Wolstenholme Machine Knives introduces new Terms and Conditions for the supply of goods
WOLSTENHOLME MACHINE KNIVES LTD
TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THE SUPPLY OF GOODS
- BASIS OF CONTRACT
- TITLE AND RISK
- PRICE AND PAYMENT
- TERMINATION AND SUSPENSION
- LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
- FORCE MAJEURE
The customer’s attention is drawn in particular to the provisions of clause 11.
1.1 Definitions. 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.
“Conditions” means the terms and conditions set out in this document as amended from time to time in accordance with clause 13.6.
“Contract” means the contract between the Supplier and the Customer for the sale and purchase of the Goods in accordance with these Conditions.
“Customer” means the person or firm who purchases the Goods from the Supplier. “Force Majeure Event” has the meaning given in clause 12.
“Goods” means the goods (or any part of them) set out in the Order.
“Intellectual Property Rights” all patents, rights to inventions, utility models, copyright and related rights, trademarks, service marks, trade, business and domain names, rights in trade dress or get-up, rights in goodwill or to sue for passing off, unfair competition rights, rights in designs, rights in computer software, database rights, rights in confidential information (including no-how and trade secrets) and any other intellectual property rights, in each case whether registered or unregistered and including all applications for and renewals or extensions of such rights, and all similar or equivalent rights or forms of protection in any part of the world.
“Order” means the order by the Customer for the Goods, as set out in the purchase order form of the Customer. “Specification” means any specification for the Goods, including any related plans and drawings, that is agreed [in writing] by the Customer and the Supplier.
“Supplier” means Wolstenholme Machine Knives Limited (registered in England and Wales with company number 02532135)
1.2 Construction. 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 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 reenacted. 2
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.
1.2.5 A reference to writing or written includes faxes and emails.
2. BASIS OF CONTRACT
2.1 These Conditions apply to the Contract to the exclusion of any other terms that the Customer seeks to impose or incorporate, or which are implied by trade, custom, practice or course of dealing.
2.2 The Order constitutes an offer by the Customer to purchase the Goods in accordance with these Conditions. The Customer is responsible for ensuring that the terms of the Order and any applicable Specification submitted by the Customer are complete and accurate.
2.3 The Order shall only be deemed to be accepted when the Supplier issues a written acceptance of the Order, at which point the Contract shall come into existence.
2.4 The Contract constitutes the entire agreement between the parties. The Customer acknowledges that it has not relied on any statement, promise, representation, assurance or warranty made or given by or on behalf of the Supplier which is not set out in the Contract.
2.5 Any samples, drawings, descriptive matter, or advertising produced by the Supplier and any descriptions or illustrations contained in the catalogues or brochures of the Supplier are produced for the sole purpose of giving an approximate idea of the Goods described in them. They shall not form part of the Contract or have any contractual force.
2.6 A quotation for the Goods given by the Supplier shall not constitute an offer. A quotation shall only be valid for a period of 20 Business Days from its date of issue.
3.1 The quantity and description of the Goods shall be as set out in the Supplier’s quotation or acknowledgement of order.
3.2 If the Goods are to be manufactured or any process is to be applied to the Goods by the Supplier in accordance with a specification submitted by the Customer, the Customer shall indemnify the Supplier against all loss, damages, costs and expenses awarded against or incurred by the Supplier in connection with or paid or agreed to be paid by the Supplier in settlement of any claim for infringement of any Intellectual Property Rights of any other person with results from the Supplier’s use of the Customer’s specification.
4.1 Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Supplier, delivery of the Goods shall take place at the Supplier’s place of business. Delivery shall take place on an Ex-Works basis (as defined by the Incoterms 2010). Delivery shall be completed on the earlier of the Customer collecting the Goods from the Supplier’s premises or the expiry of the 14 day period referred to in clause4.2 below. If the Customer fails to take delivery of the Goods the provisions of clause 4.5 shall apply.
4.2 The Customer shall take delivery of the Goods within 14 days of the Supplier giving it notice that the Goods are ready for delivery.
4.3 Any dates specified by the Supplier for delivery of the Goods are intended to be an estimate and time for delivery shall not be made of the essence by notice. If no dates are so specified, delivery shall be within a reasonable time.
4.4 Subject to the other provisions of these conditions, the Supplier shall not be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss (all three of which terms include, without limitation, pure economic loss, loss of profits, loss of business, depletion of goodwill and similar loss), costs, damages, charges or expenses caused directly or indirectly by any delay in the delivery of the Goods (even if caused by the Supplier’s 3 negligence) nor shall any delay entitle the Customer to terminate or rescind the Contract unless such delay exceeds 180 days.
4.5 If for any reason the Customer fails to accept delivery of any of the Goods when they are ready for delivery, or the Supplier is unable to deliver the Goods because the Customer has not provided appropriate instructions, documents, licences or authorizations:
4.5.1 If it has not already done so, risk in the Goods shall immediately pass to the Customer (including for loss or damage caused by the Supplier’s negligence);
4.5.2 The Goods shall be deemed to have been delivered; and
4.5.3 The Supplier may store the Goods until delivery, whereupon the Customer shall be liable for all related costs and expenses (including, without limitation, storage and insurance).
4.6 If 15 Business Days after the day on which the Supplier notified the Customer that the Goods were ready for delivery, the Customer has not taken delivery of them, the Supplier may resell or otherwise dispose of part or all of the Goods and, after deducting reasonable storage and selling costs, account to the Customer for any excess over the price of the Goods or charge the Customer for any shortfall below the price of the Goods.
4.7 The Customer shall arrange and supply, at the Supplier’s premises and at its expense, adequate and appropriate equipment and manual labour for loading the Goods.
4.8 The Supplier may deliver the Goods by separate instalments. Each separate instalment shall be invoiced and paid for in accordance with the provisions of the Contract.
4.9 Each instalment shall be a separate Contract and no cancellation or termination of any one Contract relating to an instalment shall entitle the Customer to repudiate or cancel any other Contract or instalment.
5.1 The quantity of any consignment of Goods as recorded by the Supplier on delivery at the Supplier’s place of business shall be conclusive evidence of the quantity received by the Customer unless the Customer can provide conclusive evidence proving the contrary.
5.2 The Supplier shall not be liable for any non-delivery of Goods (even if caused by the Supplier’s negligence) unless the Customer gives written notice to the Supplier of the non-delivery within 7 days of the date when the Goods would in the ordinary course of events have been received.
5.3 Any liability of the Supplier for non-delivery of the Goods shall be limited to replacing the Goods within a reasonable time or issuing a Credit Note at the pro-rata Contact rate against any invoice raised for such Goods.
6.1 The Supplier warrants that on delivery the Goods shall: 6.1.1 conform with their description; and 6.1.2 be free from material defects in design, material and workmanship. No warranty is provided in relation to the sharpness of the Goods.
6.2 Subject to clause 6.3, if:
6.2.1 the Customer gives notice in writing to the Supplier within a reasonable time of discovery that some or all of the Goods do not comply with the warranty set out in clause 6.1;
6.2.2 the Supplier is given a reasonable opportunity of examining such Goods; and 4
6.2.3 the Customer (if asked to do so by the Supplier) returns such Goods to the place of business of the Supplier at the cost of the Customer, the Supplier shall, at its option, repair or replace the defective Goods, or refund the price of the defective Goods in full.
6.3 The Supplier shall not be liable for failure of the Goods to comply with the warranty set out in clause 6.1 in any of the following events:
6.3.1 the Customer makes any further use of such Goods after giving notice in accordance with clause 6.2; or
6.3.2 the defect arises because the Customer failed to follow the oral or written instructions of the Supplier as to the storage, commissioning, installation, use and maintenance of the Goods or (if there are none) good trade practice regarding the same; or
6.3.3 the defect arises as a result of the Supplier following any drawing, design or Specification supplied by the Customer; or
6.3.4 the Customer alters or repairs such Goods without the written consent of the Supplier; or
6.3.5 the defect arises as a result of fair wear and tear, wilful damage, negligence, or abnormal storage or working conditions; or
6.3.6 the Goods differ from their description as a result of changes made to ensure they comply with applicable statutory or regulatory requirements.
6.4 Except as provided in this clause 6, the Supplier shall have no liability to the Customer in respect of the failure of the Goods to comply with the warranty set out in clause 6.1.
6.5 The terms implied by sections 13 to 15 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from the Contract.
6.6 These Conditions shall apply to any repaired or replacement Goods supplied by the Supplier.
7. TITLE AND RISK
7.1 The Goods are at the risk of the Customer from the time the Goods are made available Ex-Works at the Supplier’s premises.
7.2 Title to the Goods shall not pass to the Customer until the earlier of:
7.2.1 the Supplier receives payment in full (in cash or cleared funds) for the Goods and any other goods that the Supplier has supplied to the Customer, in which case title to the Goods shall pass at the time of payment of all such sums; and
7.2.2 The Customer resells the Goods, in which case title to the Goods shall pass to the Customer at the time specified in clause 7.4.
7.3 Until title to the Goods has passed to the Customer, the Customer shall:
7.3.1 store the Goods separately from all other goods held by the Customer so that they remain readily identifiable as the property of the Supplier;
7.3.2 not remove, deface or obscure any identifying mark or packaging on or relating to the Goods;
7.3.3 maintain the Goods in satisfactory condition and keep them insured against all risks for their full price from the date of delivery;
7.3.4 notify the Supplier immediately if it becomes subject to any of the events listed in clause 10.2; and 5
7.3.5 give the Supplier such information relating to the Goods as the Supplier may require from time to time.
7.4 Subject to clause 7.5, the Customer may resell or use the Goods in the ordinary course of its business (but not otherwise) before the Supplier receives payment for the Goods. However, if the Customer resells the Goods before that time:
7.4.1 it does so as principal and not as the agent of the Supplier; and
7.4.2 title to the Goods shall pass from the Supplier to the Customer immediately before the time at which resale by the Customer occurs.
7.5 If before title to the Goods passes to the Customer the Customer becomes subject to any of the events listed in clause 10.2 then, without limiting any other right or remedy the Supplier may have:
7.5.1 the right to resell the Goods by the Customer or use them in the ordinary course of its business ceases immediately; and
7.5.2 the Supplier may at any time:
184.108.40.206 require the Customer to deliver up all Goods in its possession which have not been resold, or irrevocably incorporated into another product; and
220.127.116.11 if the Customer fails to do so promptly, enter any premises of the Customer or of any third party where the Goods are stored in order to recover them.
8. PRICE AND PAYMENT
8.1 The price of the Goods shall be the price set out in the Order, or, if no price is quoted, the price set out in the published price list of the Supplier in force as at the date of delivery.
8.2 The Supplier may, by giving notice to the Customer at any time 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 the control of the Supplier (including foreign exchange fluctuations, increases in taxes and duties, and increases in labour, materials and other manufacturing costs); or
8.2.2 any request by the Customer to change the delivery date(s), quantities or types of Goods ordered, or the Specification; or
8.2.3 any delay caused by any instructions of the Customer or failure of the Customer to give the Supplier adequate or accurate information or instructions.
8.3 The price of the Goods is exclusive of the costs and charges of packaging, insurance and transport of the Goods, which shall be invoiced to the Customer.
8.4 The price of the Goods is exclusive of amounts in respect of value added tax (“VAT”). The Customer 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.
8.5 The Supplier may invoice the Customer for the Goods on or at any time after the completion of delivery.
8.6 The Customer shall pay the invoice in full and in cleared funds within 30 days of the date of the invoice. Payment shall be made to the bank account nominated in writing by the Supplier. Time of payment is of the essence.
8.7 If the Customer fails to make any payment due to the Supplier under the Contract by the due date for payment, then the Customer shall pay interest on the overdue amount at the rate of 4% per annum above the base rate of Bank of England from time to time. Such interest shall accrue on a daily basis from the 6 due date until actual payment of the overdue amount, whether before or after judgment. The Customer shall pay the interest together with the overdue amount.
8.8 The Customer shall pay all amounts due under the Contract in full without any set-off, counterclaim, deduction or withholding (except for any deduction or withholding required by law). The Supplier may at any time, without limiting any other rights or remedies it may have, set off any amount owing to it by the Customer against any amount payable by the Supplier to the Customer.
9.1 If any claim is made against the Customer that the Goods infringe or that their use or re-sale infringes the Intellectual Property Rights of any other person then unless the claim arises from the use of any drawing, design or specification supplied by the Customer, the Supplier shall indemnify the Customer against all loss, damage, costs and expenses awarded against or incurred by the Customer in connection with the claim, or paid or agreed to be paid by the Customer in settlement of the claim PROVIDED THAT:
9.1.1 The Supplier is given full control of any proceedings or negotiations in connection with the claim.
9.1.2 The Customer shall give the Supplier all reasonable assistance for the purposes of any such proceedings or negotiations.
9.1.3 Except pursuant to a final award, the Customer shall not pay or accept the claim, or compromise any such proceedings without the consent of the Supplier (which shall not be unreasonably withheld).
9.1.4 The Customer shall do nothing which would or might vitiate any policy of insurance or insurance cover which the Customer may have in relation to such infringement and this indemnity shall not apply to the extent that the Customer recovers any sums under any such policy or cover (which the Customer shall use its best endeavour to do).
9.1.5 The Supplier shall be entitled to the benefit of and the Customer shall accordingly account to the Supplier for, all damages and costs (if any) awarded in favour of the Customer which are payable by, or agreed with the consent of the Customer (which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld) to be paid by, any other party in respect of any such claim and;
9.1.6 Without prejudice to any duty of the Customer of common law, the Supplier shall be entitled to require the Customer to take such steps as the Supplier may reasonable require to mitigate or reduce any such loss, damages, costs or expenses for which the Supplier is liable to indemnify the Customer under this clause.
10. TERMINATION AND SUSPENSION
10.1 If the Customer fails to pay any amount due under the Contract by the due date for payment or becomes subject to any of the events listed in clause 10.2, the Supplier may terminate the Contract with immediate effect by giving written notice to the Customer.
10.2 For the purposes of clause 10.1, the relevant events are:
10.2.1 the Customer 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;
10.2.2 the Customer 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 the Customer is a company) where these events take place for the sole purpose of a scheme for a solvent amalgamation of the 7 Customer with one or more other companies or the solvent reconstruction of the Customer;
10.2.3 (being a company) 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 Customer, other than for the sole purpose of a scheme for a solvent amalgamation of the Customer with one or more other companies or the solvent reconstruction of the Customer;
10.2.4 (being an individual) the Customer is the subject of a bankruptcy petition or order;
10.2.5 a creditor or encumbrancer of the Customer 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;
10.2.6 (being a company) 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 Customer;
10.2.7 (being a company) the holder of a qualifying charge over the assets of the Customer has become entitled to appoint or has appointed an administrative receiver;
10.2.8 a person becomes entitled to appoint a receiver over the assets of the Customer or a receiver is appointed over the assets of the Customer;
10.2.9 any event occurs, or proceeding is taken, with respect to the Customer in any jurisdiction to which it is subject that has an effect equivalent or similar to any of the events mentioned in clause 10.2.1 to clause 10.2.8 (inclusive);
10.2.10 the Customer suspends, threatens to suspends, ceases or threatens to cease to carry on all or a substantial part of its business;
10.2.11 the financial position of the Customer deteriorates to such an extent that in the opinion of the Supplier the capability of the Customer to adequately fulfil its obligations under the Contract has been placed in jeopardy; and
10.2.12 (being an individual) the Customer dies or, by reason of illness or incapacity (whether mental or physical), is incapable of managing his or her own affairs or becomes a patient under any mental health legislation.
10.3 Without limiting its other rights or remedies, the Supplier may suspend provision of the Goods under the Contract or any other contract between the Customer and the Supplier if the Customer becomes subject to any of the events listed in clause 10.2.1 to clause 10.2.9, or the Supplier reasonably believes that the Customer is about to become subject to any of them, or if the Customer fails to pay any amount due under this Contract on the due date for payment.
10.4 On termination of the Contract for any reason the Customer shall immediately pay to the Supplier all of the outstanding unpaid invoices and interest of the Supplier.
10.5 Termination of the Contract, however arising, shall not affect any of the parties’ rights, remedies, obligations and liabilities that have accrued as at termination.
10.6 Clauses which expressly or by implication survive termination of the Contract shall continue in full force and effect.
11. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
11.1 Nothing in these Conditions shall limit or exclude the liability of the Supplier for:
11.1.1 death or personal injury caused by its negligence, or the negligence of its employees, agents or subcontractors (as applicable); or 8
11.1.2 fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; or
11.1.3 breach of the terms implied by section 12 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979; or
11.1.4 defective products under the Consumer Protection Act 1987; or
11.1.5 any matter in respect of which it would be unlawful for the Supplier to exclude or restrict liability.
11.2 Subject to condition 11.1, condition 4 and condition 9:
11.2.1 the Supplier shall under no circumstances whatever be liable to the Customer, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, for any loss of profit, or any indirect or consequential loss arising under or in connection with the Contract; and
11.2.2 the total liability of the Supplier to the Customer in respect of all other losses arising under or in connection with the Contract, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, shall in no circumstances exceed the Contract Price.
12. FORCE MAJEURE
Neither party shall be liable for any failure or delay in performing its obligations under the Contract to the extent that such failure or delay is caused by a Force Majeure Event. A Force Majeure Event means any event beyond a party’s reasonable control, which by its nature could not have been foreseen, or, if it could have been foreseen, was unavoidable, including strikes, lock-outs or other industrial disputes (whether involving its own workforce or a third party’s), failure of energy sources or transport network, acts of God, war, terrorism, riot, civil commotion, interference by civil or military authorities, national or international calamity, armed conflict, malicious damage, breakdown of plant or machinery, nuclear, chemical or biological contamination, sonic boom, explosions, collapse of building structures, fires, floods, storms, earthquakes, loss at sea, epidemics or similar events, natural disasters or extreme adverse weather conditions, or default of suppliers or subcontractors.
13.1 Assignment and other dealings.
13.1.1 The Supplier 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.
13.1.2 The Customer may not assign, transfer, mortgage, charge, subcontract, declare a trust over or deal in any other manner with any or all of its rights or obligations under the Contract without the prior written consent of the Supplier.
13.2.1 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 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 in accordance with this clause, and shall be delivered personally, sent by pre-paid first-class post or other next working day delivery service, commercial courier, fax or email.
13.2.2 A notice or other communication shall be deemed to have been received: if delivered personally, when left at the address referred to in clause 13.2.1; if sent by pre-paid firstclass 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; or, if sent by fax or email, one Business Day after transmission.
13.2.3 The provisions of this clause shall not apply to the service of any proceedings or other documents in any legal action. 9
13.3.1 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.
13.3.2 If one party gives notice to the other of the possibility that any provision or part-provision of this Contract is invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the parties shall negotiate in good faith to amend such provision so that, as amended, it is legal, valid and enforceable, and, to the greatest extent possible, achieves the intended commercial result of the original provision.
13.4 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.
13.5 Third party rights. A person who is not a party to the Contract shall not have any rights to enforce its terms.
13.6 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 in writing and signed by the Supplier.
13.7 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.
13.8 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 this Contract or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims).