1.1 The definitions and rules of interpretation in this condition apply in these conditions.
“Buyer” means the person, firm or company who purchases the Goods and/or from the Company.
“Company” means Office Furniture Place Limited (Company No. 5603238) whose registered office is at Unit 3, Etruria trading Estate, Basford, Stoke on Trent ST4 6JQ
“Contract” means any contract between the Company and the Buyer for the sale and purchase of the Goods and/or Services, incorporating these conditions.
“Goods” means any goods agreed in the Contract to be supplied to the Buyer by the Company (including any part or parts of them).
“Services” means the work, installation or services or any of them agreed in the Contract to be provided to the Buyer by the Company.
1.2 A reference to a particular law is a reference to it as it is in force for the time being taking account of any amendment, extension, application or re-enactment and includes any subordinate legislation for the time being in force made under it.
1.3 Words in the singular include the plural and in the plural include the singular.
1.4 A reference to one gender includes a reference to the other gender.
1.5 Condition headings do not affect the interpretation of these conditions.
2. Application of Terms
2.1 Subject to any variation under condition 2.3 the Contract shall be on these conditions to the exclusion of all other terms and conditions (including any terms or conditions which the Buyer purports to apply under any purchase order, confirmation of order, specification or other document).
2.2 No terms or conditions endorsed on, delivered with or contained in the Buyer’s purchase order, confirmation of order, specification or other document shall form part of the Contract simply as a result of such document being referred to in the Contract.
2.3 These conditions apply to all the Company’s sales and any variation to these conditions and any representations about the Goods and/or Services shall have no effect unless expressly agreed in writing and signed by the director of the Company. The Buyer acknowledges that it has not relied on any statement, promise or representation made or given by or on behalf of the Company which is not set out in the contract. Nothing in this condition shall exclude or limit the Company’s liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.
2.4 Each order or acceptance of a quotation for Goods and/or Services by the Buyer from the Company shall be deemed to be an offer by the Buyer to buy Goods and/or Services subject to these conditions.
2.5 No order placed by the Buyer shall be deemed to be accepted by the Company until payment of order is received by the Company
2.6 The Buyer shall ensure that the terms of its order and any applicable specification are complete and accurate.
2.7 Any quotation is given on the basis that no Contract shall come into existence until the Company receives payment in full of the order. Any quotation is valid for a period of 3 months only from its date, provided that the Company has not previously withdrawn it.
3.1 The quantity and description of the Goods and/or Services shall be as set out in the Company’s description on the website.
3.2 All samples, drawings, descriptive matter, specifications and advertising issued by the Company and any descriptions or illustrations contained in the Company’s catalogues or brochures are issued or published for the sole purpose of giving an approximate idea of the Goods described in them. They shall not form part of the Contract and this is not a sale by sample.
3.3 The Buyer shall provide the Company with any information and materials (at its own cost) which the Company may reasonably require to enable the Company to proceed with the performance of the Contract without undue delay or impediment. The Company shall not be liable to the Buyer for any extra cost incurred by the Buyer as a result of the Buyer providing the Company with inaccurate or incomplete information or measurements.
4.1 Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Company, delivery of the Goods and/or Services shall take place at the site identified in the Company’s delivery address details as supplied by the buyer.
4.2 The Buyer shall take delivery of the Goods within an agreed time frame in which the Company has confirmed with the buyer after receiving payment in full and giving notice that the Goods are ready for delivery.
4.3 Any dates specified by the Company for delivery of the Goods are intended to be an estimate and time for delivery shall not be made of the essence by notice. If no dates are so specified, delivery shall be within a reasonable time.
4.4 Subject to the other provisions of these conditions the Company shall not be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss (all three of which terms include, without limitation, pure economic loss, loss of profits, loss of business, depletion of goodwill and similar loss), costs, damages, charges or expenses caused directly or indirectly by any delay in the delivery of the Goods and/or Services (even if caused by the Company’s negligence), nor shall any delay entitle the Buyer to terminate or rescind the Contract unless such delay exceeds 4 months.
4.5 If for any reason the Buyer fails to accept delivery of any of the Goods when they are ready for delivery, or the Company is unable to deliver the Goods on time because the Buyer has not provided appropriate instructions, documents, licences or authorisations:
4.5.1 risk in the Goods shall pass to the Buyer (including for loss or damage caused by the Company’s negligence);
4.5.2 the Goods shall be deemed to have been delivered; and
4.5.3 the Company may store the Goods until delivery, whereupon the Buyer shall be liable for all related costs and expenses (including, without limitation, storage and insurance).
4.6 The Company may deliver the Goods by separate instalments. Each separate instalment shall be invoiced and paid for in accordance with the provisions of the Contract.
4.7 Each instalment shall be a separate Contract and no cancellation or termination of any one Contract relating to an instalment shall entitle the Buyer to repudiate or cancel any other Contract or instalment.
4.8 The Company shall not be liable for any loss or damage howsoever caused to any property of the Buyer while delivering the Goods and/or Services to the Buyer’s premises.
Times quoted are so quoted in good faith but shall be non-binding. All goods will be delivered to the goods inwards departments or reception or works lodge on the ground floor and off loading faciilites must be provided by the customer/buyer, unless previously arranged upon order of the goods. All delivery prices are subject to vat and all packaging is non-returnable.
5.1 The quantity of any consignment of Goods as recorded by the Company upon despatch from the Company’s place of business shall be conclusive evidence of the quantity received by the Buyer on delivery unless the Buyer can provide conclusive evidence proving the contrary.
5.2 Where an expected date of delivery has been specified by the Company, the Company shall not be liable for any non-delivery of Goods and/or Services (even if caused by the Company’s negligence) unless the Buyer gives written notice to the Company of the non-delivery within 28 days.
5.3 Any liability of the Company for non-delivery of the Goods and/or Services shall be limited to replacing the Goods and providing the Services within a reasonable time.
5.3Delivery notes must be signed for and the buyer is fully responsible to check number of items received corresponds with the delivery note before signing.
6.1 The Goods are at the risk of the Buyer from the time of delivery.
6.2 Ownership of the Goods shall not pass to the Buyer until the Company has received in full (in cash or cleared funds) all sums due to it in respect of:
6.2.1 the Goods; and
6.2.2 all other sums which are or which become due to the Company from the Buyer on any account.
6.3 Until ownership of the Goods has passed to the Buyer, the Buyer shall:
6.3.1 hold the Goods on a fiduciary basis as the Company’s bailee;
6.3.2 store the Goods (at no cost to the Company) separately from all other goods of the Buyer or any third party in such a way that they remain readily identifiable as the Company’s property;
6.3.3 not destroy, deface or obscure any identifying mark or packaging on or relating to the Goods; and
6.3.4 maintain the Goods in satisfactory condition and keep them insured on the Company’s behalf for their full price against all risks to the reasonable satisfaction of the Company. On request the Buyer shall produce the policy of insurance to the Company.
6.4 The Buyer may not resell the Goods before ownership has passed to it without the Company’s prior written consent.
6.5 The Buyer’s right to possession of the Goods shall terminate immediately if:
6.5.1 the Buyer has a bankruptcy order made against him or makes an arrangement or composition with his creditors, or otherwise takes the benefit of any statutory provision for the time being in force for the relief of insolvent debtors, or (being a body corporate) convenes a meeting of creditors (whether formal or informal), or enters into liquidation (whether voluntary or compulsory) except a solvent voluntary liquidation for the purpose only of reconstruction or amalgamation, or has a receiver and/or manager, administrator or administrative receiver appointed of its undertaking or any part thereof, or documents are filed with the court for the appointment of an administrator of the Buyer or notice of intention to appoint an administrator is given by the Buyer or its directors or by a qualifying floating charge holder (as defined in paragraph 14 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986), or a resolution is passed or a petition presented to any court for the winding-up of the Buyer or for the granting of an administration order in respect of the Buyer, or any proceedings are commenced relating to the insolvency or possible insolvency of the Buyer; or
6.5.2 the Buyer suffers or allows any execution, whether legal or equitable, to be levied on his/its property or obtained against him/it, or fails to observe or perform any of his/its obligations under the Contract or any other contract between the Company and the Buyer, or is unable to pay its debts within the meaning of section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986 or the Buyer ceases to trade; or
6.5.3 the Buyer encumbers or in any way charges any of the Goods.
6.6 The Company shall be entitled to recover payment for the Goods notwithstanding that ownership of any of the Goods has not passed from the Company.
6.7 The Buyer grants the Company, its agents and employees an irrevocable licence at any time to enter any premises where the Goods are or may be stored in order to inspect them, or, where the Buyer’s right to possession has terminated, to recover them.
6.8 Where the Company is unable to determine whether any Goods are the goods in respect of which the Buyer’s right to possession has terminated, the Buyer shall be deemed to have sold all goods of the kind sold by the Company to the Buyer in the order in which they were invoiced to the Buyer.
6.9 On termination of the Contract, howsoever caused, the Company’s (but not the Buyer’s) rights contained in this condition 6 shall remain in effect.
7.1 Unless otherwise agreed by the Company in writing, the price for the Goods shall be the price set out in the Company’s description always subject to vat
7.2 The price for the Goods shall be exclusive of any value added tax and all costs or charges in relation to packaging, loading, unloading, carriage and insurance, all of which amounts the Buyer shall pay in addition when it is due to pay for the Goods, unless stated within the description on the website.
8.1 Payment of the price for the Goods and/or Services is due in pounds sterling.
8.4 For buyers with approved and registered credit accounts, payment of the price for the Goods and/or Services shall be due within 30 days of the date of invoice sent by the Company to the Buyer
8.5 Time for payment shall be of the essence.
8.6 No payment shall be deemed to have been received until the Company has received cleared funds.
8.7 All payments payable to the Company under the Contract shall become due immediately on its termination despite any other provision.
8.8 The Buyer shall make all payments due under the Contract in full without any deduction whether by way of setoff, counterclaim, discount, abatement or otherwise unless the Buyer has a valid court order requiring an amount equal to such deduction to be paid by the Company to the Buyer.
9.1 The Company warrants that (subject to the other provisions of these conditions) upon delivery:
9.1.1 the Goods and/or Services shall be of satisfactory quality;
9.1.2 the Services will be conducted with reasonable skill and care
9.2 The Company shall not be liable for a breach of any of the warranties in condition 9.1 unless:
9.2.1 the Buyer inspects the Goods on delivery and at the point of delivery gives written notice of the defect to the Company; and
9.2.2 the Company is given a reasonable opportunity after receiving the notice of examining such Goods and/or work undertaken in respect of the Services. Goods received must be reported as faulty or damaged within 48 hours of receiving the goods, otherwise The Office Furniture Place Ltd will not take any responsibility for faulty or
damaged goods after this time period.
9.3 The Company shall not be liable for a breach of any of the warranties in condition 9.1 if:
9.3.1 the defect arises because the Buyer failed to follow the Company’s oral or written instructions as to the storage, installation, commissioning, use or maintenance of the Goods or (if there are none) good trade practice; or
9.3.2 the Buyer alters or repairs such Goods and/or work in respect of the Services without the written consent of the Company.
9.4 Subject to condition 9.2 and condition 9.3, if any of the Goods do not conform with any of the warranties in condition 9.1 the Company shall at its option repair or replace such Goods (or the defective part) and/or Services or refund the price of such Goods and/or Services at the pro rata Contract rate provided that, if the Company so
requests, the Buyer shall, at the Company’s expense, return the Goods or the part of such Goods which is defective to the Company..
9.5 If the Company complies with condition 9.4 it shall have no further liability for a breach of any of the warranties in condition 9.1 in respect of such Goods and/or Services.
9.6 Any Goods replaced shall belong to the Company
10. Limitation of Liability
10.1 Subject to condition 4, condition 5 and condition 9, the following provisions set out the entire financial liability
of the Company (including any liability for the acts or omissions of its employees, agents and sub-contractors) to the Buyer in respect of:
10.1.1 any breach of these conditions;
10.1.2 any use made or resale by the Buyer of any of the Goods, any use of any of the Services, or of any product incorporating any of the Goods; and
10.1.3 any representation, statement or tortious act or omission (including negligence) arising under or in connection with the Contract.
10.2 All warranties, conditions and other terms implied by statute or common law are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from the Contract.
10.3 Nothing in these conditions excludes or limits the liability of the Company:
10.3.1 for death or personal injury caused by the Company’s negligence; or
10.3.2 under section 2(3), Consumer Protection Act 1987; or
10.3.3 for any matter which it would be illegal for the Company to exclude or attempt to exclude its liability; or
10.3.4 for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.
10.4 Subject to condition 10.2 and condition 10.3:
10.4.1 the Company’s total liability in contract, tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty), misrepresentation, restitution or otherwise, arising in connection with the performance or contemplated performance of the Contract shall be limited to the Contract price; and
10.4.2 the Company shall not be liable to the Buyer for any pure economic loss, loss of profit, loss of business, depletion of goodwill and/or similar loss, loss of anticipated savings, loss of goods, loss of contract, loss of use, loss of corruption of data or information or otherwise, in each case whether direct, indirect or consequential, or any
claims for consequential compensation whatsoever (howsoever caused) which arise out of or in connection with the Contract.
11.1 The Company may assign the Contract or any part of it to any person, firm or company.
11.2 The Buyer shall not be entitled to assign the Contract or any part of it without the prior written consent of the Company.
12. Force Majeure
12.1 The Company reserves the right to defer the date of delivery or to cancel the Contract or reduce the volume of the Goods and/or Services ordered by the Buyer (without liability to the Buyer) if it is prevented from or delayed in the carrying on of its business due to circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the Company including, without limitation, acts of God, governmental actions, war or national emergency, acts of terrorism, protests, riot, civil commotion, fire, explosion, flood, epidemic, lock-outs, strikes or other labour disputes (whether or not relating to either party’s workforce), or restraints or delays affecting carriers or inability or delay in obtaining supplies of
adequate or suitable materials, provided that, if the event in question continues for a continuous period in excess of 90 days, the Buyer shall be entitled to give notice in writing to the Company to terminate the Contract.
13.1 Each right or remedy of the Company under the Contract is without prejudice to any other right or remedy of the Company whether under the Contract or not.
13.2 If any provision of the Contract is found by any court, tribunal or administrative body of competent jurisdiction to be wholly or partly illegal, invalid, void, voidable, unenforceable or unreasonable it shall to the extent of such illegality, invalidity, voidness, voidability, unenforceability or unreasonableness be deemed severable and the remaining provisions of the Contract and the remainder of such provision shall continue in full force and effect.
13.3 Failure or delay by the Company in enforcing or partially enforcing any provision of the Contract shall not be construed as a waiver of any of its rights under the Contract.
13.4 Any waiver by the Company of any breach of, or any default under, any provision of the Contract by the Buyer shall not be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach or default and shall in no way affect the other terms of the Contract.
13.5 The parties to the Contract do not intend that any term of the Contract shall be enforceable by virtue of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 by any person that is not a party to it.
13.6 The formation, existence, construction, performance, validity and all aspects of the Contract shall be governed by English law and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
14.1 All communications between the parties about the Contract shall be in writing and delivered by hand or sent by pre-paid first class post or sent by fax:
14.1.1 (in case of communications to the Company) to its registered office or such changed address as shall be notified to the Buyer by the Company; or
14.1.2 (in the case of the communications to the Buyer) to the registered office of the addressee (if it is a company) or (in any other case) to any address of the Buyer set out in any document which forms part of the Contract or such other address as shall be notified to the Company by the Buyer.
14.2 Communications shall be deemed to have been received:
14.2.1 if sent by pre-paid first class post, two days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and bank and public holidays) after posting (exclusive of the day of posting); or
14.2.2 if delivered by hand, on the day of delivery; or
14.2.3 if sent by fax on a working day prior to 4.00 pm, at the time of transmission and otherwise on the next working day.
14.3 Communications addressed to the Company shall be marked for the attention of Rachael Lankenau.