Terms and Conditions


Aha Design

General Terms and Conditions


Version No: 1

Last Revised: 22.01.2013

© Aha Design 2013


These terms and conditions shall apply to the Agreement between Aha Design (“AD”) and the Client.


1.            Definitions and Interpretation

 1.1          The following definitions and rules of interpretation apply to these terms and conditions (Conditions).

1.1.1      “Contract” means the Order Form and the agreed Proposal for the Services and the Client’s subsequent acceptance of it under clause 2.2;

1.1.2      “Client” means the person, firm or company who purchases Services from AD pursuant to these Conditions;

1.1.3      “Deliverables” means all Documents, products and materials developed by AD or its agents, subcontractors  and  employees  in  relation  to  the  Services  in  any  form,  including  computer programs, data, reports and specifications (including drafts) and any deliverables specified in the Order Form or agreed between the parties from time to time;

1.1.4     “Document” means includes, without limitation, in addition to any document in writing, any

drawing,  map,  plan,  diagram,  design,  picture  or  other  image,  tape,  disk  or  other  device  or record embodying information in any form;

1.1.5      “In-put  Material”  means  all  Documents,  information  and  materials  provided  by  the  Client relating to the Services including (without limitation), computer programs, data, reports and specifications and/or the in-put materials specified in the Proposal;

1.1.6     “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  right,  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;

1.1.7     “Order Form” means the order form for the supply of the Services by AD to the Client; 

1.1.8      “Pre-existing  Materials”  means  all  Documents,  information  and  materials  provided  by  AD relating to the Services which existed prior to the commencement of the Contract including but not limited to computer programs, data, reports and specifications;

1.1.9      “Project  Proposal”  means  the  final  project  proposal  document  agreed  between  the  parties and referenced in the Order Form;

1.1.10    “Search Engine Marketing Services” means the search engine marketing services described in more detail at clause 10;

1.1.11    “Services”  means  the  services  to  be  provided  by  AD  under  the  Contract  as  set  out  in  the Order Form, and AD’s obligations under the Contract, together with any other services which the Client takes or agrees to take from AD;

1.1.12    “VAT” means value added tax chargeable under English law for the time being and any similar additional tax; 

1.1.13    “Web  Design  and  Development  Services”  means  the  web  design  and  development  services described in more detail at clause 9;

1.1.14    “Web  Hosting  Services”  means  the  web  hosting  services  described  in  more  detail  at  clause 11;

1.1.15    “AD” means Aha Design, a trading name of The Positive Ideas Company Ltd (Company number 07490388), whose registered office is at The Dormers, Lower Street, Ruscombe, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 6BU, United Kingdom.

 1.2          Headings in these conditions shall not affect their interpretation.  

1.3          A person includes a natural person, corporate or unincorporated body (whether or not having separate legal personality).  

1.4          A reference to a statute or statutory provision is a reference to it as it is in force for the time being, taking account of any amendment, extension, or re-enactment and includes any subordinate legislation for the time being in force made under it. 

 1.5         A reference to writing or written includes faxes and email..  

1.6          Any  obligation  in  the  Contract  on  a  person  not  to  do  something  includes,  without  limitation,  an obligation not to agree, allow, permit or acquiesce in that thing being done.


2.            Application of Conditions 

2.1          These Conditions shall: 

2.1.1      Apply to and be incorporated into the Contract; and

2.1.2      Prevail  over  any  inconsistent  terms  or  conditions  supplied  by  the  Client,  including  but not limited to any terms contained, or referred to, in any purchase order, confirmation of order, acceptance  of  a  quotation,  or  specification  or  other  Document  supplied  by  the  Client,  or implied by law, trade custom, practice or course of dealing. 

2.2          The Client's completion of the Order Form constitutes an offer by the Client to purchase the Services on these Conditions. No offer placed by the Client shall be accepted by AD other than: 

2.2.1      by a written acknowledgement issued by AD; or

2.2.2      (if earlier) by AD starting to provide the Services, when  a  contract  for  the  supply  and purchase  of  the  Services  on  these  Conditions  will  be  established. 

