Terms & Conditions
1.1 The definitions and rules of interpretation in this clause apply in this agreement.
Applicable Data Protection Laws:
a.To the extent the UK GDPR applies, the law of the United Kingdom or of a part of the United Kingdom which relates to the protection of personal data.
b.To the extent the EU GDPR applies, the law of the European Union or any member state of the European Union to which the Supplier is subject, which relates to the protection of personal data.
Authorised Users: those employees, agents and independent contractors of the Customer who are authorised by the Customer to use the Services and the Documentation.
Business Day: a day other than a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday in England when banks in London are open for business.
Confidential Information: information that is proprietary or confidential and is either clearly labelled as such or identified as Confidential Information in clause 10.5 or clause 10.6.
Customer Data: the data inputted by the Customer, Authorised Users, or the Supplier on the Customer’s behalf for the purpose of using the Services or facilitating the Customer’s use of the Services.
Documentation: the document made available to the Customer by the Supplier online via sortflow.com or such other web address notified by the Supplier to the Customer from time to time which sets out a description of the Services and the user instructions for the Services.
Effective Date: the date of the Order.
Initial Subscription Term: the initial term of this agreement as set out in Schedule 2.
Normal Business Hours: 8.00 am to 6.00 pm local UK time, each Business Day.
Renewal Period: the period described in clause 14.1.
Services: the subscription services provided by the Supplier to the Customer under this agreement via sortflow.com or any other website notified to the Customer by the Supplier from time to time, as more particularly described in the Documentation.
Software: the online software applications provided by the Supplier as part of the Services.
Subscription Fees: the subscription fees payable by the Customer to the Supplier for the User Subscriptions, as set out in the Order.
Subscription Term: has the meaning given in clause 13.1 (being the Initial Subscription Term together with any subsequent Renewal Periods).
User Subscriptions: the user subscriptions purchased by the Customer which entitle Authorised Users to access and use the Services and the Documentation in accordance with this agreement.
Virus: any thing or device (including any software, code, file or programme) which may: prevent, impair or otherwise adversely affect the operation of any computer software, hardware or network, any telecommunications service, equipment or network or any other service or device; prevent, impair or otherwise adversely affect access to or the operation of any programme or data, including the reliability of any programme or data (whether by re-arranging, altering or erasing the programme or data in whole or part or otherwise); or adversely affect the user experience, including worms, trojan horses, viruses and other similar things or devices.
Vulnerability: a weakness in the computational logic (for example, code) found in software and hardware components that when exploited, results in a negative impact to the confidentiality, integrity, or availability.
1.2 Clause, schedule and paragraph headings shall not affect the interpretation of this agreement.
1.3 A person includes an individual, corporate or unincorporated body (whether or not having separate legal personality) [and that person’s legal and personal representatives, successors or permitted assigns].
1.4 A reference to a company shall include any company, corporation or other body corporate, wherever and however incorporated or established.
1.5 Unless the context otherwise requires, words in the singular shall include the plural and in the plural shall include the singular.
1.6 Unless the context otherwise requires, a reference to one gender shall include a reference to the other genders.
1.7 A reference to a statute or statutory provision is a reference to it as it is in force as at the date of this agreement.
1.8 A reference to a statute or statutory provision shall include all subordinate legislation made as at the date of this agreement under that statute or statutory provision.
1.9 A reference to writing or written includes faxes but not e-mail.
1.10 References to clauses and schedules are to the clauses and schedules of this agreement; references to paragraphs are to paragraphs of the relevant schedule to this agreement.
2. User subscriptions
2.1 The Supplier hereby grants to the Customer a non-exclusive, non-transferable right, without the right to grant sublicences, to permit the Authorised Users to use the Services and the Documentation during the Subscription Term solely for the Customer’s internal business operations.
