TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THE SALE OF GOODS
1.1 The definitions and rules of interpretation in this condition apply in these conditions.
Buyer: the person, firm or company who purchases the Goods from the Company.
Company: ABT Office Supplies Limited.
Contract: any contract between the Company and the Buyer for the sale and purchase of the Goods, incorporating these conditions.
Conditions: these Terms and Conditions of Sale.
Delivery Point: the place where delivery of the Goods is to take place under condition 4.
Goods: any goods agreed in the Contract to be supplied to the Buyer by the Company (including any part or parts of them), including, without limitation, shredders and photocopiers.
1.2 A reference to a particular law is a reference to it as it is in force for the time being taking account of any amendment, extension, application or re-enactment and includes any subordinate legislation for the time being in force made under it.
1.3 Words in the singular include the plural and in the plural include the singular.
1.4 A reference to one gender includes a reference to the other gender.
1.5 Condition headings do not affect the interpretation of these Conditions.
1.6 These Conditions apply only to Buyers who are business customers and not consumers. A Buyer is a business customer if the Buyer purchases Goods from the Company for the purposes of the Buyer's business, trade or profession, rather than for private use. All other Buyers are consumers.
2. APPLICATION OF TERMS
2.1 Subject to any variation under condition 2.3 the Contract shall 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).
2.2 No terms or conditions endorsed on, delivered with or contained in the Buyer's purchase order, confirmation of order, specification or other document shall form part of the Contract simply as a result of such document being referred to in the Contract.
2.3 Without prejudice to Condition 1.6, these Conditions apply to all the Company's sales 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 signatory of the Company. The Buyer acknowledges that it has not relied on any statement, promise or representation made or given by or on behalf of the Company which is not set out in the Contract. Nothing in this Condition shall exclude or limit the Company's liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.
2.4 Each order or acceptance of a quotation for Goods by the Buyer from the Company shall be deemed to be an offer by the Buyer to buy Goods subject to these Conditions.
2.5 No order placed by the Buyer shall be deemed to be accepted by the Company until a written acknowledgement of order is issued by the Company.
2.6 Without prejudice to the provisions of Condition 2.5, if the Buyer wishes to amend any order, any such amendment is subject to acceptance by the Company and the Company reserves the right to demand the Buyer to pay any charges associated with fulfilling the amended order. No order may be amended following delivery of the Goods.
2.7 The Buyer shall ensure that the terms of its order and any applicable specification are complete and accurate.
2.8 Any quotation is given on the basis that no Contract shall come into existence until the Company despatches an acknowledgement of order to the Buyer. Any quotation is valid from its date for the number of days stated in the quotation, or if no such period is stated therein, for 7 days, provided in either case that the Company has not withdrawn or renewed it.
2.9 Any Buyer wishing to purchase Goods through the Company's website is hereby referred to Condition 12 of these Conditions.
3.1 The quantity and description of the Goods shall be as set out in the Company's quotation or acknowledgement of order.
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 shall not form part of the Contract and this is not a sale by sample.
3.1 The Company reserves the right to make any changes to the specification of any Goods if any such changes are required to be made in order to conform with any applicable legislation and/or EU requirement or, where the Goods are to be supplied to the Company's specification, which do not materially affect their quality or performance.
3.2 If Goods are to be manufactured or any process is to be applied to the Goods by the Company in accordance with a specification submitted by the Buyer, the Buyer shall hold the Company harmless and shall fully indemnify the Company against any and all loss, damage, costs and expenses awarded against or incurred by the Company in connection with, or paid or agreed to be paid by, the Company, in settlement of any claim for infringement of any patent, copyright, design, trade mark or any other intellectual property right of any other person resulting from the Company's use of the Buyer's specification.
3.3 Orders for Goods which are to be manufactured, designed, built, ordered or configured pursuant to the Buyer's specification or specific requirements may not be cancelled and shall remain payable in full by the Buyer, unless written notification of cancellation of the Buyer's order is received by the Company before the manufacture, design or building of the Goods and/or any components therefore has commenced, or before the Goods and/or any materials and/or components therefore have been ordered or configured, but if the Company has conducted any survey of the premises to which the Goods are to be delivered prior to receipt by the Company of the Buyer's cancellation notice, then an administration charge of 25% of the price for the Goods shall be payable by the Buyer. Orders for stock Goods may be cancelled upon receipt by the Company of a written cancellation notice from the Buyer but, if the Buyer's cancellation notice is received by the Company after any stock Goods have been allocated to the Contract or the Company has conducted any survey of the premises to which the Goods are to be delivered, then a packing and handling charge or an administration charge, as applicable, of 25% of the price for the Goods shall be payable by the Buyer. No order for stock goods may be cancelled in the event that the Buyer's cancellation notice therefore is received by the Company after the Goods have been delivered.
3.4 Any third party software which is supplied by the Company to the Buyer shall be supplied subject to the terms of any applicable licence agreement.
3.5 Subject to the provisions of Condition 9.2 (b), the Buyer shall be solely responsible for ensuring the suitability of any Goods for any specific purpose.
3.6 The Buyer shall be solely responsible for ascertaining the compatibility or inter-operability of any Goods with any other goods.
4. DELIVERY, RETURNS
4.1 The Company only delivers within the United Kingdom, unless otherwise agreed between the Buyer and the Company's export department, who will advise the Buyer regarding any and all terms and conditions and the delivery charges applicable to export orders.
4.2 Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Company, and without prejudice to Condition 4.1, delivery of the Goods shall take place at the Buyer's place of business. All carriage charges, including any costs in relation to transport, insurance and unloading, shall be included in the price for the Goods.
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 shall be within a reasonable time. Should expedited delivery be agreed, the Company reserves the right to levy an expedited delivery charge, notwithstanding the provisions of Condition 4.2.
4.4 Subject to the other provisions of these Conditions the Company shall not be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss (all three of which terms include, without limitation, pure economic loss, loss of profits, loss of business, depletion of goodwill and similar loss), 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 shall 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 fails to accept delivery of any of the Goods, or the Company is unable to deliver the Goods on time because the Buyer has not provided appropriate instructions, documents, licences or authorisations:
(a) risk in the Goods shall pass to the Buyer (including for loss or damage caused by the Company's negligence);
(b) the Goods shall be deemed to have been delivered; and
(c) the Company may store the Goods until delivery, whereupon the Buyer shall be liable for all related costs and expenses (including, without limitation, storage and insurance);or
(d) sell the Goods at the best price readily obtainable and (after deducting any reasonable costs and expenses in connection with the storage and expedited sale of the Goods), charge the Buyer for any shortfall below the price for the Goods.
4.6 The Buyer shall provide at the Delivery Point and at its expense adequate and appropriate equipment and manual labour for loading the Goods.
4.7 If delivery involves difficult access to or at the Delivery Point and/or the Delivery Point is located at an unreasonable distance from any feasible vehicular access point, the Company reserves the right to levy an extra delivery charge, notwithstanding the provisions of Condition 4.2.
4.8 Any shredder or photocopier shall be delivered to the ground floor of the Delivery Point and not to any other floor or level thereof, unless otherwise agreed in advance in writing with the Company and subject to any additional delivery charge which the Company shall impose, notwithstanding the provisions of Condition 4.2.
4.9 If the Company delivers to the Buyer a quantity of Goods of up to 10% more or less than the quantity accepted by the Company, the Buyer shall not be entitled to object to or reject the Goods or any of them by reason of the surplus or shortfall and shall pay for such goods at the pro rata Contract rate.
4.10 The Company may deliver the Goods by separate instalments. Each separate instalment shall be invoiced and paid for in accordance with the provisions of the Contract.
4.11 Each instalment shall be a separate Contract and no cancellation or termination of any one Contract relating to an instalment shall entitle the Buyer to repudiate or cancel any other Contract or instalment.
4.12 With respect to the return of any non-faulty Goods, only stock Goods may be returned to the Company for replacement or refund, up to 14 days from the date of delivery thereof, and at the Company's sole discretion. Prior to returning any Goods to the Company, a Buyer must complete a Goods Return Form and send the form by fax or email to the Company's Purchaser Services Department at 0208 691 4503. Goods Return Forms may be downloaded from the Company's website at www.abtltd.co.uk. A Goods Return Number together with details of the address to which the Goods must be returned, or instructions regarding collection, will be provided to the Buyer by return fax or email. Buyers must obtain and attach a Goods Return Number to the Goods before returning any Goods to the Company. Without limitation, no replacement or refund will be made with respect to any Goods that are (a) returned to the Company without a properly attached Goods Return Number, or (b) received by the Company more than 5 days after the date of the email notifying the Buyer of their Goods Return Number. Goods must be returned unopened, in their original packaging and in the condition in which they were received by the Buyer. The Company shall not be responsible for any damage to the Goods or any loss thereof in transit. Any software which has been opened or any special orders cannot be returned under any circumstances. All returns are subject to a 25% restocking fee. The Buyer must also pay the return carriage charges.
5.1 The quantity of any consignment of Goods as recorded by the Company on 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 the Buyer gives written notice to the Company of the non-delivery within 3 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.
6.1 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:
(a) the Goods; and
(b) all other sums which are or which become due to the Company from the Buyer on any account.
6.3 Until ownership of the Goods has passed to the Buyer, the Buyer shall:
(a) hold the Goods on a fiduciary basis as the Company's bailee;
(b) 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;
(c) not destroy, deface or obscure any identifying mark or packaging on or relating to the Goods; and
(d) maintain the Goods in satisfactory condition and keep them 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.
6.4 The Buyer may resell the Goods before ownership has passed to it solely on the following conditions:
(a) any sale shall be effected in the ordinary course of the Buyer's business at full market value; and
(b) any such sale shall be a sale of the Company's property on the Buyer's own behalf and the Buyer shall deal as principal when making such a sale; and
(c) the proceeds of any such sale shall be held by the Buyer as the Company's bailee and in a fiduciary capacity, and the Buyer shall pay the proceeds into a separate bank account opened for that purpose and approved by the Company and shall ensure that in no circumstances are the proceeds mingled with other money or paid into an overdrawn bank account but are at all times identifiable as the Company's money; and
(d) if the Buyer has not received the proceeds of any such sale as referred to in and pursuant to Condition 6.4 (c) it will, if called upon to do so by the Company, assign to the Company within seven days after being required in writing so to do by the Company, all rights against the person or persons by whom the proceeds are owed.
6.5 The Buyer's right to possession of the Goods shall terminate immediately if:
(a) the Buyer is presented with a bankruptcy petition or has a bankruptcy order made against him or makes an arrangement or composition with his creditors, or otherwise takes the benefit of any statutory provision 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 documents are filed with the court for the appointment of an administrator of the Buyer or notice of intention to appoint an administrator is given by the Buyer or its directors or by a qualifying floating charge holder (as defined in paragraph 14 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986), 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
(b) the Buyer suffers or allows any execution distress or diligence, whether legal or equitable, to be levied on his/its property or obtained against him/it, or fails to observe or 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 a secured lender to the Buyer takes any steps to obtain possession of the secured property or otherwise enforce its security or the Buyer ceases to trade; or
(c) the Buyer encumbers or in any way charges any of the Goods.
6.6 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.
6.7 The Buyer, at the Buyer's cost, 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 or otherwise located, but in any event, and without limitation, hereby undertakes to secure access at any time to any such premises for the Company, its agents and employees in order to inspect the Goods, or, where the Buyer's right to possession has terminated, to recover them.
6.8 Where the Company is unable to determine whether any Goods are the goods in respect of which the Buyer's right to possession has terminated, the Buyer shall be deemed to have sold all goods of the kind sold by the Company to the Buyer in the order in which they were invoiced to the Buyer.
6.9 On termination of the Contract, howsoever caused, the Company's (but not the Buyer's) rights contained in this Condition 6 shall remain in effect.
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 price list published on the date of delivery or deemed delivery.
7.2 The price for the Goods shall be exclusive of any value added tax, which the Buyer shall pay when it is due to pay for the Goods.
8.1 Subject to Condition 8.4, and provided that the Company has granted credit facilities to the Buyer pursuant to this Condition 8.1, payment of the price for the Goods shall be due in pounds sterling within 30 days of the date of the invoice for such Goods, which will be dated as at the date of dispatch of the Goods. Buyers wishing to open a credit account are required to complete the Company's Credit Account Application Form, which may be downloaded from the Company's website at www.abtltd.co.uk . Unless and until this application form has been received and the Buyer's credit account approved by the Company in writing, the Company will not consider dispatching an acknowledgment of order to the Buyer without first having received cleared funds for the full amount of the Buyer's order by BACS, credit/debit card or cheque. Where credit account facilities are granted to the Buyer by the Company, the Company reserves the right to reduce or withdraw them at any time without having to give any reason for doing so; in such a case, any outstanding invoice, or part thereof, becomes due and payable immediately to the extent that it is not covered by the Buyer's remaining credit limit with the Company (if any).
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. In the event that the Buyer tenders payment by cheque and said cheque is returned unpaid to the Company, the Buyer shall reimburse the Company for any bank charges incurred by the Company.
8.4 All payments payable to the Company under the Contract shall become due immediately on its termination despite any other provision.
8.5 The Buyer shall make all payments due under the Contract in full 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 shall be liable to pay interest to the Company on such sum from the due date for payment at the annual rate of 8 % above the base lending rate from time to time of Lloyds TSB Bank, accruing on a daily basis until payment is made, whether before or after any judgment. The Company reserves the right to claim interest under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998. The Buyer shall reimburse the Company for any and all costs incurred by the Company in recovering payment pursuant to this Condition 8.
8.7 Without prejudice to Condition 8.6, any failure by the Buyer to pay the Company any sum by the due date for payment, and/or the occurrence of any one or more of the events set forth in Condition 6.5, and/or any cancellation of or attempt by the Buyer to cancel any order for any Goods and/or the Contract other than in the circumstances permitted in Condition 3.3, shall entitle the Company at any time and without notice to the Buyer and without limitation to any other remedy available to the Company under these Conditions, the Contract, or otherwise:
8.7.1 To cancel the further delivery of any Goods, including, without limitation, stopping the delivery of any Goods in transit;
8.7.2 To withdraw or reduce any agreed monthly credit limit; and
8.7.3 To treat the Contract as having been repudiated by the Buyer.
8.8 For the avoidance of doubt, and notwithstanding the exercise of any remedy by the Company in accordance with Condition 8.7, or under any other of these Conditions, the Contract, or otherwise, the Buyer shall remain liable to pay and shall pay the Company at the Contract rate, any and all payments subsisting at the relevant time.
9.1 Where the Company is not the manufacturer of the Goods, the Company shall 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) on delivery the Goods shall:
(a) be of satisfactory quality within the meaning of the Sale of Goods Act 1979; and
(b) if the Buyer has made it expressly known to the Company in the Buyer's order that the Goods shall be suitable for a particular purpose and the Company has expressly stated in the acknowledgment of order that it will supply Goods suitable for that purpose, then the Goods shall be reasonably fit for the purpose so stated.
9.3 The Company shall not be liable for a breach of any of the warranties in Condition 9.2 unless:
(a) the Buyer gives written notice of the defect to the Company (and also to the carrier if the defect is a result of damage in transit), within 3 days of the time when the Buyer discovers or ought to have discovered the defect; and
(b) 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 Company's cost for the examination to take place there.
9.4 The Company shall not be liable for a breach of any of the warranties in Condition 9.2 if:
(a) the Buyer makes any further use of such Goods after giving such notice; or
(b) the defect arises because the Buyer failed to follow any 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
(c) the defect arises from any specification supplied by the Buyer, or from fair wear and tear, wilful damage, negligence, abnormal working conditions or from misuse of the Goods; or
(d) the Buyer alters or repairs such Goods without the written consent of the Company; or
(e) the price for the Goods has not been paid by the time for payment stipulated in Condition 8.1; or
(f) the defect is of a type specifically excluded by the Company by notice in writing.
9.5 Subject to condition 9.3 and condition 9.4, 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 Company's expense, return the Goods or the part of such Goods which is defective to the Company. The Company shall, if it opts to replace the defective Goods, then deliver replacement Goods to the Buyer at the Delivery Point (at the Company's expense), and ownership of the defective Goods shall, if it has vested in the Buyer, re-vest in the Company.
9.6 If the Company complies with condition 9.5 it shall have no further liability for a breach of any of the warranties in condition 9.2 in respect of such Goods.
10. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
10.1 Subject to Condition 4, Condition 5 and Condition 9, the following provisions 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:
(a) any breach of these Conditions;
(b) any use made or resale by the Buyer of any of the Goods, or of any product incorporating any of the Goods; and
(c) 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:
(a) for death or personal injury caused by the Company's negligence; or
(b) under section 2(3), Consumer Protection Act 1987; or
(c) for any matter which it would be illegal for the Company to exclude or attempt to exclude its liability; or
(d) for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.
10.4 Subject to Condition 10.2 and Condition 10.3:
(a) the Company's total liability in contract, tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty), misrepresentation, restitution or otherwise, arising in connection with the performance or contemplated performance of the Contract shall be limited to the Contract price; and
(b) the Company shall not be liable to the Buyer for loss of profit, loss of business, or depletion of goodwill in each case whether direct, indirect or consequential, or any claims for consequential compensation whatsoever (howsoever caused) which arise out of or in connection with the Contract.
The Buyer shall hold the Company harmless and keep the Company indemnified in full against all direct, indirect or consequential liabilities (all three of which terms include, without limitation, loss of profit, loss of business, depletion of goodwill and like loss), loss, damages, injury, costs and expenses (including legal and other professional fees and expenses) awarded against or incurred or paid by the Company as a result of or in connection with any claim made against the Company in respect of any liability, loss, damage, injury, cost or expense sustained by any third party to the extent that such liability, loss, damage, injury, cost or expense was caused by, relates to or arises from the Buyer's possession and/or use of the Goods.
12. ORDERS PLACED THROUGH THE COMPANY'S WEBSITE
12.2 The Company's website is only intended for the use by people resident in the United Kingdom.
12.3 By placing an order through the Company's site, the Buyer warrants that:
(a) The Buyer is legally capable of entering into binding contracts; and
(b) The Buyer is at least 18 years old; and
(c) The Buyer is resident in, and is accessing the Company's website from, the United Kingdom.
12.4 After placing an order, the Buyer will receive an e-mail from the Company acknowledging that the Company has received the Buyer's order. Please note that this does not mean that the Buyer's order has been accepted. The Buyer's order constitutes an offer to the Company to buy Goods. All orders are subject to acceptance by the Company, and the Company will confirm such acceptance to the Buyer by sending the Buyer an e-mail dispatch confirmation verifying that the Goods have been dispatched. The Contract between the Buyer and the Company will only be formed when the Company sends the Buyer the dispatch confirmation.
12.5 The Contract will relate only to those Goods whose dispatch the Company has verified in the dispatch confirmation. The Company will not be obliged to supply any other Goods which may have been part of the Buyer's order until the dispatch of such Goods has been verified in a separate dispatch confirmation.
12.6 The Buyer's order will be fulfilled by the delivery date set out in the dispatch confirmation or, if no delivery date is specified, then within a reasonable time of the date of the dispatch confirmation.
12.7 The price of any Goods will be as quoted on the Company's website from time to time, except in cases of obvious error.
12.8 Prices are liable to change at any time, but changes will not affect orders in respect of which the Company has already sent the Buyer a dispatch confirmation.
