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Terms and Conditions

 

DANDO DRILLING INTERNATIONAL LTD

Unit G, Ford Airfield Industrial Estate, Ford, Nr Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0HY

Tel: +44 (0) 1903 731312  www.dando.co.uk

 

STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE

 

1          INTERPRETATION

1.1       In these Conditions the following words have the following meanings:

“Buyer” the person(s), firm or company from whom an order to supply Goods is received by the Company;

“Buyer Materials” any documents or other materials and any data or other information provided by the Buyer relating to the Goods;

“Company” Dando Drilling International Limited a company incorporated under the laws of England and Wales whose registered office is at Old Customs House, Wharf Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN17 5DD (company number 01770124);

“Company Materials” any documents or other materials, and any data or other information provided by the Company relating to the Goods;

“Conditions” the standard terms and conditions of sale as set out in this document; “Contract” any contract between the Company and the Buyer for the sale of the Goods; “Delivery Point” the place where delivery of the Goods is to take place under Condition 4.1;

“Goods” any goods agreed in the Contract to be supplied to the Buyer by the Company (including any part or parts of them).

“Specification” Any specification for the Goods requested by the Buyer and agreed to be supplied by the Company in accordance with these Conditions.

1.2       In these Conditions references to any statute or statutory provision shall, unless the context otherwise requires, be construed as a reference to that statute or statutory provision as from time to time amended, consolidated, modified, extended, re-enacted or replaced.

1.3       In these Conditions references to the masculine include the feminine and the neuter and to the singular include the plural and vice versa as the context admits or requires.

1.4       In these Conditions headings will not affect the construction of these Conditions.

 

2          APPLICATION OF TERMS

2.1       Subject to any variation under Condition 2.3, the Contract will be on these Conditions to the exclusion of all other terms and conditions (including any terms or conditions which the Buyer purports to apply under any purchase order, confirmation of order, specification or other document), or which are implied by trade, custom, practice or course of dealing.

2.2       No terms or conditions endorsed upon, delivered with or contained in the Buyer’s purchase order, confirmation of order, specification or other document will form part of the Contract simply as a result of such document being referred to in the Contract.

2.3       These Conditions apply to all the Company’s sales of Goods and any variation to these Conditions and any representations about the Goods shall have no effect unless expressly agreed in writing and signed by an authorised representative of the Company.

2.4       Each order for Goods by the Buyer from the Company shall be deemed to be an offer by the Buyer to purchase Goods subject to these Conditions.

2.5       No order placed by the Buyer shall be deemed to be accepted by the Company until the Company issues a written acknowledgement of order or (if earlier) the Company delivers the Goods to the Buyer.

2.6       The Buyer must ensure that the terms of its order and any applicable specification are complete and accurate.

2.7       Any quotation is given on the basis that no contract will come into existence until the Company despatches an acknowledgement of order to the Buyer. Any quotation is valid for a period of 60 days only from its date, provided that the Company has not previously withdrawn it.

2.8       The Contract constitutes the entire agreement and understanding between the parties.

2.9       The Buyer acknowledges that it has not relied on, and shall have no remedy in respect of, any statement, promise, warranty or representation made or given by or on behalf of the Company which is not expressly set out in the Contract. An action for breach of contract is the only remedy for any statement, promise, warranty or representation set out in the Contract (whether made innocently or negligently). Nothing in this clause 2.9 shall limit or exclude liability for fraud.

 

3          DESCRIPTION

3.1       The description of the Goods shall be as set out in the Company’s quotation.

3.2 All samples, drawings, descriptive matter, specifications and advertising issued by the Company and any descriptions or illustrations contained in the Company’s catalogues or brochures are issued or published for the sole purpose of giving an approximate idea of the Goods described in them. They will not form part of the Contract.

 

4          DELIVERY

4.1       Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Company delivery of the Goods shall take place Ex Works at the Company’s place of business (“Delivery Point”) irrespective of whether or not the Company has agreed to arrange transportation of the Goods from the Delivery Point to the Buyer’s premises on behalf of the Buyer.

4.2       The Buyer will take delivery of the Goods within 21 days of the Company giving it notice that the Goods are ready for delivery.

4.3       Any dates specified by the Company for delivery of the Goods are intended to be an estimate and time for delivery shall not be made of the essence by notice. If no dates are so specified, delivery will be within a reasonable time.

