Terms of Business
2Twenty4 Consulting Limited (‘the Consultancy’)
169 ATHELSTAN ROAD, HASTINGS, EAST SUSSEX, TN35 5JF
Company No. 07755609
The Consultancy will provide services as agreed in a Letter of Engagement / Quotation, so far as is reasonably practicable within any agreed timescale, and with all proper skill and care. As an independent professional, the Consultancy will not be subject to direction or control, and itself accepts the responsibility for the proper provision of Services. The Consultancy is responsible for maintaining reasonable continuity in personnel providing Services on its behalf, but reserves the right in its sole discretion to make changes from time to time; no additional charge will be made for any handover period, and the Consultancy remains responsible for Services performed by any individual on its behalf.
Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights
Title to and ownership of and all proprietary rights in all ideas, concepts, know how or techniques, software and documentation (together the “Rights”) developed or utilised by the Consultancy in providing the Services, other than those specified in the following paragraph below, shall continue to be vested in and remain with the Consultancy unless otherwise agreed between the Consultancy and the Client in writing.
‘Deliverable’ means a work produced by the Consultancy in the course of Services for delivery to the Client. Where pre-existing works are incorporated in any Deliverable, the Client has non-exclusive irrevocable world-wide royalty free licence to use, modify and distribute such pre-existing works, but only as part of the Deliverable; all other rights in the pre-existing works are reserved. Subject thereto, all rights in any Deliverable pass to the Client upon payment of all fees due to the Consultancy which relate to that Deliverable, and the Consultancy will execute a formal assignment thereof on request by the Client.
Charges and Payment
Estimates are subject to change if based on incorrect information provided by the Client, or if any specified dependencies / facilities are not available on time, or if any equipment required to be provided by the Client fails to operate correctly (save where the engagement itself is for the repair thereof).
All sums due shall be invoiced and paid as specified in the Letter of Engagement / Proposal. The Client will pay the Consultancy’s invoices within 28 days, plus VAT. Unless otherwise specified, where payment is on a time and materials basis, the Consultancy may invoice monthly.
If any of the Consultancy’s invoices becomes overdue, the Consultancy may suspend provision of Services, and any agreed timescale will be automatically extended; the Consultancy may also terminate an engagement at any time when any payment is more than 7 days overdue.
The Consultancy is not liable for any loss or damage in excess of the higher of (a) ₤500,000, and (b) 125% of the total fees payable in respect of an engagement, except where it may not lawfully exclude or limit liability. Each party expressly excludes liability for consequential loss or damage, loss of profit, business, revenue, goodwill or anticipated savings. Any liability or remedy for innocent or negligent misrepresentation is expressly excluded. Neither party excludes or limits liability for death or personal injury.
The Client is a client of a business undertaking carried on by the Consultancy, and it is not the intention of either to create or allow to arise any employee/employer relationship.
Non-poaching of staff
Neither party will engage, employ or otherwise solicit for employment any person who during the previous 12 months was an employee, partner, or sub contractor of the other and with whom such party had material contact in connection with any engagement, until 6 months after the end of that engagement.
Either party may terminate any engagement by immediate written notice if the other is in material breach or if the other becomes insolvent. There is no obligation on the Client to require Services on any particular day, and no obligation to make payment in respect of any periods during which the Services are not required, or during which the Services are not in fact provided. The Client has the right to terminate without cause and without notice.
A contract for an engagement formed on the basis of a Letter of Engagement / Proposal referencing these terms is governed only by these terms and by no others, except where both parties expressly agree in writing. In particular, it is agreed that any Purchase Order or other such document from the Client is intended for the Client’s own administrative purposes only and that notwithstanding its wording, neither a Purchase Order nor its content will have any legal effect. Save to the extent expressly provided, all conditions, warranties or other terms implied by statute or common law are hereby excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Unless the parties have signed a separate agreement containing more specific provisions in relation to confidentiality (in which case the provisions of such agreement will continue to apply in lieu of this clause), each party will keep any confidential information disclosed by the other secret. Neither party may use or take advantage of any such confidential information without the discloser’s consent, even after the end of an engagement. This obligation does not apply to (i) information known to the receiver before disclosure by the other party, or (ii) information which becomes public knowledge without fault on the part of the receiver, or (iii) disclosures made to the extent required by some applicable legal or regulatory requirement.
These terms are governed by the laws of England & Wales, whose courts shall have sole jurisdiction in relation to all matters arising.