Supplier Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions of Purchase of Goods and/or Services
1.1 In these Conditions, the following definitions apply:
Business Day: means a day other than a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday in England when banks in London are open for business.
Company: Joseph Giles Limited, a company registered in England and Wales with company number 08409947, whose registered office is at 7 Imperial Way, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 4RR, United Kingdom.
Conditions: means these terms and conditions as amended from time to time in accordance with clause 16.7.
Contract: means the contract between the Company and the Supplier for the supply of Goods and/or Services, consisting of the quotation provided by the Supplier (if any), the Order, written acceptance (if any), the Goods Specification or Services Specification (if any) and these Conditions.
Deliverables: means all documents, products and materials developed by the Supplier or its agents, contractors and employees as part of or in relation to the Services in any form or media, including without limitation drawings, maps, plans, diagrams, designs, pictures, computer programs, data, specifications and reports (including drafts).
Goods Specification: means any specification for the Goods, including any related plans and drawings, that is agreed in writing by the Company and the Supplier.
Goods: means the goods (or any part of them) set out in the Order.
Intellectual Property Rights: means patents, rights to inventions, copyright and related rights, trade marks, business names and domain names, rights in get-up, goodwill and the right to sue for passing off, rights in designs, database rights, rights to use, and protect the confidentiality of, confidential information (including know-how), and all other intellectual property rights, in each case whether registered or unregistered and including all applications and rights to apply for and be granted, renewals or extensions of, and rights to claim priority from, such rights and all similar or equivalent rights or forms of protection which subsist or will subsist now or in the future in any part of the world.
Order: means the Company’s order for the supply of Goods and/or Services, as set out in the Company’s purchase order form or in the Company’s written acceptance of the Supplier’s quotation, as the case may be.
Service Specification: means any description or specification for services agreed in writing by the Company and the Supplier.
Services: means the services, including without limitation any Deliverables, to be provided by the Supplier under the Contract as set out in the Service Specification.
Supplier: means the person or firm from whom the Company purchases the Goods and/or Services.
1.2 In these Conditions, the following rules apply:
1.2.1 a person includes a natural person, corporate or unincorporated body (whether or not having separate legal personality);
1.2.2 a reference to a party includes its personal representatives, successors or permitted assigns;
1.2.3 a reference to a statute or statutory provision is a reference to such statute or statutory provision as amended or re-enacted and includes any subordinate legislation made under it, as amended or re-enacted;
1.2.4 any phrase introduced by the terms including, include, in particular or any similar expression shall be construed as illustrative and shall not limit the sense of the words preceding those terms; and
1.2.5 a reference to writing or written includes faxes and e-mails.
2 Basis of Contract
2.1 These Conditions apply to the Contract to the exclusion of any other terms that the Supplier seeks to impose or incorporate, or which are implied by trade, custom, practice or course of dealing.
2.2 Where the Supplier issues a quotation to the Company, such quotation shall constitute an offer by the Supplier to sell Goods and/or Services in accordance with these Conditions, and on the date of the Company’s written acceptance (the Order), the Contract shall come into existence (Commencement Date).
2.3 Where the Company issues a purchase order to the Supplier, such purchase order shall constitute an offer by the Company to purchase Goods and/or Services in accordance with these Conditions, and such Order shall be deemed to be accepted on the earlier of:
2.3.1 the Supplier issuing written acceptance of the Order; or
2.3.2 any act by the Supplier consistent with fulfilling the Order, at which point and on which date the Contract shall come into existence (Commencement Date).
2.4 Time is of the essence with regards to the performance of the Order.
2.5 All of these Conditions shall apply to the supply of both Goods and Services except where the application to one or the other is specified.
2.6 The Supplier waives any right it might otherwise have to rely on any term endorsed upon, delivered with or contained in any documents of the Supplier that is inconsistent with these Conditions.
2.7 These Conditions and the Order shall constitute the whole agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter of the Order and supersede all prior agreements, arrangements and understandings between the parties relating to that subject matter. Each party acknowledges that, in entering into a Contract, it does not rely on any statement, representation, assurance or warranty (whether it was made negligently or innocently) of any person (whether a party to the Contract or not) (Representation) other than as expressly set out in these Conditions or the Order. Each party agrees that the only rights and remedies available to it arising out of or in connection with a Representation shall be for breach of the Contract. Nothing in this clause shall limit or exclude any liability for fraud.