4.4       Subject to the other provisions of these Conditions the Company will not be liable for any loss (including loss of profit), costs, damages, charges or expenses caused directly or indirectly by any delay in the delivery of the Goods (even if caused by the Company’s negligence), nor will any delay entitle the Buyer to terminate or rescind the Contract unless such delay exceeds 180 days.

4.5       If for any reason the Buyer will not accept delivery of any of the Goods when they are ready for delivery, or the Company is unable to deliver the Goods on time because the Buyer has not provided appropriate instructions, documents, licences or authorisations:

4.5.1     risk in the Goods will pass to the Buyer (including for loss or damage caused by the Company’s negligence);

4.5.2     the Goods will be deemed to have been delivered; and

4.5.3     the Company may store the Goods until actual delivery whereupon the Buyer will be liable for all related costs and expenses (including without limitation storage and insurance).

4.6       The Buyer will provide at its expense at the Delivery Point adequate and appropriate equipment and manual labour for loading the Goods.

4.7       The Company may deliver the Goods by instalments and each instalment shall be treated as a separate Contract so that failure to deliver or defect in one or more instalment shall not entitle the Buyer to reject the other instalments.

 

5          NON-DELIVERY

5.1       The quantity of any consignment of Goods as recorded by the Company upon despatch from the Company’s place of business shall be conclusive evidence of the quantity received by the Buyer on delivery unless the Buyer can provide conclusive evidence proving the contrary.

5.2       The Company shall not be liable for any non-delivery of Goods (even if caused by the Company’s negligence) unless written notice is given to the Company within 5 days of the date when the Goods would in the ordinary course of events have been received.

5.3       Any liability of the Company for non-delivery of the Goods shall be limited to replacing the Goods within a reasonable time or issuing a credit note at the pro rata Contract rate against any invoice raised for such Goods.

 

6          RISK/TITLE

6.1       The Goods are at the risk of the Buyer from the time of delivery.

6.2       Ownership of the Goods shall not pass to the Buyer until the Company has received in full (in cash or cleared funds) all sums due to it in respect of:

6.2.1     the Goods; and

6.2.2     all other sums which are or which become due to the Company from the Buyer in respect of the Contract.

6.3       Until ownership of the Goods has passed to the Buyer, the Buyer must:

6.3.1     hold the Goods on a fiduciary basis as the Company’s bailee;

6.3.2     store the Goods (at no cost to the Company) separately from all other goods of the Buyer or any third party in such a way that they remain readily identifiable as the Company’s property;

6.3.3     not destroy, deface or obscure any identifying mark or packaging on or relating to the Goods;

6.3.4     maintain the Goods in satisfactory condition insured on the Company’s behalf for their full price against all risks to the reasonable satisfaction of the Company. On request the Buyer shall produce the policy of insurance to the Company; and

6.3.5     hold the proceeds of the insurance referred to in Condition 6.3.4 on trust for the Company and not mix them with any other money, nor pay the proceeds into an overdrawn bank account.

6.4       The Buyer’s right to possession of the Goods shall terminate immediately if:

6.4.1     the Buyer has a bankruptcy order made against him or makes an arrangement or composition with his creditors, or otherwise takes the benefit of any Act for the time being in force for the relief of insolvent debtors, or (being a body corporate) convenes a meeting of creditors (whether formal or informal), or enters into liquidation (whether voluntary or compulsory) except a solvent voluntary liquidation for the purpose only of reconstruction or amalgamation, or has a receiver and/or manager, administrator or administrative receiver appointed of its undertaking or any part thereof, or a resolution is passed or a petition presented to any court for the winding up of the Buyer or for the granting of an administration order in respect of the Buyer, or any proceedings are commenced relating to the insolvency or possible insolvency of the Buyer; or

6.4.2     the Buyer suffers or allows any execution, whether legal or equitable, to be levied on his/its property or obtained against him/it, or fails to observe/perform any of his/its obligations under the Contract or any other contract between the Company and the Buyer, or is unable to pay its debts within the meaning of section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986 or the Buyer ceases to trade; or

6.4.3     the Buyer encumbers or in any way charges any of the Goods.

6.4.4     the Buyer fails to make payment for the Goods in accordance with condition 8.1 or as otherwise agreed by the Company in writing.

