Conditions of Provision of Services - Learning Academy Systems Limited ("LAS")
1.1 Unless otherwise agreed in writing, these conditions apply exclusively to each transaction (“Contract”) for the supply of Services by LAS to a Client (“the Client”) (together “the Parties”).
1.2 Hosting Services, as defined in the Schedule, will only be provided if agreed in writing by LAS and the Client.
1.3 The Client warrants to LAS that it is entering into the Contract as principal and not as agent on behalf of any person, firm or company.
1.4 The Definitions in the Schedule apply to these Conditions.
2.1 The schedule for commencement and completion of the work shall be as agreed between the Parties. Time shall not be of the essence of the Contract.
2.2 LAS may in its absolute discretion subcontract the performance of any of its obligations under this contract. The Contract may not be assigned by the Client.
2.3 Where LAS takes over support of, or is required to make amendments to, an already existing system or web site, it shall be a fundamental condition of the provision of such services that LAS shall for the duration of the Term have exclusive access to the system code so that the system and/or web site as the case may be shall be under the remit of LAS’ Change Control System.
3 Hosting Services
3.1 The Client acknowledges and accepts that LAS’s systems, servers and equipment may from time to time be inoperative or only partly operational as a consequence of mechanical breakdown, maintenance, hardware or software upgrades, telecommunication connectivity problems or other causes and that no liability attaches to LAS as a result thereof.
3.2 LAS will not be responsible for the accuracy and functionality of the materials supplied by the Client either in the form in which it is provided by the Client or as modified upon accordance with the Client’s instructions for inclusion on the web site (“Client Content”).
3.3 If LAS reasonably forms the view that the Client Content of any web site may be pornographic, defamatory, misleading or deceptive, otherwise in breach of any third party’s rights, or in any way unlawful LAS may remove that content from the web site.
3.4 The Client agrees that any works, items, materials, or information of whatever nature produced or developed by LAS or under LAS’s direction pursuant to or in the course of providing Hosting Services shall remain the sole and complete property of LAS, whether such property is tangible or is in the nature of intellectual property (including copyright and rights of confidential information).
3.5 All hosting services are provided for a minimum twelve month rolling period and are payable in full in advance. The Client may terminate the hosting services contract and/or notify LAS of the Client’s intention to move to an alternative host by giving not less than two months written notice to expire at the end of such a twelve month period. Where the Client purports to terminate earlier than permitted by this clause fees for the full twelve month period remain due and payable whether or not invoiced at the time.
3.6 If the system and/or website is hosted other than by or on behalf of LAS the Client acknowledges that LAS will not have control of the files and system environment and will not know if any code has been altered. Accordingly, if LAS is required to fix any issues that arise, or perform any work of whatever nature on the externally hosted systems, LAS will charge for such work on a time and materials basis.
4 The Client’s Obligations
4.1 The Client shall afford LAS and its personnel such access to the site and records, information and other material of the Client as LAS may reasonably require to provide the Services. Further, the Client shall:
4.1.1 make available such working space, facilities and accommodation as LAS and its personnel may reasonably require. Such working space, facilities and accommodation shall be at least comparable to those afforded by the Client to its own personnel or similar status;
4.1.2 make available appropriate personnel to liaise with LAS.
4.2 The Client warrants that input material will not infringe the copyright or other intellectual property rights of any third party and the Client will indemnify and hold harmless LAS against any and all loss, damage, costs, expenses or other claims of whatever nature and howsoever arising from any such infringement.
5 Fees and Payment
5.1 The price of the Services is LAS’s quoted price and is exclusive of VAT, insurance and disbursements. Proposals will be valid for 2 calendar months from issue although LAS reserves the right to change any Proposal including as to the Price if the Services are more complex than anticipated or instructions from the Client change. LAS is only bound by orders which it has accepted in writing. An accepted order can only be cancelled or varied with LAS’s consent.
5.2 Unless LAS agrees otherwise, the Client will pay the Price, VAT, insurance and disbursements without deduction or set off (whether formally demanded or not) within 30 days (subject to the following) of receipt of an invoice. LAS reserves the right to render interim invoices as the Project progresses such invoices to be payable within 14 days and otherwise in accordance with this clause 5. If payment of any interim invoice is delayed or not made in full and without prejudice to LAS’s other rights and remedies hereunder LAS reserves the right to suspend working on the Contract until payment is received in full.
5.3 If the Client fails to make any payment when it is due then, without affecting any of LAS’s other rights or remedies, LAS is entitled to: cancel the Contract or suspend the performance of the Contract which may include at LAS’s option taking down a site whether the subject site of the unpaid or partly paid invoice or otherwise; charge the Client interest at 5% a year above HSBC Bank’s base rate at the time on all unpaid amounts; withdraw all credit facilities extended to the Client and require immediate payment of all outstanding invoices whether or not these are due for payment; and/or cancel and withdraw any trade or other discount allowed on the price.
5.4 All invoices by LAS to the Client will be in pounds Sterling.
5.5 A deposit for the project cost as set out in the proposal is payable before any development work is undertaken. Following commencement of work, invoices will be raised fortnightly for work undertaken at the agreed daily rate, up to and including 90% of the Price, and such invoices shall be payable as interim invoices under the terms of clause 5.2 above.
5.6 Sign Off
5.6.1 When LAS believes it has completed the Services it will notify the Client accordingly, send the Client the final invoice (typically for ten per cent of the Price) and give the Client 30 days to assess the Services (“the Sign Off Period”). The Client must raise any issues it has in relation to the Services within the Sign Off Period as soon as reasonably possible.
5.6.2 Any issues raised by the Client under 5.6.1 shall:
126.96.36.199 be remedied by LAS at no additional charge within the Sign Off Period where possible to the extent that such issues are in LAS’s sole opinion part of the Contract; and/or
188.8.131.52 where in LAS’ sole opinion such issues fall outside the scope of the Contract (and the Client is specifically referred to clause 6 in this regard) the raising of such issues shall not delay payment of the final invoice but shall constitute the subject matter of a separate contract between the parties to be charged and paid for at LAS’s then prevailing rates and otherwise in accordance with these Conditions.
5.6.3 The Client shall not unreasonably withhold or delay either acceptance of the work or notification of any issues arising.
5.6.4 If no issues are raised or such issues fall to be dealt with under 184.108.40.206 the Client shall be deemed to have accepted the Services and the final invoice shall become immediately due and payable on expiry of the Sign Off Period.
5.6.5 Any issues raised under 220.127.116.11 that are concluded within the Sign Off Period shall not affect the expiry of such period nor the Client’s deemed acceptance of the Services at that time unless otherwise expressly agreed by LAS. If such issues are still being concluded at a time when the Sign Off Period would otherwise have expired LAS reserves the right to reconsider its decision to treat them as falling under 18.104.22.168 and at its option to treat them as falling to be dealt with under 22.214.171.124 thereafter. In such circumstances payment of the final invoice shall immediately become due and payable.
5.6.6 Following payment in full of the final invoice and of any such further sums as may be due as a result of issues raised under 126.96.36.199 the site shall be put live.
5.7 Where blocks of hours are purchased in advance, these are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. Any such hours unused by the Client at the expiry of the twelve month period are lost and may not be carried forward to any subsequent period.
5.8 If LAS shall be asked to supply any equipment or software to the Client the Client must pay that element of the Price in full with the order or purchase order as the case may be, and LAS shall be under no obligation to procure or supply any such item until payment therefor is received in full.
5.9 Where LAS either buys or renews on behalf of a Client a domain name, an invoice for the price thereof shall be sent to the Client two months in advance of the expiry of the name. No purchase or renewal will be made until payment therefor is received in full and the Client expressly agrees and understands that any delay on its part in making such a payment may prejudice its chance to purchase or renew the name, and that LAS shall not be liable to the Client as a result thereof.
5.10 Any lease finance that may be offered is provided by third party providers and as such is subject to acceptance by that third party, and in accordance with its terms and conditions in all respects including as to payments terms and passing of title. Without prejudice to the foregoing, LAS reserves all its rights and remedies under these terms.
6 Additional costs
6.1 The Client must, on request, pay any additional cost to LAS for supplying the Services caused by: any breach, default, delay or variation (in LAS’s sole opinion) by the Client of its requirements or obligations under the Contract or these Conditions; any requirement by the Client that LAS provide its Services in a manner (including as to the order in which LAS implements the elements of the Contract) that is other than LAS’s usual workflow arrangement; any factor beyond LAS’s reasonable control; any change in the dates of the supply of the Services which the Client requires; or any delay caused by the Client’s instructions or the Client’s failure to give LAS adequate information or instructions when the order has been accepted or at any other time including in particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, any charges for the use of stock photographs or imagery.
6.2 Without prejudice to 6.1 LAS specifically reserves the right to amend the Price if the time spent on the contract as a whole or on any part thereof that was costed as a separate item or development stage in the Proposal exceeds by at least ten per cent the time either forecast to be spent or actually spent by LAS thereon.
6.3 Any amount due under this clause may be invoiced as an interim invoice due and payable within 14 days.
7.1 The parties acknowledge that the Contract does not have the effect of transferring the ownership of any intellectual property rights.
7.2 Any intellectual property owned by either party and required for the performance by the other party of its obligations under this Contract shall be licensed to that other party on a non-exclusive, royalty-free basis for the purpose of fulfilling that party’s obligations under this Contract and for the Term but not further or otherwise.
7.3 Subject to Clause 7.1, the Client acknowledges and agrees that LAS will own all intellectual property in connection with LAS’s materials and that all other intellectual property in materials produced or created by LAS or on its behalf or provided by LAS will remain permanently with LAS regardless of whether such material is in its original form or in a form modified for the Client’s use.
7.4 Subject to the Client not being in breach of this Contract, LAS grants to the Client a non-exclusive royalty-free licence to use the materials for the Term.
7.5 The Client may not modify LAS’s materials for any purpose without the prior written consent of LAS save only in relation to modification of software licensed to the Client by LAS to the extent that such modification cannot be precluded by Section 296A of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988.
7.6 The Client will procure for LAS a licence on a non-exclusive, royalty-free basis, to use any existing intellectual property owned by a third party and required for the performance by LAS of its obligations under this Contract and for the period during which the use of those rights by LAS pursuant to this Contract is required.
7.7 LAS shall be entitled to include in the code of, and to display on, any site that it designs and/or develops a reference crediting LAS’s involvement with the site’s creation and maintenance (as appropriate) and where relevant this shall include a link to LAS’s site.
8.1 LAS is not liable to the Client because of any representation (unless fraudulent), or any warranty (express or implied), condition or other term, or any duty at common law, or under the express terms of the Contract, for:
8.1.1 any loss of profit, business, contracts, opportunity, goodwill, revenues, anticipated savings, expenses, costs or similar loss; and/or
8.1.2 any indirect, special or consequential loss or damage (whether for loss of profit or otherwise); whether caused by the negligence, breach of contract, tort, breach of statutory duty of LAS, its employees or agents or otherwise arising out of or in connection with the Contract.
8.2 Any other liability of LAS to the Client in contract, tort, breach of statutory duty or otherwise arising out of or in connection with the Contract, is limited to the value of the contract.
8.3 LAS has no liability whatsoever under the warranty given in Condition 8.2 unless the price for the Services has been received by LAS in full.
9.1 Each party may use the confidential information of a disclosing party only for the purposes of this Contract and must keep confidential all confidential information of each disclosing party except to the extent (if any) the recipient of any confidential information is required by law to disclose the confidential information.
9.2 Either party may disclose confidential information of the other party to those of its employees and agents who have a need to know the confidential information for the purposes of this Contract but only if the employee or agent executes a confidentiality undertaking in a form approved by the other party.
9.3 All documents and other materials containing confidential information of either party will be returned to that party immediately upon completion of the Services.
9.4 The parties’ obligations to keep information confidential will survive the termination of this Contract.
10.1 LAS warrants that the Services will be performed with reasonable skill and care. All other warranties, conditions or other terms implied by statute or common law are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.
10.2 LAS will have no liability to the Client for any loss, damage, costs, expenses or other claims for compensation arising from any input material or instructions supplied by the Client which are incomplete, incorrect, inaccurate, illegible, out of sequence or in the wrong form, or arising from their late arrival or non-arrival, or any other fault of the Client.
10.3 Where any valid warranty claim is made in respect of any Services, LAS can choose either to reperform the Services to the extent necessary to make good any defect free of charge or to grant credit to or refund to the Client the price (or a proportionate part of the price) at LAS’s absolute discretion, but LAS will have no further liability to the Client under the warranty.
11.1 LAS may terminate the Contract in the event that:
11.1.1 the Client fails to pay any amount to LAS due under this Contract and does not make that payment within 28 days after receiving notice requiring the Client to do so;
11.1.2 the Client fails to perform any of the obligations on its part to be observed or performed pursuant to this Contract and such failure is not remedied by the Client within 28 days after receipt by it of a notice in writing requiring the default to be remedied; or
11.1.3 the Client fails to perform any of the obligations on its part to be observed or performed pursuant to the on-line conduct policy and such failure is not remedied by the Client within 28 days after receipt by it of a notice in writing requiring the default to be remedied; or
11.1.4 any of the warranties or representations made by the Client contained in this Contract are in LAS’s reasonable opinion false or inaccurate in any material way.
11.2 Either party shall be entitled to terminate this Contract forthwith by notice in writing to the other if the other party shall:
11.2.1 commit any material breach of any of its obligations under this Contract which (in the case of a breach capable of being remedied) shall not have been remedied within 28 days after receipt of a written request so to do;
11.2.2 pass a resolution for winding-up (otherwise than for the purpose of a bona fide scheme of solvent amalgamation or reconstruction) or a court of competent jurisdiction shall make an order to that effect;
11.2.3 make any voluntary arrangement with its creditors or become subject to an administration order;
11.2.4 have a receiver or administrative receiver appointed;
11.2.5 cease or threaten to cease to carry on business.
12 Insolvency of Client
12.1 LAS may upon written notice to the Client end the Contract: if the Client is an individual and he dies; or he has a receiving order made against him, or commits an act of bankruptcy or makes any arrangement with his creditors; if the Client is a company if it calls a meeting of its creditors; or it goes into any liquidation; or it has a receiver appointed over any of its assets or has an administration order made against it; or it makes any arrangement with its creditors; or if LAS has reasonable grounds for suspecting that the Client is about to undergo any of the above events. In addition, any price or part of the price in respect of Services already performed will immediately become due and payable.
13 Force Majeure
13.1 LAS is not liable to the Client for any failure or delay in performance of its obligations under the Contract which is beyond its reasonable control including any labour disputes between LAS and its employees.
14.1 Each Contract for the Services is for the Term set out in LAS’s Proposal (or as otherwise agreed in writing). If no period is provided for, then either party may terminate the Contract at any time by giving not less than one months’ written notice to the other.
15.1 The Client covenants not directly or indirectly to solicit or entice away from or offer employment to any of LAS’s employees who were engaged on performing the Services or with whom the client had contact during the Term and for a period of one year after the completion of the Contract.
16.1 Any notice required by this Contract to be given by either party to the other shall be in writing and may be served:
16.2 personally, in which case service is deemed to occur at the moment of service; or
16.3 by sending it by pre-paid post to the address of the other party or to such other address as that party shall notify, in which case the communication is deemed received two business days after posting; or
16.4 by electronic mail or facsimile transmission or other comparable means of communication to such relevant address or fax number as the parties shall communicate to each other for the purposes of communication, in which case the communication shall be deemed received if sent on a business day at the time of transmission, or otherwise on the next following business day.
17.1 Any waiver by LAS of any breach of these Conditions or a Contract by the Client will not be treated as waiving any subsequent breach of the same or any other provision.
18 Entire Agreement
18.1 These conditions and the documents referred to in them, set out the entire agreement between the Parties and supersedes any previous agreements between the Parties relating to the subject matter of these conditions. The Client acknowledges that in entering into these conditions, it has not relied on any representation, warranty, agreement or statement not set out in these conditions and that (in the absence of fraud) it will not have any right or remedy arising out of any such representation, warranty, agreement or statement and that its only remedy for breach of these conditions is for breach of contract under the terms of these conditions.
18.2 LAS reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time without notice.
19 Law and Jurisdiction
19.1 English law governs these conditions and each Contract and the Parties agree to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.
Hosting Services - the internet hosting services to be supplied by LAS (if appropriate) as agreed in writing between the Parties.
Price - the price to be paid by the Client to LAS for the Services in accordance with clause 5.
Proposal - the document or documents howsoever they shall be described produced by LAS setting out LAS’s proposals for meeting the Client's objectives.
Services - the services to be supplied by LAS as detailed in the Proposal.
LAS – Learning Academy Systems Limited Company Number 7995158 whose registered office is at 33 Looe Street, PL4 0EA Plymouth
Term - the period between the commencement of the Services and the conclusion of this Contract whether under clause 5 or otherwise in accordance with these conditions.