2.2 In relation to the Authorised Users, the Customer undertakes that:
(a) the maximum number of Authorised Users that it authorises to access and use the Services and the Documentation shall not exceed the number of User Subscriptions it has purchased from time to time;
(b) it will not allow or suffer any User Subscription to be used by more than one individual Authorised User;
(c) each Authorised User shall keep a secure password for their use of the Services and Documentation, that such password shall be changed at a frequently appropriate for keeping the passport secure and that each Authorised User shall keep their password confidential;
(d) it shall, no more frequently than twice per year, permit the Supplier or the Supplier’s designated auditor to audit the Services, or use the Supplier’s requested software reporting, to verify that the Customer’s use of the Services does not exceed the number of User Subscriptions purchased by the Customer;
(e) if any of the audits referred to in clause 2.2(c)) reveal that the Customer has underpaid Subscription Fees to the Supplier, then without prejudice to the Supplier’s other rights, the Customer shall pay to the Supplier an amount equal to such underpayment.
2.1 The Customer shall not:
(a) distribute or transmit to the Supplier, via the Services, any Viruses or Vulnerability;
(b) store, access, publish, disseminate, distribute or transmit via the Services any material which:
(i) is unlawful, harmful, threatening, defamatory, obscene, infringing, harassing or racially or ethnically offensive;
(ii) facilitates illegal activity;
(iii) depicts sexually explicit images;
(iv) promotes unlawful violence;
(v) is discriminatory based on race, gender, colour, religious belief, sexual orientation, disability; or
(vi) is otherwise illegal or causes damage or injury to any person or property;
and the Supplier reserves the right, without liability or prejudice to its other rights to the Customer, to disable the Customer’s access to any material that breaches the provisions of this clause.
2.2 The Customer shall not:
(a) except as may be allowed by any applicable law which is incapable of exclusion by agreement between the parties and except to the extent expressly permitted under this agreement:
(i) attempt to copy, modify, duplicate, create derivative works from, frame, mirror, republish, download, display, transmit, or distribute all or any portion of the Software and/or Documentation (as applicable) in any form or media or by any means; or
(ii) attempt to de-compile, reverse compile, disassemble, reverse engineer or otherwise reduce to human-perceivable form all or any part of the Software; or
(b) access all or any part of the Services and Documentation in order to build a product or service which competes with the Services and/or the Documentation; or
(c) subject to clause 21.1, license, sell, rent, lease, transfer, assign, distribute, display, disclose, or otherwise commercially exploit, or otherwise make the Services and/or Documentation available to any third party except the Authorised Users, or
(d) attempt to obtain, or assist third parties in obtaining, access to the Services and/or Documentation, other than as provided under this clause 2; or
(e) introduce or permit the introduction of, any Virus into the Supplier’s network and information systems.
2.3 The Customer shall use all reasonable endeavours to prevent any unauthorised access to, or use of, the Services and/or the Documentation and, in the event of any such unauthorised access or use, promptly notify the Supplier.
2.4 The rights provided under this clause 2 are granted to the Customer and any subsidiary or holding company.
3. Additional user subscriptions
The Customer may, from time to time during any Subscription Term, purchase additional User Subscriptions in excess of the number set out in the Order and the Supplier shall grant access to the Services and the Documentation to such additional Authorised Users in accordance with the provisions of this agreement.
4.1 The Supplier shall, during the Subscription Term, provide the Services and make available the Documentation to the Customer on and subject to the terms of this agreement.
4.2 The Supplier shall use commercially reasonable endeavours to make the Services available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except for:
(a) planned maintenance carried out during the maintenance window of 10.00 pm to 4.00 am UK time; and
(b) unscheduled maintenance performed outside Normal Business Hours, provided that the Supplier has used reasonable endeavours to give the Customer at least 6 Normal Business Hours’ notice in advance.
4.3 The Supplier will, as part of the Services and at no additional cost to the Customer, provide the Customer with the Supplier’s standard customer support services during Normal Business Hours.