6.5       The Company shall be entitled to recover payment for the Goods notwithstanding that ownership of any of the Goods has not passed from the Company.

6.6       The Buyer grants the Company, its agents and employees an irrevocable licence at any time to enter any premises where the Goods are or may be stored in order to inspect them, or, where the Buyer’s right to possession has terminated, to recover them.

 

7          PRICE

7.1       Unless otherwise agreed by the Company in writing the price for the Goods shall be the price set out in the

Company’s quotation or tender (errors and omissions excepted).

7.2       The price for the Goods shall be exclusive of any value added tax and all costs or charges in relation to loading, unloading, carriage and insurance all of which amounts the Buyer will pay in addition when it is due to pay for the Goods.

 

8          PAYMENT

8.1       Payment of the price for the Goods is due and payable 30 days from the date of invoice, unless otherwise agreed by the Company in writing.

8.2       Time for payment shall be of the essence.

8.3       No payment shall be deemed to have been received until the Company has received cleared funds.

8.4       All payments payable to the Company under the Contract shall become due immediately upon termination of the Contract despite any other provision.

8.5       The Buyer shall make all payments due under the Contract without any deduction whether by way of set-off, counterclaim, discount, abatement or otherwise unless the Buyer has a valid court order requiring an amount equal to such deduction to be paid by the Company to the Buyer.

8.6       If the Buyer fails to pay the Company any sum due pursuant to the Contract the Buyer will be liable to pay interest to the Company on such sum from the due date for payment at the annual rate of 4% above the base lending rate from time to time of Barclays Bank plc accruing on a daily basis until payment is made, whether before or after any judgment.

8.7       Notwithstanding Condition 8.6 the Company reserves the right to claim interest and fixed sum compensation under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998.

 

9          QUALITY

9.1       Where the Company is not the manufacturer of the Goods, the Company will endeavour to transfer to the

Buyer the benefit of any warranty or guarantee given to the Company.

9.2       The Company warrants that (subject to the other provisions of these Conditions including, without limitation, Condition 9.3) at the time of delivery the Goods will:

9.2.1     be of satisfactory quality within the meaning of the Sale of Goods Act 1979;

9.2.2     be reasonably fit for the purpose for which such Goods are normally used; and

9.2.3     be materially compliant with the Specification.

9.3       The Buyer accepts however that the performance, effectiveness and longevity of drilling Goods will depend upon the geological conditions in which they are operated and the skill, experience and methodology employed by the operator.

9.4       Subject to Condition 9.3, to proper usage and to fair wear and tear the Company warrants that the Goods shall remain compliant with the warranties in Condition 9.2 for 12 months from the date of delivery.

9.5       The Company shall not be liable for a breach of any of the warranties in Condition 9.2 unless:

9.5.1     the Buyer gives written notice of the defect to the Company, and (if the defect is as a result of damage in transit) to the carrier, within 10 days of the time when the Buyer discovers or ought to have discovered the defect; and

9.5.2     the Company is given a reasonable opportunity after receiving the notice of examining such Goods and the Buyer (if asked to do so by the Company) returns such Goods to the Company’s place of business at the Buyer’s expense for the examination to take place there.

9.6       The Company shall not be liable for a breach of any of the warranties in Condition 9.2 if:

9.6.1     the Buyer makes any further use of such Goods after discovering the defect; or

9.6.2     the defect arises because the Buyer failed to follow the Company’s, or the manufacturer’s oral or written instructions as to the storage, installation, commissioning, use or maintenance of the Goods or (if there are none) good trade practice; or

9.6.3     the Buyer alters or repairs such Goods without the written consent of the Company.

9.7       Subject to Conditions 9.4 and 9.5 if any of the Goods do not conform with any of the warranties in Condition

9.2       the Company shall at its option repair or replace such Goods (or the defective part) or refund the price of such Goods at the pro rata Contract rate provided that, if the Company so requests, the Buyer shall, at the Buyer’s expense, return the Goods or the part of such Goods which is defective to the Company.

9.8       If the Company complies with Condition 9.7 it shall have no further liability for a breach of any of the warranties in Condition 9.2 in respect of such Goods.

9.9       Any Goods replaced will belong to the Company and any repaired or replacement Goods will be guaranteed on these terms for the unexpired portion of the 12 month period.