The  Client's  standard  terms  and  conditions  (if  any)  attached  to,  enclosed  with  or  referred  to  in  any purchase order or other Document shall not govern the Contract. 

2.3          Quotations  are  given  by  AD  on  the  basis  that  no  Contract  shall  come  into  existence  except  in accordance with condition 2.2. Unless otherwise agreed by AD, any quotation is valid for a period of 60 days from its date, provided that AD has not previously withdrawn it. 

2.4          In the event of any inconsistency or conflict between the provisions of these Conditions and any other documentation, these Conditions shall take precedence. 


3.            Changing our Terms & Conditions 

3.1          We may have to change these terms and conditions. Where this is necessary we will publish details of all changes on our web site at least 30 days before they take effect. However, if we need to make changes earlier for security, regulatory or legal reasons, we may be unable to give you 30 days notice. In those circumstances, we will let you know about any changes as soon as we can.   If we have made a change to your significant disadvantage you may terminate this Agreement early.  


4.            Commencement and Duration 

4.1          The Services supplied under the Contract shall be provided by AD to the Client from the date and for the duration specified in the Order Form or as otherwise agreed between the parties in writing from time to time.


5.            Client Obligations 

5.1          The Client shall: 

5.1.1      Co-operate with AD in all matters relating to the Services;

5.1.2      Provide to AD, in a timely manner, such In-put Material and other information as AD may reasonably  require  in  connection  with  the  provision  of  the  Services  and  ensure  that  it  is accurate  in  all  material  respects  and  the  Client  acknowledges  that  failure  to  provide  such information and materials may have an adverse effect on the timings of the project;

5.1.3      Maintain  a  retrievable  record  of  all  In-put  Material  and  any  other  information  provided  to AD  in  connection  with  the  Services  and  the  Client  acknowledges  that  AD  shall  not  be responsible for keeping such records on its behalf; 

5.1.4      Provide  the  In-put  Material  and  any  other  information  in  electronic  format  suitable  for processing by AD. A list of supported formats will be provided to the Client on request.

5.1.5      Obtain  and  maintain  all  necessary  licences  and  consents  and  comply  with  all  relevant legislation in relation to the Services and the use of In-put Material insofar as such licences, consents and legislation relate to the  Client's business, premises, staff and equipment, in all cases before the date on which the Services are to start.


6.            AD’s Obligations 

6.1          AD shall: 

6.1.1      Provide the Services with all reasonable skill and care;

6.1.2      Use its reasonable endeavours to ensure that the Services will be performed in full compliance with all relevant legal requirements, regulatory requirements and guidance and best industry practice;

6.1.3      Subject  to  the  Client  providing  any  information  in  accordance  with  clause  5.1.2,  use  its reasonable endeavours to provide the Services, and to deliver the Deliverables to the  Client, in accordance in all material respects with the Project Proposal;

6.1.4      Use its reasonable endeavours to meet any performance dates specified but any such dates shall be estimates only and time shall not be of the essence for performance of the Services.

6.1.5      For our £500 discounted service, the services included and the prices for further services are listed here: www.ahadesign.co.uk/prices


7.            Charges and Payment 

7.1          In consideration of the provision of the Services by AD, the Client shall pay the charges as set out in the payment schedule contained in the Order Form. 

7.2          All fees payable by, and quoted to, the Client are final figures. We do not charge VAT. 

7.3          All fees quoted are in British pounds sterling and must be paid in this currency unless otherwise agreed in writing by AD. 

7.4          Payment must be made immediately on the day specified in the Order Form. 

7.5          Without prejudice to any other right or remedy that it may have, if the Client fails to pay AD on the due date, AD may suspend all Services until payment has been made in full. 

7.6          Time for payment shall be of the essence of the Contract. 

7.7          Subject to clause 13.2, all sums payable to AD under the Contract shall become due immediately on its termination, despite any other provision. This condition 7.7 is without prejudice to any right to claim for interest under the law, or any such right under the Contract. 

7.8          AD may, without prejudice to any other rights it may have, set off any liability of the Client to AD against any liability of AD to the Client. 

7.9          Changes to any design or layout following the design phase sign off by the Client for any project may be subject to additional charges at AD’s then current standard daily rates, at the discretion of AD.


8.            Intellectual Property Rights 

8.1          The  Client  agrees  to  defend,  indemnify  and  hold  harmless  AD  against liabilities  arising  out  of  any material supplied by the Client (including but not limited to the Input Material) infringing or allegedly infringing on the proprietary rights of a third party. 

8.2          As between the Client and AD, all Intellectual Property Rights and all other rights in the Pre-existing Materials shall be owned by AD.  Subject  to  condition 8.3,  AD  licenses  all  such  rights  to  the  Client free of any additional charges and on a perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide basis to such extent as is necessary to enable the Client to make reasonable use of the Deliverables and the Services. 

8.3          The Client acknowledges that, where AD does not own any Pre-existing Materials, the Client's use of rights in Pre-existing Materials is conditional on AD obtaining a written licence (or sub-licence) from the relevant licensor or licensors on such terms as will entitle AD to license such rights to the Client. AD accepts no liability for any loss, damage, costs or liability suffered by the Client in the event that the Client uses the Pre-existing Materials without such a licence. 

8.4          Rights  to  all  source  code,  creative  source,  database  designs  and  code,  work-up  files,  third-party components and computer programs are specifically not transferred to the Client, and shall remain the property of their respective owners. 

8.5          Subject always to the remainder of this condition, upon receipt of any and all final fees due as detailed in  the  Project  Proposal,  copyright  to  the  creative  design  and  to  the  finished  assembled  work  in  the Deliverables produced by AD is transferred to the Client. 

8.6          AD retains the right to display graphics and other design elements of the Deliverables as examples of their work in its portfolio (including but not limited to displaying such graphics and design elements on its website). 

8.7          AD will indemnify the Client against any and all actions or claims incurred by the Client arising out of any  actual  or  alleged  infringement  of  any  patent,  copyright  or  trade  secret  in  respect  of  material supplied by AD in relation to the Services provided that: 

8.7.1     the  action  and/or  claim  does  not  arise  as  a  result  of  the  unauthorized  modification  or alteration or adaptation of the Deliverables, including but not limited to website content, by the Client; and/or

8.7.2     the  action  and/or  claim  does  not  arise  as  a  result  of  the  use  of  software  or  equipment  not supplied or approved by AD; and

8.7.3     the Client notifies AD immediately of any claim or demand made or action brought against it and has not made any comment or admission to any third party in respect thereof; and

8.7.4     AD  shall  have  conduct  of  all  proceedings  or  negotiations  relating  to  such  allegations  or claims and shall deal with the same as it sees fit in its absolute discretion; and

8.7.5      the  Client  shall  provide  all  reasonable  assistance  to  AD  in  relation  to  the  conduct  of  such litigation and/or negotiations.


9.            Web Design and Development Services 

9.1          Where  the  Client  purchases  Web  Development  Services,  the  remainder  of  this clause shall apply. 

9.2          It is the responsibility of the Client to ensure that any and all In-put Materials (including but not limited to website content) is completed and provided to AD at the specified time. Thereafter AD agrees  to  enter  any  and  all  remaining  website  content  (subject  to  the  limits  contained  in  the  Project Proposal) as provided by the Client, provided that such content is supplied to AD in a single batch and in  a  complete  and  final  state.  The  Client  agrees  to  provide  timely  review  and  acceptance  of  the Deliverables once they have been passed over to the Client for acceptance testing. A reasonable period of time (not to exceed 4 weeks) will be provided for such acceptance testing. Where the Client fails to complete acceptance testing within this period, at the discretion of AD, any outstanding final charges as detailed in the Project Proposal will become due for payment (subject to the agreed payment terms as detailed in the Project Proposal).  

9.3          The Client agrees to credit AD in the footer section of their website by displaying a subtle hyperlink back to the AD website, unless explicitly agreed otherwise in writing. 

9.4          Following  completion  of  the  site  AD  will  provide  to  the  Client,  free  of  charge,  and  for  a  period  of  2 weeks, a website support service, as defined in the Project Proposal document. Any software “bugs” or functionality failures will be rectified free of charge during this period. This service does not include any design modifications, functionality changes or site enhancements.  Such items are subject to additional charges on a bespoke basis.  

9.5          Once the project has been completed, the Client will be given access to all their sites and platforms.  AD will not be responsible for any changes or problems with the website as a result of the Client’s actions.


10.          Search Engine Marketing Services 

10.1        Where the Client purchases Search Engine Marketing Services, the remainder of this clause shall apply. 

10.2        AD  does  not  represent  or  warrant  that  a  Client’s  website  will  achieve  a  favourable  position,  or  any particular  position,  within  search  engine  rankings  as  a  result  of  any  search  engine  optimisation  or promotion services. Whilst rankings cannot be guaranteed, AD will use its reasonable endeavours to achieve optimal results for the Client within the scope of the Services provided. 

10.3        AD  cannot  be  held  responsible  for  a  drop  in  or  unsatisfactory  search  engine  ranking  results  in  the event of any of the following scenarios: 

11.4.1    recommendations made to the Client by AD for changes to any of website copy, navigation or layout have not been undertaken;

11.4.2    website copy, navigation and/or layout changes to the Clients website without the knowledge and approval of AD within the defined service period;

11.4.3    other online marketing activities undertaken by the Client or a nominated third party without the knowledge and approval of AD within the defined service period;

11.4.4    loss of availability of the  Clients website due to a failure in or lack of reliability of any third-party hosting services; and/or

11.4.5    a change in the indexing algorithms by any of the major search engines, which may result in a wholesale  re-indexing  of  search  engine  ranking  listings.    In  the  event  that  this  occurs,  AD shall  use  its  reasonable  endeavours  to  rectify  this  issue  for  the  remainder  of  the  contract term. 


11.          Web Hosting and Domain Services 

11.1        AD will setup and pay for the first year of a webhost account and a domain name of the Client’s choice. The Client is fully responsible for maintaining the webhost account and domain name after the first year, including any annual charges. 


12.          Limitation of Liability 

12.1        This  condition  sets  out  the  entire  financial  liability  of  AD  (including  any  liability  for  the  acts  or omissions of its employees, agents, consultants, and subcontractors) to the Client in respect of: 

12.1.1    any breach of the Contract;

12.1.2    any use made by the Client of the Services, the Deliverables or any part of them; and  

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

12.2        All warranties, conditions and other terms implied by statute or common law are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from the Contract. 

12.3        For the avoidance of doubt: 

12.3.1   AD shall not be responsible for the performance of third party services that are introduced to the Client in connection with the provision of the Services; and 

12.3.2   if AD’s performance of its obligations under the Contract is prevented or delayed by any act or omission of the Client, its agents, subcontractors, consultants or employees, AD shall not be liable for any costs, charges or losses sustained or incurred by the Client arising directly or indirectly from such prevention or delay. 

12.4        Nothing in these Conditions limits or excludes the liability of AD: 

12.4.1   for death or personal injury resulting from negligence; or

12.4.2    for  any  damage  or  liability  incurred  by  the  Client  as  a  result  of  fraud  or  fraudulent misrepresentation by AD. 

12.5        Subject to condition 12.2 and condition 12.4, AD shall not be liable for loss of profits, loss of business, depletion  of  goodwill  and/or  similar  losses,  loss  of  anticipated  savings,  loss  of  corruption  of  data  or information  or  any  special,  indirect,  consequential  or  pure  economic  loss,  costs,  damages,  charges  or expenses. 

12.6        AD’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 price paid for the Services.  

12.7        The Client shall be liable to pay to AD, on demand, all reasonable costs, charges or losses sustained or incurred by AD (including, without limitation, any direct, indirect or consequential losses, loss of profit and  loss  of  reputation,  loss  or  damage  to  property  and  those  arising  from  injury  to  or  death  of  any person  and  loss  of  opportunity  to  deploy  resources  elsewhere)  arising  directly  or  indirectly  from  the Client's fraud, negligence, failure to perform or delay in the performance of any of its obligations under the Contract, subject to AD confirming such costs, charges and losses to the Client in writing. 


13.          Termination and Suspension 

13.1        Without  prejudice  to  any  other  rights  or  remedies  which  the  parties  may  have,  either  party  may terminate the Contract without liability to the other immediately on giving notice to the other if: 

13.1.1   The other party commits a material breach of any of the terms of the Contract and (if such a breach is remediable) fails to remedy that breach within 30 days of that party being notified in writing of the breach; or

13.1.2    the other party becomes insolvent or has a Receiver or Administrative Receiver appointed or

passes a resolution for winding-up or a Court of competent jurisdiction makes an order to that effect  or  if  the  other  party  becomes  subject  to  an  administration  order  or  enters  into  any voluntary arrangement with its creditors or ceases or threaten to cease to carry on business; or

13.1.3   there is a change of control of the other party; or 

13.1.4    (in the case of AD), the Client fails to pay any sum due under the terms of the Contract and such  sum  remains  unpaid  for  30  days  after  written  notice  from  AD  that  such  sum  has  not been paid. 

13.2        On termination of the Contract for any reason:  

13.2.1    the Client shall immediately pay to AD all of AD’s outstanding unpaid invoices and interest and, in respect of  Services  supplied but for which no invoice has been submitted,  AD  may submit an invoice, which shall be payable immediately on receipt; and 

13.2.2    the Client will be liable to pay interest of 10% per month on a late payment; and

13.2.3   the accrued rights and liabilities of the parties as at termination and the continuation of any provision expressly stated to survive or implicitly surviving termination, shall not be affected. 

13.3        In the event that the Contract terminates due to AD’S insolvency as per clause 13.2.1, and subject to the Client having paid any and all Charges due, then AD shall (insofar as it is able to do so) return all In-put Materials and shall transfer to the Client the Deliverables (or part thereof) including, but not limited to, any source code. 

13.4        On termination of the Contract (however arising), the following conditions shall survive and continue in full force and effect: conditions 8, 12, 13, 17 and 28. 

13.5        AD reserves the right to suspend the Services and/or remove the Deliverables from public view on the Internet: 

13.5.1    until the receipt of all fees due as detailed in the Project Proposal; and/or

13.5.2    if required to do so by a competent court or regulatory authority.  


14.          Data Protection 

14.1        Terms  which  are  defined  in  Data  Protection  Legislation  and  used  in  this  clause  shall  have  the  same meanings as in Data Protection Legislation. 

14.2        Each party shall, at all times during the Term, comply with all the provisions and obligations imposed upon it by Data Protection Legislation when performing its obligations or exercising its rights under the Contract. 

14.3        The Client acknowledges that: 

14.3.1   AD  may  hold  names  and  other  information  contained  in  the  Order  Form  and  the  Input Materials in a computerised database. The Client agrees that such data may be processed and may, in certain circumstances, be supplied to and processed by AD’S suppliers to enable the provision and maintenance of the Services.  For the avoidance of doubt, AD shall not utilise the  data  for  marketing  purposes  and/or  sell  or  transfer  the  data  without  the  Client’s  prior consent;

14.3.2   AD may, from time to time, be required under regulations and/or legislation to co-operate with and/or disclose data to, government or other bodies and/or authorities.


15.          Non Solicitation of Staff 

15.1        For the duration of this Agreement and for 12 months thereafter, neither party will directly solicit for employment any  personnel  of  the  other.  For  the  avoidance  of  doubt,  nothing  in  this  clause  shall prohibit  either  party  from  giving  consideration  to  any  application  for  employment  submitted  on  an unsolicited basis or in response to a general advertisement of employment opportunities.


