1. Definitions & Interpretation
In this Agreement, unless the context or subject matter otherwise requires:
Agreement means this service agreement between the Parties, (including the Proposal, all the schedules and any attachments, appendices and exhibits to it and these terms and conditions) as it may later be amended or supplemented by the Parties in accordance with its terms;
Breach Notice means a written notice delivered by one Party to the other Party by either post, email or facsimile.
Business means the business conducted by the Client at the Premises at the Commencement Date;
Business Day/s has the same meaning as set out in the Agreement;
Business Hours has the same meaning as set out in the Agreement;
(a) Change in Ownership or Control means either of the following:any change in the ownership of the Client entity where a third party (individual or corporate entity), directly or indirectly becomes the beneficial owner of voting shares of the Client entity, to the extend of more than 40% of the voting shares, or the rights to acquire such shares;
(b) Any direct or indirect sale or transfer of more than 40% of all of the assets of the Client;
(c) A liquidator, administrator or other third party takes control of the Client entity; or
(d) A declaration made by the board or managing committee of the Client entity that a change of control has occurred, irrespective of any occurrences described above.
Commencement Date means the date set out in Schedule 1 of the Proposal;
Client means the entity specified as such in the Schedule 1 of the Proposal and where the context requires includes its officers, employees, agents and its successors, administrators and assigns;
Client Data means all data and information relating to the Client and its operations, facilities, customers, clients, personnel, assets and programs in whatever form that information may exist and whether entered into, stored in, generated by or processed as part of the Services and any other data relating to the Services;
Client Representative means any officer or employee of the Client;
Confidential Information means the information, concepts, ideas, methodologies, systems, designs, data, formulae, forms, specifications, algorithms, processes, statements, charts, graphs, trade secrets, drawings, manuals, software (including source and object code versions) and data (and copies and extracts made of or from that information and data) disclosed to either Party pursuant to this Agreement and includes:
(e) confidential information relating to either Party’s clientele;
(f) information relating to the personnel, policies or business strategies of either Party; or
(g) information relating to the terms of this Agreement;
The Confidential Information does not include any information that:
(a) is or becomes generally known within the territory without breach of the terms of this Agreement or any other non-disclosure agreement; or
(b) is required to be disclosed pursuant to the order or court or agency or government entity authorised under law to require disclosure;
Consulting and Technical Engineering means any work involving the following:
(a) network design;
(b) telecommunications consultancy;
(c) system engineering;
(d) security reviews and investigations; and
(e) technology / product research and introduction;
Disclosure means information provided by the Client regarding its needs and requirements in respect of Information, Communications and Technology requirements of its Business used by the Service Provider;
Event of Default means the circumstances detailed in Clause 11 or these Terms;
Event of Force Majeure means the occurrence of an event or circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the party affected by it including (without limitation):
(a) a war (declared or undeclared), insurrection, civil commotion, military action, or an act of sabotage;
(b) a strike, lockout or industrial action, dispute or disturbance of any kind;
(c) an act of a government or a Governmental Agency;
(d) an act of God; or
(e) a storm, tempest, fire, flood, earthquake or other natural calamity,
and Force Majeure shall have a similar meaning;
Fees means the charges payable by the Client to the Service Provider pursuant to this Agreement, as specified in Schedule 1 of the Proposal;
Future Rights means jointly and severally all those Rights (statutory or otherwise) comprised in Confidential Information and the Intellectual Property Rights which are created, developed or arise directly or indirectly from the provision of the Services;
Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) means all current software, programs, systems, electronic document retention, storage and retrieval processes, telephony systems and all other ICT of whatsoever kind or nature reasonably required by the Client in order to efficiently conduct the Business and includes any additional ICT which the Client may acquire, develop or create during the Term which the Service Provider agrees in writing to maintain and support under this Agreement;
Intellectual Property Rights means:
(a) jointly and severally any Rights as they relate to the Confidential Information, copyright, the design rights, the patent rights, trademark rights, the eligible layout rights, the improvements and the Future Rights;
(b) all other Rights resulting from intellectual activity in the industrial, scientific, literary or artistic fields; and
(c) any application or Right to apply for registration of any of the Rights referred to in the subclause (a) or (b);
(a) principles of law or equity established by decisions of courts;
(b) statutes, regulations or by-laws of Queensland, or the Commonwealth of Australia, or a government agency; and
(c) requirements and approvals (including conditions) of the Commonwealth of Australia, or Queensland or a government agency that have the force of law;
Materials means any documents, code, programs or other material forms of expression or any other object, process or thing comprising Intellectual Property Rights which is provided or brought into existence through the provision of the Services;
Minimum Specification means the specifications set out in Schedule 1 of the Proposal;
Nominated Person means the person or persons, Client or entity nominated by the Service Provider to perform the Services on behalf of the Service Provider from time to time. The Nominated Person at the Commencement Date is specified in Schedule 1 of the Proposal;
Notice means a written notice, consent, approval, direction, order or other communication;
Notice Address means in respect of a Party:
(a) the address or facsimile number specified as such in the Recitals; or
(b) where a party gives Notice to all other Parties of another address or number, the last address, email address or facsimile number so notified;
Obligation means any legal, equitable, contractual, statutory or other obligation, agreement, covenant, commitment, duty, undertaking or liability;
Party means either the Service Provider or the Client as the context dictates and Parties shall mean both or either of them as the context requires;
Premises means the location of the Client’s Business at the Commencement Date specified as such in Schedule 1 of the Proposal;
Proposal means the details provided to the Client for the provision of maintenance and support services for the Client’s Information, Communications and Technology prepared after an inspection of the ICT hardware and software used by the Client in the ordinary course of its Business included under cover of the document entitled “Managed Service Agreement – Proposal for ICT Services”;
Right includes a legal, equitable, contractual, statutory or other right, power, authority, benefit, privilege, remedy, discretion or cause of action;
Services means the services to be provided by the Service Provider as specified in the Managed Service Agreement Proposal;
Service Level Agreement means the agreements contained in Managed Service Agreement Proposal;
Service Provider means the Party specified as such in Schedule 1 of the Proposal;
Service Provider Employee means any officers, contractors or employees of the Service Provider, including those Service Provider Employees who were previously employed by the Service Provider in the period of twelve months prior to the date of this Agreement;
Term means the period of time (including any provision for extension) as specified in Schedule 1 of the Proposal.
Terms means these terms set out herein, and as amended or varied from time to time.
In the interpretation of this Agreement, unless the context or subject matter otherwise require:
(a) singular includes plural and vice versa;
(b) any gender includes every gender;
(c) a reference to a person includes corporations, trusts, associations, partnerships, a Government Authority, and other legal entities, and where necessary, include successor bodies;
(d) references to writing include printing, typing, facsimile and other means of representing or reproducing words, figures, drawings or symbols in a visible and tangible form, in English;
(e) references to signature and signing include due execution of a document by a corporation or other relevant entity;
(f) references to months mean calendar months;
(g) references to statutes include statutes amending, consolidating or replacing the statutes referred to and all regulations, orders-in-council, rules, by-laws and ordinances made under those statutes;
(h) references to sections of statutes or terms defined in statutes refer to corresponding sections or defined terms in amended, consolidated or replacement statutes;
(i) headings and the table of contents are used for convenience only and are to be disregarded in the interpretation of this Agreement;
(j) where any word or phrase is given a defined meaning, another grammatical form of that word or phrase has a corresponding meaning;
(k) each paragraph or sub-paragraph in a list is to be read independently from the others in the list;
(l) a reference to an agreement or document is to that agreement or document as amended, novated, supplemented or replaced from time to time; and
(m) a reference to a party includes that Party’s executors, administrators, substitutes, successors and permitted assigns.
