TERMS AND CONDITIONS
“Agreement” means the agreement based on these terms and conditions between the Company and the Customer for the Services;
“Customer” means the person, firm or company purchasing the Services from the Company;
“Company” means eXcurve which is entering into the Agreement;
“Default” means any breach of the obligations of either party (including but not limited to fundamental breach or breach of a fundamental term) and/or any actionable default, act, omission, negligence or mis-statement of either party, its employees, agents or sub-contractors in connection with or in relation to the subject of this Agreement and in respect of which such party is liable to the other;
“Intellectual Property Rights” means any and all design and other material rights, models, patents, inventions, know-how, service marks, logos, business names, trademarks (registered or unregistered), domain names, copyright, reports, drawings, specifications, trade secrets, confidential information, rights in the nature of unfair competition.
“Services” means the services provided to the Customer such as management consultancy, advisory and agency services;
“Site” means the address for delivery of the Services set out in the Statement of Work;
“Statement of Work” means the document setting out the Scope and the rates for such work;
“Termination Date” means the date specified in the Statement of Work when this Agreement shall end unless terminated earlier.
Article 1: Assets
The Customer shall provide to the Company access to such assets during normal business hours and shall procure all licences as the Company shall require to perform its obligations under the Agreement.
Article 2: Services
In consideration of payment of the Compensation set out in the Statement of Work the Company shall provide the Services in accordance with the Statement of Work and these terms and conditions.
Article 3: Payment of Compensation
The Company shall invoice the Customer for payment of the Compensation and the Customer shall pay them to the Company as stated in the Statement of Work (the “Due Date”). Unless otherwise stated in Agreement, the Customer will pay 295 EUR as a starting Compensation within 14 days.
Article 4: VAT and payment
All payables under this Agreement are stated exclusive of NL Value Added Tax (BTW) will be added and payable by the Customer at the applicable rate and all sums due shall be paid without set-off, counter claim or deduction.
Article 5: Late payment
Where the payment of any invoice or any part of an invoice is not made in accordance with this Agreement, the Company, without prejudice to its other rights under this Agreement or in law, shall be entitled to:-
5.1 charge interest (both before and after judgement) on the outstanding amount at the rate of 5 per cent per annum above the Company’s bank’s base rate from the Due Date until the date of payment in full; and/or
5.2 suspend and/or withhold any services to be performed by the Company for the Customer under this Agreement or any other arrangement; and/or
5.3 terminate this Agreement.
5.4 the Company is entitled to give the outstanding payment to licensed debt collector.
Article 6: Expenses
In addition to the Compensation for Services the Customer shall reimburse all expenses reasonably and properly incurred by the Company in the performance of the Services at any location including but not limited to travel, subsistence and accommodation and education expenses. Such expenses will be recharged at cost. The Company shall maintain adequate records of such expenses and, at the Customer’s reasonable request, shall produce copies for inspection. These expenses may be invoiced monthly in arrears detailing the nature of the expense incurred and the person who incurred the expense. The Company will agree with the Customer in advance the nature and scope of these expenses.
Article 7: Compensation
The Compensation set out in the Statement of Work shall either be stated as fixed or on a time and materials basis. In any case other than fixed Compensation arrangements all timetables for work and/or performance dates are estimates only and such work will be performed on a daily rate basis. The Company will be entitled to increase any Compensation due under this Agreement, by giving the Customer 30 days’ written notice.
Article 8: Site arrangement
The Company and the Customer agree that when the Company’s personnel including its agents and sub-contractors, are present on the Customer’s location they shall be fully assessed by the Customer of all rules, arrangement and policies relating to the health and safety of personnel and security on those locations and they shall comply with such rules, arrangements, procedures and policies. The Customer is entitled to deny access to the Site to any of the Company’s personnel who in the Customer’s reasonable opinion constitute a threat to the Customer’s security or that of its Site, systems or equipment.
Article 9: Personnel
The Company shall use reasonable effort to retain personnel designated to provide the Services but where it has no reasonable alternative but to replace such personnel, the Company shall give the Customer reasonable prior written notice and will use reasonable effort to replace the personnel with personnel of similar experience and qualification.
Article 10: Non-solicitation
The Customer and the Company agrees that for the period of the Agreement and until expiry of one year after completion or cancellation of the Agreement, without a written agreement in advance of the other party knowingly employ or engage on any means with any personnel of the other party who have been associated or involved with the arrangement of the Services to the Customer.
Article 11: Consequences
If the Customer breaches clause in article 10, in default it shall be liable to pay the other party liquidated damages of an amount equal to the greater of (i) €50,000; and (ii) an amount equal to the person’s aggregate annual gross remuneration package (calculated as at the date of termination of that staff member’s employment with that other party) and the parties agree that this is a reasonable pre-estimate of the likely loss a party will suffer as a result of a breach of clause 10.
Article 12: Reports
During the execution of the Services the Company shall present occasional status reports setting out the progress of the Services at period agreed by both parties. The parties shall hold progress meetings if one of the parties’ requests this by giving at least two weeks prior written notice.
Article 13: Scope of the Services
The nature and extent of the Services shall be set out in the Statement of Work but at any time prior to completion of the Services either party may request a change to them by notice in writing to the other party. Each party has the right to reject the change request but shall not do so unreasonably. The Company shall provide the Customer with an estimate of the Compensation for the proposed changed Services and, in cases of change requests made by the Customer, the Company reserves the right to charge the Customer for costing the change request at its then daily rates. If the parties agree to implement the change, details of the change and the Compensation, timetable of work and/or delivery dates shall be set out in a further Statement of Work signed by both parties and shall then be deemed to be incorporated into the Agreement.
Article 14: Warranty
The Company shall perform the Services with reasonable care and skill. The Customer will promptly notify the Company of any breach of the warranties contained in the Agreement as soon as practicable upon becoming aware of it and use reasonable effort to do so within 14 days. The Company will be entitled and obliged to remedy such breach within a reasonable time from receipt of notification (which shall not be greater than 30 days unless otherwise agreed between the parties). This Clause 14 states the Company’s entire liability with regard to any breach of the warranties contained in the Agreement.
Article 15: No implied terms
Except as expressly stated in these terms and conditions, all warranties, undertakings, duties, terms and conditions, whether express or implied by statute, civil law or otherwise (including but not limited to fitness for purpose) are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Article 16: Deliverables
Where the Services result in the creation of reports, software or other materials (“Deliverables”) such Deliverables shall be acknowledged to the Customer in draft version for the Customer’s review and the Customer shall give the Company with written feedback on those Deliverables. The Company will incorporate agreed modifications to the draft Deliverables and then present them to the Customer. If the Customer does not give any written feedback in relation to the Deliverables within 14 days of issue, those Deliverables shall be assumed to be in final form. The Services shall be assumed to be completed upon the issue of all Deliverables in final form and/or upon the completion of all activity set out in the Statement of Work.
Article 17: Customer co-operation
The successful and timely achievement by the Company of the Services is reliant upon the Customer’s agile act of its obligations under the Agreement. The Customer acknowledges to make accessible to the Company an authorised representative who will:
17.1 be authorised to make irrevocable decisions for the Customer with regard to the Agreement, including any change to the Services;
17.2 review all documents, including the draft Deliverables, provided by the Company for review so that corrections or changes may be made by the Company; and
17.3 provide the Company with all reasonable information and documentation concerning the Customer’s operations and activities which may be required by the Company for the performance of the Services. The Customer will be responsible and liable for all third-party actions or omissions where such third party are under the control of the Customer.
Article 18: Customer’s personnel
Where cooperation by, or access by the Company to, the Customer’s personnel is necessary for the achievement of the Services, the Customer agrees that such personnel will have the relevant skill, qualifications and experience and will be available at the times agreed by the parties.
Article 19: Rights in the Deliverables
To the extent that the Deliverables or any document, software, data or other material developed by the Company in the course of performing the Services constitutes an original work or includes or incorporates a pre-existing work or proprietary item of the Company all right, title and interest (including all Intellectual Property Rights) shall be and remain vested in the Company. Subject to payment of all Compensation due under the Agreement, the Company grants to the Customer a non-exclusive licence to use the same to the extent necessary to enable the Customer to possess and use the Deliverables for its internal business only.
Article 20: Intellectual Property
The Customer and the Company shall keep all right, title and interest (including all Intellectual Property Rights) in all documents, software, data or other materials which establish the pre-existing works or proprietary items belonging to them respectively and which are provided for use in relation with the achievement of the Services. The Customer allows to the Company a non-exclusive royalty free licence to use these items belonging to the Customer to execute the Services. Upon completion or cancellation of the Agreement the Company shall return to the Customer or destroy, at the Customer’s option, such documents, software, data or other materials, provided that if the Customer does not notify the Company of its election within one (1) month following completion or cancellation, the Company shall be entitled to dispose of those items in any reasonably appropriate manner.
Article 21: Intellectual Property indemnity
Subject to the terms of this Agreement the Company shall indemnify the Customer against any loss, claims, damages or expenses (including reasonable costs) that may be incurred or suffered by the Customer in respect of any claim or action that the possession or use of the Deliverables by the Customer in the manner envisaged by the Agreement infringes the Intellectual Property Rights of any third party (an “Intellectual Property Infringement”) provided that the Customer:
21.1 gives notice to the Company of any Intellectual Property Infringement as soon as reasonably practicable on becoming aware of it;
21.2 gives the Company the conduct of the defence to and any settlement negotiations in relation to any claim or action in respect of any Intellectual Property Infringement and does not at any time admit liability or attempt to settle or compromise the claim or action without prior consultation with and written consent of the Company which shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed; and
21.3 acts in accordance with the reasonable wishes of the Company and gives the Company such assistance as the Company shall reasonably require in respect of the conduct of the defence.
Article 22: Liability
Neither party excludes or limits liability to the other party for:
22.1 death or personal injury caused by its negligence or that of its subcontractors or agents;
Article 23: Limitation of liability
Subject always to clause 22, the entire aggregate liability of the Company under or in connection with the Agreement, whether for fault (including negligence) misrepresentation, breach of contract, breach of civil law or otherwise, shall not exceed one hundred percent (100%) of the Compensation paid to the Company by the Customer in any 12-month period prior to the relevant claim arising.
Article 24: Exclusions
Subject to clause 22 in no event shall the Company be liable for:
24.1 indirect, pure economic or consequential loss or damage; or
24.2 expenses or loss of profits; or
24.3 loss of revenue, loss of contracts or loss of opportunity; or
24.4 loss of or damage to goodwill; or
24.5 loss of anticipated savings or opportunity; or
24.6 loss of or loss of use of data and/or corruption of data; or
24.7 business interruption; or
24.8 aggravated, punitive, exemplary and/or special damages; or
24.9 loss or damage incurred by the Customer as a result of third party claims; or
24.10 any loss or damage to the extent that it is caused by or results from any use of the Deliverables by the Customer in any manner other than that for which they were provided.
Article 25: Severability
If for any reason the exclusion of liability in clause 24 is void or unenforceable, in whole or in part, the Company’s total liability for all loss or damage under the Agreement shall be as provided in clause 23. Each of the limitations and exclusions in clauses 23 and 24 is a separate limitation or exclusion which shall apply and survive even if, for any reason, one or other of them is held inapplicable or unreasonable in any circumstances. The limitations and exclusions in this Agreement shall survive any termination or expiry of this Agreement.
Article 26: Insurance
The Company shall affect and maintain adequate insurance cover at its own cost with a reputable insurance company to cover the liability accepted by it under the terms of the Agreement and shall, at the Customer’s reasonable request, produce reasonable evidence of the insurance policy.
Article 27: Data
The Customer shall be responsible for IT security in accordance with industry best practices including the ISO27000 Series in connection with the performance of its obligations.
Article 28: Confidentiality
Unless already known or in the public domain or required by law the parties undertake at all times to keep confidential and not to use or to disclose to any third party without the other party’s prior written consent any confidential information supplied by the other party or obtained as a result of the Agreement (or any discussions prior to execution of the Agreement) including all information (in whatever form) relating to the other party’s business, technology and customers and the terms of the Agreement. The parties shall procure that any third party or subcontractor to whom information is disclosed pursuant to the Agreement is made aware of and complies with obligations of confidentiality equivalent to those set out in these terms and conditions.
Article 29: Exceptions
The parties agree that information is not to be regarded as confidential information and that the receiving party will have no obligation with respect to any information which that party can demonstrate:
29.1 was already known to it and at its free disposal prior to its receipt from the disclosing party;
29.2 was subsequently disclosed to it lawfully by a third party who did not obtain it (whether directly or indirectly) either from the disclosing party or under any obligation of confidence;
29.3 was in the public domain at the time of receipt by the receiving party or had subsequently entered into the public domain other than by reason of the breach of the provisions of this Clause or of any obligation of confidence;
29.4 is disclosed by the receiving party in compliance with a legal requirement of a Government agency or otherwise where disclosure is required by the operation of law, on condition that it gives the other party reasonable prior written notice of the proposed disclosure to allow that party to intervene.
Article 30: Breach of confidence
Each party shall promptly inform the other if it becomes aware of any breach of confidence by any person and shall give the other party all reasonable assistance in connection with any proceedings which it may institute against such person.
Article 31: Termination – Default
Either party may terminate the Agreement forthwith by notice in writing to the other party where the other Party has committed a material Default and where such Default is capable of remedy has failed to remedy such Default within thirty (30) days of receiving notice specifying the Default and requiring its remedy.
Article 32: Termination – insolvency
Either party may terminate the Agreement forthwith by notice in writing to the other party if the other party is unable to pay its debts as they fall due or if any action, application or proceeding is made with regard to it for:
32.1 a voluntary arrangement or composition or reconstruction of its debts;
32.2 its winding-up or dissolution;
32.3 the appointment of a liquidator, trustee, receiver, administrative receiver, administrator or similar officer;
32.5 any similar action, application or proceeding in any jurisdiction to which it is subject.
Article 33: Duration
Unless terminated earlier the Agreement shall continue until the Services have been fully performed and all Compensation and expenses have been paid.
Article 34: Consequences of termination
Termination of the Agreement shall not prejudice or affect any right of action or remedy which shall have accrued or shall accrue to either party and all provisions which are to survive this agreement or impliedly do so shall remain in force and in effect.
Article 35: Force majeure
Neither party shall be liable for any delay or failure to perform its obligations under the Agreement where such delay or failure is due to circumstances beyond its control (“Force Majeure Event”) provided that as soon as reasonably possible after the start of the Force Majeure Event, the affected party notifies the other party of the Force Majeure Event, the date on which it started, its anticipated duration and the anticipated effect of the Force Majeure Event on the affected party’s ability to perform its obligations.
Article 36: Data Protection
Each party undertakes to the other party to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 and shall procure that its employees, agents and subcontractors shall observe the provisions of that Act.
Article 37: Third Parties
A person who is not a party to the Agreement has no right to enforce any term of the Agreement.
Article 38: Notices
Any notice to be given under the Agreement must be in writing and delivered to the registered office address or principal place of business of the party to be served and shall be deemed served 2 days after despatch by first class post or immediately on delivery if hand delivered.
Article 39: Variation and waiver
No failure, delay, relaxation or forbearance on the part of either party in exercising any power or right under the Agreement shall operate as a waiver of such power or right or of any other power or right. Any change to the Agreement shall only be valid if it is in writing and signed by both parties.
Article 40: Personal Agreement
The Agreement is personal to the Customer and the Customer shall not assign the benefit of or any interest in or subcontract any obligation under the Agreement.
Article 41: Entire Agreement
Except to the extent of any misrepresentation or breach of warranty which constitutes fraud, these terms and conditions and the Statement of Work together constitute the entire agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter of the Agreement.
Article 42: Law and Jurisdiction
The Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with Laws of The Netherlands and each party agrees to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Dutch Courts.