Experience has shown us that the Client/Consultant relationship is enhanced by a clear understanding of our terms of trade as set out below.
1. Engagement Letter
Prior to commencing work on your assignment we (the Consultant) will provide a proposal outlining the work to be undertaken, the fee to be charged, the time frame for the assignment and any special considerations that may apply. We will require written acceptance of our proposal and payment of a retainer before commencing work.
At all times, the Consultant shall treat any information supplied by the Client as confidential unless agreed otherwise in writing. Details of the engagement of the Consultant shall also be confidential unless agreed otherwise in writing.
3. Fees and Expenses
Our fees will be charged as shown in our proposal letter. Value Added Tax, where applicable, will be added to the invoice. Travel costs, document retrieval and other out of pocket expenses will be charged at cost.
4. Invoicing Procedure and Payment of Fees
Retainer invoices are due for payment immediately. Additional invoices are due for payment within 30 days of the date of issue.
If any sum payable by the Client in accordance with these terms is not paid by the due date, the Consultant shall be entitled to suspend provision of the services until such time as the payment is made. In addition, the Consultant may impose an interest charge above the UK base rate at the date of the relevant invoice.
5. Termination of Assignment
Unless otherwise agreed, the assignment may be terminated by either party giving notice to the other in writing. On termination, the company will invoice the client for work done and any reasonable expenses incurred.
6. Jurisdiction of Contract
In the event of any dispute arising from this contract, it is agreed that the proper and exclusive jurisdiction for the determination of any such dispute will be the United Kingdom and that the proper law for the contract is the Law of England and Wales.
7. Changes to Engagement
These Terms and Conditions together with the letter of engagement constitute the entire agreement between the parties. The engagement may be amended only in writing by authorised representatives of both the Consultant and the Client. If any provision of the engagement or these Terms and Conditions is declared by any judicial or other competent authority to be void, illegal, or otherwise unenforceable, the parties shall amend that provision in such reasonable manner as achieves the intention of the parties without illegality or, if the parties agree, it shall be severed from the engagement or Terms and Conditions.