 

10        LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

10.1      Subject to Condition 9, the following provisions of this Condition 10 set out the entire financial liability of the Company (including any liability for the acts or omissions of its employees, agents and sub-contractors) to the Buyer in respect of:

10.1.1 any breach of these Conditions; and

10.1.2 any representation, statement or tortious act or omission including negligence arising under or in connection with the Contract.

10.2      All warranties, conditions and other terms implied by statute or common law (save for the conditions implied by section 12 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979) are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from the Contract.

10.3      Nothing in these Conditions excludes or limits the liability of the Company for:

10.3.1 death or personal injury caused by the Company’s negligence, or the negligence of its employees, agents or sub-contractors;

10.3.2 fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; or

10.3.3 any other liability which cannot be legally excluded or limited.

10.4      Subject to Conditions 10.2 and 10.3:

10.4.1 the Company’s total liability in contract, tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty), misrepresentation or otherwise, arising in connection with the performance or contemplated performance of this Contract shall be limited to the Contract price; and

10.4.2 the Company shall not be liable to the Buyer for any indirect or consequential loss or damage (whether for loss of profit, loss of business, depletion of goodwill or otherwise), costs, expenses or other claims for consequential compensation whatsoever (howsoever caused) which arise out of or in connection with the Contract.

 

11        INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

The property and any copyright or other intellectual property rights in:

11.1.1 any Buyer Materials shall belong to the Buyer; and

11.1.2 any Company Materials shall, unless otherwise agreed in writing between the Buyer and the Company, belong to the Company, subject only to a licence in favour of the Buyer to use the Company Materials for the purposes of receiving the Goods.

 

12        ASSIGNMENT

12.1      The Buyer shall not be entitled to assign the Contract or any part of it without the prior written consent of the Company.

12.2      The Company may assign the Contract or any part of it to any person, firm or company.

 

13        FORCE MAJEURE

The Company reserves the right to defer the date of delivery or to cancel the Contract or reduce the volume of the Goods ordered by the Buyer (without liability to the Buyer) if it is prevented from or delayed in the carrying on of its business due to circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the Company including, without limitation, acts of God, governmental actions, war or national emergency, riot, civil commotion, fire, explosion, flood, epidemic, lock-outs, strikes or other labour disputes (whether or not relating to either party’s workforce), restraints or delays affecting carriers or inability or delay in obtaining supplies of adequate or suitable materials, parts or components (including extended suppliers’ lead times) provided that, if the event in question continues for a continuous period in excess of 180 days, the Buyer shall be entitled to give not less than 3 days notice in writing to the Company to terminate the Contract.

 

14        GENERAL

14.1      Each right or remedy of the Company under the Contract is without prejudice to any other right or remedy of the Company whether under the Contract or not.

14.2      If any provision of the Contract is found by any court, tribunal or administrative body of competent jurisdiction to be wholly or partly illegal, invalid, void, voidable, unenforceable or unreasonable it shall to the extent of such illegality, invalidity, voidness, voidability, unenforceability or unreasonableness be deemed severable and the remaining provisions of the Contract and the remainder of such provision shall continue in full force and effect.

14.3      Failure or delay by the Company in enforcing or partially enforcing any provision of the Contract will not be construed as a waiver of any of its rights under the Contract.

14.4      Any waiver by the Company of any breach of, or any default under, any provision of the Contract by the Buyer will not be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach or default and will in no way affect the other terms of the Contract.

14.5      The parties to this Contract do not intend that any term of this Contract will be enforceable by virtue of the

Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 by any person that is not a party to it.

14.6      The formation, existence, construction, performance, validity and all aspects of the Contract shall be governed by English law and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

 

15        COMMUNICATIONS

15.1      All communications between the parties about this Contract must be in writing and delivered by hand or sent by pre-paid first class post or sent by facsimile transmission or email:

15.1.1 (in case of communications to the Company) to its registered office or such changed address as shall be notified to the Buyer by the Company; or

15.1.2 (in the case of the communications to the Buyer) to the registered office of the addressee (if it is a company) or (in any other case) to any address of the Buyer set out in any document which forms part of this Contract or such other address as shall be notified to the Company by the Buyer.

15.2      Communications shall be deemed to have been received:

15.2.1 if sent by pre-paid first class post, 2 days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and bank and public holidays within the UK) after posting (exclusive of the day of posting);

15.2.2 if delivered by hand, on the day of delivery;

15.2.3 if sent by facsimile transmission or email on a working day prior to 4.00 p.m., at the time of transmission and otherwise on the next working day.