2.1 Provision of Services
(a) The Service Provider and Nominated Person agree to provide the Services to the Client for the Term in return for the Fees.
(b) The Client acknowledges that the Service Provider has relied upon the Disclosure made by the Client in entering into this Agreement and warrants that the Disclosure to the best of its knowledge, fully and comprehensively sets out all of the needs and requirements of the Client in respect of the Information, Communications and Technology.
(c) The Client agrees that the Services will be solely and exclusively provided by the Service Provider for the Term.
2.2 Schedule Terms
In the event of any inconsistency between a term contained in a schedule and any other term of this Agreement, the term contained in the schedule will prevail to the extent of any inconsistency.
The Service Provider will provide the Services for the Term commencing on the Commencement Date.
2.4 Renewed Term
(a) Immediately following the expiration of the current Term and without further notice, the Term of this Agreement will be automatically renewed for a further 12 months unless the Service Provider receives written notice terminating this Agreement from the Client at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the current Term.
(b) Where the Term of this Agreement is renewed for a further 12 months pursuant to clause 2.4(a), the Service Provider may review the Fees and if the Service Provider wishes to vary the Fees for the renewed term:
(i) the Service Provider must give the Client 30 days’ written notice of the variation;
(ii) before the expiry of the 30-day notice period provided pursuant to clause 2.4(b)(i) the Client may give written notice to the Service Provider that it does not accept the variation and notifying that it terminates the Agreement with 90 days’ notice, or payment of Fees equivalent to the amount which would be charged over 90 days;
(iii) if the Client does not provide notice to the Service Provider before the expiry of the 30-day notice period provided pursuant to clause 2.4(b)(ii), the Client will be deemed to have accepted the variation and it will take effect on the later of:
(A) the first day of the renewed term; or
(B) the expiry of the 30 day notice period.
2.5 General Duties
Unless otherwise provided in the Proposal the Service Provider will:
(a) ensure that it, its Nominated Person and its personnel provide the Services in a thorough, competent and workmanlike manner, to a high professional standard and in the manner, frequency, quantity and time as reasonably required by the Client in accordance with this Agreement;
(b) cause each Nominated Person to comply with clause 2.5(a) in the performance of the Service Provider’s duties;
(c) attend the Premises during ordinary office hours when required to perform the Services, including but not limited to any pre-emptive maintenance of the Information, Communications and Technology; and
(d) where necessary, ensure that the Nominated Person and its personnel hold and keep current appropriate approvals under the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000 and, where appropriate, a blue card.
2.6 System Upgrades
If the Client acquires, varies and/or installs software systems, hardware, telephony or any other Information, Communications and Technology componentry without consultation or recommendation by the Service Provider, the Service Provider may:
(a) refuse to maintain or provide Services with regards to such new systems, componentry and hardware; or
(b) provide notice to the Client that the Fees will increase to cover the additional service requirements associated with the upgrade. In the event that the Client does not accept or disputes the Fee increase, the Service Provider is not obliged to provide any Services regarding the variation and/ or installation of the software systems, hardware, telephony or any other ICT componentry.
(a) The Service Provider may, from time to time, give reasonable advice or recommendations to the Client as to the use, storage and maintenance of the Information, Communications and Technology and the acquisition of software and new operating systems.
(b) If the Client does not follow the recommendations or advice provided pursuant to clause 2.7(a) within 30 days of such being provided by the Service Provider, the Service Provider may, at its absolute discretion and sole option:
(i) suspend the Services until the Client follows the recommendations or advice provided pursuant to clause 2.7(a); or
(ii) terminate this Agreement by written notice to the Client; or
(iii) increase the Fees for the Service by written notice to the Client setting out the new Fees; or
(iv) continue to provide the Services for the same Fees.
(c) The Client may request specific advice or recommendations from the Service Provider as to any aspect of the Information, Communications and Technology and the Service Provider may, at its discretion, respond to such a request.
(d) The Client agrees and accepts that the Service Provider will not in any circumstance be liable to the Client for any damage or loss associated with any advice and recommendation provided by the Service Provider except to the extent that the damage or loss is caused by the Service Provider’s wilful or negligent act or omission.
2.8 Location of Services
If the Client ceases to carry on the Business at the Premises detailed in Schedule 1 of the Proposal and moves the Business to another address (New Premises) which is located more than 25 km in any direction from the Premises the Service Provider may, at its option:
(a) terminate this Agreement by giving the Client six (6) months’ written notice to that effect; or
(b) agree to provide the Services at the New Premises with such amendment to the terms of the Service Level Agreement as the Service Provider considers necessary as a result of the change in geographical location, including but not limited to delays associated with travel arrangements and time.
2.9 Client’s Obligations
(a) The Client must:
(i) ensure that all its employees and any other persons permitted to access the ICT are appropriately trained, competent and do not misuse or recklessly or negligently damage the ICT
(ii) give the Service Provider, the Nominated Person, its employees and consultants reasonable access required to the Premises and the Information, Communications and Technology during Business Hours on Business Days to enable the Service Provider to carry out and provide the Services. The Client acknowledges and accepts that such access may interrupt or disrupt the Business while such maintenance is being conducted;
(iii) where requested by the Service Provider acting reasonably, shut down or cease using the whole or part of its Information, Communications and Technology so as to allow the Service Provider to provide the Services until permitted by the Service Provider to resume use;
(iv) ensure that all its employees, agents and contractors co-operate with the Service Provider, the Nominated Person, its employees and consultants at all times and provide the Service Provider with support and assistance as reasonably required;
(v) not solicit any Service Provider Employee during the Term; and
(vi) ensure that the Service Provider, the Nominated Person, its employees and consultants are provided with an appropriately furnished area with work and desk space as reasonably required.
(b) Notwithstanding clause 2.9(a)(iii), if it is impractical for the Client to shut down or cease use of the Information, Communications and Technology at the time requested by the Service Provider the Client must notify the Service Provider as such and the Parties must reschedule such work to occur at a time appropriate for both Parties. Where the Client wishes to reschedule work under this clause, the Service Provider will not in any circumstances be liable for any loss, damage or delay which occurs in connection with this clause.
(c) The Client warrants to the Service Provider that it has not withheld any material information about the Information, Communications and Technology or its Business.
2.10 Minimum System Requirements
(a) The Client accepts and acknowledges that the Service Provider will not be required to provide the Services unless the Client ensures that the Information, Communications and Technology meets the Minimum Specifications.
(b) Subject to clause 10.2(c) the Service Provider may, at its sole discretion, agree to provide the Services, in whole or in part, where the ICT does not meet the Minimum Specification, including but not limited to where Macintosh operating systems are used, upon request from the Client.
(c) If the Service Provider agrees to provide services pursuant to clause 2.10(b), the extent of the Services to be provided and the Fees applicable will be agreed between the Parties prior to any work being undertaken by the Service Provider.
2.11 Authorisation Processes
Unless otherwise provided in the Proposal the following must be requested by the Client Representative:
(a) changes to the Information, Communications and Technology;
(b) ordering Information, Communications and Technology equipment or systems;
(c) escalating incident reports; and
(d) requesting consulting and technical engineering time.
2.12 General Exclusions
Unless otherwise provided in the Proposal, schedules or agreed between the Parties, the following items are expressly excluded from the Services:
(a) work required to recover or repair the Information, Communications Technology where a critical machine, number of machines or services are unavailable due to circumstances beyond the control of the Client or Service Provider;
(b) the repair of any parts, equipment or software not covered by vendor/manufacturer warranty or support;
(c) the cost of any:
(i) parts, equipment, or shipping charges;
(ii) software, licensing, or renewals or upgrades;
(iii) third party vendor or manufacturer support or incident fees;
(d) work required to make the Client’s Information, Communications and Technology meet the Minimum Specifications;
(e) work or repairs made necessary by the alteration or modification of the Information, Communications and Technology other than that authorized by Service Provider, including alterations, software installations or modifications of equipment made by Client’s employees or anyone other than Service Provider.
(f) maintaining applications or software packages;
(g) programming (modification of software code) and program (software) maintenance;
(h) installing or upgrading equipment or hardware;
(i) changing, upgrading or altering a qualified network environment;
(j) providing training of any kind;
(k) supporting virtual machine management consoles (HyperV, VMware, etc) and associated clustered environments;
(l) any services considered Consulting and Technical Engineering.
3.1 Project Work
The Service Provider may, on request from the Client, agree to undertake work or provide equipment outside of the scope of the Services (Project Work) in accordance with the following process:
(a) The Client must provide a request to the Service Provider in writing (Project Work Request);
(b) The Service Provider must respond to the Client within 14 days of receiving the Project Work Request either:
(i) refusing to undertake the Project Work; or
(ii) agreeing to undertake the Project Work and detailing:
(A) the equipment or services required to satisfy the Project Work Request;
(B) the estimated time frame for the Project Work to be completed; or
(C) the costs and expenses involved in completing the Project Work (Quote);
(c) Within 7 days of receipt of the Service Provider’s response pursuant to clause 3.1(b)(ii), the Client may, by notice in writing to the Service Provider:
(i) withdraw the Project Work Request;
(ii) not accept the Quote and provide a counter-offer; or
(iii) accept the Quote;
(d) If the Client does not provide notice to the Service Provider before the expiry of the 7 day notice period provided pursuant to clause 3.1(c), the Client will be deemed to have accepted the Quote and the Service Provider will commence the Project Work in accordance with the Quote;
(e) If the Client provides notice to the Service Provider in accordance with clause 3.1(c)(ii) the Parties agree to negotiate in good faith and co-operate in an effort to reach an agreement within 14 days. If an agreement cannot be reached between the Parties within this time the Client will be deemed to have withdrawn the Project Work Request.
3.2 Project Work Recommended by the Service Provider
The Service Provider may recommend to the Client that work or equipment outside of the scope of the Services is required (Suggested Project Work) in accordance with the following process:
(a) The Service Provider may give to the Client notice in writing detailing the Suggested Project Work specifying:
(i) the equipment or services required to satisfy the Project Work Request;
(ii) the estimated time frame for the Project Work to be completed;
(iii) the costs and expenses involved in completing the Project Work (Suggested Project Work Quote);
(b) Within 7 days of receipt of the Suggested Project Work Quote pursuant to clause 3.2(a)(iii), the Client may, by notice in writing to the Service Provider:
(i) refuse the Suggested Project Work Quote;
(ii) not accept the Suggested Project Work Quote and provide a counter-offer; or
(iii) accept the Suggested Project Work Quote;
(c) If the Client does not provide notice to the Service Provider before the expiry of the 7 day notice period provided pursuant to clause 3.2(b), the Client will be deemed to have accepted the Suggested Project Work Quote and the Service Provider will commence the Suggested Project Work in accordance with the Suggested Project Work Quote provided;
(d) If the Client provides notice to the Service Provider in accordance with clause 3.2(b)(ii) the Parties agree to negotiate in good faith and co-operate in an effort to reach an agreement within 14 days. If an agreement cannot be reached between the Parties within this time the Client will be deemed to have refused the Suggested Project Work Quote.
3.3 Invoicing and Payment for Project Work
(a) The Service Provider will, from time to time, render invoices to the Client for any Project Work undertaken in accordance with this clause 3.
(b) The Client will make payment to the Service Provider within 7 days of receipt of an invoice.
(c) Subject to clauses 3.3(d) and (e), if the Client disputes the amount of an invoice submitted by the Service Provider pursuant to this clause, then the Client is not obliged to pay the disputed portion of the invoice until the dispute is resolved, but must pay all other non-disputed amounts within the timeframe detailed in clause 3.3(b).
(d) A Client is unable to dispute an invoice (in whole or in part) where the Service Provider has written evidence whereby the Client has provided its instructions or directions to undertake the works referred to in the invoice.
(e) If the Client disputes an invoice, the Service Provider may suspend, cancel or withdraw the provision of the Project Work and the Services in whole or in part until such time as the dispute is resolved or the full amount of the invoice is paid.
(f) Where the Client attempts to withhold payment of an invoice, outside the provisions of clauses 3.3(c) and (d), such act is considered to be an Event of Default and the provisions of clause 11 will apply.
In return for the Service Provider providing the Services, the Client must pay the Fees to the Service Provider as specified in Schedule 1 of the Proposal.
4.2 Payment of Fees
At the option of the Service Provider (at its sole discretion) the Client must pay the Fees to the Service Provider in accordance with either of the following procedures:
(a) Payment of invoices as follows:
(i) The Client must pay a Site Establishment Fee and 1 month’s fees in advance on the Commencement Date unless specified otherwise in Schedule 1 of the Proposal.
(ii) The Service Provider will, from time to time render invoices monthly in advance to the Client for work and Services to be performed in the following month.
(iii) The Client must make payment to the Service Provider within 14 days of receipt of a rendered invoice.
(iv) The Service Provider must provide all invoices to the Client by facsimile or email to the number or address notified by the Client. All invoices provided to the Client will be deemed to have been received by the Client on the date sent by the Service Provider.
(b) Payment by direct debit as follows:
(i) The Client must pay a Site Establishment Fee and 1 month’s fees in advance on the Commencement Date, unless otherwise specified in Schedule 1 of the Proposal, and the payments for the balance of the Term will be debited from the Client’s account in accordance with the following clauses.
(ii) The Client must sign and supply a direct debit request form (DDRF) within 14 days of a request by the Service Provider.
(iii) The Fees will be debited from the Client’s account in accordance with the authorisation in the DDRF in advance for work and Services to be performed in the following month.
(iv) The Service Provider may vary the DDRF at any time by giving the Client at least 14 days written notice. If the variation detrimentally effects the Client, acting reasonably, the Client may provide notice that it wishes to make payment through another means within 7 days after receiving notice from the Service Provider under this clause.
(v) If the Client wishes to stop or defer a direct debit payment, it must notify the Service Provider in writing at least 14 days before the next payment day.
(vi) The Client may only cancel the direct debit arrangements if it gives the Service Provider at least 28 days’ notice in writing before the next payment day and the Parties agree to an alternative method of payment.
(vii) The Client accepts and acknowledges that it is the Client’s responsibility to ensure that there are sufficient clear funds available in the account to allow the debit payment to be made in accordance with the DDRF. The Client will be liable to pay any and all fees or charges which the Service Provider incurs as a result of there being insufficient funds in the Client’s account to satisfy the direct debit arrangement.
(a) Payments to the Service Provider will be made to the bank account nominated by the Service Provider in writing or otherwise on the invoice provided to the Client or any other bank account which may be notified in writing by the Service Provider to the Client from time to time.
(b) Where the Client has failed to pay the Fees by the due date the Service Provider may charge interest on any money overdue during the period of until full payment is received at a rate of 11% per annum.
(c) Where the Client continues to fail to pay the Fees for a period of 30 days after being notified of the breach in the manner specified in clause 11 herein, the Service Provider may immediately terminate this Agreement upon written notice.
Where the Client’s Business or Information, Communications and Technology varies during the Term, the Service Provider may, at its discretion, vary the Fees to reasonably reflect the change in the Service which will be provided. Should the Service Provider choose to vary the Fees pursuant to this clause:
(a) the Service Provider must give the Client 30 days’ written notice of the variation;
(b) before the expiry of the 30 day notice period provided pursuant to clause 4.4(a), the Client may terminate this Agreement by written notice to the Service Provider that it does not accept the variation and clause 11.6 and 11.7 will apply;
(c) if the Client does not provide notice to the Service Provider before the expiry of the 30 day notice period provided pursuant to clause 4.4(a), the Client will be deemed to have accepted the variation and it will take effect immediately upon the expiry of the 30 day notice period.
The Service Provider is an independent contractor of the Client and is not a partner, agent, employee or joint venturer of the Client in the conduct of the Client’s Business, nor does it have the authority to bind the Client by contract or otherwise.
4.6 Statutory Requirements
The Service Provider acknowledges it has sole responsibility in relation to payment of superannuation, workers’ compensation and taxes incidental to employment in respect of its own personnel. The Service Provider further acknowledges that neither it nor its personnel have, pursuant to this Agreement, any entitlement from the Client in relation to any form of employment or related benefits.
For the purpose of this clause:
GST means the goods and services tax under the GST Act;
GST Act means A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 (Cth) as amended from time to time; and
Expressions used in this clause have the same meaning as those expressions in the GST Act.
5.2 Consideration exclusive of GST
Any consideration or payment Obligation under this Agreement is exclusive of GST unless stated otherwise.
(a) The consideration (including any non-monetary consideration) for a Supply made under or in connection with this agreement which is a Taxable Supply is increased by an additional amount or value equal to the amount of that consideration multiplied by the relevant GST rate.
(b) The additional amount under paragraph 5.3(a) is payable at the same time and in the same manner as the consideration for the Supply to which the additional amount relates.
5.4 Tax Invoice
A Party who receives consideration, whether monetary or otherwise, must give the other party a Tax Invoice in a form which complies with the GST Act within 10 Business Days after the end of the month in which any consideration is paid, or an invoice issued, in relation to the Supply, whichever occurs first.
Unless otherwise stated in this Agreement, the following principles apply when determining the amount of a payment under this Agreement:
(a) if a party is entitled under this Agreement to be reimbursed or indemnified by another party in respect of any loss, damage or outgoing, paid, suffered or incurred by or any action, proceeding, claim or demand against the first mentioned party in connection with this Agreement, the reimbursement or indemnity payment must not include any GST component of the claim, loss or outgoing for which an Input Tax Credit may be claimed; and
(b) if a Party sets off an amount under this Agreement, the same principles apply to calculate the amount to be set-off, as if the amount had been paid in accordance with paragraph 5.5(a).
5.6 Adjustment Event
If an Adjustment Event occurs, the Parties must do all things necessary to make sure that the Adjustment Event may be properly accounted for, including the issue of an Adjustment Note.
(a) The Service Provider will take all reasonable steps to ensure all information and Materials of the Client in the custody of the Service Provider is protected at all times from unauthorised access or use by a third party or misuse, damage or destruction by any person.
(b) All passwords and access codes to any of the Information, Communications and Technology remain the sole and exclusive property of the Client at all times and must not be used or disclosed by the Service Provider except where proper and reasonably necessary in providing the Services or required by law.
7. Data Security
7.1 Client Data
The Client Data is and will remain the property of the Client at all times. Except as required by Law, the Service Provider must not:
(a) use Client Data for any purpose other than directly in relation to the performance of its obligations under this Agreement;
(b) allow its representatives to sell, commercially exploit, let for hire, assign rights in or otherwise dispose of any Client Data;
(c) make any Client Data available to a third party other than an approved subcontractor and then only the extent necessary to enable the approved subcontractor to perform its part of the Service Provider’s obligations under this Agreement; and
(d) remove or transfer the Client Data to any non-Client premises or systems without obtaining the prior approval of the Client.
The Service Provider must make all attempts, where possible and commercially reasonable, to establish and maintain safeguards against the destruction, loss or alteration of the Client Data in its possession or control that:
(a) are consistent with the data security requirements notified by the Client from time to time;
(b) comply with all applicable Laws concerning data security;
(c) prohibit and prevent any person who does not have the appropriate level of security clearance from gaining access to Client Data; and
notify the Client immediately and comply with all reasonable directions of the Client if the Service Provider becomes aware of the contravention of any data security requirement.
7.3 Backup Requirements
The Service Provider will, where possible and commercially reasonable, backup the Client Data to the location and extent requested by the Client as a safeguard against the destruction or loss of the Client Data, including:
(a) scheduling backups in accordance with the reasonable requests of the Client;
(b) monitoring the success or failure of backups; and
(c) testing successful reinstatement on random backup images
Notwithstanding the above, the Service Provider is not, in any circumstances, liable to the Client for any costs, expenses, loss, liability or damage of any kind, including but not limited the loss of profits associated to or in connection with the validity, success or otherwise of any backup of the Client Data.
8. Intellectual Property
The Service Provider, Nominated Person and the Client acknowledge that the benefit, Right, title and interest in all Intellectual Property Rights in the Materials of the:
(a) Client shall remain with the Client, unless otherwise by the Client and the Service Provider; and
(b) Service Provider or as otherwise created by or arising out of the Services performed by the Service Provider relating to the Software, shall immediately be assigned to and vest absolutely in the Service Provider.
8.2 Future Rights
The Parties hereby assign absolutely any benefit, Right, title and interest the Parties may have in any Future Rights in the Intellectual Property Rights or the Materials relating to the Software to the Service Provider.