3 Supply of Goods
3.1 The Supplier warrants and undertakes that:
3.1.1 at the time of delivery, the Supplier has full legal, beneficial and unencumbered title to the Goods;
3.1.2 the Goods shall be manufactured, packaged and supplied strictly in accordance with the provisions of these Conditions and with any of the Company’s policies or other reasonable requirements that may have been notified to the Supplier reasonably in advance;
3.1.3 all packaging (for example, crates, drums and boxes) used to store or transport the Goods shall be suitable to protect the Goods from damage during delivery and shall meet the requirements, and bear the marks, specified in the Order;
3.1.4 the Goods supplied will:
(a) correspond with their description as set out in the Goods Specification and/or Order;
(b) be of satisfactory quality (within the meaning of the Sale of Goods Act 1979) and fit for any purpose held out by the Supplier or made known to the Supplier by the Company, expressly or by implication, and in this respect the Company relies on the Supplier’s skill and judgment;
(c) be free from defects in design, materials and workmanship and remain so for 12 months after delivery; and
(d) comply with all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements relating to the manufacture, labelling, packaging, storage, handling and delivery of the Goods;
3.1.5 any information it provides to the Company under the Contract is accurate and complete; and
3.1.6 at all times it has and maintains all the licences, permissions, authorisations, consents and permits that it needs to carry out its obligations under the Contract in respect of the Goods.
3.2 The Company will only accept Goods which comply with the Goods Specification and/or Order. If the Goods do not conform to the Goods Specification and/or Order or are in any other way defective, this shall constitute a breach of the Contract and the Company shall have the remedies set out in clause 9.
4 Delivery of Goods
4.1 The Supplier shall ensure that:
4.1.1 the Goods are properly packed and secured in such manner as to enable them to reach their destination in good condition;
4.1.2 each delivery of the Goods is accompanied by a delivery note which shows the date of the Order, the Order number (if any), the type and quantity of the Goods (including the code number of the Goods (where applicable)), special storage instructions (if any) and, if the Goods are being delivered by instalments, the outstanding balance of Goods remaining to be delivered; and
4.1.3 if the Supplier requires the Company to return any packaging material for the Goods to the Supplier, that fact is clearly stated on the delivery note. Any such packaging material shall only be returned to the Supplier at the cost of the Supplier.
4.2 The Supplier shall deliver the Goods:
4.2.1 on the date specified in the Order;
4.2.2 to the location set out in the Order or such other location as the parties may agree (Delivery Location);
4.2.3 during the Company’s normal hours of business on a Business Day, or as otherwise instructed by the Company.
4.3 Delivery of the Goods shall be completed on the completion of unloading of the Goods at the Delivery Location.
4.4 If the Supplier:
4.4.1 delivers less than 95 per cent of the quantity of Goods ordered, the Company may reject the Goods; or
4.4.2 delivers more than 105 per cent of the quantity of Goods ordered, the Company may at its sole discretion reject the Goods or the excess Goods, and any rejected Goods shall be returnable at the Supplier’s risk and expense. If the Supplier delivers more or less than the quantity of Goods ordered, and the Company accepts the delivery, a pro rata adjustment shall be made to the invoice for the Goods.
4.5 The Supplier may not deliver the Goods in instalments without the Company’s prior written consent. Where it is agreed that the Goods are to be delivered by instalments, they may be invoiced and paid for separately. However, failure by the Supplier to deliver any one instalment on time or at all or any defect in an instalment shall entitle the Company to the remedies set out in clause 9.1.
4.6 Title to and risk in the Goods shall pass to the Company on completion of delivery.
4.7 In respect of the Goods and any goods that are transferred to the Company as part of the Services under this Contract, including without limitation the Deliverables or any part of them, the Supplier warrants that it has full, clear and unencumbered title to all such items, and that at the date of delivery of such items to the Company, it will have full and unrestricted rights to sell and transfer all such items to the Company.
5 Supply of Services
5.1 The Supplier shall from the date set out in the Order and for the duration of the Contract provide the Services to the Company in accordance with the terms of the Contract.
5.2 The Supplier shall meet any performance dates for the Services specified in the Order or such other dates as the parties may agree.
5.3 In providing the Services, the Supplier shall:
5.3.1 co-operate with the Company in all matters relating to the Services, and comply with all instructions of the Company;
5.3.2 perform the Services with the best care, skill and diligence in accordance with best practice in the Supplier’s industry, profession or trade;
5.2.3 use personnel who are suitably skilled and experienced to perform tasks assigned to them, and in sufficient number to ensure that the Supplier’s obligations are fulfilled in accordance with this Contract;
5.2.4 ensure that the Services and Deliverables will conform with all descriptions and specifications set out in the Service Specification, and that the Deliverables shall be fit for any purpose expressly or impliedly made known to the Supplier by the Company;
5.3.5 provide all equipment, tools and vehicles and such other items as are required to provide the Services;
5.3.6 use the best quality goods, materials, standards and techniques, and ensure that the Deliverables, and all goods and materials supplied and used in the Services or transferred to the Company, will be free from defects in workmanship, installation and design;
5.3.7 obtain and at all times maintain all necessary licences and consents, and comply with all applicable laws and regulations;
5.3.8 observe all health and safety rules and regulations and any other security requirements that apply at any of the Company’s premises;
5.3.9 hold all materials, equipment and tools, drawings, specifications and data supplied by the Company to the Supplier (Company Materials) in safe custody at its own risk, maintain the Company Materials in good condition until returned to the Company, and not dispose of or use the Company Materials other than in accordance with the Company’s written instructions or authorisation; and
5.3.10 not do or omit to do anything which may cause the Company to lose any licence, authority, consent or permission upon which it relies for the purposes of conducting its business, and the Supplier acknowledges that the Company may rely or act on the Services.
6 The Company’s Obligations
6.1 The Company shall:
6.1.1 provide the Supplier with reasonable access at reasonable times to the Company’s premises for the purpose of providing the Services; and
6.1.2 provide such information as the Supplier may reasonably request for the provision of the Services and the Company considers reasonably necessary for the purpose of providing the Services.
7 Charges and Payment
7.1 The price for the Goods:
7.1.1 shall be the price set out in the Order, or if no price is quoted, the price set out in the Supplier’s published price list in force at the Commencement Date; and
7.1.2 shall be inclusive of the costs of packaging, insurance and carriage of the Goods, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Company. No extra charges shall be effective unless agreed in writing and signed by the Company.
7.2 The charges for the Services shall be set out in the Order, and shall be the full and exclusive remuneration of the Supplier in respect of the performance of the Services. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Company, the charges shall include every cost and expense of the Supplier directly or indirectly incurred in connection with the performance of the Services.
7.3 In respect of the Goods and/or Services, the Supplier shall invoice the Company in accordance with the invoicing timetable as specified in the Order. Each invoice shall include such supporting information required by the Company to verify the accuracy of the invoice, including but not limited to the relevant purchase order number.
7.4 In consideration of the supply of Goods and/or Services by the Supplier, the Company shall, unless set out differently in the Order, pay the invoiced amounts at the end of the month following the month in which the correctly rendered invoice is received by the Customer. Payment of a correctly rendered invoice shall be made to a bank account nominated in writing by the Supplier.
7.5 All amounts payable by the Company under the Contract are exclusive of amounts in respect of valued added tax chargeable from time to time (VAT). Where any taxable supply for VAT purposes is made under the Contract by the Supplier to the Company, the Company shall, on receipt of a valid VAT invoice from the Supplier, pay to the Supplier such additional amounts in respect of VAT as are chargeable on the supply of the Goods and/or Services at the same time as payment is due for the supply of the Goods and/or Services.
7.6 If a party fails to make any payment due to the other party under the Contract by the due date for payment, then the defaulting party shall pay interest on the overdue amount at the rate of 4% per annum above Barclays Bank plc’s base rate from time to time. Such interest shall accrue on a daily basis from the due date until the date of actual payment of the overdue amount, whether before or after judgment. The defaulting party shall pay the interest together with the overdue amount. This clause shall not apply to invoices or payments that the defaulting party disputes in good faith.
7.7 The Supplier shall maintain complete and accurate records of the time spent and materials used by the Supplier in providing the Services, and the Supplier shall allow the Company to inspect such records at all reasonable times on request.
7.8 The Company may at any time, without limiting any of its other rights or remedies, set off any liability of the Supplier to the Company against any liability of the Company to the Supplier, whether either liability is present or future, liquidated or unliquidated, and whether or not either liability arises under the Contract.
8 Intellectual Property Rights
8.1 The Supplier assigns to the Company, with full title guarantee and free from all third party rights, all Intellectual Property Rights in the Goods and the products of the Services, including for the avoidance of doubt the Deliverables.
8.2 The Supplier shall obtain waivers of all moral rights in the Goods and the products of the Services, including for the avoidance of doubt the Deliverables, to which any individual is now or may be at any future time entitled under Chapter IV of Part I of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 or any similar provisions of law in any jurisdiction.
8.3 The Supplier shall, promptly at the Company’s request, do (or procure to be done) all such further acts and things and the execution of all such other documents as the Company may from time to time require for the purpose of securing for the Company the full benefit of the Contract, including all right, title and interest in and to the Intellectual Property Rights assigned to the Company in accordance with clause 8.2.
8.4 All Company Materials are the exclusive property of the Company.
9.1 If the Supplier fails to deliver the Goods and/or perform the Services by the applicable date, the Company shall, without limiting its other rights or remedies, have one or more of the following rights:
9.1.1 to terminate the Contract with immediate effect by giving written notice to the Supplier;
9.1.2 to refuse to accept any subsequent performance of the Services and/or delivery of the Goods which the Supplier attempts to make;
9.1.3 to recover from the Supplier any costs incurred by the Company in obtaining substitute goods and/or services from a third party;
9.1.4 where the Company has paid in advance for Services that have not been provided by the Supplier and/or Goods which have not been delivered by the Supplier, to recover from the Supplier any such sums; and
9.1.5 to claim damages for any additional costs, loss or expenses incurred by the Company which are in any way attributable to the Supplier’s failure to meet such dates.
9.2 These Conditions shall apply to any reworked or replacement Goods and/or Services supplied by the Supplier.
9.3 If the Goods are not delivered by the date specified in the Order, the Company may, at its option, claim or deduct 5 per cent of the price of the Goods for each week’s delay in delivery by way of liquidated damages, up to a maximum of 50 per cent of the total price of the Goods, unless such failure or delay is caused solely by the Company’s failure to comply with its obligations under these Conditions. The parties confirm that these liquidated damages are reasonable and proportionate to compensate the Company for discounts that its own customers are likely to demand in respect of late delivery of the same Goods to them, and therefore such liquidated damages cannot be considered extravagant or unconscionable.
9.4 For clarity, nothing in this clause 9 shall entitle the Company to recover twice in respect of the same loss.
9.5 If the Supplier has delivered Goods [or performed Services?] that do not comply with these Conditions, then, without limiting its other rights or remedies, the Company shall have one or more of the following rights, whether or not it has accepted the Goods or Services:
9.5.1 to reject the Goods (in whole or in part) whether or not title has passed and to return them to the Supplier at the Supplier’s own risk and expense;
9.5.2 to terminate the Contract with immediate effect by giving written notice to the Supplier;
9.5.3 to require the Supplier to repair or replace the rejected Goods [or to reperform the Services (as applicable)], or to provide a full refund of the price of the rejected Goods [or Services] (if paid);
9.5.4 to refuse to accept any subsequent delivery of the Goods which the Supplier attempts to make;
9.5.5 to recover from the Supplier any expenditure incurred by the Company in obtaining substitute goods or services from a third party; and
9.5.6 to claim damages for any additional costs, loss or expenses incurred by the Company arising from the Supplier’s failure to supply Goods or Services in accordance with the Contract.
9.6 These Conditions shall extend to any substituted or remedial services and/or repaired or replacement goods supplied by the Supplier.
9.7 The Company’s rights under this Contract are in addition to its rights and remedies implied by statute and common law.
10.1 The Supplier shall keep the Company indemnified against all liabilities, costs, expenses, damages and losses (including but not limited to any direct, indirect or consequential losses, loss of profit, loss of reputation and all interest, penalties and legal costs (calculated on a full indemnity basis) and all other reasonable costs and expenses) suffered or incurred by the Company as a result of or in connection with:
10.1.1 any claim made against the Company for actual or alleged infringement of a third party’s intellectual property rights arising out of, or in connection with, the manufacture, supply or use of the Goods, or receipt, use or supply of the Services, to the extent that the claim is attributable to the acts or omissions of the Supplier, its employees, agents or subcontractors;
10.1.2 any claim made against the Company by a third party for death, personal injury or damage to property arising out of, or in connection with, defects in Goods, to the extent that the defects in the Goods are attributable to the acts or omissions of the Supplier, its employees, agents or subcontractors; and
10.1.3 any claim made against the Company by a third party arising out of or in connection with the supply of the Goods or the Services, to the extent that such claim arises out of the breach, negligent performance or failure or delay in performance of the Contract by the Supplier, its employees, agents or subcontractors.