For the avoidance of doubt, where proceedings to which the Civil Procedure Rules apply have been issued, the provisions of Civil Procedure Rule 6 must be complied with in respect of the service of documents in connection with those proceedings.

15.3      Communications addressed to the Company shall be marked for the attention of the Managing Director.

 

 

STANDARD TERMS  AND CONDITIONS OF PURCHASE

 

Dated 19th February 2018

Prepared for the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply by R.D.Y. Jennings MCIPS, solicitor

Dando Drilling International Limited (“the Company”)

We, the Company, only purchase goods, rights and services (“Deliverables”) on these terms and conditions (“the Terms”). If you accept our order it will be on these Terms and no other standard terms. If you act in a manner calculated to appear as an acceptance of our order, that will act as an acceptance and you will be bound by our Terms, regardless of any inconsistency in your own small print. If you wish to reject our order and make a counter-offer you MUST therefore reply to our order in words explicitly and clearly indicating rejection. Equally, if you make a counter-offer which is not clearly labelled as such (or as a rejection of our order) no subsequent behaviour of ours, in accepting Performance, can be taken to imply any acceptance by us of that counter-offer. These Terms can only be changed, or other terms agreed, in written correspondence signed by a director or other senior officer of the Company. These Terms are important and should be studied carefully.

1. The Contract

  • Our contract with you, our supplier, will comprise our express written order, these Terms, anything else we expressly agree under section 1.2, any content imposed by law, but nothing else.
  • If you want us to accept a term of yours, or accept a particular responsibility, or if you wish to rely on a representation we have made, you must therefore obtain our express agreement to that. That means express written agreement, signed by a director or other senior officer of the Company and referring expressly to these Terms. We will deal with you in reliance on these Terms, so be aware that our acceptance of contractual performance by you does not imply acceptance of any terms that are different to our Terms. You must indemnify us against any consequence of your seeking to rely on any contractual terms, or any statement, understanding or representation which is not contractually agreed as set out in this section 1. For purposes of this section, written agreement can be communicated by pre-paid post, fax or e-mail, save that we never accept small print terms communicated by fax, on grounds of uncertain legibility.
  • If any of the terms of the contract conflict with or contradict each other those terms will over-ride each other in the following order of priority: (1) any express written agreement from us; (2) our order; (3) these Terms.
  • We are not contractually bound until we place a formal order and then only to the extent of the issues specifically covered by that order or in writing signed by a director. We will only be contractually bound to you when you accept our order with a formal order acknowledgement in writing or (if later) when we accept Performance by you (see below).

 

2. Price

  • The price of the Deliverables will be as stated in our order and, unless otherwise stated, will be:
    • exclusive of any applicable VAT (which will be payable by us subject to receipt of a valid VAT invoice);
    • inclusive of all charges for packaging, packing, shipping, carriage, insurance and delivery, commissioning or performance of Deliverables to or at the delivery address, and of any duties or levies other than VAT;
    • payable in pounds sterling; and
    • fixed for the duration of the Contract.
  • We will be entitled to any discount for prompt payment, bulk purchase or the like normally granted by you in comparable circumstances.
  • If we will be reliant on you for any supplies of maintenance, training, spare parts, consumables or other goods, rights or services to benefit fully from the Deliverables (“Follow-on Deliverables”) then you will provide those Follow-on Deliverables or procure them to be provided, for at least 36 months following full Performance, at fair and reasonable prices which take no advantage of our dependence on you for their supply.

 

3. Payment

  • Invoices for the Deliverables may be sent to us on, or after, completion of Performance (as defined in section 4.1). Each invoice must quote the number of our order. No sum may be invoiced more than six months late.
  • Unless otherwise stated in the order, we will pay the contract price within 30 days of the end of month in which we receive the invoice.
  • We will be entitled to set off against the price any money owed to us by you.

 

4. Specifications

  • If we order goods, then unless otherwise stated the order is deemed to include the supply of all relevant documentation and certification, and of any commissioning of those goods, necessary to enable the Company to use them for their intended purposes. If we order services then, unless otherwise stated, our order includes the complete performance of those services including any employee instruction, manuals, explanations or certifications necessary to enable the Company to benefit from them for their intended purposes. If we order goods or services then, unless otherwise stated, our order includes any legal rights necessary to use those goods or services for their intended purposes. As for those intended purposes, see section 6.3. References in these Terms to “Performance” are to complete performance of all your contract obligations as described in these Terms.
  • The quantity, quality and description of Deliverables will be as specified in our order and these Terms or as agreed by us in writing, subject to which then in full accordance with your representations (see section 6.1).
  • You have sole responsibility for complying with all applicable regulations and other legal and regulatory requirements concerning performance of the contract, and for ensuring that we can, in compliance likewise, fully utilise the Deliverables for their intended purposes
  • We will be allowed to inspect any contract goods during manufacture and storage so long as we request an inspection by reasonable notice. If as a result of the inspection we are not satisfied that the quality of the goods or the standards of their manufacture, storage or handling conforms with the contract, you will take such steps as are necessary to ensure compliance. If, after that, we are still not satisfied we can cancel the contract without penalty.
  • If, before Performance has occurred in the relevant respect, we notify you in writing of any change in desired specification (including as to quality and time frame) you will respond as follows. We appreciate that a change may affect the contract price or may even be unachievable. If the change would reduce your costs, the contract price will reduce to fairly reflect that saving. If the change would increase your costs you may notify us promptly, in writing, of a proposed revision of the contract price fairly and proportionately reflecting any unavoidable such increased cost: you and we will then use our reasonable efforts to agree the revised terms in full, including as to price, pending which the contract variation will not take effect. If the change would for any reason be unachievable you may notify us of that promptly and in writing, with reasons: again, both parties will then use reasonable efforts to reach a mutually acceptable contract variation. Failing notice under one of the two preceding sentences our proposed change will be deemed to have been accepted, and the contract will be deemed to have been varied with immediate effect to reflect the requested specification change with no price increase. What amounts to “prompt” notice for this purpose will depend on feasibility for you and urgency for us, but not in any case later than 48 hours (excluding hours of days which are Saturdays, Sundays or are recognised bank holidays in England) from our notice of proposed change. In no event, agreed or not, will we be liable to you in respect of any contract variation for more than a reasonable and proportionate reflection of such increased costs as you could not reasonably have been expected to avoid. The contract price will not in any circumstance increase except with our express written agreement under, or referring explicitly to, this sub-section.
  • To protect our business we may need, sometimes urgently, information as to precisely how Deliverables were performed, and as to all relevant activities of any suppliers or sub-contractors of yours. You will meet any reasonable such request as soon as reasonably possible and will keep records adequate for that purpose for at least two years after completion of Performance. Without limitation, these records must provide full traceability for all goods comprised in, or used in making, any contract goods which are in any respect safety-critical. They must also demonstrate compliance of the contract work with all legal or regulatory requirements and with all contractually binding quality and Performance standards.
  • You will comply with any reasonable requirements we may have as regards the packaging and packing of any contract goods, and as to information to be displayed on packaging or included on dispatch documentation and bills of lading. Subject to that, you will ensure that all packaging, packing, labelling and documentation is such as to ensure full compliance with legal requirements throughout the scheduled delivery process.

 