5. Data protection
Both parties will comply with all applicable requirements of Applicable Data Protection Laws.
6. Supplier’s obligations
6.1 The Supplier undertakes that the Services will be performed in accordance with the Documentation and with reasonable skill and care.
6.2 The undertaking at clause 6.1 shall not apply to the extent of any non-conformance which is caused by use of the Services contrary to the Supplier’s instructions. If the Services do not conform with the foregoing undertaking, Supplier will, at its expense, use all reasonable commercial endeavours to correct any such non-conformance promptly, or provide the Customer with an alternative means of accomplishing the desired performance. Such correction or substitution constitutes the Customer’s sole and exclusive remedy for any breach of the undertaking set out in clause 6.1.
6.3 The Supplier:
(a) does not warrant that the Customer’s use of the Services will be uninterrupted or error-free;
(b) is not responsible for any delays, delivery failures, or any other loss or damage resulting from the transfer of data over communications networks and facilities, including the internet, and the Customer acknowledges that the Services and Documentation may be subject to limitations, delays and other problems inherent in the use of such communications facilities.
6.4 This agreement shall not prevent the Supplier from entering into similar agreements with third parties, or from independently developing, using, selling or licensing documentation, products and/or services which are similar to those provided under this agreement.
6.5 The Supplier warrants that it has and will maintain all necessary licences, consents, and permissions necessary for the performance of its obligations under this agreement.
6.6 The Supplier shall follow its archiving procedures for Customer Data as set out in its Back-Up Policy available at sortflow.com or such other website address as may be notified to the Customer from time to time, as such document may be amended by the Supplier from time to time. In the event of any loss or damage to Customer Data, the Customer’s sole remedy against the Supplier shall be for the Supplier to use reasonable commercial endeavours to restore the lost or damaged Customer Data from the latest back-up of such Customer Data maintained by the Supplier in accordance with the archiving procedure described in its Back-Up Policy. The Supplier shall not be responsible for any loss, destruction, alteration or disclosure of Customer Data caused by any third party (except those third parties sub-contracted by the Supplier to perform services related to Customer Data maintenance and back-up for which it shall remain fully liable).
7. Customer’s obligations
7.1 The Customer shall:
(a) provide the Supplier with:
(i) all necessary co-operation in relation to this agreement; and
(ii) all necessary access to such information as may be required by the Supplier;
in order to provide the Services, including but not limited to Customer Data, security access information and configuration services;
(b) without affecting its other obligations under this agreement, comply with all applicable laws and regulations with respect to its activities under this agreement;
(c) ensure that the Authorised Users use the Services and the Documentation in accordance with the terms and conditions of this agreement and shall be responsible for any Authorised User’s breach of this agreement; and
(d) ensure that its network and systems comply with the relevant specifications provided by the Supplier from time to time.
7.2 The Customer shall own all right, title and interest in and to all of the Customer Data that is not personal data and shall have sole responsibility for the legality, reliability, integrity, accuracy and quality of all such Customer Data.
8. Charges and payment
8.1 The Customer shall pay the Subscription Fees to the Supplier for the User Subscriptions in accordance with this clause 8 and the Order.
8.2 The Customer shall on the Effective Date provide to the Supplier valid, up-to-date and complete credit card details or approved purchase order information acceptable to the Supplier and any other relevant valid, up-to-date and complete contact and billing details and, if the Customer provides:
(a) its credit card details to the Supplier, the Customer hereby authorises the Supplier to bill such credit card in respect of the Initial Subscription Term and any next Renewal Period.
(b) its approved purchase order information to the Supplier, the Supplier shall invoice the Customer:
(i) on the Effective Date for the Subscription Fees payable in respect of the Initial Subscription Term; and
(ii) monthly for the Subscription Fees payable in respect of each of the next Renewal Periods, and the Customer shall pay each invoice within 30 days after the date of such invoice.
8.3 If the Supplier has not received payment within 30 days after the due date, and as the Supplier’s sole remedy, interest shall accrue on a daily basis on such due amounts at an annual rate equal to 3% over the then current base lending rate of Barclays in the UK from time to time, commencing on the due date and continuing until fully paid, whether before or after judgment.
8.4 All amounts and fees stated or referred to in this agreement:
(a) shall be payable in the currency indicated in the Order, unless agreed otherwise by the Customer and the Supplier;
(b) are exclusive of value added tax, which shall be added to the Supplier’s invoice(s) at the appropriate rate.
8.5 The Supplier shall be entitled to increase the Subscription Fees, and any other fees payable by the Customer in connection with the Services at the start of each Renewal Period upon 90 days’ prior notice to the Customer and the Order shall be deemed to have been amended accordingly.
9. Proprietary rights
9.1 The Customer acknowledges and agrees that the Supplier and/or its licensors own all intellectual property rights in the Services and the Documentation. Except as expressly stated herein, this agreement does not grant the Customer any rights to, under or in, any patents, copyright, database right, trade secrets, trade names, trade marks (whether registered or unregistered), or any other rights or licences in respect of the Services or the Documentation.
9.2 The Supplier confirms that it has all the rights in relation to the Services and the Documentation that are necessary to grant all the rights it purports to grant under, and in accordance with, the terms of this agreement.
10.1 Each party may be given access to Confidential Information from the other party in order to perform its obligations under this agreement. A party’s Confidential Information shall not be deemed to include information that:
(a) is or becomes publicly known other than through any act or omission of the receiving party;
(b) was in the other party’s lawful possession before the disclosure;
(c) is lawfully disclosed to the receiving party by a third party without restriction on disclosure; or
(d) is independently developed by the receiving party, which independent development can be shown by written evidence.
10.2 Subject to clause 10.4, each party shall hold the other’s Confidential Information in confidence and not make the other’s Confidential Information available to any third party, or use the other’s Confidential Information for any purpose other than the implementation of this agreement.
10.3 Each party shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that the other’s Confidential Information to which it has access is not disclosed or distributed by its employees or agents in violation of the terms of this agreement.
10.4 A party may disclose Confidential Information to the extent such Confidential Information is required to be disclosed by law, by any governmental or other regulatory authority or by a court or other authority of competent jurisdiction, provided that, to the extent it is legally permitted to do so, it gives the other party as much notice of such disclosure as possible and, where notice of disclosure is not prohibited and is given in accordance with this clause 10.4, it takes into account the reasonable requests of the other party in relation to the content of such disclosure.
10.5 The Customer acknowledges that details of the Services, and the results of any performance tests of the Services, constitute the Supplier’s Confidential Information.
10.6 The Supplier acknowledges that the Customer Data is the Confidential Information of the Customer.
10.7 The above provisions of this clause 10 shall survive termination of this agreement, however arising.
11.1 The Supplier shall defend the Customer, its officers, directors and employees against any claim that the Customer’s use of the Services or Documentation in accordance with this agreement infringes any [nited Kingdom or EU patent effective as of the Effective Date, copyright, trade mark, database right or right of confidentiality, and shall indemnify the Customer for any amounts awarded against the Customer in judgment or settlement of such claims, provided that:
(a) the Supplier is given prompt notice of any such claim;
(b) the Customer does not make any admission, or otherwise attempt to compromise or settle the claim and provides reasonable co-operation to the Supplier in the defence and settlement of such claim, at the Supplier’s expense; and
(c) the Supplier is given sole authority to defend or settle the claim.
11.2 In the defence or settlement of any claim, the Supplier may procure the right for the Customer to continue using the Services, replace or modify the Services without a reduction or alteration in functionality so that they become non-infringing.
11.3 In no event shall the Supplier, its employees, agents and sub-contractors be liable to the Customer to the extent that the alleged infringement is based on:
(a) a modification of the Services or Documentation by anyone other than the Supplier; or
(b) the Customer’s use of the Services or Documentation in a manner contrary to the instructions given to the Customer by the Supplier; or
(c) the Customer’s use of the Services or Documentation after notice of the alleged or actual infringement from the Supplier or any appropriate authority.
12. Limitation of liability
12.1 Except as expressly and specifically provided in this agreement:
(a) the Customer assumes sole responsibility for results obtained from the use of the Services and the Documentation by the Customer, and for conclusions drawn from such use. The Supplier shall have no liability for any damage caused by errors or omissions in any information, instructions or scripts provided to the Supplier by the Customer in connection with the Services, or any actions taken by the Supplier at the Customer’s direction;
(b) all warranties, representations, conditions and all other terms of any kind whatsoever implied by statute or common law are, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, excluded from this agreement; and
(c) the Services and the Documentation are provided to the Customer on an “as is” basis.
12.2 Nothing in this agreement excludes the liability of the Supplier:
(a) for death or personal injury caused by the Supplier’s negligence; or
(b) for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.
12.3 Subject to clause 13.1 and clause 13.2:
(a) the Supplier shall not be liable whether in tort (including for [negligence or] breach of statutory duty), contract, misrepresentation, restitution or otherwise for any loss of profits, loss of business, depletion of goodwill and/or similar losses or loss or corruption of data or information, or pure economic loss, or for any special, indirect or consequential loss, costs, damages, charges or expenses however arising under this agreement; and
(b) the Supplier’s total aggregate liability in contract (including in respect of the indemnity at clause 11.2), tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty), misrepresentation, restitution or otherwise, arising in connection with the performance or contemplated performance of this agreement shall be limited to the total Subscription Fees paid for the User Subscriptions during the 12 months immediately preceding the date on which the claim arose.
12.4 Nothing in this agreement excludes the liability of the Customer for any breach, infringement or misappropriation of the Supplier’s Intellectual Property Rights”.
13. Term and termination
13.1 This agreement shall, unless otherwise terminated as provided in this clause 13, commence on the Effective Date and shall continue for the Initial Subscription Term and, thereafter, this agreement shall be automatically renewed for successive periods of 1 month (each a Renewal Period), unless:
(a) either party notifies the other party of termination, in writing, at least 10 days before the end of the Initial Subscription Term or any Renewal Period, in which case this agreement shall terminate upon the expiry of the applicable Initial Subscription Term or Renewal Period; or
(b) otherwise terminated in accordance with the provisions of this agreement;
and the Initial Subscription Term together with any subsequent Renewal Periods shall constitute the Subscription Term.
13.2 Without affecting any other right or remedy available to it, either party may terminate this agreement with immediate effect by giving written notice to the other party if:
(a) the other party fails to pay any amount due under this agreement on the due date for payment and remains in default not less than 30 days after being notified in writing to make such payment;
(b) the other party commits a material breach of any other term of this agreement and (if such breach is remediable) fails to remedy that breach within a period of 30 days after being notified to do so;
(c) the other party 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 is deemed unable to pay its debts within the meaning of section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986;
(d) the other party 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 for the sole purpose of a scheme for a solvent amalgamation of that other party with one or more other companies or the solvent reconstruction of that other party;
(e) the other party applies to court for, or obtains, a moratorium under Part A1 of the Insolvency Act 1986;
(f) 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 that other party other than for the sole purpose of a scheme for a solvent amalgamation of that other party with one or more other companies or the solvent reconstruction of that other party;
(g) 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 other party (being a company, partnership or limited liability partnership);
(h) the holder of a qualifying floating charge over the assets of that other party (being a company or limited liability partnership) has become entitled to appoint or has appointed an administrative receiver;
(i) a person becomes entitled to appoint a receiver over the assets of the other party or a receiver is appointed over the assets of the other party;
(j) a creditor or encumbrancer of the other party 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 the other party’s assets and such attachment or process is not discharged within 14 days;
(k) any event occurs, or proceeding is taken, with respect to the other party in any jurisdiction to which it is subject that has an effect equivalent or similar to any of the events mentioned in clause 13.2(c) to clause 13.2(j) (inclusive);
(l) the other party suspends or ceases, or threatens to suspend or cease, carrying on all or a substantial part of its business; or
(m) the other party’s financial position deteriorates so far as to reasonably justify the opinion that its ability to give effect to the terms of this agreement is in jeopardy.
On termination of this agreement for any reason:
(n) all licences granted under this agreement shall immediately terminate;
(o) each party shall return and make no further use of any equipment, property, Documentation and other items (and all copies of them) belonging to the other party;
(p) the Supplier may destroy or otherwise dispose of any of the Customer Data in its possession unless the Supplier receives, no later than ten days after the effective date of the termination of this agreement, a written request for the delivery to the Customer of the then most recent back-up of the Customer Data. The Supplier shall use reasonable commercial endeavours to deliver the back-up to the Customer within 30 days of its receipt of such a written request, provided that the Customer has, at that time, paid all fees and charges outstanding at and resulting from termination (whether or not due at the date of termination). The Customer shall pay all reasonable expenses incurred by the Supplier in returning or disposing of Customer Data; and
(q) any rights, remedies, obligations or liabilities of the parties that have accrued up to the date of termination, including the right to claim damages in respect of any breach of the agreement which existed at or before the date of termination shall not be affected or prejudiced.
14. Force majeure
The Supplier shall have no liability to the Customer under this agreement if it is prevented from or delayed in performing its obligations under this agreement, or from carrying on its business, by acts, events, omissions or accidents beyond its reasonable control, including, without limitation, strikes, lock-outs or other industrial disputes (whether involving the workforce of the Supplier or any other party), failure of a utility service or transport or telecommunications network, act of God, war, riot, civil commotion, malicious damage, compliance with any law or governmental order, rule, regulation or direction, accident, breakdown of plant or machinery, fire, flood, storm or default of suppliers or sub-contractors, provided that the Customer is notified of such an event and its expected duration.
No variation of these terms and conditions shall be effective unless it is in writing and signed by the parties (or their authorised representatives).
No failure or delay by a party to exercise any right or remedy provided under this agreement 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.
17. Rights and remedies
Except as expressly provided in this agreement, the rights and remedies provided under this agreement are in addition to, and not exclusive of, any rights or remedies provided by law.
18.1 If any provision or part-provision of this agreement is or becomes invalid, illegal or unenforceable, it shall be deemed deleted, but that shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the rest of this agreement.
18.2 If any provision or part-provision of this agreement is deemed deleted under clause 20.1 the parties shall negotiate in good faith to agree a replacement provision that, to the greatest extent possible, achieves the intended commercial result of the original provision.
19. Entire agreement
19.1 This agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes and extinguishes all previous agreements, promises, assurances, warranties, representations and understandings between them, whether written or oral, relating to its subject matter.
19.2 Each party acknowledges that in entering into this agreement it does not rely on[, and shall have no remedies in respect of,] any statement, representation, assurance or warranty (whether made innocently or negligently) that is not set out in this agreement.
19.3 Each party agrees that it shall have no claim for innocent or negligent misrepresentation based on any statement in this agreement.
19.4 Nothing in this clause shall limit or exclude any liability for fraud.
20.1 The Customer shall not, without the prior written consent of the Supplier, assign, or transfer any of its rights or obligations under this agreement.
20.2 The Supplier shall not, without the prior written consent of the Customer, assign, or transfer any of its rights or obligations under this agreement.
21. Third party rights
This agreement does not confer any rights on any person or party (other than the parties to this agreement and, where applicable, their successors and permitted assigns) pursuant to the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.
22. Governing law
This agreement 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.
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 agreement or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims).