Carlisle Brass Ltd
Terms And Conditions
1. FORMATION OF CONTRACT
1.1 All quotations, offers and tenders are made and all orders are accepted subject to the following conditions (the "Conditions"). Except as otherwise provided in these Conditions, all other terms, conditions or warranties are excluded from any contract between Carlisle Brass (the "Seller") and its customer (the "Buyer") unless expressly accepted in writing by a director of the Seller.
1.2 If there is a conflict between these Conditions and any other terms of the Seller's quotation, offer, tender or acknowledgement of order, these Conditions shall prevail. These terms specifically prevail over any publication of terms and conditions contained in sales literature or price lists published from time to time should there be any conflict.
1.3 Quotations shall be valid for a maximum period of 14 days from date of issue and may be withdrawn by the Seller by written or oral notice to the Buyer at any time prior to the contract being formed. The contract will only be formed when the Seller has accepted the Buyer's order, whereupon a valid contract shall be formed between the Buyer and the Seller for the supply of the relevant goods/services which incorporates these Conditions (the "Contract").
1.4 If any statement or representation has been made to the Buyer by the Seller or its officers, employees or agents (other than in the document(s) enclosed with the Seller's quotation or acknowledgement of order), upon which the Buyer wishes to rely it shall only be entitled to do so if the statement or representation is attached to or endorsed on the Buyer's order and then only if the Seller subsequently confirms in writing to the Buyer that the Buyer is entitled to rely on the statement or representation.
1.5 The Buyer agrees that the entry into Contract by the Seller to supply goods or services to the Buyer subject to these Conditions is not intended to and shall not, unless expressly agreed otherwise by the Buyer in writing, create any course of dealings between the parties or any overarching obligation upon the Seller to enter into any future Contract to supply goods or services to the Buyer.
1.6 Prices are quoted by the Seller on the basis of the limitations of liability set out in these Conditions.
1.7 Unless specifically agreed to the contrary all commercial terms shall be interpreted in accordance with the international commercial terms published by the International Chamber of Commerce (“INCOTERMS ”) current at the time the order is accepted.
2.1 The price of the goods shall be the price as set out or determined in accordance with the Seller's current price list at the date of the order. The Seller reserves the right to amend the price list at any time, such amendment to be effective immediately upon notification to the Buyer in writing in relation to all contracts after such notification.
2.2 Unless otherwise agreed in writing and subject to Condition 6, all prices are quoted net ex works exclusive of VAT. The Seller will provide carriage at a separate charge to the goods at a rate set out in the current standard price list, or as agreed in writing with the Seller.
2.3 Where the Seller delivers or arranges delivery of the goods, the Buyer shall be liable to the Seller for carriage costs, insurance costs and any demurrage costs incurred by the Seller if vehicles are unduly delayed at the place of delivery.
2.4 Prices are subject to fluctuation in the event of any increase in the cost of labour or in the cost of materials or overheads affecting the cost of supplying the goods whether as a result of a change in law or otherwise. Any increase in such costs will be added to the price. The Seller also reserves the right to make an additional charge to cover any increase in transport costs occurring before the date of delivery.
2.5 No representative, agent or salesman who is not a director of the Seller has any authority to amend or waive any of the Conditions or other provisions of the Contract for the sale and purchase of the goods (in which these Conditions apply).
2.6 In the event of an obvious pricing error, where the goods are incorrectly priced, the Seller is not obliged to supply the goods at the incorrect price.
3.1 Unless otherwise agreed by the Seller in writing, payment shall be due and payable by the end of the month following the calendar month in which the invoice is dated and shall be made without any set-off, counterclaim or deduction whatsoever. Time of payment shall be of the essence.
3.2 The Seller shall be entitled to submit its invoice with its delivery advice note or at any time following despatch except that where delivery has been postponed at the request of, or by the default of, the Buyer, the Seller may submit its invoice at any time after the goods are ready for delivery or would have been ready in the ordinary course but for the Buyer's request or default.