8.3 Further Assurances
The Client must at the request of the Service Provider and within a reasonable time execute all documents and do all things as required by the Service Provider to give effect to this clause 8.
8.4 Pre-Existing Rights
The Client acknowledges that, notwithstanding clauses 8.1 and 8.2, such vesting of title does not affect the Intellectual Property Rights in any pre-existing material (including but not limited to software, documentation and data) which is incorporated into the Materials. In such circumstances, the Service Provider has granted the Client an exclusive, royalty free, non-transferable licence to use such pre-existing materials.
(a) The Service Provider warrants that, to its knowledge, the Materials and any other documents or information delivered under this Agreement do not and will not infringe the Intellectual Property Rights of any person.
(b) The Service Provider will indemnify the Client from and against any loss, expenses, demands or liability provided such loss, expense or liability arises directly from a negligent act or omission of the Service Provider in circumstance where a the Claim by a third party against the Client alleges that the Materials, documents or other information infringes that person’s Intellectual Property Rights.
9. Confidential Information
(a) The Service Provider must ensure that it and its personnel comply with the terms of this clause 9 and the Client may at any time require the Service Provider to arrange for its employees, agents or sub-contractors engaged in the performance of this Agreement to execute a suitable confidentiality deed (if required by the Client). The cost of preparing and arranging for the execution of a confidentiality deed shall be borne by Client.
(b) The Service Provider shall arrange for all such deeds to be executed within the timeframe reasonably proposed by the Client.
9.2 No Disclosure
The Service Provider and Nominated Person must not:
(a) disclose, directly or indirectly, any Confidential Information of the Client to any person without the prior approval of the Client; or
(b) use or make a copy of any of the Client’s Confidential Information otherwise than for the purposes of this Agreement,
and the Service Provider must immediately notify the Client if the Service Provider becomes aware of any unauthorised access to, or use or disclosure of, any of the Client’s Confidential Information.
The Service Provider, at the written request of the Client, is required to immediately deliver to the Client all records and documents, including, without limitation, all copies or records containing or referring to Confidential Information which are in its possession, power or control, or (at the Client’s request) delete all copies of such documents in its possession, power or control, including electronic copies provided that the Client makes payment of the Service Provider’s reasonable costs in delivering or deleting these records and documents.
This clause 9 survives the expiration or termination (for any reason) of this Agreement and is in addition to and not in derogation of Obligations at law or under any law or trade or professional custom or use.
10. Limitation of Warranties and Liability
(a) To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Service Provider makes no representation or warranty in respect of the provision of the Services except that it will carry out the Services competently, professionally and to the best of its ability within the scope of the Proposal, Disclosure and the terms of this Agreement.
(b) The Service Providers warranties with respect to the state, quality or condition of the Services are limited to those imposed upon the Service Provider by statute, including those contained in Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and the Service Provider expressly disclaims all other implied warranties and conditions except where the infringement is known by the Service Provider beforehand.
(c) The Client expressly accepts and acknowledges that the Service Provider is not liable to the Client for any costs, expenses, loss, liability or damage of any kind, including but not limited to loss of profits, however arising from or in connection with:
(i) any delay in the Service Provider attending the Premises to repair any breakdown;
(ii) any failure or inability to repair any breakdown;
(iii) any inability of the Client to access the Information, Communications and Technology;
(iv) any disruption or interference with the Business in connection with the Services being carried out or provided;
(v) any Information, Communications and Technology being properly in the possession of the Service Provider;
(vi) the Information, Communications and Technology failing to operate at any time or times during the Term;
(vii) any delay, failure or error in the provision of the Service due to any circumstance outside the Service Provider’s reasonable control, including without limitations, failure of any communications network or system, electronic power surges, overloads, failures or blackouts, including but not limited to any failure in internet, telephone or data connectivity,
except to the extent that such costs, expenses, loss, liability or damage is caused by the Service Provider’s wilful or negligent act or omission.
(d) The Service Provider will make reasonable endeavours to resolve internet or other communications network or system connectivity issues which may impact their ability to perform the Services but will not in any circumstance be liable to the Client for any costs, expenses, loss, liability or damage of any kind, including but not limited to loss of profits, arising from or in connection with such issues and the Service Level Agreement will not apply to any work done pursuant to this clause 10(d).
(e) The Service Provider will not be liable for any costs, expenses, loss, liability or damage of any kind suffered by the Client in connection with any non-deliberate inaccuracy, error or omission on the part of the Service Provider in carrying out the Service notwithstanding any negligence on the part of the Service Provider.
(f) To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Service Provider excludes all liability for direct, indirect and consequential loss including without limitation the loss or corruption of the Information, Communications and Technology or Client’s data, loss of revenue, loss of profits, failure to realise expected profits or savings and any other commercial or economic loss of any kind arising from this Agreement or the provision of any of the Services by the Service Provider except to the extent that such liability is a result of the Service Provider’s wilful or negligent acts or omissions.
(g) The Client acknowledges that:
(i) it does not rely upon any prior statement, undertaking or representation made or given by or behalf of the Service Provider which is not set out in this Agreement;
(ii) it is fully aware of the contents of this Agreement and all documents referred to herein and has had the opportunity to obtain independent legal advice on its terms and the terms of all other related documents prior to entering into the Agreement; and
(iii) where the Service Provider is liable for any costs, expenses, loss, liability or damage suffered by the Client the Service Provider’s liability is limited to either:
(A) re-supply of the Services by the Service Provider;
(B) payment of the cost of having another provider re-supply the Services.
11.1 Termination by either Party
Without limiting the generality of any other clause in this Agreement, either Party may terminate this Agreement immediately by notice in writing if the other Party commits either of the following (herein referred to as an “Event of Default”):
(a) is in breach of any term of this Agreement and any such breach is not remedied within 30 days of a Party notifying the other Party of the need to remedy (Breach Notice), including but not limited to the obligation to pay the Fees;
(b) becomes, threatens or resolves to become subject to any form of insolvency administration;
(c) being a partnership, dissolves, threatens or resolves to dissolve or is in jeopardy of dissolving;
(d) being a natural person, dies; or
(e) the Client solicits, or attempts to solicit a Service Provider Employee to cease its employment or working relationship with the Service Provider;
(f) ceases conducting its business in the normal manner.
11.2 Effect of Notice of Breach
(a) Where the Party provided with a Breach Notice is the Client, the Service Provider may, at its option, suspend the provision of the Services until the breach has been remedied.
(b) Where the Party provided with a Breach Notice is the Service Provider, the Client may, at its option, suspend the payment of the Fees until the breach has been remedied.
11.3 Termination by the Service Provider for Breach
Where the Service Provider terminates this Agreement pursuant to clause 11.1, the Client must pay to the Service Provider a sum equal to the amount calculated as “A” below where:
A = (B ÷ 12) x C
A = payment to the Service Provider;
B = the aggregate of the Fees paid by the Client for the 12 month period preceding the month in which the termination notice is given, or if a 12 month period has not yet elapsed since the Commencement Date, the aggregate of the Fees that the Service Provider reasonably believes would have been received over a 12 month period from the Commencement Date; and
C = the number of months or part thereof from the date of termination, to the end of the Term current at the time termination occurs.