5. Delivery and risk

  • Any goods will be delivered to, and any services performed at, the address and on the date stated in the order, or else under section 5.2, during usual business hours. If no address is specified, then delivery will be at our usual or main UK premises.
  • If we specify the date or delivery address after ordering, we will give you reasonable notice of the details. Failing a date, supply will be as soon as reasonably possible.
  • The date of delivery of any goods or rights, and the performance of any services, will be of the essence of this contract.
  • A packing note quoting the number of the order must accompany each delivery or consignment of goods and must be displayed prominently.
  • Where Deliverables are to be supplied in instalments, the contract is still to be treated as a single contract. If you fail to deliver or perform any instalment we may treat the whole contract as repudiated.
  • We may reject any Deliverables which are not fully in accordance with the contract. Acceptance does not occur until we have had a reasonable time to inspect or consider the relevant Deliverables following supply and, in the case of latent defect, a reasonable time after the defect becomes apparent.
  • We will not be bound to return to you any packaging or packing material, but if any relevant requirement for packaging recycling applies, you will take materials back free of charge on request.
  • If any Deliverables are not supplied on or by the agreed date then, in addition to any other remedies available to us, we will be entitled to deduct 1% of the overall contract price for those Deliverables, for every week’s delay.
  • Risk of damage to or loss of any goods passes to us on delivery.
  • Property and ownership of any goods will pass to us on delivery unless we have paid in whole or in part for the goods in advance. In that case it will pass to us as soon as the goods have (or, if goods are being assembled for us, each successive component of the goods has) been appropriated to the contract.
  • If we supply any articles to you, e.g. for modification or copying, they stay our property at all times. Those articles must be kept confidential and secure and we can enter your premises at any time on reasonable notice to ensure that this is so. While those articles are in your custody you must not use them, copy them or disseminate them, electronically or otherwise, except in the performance of our contract. We retain copyright and any other available intellectual property rights in any plans, design drawings, computer programs, compilations of data, specifications or the like which we supply to you. You must indemnify us against any loss caused to us, and account to us for any profit which you make, through breach of this provision.
  • If any Performance occurs on our premises this sub-section will apply. You will ensure that best industry standards are adopted for the health and safety both of your personnel and of any other individuals affected by your actions. We may refuse or terminate access to any individual whom we reasonably consider undesirable to have on our premises. Your personnel must, while on our premises, comply with our reasonable requirements as to security, health and safety routines, times and areas of access, and otherwise. You will be responsible to us on a full indemnity basis for all damage and injury caused by your staff.
  • If the contract terms refer to terms such as F.O.B and C. & F. which bear defined meanings in the current edition of Incoterms, those defined meanings will apply unless expressly stated otherwise.
  • Any goods provided by us to you on a free issue basis will remain our absolute property throughout and will be at your risk while the goods are, or are supposed to be, in your possession. You are not to part with possession (save to us) unless with our express prior consent.

 

6. Warranties and liability

  • You promise that:
    • the quantity, quality, description and specification for the Deliverables will be those set out in our order, apart from which then of the best standards reasonably to be expected in the market for that kind of Deliverable; and
    • any goods will be free from defects in materials and workmanship; and
    • any Deliverables will comply with all statutory requirements and regulations, and with all normally applicable quality standards, relating to their sale or supply; and
    • all claims made by you about any Deliverables, and all apparently serious claims in your advertising and promotional material, are correct and can be relied upon; and
    • any services will be performed by appropriately qualified and trained personnel; and
    • neither the sale and supply of any Deliverable, nor its proper use by us for an intended purpose, will breach any property rights in or about that Deliverable, including intellectual property rights, of any other person.
  • All warranties, conditions and other terms implied by statute or common law in our favour will apply to any Deliverables bought from you.
  • It is your responsibility to find out from us the purposes that we intend the Deliverables to be put to (including any applicable deadline affecting us). You promise that they will be suitable for those intended purposes, save only for any unsuitability which you have, as soon as might reasonably have been expected of you (and in any case before starting Performance) expressly notified to us.
  • You will indemnify us and keep us indemnified immediately upon our written demand against any cost, claim, expense or liability arising from any risk for which you are responsible under this contract.
  • If you fail to comply with any obligation under the contract we will be entitled, at our discretion, to reject any Deliverable and you will not be entitled to receive payment for that Deliverable.
  • If any contract goods do not comply with all contract requirements we can demand that you repair them or supply replacement goods within seven days or, at our sole discretion, we can reject the goods and demand the repayment of any sum already paid for them.
  • We will not be liable to you for any delay or failure to perform any of our obligations under this contract if the delay or failure was due to a cause beyond our reasonable control.
  • If any contract goods or rights were bought or obtained by you from a third party then any benefits or indemnities that you hold from that other party, in respect of those items, will be held on trust for us.
  • You will insure yourselves, and keep insured until Performance is complete, against all normal insurance risks relevant to your work for or with us, on terms and for amounts consistent with normal business prudence. You will demonstrate to us the terms and currency of any such insurance on request.

 

7. Rights

  • Any rights which you are contracted to supply must be provided to us in accordance with sections 7.2 or 7.3 as applicable.
  • This sub-section will apply to the following types of contract right: where the contract expressly identifies particular rights as covered by it; where the rights in question are evidently not unique to our Deliverable (for instance you evidently supply the same thing, in the relevant respect, to others); or if those rights evidently derive from a third party of whom the same would be true (for instance you supply software on what you have told us is a proprietary third party platform). In those cases we are not to expect full ownership of those rights. You will however validly licence those rights to us, or procure them to be validly licensed to us, on the following terms: assignable; royalty-free; covering usage for any likely intended purpose; and free of any obligation on us save such as we expressly agree in the contract or as are the minimum reasonably necessary for the maintenance of the right in question.
  • This sub-section will apply to all contract rights to which section 7.2 does not. In that case you will transfer to us, or procure to be transferred to us, with full title guarantee the ownership of those rights to the full extent (including as to territory) that we reasonably need them for our intended purposes, and to the full extent of any wider rights available to you. You will execute any documents and make any declarations reasonably required by us, now or in future, to transfer those rights, you will not exploit those rights save for us or with our written consent, and you will (to the extent not yet legally transferred) hold all such rights on trust for us absolutely for the maximum permitted period of eighty years. We have your irrevocable power of attorney to execute any such documents and make any such declarations on your behalf if you fail to do so promptly on request.
  • If you carry out any development work at our request and wholly or primarily at our expense we will own all intellectual property rights generated by that work, and section 7.3 will apply to those rights.
  • You will do anything reasonably required by us, during or after Performance, to perfect any transfer or licence of rights to us under this section or to assist us in registering or authenticating (but not at your cost enforcing or defending) those rights.

 

8. Termination

  • If goods have been offered by you as, or if they are, standard or stock items we can, by notice to you, at any time up to delivery cancel our commitment to buy them. Any other commitment of ours to receive and pay for Deliverables may be cancelled by us as follows. We will be bound to reimburse you for all irrecoverable costs incurred, or unavoidably committed, by you up to the point of cancellation. By “costs” is meant for this purpose the direct costs to you of Performance, to an aggregate amount not exceeding 80% of the purchase price for the cancelled commitment. We will be entitled, if we wish it, to the benefit of the part-finished Deliverables in question.
  • We may suspend performance of, or cancel, or suspend and then at any subsequent time cancel, the contract without any liability to you if you breach its terms, or if your business fails.
  • Your business will be treated for this purpose as having failed if:
    • you make any voluntary arrangement with your creditors;
    • (being an individual or firm) you become bankrupt;
    • (being a company) you become subject to an administration order or go into liquidation;
    • any third party takes possession of, or enforces rights over, any of your property or assets under any form of security;
    • you stop or threaten to stop carrying on business;
    • you suffer any process equivalent to any of these, in any jurisdiction; or
    • we reasonably believe that any of the events mentioned above is about to occur and we notify you accordingly.
  • Any right of cancellation or suspension under this section is additional to any rights available to us under the law of any relevant jurisdiction.

 

9. Enforcement

  • You will keep strictly confidential all information which you learn about us or our customers, and use that information only for the performance, in good faith, of your contractual obligations to us. By way of illustration only, you may not use such information to help our competitors, poach our staff or disparage our reputation. This restriction will apply until the fifth anniversary of the contract date and does not apply to information which was demonstrably public knowledge at the time of usage by you.
  • Our relationship is as independent contractors only, not as partners or as principal and agent. The contract is non-assignable by you. It is assignable by us only to a group company, that is a company in the same ultimate beneficial ownership. You may sub-contract or delegate Performance, in particular respects but not generally and not as regards your responsibility to us, nor your direct contact with us, in any respect.
  • You will procure that none of your associates behaves in a way which, had the behaviour been yours, would have breached the contract. We hold the contract on trust for ourselves and all associates of ours, and the contract is made for the benefit of all of them so that you will be liable for damage caused to our associates as well as ourselves. Our respective associates for this purpose are any parent company or ultimate controlling shareholder and any company owned by either.
  • No waiver by us of any breach of contract by you will be considered as a waiver of any subsequent breach of the same or any other provision, or as a release of the provision which you breached. No delay by us in enforcement, and no toleration shown by us, is to imply any waiver or compromise of our rights.
  • If any provision of these Terms is held by competent authority to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part the validity of the other Terms and of the remainder of the provision in question will not be affected. Every provision is severable from every other.
  • Any written notice under these Terms will be deemed to have been sufficiently served if posted by pre-paid official postal service, or if sent by fax then on receipt of successful answerback, or if sent by e-mail (but in this case only on evidence of successful transmission and only if the parties have regularly communicated on contract matters by that e-mail route).
  • The contract will be governed by the law of England, and you submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

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