3.3 Where goods are delivered by instalments the Seller may invoice each instalment separately and the Buyer shall pay such invoices in accordance with these Conditions.
3.4 No disputes arising under the Contract nor delays (other than delays acknowledged by the Seller in writing), shall interfere with prompt payment in full by the Buyer.
3.5 If the Buyer shall default in payment, the Seller shall be entitled, without prejudice to any other right or remedy, to do all or any of the following: -
3.5.1 to suspend any or all further deliveries under the Contract and under any other contract or contracts between the Seller and the Buyer then current, without notice;
3.5.2 to charge interest on any amount outstanding at the rate of 8% per annum above the base rate of the Bank of England, such interest being charged as a separate, continuing obligation not merging with any judgment together with any statutory debt recovery costs;
3.5.3 to serve notice on the Buyer requiring immediate payment for all goods supplied by the Seller under this and all other contracts with the Buyer whether or not payment is otherwise due;
3.5.4 to require upfront payment for any or all future supply of goods under this Contract or any other contract; and
3.5.5 to sue for the price of the goods even though title may not have passed to the Buyer.
3.6 The Seller shall be entitled to apply monies received from the Buyer in such manner as it chooses.
3.7 Notwithstanding any other provision of these Conditions, the Seller reserves the right to refuse shipment of the goods if the total amount owing by the Buyer to the Seller under any Contract made between them exceeds any credit limit agreed by the Seller from time to time.
3.8 All rights and remedies afforded in these Conditions for non-payment shall be in addition and without prejudice to all other rights and remedies available to the Seller under the Contract or at law.
4.1 Delivery of the goods shall be given and taken at the Seller's premises unless the Seller has specifically agreed in writing to arrange transport for the goods in which case delivery shall occur when the goods arrive at the designated place of delivery.
4.2 The Seller shall be entitled to deliver goods in instalments and each such delivery shall be treated as a separate Contract.
4.3 Time for delivery is given as accurately as possible but is not guaranteed. The Buyer shall have no right to damages or to cancel the Contract for failure for any cause to meet any delivery time stated nor shall the Buyer be entitled to make, or to purport to make, time for delivery of the essence of the Contract.
4.4 The date for delivery shall in every case be dependent upon prompt receipt of all necessary information, final instructions or approvals from the Buyer.
4.5 If the Buyer fails to take delivery of goods or to give the Seller adequate delivery instructions (save where this is due to an act or omission by the Seller) then, without prejudice to any other right or remedy available to the Seller, the Seller may:-
4.5.1 store the goods until delivery and charge the Buyer reasonable costs of such storage; or
4.5.2 treat the Contract as repudiated by the Buyer either in whole or in part.
4.6 The Seller will endeavour to comply with reasonable requests by the Buyer for postponement of delivery of the goods but shall be under no obligation to do so. Where delivery is postponed, otherwise than due to default by the Seller then, without prejudice to all other rights and remedies available to the Seller, the Buyer shall pay all costs and expenses, including a reasonable charge for storage and transportation so occasioned.
4.7 The Seller will not be liable for unloading the goods at the place of delivery or for placing them in position on site except by prior agreement in writing, and if the Seller or any of its agents does/do participate in the unloading (whether with or without such prior agreement) the Buyer will indemnify the Seller in respect of claims brought against the Seller relating to its participation in such unloading.
4.8 Section 32(2) of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 shall not apply. The Seller shall not be required to give the Buyer the notice specified in section 32(3) of that Act.
Packaging supplied by the Seller, unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing, is intended to provide adequate protection in normal conditions of transit of expected duration. Where the Seller indicates that such packaging is to be redeemed to the Seller, the Buyer shall be responsible for returning such packaging as soon as reasonably practicable, carriage paid and in good condition.
6. EXPORT TERMS
6.1 Unless otherwise agreed in writing the prices for export sales outside of the United Kingdom are quoted on a CIP (designated UK mainland address) basis.
6.2 The Buyer shall be responsible for obtaining and complying with any necessary import/export licences, permits and contracts for the supply and delivery of the goods. It is the Buyer's responsibility to ensure that the goods comply with all legal and customary requirements in all jurisdictions into which the goods may be shipped or resold (and it shall indemnify the Seller and keep the Seller indemnified against any losses, claims, damages or expenses suffered or incurred by the Seller as a result of the Buyer failing to do this.
7. RISK AND TITLE
7.1 Risk shall pass to the Buyer (so that the Buyer is then responsible for all loss or deterioration of the goods or for any damage occurring): -
7.1.1 if the Seller is responsible for delivering or arranging for delivery of the goods, at the time when the goods arrive at the place for delivery (whether or not delivery is possible); or
7.1.2 in all other circumstances, at the time when the goods leave the premises of the Seller.
7.2 Title to the goods shall only pass to the Buyer if the Buyer has paid to the Seller all sums (including any default interest) due from it to the Seller (a) under this Contract and under all other contracts between the Seller and the Buyer (including any sums due under contracts made after this Contract) whether or not the same are immediately payable and (b) under all contracts between the Seller and any associate or subsidiary company
of the Buyer or any company under the ultimate control of the same parent company as has ultimate control of the Buyer.
7.3 The Seller may recover goods in respect of which title has not passed to the Buyer at any time and the Buyer irrevocably licences the Seller, its officers, employees and agents to enter upon any premises of the Buyer, with or without vehicles, for the purpose either of satisfying itself that Condition 7.4 below is being complied with by the Buyer or of recovering any goods in respect of which title has not passed to the Buyer.
7.4 Until title to the goods has passed to the Buyer under these Conditions, it shall possess the goods as fiduciary agent and bailee of the Seller. The Buyer shall store the goods separately from other goods and shall ensure that they are clearly identifiable as belonging to the Seller. The Buyer shall not remove, deface or obscure any identifying mark or packaging on or relating to the goods. The Buyer shall also maintain the goods in satisfactory condition and keep them insured against all risks for their full price. During such time as the Buyer possesses the goods with the Seller's consent, the Buyer may in the normal course of its business sell or hire the goods as principal but without committing the Seller to any liability to the person dealing with the Buyer but such right shall immediately cease should any of the events in Conditions 14 or 15.1 apply to the Buyer.
8. CANCELLATION AND RETURNS
8.1 Cancellation will only be agreed to by the Seller on condition that all costs and expenses incurred by the Seller up to the time of cancellation and all loss of profits and other loss or damage resulting to the Seller by reason of such cancellation will be paid immediately by the Buyer to the Seller. The Seller will not agree to cancellation of any orders for goods which are made to order or bought in by the Seller specifically to fulfil the customer's order.
8.2 Goods returned to the Seller without the Seller's written consent will under no circumstances be accepted for credit.
8.3 Goods may only be returned to the Seller for credit upon receiving prior written consent and in accordance with the Seller’s returns procedure, a copy of which is available on request. Returned items will be subject to carriage and restocking charges in line with the Seller's returns procedure and notified to the Buyer in advance.
9.1 No variations to the goods required by the Buyer shall be binding on the Seller unless agreed by the Seller and the Buyer in writing, including, as part of such agreement, any change to the Contract price arising in consequence of the variation to the goods.
9.2 If the Seller agrees to any such variation, any dates quoted for delivery shall be extended accordingly.
10. PRODUCT INFORMATION AND SPECIFICATION
10.1 The Seller reserves the right to alter the dimensions or composition of the goods supplied to conform to applicable standards or laws or otherwise within reasonable limits having regard to the nature of the goods. The design and specification of all goods may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice.
10.2 Any illustrations, performance details, examples of installations and methods of assembly and all other technical data in sales, advertising and technical literature are provided for general guidance only. The Seller's policy of continuous product improvement requires that its right to alter details may be exercised at any time. No such information or data shall form part of the Contract unless the Buyer shall have complied with Condition 1.4 relating to statements and representations and the Seller shall have given the confirmation referred to in that Condition.