12.9 The Company's website contains a large number of Goods and it is always possible that, despite the Company's best efforts, some of the Goods listed on the Company's website may be incorrectly priced. The Company will normally verify prices as part of the Company's dispatch procedures so that, where the correct price of the Goods is less than the Company's stated price, the Company will charge the lower amount when dispatching the Goods to the Buyer. If the correct price of the Goods is higher than the price stated on the Company's website, the Company will normally, at the Company's discretion, either contact the Buyer for instructions before dispatching the Goods, or reject the Buyer's order and notify the Buyer of such rejection.
12.10 The Company is under no obligation to provide the Goods to the Buyer at the incorrect (lower) price, even after the Company has sent the Buyer a dispatch confirmation, if the pricing error is obvious and unmistakeable and could have reasonably been recognised by the Buyer as a mispricing.
12.11 Without prejudice to the provisions of Condition 12.9 and 12.10, the price of any Goods shown on the Company's website may differ from the price of identical Goods appearing in the Company's catalogues and brochures and the Company reserves the right to charge different prices for identical Goods pursuant to this Condition 12.11.
12.12 Payment for all Goods must be by credit or debit card. The Company accepts payment with Visa, Visa Delta / Debit, Visa Electron, Mastercard, UK Maestro, Solo, American Express, Diners Club and JCB. The Company will not charge the Buyer's credit or debit card until the Company despatches the Buyer's order.
12.13 Access to the Company's website is permitted on a temporary basis, and the Company reserves the right to withdraw access thereto or to revise the service provided thereon, without notice. Without limitation, the Company shall not be liable if for any reason the Company's website is unavailable at any time or for any period.
12.14 Commentary and other materials and/or images or information appearing on the Company's website are not intended to be relied upon or to amount to advice on which reliance should be placed. The Company hereby disclaims all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such information.
12.15 Where the Company's website contains links to other sites and/or resources provided by third parties, these are provided for information only. The Company has no control over the contents of those sites and/or resources, and accepts no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from any use of them.
12.16 The Company is the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in the Company's website, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved. Any use of the Company's website, or its contents, including copying or storing it or them in whole or in part other than for the Buyer's own personal, non-commercial use, is strictly prohibited.
13.1 The Company may assign the Contract or any part of it to any person, firm or company.
13.2 The Buyer shall not be entitled to assign the Contract or any part of it without the prior written consent of the Company.
14. 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, acts of terrorism, protests, riot, civil commotion, impossibility of the use of public or private telecommunications networks, fire, explosion, flood, epidemic, lock-outs, strikes or other labour disputes (whether or not relating to either party's workforce), or restraints or delays affecting carriers or inability or delay in obtaining supplies of adequate or suitable materials, provided that, if the event in question continues for a continuous period in excess of 180 days, the Buyer shall be entitled to give notice in writing to the Company to terminate the Contract.
15.1 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.
15.2 The Company and the Buyer shall each keep confidential any and all information which has been expressed to be confidential or could reasonably be supposed to be confidential and which has been obtained or disclosed as a result of the relationship of the respective parties under the Contract
15.3 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.
15.4 Failure or delay by the Company in enforcing or partially enforcing any provision of the Contract shall not be construed as a waiver of any of its rights under the Contract.
15.5 Any waiver by the Company of any breach of, or any default under, any provision of the Contract by the Buyer shall not be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach or default and shall in no way affect the other terms of the Contract.
15.6 The parties to the Contract do not intend that any term of the Contract shall be enforceable by virtue of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 by any person that is not a party to it.
15.7 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.
16.1 All communications between the parties about the Contract shall be in writing and delivered by hand or sent by pre-paid first class post or sent by fax:
(a) (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
(b) (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 the Contract or such other address as shall be notified to the Company by the Buyer.
16.2 Communications shall be deemed to have been received:
(a) if sent by pre-paid first class post, two days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and bank and public holidays) after posting (exclusive of the day of posting); or
(b) if delivered by hand, on the day of delivery; or
(c) if sent by fax on a working day prior to 4.00 pm, at the time of transmission and otherwise on the next working day.
Communications addressed to the Company shall be marked for the attention of Mr. Vincent Woodall.