16.          Publicity 

16.1        The Client agrees that AD can use the Client’s company name and/or logo(s) in its own Client list and any promotional material.  If  the  Client  does  not  wish  to  appear  on  the  AD  Client  list  or  on  any promotional material, AD will remove them at the Client’s request. 

16.2        Subject  to  clause  16.1,  neither  party  may  use  in  any  advertising,  publicity,  promotional  marketing  or other activities any name, trademark, trade name or other designation of the other party without the other party’s prior written consent.   


17.          Confidentiality 

17.1        Each party shall: 

17.1.1    keep the other party's Confidential Information confidential and no less secure than it keeps its own Confidential Information; 

17.1.2    use Confidential Information only for the purposes of the Contract; and

17.1.3    use  all  reasonable  endeavours  neither  to  disclose  any  Confidential  Information  to  any unauthorised person nor to permit any unauthorised use or possession of  such Confidential Information. For the avoidance of doubt, a party may disclose Confidential Information to its professional  advisers,  subject  to  appropriate  confidentiality  measures  being  in  place  with those advisers. 

17.2        Each party shall ensure that its employees, agents and subcontractors are aware of, and comply with, the provisions of this clause. 

17.3        The obligations in clauses 17.1.1 and 17.1.3 do not apply to Confidential Information which: 

17.3.1    is in the public domain at the date of this Agreement or subsequently comes into the public domain otherwise than as a result of a breach of clauses 17.1.1 and 17.1.3;

17.3.2   was rightfully in possession of a party prior to the commencement of negotiations leading to this Agreement; or

17.3.3    a party is required to disclose by a competent court or regulatory authority.   

17.4        The obligations of confidentiality in this clause shall survive the termination of this Agreement. 

17.5        Subject  to  clause  16,  neither  party  shall  disclose  the  existence  of  or  the  subject  matter  of  this Agreement  nor  make  any  other  kind  of  public  statement  relating  to  the  existence,  subject  matter  or performance of this Agreement without obtaining the other party's prior written consent, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed.


18.          Force Majeure 

18.1        AD  shall  have  no  liability  to  the  Client  under  the  Contract  if  it  is  prevented  from,  or  delayed  in performing,  its  obligations  under  the  Contract  or  from  carrying  on  its  business  by  acts,  events, omissions or accidents beyond its reasonable control, including (without limitation)  failure of a utility service or transport network, act of God, war, riot, civil commotion, malicious damage, compliance with any  law  or  governmental  order,  rule,  regulation  or  direction,  accident,  breakdown  of  plant  or machinery, fire, flood or storm. 

18.2        If  AD  is  unable  to  perform  its  obligations  pursuant to clause  18.1,  it  may terminate the Contract by giving  to  the  Client  10  days  notice  in  writing.  In such  circumstances,  AD  shall  render  an  invoice  for such part of the Services that have been delivered or completed, but not previously billed.


19.          Variations 

19.1        The Client may at any time request variations to the Project Proposal by written notice to AD. 

19.2        On receipt of a request for variation or such other period as may be agreed AD shall indicate by notice in writing to the Client the terms upon which AD will perform the requested variation, including the effect of the variation on the price payable by the Client and the effect on the length and timings of the project as a result.    

19.3        If AD serves a notice pursuant to 19.2 above the Client shall within 5 working days of the date of AD written notice elect by written notice to AD whether or not it wishes the variation to proceed. In the absence of a Client’s notice AD shall assume the variation is not to proceed. 

19.4        AD  may,  from  time  to  time  and  without  notice,  change  the  Services  in  order  to  comply  with  any applicable  safety  or  statutory  requirements,  provided  that  such  changes  do  not  materially  affect  the nature,  scope  of,  or  the  charges  for  the  Services.  AD may, from  time  to  time  change  the  Services, provided that such changes do not materially affect the nature or quality of the Services. 

19.5        Subject to condition 19.4 no variation of the Contract or these Conditions or of any of the documents referred to in them shall be valid unless it is in writing and signed by or on behalf of each of the parties.


20.          No Waiver 

20.1        A  waiver  of  any  right  under  the  Contract  is  only  effective  if  it  is  in  writing  and  it  applies  only  to  the circumstances  for  which  it  is  given.  No  failure  or  delay  by  a  party  in  exercising  any  right  or  remedy under  the  Contract  or  by  law  shall  constitute  a  waiver  of  that  (or  any  other)  right  or  remedy,  nor preclude  or  restrict  its  further  exercise.  No  single  or  partial  exercise  of  such  right  or  remedy  shall preclude or restrict the further exercise of that (or any other) right or remedy. 

20.2        Unless  specifically  provided  otherwise,  rights  arising  under  the  Contract  are  cumulative  and  do  not exclude rights provided by law.


21.          Severance 

21.1        If  any  provision  of  the  Contract  (or  part  of  any  provision)  is  held  by  any  court  or  other  competent authority  to  be  void,  voidable,  illegal,  invalid  or  otherwise  unenforceable,  that  provision  or  part-provision shall, to the extent required, be deemed not to form part of the Contract, and the validity and enforceability of the other provisions of the Contract shall not be affected. 

21.2        If  a  provision  of  the  Contract  (or  part  of  any  provision)  is  found  illegal,  invalid  or  unenforceable,  the parties shall negotiate in good faith to amend such provision such that, as amended, it is legal, valid and enforceable, and, to the greatest extent possible, achieves the parties' original commercial intention.


22.          Assignment 

22.1        The Client shall not, without the prior written consent of AD, assign, transfer, charge, subcontract or deal in any other manner with all or any of its rights or obligations under the Contract without the prior written consent of AD. 

22.2        AD may at any time assign, transfer, charge, subcontract or deal in any other manner with all or any of its rights under the Contract and may subcontract or delegate in any manner any or all of its obligations under the Contract to any third party or agent. 

22.3        Each  party  that  has  rights  under  the  Contract  is  acting  on  its  own  behalf  and  not  for  the  benefit  of another person.


23.          No Partnership or Agency 

23.1        Nothing in the Contract is intended to, or shall be deemed to, constitute a partnership or joint venture of  any  kind  between  any  of  the  parties,  nor  constitute  any  party  the  agent  of  another  party  for  any purpose. No party shall have authority to act as agent for, or to bind, the other party in any way.


24.          Notices 

24.1        Any  notices  to  be  given  under  this  Agreement  shall  be  written  in  the  English  language  and  delivered personally or sent by recorded post to the addresses set out at the beginning of this Agreement, or as otherwise specified by the relevant party by notice in writing to the other party.  Any such notice shall be deemed to be served, if delivered personally, at the time of delivery, and if sent by post, 48 hours after posting.


25.          Third Party Rights

25.1        A person who is not a party to this Agreement has no rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any term of this Agreement, but this does not affect any right or remedy of any third party which exists or is available apart from that Act.


26.          Entire Agreement 

26.1        The  Contract,  together  with  these  Conditions,  the  Project  Proposal  and  Order  Form,  form  the  entire understanding between AD and the Client, for the supply of the Services and  supersede all previous agreements between the parties relating to its subject  matter, including but not limited to, any prior verbal agreement. 

26.2        Each party acknowledges that, in entering into the Contract, it has not relied on, and shall have no right or  remedy  in  respect  of,  any  statement,  representation,  assurance  or  warranty  (whether  made negligently or innocently) (other than for breach of contract), as expressly provided in the Contract.  

26.3        Nothing in this condition shall limit or exclude any liability for fraud.


27.          Dispute Resolution 

27.1        Any disputes or differences under or arising out of the Contract may be referred to a single arbitrator to be  agreed  upon  by  the  parties  or  in  default  of  agreement  by  the  President  for  the  time  being  of  the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in accordance with the Arbitration Act 1996.


28.          Governing Law 

28.1        The Contract and any disputes or claims arising out of or in connection with it or its  subject matter or formation  (including  non-contractual  disputes  or  claims)  shall  be  governed  by  and  construed  in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. 

28.2        The parties irrevocably agree that the courts of England and Wales  shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of, or in connection with, the Contract or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims).



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