Invicta Linux Ltd – Contract Hire Terms of Trade.
Please read these Terms of Trade carefully. By placing an order for a Contract Hire contract with Invicta Linux Ltd you’re agreeing to these Terms.
We’ll start with a couple of basic definitions: “We” or “Us” refers to Invicta Linux Ltd; “You” is you.
No contract is assumed or accepted until the agreement is signed by all parties and we are in receipt of a
signed agreement and initial payment.
Contract Hire Agreement
The initial payment covers:
- Provision of appropriate server.
- Basic training of users and admin training.
- On-site setup
Contract Hire charges cover:
- Rental of server
- Monthly check to ensure security updates and patches are up to date.
- Replacement if the server fails.
- Breakage by you; however, we can replace the server at a reduced cost, as we will already
have your configuration details.
- Damage caused by the use of the server for any other than its intended purpose.
- Damage caused by disruption of power supply.
- Loss of data, whatever the cause.
- Attempts to reconstitute lost data.
The server remains our property at all times; it must be and remain clearly marked as our property, and
must be returned to us at the end of the Contract Hire period.
Period and Termination
The minimum Contract Hire period is 12 months, with three months (covering the first month, and the
last two months) paid in advance, and monthly payments commencing at the start of month 2 . After
the first 12 months, the contract will continue on a rolling basis until terminated.
We reserve the right to terminate the contract at any time without notice if any payment becomes more
than one month overdue. Note that the overdue amount will remain payable.
Either of us may give the other 90 days' notice of termination, to expire at any time after the end of the
first 12 months.
We will only share your information with other parties when it is legally required or necessary to facilitate
the services we provide to your business. Any login names, passwords and personal details you give to us
in order to work on your system will be kept strictly confidential and no unnecessary record will be kept.
No one but our engineers will have access to your equipment and the data contained within it except
when with your knowledge we have to escalate an issue.
You are solely responsible for the safety of your data, and we recommend you have backups and disaster
recovery plans in place to support this.
Payment and Interest
Part of the initial payment is due with order, and the balance together with the 3 months' advance rental
charges are due once the server has been installed and is working at your site. The monthly rental is then
due monthly thereafter in advance.
In the case of late payment, we reserve the right to charge interest on any sum outstanding at the rate
of 8% per annum above the Bank of England’s Official Bank Rate, which will be charged on a daily basis
from the due date until the debt is paid in full.
Your company and ours are the principals of any contract to which these terms apply. No such
contract may be assigned without our written consent.
We won’t be held liable for any delays or failure in performance from any cause beyond our control. This
includes, but is not limited to: acts of God, changes to law or regulations, war, terrorist acts, riots, fires,
earthquakes, nuclear accidents, zombie apocalypse, floods, strikes, power blackouts, volcanic action,
unusually severe weather conditions, and acts of hackers or third-party internet service providers.
Any notice to you will be effective when we send it to any email address recently used by you to
communicate with us, or to the most recent postal address you gave us. Any notice to us will be effective
when delivered to us at our usual address or any address(es) that we may later post on our Website.
These Terms and any contract subject to them are governed in accordance with the laws of England.
That's about it
Invicta Linux Ltd General Terms and Conditions
1.1. These Terms of Business:
- supersede any previous arrangements between the parties and constitute the entire understanding between them. No addition, amendment or modification of these Terms shall be effective unless in writing and signed by Invicta Linux
- shall apply to all orders (including telephone and email orders) placed with Invicta Linux by the Client. Acceptance by Invicta Linux of any order is conditional upon acceptance by the Client of these Terms of Business
- shall override all other inconsistent terms (whether express, implied or otherwise), including (but not limited to) any terms, conditions or stipulations contained in a purchase order or other writing or otherwise stipulated by the Client and which are at variance with or additional to these Terms of Business, unless such additional or varied terms are specifically accepted in writing and signed by Invicta Linux
1.2. Invicta Linux shall not be bound by the placing of an order unless and until Invicta Linux has issued its Order Confirmation, or until delivery of any hardware or software, or performance of any services has commenced (whichever happens first).
1.3. The acceptance of any Goods or of the commencement of services (as the case may be) supplied under an Order Confirmation issued by Invicta Linux shall be a sufficient act of acceptance of all these Terms.
1.4. Invicta Linux and the Client mutually acknowledge that, in entering into any contract under these Terms, they do not do so on the basis of or relying on any representation, warranty or other provision except as expressly provided in these Terms or in any Order Confirmation, and accordingly all conditions, warranties or other terms implied by statute or common law are hereby excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law. Any liability or remedy for innocent or negligent misrepresentation is expressly excluded.
