Terms and Conditions for NEXCELOM BIOSCIENCE LLC


(these “Terms and Conditions”)

  1. Definitions:

In this Agreement:

1.1      the following terms shall have the following meanings unless the context otherwise requires:

“Agreement”: these Terms and Conditions together with the Order Confirmation and any document referred to in these Terms and Conditions or the Order Confirmation;

“Breach of Duty”: the breach of any: (i) obligation arising from the express or implied terms of a contract to take reasonable care or exercise reasonable skill in the performance of the contract; or (ii) common law duty to take reasonable care or exercise reasonable skill (but not any stricter duty);

“Business Day”: any day other than: (i) a Saturday; (ii) a Sunday; or (iii) a day when the clearing banks in the City of London are not physically open for business;

“Customer”, “you” or “your”: the recipient of Goods under this Agreement, as stipulated in the Order;

“Delivery Address”: the location to which we are to deliver the Goods, as may be stipulated in the Order and the Order Confirmation;

“Estimated Lead Time”: the estimated period within which we will deliver the Goods to the Delivery Address, as may be stipulated by us to you from time to time or upon request by you;

“Goods”: the goods as set out Order and the Order Confirmation;

“Intellectual Property Rights”: copyright and related rights, trademarks and service marks, trade names and domain names, rights under licences, rights in get-up, rights to goodwill or to sue for passing off or unfair competition, patents, rights to inventions, rights in designs, rights in computer software, database 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 (or rights to apply) for, and renewals or extensions of, 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;

“Liability”: liability in or for breach of contract, Breach of Duty, torts (including negligence and intentional torts), deliberate breach (including deliberate personal repudiatory breach), misrepresentation, restitution or any other cause of action whatsoever relating to or arising under or in connection with this Agreement, including liability expressly provided for under this Agreement or arising by reason of the invalidity or unenforceability of any term of this Agreement (and, for the purposes of this definition, all references to this “Agreement” shall be deemed to include any collateral contract);

“Order”: your order for our goods that you place with us by any media;

“Order Confirmation”: the document we provide to you upon acceptance of an Order;

“Party”: us or you, and “Parties” means both of us and you;

“Personal Data”: has the meaning given to it by the Data Protection Act 2018 ; and

“we”, “us” and “our”: Nexcelom Bioscience Ltd, a company registered in England and Wales, with company number 08963546 and with registered offices at Unit 5, Rutherford House, Pencroft Way, Manchester Science Park, Manchester, M15 6SZ, United Kingdom

1.2      references to “Clauses” are to clauses of these Terms and Conditions;

1.3      the headings are inserted for convenience only and shall not affect the construction or interpretation of this Agreement;

1.4      a “person” includes a natural person, corporate or unincorporated body (whether or not having separate legal personality);

1.5      a reference to a Party includes its personal representatives, successors or permitted assigns;

1.6      words imparting the singular shall include the plural and vice versa. Words imparting a gender shall include the other gender and the neutral and references to persons shall include an individual, company, corporation, firm, partnership, trust, association, government or local authority department or other authority or body (whether corporate or unincorporated);

1.7      a reference to a statute or statutory provision is a reference to such statute or statutory provision as amended or re-enacted. A reference to a statute or statutory provision includes any subordinate legislation made under that statute or statutory provision, as amended or re-enacted;

1.8      the words “including”, “include”, “in particular” or any similar words or expressions shall not be interpreted as limiting the generality of any foregoing words and shall mean without limitation; and

1.9      a reference to “writing” or “written” includes in electronic form and similar means of communication (except under Clause 13).

  1. Agreement

2.1      The Order constitutes an offer by you to purchase the Goods in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.

2.2      The Order shall only be deemed to be accepted by us when we send the Order Confirmation to you, at which point and on which date this Agreement shall come into existence.

2.3      These Terms and Conditions apply to this Agreement to the exclusion of any other terms that you seek to impose or incorporate, or which are implied by trade, custom, practice or course of dealing.

