1. FORMATION AND PARTIES
(a) The Buyer's order to the Company is an offer to enter into a contract upon these Conditions. Any terms or conditions proffered at any time by the Buyer are hereby excluded.
(b) The Buyer shall not assign the benefit of the contract without the Company's prior written consent.
(c) The contract is not cancellable by the Buyer without express written consent of a director or other authorised person on behalf of the Company and only on terms which will indemnify the Company against loss.
(a) The Prices quoted are exclusive of Value Added Tax. Except where stated by the Company to the contrary the Price excludes packaging and delivery.
(b) The Company reserves the right to vary the price of the goods by any amount attributable to a suspension of or alteration to work by reason of a change in the Buyer's instructions or a lack of instructions or any variation in cost of materials labour duties taxes exchange rates or any costs of whatsoever nature between the date of the contract and the date of delivery or completion of payment.
(c) Quotations indicate the price at which the Company would be willing to do the work or supply goods if an order is placed in 30 days. They are not offers to do work or supply goods and any order must be accepted by the Company for a contract to arise.
(a) Delivery dates are estimates only and the time of delivery is not of the essence of the contract. The Company shall use its reasonable endeavours to deliver the goods by the stated delivery date, but may suspend or delay delivery and shall not be liable for any loss whatsoever in the event of late delivery or non-delivery of goods or any installment owing to any occurrence whatsoever beyond its control. The Buyer shall not be entitled to refuse to accept late delivery or treat late delivery as a breach of contract.
(b) The Company may at its option deliver by installments, and each installment shall constitute a separate contract on these Conditions.
(c) Delivery shall take place and risk shall pass upon the earliest of the following:-
(i) the Company handing the goods to the Buyer or its agent at the Company's premises; or
(ii) the goods leaving the Company's premises, or
(iii) the expiry of (in the case of inland orders) the seventh working day or (in the case of export orders) the fourteenth working day after notification by the Company to the Buyer that the goods are available for collection at the Company's premises.
(iv) If the Buyer shall fail to collect the goods on the expiry of the seventh working day following notification as provided for in paragraph 3c(iii) above, the Company shall be at liberty to treat the contract as repudiated by the Buyer. Until the contract is so terminated the Company may store the goods, the cost of storage being added to and form part of the price.
If the Company elects to treat the contract as repudiated in accordance with this Condition it shall (without prejudice to its rights and remedies against the Buyer in respect of such repudiation) be at liberty to sell the goods and retain the proceeds thereof.
4. LOSS OR DAMAGE IN TRANSIT
The Buyer shall notify the Company and the carrier of loss or damage to the goods in transit within twenty four hours after receipt and in writing within seven working days after despatch.
(a) The Buyer shall inspect the goods immediately upon delivery and subject to paragraph (b) below be deemed; to have accepted the goods as delivered.
(b) The Company shall not be liable for defects or shortages discoverable on reasonable inspection unless the Buyer notifies the Company before the expiry of seven working days after delivery of any alleged defect or lack of conformity with the contract.
(c) The Company shall make good shortages (in excess of the permitted margins) notified to it under paragraph (b) as soon as reasonably practicable but shall not be liable for any other loss whatsoever arising from such shortage.
(d) The Company's liability for goods lost or damaged in transit shall in all circumstances be limited to (at the Company's option) repair or replacement or crediting the Buyer with the invoice value of the goods in question.
Goods returned without the Company's consent will not be accepted for credit. Where goods are returned with the Company's consent by prior arrangement in writing all costs of carriage shall be paid by the Buyer and a minimum restocking charge of 50% of the invoice value of the goods shall be made, provided always that it shall be the responsibility of the Buyer to return the goods to the Company in good and saleable condition at the Buyer's risk.
(a) If within six months after delivery a material defect in the goods shall be discovered:-
(i) the Buyer notifies the Company within that period giving particulars and at its own expense returns the goods to the Company; and
(ii) such defect has arisen from faulty materials employed or workmanship carried out by the Company existing but not discoverable upon inspection at the time of delivery, then the Company shall supply replacements or, at its option, credit the Buyer's account with the Company or refund to the Buyer the purchase price paid for (and cost of returning) the defective goods.
(b) The Company's liability for defective goods is limited in all circumstances to (at the Company's option) delivery of replacements or crediting or refunding of the invoice value to the Buyer and the Buyer shall accept such of the aforementioned remedies as the Company shall proffer as being fulfillment of the Company's obligations under the contract. These Conditions shall apply mutatis mutandis to any replacement goods supplied by the Company.
(c) The Company's liability under this Condition applies to defects appearing before the Buyer makes any modification or alteration to the goods and whilst the goods are properly used or stored and in particular (but without limitation) the Company shall not be liable in the case of defects arising from normal deterioration or improper or faulty handling or processing by the Buyer.
8. ITEMS SUPPLIED BY THE BUYER
The Buyer shall be liable for all drawings specifications and instructions issued to the Company with orders or pursuant to the contract and shall indemnify and keep indemnified the Company against all loss directly or indirectly arising out of any error or omission from such drawings specifications and instructions, and all costs
claims demands and expenses whatsoever in respect of the infringement or potential infringement of any patent copyright, registered design or third party right arising out of the Company's use of such drawings specifications or instructions.
9. LIMITS OF LIABILITY
(a) The goods are supplied strictly on the terms that the Buyer has satisfied itself of their suitability for its purposes.
The Buyer acknowledges that all specifications and details in catalogues, quotations and acknowledgements of order or similar documents or by word of mouth and all forecasts of performance howsoever given are approximate only and do not form part of the contract and that in respect of such specifications details and forecasts the Company shall be under no liability nor shall the buyer be entitled to any remedy under the provisions of the Misrepresentation Act 1967.
(b) The Company's liability under Conditions 5&7 shall be accepted by the Buyer in lieu of any warranty or condition, whether express or implied by law, as to the quality or fitness for any particular purpose of the goods and save as provided in these Conditions the Company shall not be under any liability to the Buyer (whether in contract, tort or otherwise) for any defects in the goods, materials supplied or workmanship performed by the Company or for any damage, loss, death or injury resulting from such defects and the Buyer shall indemnify the Company against any claims in respect thereof.
For the purposes of this paragraph the Company contracts on its own behalf and on behalf of and as trustee for its sub-contractors, servants and agents.
(c) The Company shall not be liable, whether by way of indemnity or by reason of breach of contract, tort or breach of statutory duty or in any other manner for consequential or indirect loss of whatever nature suffered by the Buyer or for special damages, loss of use, (whether complete or partial) of the goods or loss of profit or of any contract.
(d) Nothing in this Condition shall be construed as limiting or excluding the Company's liability for death or personal injury resulting from its negligence (as defined in section 1 of the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977).
(e) No part of any contract shall confer nor be intended to confer a benefit on any third party for the purposes of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 or for any other purpose.
10. RETENTION OF TITLE
(a) Until the Company has received payment in full of all sums owed to it on any account by the Buyer (whether arising out of this or any other contract):-
(i) title of the goods shall remain in the Company; and
(ii) the goods shall be at the Buyer's risk and the Buyer shall from the date of delivery at its own expense effect insurance of the goods for their full replacement value against all usual risks; and
(iii) the Buyer shall take due care of the goods and store them separately and clearly identifiable as the Company's property and shall not remove alter or deface identification marks on the goods or (if supplied in prepacked form) on the packaging of the goods; and
(iv) subject to paragraphs (v) and (vi) below the Buyer may use and otherwise deal with and in its own name (but not on behalf of the Company) sell the goods in the ordinary course of business on the basis that the proceeds of the sale shall belong to the Company; and
(v) the Buyer shall hold the proceeds of the sale of goods sold pursuant to the power of sale in paragraph (iv) above on trust for the Company absolutely and shall not pay them into an overdrawn bank account nor allow such proceeds to be withdrawn or charged and shall keep them at all times identifiable as the Company's monies; and
(vi) sales of the goods pursuant to this Condition shall be at their full market value and in the case of goods which have been processed by the Buyer or combined with other goods not the property of the Company the Buyer shall hold on trust for the Company such proportion of the proceeds of the sale as is attributable to the Company's goods; and
(vii) the Company may at any time by notice to the Buyer revoke or suspend the Buyer's power of sale and use:-
1. if the Buyer is in default for longer than 14 working days in the payment of any sum whatsoever due to the Company; or
2. if any negotiable instrument drawn by the Buyer in favour of the Company is dishonoured on presentation for payment; or
3. if the Company has reasonable doubts as to the ability or willingness of the Buyer to pay any sum to it on the due date; and
(viii) the Buyer's power of sale and use shall automatically determine if the Buyer becomes insolvent or commits any act of bankruptcy or causes a meeting of or makes any arrangement or composition with creditors or has an administrator appointed over any of its assets or undertaking or a winding up order is made against it or goes into voluntary liquidation or if there is presented a petition for its winding-up (otherwise than for a bona-fide reconstruction or amalgamation) or for the appointment of an Administrator or Administrative Receiver; and
(ix) the Company may at any time on giving prior notice enter the Buyer's premises for the purpose of inspecting the goods and identifying them as the Company's property and the Buyer irrevocably authorises the Company to enter upon its premises for that purpose; and
(x) notwithstanding that in exercise of its right to use the goods, the Buyer may attach or incorporate the goods in other goods, the resulting product ("the Product") shall belong
legally and beneficially to the Company, and to any other owner whose goods have been incorporated in the Product, in common.
The Company may require the Product to be sold in order to recoup the monies owed to it and the Buyer shall hold all proceeds in trust for the Company and the other owner(s) proportionally to the value of their respective goods incorporated in the Product. The forgoing provisions of this Condition shall be construed as applying to Products in the same manner as to goods title to which has not passed.
(b) Upon suspension revocation or determination of the Buyer's power of sale and use under this Condition the Buyer shall place all the goods in its possession or under its control at the Company's disposal and shall irrevocably authorise the Company to enter upon any of the Buyer's premises, with or without vehicles, for the purpose of removing such goods.
(c) The repossession of goods by the Company in accordance with this Condition shall be without prejudice to all or any of the Company's other rights against the Buyer under contract.
(a) Subject to satisfactory trade, banker's and other requisite references and, where no other terms of payment have been specifically agreed in writing, the Company's terms are cash payment in full to be made at the end of the month following the invoice date. No discount or allowance will be made unless specifically stated by the Company in writing.
(b) Time for making payment shall be of the essence of the contract.
(c) The Company may at any time at its absolute discretion appropriate any payment made by the Buyer in respect of goods to such outstanding debt as the Company thinks fit notwithstanding any purported appropriation to the contrary by the Buyer.
(d) The Company shall be entitled to cancel the contract or to postpone any delivery until payment has been received in the event that the Company has reasonable doubts about the Buyer's ability or willingness to pay on the due date.
(e) The Company reserves the right at any time at its discretion to demand security for payment before continuing with an order or delivering goods or any installment.
(f) VAT will be charged at the rate ruling at the time of despatch of the goods or, if different, the basic tax point (as defined in regulations governing VAT from time to time in force).(g) The company shall be entitled to interest as well as payment on any part of the Contract price not paid by the due date from that date until actual payment at a rate of 5 percent per annum above the Base Lending Rate of National Westminster Bank plc prevailing from time to time during such period.
12. FORCE MAJEURE
(a) The Company shall not be liable to the Buyer if unable to carry out any provision of the Contract for any reason beyond its control including (without limitation) Act of God, legislation, war, civil commotion, fire, flood, drought, failure of power supply, lock out, strike, stoppage or other action by employees or third parties in contemplation or furtherance of any dispute or owing to any inability to procure parts or materials required for the performance of the contract.
(b) The Company shall notify the Buyer as soon as reasonably practicable after circumstances preventing performance arise. During the continuance of such a contingency the Company may, within its absolute discretion, withhold, reduce or suspend performance of its contractual obligations so far as prevented or hindered by such contingency without liability to the Buyer for any loss or damage whatsoever suffered directly or indirectly by reason of any such withholding, reduction or suspension.
(c) Should such contingency continue for more than three months either party may (subject to the Company repaying to the Buyer any advance payments made for undelivered goods and the Buyer paying for goods delivered) cancel the contract without further liability to the other.
13. NO WAIVER
No waiver of any of the Company's rights under the Contract shall be effective unless in writing signed by a Director or other authorised person on behalf of the Company. A waiver shall apply only to the specific circumstances in which it is given and shall be without prejudice to the enforcement of a Company's rights in relation to different circumstances or the recurrence of similar circumstances.
Any notice under these Conditions shall be properly given if in writing and sent by first class post or facsimile to the address of the intended recipient as stated in the contract or to such address as the Company and the Buyer from time to time notify to each other as their respective addresses for service and shall be deemed served in the case of postal notice, on the expiry of 48 hours from time of posting and in the case of facsimile, on expiry of 15 minutes from completion of successful transmission by the sender.
15. CONSTRUCTION AND JURISDICTION
(a) English Law shall govern construction and operation of the contract and the Buyer agrees to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.
(b) Each of these Conditions and each paragraph hereof shall be construed as a separate condition. Should any provision hereof be found to be invalid or unenforceable or an unreasonable restriction to the Company's liability then such provision shall apply with such modification as may be necessary to make it valid and effective.
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