10.2 This clause 10 shall survive termination of the Contract.
During the term of the Contract and for a period of 7 years thereafter, the Supplier shall maintain in force, with a reputable insurance company, professional indemnity insurance, product liability insurance and public liability insurance to cover the liabilities that may arise under or in connection with the Contract, and shall, on the Company’s request, produce both the insurance certificate giving details of cover and the receipt for the current year’s premium in respect of each insurance policy.
12.1 A party (receiving party) shall keep in strict confidence all technical or commercial know-how, specifications, inventions, processes or initiatives which are of a confidential nature and have been disclosed to the receiving party by the other party (disclosing party), its employees, agents or subcontractors, and any other confidential information concerning the disclosing party’s business, its products and services which the receiving party may obtain. The receiving party shall only disclose such confidential information to those of its employees, agents and subcontractors who need to know it for the purpose of discharging the receiving party’s obligations under the Contract, and shall ensure that such employees, agents and subcontractors comply with the obligations set out in this clause as though they were a party to the Contract. The receiving party may also disclose such of the disclosing party’s confidential information as is required to be disclosed by law, any governmental or regulatory authority or by a court of competent jurisdiction.
12.2 This clause 12 shall survive termination of the Contract.
13.1 Without limiting its other rights or remedies, the Company may terminate the Contract:
13.1.1 in respect of the supply of Services, by giving the Supplier not less than 30 days’ written notice; and
13.1.2 in respect of the supply of Goods, in whole or in part at any time before delivery with immediate effect by giving written notice to the Supplier, whereupon the Supplier shall discontinue all work on the Contract. The Company shall pay the Supplier fair and reasonable compensation for any work in progress on the Goods at the time of termination, but such compensation shall not include loss of anticipated profits or any consequential loss.
13.2 In any of the circumstances in these Conditions in which the Company may terminate the Contract, where both Goods and Services are supplied, the Company may terminate the Contract in respect of the Goods, or in respect of the Services or both, and the Contract shall continue in respect of the remaining supply (if any).
13.3 Without limiting its other rights or remedies, the Company may terminate the Contract with immediate effect by giving written notice to the Supplier if:
13.3.1 the Supplier commits a material breach of the terms of the Contract and (if such a breach is remediable) fails to remedy that breach within 14 days of receipt of notice in writing to do so;
13.3.2 the Supplier repeatedly breaches any of the terms of the Contract in such a manner as to reasonably justify the opinion that its conduct is inconsistent with it having the intention or ability to give effect to the terms of the Contract;
13.3.3 the Supplier suspends, or threatens to suspend, payment of its debts or is unable to pay its debts as they fall due or admits inability to pay its debts or (being a company or limited liability partnership) is deemed unable to pay its debts within the meaning of section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986 or (being an individual) is deemed either unable to pay its debts or as having no reasonable prospect of so doing, in either case, within the meaning of section 268 of the Insolvency Act 1986 or (being a partnership) has any partner to whom any of the foregoing apply;
13.3.4 the Supplier commences negotiations with all or any class of its creditors with a view to rescheduling any of its debts, or makes a proposal for or enters into any compromise or arrangement with its creditors other than (where a company) for the sole purpose of a scheme for a solvent amalgamation of the Supplier with one or more other companies or the solvent reconstruction of the Supplier;
13.3.5 a petition is filed, a notice is given, a resolution is passed, or an order is made, for or in connection with the winding up of the Supplier (being a company) other than for the sole purpose of a scheme for a solvent amalgamation of the Supplier with one or more other companies or the solvent reconstruction of the Supplier;
13.3.6 the Supplier (being an individual) is the subject of a bankruptcy petition or order;
13.3.7 a creditor or encumbrancer of the Supplier attaches or takes possession of, or a distress, execution, sequestration or other such process is levied or enforced on or sued against, the whole or any part of its assets and such attachment or process is not discharged within 14 days;
13.3.8 an application is made to court, or an order is made, for the appointment of an administrator or if a notice of intention to appoint an administrator is given or if an administrator is appointed over the Supplier (being a company);
13.3.9 the holder of a floating charge over the assets of the Supplier (being a company) has become entitled to appoint or has appointed an administrative receiver;
13.3.10 a person becomes entitled to appoint a receiver over the assets of the Supplier or a receiver is appointed over the assets of the Supplier;
13.3.11 any event occurs, or proceeding is taken, with respect to the Supplier in any jurisdiction to which it is subject that has an effect equivalent or similar to any of the events mentioned in clause 13.3.3 to clause 13.3.10 (inclusive);
13.3.12 the Supplier suspends or ceases, or threatens to suspend, or cease, to carry on all or a substantial part of its business;
13.3.13 the Supplier’s financial position deteriorates to such an extent that in the Company’s opinion the Supplier’s capability to adequately fulfil its obligations under the Contract has been placed in jeopardy; or
13.3.14 the Supplier (being an individual) dies or, by reason of illness or incapacity (whether mental or physical), is incapable of managing his own affairs or becomes a patient under any mental health legislation.
13.4 Termination of the Contract, however arising, shall not affect any of the parties’ rights and remedies that have accrued as at termination.
13.5 Clauses which expressly or by implication survive termination of the Contract shall continue in full force and effect.
15 Consequences of Termination
On termination of the Contract for any reason, the Supplier shall immediately deliver to the Company all Deliverables whether or not then complete, and return all Company Materials. If the Supplier fails to do so, then the Company may enter the Supplier’s premises and take possession of them. Until they have been returned or delivered, the Supplier shall be solely responsible for their safe keeping and will not use them for any purpose not connected with this Contract.
15 Force Majeure
15.1 Neither party shall be in breach of the Contract nor liable for delay in performing, or failure to perform, any of its obligations under it if such a delay or failure result from an event, circumstances or cause beyond its reasonable control including strikes, lock-outs or other industrial disputes (other than those involving its own workforce), acts of God, war, terrorism, riot, civil commotion, interference by civil or military authorities, national or international calamity, armed conflict, nuclear, chemical or biological contamination, sonic boom, explosions, collapse of building structures, fires, floods, storms, earthquakes, natural disasters or extreme adverse weather conditions (each a Force Majeure Event).
15.2 The Supplier shall use all reasonable endeavours to mitigate the effect of a Force Majeure Event on the performance of its obligations.
15.3 If a Force Majeure Event prevents, hinders or delays the Supplier’s performance of its obligations for a continuous period of more than 4 weeks, the Company may terminate the Contract immediately by giving written notice to the Supplier.
16.1 Assignment and Other Dealings.
16.1.1 The Company may at any time assign, transfer, mortgage, charge, subcontract or deal in any other manner with all or any of its rights or obligations under the Contract.
16.1.2 The Supplier may not assign, transfer, mortgage, charge, subcontract, declare a trust over or deal in any other manner with all or any of its rights or obligations under the Contract without the prior written consent of the Company.
16.2.1 Any notice or other communication given to a party under or in connection with the Contract shall be in writing, addressed to that party at its registered office (if it is a company) or such other address as that party may have specified to the other party in writing in accordance with this clause, and shall be delivered personally, or sent by pre-paid first class post or other next working day delivery service, commercial courier, airmail, fax or e-mail.
16.2.2 A notice or other communication shall be deemed to have been received: if delivered personally, when left at the address referred to in clause 16.2.1; if sent by pre-paid first class post or other next working day delivery service, at 9.00 am on the second Business Day after posting; if delivered by commercial courier, on the date and at the time that the courier’s delivery receipt is signed; if sent by airmail at 9.00 am on the fifth Business Day after posting; or, if sent by fax or e-mail, one Business Day after transmission.
16..2.3 The provisions of this clause shall not apply to the service of any proceedings or other documents in any legal action.
16.3 Severance. If any provision or part-provision of the Contract 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 shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the rest of the Contract.
16.4 Waiver. A waiver of any right or remedy under the Contract or law is only effective if given in writing and shall not be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach or default. No failure or delay by a party to exercise any right or remedy provided under the Contract or by law shall constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor shall it prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy shall prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.
16.5 No Partnership or Agency. Nothing in the Contract is intended to, or shall be deemed to, establish any partnership or joint venture between the parties, nor constitute either party the agent of the other for any purpose. Neither party shall have authority to act as agent for, or to bind, the other party in any way.
16.6 Third Parties. A person who is not a party to the Contract shall not have any rights to enforce its terms.
16.7 Variation Except as set out in these Conditions, no variation of the Contract, including the introduction of any additional terms and conditions, shall be effective unless it is agreed in writing and signed by the Company.
16.8 Governing Law. The Contract, and any dispute or claim 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 law of England and Wales.
16.9 Jurisdiction Each party irrevocably agrees that the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with the Contract or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims).