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FULLER SMITH & TURNER PLC
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE

1. INTERPRETATION

1.1 In these Conditions these words and expressions shall (except where the context otherwise requires) have the following meanings:

‘Business Day’ any Day on which commercial banks in the UK are generally open for business;
‘Business Hours’ 9am to 5pm inclusive on any Business Day;
‘Buyer’ the person who accepts a quotation of the Seller for the sale of Goods or whose order for the Goods is accepted by the Seller;
‘Claim’ a complaint sent by means of a Notice to the Seller by the Buyer in relation to defects, shortages or non-delivery of the Goods, whether actual or alleged;
‘Conditions’ the standard terms and conditions of sale set out in this document;
‘Consequential Loss’ Loss incurred by the Buyer or anyone else including but not limited to: loss of profits; loss of contracts; loss of goodwill damage to property belonging to the Buyer or to anyone else; personal injury to the Buyer or to anyone else (but only so far as such injury is not caused by the Seller’s negligence);
‘Containers’ all containers, gas bottles/cylinders, cases, pallets and returnable bottles supplied by the Seller;
‘Contract’ any contract between the Seller and the Buyer to buy and sell Goods;
‘Day’ a period of twenty-four hours ending at 12 (twelve) midnight UK time; ‘Delivery Note’ the document issued by the Seller to the Buyer with the Goods and which the Seller must sign and hand to the carrier for return to the Seller confirming receipt of the goods;
‘Equipment’ any equipment supplied by the Seller to the Buyer, including but not limited to any of the following: dispense heads and taps, cellar connectors, cellar cooling equipment, refrigeration equipment, wine coolers, bottle cooling shelves or cabinets, signs;
‘Goods’ the Goods (including any instalment of the Goods or any parts of them) which the Seller supplies to the Buyer in accordance with these Conditions;
‘Notice’ a written document sent by either party to the other delivered personally, posted by first class mail or sent by email, facsimile transmission (receipt confirmed) to the other party at that party’s registered office or such other address as may at the relevant time have been notified pursuant to this clause to the party giving Notice and in the case of Notice to the Seller provided that where a Notice is served by email it shall only be properly served where it is sent to an email address notified to the other party for that purpose and receipt is acknowledged;
‘Order’ a request from the Buyer to the Seller for the supply of Goods using a form agreed by both parties and given by an authorised representative of the Buyer;
‘Price List’ current wholesale price list ‘Requirement’ any statutory or other legislative enactment, regulation or rule from time to time in force, issued by a governmental and/or a competent body relating to the sale and/or storage of the Goods by the Buyer;
‘Seller’ Fuller Smith & Turner PLC, registered number 0241882, and any of its subsidiary companies, including George Gale & Co Ltd, registered number 026330, shall also be known as “The Group”.

1.2 Clause headings are for convenience only and do not affect the interpretation or construction of these Conditions.

1.3 Any references in these Conditions to a person shall include an individual, partnership, unincorporated association, corporation, government or governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate, trust, or any other legal or commercial entity or undertaking whether acting in an individual, fiduciary or other capacity.

1.4 Unless the context otherwise requires, any reference in these Conditions to a party means either the Buyer or Seller and any such reference to parties shall be construed accordingly.

1.5 In these Conditions words in the singular shall include the plural and vice-versa, and words imputing the male, female and neither gender shall include the other

1.6 Any reference in these Conditions to any Requirement, statute or statutory provision shall include any amendment, enactment, re-enactment and any subordinate legislation made from time to time under that provision.

1.7 In these Conditions, Goods are ‘in course of transit’ from the time the Goods are in the possession of an independent carrier for the purposes of delivery to the Buyer, until such time as the Buyer obtains or is entitled to obtain possession of the Goods.

2. TERMS OF SALE

2.1 The parties agree to contract on the terms contained in these Conditions which shall prevail over any inconsistent terms which the Buyer may seek to introduce. Such inconsistent terms shall have no contractual effect.

2.2 These Conditions together with the terms of the Order form the entire agreement between the Seller and the Buyer and shall not be removed, or varied in any way. Unless a prior written agreement is made to the contrary between authorised representatives of the Buyer and Seller, no other express terms, written or oral, shall be incorporated into any Contract.

2.3 The Seller’s sales representatives are not authorised to do any of the following things on behalf of the Seller:

2.3.1 remove or vary any of these terms or introduce any other terms, written or oral, into the Contract;

2.3.2 make any representation, agree any condition precedent or enter into any collateral contract;

2.3.3 accept any offer or counter-offer made by the Buyer.

2.4 The Seller may change these Conditions from time to time, with reasonable notice, provided that the Conditions at the time of the acceptance of an Order shall apply in connection with that Order.

2.5 The Order constitutes an offer by the Buyer to purchase Goods in accordance with these Conditions. The Buyer is responsible for ensuring that the terms of the Order are complete and accurate. A Contract shall be formed on acceptance of the Order by the Seller either by Notice (which in this circumstance shall include email) or by conduct of the Seller.

3. PRICE

3.1 If no price has been quoted to the Buyer, or otherwise agreed between the parties, the price shall be that stated in the Seller’s Price List current at the date the Order is accepted by the Seller. All subsequent publications of the Seller’s Price List supersede and take precedence over any previous or other Price Lists.

3.2 All prices quoted to the Buyer or contained in any Price List are correct at the time of publication only, but are subject to any errors, omissions and other variations. In the event of any such error, the Seller reserves the right to refuse to accept an Order.

3.3 Unless otherwise stated, prices in any quotation or published in the Seller's Price List do not include VAT or any other taxes/duties, charges or fees for handling and/or delivering the Goods.

3.4 The Seller may, by giving an appropriate Notice to the Buyer vary the price of the Goods at any time before delivery.

3.5 If the Seller incurs any additional costs (including storage charges) as a result of the Buyer’s neglect or default, the Buyer must pay those costs to the Seller in addition to the price agreed between the parties in accordance with the relevant Contract.

3.6 Without prejudice to clause 3.4, where at any time before delivery of the Goods:

3.6.1 there is an increase in the cost of: (1) raw materials; and/or (2) labour or services; and/or

3.6.2 there are any currency fluctuations increasing the cost of raw materials,

the Seller may adjust the price accordingly.


4. PAYMENT

4.1 The Seller is entitled to send an invoice to the Buyer for the price of the Goods plus VAT and any other taxes or duties, on or at any time after delivery of the Goods.

4.2 Unless otherwise agreed, payment for the Goods shall be made by Direct Debit.

4.3 The Buyer shall prior to placing an Order for Goods, or on demand by the Seller, complete a Direct Debit Mandate authorising the Seller to make deductions from the Buyer’s bank account for payment for the Goods when payment becomes due, unless otherwise agreed.

4.4 Unless otherwise agreed between the parties in writing, payment for the Goods shall be due from the Buyer 7 days from the date on the relevant invoice.

4.5 The Seller may at any time require the Buyer to pay for Goods in advance by way of cleared funds or by any other method of payment the Seller may specify to the Buyer.

4.6 Time for payment shall be of the essence. If payment is not received in accordance with this clause, the Seller may:

4.6.1 cancel the Contract; and/or

4.6.2 suspend any further deliveries to the Buyer; and/or

4.6.3 appropriate any payment made by the Buyer for Goods supplied by the Seller under any other Contract as the Seller thinks fit; and/or

4.6.4 apply all or any part of any monies the Seller may owe the Buyer for whatever reason, in or towards payment of any sum owed by the Buyer to the
Seller; and/or

4.6.5 charge interest on all outstanding monies due to the Seller from the Buyer, from and including the date of the relevant invoice, at the rate of 8% (eight per cent) per year above the Bank of England Base Rate current at the time, or such greater amount as may be allowed under The Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998, calculated on a daily basis; and/or

4.6.6 charge the Buyer with all costs incurred in the recovery of the due sums, including, but not limited to, the costs incurred in acting pursuant to clauses 4.6.7 and 4.6.8 below; and/or

4.6.7 exercise any of the Seller’s rights to recover possession of the Goods which are in course of transit to the Buyer; and/or

4.6.8 exercise any of the Seller’s rights under clause 6.

4.7 The Buyer shall be obliged to pay all VAT and other rates, duties or taxes that may be applicable to the sale of the Goods, in addition to the Price, and such sums shall be payable in addition to the Price, and the payment obligations and rights in this clause 4 shall apply to such sums.

5. DELIVERY

5.1 Delivery of the Goods will be by the Seller, unless otherwise agreed.

5.2 The Goods may be delivered by the Seller in advance of any date quoted to the Buyer by the Seller and upon giving Notice to the Buyer.

5.3 Upon receipt of the Goods, the Buyer shall:

5.3.1 immediately, and before signing and returning to the carrier the relevant Delivery Note, examine the Goods for any apparent defects or shortages;

5.3.2 inform the Seller by means of a Notice within 24 hours from the date the Goods were delivered of any damage, shortage or loss in respect of the Goods delivered.

5.4 All items which the Seller is to deliver to the Buyer shall be delivered to the location set out in the Order, or if no location is set out in the Order, the Buyer’s address, if known to the Seller.

5.5 Without prejudice to clause 5.3, delivery is deemed to take place when the Seller (or the carrier) hands over to the Buyer a Delivery Note authorizing the Buyer to receive and/or collect the Goods.

5.6 The Seller reserves the right to make delivery of the Goods by instalments and to tender a separate invoice in respect of each instalment, in which event, each delivery shall constitute a separate Contract.

5.7 If the Seller delivers one or more instalments which do not correspond with the terms of the Contract, the Buyer may not treat this as a reason for terminating the Contract as a whole, and the Buyer’s remedy shall be limited to a claim for damages.

5.8 Any delivery dates mentioned in any quotation, Order or other document supplied to the Buyer by the Seller are approximate and time shall not be of the essence for delivery.

5.9 Late delivery of the Goods shall not entitle the Buyer to do any of the following:

5.9.1 reject the Goods;

5.9.2 terminate the contract;

5.9.3 withhold payment of any part of the price set out in the Contract or otherwise agreed between the parties.

5.10 The Seller reserves the right to deliver up to 10% (ten per cent) more or less than the quantity of Goods ordered by the Buyer, and where there is a variance of quantity, the price payable for the Goods will be amended pro rata.

5.11 If the Buyer fails to accept delivery of the Goods, or fails to give the Seller adequate delivery instructions, then, without prejudice to any other right or remedy available to the Seller, the Seller may:

5.11.1 store or arrange for the Goods to be stored until the Goods can be delivered to the Buyer, in which event the Buyer shall, upon receipt of Notice from the Seller, pay to the Seller the reasonable costs of storing the Goods, and insuring the Goods against loss or damage whilst the Goods are being so stored; and/or

5.11.2 re-sell the Goods to any other person at the best price readily available and (after deducting all reasonable storage, insurance and selling expenses incurred by the Seller) charge the Buyer for any shortfall below the price as set out in the Contract or as otherwise agreed between the parties

6. RISK AND OWNERSHIP

6.1 Ownership of the Goods shall remain with the Seller and shall not pass to the Buyer until:

6.1.1 the Seller receives payment in cash or cleared funds in respect of all Goods ordered by the Seller (including any interest, delivery and/or handling charges, insurance costs, fees, taxes or other duties), and until no other amounts are owed by the Buyer to the Seller; or

6.1.2 the Buyer sells the Goods to another person, in which event ownership in the Goods shall pass to the Buyer immediately before the Goods are delivered to that other person.

6.2 Where the Goods are in the Buyer’s possession or control, and are attached to or incorporated into other goods, (whether supplied by the Seller or by any other person) or are altered in any way, ownership in the Goods does not pass to the Buyer by virtue of that attachment, incorporation or alteration.

6.3 Where the Seller is overdue in paying for any Goods supplied by the Buyer, or where clause 7 applies, then without prejudice to any other rights:

6.3.1 the Seller may seize any Goods in the Buyer’s possession or control, in respect of which ownership has not yet passed to the buyer; and/or

6.3.2 the Seller may separate, detach or remove the Goods from any other goods in the Buyer’s possession or control; and/or

6.3.3 the Buyer shall hold any Goods in the Buyer’s possession or control in safe custody, and will be liable to the Seller for any damage or loss to the Goods, however caused, whilst they are in the Buyer’s possession or control; and/or if the Buyer sells or agrees to sell any Goods to any other person:

(1) where the Buyer has received the proceeds of such sale (the ‘Proceeds’), the Buyer agrees to hold the Proceeds on trust for the Seller, and in a separate and identifiable bank or other account and the Seller may trace the Proceeds into any bank or other account which the Buyer maintains; and

(2) where the Buyer has not yet received the Proceeds, the Seller may, by serving a Notice on the Buyer, require the Buyer to assign to the Seller the Buyer’s right to recover the price for any Goods which have been re-sold to any other person.

6.4 Until such time as full payment is received by the Seller in respect of all Goods in the possession or control of the Buyer:

6.4.1 the Buyer shall at all times store the Goods separately from any other goods in the Buyer's possession or control (including goods supplied to the Buyer by any other parties);

6.4.2 the Seller may, by giving a suitable Notice to the Buyer, prohibit or restrict the Buyer’s right to re-sell the Goods to any other person.

6.5 The Buyer irrevocably authorises the Seller, the Seller’s officers, employees and agents to enter upon any premises controlled by the Buyer where the Goods are being stored, or are thought by the Seller to be stored for the purposes of:

6.5.1 satisfying the Seller that the Buyer’s obligations under any part of these Conditions is being complied with; and/or

6.5.2 recovering possession of any Goods where: (1) payment has not been received by the Seller for any Goods in the Buyer’s possession or control, and in which ownership has not yet passed to the Buyer; and/or (2) clause 7 applies.

6.5.3 verifying the shelf-life and quality of the Goods being stored by the Buyer.

6.6 Risk in the Goods passes to the Buyer on delivery in accordance with clause 5. The Buyer must insure the Goods against all insurable risks for the price due to the Seller for the Goods.

6.7 If the Goods are destroyed by an insurable risk before the Buyer has paid for the Goods, the Buyer shall hold the proceeds of payment under the relevant insurance policy on trust for the Seller as payment for the Goods.

7. INSOLVENCY

7.1 This clause will apply if:

7.1.1. being an individual, partnership, or unincorporated association or other person not being a corporation whether acting in an individual fiduciary or other capacity:

(1)the Buyer is adjudicated bankrupt or becomes insolvent; and/or

(2) the Buyer enters into a voluntary arrangement with his creditors; or

7.1.2 being a corporation:

(1) the Buyer goes into liquidation (except for the purpose of a bona fide reconstruction or amalgamation approved by the Seller); and/or

(2) the Buyer has a petition presented for the Buyer’s winding up; and/or

(3) a resolution is passed for the Buyer’s voluntary winding up (other than for the purpose of a bona fide amalgamation or reconstruction); and/or

(4) the Buyer enters into any voluntary arrangement with the Buyer’s creditors or becomes subject to an administration order; and/or

(5) an administrator, administrative receiver or receiver is appointed in respect of the whole or any part of the Buyer’s assets; and/or

7.1.3. being a corporation, partnership, individual, unincorporated association, corporation or other person whether acting in an individual fiduciary or other capacity:

(1) the Buyer assigns any rights for the benefit of his creditors generally; and/or

(2) the Buyer ceases or threatens to cease carrying on business; and/or

(3) any judgment is made against the Buyer or any similar occurrence under any jurisdiction affects the Buyer; and/or

(4) the Seller has reason to apprehend that any of the events mentioned in
clause7.1.1 - 7.1.3 (3) is about to occur,; and/or

(5) the Buyer threatens to do any of the things mentioned in clause 7.1.1 - 7.1.3 (3); and/or

(6) the Buyer's financial position deteriorates to such an extent that in the Seller's opinion the Buyer's capability to adequately fulfil its obligations under the Contract has been placed in jeopardy.

7.2 If this clause applies then, without prejudice to any price shall other rights or remedies available to the Seller:

7.2.1 the Seller shall be entitled to cancel or suspend any further deliveries under the terms of any Contract without incurring any liability for deliveries to the Buyer;

7.2.2 all sums invoiced, and not paid in full shall the become immediately payable notwithstanding any previous Contract or arrangement to the contrary between the parties; and

7.2.3 the relevant provisions of clause 6 will apply.

8. WARRANTIES AND LIABILITY

8.1 The Seller warrants that on delivery, the Goods shall:

8.1.1 conform in all material respects with their description and any applicable specification; and

8.1.2 be of satisfactory quality (within the meaning of the Sale of Goods Act 1979).

8.2 The Buyer shall, before signing and returning the Delivery Note to the carrier, carefully examine the Goods immediately upon receipt of the Goods and shall submit a Claim for any defects or shortages reasonably discoverable on careful examination of the Goods within 2 (two) Business Days of the date of delivery in accordance with clause 5.

8.3 Goods which are subject to a Claim in accordance with this clause. shall be held in the Buyer’s safe custody and at the Buyer's risk and expense. The Buyer shall give the Seller a right of access on any Business Day during Business Hours into the place where the Goods are being kept so that the Seller can investigate the Buyer’s Claim.

8.4 The Buyer shall not be entitled to make any deductions against the price of the Goods in respect of any Claim made unless:

8.4.1 the Seller has provided the Buyer with a Notice authorising such deduction to be made by the Buyer; and

8.4.2 the Seller has been given a reasonable opportunity to investigate the Buyer’s Claim.

8.5 The Seller is not obliged to process any Claim by the Seller which has not been made in accordance with this clause, in which event the Buyer may lose his entitlement to reject the Goods entirely, and may be obliged to make full payment of the price to the Seller.

8.7 Where the Goods have been used after the Buyer has become aware of a defect or shortage or in such circumstances which should reasonably have indicated to the Buyer that such a defect was present, the Seller shall not be liable for (and the Buyer shall indemnify the Seller in full for) any loss or damage the Seller or any other parties may sustain as a result of such defect in the Goods.

9. LIMITATION AND EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY

Because the potential losses which the Buyer may suffer as a result of any breach of contract by the Seller are more readily ascertainable by the Buyer, and because any such losses could be disproportionate to the contract price, in order that the Seller can keep the price of the Goods as low as possible, the parties agree that the Seller limits its liability as follows:

9.1 Where any valid Claim in respect of the Goods is based on any defect in the quality or condition of the Goods, or their failure to meet the specification as set out in the Contract, or as otherwise agreed between the parties, the Seller shall be entitled to replace any of the Goods at no extra cost to the Seller or, at the Seller’s sole discretion, to refund to the Buyer the price of the Goods (or the proportionate part of the price), but the Seller shall have no further liability to the Buyer.

9.2 Nothing in these Conditions shall limit or exclude the Seller's liability for:

9.2.1 death or personal injury caused by its negligence, or the negligence of its employees, agents or subcontractors (as applicable);

9.2.2 fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation;

9.2.3 breach of the terms implied by section 12 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979;

9.2.4 defective products under the Consumer Protection Act 1987; or

9.2.5 any matter in respect of which it would be unlawful for the Seller to exclude or restrict liability.

9.3 Subject to clause 9.2:

9.3.1 the Seller shall under no circumstances whatever be liable to the Buyer, 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

9.3.2 without prejudice to clause 9.3.1, the Sellers total liability to the Buyer in respect of non delivery or late delivery shall be limited to the costs and expenses incurred by the Buyer in obtaining replacement goods of similar description and quality in the cheapest market available, less the price of the Goods

9.3.3. the Seller's total liability to the Buyer 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 £1,000.000.00.

9.4 Subject as expressly provided in these Conditions, all warranties, conditions and other terms implied by statute or any other legally enforceable rule or Requirement is excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.

10 UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES

10.1 The Seller shall not be liable for any failure to deliver the Goods arising from circumstances beyond the Seller’s control (‘Circumstances’).

10.2 Circumstances include (but are not limited to) acts of God, war, riots, explosions, abnormal weather conditions, hurricanes, tornados, floods lightning strikes, storms, fires, government and/or industrial action, strikes, lockouts, delays due to suppliers, accidents, shortages of materials, mechanical and power failures, deficiencies in labour or any other manufacturing resources.

11. TRADE/CREDIT REFERENCES AND DATA PROTECTION

11.1 The Seller reserves the right to seek trade and other references from time to time about the Buyer.

12. CONTAINERS AND EQUIPMENT

12.1 All Containers and Equipment at all times remain the property of the Seller. The Buyer shall upon receipt of a suitable Notice return to the Seller all Containers and Equipment within 7 Days of receipt of such notice

12.2 The Buyer shall not sell, pledge, provide to any other person a lien or other proprietary and/or contractual right in relation to the Containers or Equipment, or otherwise deal with the Containers and Equipment in a manner inconsistent with the Seller’s ownership in them.

12.3 While the Containers and Equipment are in the Buyer’s possession or control, the Buyer shall be responsible for any loss and/or damage to them.

12.3.1 The Buyer shall, upon receipt of a suitable Notice, pay to the Seller an amount specified in the Notice as a deposit in respect of the Containers and/or Equipment within 14 Days of receipt of such Notice. Such deposit will be refunded to the Buyer upon the safe receipt of the Containers and/or Equipment to the Seller at the Griffin Brewery, Chiswick, provided that the Seller is satisfied that the Containers and/or Equipment returned are in substantially the same condition as that when the Containers and/or Equipment were provided to the Buyer.

12.4 The Buyer must, in any event, return the Containers and or Equipment to the Seller upon receipt of a suitable Notice from the Seller demanding the immediate return of the containers and/or equipment immediately upon receipt of such Notice.

12.5 In the event that the Buyer has not returned the Containers and/or Equipment in accordance with clause 12.4 above or have been returned late, the Buyer shall pay to the Seller such fee as specified in the relevant Notice issued by the Seller, demanding the return of the Containers and/or equipment.

12.6 The Buyer shall remove all Goods from the Containers and ensure that the Containers are ready for collection by the Seller as soon as reasonably practical, and in any event within 7 Days from the date the Goods were delivered to the Buyer in accordance with clause 5.

12.7 The Buyer shall confirm that the Containers have been collected by the Seller by completing the relevant part of the Delivery Note accompanying the Goods which were delivered in those Containers.

12.8 The Buyer is hereby notified that the:

12.7.1 Seller's casks, kegs, bottles and containers are vessels used to carry beer and other beverages and in no way constitutes quantitative measures. The Seller does not warrant that such vessels contain their reputed quantity.

12.7.2 Cask conditioned beers supplied by the Seller may contain an element of ‘non-dutiable product’ in the form of ‘bottoms’ which are not intended for consumption, the volume of which the Seller shall notify to the Buyer from time to time in accordance with Customs and Excise Regulations.

13. RESALE OF GOODS

13.1 The Buyer shall abide by all Requirements.

13.2 Where the Buyer offers to re-sell the Goods to other parties:

13.2.1 the Buyer must offer to resell those Goods strictly in accordance with any instructions from the Seller (whether so marked on the Goods or not) and in accordance with any Requirements. (No credit shall be given by the Seller for Goods returned by the Buyer after the latest date of sale).

13.2.2 The Goods offered for re-sale must be sold in the same state and packaging as when they were supplied to the Buyer by the Seller. For the avoidance of doubt, the state and packaging of the Goods includes bottles, containers, packaging , labels and other marks on the Goods

13.3 The Buyer shall at all times store draught beers and other beverages supplied by the Seller in the same Equipment that supplied to the Buyer by the Seller and in accordance with:

13.3.1 any other specific instructions issued by the Seller by means of a
Notice to the Buyer, issued from time to time; and

13.3.2 any other Requirements.

13.4 The Equipment is supplied with the Goods by the Seller for exclusive use with the Goods, and the Buyer shall not use the Equipment for any other purpose.

13.5 The Buyer shall indemnify the Seller for any liability incurred in respect of any breach of this clause.

14. CANCELLATION

The Buyer shall not be entitled to cancel the Contract except with the written consent of the Seller by means of an appropriate Notice to the Buyer, in which event, the Buyer shall pay to the Seller the sum of 10% of the price for the Goods, representing liquidated damages, to compensate the Seller for any loss incurred as a result of the cancellation.

15. SEVERABILITY

If any part of this Contract shall be held by any court of competent jurisdiction to be illegal or unenforceable, under any enactment or rule of law, such part shall be deemed severable and shall not form part of the Contract, but the validity and enforceability of the remainder of the Contract shall not be affected.

16. ASSIGNMENT

16.1 Any Contract entered into is strictly between the parties and the Buyer must not under any circumstances assign to any other person any rights arising from that Contract without the prior written consent of the Seller by means of a suitable Notice.

16.2 The Seller shall be entitled to assign or sub-contract the whole or part of the Seller’s obligations under any Contract between the parties without the Buyer’s prior consent.

17. DISPUTES

Any dispute, claim or difference which may arise concerning the construction, meaning or effect of a Contract entered into under these Conditions or concerning the rights and liabilities of either party to the Contract, or any other matter arising out of or in connection with the Contract, shall be referred to a single arbitrator to be agreed between the parties. Failing such agreement within 14 days of a Notice by one party to the other that a matter be referred for arbitration in accordance with this clause such reference shall be to an arbitrator nominated at the request of either party by the President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The decision of such arbitrator shall be final and binding on the parties. Any reference made to an arbitrator under this clause shall be deemed to be a reference to arbitration within the meaning of the Arbitration Act 1996.

18. JURISDICTION AND LAW

This Agreement, and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law and the Seller and Buyer agree to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts as regards any claim or matter arising under any Contract entered into under these Conditions.

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