11. WARRANTIES AND LIABILITY
11.1 The Seller takes reasonable steps to ensure that the goods shall be free from major defects for a period of one year following delivery (subject to fair wear and tear). The Seller does not guarantee the decorative finish of the goods, with the exception of Stainless Brass PVD. The Seller is not liable for defects arising from faults caused by incorrect or poor installation or fitting. The finish Stainless Brass PVD is guaranteed for 25 years provided that the care instruction as advised in product literature and brochures is adhered to. The 25 year extension period excludes abrasions, misuse and wear other than normal domestic use. However, should the Buyer fail to
make payment for the goods as required pursuant to these terms or should any of the events listed in Condition 14 or 15.1 happen to the Buyer, this guarantee shall be of no effect.
11.2 Any claim by the Buyer which is based on any shortage or any defect in the quality or condition of the goods or their failure to correspond with specification which are visible on inspection shall (whether or not delivery is refused by the Buyer) be notified to the Seller within seven working days from the date of delivery. If delivery is not refused, and the Buyer does not notify the Seller accordingly, the Buyer shall not (subject to condition 11.3) be entitled to reject the goods and the Seller shall have no liability for such defect or failure, and the Buyer shall be bound to pay the price as if the goods had been delivered in accordance with the Contract.
11.3 Any claim relating to defects in materials, mechanical effectiveness or workmanship that were not visible on delivery shall only be valid if such claim is made within one year following delivery of the goods (or if longer the guarantee period stated in the Seller's brochure at the time the Contract was made) and in any event within seven days of discovery of the defect. All warranties are subject to the conditions stated in the brochure from time to time. Where fitting and aftercare instructions are provided with the goods, the Buyer shall be required to prove that these have been complied with in order to support any claim. The Seller shall have no liability for any claims made following the expiry of such period.
11.4 Where any valid claim in respect of any of the goods which is based on any defect in the quality or condition of the goods or their failure to meet specification is notified to the Seller in accordance with 11.2 or 11.3 above, the Seller shall be entitled to repair or replace the goods (or the part in question) free of charge or, at the Seller's sole discretion, refund to the Buyer the price of the goods (or a proportionate part of the price), but the Seller shall have no further liability to the Buyer whatsoever.
11.5 In the case of goods supplied by the Seller to the Buyer that are not branded or otherwise identified as the Seller's goods ("Third Party Goods") : -
11.5.1 the Seller gives no assurance or guarantee that the sale or use of the goods will not infringe the patent, copyright or other industrial property rights of any other person, firm or company; and
11.5.2 the obligations of the Seller relating to defects in such goods are limited to the guarantee (if any) which the Seller receives from the manufacturer or third party supplier or such goods.
11.6 For the avoidance of doubt, the remedies set out in Conditions 11.4 and 11.5 above represent the Seller's entire liability in respect of any defective goods and without limitation to the generality of the foregoing:-
11.6.1 the Seller shall be under no liability in respect of any defect in the goods arising from any drawing, design or specification supplied by the Buyer;
11.6.2 the Seller shall be under no liability in respect of any defect arising from fair wear and tear, wilful damage, negligence, abnormal working conditions, failure to follow the Seller's instructions (whether oral or in writing), misuse or alteration or repair of the goods without the Seller's approval; and
11.6.3 in no event shall the Buyer be entitled to reject the goods on the basis of any defect or failure which is so slight that it would be unreasonable for him to reject them
11.7 Subject as expressly provided in these Conditions, and except where the goods are sold to a person dealing as a consumer (i.e. an individual acting for purposes that are wholly or mainly outside that individual’s trade, business, craft or profession), all warranties, conditions or other terms implied by statute or common law are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.
11.8 Except as expressly provided in these Conditions, the Seller shall have no liability to the Buyer (whether arising under contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty or otherwise) in excess of the price of the goods and shall have no liability for any loss of profit, loss opportunity, loss of sales or loss of goodwill, costs, expenses (in each case whether direct or indirect) or for any indirect, special or consequential loss or damage or other claims for compensation whatsoever which arise out of or in connection with the supply of goods or their use or resale by the Buyer.
11.9 Nothing in these Conditions shall limit or exclude the Seller's liability for death or personal injury, any fraud or for any other liability which it is not permitted to limit or exclude by operation of law.
11.10 The parties agree that in all the circumstances of the Contract that the limitations of liability in this Condition 11 are fair and reasonable taking into account the price payable by the Buyer and the relative abilities of the parties to insure against the potential losses that may arise.
12. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
12.1 All drawings, documents, confidential records, computer software and other information supplied by the Seller, whether produced by itself or a third party, are supplied on the express understanding that copyright is reserved to the Seller (or the third party) and that the Buyer will not, without the written consent of the Seller, give away, loan, exhibit or sell any drawings, documents, records, software or other information or extracts from them or copies of them or use them in any way except in connection with the goods in respect of which they are issued. In addition, any design right or copyright created in relation to the goods will vest in the Seller where the goods are commissioned by the Buyer, whether or not for a separate fee.
12.2 All claims for alleged infringement of patents, trade marks, registered designs, design right or copyright received by the Buyer relating to the goods must be notified immediately to the Seller. If requested by the Seller, the Seller shall be entitled to have conduct of any proceedings relating to any such claim in such manner as the Seller thinks fit and the Buyer will provide to the Seller such reasonable assistance as the Seller may request. The cost of any such proceedings will be borne by the Seller.
13. CUSTOMER'S DRAWINGS
13.1 The Buyer shall be solely responsible for ensuring that all drawings, information, advice and recommendations given to the Seller, either directly or indirectly by the Buyer or by the Buyer's consultants or advisers, are accurate, correct and suitable unless, and then only to the extent that, the Seller agrees in writing to accept responsibility. Examination or consideration by the Seller of such drawings, information, advice or recommendations shall not of itself limit the Buyer's responsibility.
13.2 The Buyer shall indemnify the Seller from and against all actions, claims, costs and proceedings which arise due to the manufacture of goods by the Seller being in accordance with drawings or specifications provided by the Buyer if such drawings or specifications are inaccurate or contain design defects or if they infringe or are alleged to infringe a patent, copyright, registered design, design right or design copyright or other right of any third party.
13.3 The Seller does not guarantee the suitability of materials or the design of goods made especially to the Buyer's requirements and differing from the Seller's standard specifications even if the purpose for which the goods are required is known to the Seller.
13.4 The Seller does not accept responsibility for the safe-keeping and condition of the Buyer's samples, drawings, tools and the like whilst they are in the Seller's possession whatever the circumstances may be in which they are lost, broken or damaged and the Buyer should make its own arrangements to insure these items.
14.1 The Seller shall be entitled to terminate any Contract with immediate effect:
14.1.1 should the Buyer materially breach any provision of the Contract;
14.1.2 should the Buyer be late in making any payment due under the Contract; or
14.1.3 for convenience at any time prior to the delivery of the goods to the customer, in which instance the Seller shall as its only obligation or liability following such termination, refund to the Buyer any advance sums paid with respect to the relevant goods that were the subject of the Contract.
15.1 The Seller shall be entitled to cancel the Contract in whole or in part by giving written notice to the Buyer, without prejudice to any other right or remedy available to the Seller if the Buyer is subject to any of the following:-
15.1.1 if any encumbrancer takes possession of or a receiver, administrative receiver or similar officer is appointed over any of the property or assets of the other party; or
15.1.2 if the other party makes any voluntary arrangement, composition, compromise or arrangement with its creditors; or
15.1.3 if the other party enters into any restructuring plan, composition, compromise or other arrangement with its creditors or members the purpose of which is to eliminate, reduce, prevent or mitigate the effect of any financial difficulties; or
15.1.4 if the other party has an administrator, liquidator, nominee, supervisor, monitor or similar officer appointed; or
15.1.5 has an order made or resolution passed for its winding-up, dissolution, administration or reorganisation(except for the purpose of amalgamation or reconstruction not involving insolvency where the resulting entity agrees to be bound by or assumes the obligations imposed on the other party); or
15.1.6 any document is filed at court initiating or applying for a moratorium or order is made for a moratorium to come into force; or
15.1.7 anything analogous to any of these events under the law of any jurisdiction occurs in relation to the other party; or
15.1.8 if the other party cease or threatens to cease to carry on business.
15.2 The Buyer shall immediately notify the Seller in writing if : -
15.2.1 there is any change in the ownership, management or control of the Buyer;
15.2.2 there is any sale or transfer of a material part of the Buyer's business or assets;
15.2.3 the Buyer, being a sole trader, entering into partnership with others; or
15.2.4 the Buyer, being a sole trader or a partnership, becomes incorporated or amalgamated with others.
15.3 If any of the events listed at Condition 15.1 occur any credit facilities granted by the Seller shall automatically terminate and the balance of such account shall become immediately payable in full. The Seller will consider at its discretion a renewal of or adjustment to the credit facility taking into account the legitimate commercial interests of the Buyer and Seller.
15.4 Should the Buyer fail to notify the Seller of the occurrence of any of the events listed in Conditions 15.1.1 - 15.1.8 above the Buyer shall be jointly and severally liable to pay all sums due to the Seller in respect of goods and/or services supplied to the changed entity until the date that written notice is received by the Seller.
15.5 The Buyer shall be jointly and severally liable for all sums due to the Seller in respect of goods and/or services supplied to any individual, partnership or other legal entity that makes use of the customer's credit account facility.
15.6 The Seller may (without prejudice to its other rights or remedies) terminate or suspend the Seller's performance of the whole or any outstanding part of the Contract if the Buyer fails to take delivery of or to pay for the goods on the date required or breaches any other term of the Contract, or if the Buyer is late in payment or performance under or otherwise breaches any other contract for the sale and purchase of goods or services between the Buyer and the Seller. The Seller may also suspend deliveries while investigating any claim relating to prior deliveries (under any contract) of goods.
16. FORCE MAJEURE
The Seller shall be under no liability for any failure, delay or hindrance in the performance of any of its obligations under the Contract if and to the extent that the failure is caused by a force majeure event. A force majeure event includes but is not limited to, an act of God, terrorism, war, riot, extreme adverse weather conditions, fires, governmental restriction, condition or control, epidemic, pandemic or by reason of any act done or not done pursuant to a trade dispute, shortages of labour or materials or breakdown of machinery or any other matter (whether or not similar to the foregoing) outside the control of the Seller.
17. SPECIALS AND FREE ISSUE MATERIALS
17.1 The Seller does not guarantee the suitability of materials or the design of goods made specially to the Buyer's requirements and differing from the Seller's standard specifications even if the purpose for which the goods are required is known to the Seller.
17.2 The Seller does not accept responsibility for the safe-keeping and condition of the Buyer's samples, drawings, tools and the like whilst they are in the Seller's possession whatever the circumstances may be in which they are lost, broken or damaged and the Buyer should make its own arrangements to insure these items.
18. ATTENDANCE ON SITE
If the Seller attends, or arranges for an attendance to be made, at the Buyer's premises or the premises of any third party for any reason connected with the Contract, the Buyer shall indemnify the Seller in respect of all claims made or proceedings taken against the Seller (and associated legal costs incurred by the Seller) by any person, firm or company, including employees of the Seller, or of the Buyer or of any contractor employed by the Buyer (or their personal representatives), whether in respect of death, personal injury or damage to property arising directly or indirectly from the attendance at such premises.
19. CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT 1987 (THE "ACT")
19.1 In circumstances in which the Seller supplies goods to the Buyer for incorporation with, or use ancillary to, any composite or other products to be produced, manufactured, processed or supplied by the Buyer or a third party then: -
19.1.1 the Buyer shall immediately on demand produce for inspection by the Seller copies of all written instructions, information and warnings to be supplied by the Buyer in relation to the composite or other products, provided that such inspection or right to inspect shall not of itself constitute acceptance or approval on the part of the Seller of such instructions, information or warnings; and
19.1.2 the Buyer shall indemnify, reimburse and compensate the Seller for all losses and damages (including costs, expenses and charges for legal actions in which the Seller may be involved) which the Seller may incur, or have to bear, if any claim or claims shall be made against the Seller, pursuant to the Act or otherwise, relating to the composite or other products in circumstances in which the goods supplied by the Seller are either (i) not the defective part of the composite or other product, or (ii) are only rendered the defective part or became a defective product by reason of acts or omissions of the Buyer or a third party (including without limitation the supply of defective free issue materials), or (iii) are only rendered the defective part or became a defective product by reason of instructions or warnings given by the Buyer or other supplier of the composite or other products or (iv) are supplied in accordance with a specification or drawings furnished by, or on behalf of, the Buyer.
19.2 For the purposes of Condition 19.1 only, the word "defective" shall be interpreted in accordance with the definition of "defect" contained in Part 1 of the Act.
19.3 The Buyer acknowledges that it is under a duty to pass on to its customers all instructions, information and warnings supplied to it by the Seller with the goods.
20.1 Any reference in these Conditions to any provision of a statute shall be construed as a reference to that provision as amended, re-enacted or extended at the relevant time.
20.2 The Seller is a member of the group of companies whose holding company is Arran Isle Ltd., and accordingly the Seller may perform any of its obligations or exercise any of its rights by itself or through any other member of its group, provided that any act or omission of any such member shall be deemed to be the act or omission of the Seller.
20.3 The Contract is entered into between the Seller and the Buyer as principals and the Buyer shall not be entitled to assign the benefit or burden of it or of any interest in it (including but not limited to any guarantee) without the prior written consent of the Seller. The Seller shall be entitled to sub-contract the whole or part of its obligations under the Contract and to assign its interest in the Contract.
20.4 If these Conditions shall be or become void in whole or in part, the other provisions shall remain valid and enforceable and the void provisions shall, where appropriate, be replaced by other provisions corresponding as closely as possible with the void provisions.
20.5 A failure by the Seller to exercise, or a delay in exercising, any right or remedy under the Contract shall not constitute a waiver of the right or remedy or a waiver of any other rights or remedies which the Seller may otherwise have and no single or partial exercise of any right or remedy under the Contract shall prevent any further exercise of the right or remedy or the exercise of any other right or remedy.
20.6 Any waiver by the Seller of a breach of any of the terms of the Contract or of any default under the Contract shall not be deemed a waiver by the Seller of any subsequent breach or default and shall not affect the other terms of the Contract.
20.7 A person who is not a party to the Contract (a "third party") shall have no rights pursuant to the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 (the "Act") to enforce any of these Conditions. Any right or remedy of a third party which exists or is available apart from the Act is not affected.
20.8 The parties agree that any disputes arising or in any way connected with the subject matter of the Contract (whether of a contractual or tortious nature or otherwise) shall be subject to the laws of England and in the case of proceedings issued against the Seller shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the English courts only.
20.9 We will make a search and/or enquiry with credit reference agencies (“CRAs”), who will give us information about you, such as about your financial history, and who will keep a record of that search and will share that information with other businesses. We will do this to assess creditworthiness, check your identity, manage your account, trace and recover debts and prevent criminal activity. We will monitor and record information relating to your trade performance and will also continue to exchange information about you with CRAs on an ongoing basis, including about your settled accounts and any debts not fully repaid on time. CRAs will share this information with other organisations. For Credit Circle members, we will record information relating to your trade credit performance and such records will be made available to other organisations to access applications for credit.