2.4      You waive any right you might otherwise have to rely on any term endorsed upon, delivered with or contained within your Order and/or other documents you provide to us that are inconsistent with these Terms and Conditions.

2.5      Save as expressly provided in this Agreement, this Agreement shall operate to the entire exclusion of any other agreement, understanding or arrangement of any kind between the Parties preceding the date upon which we send you the Order Confirmation and, in any way, relating to the subject matter of this Agreement and to the exclusion of any representations not expressly stated in this Agreement except for any fraudulent misrepresentations or any misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter. Each of the Parties acknowledges that it has not entered into this Agreement based on any representation that is not expressly incorporated into this Agreement.

2.6      This Agreement constitutes the whole agreement and understanding of the Parties as to the subject matter of this Agreement and there are no provisions, terms, conditions or obligations, whether oral or written, express or implied, other than those contained or referred to in this Agreement.

2.7      Any Order you provide to us (and any terms and conditions attached or referred to in it) shall be purely for your administrative purposes and not form part of the Agreement for your receipt of Goods.

2.8      We agree to process all Personal Data provided to us by you or your employees under or in respect of this Agreement in accordance with our privacy policy.

2.9      Any samples, drawings, descriptive matter or advertising we issue and any descriptions or illustration of the Goods contained in our catalogues, brochures or other marketing material 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 this Agreement or have any contractual force.

2.10    In the event of a conflict, these Terms and Conditions take precedence over any Order or Order Confirmation.

2.11    In the event of a conflict, the Order Confirmation shall take precedence over any Order.

  1. Goods

3.1      We warrant that on delivery the Goods shall:

3.1.1      conform in all material respects with their description; and

3.1.2      be free from material defects in design, material and workmanship.

3.2      Subject to Clause 3.3, if:

3.2.1      you give notice in writing within a five Business Days of the time of discovery that some or all of the Goods do not comply with the warranty set out in Clause 3.1;

3.2.2      you give to us a reasonable opportunity to examine such Goods; and

3.2.3      you (if we ask you to do so by) return such Goods to us at our cost;

we shall, at our option, repair or replace the defective Goods, or refund the price of the defective Goods in full.

3.3      Subject to Clause 10.2 we shall not have any Liability for providing Goods to the extent caused by our compliance with and reliance on your specifications, instructions or requirements in respect of the Goods. You must indemnify us against all liabilities, costs, expenses, damages and losses (including any direct, indirect or consequential losses, loss of profit, loss of reputation and all interest, penalties and legal and other professional costs and expenses) suffered or incurred by us in connection with any claim made against us for actual or alleged infringement of a third party’s Intellectual Property Rights arising out of or in connection with our compliance with your specifications, instructions or requirements. This Clause 3.3 shall survive termination of this Agreement for any reason.

3.4      We shall not be responsible for the Goods’ failure to comply with the warranty in Clause 3.1 if:

3.4.1      you make any further use of such Goods after giving a notice in accordance with Clause 3.2;

3.4.2      the defect arises because you failed to follow our oral or written instructions as to the storage, installation, commissioning, use or maintenance of the Goods or (if there are none) good trade practice;

3.4.3      you alter or repair such Goods without our written consent;

3.4.4      the defect arises as a result of fair wear and tear, wilful damage, negligence or abnormal working conditions; or

3.4.5      you have not paid for the Goods in full.

3.5      Except as provided in this Clause 3, and subject to Clause 10.2, we shall have no Liability in respect of the Goods’ failure to comply with the warranty set out in Clause 3.

3.6      The warranty set out in this Clause 3 is restricted to you, and no warranty is made to any other person, whether subsequent buyer or user or customer, or to any bailee, licensee, assignee, employee, agent or otherwise.

3.7      If you make an invalid claim under the warranty set out in this Clause 3, we may charge you for our fees and costs of dealing with that claim, including examining (and traveling in order to examine), storing, repairing or replacing the Goods.

  1. Delivery of the Goods

4.1      We shall ensure that:

4.1.1      each delivery of the Goods is accompanied by a delivery note which shows the date of this Agreement, all relevant reference numbers, special storage instructions (if any) and, if the Goods are being delivered by installments, the outstanding balance of Goods remaining to be delivered; and

4.1.2      if we require you to return any packaging materials to us, that fact is clearly stated on the delivery note. You must make any such packaging materials available for collection at such times as we shall reasonably request. Returns of packaging materials shall be at our expense.

4.2      Unless we and you agree otherwise in writing, we shall deliver the Goods to you at the Delivery Address within the Estimated Lead Time.

4.3      You must ensure that the delivery vehicle is able to access the Delivery Address to deliver the Goods, including assuring that the access routes are of a sufficient size for the delivery vehicle and that there is space for the delivery vehicle to stop at the kerb-side outside the Delivery Address or otherwise within the Delivery Address. If you have any concerns in this respect, you must contact us as soon as possible.

4.4      We cannot leave Goods at the Delivery Address if you, or someone you have authorised to accept delivery, are not present to accept delivery. Anyone at the Delivery Address will be deemed to be authorised to accept delivery.

4.5      The Estimated Lead Time is approximate only, and the time of delivery is not of the essence. Subject to Clause 10.2, we shall not have any Liability for any delay in delivery of the Goods that is caused by an Event of Force Majeure or your failure to provide us with adequate delivery instructions or any other instructions that are relevant to the supply of the Goods.

4.6      If you are not available to take delivery of the Goods, we may leave instructions to arrange redelivery. We may also pass on to you any costs incurred by us as a consequence of no-one being available to take delivery.

4.7      If delivery of the Goods is delayed by your unreasonable refusal to accept delivery, if you are not at the Delivery Address on the delivery date, if you refuse to sign for the delivery of the Goods on delivery or if you do not (within one week of our first attempt to deliver the Goods to you) accept delivery, then we may (without prejudice to any other right or remedy available to us) charge you for our reasonable storage fee and other costs reasonably incurred by us, including redelivery costs.

4.8      If we fail to deliver the Goods, our Liability shall be limited (subject to Clause 10.2) to the costs and expenses incurred by you in obtaining replacement goods of similar description and quality in the cheapest market available, less the price of the Goods.

4.9      If, [10] Business Days after we notified you that the Goods were ready for delivery, you have not taken delivery of them, we may resell or otherwise dispose of part or all of the Goods.

4.10    We may deliver the Goods by installments, which we may invoice and require payment for separately. Any delay in delivery or defect in an installment shall not entitle you to cancel any other installment.

4.11    Risk in the Goods shall pass to you on the unloading of the Goods from the delivery vehicle at the Delivery Address.

  1. Title

5.1      Notwithstanding delivery, title to and ownership of the Goods shall not pass to you until we have received in full (in cash or in cleared funds) all sums due to us in respect of:

5.1.1      the Goods; and

5.1.2      all other sums which are or which become due to us from you on any account;


5.2      Until Payment, you must:

5.2.1      hold the Goods on a fiduciary basis as our bailee;

5.2.2      hold the Goods in good, saleable conditions and keep them insured against all risks for their full price from the date of delivery;

5.2.3      keep an up-to-date list of the location of our property and present this to us on request;

5.2.4      not destroy, deface or obscure any identifying mark or packaging on or relating to the Goods; and

5.2.5      store the Goods separately from other goods or in any way so that they remain readily identifiable as our property.

5.3      If the Goods are attached to or incorporated into any other materials or goods, the property in the new material or good shall vest in us until Payment in the proportion of the value of the Goods to the other constituent elements.

5.4      If, before title passes, you become subject to any of the events listed in Clause 11.2.3, then, without limiting any other right or remedy we may have, your right to resell the Goods, or use them in the ordinary course of your business, ceases immediately.

5.5      We may at any time until title passes under this Clause 5 without notice recover possession of the Goods which are our property. You hereby grant, or procure the grant, to us and our employees, agents and subcontractors, an irrevocable licence to enter for that purpose any premises then occupied by or in the ownership or possession of you or your direct or indirect customer. You must indemnify us against all claims, losses, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses so arising.

5.6      We shall be entitled to recover payment for the Goods notwithstanding that ownership of any of the Goods has not passed from us.

5.7      On termination of this Agreement for any reason, our rights contained in this Clause 5 shall remain in full force and effect.

  1. Intellectual Property Rights

You acknowledge that the Intellectual Property Rights in the Goods are our (or our licensor’s) property.

  1. Your obligations

7.1      You must:

7.1.1      ensure that the terms of the Order, and instructions you provide to us for the Goods are complete and accurate;

7.1.2      be present and available at your premises at the required times to enable us to perform our obligations at the times we reasonably require under this Agreement;

7.1.3      sign a confirmatory note upon any of the Goods having been delivered, if we reasonably require you to do so;

7.1.4      ensure that your employees, agents and subcontractors fully co-operate with, and make themselves available at all reasonable times for discussion and meetings with, us and our employees, agents and subcontractors and to enable us to promptly perform our obligations under this Agreement;

7.1.5      promptly provide to us such data, information and assistance that will enable us to promptly perform our obligations under this Agreement;

7.1.6      promptly comply with all of our reasonable requests in connection with this Agreement;

7.1.7      have all rights, permissions and consents to enter into, and perform your obligations under, this Agreement; and

7.1.8      comply with all applicable laws, statutes, regulations and bye-laws in relation to the exercise of your rights and performance of your obligations under this Agreement.

7.2      You must ensure that the Goods are sufficient and suitable for your purposes and meet your individual requirements.

  1. Price and payment

8.1      The price due for the Goods shall be the price set out in the Order Confirmation, or, if no price is quoted, the price set out in our published price list in force as at the date of delivery.

8.2      We may, by giving you notice at any time [10] Business Days before delivery, increase the price of the Goods to reflect any increase in the cost of the Goods that is due to:

8.2.1      any factor beyond tour control (including foreign exchange fluctuations, increases in taxes and duties, and increases in labour, materials and other manufacturing costs);

8.2.2      any request by you to change the delivery date(s), quantities or types of Goods ordered; or

8.2.3      any delay caused by your instructions or failure of the Customer to give the Supplier adequate or accurate information or instructions.

8.3      The price of the Goods:

8.3.1      excludes amounts in respect of value-added tax, which you shall additionally be liable to pay to us at the prevailing rate; and

8.3.2      excludes the costs and charges of packaging, insurance and transport of the Goods, which shall be invoiced to you.

8.4      We may issue invoices to you for the Goods at such intervals as we may, at our absolute discretion, consider appropriate.

8.5      You will pay the amount owed to us within 30 days of the date of each relevant invoice, by such payment method as we may reasonably require. We will not consider any payment to be paid until we have received it in cleared funds in full.

8.6      All amounts payable by you under this Agreement must be paid in full without any set-off, counterclaim, deduction or withholding (except for any deduction or withholding required by law).

8.7      Payment shall be in the currency in force in England from time to time.

8.8      If you are late in paying any part of any monies due to us under this Agreement and such payment remains outstanding for 7 days following us providing notice to you of such outstanding payment, we may (without prejudice to any other right or remedy available to us whether under this Agreement or by any statute, regulation or bye-law) do any or all of the following:

8.8.1      charge interest and other costs on the overdue amount due but unpaid at the annual rate of interest set under Section 6 of the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 from time to time from the due date until payment (after as well as before judgment), such interest to run from day to day and to be compounded monthly;

8.8.2      recover our costs and expenses and charges (including legal and debt collection fees and costs) in collecting the late payment;

8.8.3      sell or otherwise dispose of any Goods and apply the proceeds of sale to the overdue payment; and/or

8.8.4      suspend performance of this Agreement until payment in full has been made.

  1. Confidentiality

9.1      Each Party must keep the other Party’s Confidential Information confidential and must not:

9.1.1      use such Confidential Information except for the purpose of exercising or performing its rights and obligations under this Agreement; or

9.1.2      disclose such Confidential Information in whole or in part to any third party, except as expressly permitted by this Clause 9.

9.2      Each Party must use adequate procedures and security measures to protect the other Party’s Confidential Information from inadvertent disclosure or release to unauthorised persons.

9.3      A Party may disclose the other Party’s Confidential Information to those of its employees, agents and subcontractors who need to know such Confidential Information provided that:

9.3.1      it informs such employees, agents and subcontractors of the confidential nature of the Confidential Information before disclosure; and

9.3.2      it does so subject to obligations equivalent to those set out in this Clause 9.

9.4      A Party may disclose the Confidential Information of the other Party to the extent such Confidential Information is required to be disclosed by law, by any governmental or other regulatory authority or by a court or other authority of competent jurisdiction provided that, to the extent it is legally permitted to do so, it gives the other Party as much notice of such disclosure as possible and, where notice of disclosure is not prohibited and is given in accordance with this Clause 9.4, it takes into account the reasonable requests of the other Party in relation to the content of such disclosure.

9.5      The obligations of confidentiality in this Clause 9 shall not extend to any matter which either Party can show:

9.5.1      is in, or has become part of, the public domain other than as a result of a breach of the confidentiality obligations of this Agreement; or

9.5.2      was independently developed by it; or

9.5.3      was independently disclosed to it by a third party entitled to disclose the same; or

9.5.4      was in its written records prior to receipt.

9.6      Each Party reserves all rights in its Confidential Information. No rights or obligations in respect of a Party’s Confidential Information other than those expressly stated in this Agreement are granted to the other Party, or to be implied from this Agreement.

9.7      We may identify you as our client and the type of Products and Services provided by us to you, provided that, in doing so, we shall not reveal any of your Confidential Information (without your prior written consent).

9.8      On termination of this Agreement, each Party must:

9.8.1      return to the other Party all documents and materials (and any copies) containing, reflecting, incorporating or based on the other Party’s Confidential Information;

9.8.2      erase all the other Party’s Confidential Information from its computer systems (to the extent possible); and

9.8.3      certify in writing to the other Party that it has complied with the requirements of this Clause 9.8, provided that a recipient Party may retain documents and materials containing, reflecting, incorporating or based on the other Party’s Confidential Information to the extent required by law or any applicable governmental or regulatory authority.

9.9      The provisions of this Clause 9 shall continue to apply after termination of this Agreement.

  1. Limitation of Liability

10.1    This Clause 10 prevails over all of this Agreement and sets forth our entire Liability, and your sole and exclusive remedies, in respect of:

10.1.1    performance, non-performance, purported performance, delay in performance or mis-performance of this Agreement or any goods in connection with this Agreement; or

10.1.2    otherwise in relation to this Agreement or entering into this Agreement.

10.2    Neither Party excludes or limits its Liability for:

10.2.1    its fraud; or

10.2.2    death or personal injury caused by its Breach of Duty; or

10.2.3    any breach of the obligations implied by Section 12 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 or Section 2 of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982; or

10.2.4    any other Liability which cannot be excluded or limited by applicable law.

10.3    Subject to Clause 10.2, we do not accept and hereby exclude any Liability for Breach of Duty other than any Liability arising pursuant to the terms of this Agreement.

10.4    Subject to Clause 10.2, we shall not have any Liability in respect of any:

10.4.1    indirect or consequential losses, damages, costs or expenses;

10.4.2    loss of actual or anticipated profits;

10.4.3    loss of contracts;

10.4.4    loss of use of money;

10.4.5    loss of anticipated savings;

10.4.6    loss of revenue;

10.4.7    loss of goodwill;

10.4.8    loss of reputation;

10.4.9    loss of business;

10.4.10  ex gratia payments;

10.4.11  loss of operation time;

10.4.12  loss of opportunity;

10.4.13  loss caused by the diminution in value of any asset; and/or

10.4.14  loss of, damage to, or corruption of, data;

whether or not such losses were reasonably foreseeable or we or our agents or contractors had been advised of the possibility of such losses being incurred. For the avoidance of doubt, Clauses 10.4.2 to 10.4.14 (inclusive) of this Clause 10.4 apply whether such losses are direct, indirect, consequential or otherwise.

10.5    Subject to Clause 10.2, our total aggregate Liability arising out of or in connection with all claims in aggregate (including warranty claims and losses relating to the breach of warranty) shall be limited to 110% of all amounts paid and total other sums payable, in aggregate, by you to us under this Agreement;

10.6    The limitation of Liability under Clause 10.5 has effect in relation both to any Liability expressly provided for under this Agreement and to any Liability arising by reason of the invalidity or unenforceability of any term of this Agreement.

10.7    You acknowledge and accept that we only provide the Goods to you on the express condition that we will not be responsible for, nor shall we have any Liability (subject to Clause 10.2) directly or indirectly for any act or omission of you, or your employees, agents or subcontractors, or any third party.

10.8    The terms implied by sections 13 to 15 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and the terms implied by sections 3 to 5 of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from this Agreement.

  1. Termination

11.1    This Agreement shall commence on the date on which this Agreement is entered into and, unless terminated earlier in accordance with the termination provisions under this Agreement, shall continue in full force and effect until the latest of:

11.1.1    the supply of any Goods in accordance with this Agreement; or

11.1.2    the conclusion of payment of all sums due under this Agreement.

11.2    Without prejudice to any of our rights or remedies whether under this Agreement or at law, we may terminate this Agreement immediately by notice in writing to you if:

11.2.1    you fail to pay any amount due under this Agreement on the due date for payment and such amount remains in default not less than seven days after being notified to make such payment;

11.2.2    you are in material breach of any of your obligations under this Agreement, and, where such material breach is capable of remedy, you fail to remedy such breach within a period of 10 Business Days of being notified of such breach by us; and/or

11.2.3    you give notice to any of your creditors that you have suspended or are about to suspend payment or if you shall be unable to pay your debts within the meaning of Section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986, or an order is made or a resolution is passed for your winding-up or an administration order is made or an administrator is appointed to manage your affairs, business and property or a receiver and/or manager or administrative receiver is appointed in respect of all or any of your assets or undertaking or circumstances arise which entitle the court or a creditor to appoint a receiver and/or manager or administrative receiver or administrator or which entitle the court to make a winding-up or bankruptcy order or you take or suffer any similar or analogous action in consequence of debt in any jurisdiction.

11.3    Termination of this Agreement shall be without prejudice to any accrued rights or remedies of either Party.

11.4    Termination of this Agreement shall not affect the coming into force, or continuance in force, of any provision which is expressly or by implication intended to come into or continue in force on or after such termination.

11.5    On termination of this Agreement for any reason:

11.5.1    we shall cease to provide the Goods under this Agreement; and

11.5.2    you must pay to us all amounts owing to us under this Agreement, whether invoiced or not.

  1. Force Majeure

12.1    Subject to Clause 10.2, neither Party shall have any Liability for any breach, hindrance or delay in performance of its obligations under this Agreement which is caused by an Event of Force Majeure, regardless of whether the circumstances in question could have been foreseen.  An “Event of Force Majeure” means any cause outside of the Party’s reasonable control, including act of God, actions or omissions of third parties (including hackers, suppliers, couriers, governments, quasi-governmental, supra-national or local authorities), insurrection, riot, civil war, civil commotion, war, hostilities, threat of war, warlike operations, armed conflict, imposition of sanctions, embargo, breaking off of diplomatic relations or similar actions, national emergencies, terrorism, nuclear, chemical or biological contamination or sonic boom, piracy, arrests, restraints or detainments of any competent authority, blockade, strikes or combinations or lock-out of workmen, epidemic, fire, explosion, storm, flood, drought, adverse weather conditions, loss at sea, earthquake, natural disaster, accident, collapse of building structures, failure of plant machinery or machinery or third party computers or third party hardware or vehicles, failure or problems with public utility supplies (including general: electrical, telecoms, water, gas, postal, courier, communications or Internet disruption or failure), shortage of or delay in or inability to obtain supplies, stocks, storage, materials, equipment or transportation.

12.2    Each of the Parties agrees to inform the other upon becoming aware of an Event of Force Majeure, such information to contain details of the circumstances giving rise to the Event of Force Majeure.

12.3    The performance of each Party’s obligations shall be suspended during the period that the circumstances persist and such Party shall be granted an extension of time for performance equal to the period of the delay.

12.4    Each Party shall bear its own costs incurred by the Event of Force Majeure.

12.5    If the performance of any obligations is delayed under this Clause 12, each Party shall nevertheless accept performance as and when the other shall be able to perform.

12.6    If the breach, hindrance or delay (as set out in Clause 12.1) caused by the Event of Force Majeure continues without a break for more than one month, either Party may terminate this Agreement immediately by notice to the other, in which event neither Party shall have any Liability (subject to Clause 10.2) to the other Party by reason of such termination.

12.7    If we have contracted to provide identical or similar goods to more than one customer and we are prevented from fully meeting our obligations to you due to an Event of Force Majeure, we may decide at our absolute discretion which contracts we will perform and to what extent.

  1. Notices

13.1    Any notice given to either Party under or in connection with this Agreement shall be in writing, addressed to the relevant Party at its registered office (if it is a company) or its principal place of business (in any other case) or such other address as that Party may have specified to the other Party in writing, and shall be delivered personally, sent by pre-paid first class post, recorded delivery or commercial courier.

13.2    A notice shall be deemed to have been received: if delivered personally, when left at the address referred to in Clause 13.1; if sent by pre-paid first class post or recorded delivery, at 9.00 am on the second Business Day after posting; or, if delivered by commercial courier, on the date and at the time that the courier’s delivery receipt is signed.

13.3    The provisions of this Clause 13 shall not apply to the service of any proceedings or other documents in any legal action.

  1. Assignment

You must not assign, transfer, charge or otherwise encumber, create any trust over, or deal in any manner with, this Agreement or any right, benefit or interest under it, nor transfer, novate or sub-contract any of your obligations under it, without our prior written consent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed).

  1. Severance

15.1    If any court or competent authority finds that any provision of this Agreement (or part of any provision) is invalid, illegal or unenforceable, that provision or part-provision shall, to the extent required, be deemed to be deleted, and the validity and enforceability of the other provisions of this Agreement shall not be affected.

15.2    If any invalid, unenforceable or illegal provision of this Agreement would be valid, enforceable and legal if some part of it were deleted, the provision shall apply with the minimum modification necessary to make it legal, valid and enforceable.

  1. Waiver

A waiver of any right or remedy under this Agreement 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 this Agreement or by law shall constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor shall it preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. 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.

  1. Third party rights

A person who is not a Party shall not have any rights under or in connection with this Agreement.

  1. Variation

This Agreement may not be varied except by a written document signed by or on behalf of each of the Parties.

  1. No partnership

Nothing in this Agreement shall constitute a partnership or employment or agency relationship between the Parties.

  1. Governing law and jurisdiction

20.1    This Agreement 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 laws of England.

20.2    Each Party irrevocably agrees that the courts of England shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with this Agreement, or its subject matter or formation.