Jurisdiction. Each party irrevocably agrees that the Scottish courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with the Contract or its subject matter or formation.