11.4 Pre-Estimate of Loss
The Client acknowledges and agrees that the amount payable under clause 11.3 is a genuine pre-estimate of the loss that the Service Provider will suffer if this Agreement is terminated before the expiry date of the relevant Term.
11.5 Early Termination
If the Client ceases to carry on the Business, the Client may terminate this Agreement by providing the Service Provider with 3 months’ written notice, or immediately by written notice by paying an amount equivalent to 3 months’ of Fees in lieu of notice provided that the Client has paid all monies owed to the Service Provider for any Service provided up to and including the date of termination and any costs associated with any Project Work undertaken by the Service Provider in accordance with this Agreement.
11.6 Consequences of Termination
If this Agreement is terminated for any reason then, in addition to any payment required pursuant to clause 11.3:
(a) both Parties will return all property in its possession belonging to the other party, including all Confidential Information and in the case of the Service Provider, all Client Data;
(b) the Service Provider must reimburse the Client for any amounts paid by the Client for Services which have not been supplied in accordance with this Agreement;
(c) the Client must pay to the Service Provider any amounts owing for the Services to the Service Provider within 30 days of the date of termination; and
(d) where the Service Provider has undertaken any Project Work the Client must, at the direction of the Service Provider (in its sole discretion):
(i) pay to the Service Provider all amounts owing for any Project Work or equipment supplied as at the date of termination;
(ii) return to the Service Provider any and all equipment provided as part of the Project Work that has not been paid for by the Client at the date of termination and the Client will be responsible for all costs associated with the removal of equipment or systems; and
(iii) do any combination of the above considered reasonably appropriate by the Service Provider and notified to the Client.
(a) The Client may request the Service Provider to provide transitional assistance for a period of up to 90 days or a longer period if agreed between the Parties at any time after receiving or issuing a notice of termination under this Agreement which will be invoiced to the Client and paid at the standard rate applicable to the Services requested and the time spent by the Service Provider.
(b) Upon receipt of the request under this clause the Service Provider may, at its sole discretion, provide transitional assistance to the Client, necessary to:
(i) allow the Client to source and appoint a replacement service provider;
(ii) minimise any business disruption arising from the handover of services to any in-coming service provider or back to the Client; and
(iii) facilitate the orderly transfer of responsibility for and conduct of any services to any in-coming service provider or back to the Client.
12.1 Personal Performance
The Service Provider may sub-contract or otherwise arrange for another person to perform any part of this Agreement or to discharge any of its Obligations under any part of this Agreement without the prior written consent of the Client.
In the event the Service Provider sub-contracts pursuant to subclause 12.1, the Service Provider shall not be relieved of any of its liabilities or Obligations under this Agreement and the Service Provider shall be liable to the Client for the acts, defaults and neglects of any sub-contractor or any employee or agent of the sub-contractor as if they were the acts, defaults or neglects of the Service Provider or the employees or agents of the Service Provider.
13. Conflict of Interest
13.1 No Conflict
The Service Provider warrants that to the best of its knowledge, no conflict of interest exists or is likely to arise in the performance of its Obligations under the Agreement.
13.2 Ability to perform
The Service Provider must not, during the course of this Agreement, engage in any activity likely to compromise the ability of the Service Provider to perform its Obligations fairly and independently.
14. Force Majeure
14.1 No liability
Neither Party shall be liable for any delay or failure to perform its Obligations pursuant to this Agreement if such delay is due to an Event of Force Majeure.
If a delay or failure of a Party to perform its Obligations is caused or anticipated due to Force Majeure, the performance of that Party’s Obligations will be suspended until such time as the Event of Force Majeure ends.
If a delay or failure by a Party to perform its Obligations due to Force Majeure exceeds 60 days, either Party may immediately terminate the Agreement on providing notice in writing to the other Party.
If this Agreement is terminated pursuant to subclause 14.3, the Service Provider shall refund moneys previously paid by the Client pursuant to this Agreement for goods or services not provided by the Service Provider to the Client.
15. Dispute Resolution
15.1 No proceedings
A Party must not commence court proceedings, save for proceedings seeking interlocutory relief, in respect of a dispute arising out of this Agreement (Dispute) unless it has complied with the provisions of this clause.
15.2 Notification of Dispute
A Party claiming that a Dispute has arisen must notify each other Party to the Dispute by providing details of the Dispute.
15.3 Best efforts to resolve Dispute
During the 5-day period after a notice is given under clause 15.2, or such longer period as is unanimously agreed in writing by the parties to the Dispute (Initial Period), each Party to the Dispute (Disputant) must use its best efforts and negotiate in good faith to resolve the Dispute.
15.4 Referral to Mediator
If the Disputants are unable to resolve the Dispute within the Initial Period, each Disputant agrees that the Dispute must be referred, at the request of any Disputant, to an independent Mediator agreed between the Parties, or by the President for the time being of the Law Society of Queensland, in the absence of agreement no later than 2 days after the end of the Initial Period, and:
(a) the Disputants must act in the utmost good faith and co-operate with the Mediator and the other Disputants in a genuine attempt to resolve the Dispute within 10 days after it is referred to the Mediator;
(b) the cost of the Mediator will be borne equally by the parties to this Agreement; and
(c) the Parties of the mediation will bear their own costs of attending.
15.5 Breach of this clause
If, in relation to a Dispute, a Disputant breaches any provision of clauses 15.1 to15.4, each other Disputant need not comply with clauses 15.1 to 15.4 in relation to that Dispute.
15.6 General Obligation to Co-Operate
(a) The Parties agree that
(i) they have a general Obligation to co-operate to achieve the objectives of the Agreement.; and
(ii) in the event of a breakdown of their relationship, they will use their best endeavours to resolve their differences and will proceed to mediation prior to having recourse to litigation or terminating the Agreement.
(b) Notwithstanding Clause 15.6(a)(ii), either Party may seek the assistance of the Court prior to engaging in mediation provided urgent interlocutory relief is being sought.
16. Proper law, Jurisdiction
16.1 Choice of law
This Agreement is governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Queensland and Commonwealth of Australia.
Actions, suits or proceedings relating in any way to this Agreement or documents or dealings contemplated by it, may be instituted, heard and determined in a court of competent jurisdiction in Queensland.
16.3 Submission to jurisdiction
Each Party irrevocably submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of such court for the purpose of any such action, suit or proceeding.
17. General Provisions
No variation of this Agreement nor consent to a departure by a Party from a provision, shall be of effect unless it is in writing, signed by the Parties or (in the case of a waiver) by the Party giving it. Any such variation or consent shall be effective only to the extent to or for which it may be made or given.
The non-exercise of or delay in exercising a Right of a Party shall not operate as a waiver of that Right, nor does a single exercise of a Right preclude another exercise of it or the exercise of other Rights. A Right may only be waived by notice, signed by the Party to be bound by the waiver.
(a) Subject to Clause 17.3(a), the Rights and/or Obligations under the terms of this Agreement may not be assigned without the prior written consent of the other Party. Such consent will not be unreasonably withheld.
(b) If the Client is a body corporate or trust, a Change in Ownership or Control will be deemed to constitute an assignment whereby the prior written consent of the Service Provider will be required, such consent may be reasonably withheld. For completeness, the Service Provider is not required to obtain the prior written consent of the client in circumstances where there is a Change in Ownership or Control.
Any Notice or other communication in connection with this Agreement must be in writing addressed to:
The Notice Address of the other Party and the Notice or other communication will be deemed to be received:
(a) in the case of a posted letter on the third day after posting;
(b) in the case of delivery by generally recognised overnight courier, on the second day after dispatch with that courier;
(c) in the case of personal delivery on the date of delivery; and
(d) in the case of email or facsimile transmission at the time recorded on the transmission report from the machine from which the email or facsimile was sent.
17.5 Further assurances
Each Party to this Agreement shall do all things and sign, execute and deliver all deeds and other documents as may be legally necessary or reasonably required of it by notice from another Party to carry out and give effect to the terms and intentions of this Agreement and to perfect, protect and preserve the Rights of the other parties to this Agreement.
17.6 Liability of parties
If a Party consists of more than one person:
(a) an Obligation of those parties is a joint Obligation of all of them and a several Obligation of each of them;
(b) a Right given to those parties is a Right given jointly and severally to each of them, and if exercised by one of them, is deemed to be exercised jointly; and
(c) a representation, warranty or undertaking made by those parties is made by each of them.
This Agreement may be signed or executed in a number of counterparts, with the same effect as if the signatures to or execution of each counterpart were on the same instrument.
17.8 Warranty of authority
Each person signing this Agreement:
(a) as attorney, by so doing, warrants to the other parties that, as at the date of signing, the signatory has not received notice or information of the revocation of the power of attorney appointing that person; and
(b) as an agent or trustee of a Party warrants to the other parties that, as at the date of signing, the signatory has full authority to execute this Agreement on behalf of that Party.
This Agreement shall, so far as possible, be interpreted and construed so as not to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, but if a provision, on its true interpretation or construction is held to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable:
(a) that provision shall, so far as possible, be read down to the extent that it may be necessary to ensure that it is not illegal, invalid or unenforceable and as may be reasonable in all the circumstances so as to give it a valid operation; or
(b) if the provision or part of it cannot effectively be read down, that provision or part of it shall be deemed to be void and severable and the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall not in any way be affected or impaired and shall continue notwithstanding that illegality, invalidity or unenforceability.
17.10 Entire agreement
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties and supersedes all prior representations, agreements, statements and understandings, whether verbal or in writing.
17.11 Client’s Rights
Any express statement of the Right of the Client under this Agreement is without prejudice to any other Right of the Client expressly stated in this Agreement or existing at law.
(a) Subject to any provision to the contrary, this Agreement shall endure to the benefit of and be binding upon the Parties and their successors, trustees, permitted assigns or receivers but shall not endure to the benefit of any other persons.
(b) The covenants, conditions and provisions of this Agreement which are capable of having effect after the expiration of the Agreement shall remain in full force and effect following the expiration of the Agreement.
17.13 Electronic Agreement
The Client acknowledges and agrees as follows, that:
(a) It agrees to execute any document incidental or related to the Agreement or these terms electronically and pursuant to the Electronic Transactions Act 1999 (Cth) and Electronic Transactions (Queensland) Act 2001 (collectively referred to as the “ETA Legislation”);
(b) It willingly accepts the provision and communication of documents, notices, and other written material via electronic means and pursuant to the ETA Legislation.
17.14 Privacy Legislation
Where the Client is an individual, the Service Provider agrees to comply with the provisions of the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld) insofar as it relates to the collection, storage, use, and disclosure of personal information relating to the Client.
18. Personal Properties and Securities
18.1 Acknowledgement and Ratification by Client
(a) Unless otherwise stated, words and expressions defined in the Personal Properties Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (“PPSA”) will bear the same meanings when used in this clause 18.
(b) The Client acknowledges that this Agreement creates a security interest under the PPSA over the Material in favour of the Service Provider. The Client acknowledges that it has received value as at the Commencement Date. The Client has not agreed to postpone the time for attachment of the security interest granted to the Service Provider under these terms and conditions.
18.2 Obligation of Client
Without derogating from any of the other provisions of this Agreement, the Client:
(a) must not sell, lease, dispose of, create a security interest in, mortgage or part with possession of the Material or any interest in them (or purport or attempt to purport to do such thing) or permit any lien over the Material;
(b) must not change its name, address or contact details without providing the Service Provider with prior written notice; and
(c) must not register a financing change statement or apply to remove or alter the Service Provider’s registration in any way without the prior written consent of the Service Provider.
18.3 Waiver by the Client
So far as is permitted by the PPSA, the Client waives its right:
(a) to receive a copy of any verification statement or financing change statement or a statement of account on sale of the Material;
(b) to receive any notice required under the PPSA, including a notice that the Service Provider intends to sell the Material or to retain the Material on enforcement of the security interest granted to the Service Provider;
(c) to object to a proposal by the Service Provider to retain the Material in satisfaction of any obligation owed by the Client to the Service Provider; and
(d) where any Material becomes an accession as defined in the PPSA, to not have any goods damaged when the Service Provider removes the accession, to receive notice of removal of the accession and to apply to the court for an order concerning the removal of the accession, under the PPSA.
(a) As security for the Guarantor’s obligations under this Guarantee (at Clause 19), each Guarantor grants the Supplier a Security Interest over all PPSA Property.
(b) For the purposes of section 20(2)(b)(ii) of the PPSA, each Guarantor acknowledges that the Security Interest over all PPSA Property is taken in all of the Guarantors present and after acquired property.
(c) For the purposes of section 19(2) of the PPSA, each Guarantor:
(i) warrants that the Guarantor’s rights in the Personal Property, or the power to transfer rights in the Personal Property, to the Supplier; and
(ii) acknowledges that the Supplier has given value for its security interest in the Personal Property, including by its providing or continuing to make available any financial accommodation to the Client.
(d) The Guarantors agree to execute all documents and do all acts, and things which the Supplier requires to more effectively secure its rights pursuant to the security interest created under this Guarantee.
(e) The Guarantors agree that sections 95, 130, 132(3)(d), 132(4), 135 and 143 of the PPSA will have no application to this Guarantee and the Guarantors waive their rights under section 157 of the PPSA to receive a notice under that section.
(f) As further security for payment to the Supplier of all monies payable by the Client, each Guarantor grants to the Supplier the right to place a caveat in favour of the Supplier over any and all of each Guarantor’s interest in freehold and leasehold property both current and later acquired.
19.1 Guarantee of Client’s Performance
(a) The Guarantor guarantees to the Service Provider the punctual performance by the Client of the Client’s obligations under this Agreement, including its obligation to pay money.
(b) The Guarantor must:
(i) pay to the Service Provide any amount the Client fails to pay the Seller on or by the due date for payment as described in this Agreement; and
(ii) comply with any of the Client’s obligations that it fails to comply with on or by the due date for compliance as prescribed by this Agreement;
whether or not demand has been made by the Service Provider on the Client.
The Guarantor indemnifies and must keep indemnified the Service Provider against any loss or claim that may be brought against it, or which the Service Provider may pay, sustain or incur as a direct or indirect result of any breach or non-performance of this Agreement by the Client. The Service Provider may enforce this right of indemnity at any time, including before it has incurred the liability, loss or costs.
19.3 Continuing Obligation
The guarantee and indemnity given under this clause 18 is a continuing obligation, which:
(a) continues after completion of the Agreement, and after the Parties’ other obligations under this Agreement terminates; and
(b) is not discharged by any one payment.
19.4 Obligations and rights not affected by certain matters
The Guarantor’s obligations and the rights of the Service Provider under this guarantee and indemnity are not affected by anything which might otherwise affect them at Law including:
(a) any concession, such as extra time, being given to any person, including the Guarantor or the Client;
(b) the failure or delay of the Service Provider in acting or asserting a right, or any other act, omission or mistake by the Service Provider;
(c) the assignment of a right or obligation of the Service Provider;
(d) this Agreement being varied; or
(e) an obligation or liability of a person other than the Guarantor being invalid or unenforceable.
19.5 Guarantor’s rights suspended
The Guarantor must not do any of the following, without the consent of the Service Provider, until all money payable to the Service Provider in connection with this Agreement is paid:
(a) exercise a right of contribution or indemnity as against the Service Provider;
(b) take a step to enforce a right against the Service Provider in connection with money the Guarantor pays to the Service Provider under this guarantee and indemnity;
(c) claim a share of any money the Service Provider received in connection with this Agreement;
(d) claim the benefit, or seek the transfer of, a guarantee, indemnity or security the Service Provider holds in connection with this Agreement;
(e) try to reduce its liability under this guarantee and indemnity through set-off or counterclaim; or
(f) prove in competition with the Service Provider if the Client is unable to pay its debts as and when they fall due.
19.6 Reinstating the Client’s rights
If a claim is made that a payment or transfer to the Service Provider in connection with this Agreement is void or voidable and that claim is upheld, conceded or compromised, then the Service Provider is immediately entitled to the rights the Service Provider has against the Guarantor before the payment or transfer was made.
19.7 Reimbursing the Service Provider for Costs
The Guarantor must pay or reimburse the Service Provider on demand for:
(a) the Service Provider’s costs in connection with enforcing or deciding whether to enforce this guarantee and indemnity; and
(b) all tax payable in connection with this guarantee and indemnity or any transaction, including a payment, contemplated by it.
19.8 Applying money paid by the Guarantor
The Service Provider may apply amounts it received from the Guarantor under this guarantee in any manner or order it chooses.
20. Appointment of receiver
20.1 At any time after the Fees become payable or after the security created under clause 18 becomes enforceable or at any time after an Event of Default has occurred, the Service Provider or any officer of the Service Provider may appoint one or more persons jointly or severally to be a receiver or receiver and manager (hereinafter “Receiver/Manager”) of the assets of the Client or any part thereof and may fix the remuneration of any such Receiver/Manager.
20.2 Without derogating from any powers conferred by statute such Receiver/Manager shall have the following powers:
(a) From time to time and at any time without the necessity for any further demand or notice on the part of the Service Provider or the Receiver/Manager to take possession of the Client’s assets or any part thereof, whether in the name of the whole or otherwise, and to demand, call in, collect, recover and get in all or any part thereof and the income and profits therefrom and for the purposes aforesaid to take any proceedings in the name of the Client or otherwise.
(b) To enter into and upon any premises of the Client (whether owned or leased) and for that purpose to break open or remove any outer or inner gate, door or obstruction without liability to any action for trespass or other proceedings for doing so, but with liberty to plead the leave and licence hereby given in connection with any such action or proceedings, and to seize and remove any or all of the Client’s assets.
(c) To demand and recover and give effectual receipts for all monies due and owing to the Client and for that purpose to commence, prosecute, defend and/or abandon any actions, suits and proceedings in the name either of the Client or the Service Provider.
(d) To carry on or concur in carrying on the business of the Client and (for that purpose only) to raise money.
(e) To make and effect all repairs, purchases and insurances and to do all other acts which the Client might do in the conduct of its business and to do the same for the protection and/or improvement of the Client’s assets or any part thereof.
(f) To lease, underlet or hire the whole or any part of the Client’s property for any term at such rent whether fixed, fluctuating or contingent and with or without premium and upon such terms and conditions as the Receiver/Manager sees fit, including power to purchase the reversion and, with or without consideration, to surrender or accept a surrender of any lease, tenancy or hiring.
(g) At any time to sell, concur in selling, or otherwise dispose of:
(i) Any or all of the Client’s business and assets as a going concern;
(ii) The whole or any part of the Client’s assets,
in such manner as the Receiver/Manager sees fit, at any time, together or in lots, by public auction or private contract (or partly by one mode and partly by the other), at such price or prices and upon such terms and conditions as to title, delivery, payment or any other matter as the Receiver/Manager sees fit to include, with power;
(iii) to allow compensation for errors in description; and
(iv) to allow any time for the payment of the purchase monies (with or without security); and
(v) to buy in all or any part of the Client’s assets at any auction; and
(vi) to rescind and vary any contract that may have been entered into; and (vii) to resell in manner aforesaid so often as the Receiver/Manager may think fit without being responsible for any loss, deficiency in price, costs, charges and expenses which may be occasioned, and to deliver, assign and transfer the Client’s assets (or any part thereof) to the purchaser or purchasers, and to execute and perform all agreements, matters and things to effectuate any such sale with liberty to engage solicitors, managers, officers, agents, servants or auctioneers.
(h) At any time and from time to time to sever fixtures or accessions belonging to the Client and sell them;
(i) To insure all or any of the Client’s assets and keep it insured from loss or damage by fire and other risks of any kind and to take out public liability insurance;
(j) To make, on behalf of or in the name of the Client, any arrangements or compromises which the Receiver/Manager thinks expedient;
(k) To borrow further monies as the Receiver/Manager sees fit, for the purpose of paying rent or other outgoings, managing and carrying on the Client’s business;
(l) In the name and on behalf of the Client to borrow or otherwise obtain the use or benefit of monies from any other party on such terms, including interest, as the Receiver/Manager sees fit, and for such purpose to grant any security, mortgage or charge upon such terms as the Receiver/Manager sees fit.
(m) In the name and on behalf of the Client or otherwise to do, perform and exercise all of the rights, powers and/or remedies of the Client under and by virtue of any mortgage or other security given to the Client.
(n) To employ managers, solicitors, officers, agents, consultants, professional advisors, auctioneers, workmen and servants at such salaries or remuneration as the Receiver/Manager acting reasonably shall think fit.
(o) In the name and on behalf of the Client or otherwise to enter into any agreements, execute any instruments or deeds, give any assurances and do any acts or things as in the opinion of the Receiver/Manager are necessary or proper for the purpose of:
(i) Protecting or preserving the Client’s assets;
(ii) Carrying out any of the powers conferred upon the Receiver/Manager by this Agreement; or
(iii) Giving complete effect to the provisions hereof, and generally to use the name of the Client in the exercise of all or any of the powers conferred by this Agreement.
(iv) Such other or further powers and discretions as the Service Provider or any officer of the Service Provider sees fit.