Terms of Business

  1. DEFINITIONS
    1. Where used in this Agreement the following terms have the ascribed meaning:
      • Act” means the Data Protection Act 1998;
      • Commissioned” means the date on which:
        • both parties sign this Agreement (if applicable); or
        • The Factary send to the Client the final Specification (which shall incorporate the terms of this Agreement);
      • Data Controller” has the meaning set out in section 1(1) of the Act;
      • Data Processor” has the meaning set out in section 1(1) of the Act;
      • Fees” means the fees and expenses as set out in the Specification;
      • Force Majeure” means any circumstance not within a party’s reasonable control including, without limitation:
        • acts of God, flood, drought, earthquake or other natural disaster;
        • epidemic or pandemic;
        • terrorist attack, civil war, civil commotion or riots, war, threat of or preparation for war, armed conflict, imposition of sanctions, embargo, or breaking off of diplomatic relations;
        • nuclear, chemical or biological contamination or sonic boom;
        • any law or any action taken by a government or public authority, including without limitation imposing an export or import restriction, quota or prohibition;
        • collapse of buildings, fire, explosion or accident;
        • any labour or trade dispute, strikes, industrial action or lockouts;
        • non-performance by suppliers or subcontractors; and
        • interruption or failure of utility service;
      • Information” has the meaning given in Clause 4.1.2 of this Agreement;
      • Intellectual Property Rights” means all patents, rights to inventions, utility models, copyright and related rights, trademarks, 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 rights, topography 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;
      • Personal Data” has the meaning set out in section 1(1) of the Act;
      • Privacy Policy” means The Factary’s privacy policy as set out in Appendix 2 to the extent it applies to the provision and receipt of the Services;
      • Processing” has the meaning set out in section 1(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998;
      • Services” means the services as set out in the Specification;
      • Specification” means the specification for the Services that is agreed in writing between the Client and The Factary as set out in Appendix 1; and
      • Works” means any manuals, reports, studies, statistics, processes, designs, images or other materials that have been produced by The Factary during the duration of this Agreement.
    2. Any clause headings in this Agreement are for convenience of reference only and shall not affect its interpretation.
    3. In this Agreement including the recitals, unless the context otherwise requires:
      1. references to Clauses and Appendices are to be construed as references to the clauses and appendices to this Agreement;
      2. references to any other document or any provision thereof shall be construed as references thereto as it is in force for the time being and as amended in accordance with the terms thereof;
      3. words importing the plural shall include the singular and vice versa and words importing the masculine gender shall include the feminine and vice versa;
      4. references to any statutes or statutory provisions include any statute or statutory provision which amends, extends, consolidates or replaces the same, or which has been amended, extended, consolidated or replaced by the same, and shall include any orders, regulations, instruments or other subordinate legislation made under the relevant statute or statutory provision;
      5. any reference in this Agreement to “person” or “entity” includes individuals, bodies corporate, incorporated associations and partnerships.
    4. The Appendices form part of this Agreement.
  2. SCOPE
    1. This Agreement shall come into force on the date the project is Commissioned or the date on which the Client first sends Client Data to The Factary, whichever is sooner. This Agreement shall expire on completion of the project in accordance with the Specification unless and to the extent terminated (in whole or in part) in accordance with this Agreement or otherwise agreed between the parties.
    2. The Factary shall provide to the Client the Services in consideration of payment by the Client to The Factary of the Fees.
    3. In the event of any inconsistency between the clauses of this Agreement and the Specification, the Specification shall prevail.
    4. This Agreement shall prevail over any terms and conditions of the Client. No conduct by The Factary shall be deemed to constitute acceptance of any terms put forward by the Client.
    5. The Factary 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 Factary shall notify the Client in any such event.
  3. FEES
    1. The Fees will be payable by the Client to The Factary in respect of the Services at the rates set out in the Specification.
    2. The Client shall pay the Fees (together with VAT or other applicable sales tax on such sums) to The Factary within 28 days of the date of invoice and time for payment shall be of the essence of the Agreement. The Factary may invoice one third of the fees immediately after the project has been Commissioned and thereafter may invoice each calendar month in respect of the Services carried out in that preceding month.
    3. Without prejudice to any other remedy which The Factary may have, if any sums due under this Agreement are not received by The Factary in cleared funds by the due dates referred to in Clause 2.1 above The Factary may (in its sole discretion):
      1. charge interest on the overdue amount at the rate of 4% above the base rate of Lloyds TSB plc for the time being from the due date until the overdue sums have been received by The Factary in cleared funds; and/or
      2. suspend the performance of the Services or obligations required under this Agreement until such time as payment of the overdue sums (together with any interest) have been received by The Factary in cleared funds.
    4. All payments made by the Client under this Agreement shall be made without set-off or counterclaim of any description.
  4. INFORMATION
    1. The Client shall:
      1. at all times ensure that it complies with Clause 6 of this Agreement and shall comply with all other applicable laws;
      2. provide The Factary with all such assistance as is reasonably necessary to enable The Factary to perform its obligations under this Agreement and make full disclosure to The Factary of all information (which may include Personal Data) and material relevant to the performance and subject matter of the Services (the “Information”);
      3. ensure that any such Information and material is true, accurate and complete in all respects, is free from any defamatory or unlawful content and that it does not infringe any Intellectual Property Rights of any third party;
      4. ensure that such information is provided within sufficient time to enable The Factary to provide the Services in accordance with this Agreement;
      5. obtain and maintain all necessary licences, permissions and consents which may be required before the date on which the Services are to start; and
      6. indemnify The Factary (and keep it indemnified) against all costs, claims, expenses and other liabilities arising out of or in connection with any breach by the Client of its obligations in this Clause 4.
    2. The Factary and its agents and employees shall store the Information securely, not use the Information for any purpose other than as required under this Agreement and destroy or return to the Client all Information and any copies upon termination of this Agreement or once processing of the Information is no longer necessary for the purposes for which it was shared, whichever is earlier.
    3. Where The Factary is required to produce any material (in written or electronic format) as part of the Services it shall use its reasonable endeavours to ensure the content is true and accurate to the best of its knowledge.
  5. CONFIDENTIALITY
    1. Each party acknowledges and accepts that it may receive information of a confidential nature relating to the other party, its business and clients. Each party undertakes to the other that it shall only use the confidential information solely for the purpose envisaged by this Agreement and 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 Clauses 5.2 and 5.3.
    2. Each party may disclose the other party’s confidential information:
      1. to its employees, officers, representatives, subcontractors or advisors who need to know such information for the purposes of carrying out the party’s obligations under this Agreement. Each party shall ensure that is employees, officers, representatives, subcontractors or advisors to whom it disclosures the other party’s confidential information comply with this Clause 5;
      2. with the consent in writing of the other party to this Agreement;
      3. where such confidential information is already in the public domain other than as a result of a breach of any obligation of confidentiality under this Agreement; and
      4. as may be required by law, a court of competent jurisdiction or any governmental or regulatory authority.
    3. The Factary may name the Client in lists of clients that it produces and discloses from time to time.
  6. DATA PROTECTION
    1. Clauses 6.1 and 6.2 shall apply in so far as the Information referred to in Clause 4.2 contains Personal Data. The Client warrants that:
      1. the Personal Data is processed by the Client in compliance with all applicable laws and that receipt of the Services pursuant to this Agreement will not cause the Client to be in any breach of applicable law including the Act;
      2. the Services will be entirely consistent with the purposes for which the Personal Data was collected;
      3. the Personal Data is accurate and the Client shall promptly provide The Factary with all amendments and corrections to Personal Data to enable The Factary to keep such Personal Data at all times fully up to date; and
      4. the Services shall not involve the Client obtaining Personal Data where a data subject has previously indicated that it does not wish the Client to hold such data.
    2. The Factary and the Client acknowledge that for the purpose of the Act, the Client is the Data Controller and The Factary is the Data Processor in relation to the Information.
    3. The Factary shall only process the Information in accordance with:
      1. the Client’s instructions from time to time; and
      2. the terms of this Agreement.
    4. This Clause 6.4 shall apply where The Factary provides details of individuals to the Client as part of the Services and those details contain Personal Data as collected by The Factary. The Client acknowledges and agrees that as part of the Services The Factary:
      1. have obtained Personal Data from publicly available sources in accordance with the Privacy Policy;
      2. uses its reasonable endeavours to ensure the Personal Data is true and accurate to the best of its knowledge; and.
      3. have not obtained specific consents or authorisations from the individuals for the use of the details envisaged by the Client. On receipt of the details the Client will be a Data Controller for the purposes of the Act and must comply with the provisions of the Act, including the eight data protection principles.
    5. The Client agrees to indemnify the Factary against all costs claims expenses and other liabilities arising out of or in connection with any breach of its obligations under this Agreement and the Factary agrees to indemnify the Client against all costs claims expenses and other liabilities arising out of or in connection with any breach of its obligations under this Agreement.
  7. WORKS PRODUCED WHEN PERFORMING THE SERVICES
    1. All Intellectual Property Rights vesting in the Supplier prior to the date of Commission or developed or acquired by The Factary during the term of this Agreement shall remain vested in the Supplier.
    2. It is acknowledged that when performing the Services The Factary may create, adapt or modify the Works.
    3. The Works and any and all Intellectual Property Rights arising in the Works shall be at all times owned exclusively by The Factary.
    4. On payment of all the Fees (together with any interest due), The Factary shall grant to the Client a non-exclusive licence to the Intellectual Property Rights in the Works for the duration of the Agreement, to use adapt copy and produce the Works solely for the purposes set out in the Specification. The Client shall not sub-licence, assign or otherwise transfer the rights granted in the aforementioned licence nor disclose the Intellectual Property Rights in the Works to any other person, in each case without the prior written consent of The Factary.
  8. WARRANTIES AND LIABILITIES
    1. Subject to Clause 8.2 The Factary warrants that it will perform the Services with reasonable care and skill.
    2. The Factary will not be liable for any liability, loss or damage arising under or in connection with this Agreement. Any decision made by the Client as a result of the material produced is entirely at the Client’s risk.
    3. The entire liability of The Factary under or in connection with this Agreement shall not exceed the Fees payable by the Client under this Agreement.
    4. Nothing in this Agreement shall have the effect of limiting or excluding the liability of The Factary for death or personal injury caused by the negligence of The Factary, for fraud or otherwise as prohibited by law.
    5. The terms implied by sections 3 to 5 of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from this Agreement.
  9. TERMINATION
    1. Either party may terminate this Agreement at any time by giving not less than 30 days’ notice in writing to the other.
    2. Either party may terminate this Agreement immediately by giving written notice to the other party if:
      1. have obtained Personal Data from publicly available sources in accordance with the Privacy Policy;
      2. uses its reasonable endeavours to ensure the Personal Data is true and accurate to the best of its knowledge; and.
      3. have not obtained specific consents or authorisations from the individuals for the use of the details envisaged by the Client. On receipt of the details the Client will be a Data Controller for the purposes of the Act and must comply with the provisions of the Act, including the eight data protection principles.
    3. If this Agreement is terminated in accordance with this Clause 9:
      1. notwithstanding any provision in the Specification to the contrary, The Factary shall be entitled to invoice for all the Fees attributable to the Services and expenses incurred by The Factary to the date of termination at the rates set out in the Specification (insofar as such sums have not previously been invoiced) and all invoices shall become immediately due and payable;
      2. the provisions of Clause 3.3.3 shall apply to all sums due in accordance with Clause 9.3.1;
      3. within 30 days following the receipt in cleared funds of the sums referred to in this Clause 9.3 The Factary shall (at the cost of the Client) deliver any Works to the Client that are completed;
      4. the accrued rights, remedies, obligations and liabilities of the parties as at expiry or termination shall be unaffected, including the right to claim damages in respect of any breach of the Agreement which existed at or before the date of termination or expiry; and
      5. The Factary shall securely delete all Information provided by the Client to The Factary.
  10. FORCE MAJEURE
    1. Provided it has complied with Clause 10.2, if a party is prevented, hindered or delayed in or from performing any of its obligations under this agreement by a Force Majeure Event (the “Affected Party”), the Affected Party shall not be in breach of this Agreement or otherwise liable for any such failure or delay in the performance of such obligations. The time for performance of such obligations shall be extended accordingly.
    2. The Affected Party shall:
      1. as soon as reasonably practicable after the start of the Force Majeure Event, notify the other party in writing of the Force Majeure Event, the date on which it started, its likely or potential duration, and the effect of the Force Majeure Event on its ability to perform any of its obligations under this Agreement; and
      2. use all reasonable endeavours to mitigate the effect of the Force Majeure Event on the performance of its obligations.
    3. If the Force Majeure Event prevents, hinders or delays the Affected Party’s performance of its obligations for a continuous period of more than 1 month, the party not affected by the Force Majeure Event may terminate this agreement by giving written notice to the Affected Party.
  11. NOTICES
    1. Any notice or consent required or permitted under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be sent by first class post, hand delivery or email. Unless otherwise notified in writing for the purpose of this Clause 11 the postal and email addresses of the parties are as set out on the up to date headed stationery used by each party.
  12. GENERAL
    1. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement and understanding between the parties with respect to its subject matter and the terms of this Agreement shall supersede any previous agreements.
    2. The Client shall not be entitled to assign or subcontract or otherwise dispose of its rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of The Factary. The Factary shall be entitled to assign or subcontract or otherwise dispose of its rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of the Client.
    3. The provisions of Clauses 4.1.6, 5, 6, 7, 8 12.5 and 12.7 shall survive the termination for any reason or expiry of this Agreement.
    4. Except as otherwise set out in this Agreement, no variation to this Agreement shall be effective unless it is agreed in writing and signed by The Factary.
    5. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law and any dispute arising under or in connection with this Agreement shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts, to which each of the parties irrevocably submits.
    6. If any provision or part-provision of the Agreement is or becomes invalid, illegal or unenforceable, it shall be deemed modified to the minimum extent necessary to make it valid, legal and enforceable. If such modification is not possible, the relevant provision or part-provision shall be deemed deleted. Any modification to or deletion of a provision or part-provision under this Clause 12.6 shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the rest of the Agreement.
    7. No one other than a party to the Agreement shall have any right to enforce any of its terms.
    8. Neither party to this Agreement shall pledge the credit of the other nor represent itself as being an agent, partner, employee or representative of the other and shall not hold itself out as such nor as having any power or authority to incur any obligation of any nature, express or implied on behalf of the other.
    9. Nothing in this Agreement shall operate so as to constitute a partnership between the parties.
    10. No waiver of any rights arising under this Agreement shall be effective unless in writing and signed by a duly authorised signatory of the person against whom the waiver is to be enforced. No failure or delay by either party to this Agreement in exercising any right, power or remedy under this Agreement (except as expressly provided herein) shall operate as a waiver of any such right, power or remedy.
    11. Each party agrees at its own expense to execute such documents and generally do everything further that may be necessary to fulfil its obligations under and achieve the objectives of this Agreement.
    12. This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts each of which shall be deemed to be an original but all of which together shall constitute one and the same agreement.