2.1. ‘Goods’ includes both hardware and (so far as the context permits) software, whether supplied by way of sale, hire, or on licence. This term applies to any Goods to be supplied by Invicta Linux
2.2. The price of Goods is based on the cost prevailing at the date of Invicta Linux's Order Confirmation; Invicta Linux reserves the right to adjust the price by such amount as may be necessary to cover any increase affecting Invicta Linux after that date attributable to market conditions prevailing at the date of delivery to the Client. ‘Market conditions’ include (but are not limited to) any direct or indirect increase in any foreign exchange rates relating to the Goods or in the cost of labour, materials, handling, manufacture, supply or transport, or such costs as may be incurred by Invicta Linux in complying with obligations imposed by law.
2.3. Where a price for more than one item of Goods is quoted, the price may be based on the quantity specified, and Invicta Linux reserves the right to adjust the price if orders are placed for a different quantity, or if the quantity actually delivered to the Client differs (for any reason) from that specified in any quotation.
2.4. The price of the Goods is based on delivery to the address specified, and on any relevant specifications; it is subject to adjustment in the event of delivery to a different address. or in the event of any modification (either at the request or with the consent or knowledge of the Client).
2.5. All drawings, weights, dimensions and the descriptions and illustrations contained in any sales literature and price lists are approximate only, and shall not form part of any contract under these Terms. Drawings or technical documents are for the use or information of the Client alone, and shall not be copied, reproduced or communicated to any third party without Invicta Linux's prior written consent.
Delivery and Installation
2.6. Delivery dates are estimates only, and unless Invicta Linux expressly agrees in writing to be bound by a delivery date as being of the essence of any contract under these Terms, it shall not be liable for direct, indirect or consequential loss arising from part, late or non‑delivery.
2.7. Where Invicta Linux expressly agrees in writing to be bound by a delivery date, Invicta Linux's liability (subject to any other of these Terms) in respect of any loss or damage suffered by the Client which is directly attributable to such part, late or non‑delivery shall be limited to the value of any Goods not delivered.
2.8. Invicta Linux shall inform the Client when any part or all of the Goods is ready for delivery, and the Client shall inform Invicta Linux of the location for delivery if the same does not appear on or differs from the address stated in any
Order Confirmation. If the Client fails to give to Invicta Linux instructions for delivery within twenty‑one (21) days of such notification by Invicta Linux, Invicta Linux may without further reference to the Client arrange for storage of the
Goods. Charges for storage shall be paid by the Client and the Goods shall be subject to a lien for such storage charges. Invicta Linux may also invoice for the Goods, and payment shall be due as if delivery had been made.
2.9. Delivery shall be made during normal working hours (excluding local and national holidays). If the Client requires delivery to be made outside such times, an additional charge shall be payable. Invicta Linux reserves the right to deliver in more than one delivery.
2.10. Where necessary. the Client shall prepare the area of delivery and installation for the Goods and provide free access to the location and to any services or facilities that may be required to deliver and install the Goods. Where these have not been prepared or provided and as a result Invicta Linux is prevented from carrying out delivery or installation at the pre‑arranged day and time, Invicta Linux shall be entitled to charge.
Damage, Shortage or Loss in Transit
2.11. Invicta Linux accepts responsibility for damage, shortage or loss in transit if:
- notified to Invicta Linux and the carrier (if not delivered by Invicta Linux) within three days of receipt or proposed date of receipt of the Goods by the Client; and (where applicable)
- the Goods have been handled by the Client in accordance with Invicta Linux's or the carrier's conditions of carriage or handling stipulations.
2.12. Where Invicta Linux accepts responsibility under this Clause, it shall, at its sole option, replace or repair (as the case may be) any such Goods proved to Invicta Linux's satisfaction to have been lost or damaged in transit.
Title to the Goods and the Passing of Risk
2.13. Risk in Goods shall pass to the Client upon delivery by Invicta Linux or its carriers to the Client or his agent and Invicta Linux shall not be liable for any loss or damage to the Goods from the time that the Goods are so delivered.
2.14. Notwithstanding delivery, installation, acceptance and passing of risk, title to any Goods to be sold to the Client shall not pass to the Client and shall be retained by Invicta Linux until full payment of all monies due on any account has been received by Invicta Linux from the Client.
2.15. Until such time as title in Goods has passed to the Client, the Client shall, subject to Invicta Linux's rights hereunder:
- hold the Goods as Invicta Linux's fiduciary agent and be entitled to use the same in the ordinary course of the Client's business; but shall not sell or part with possession thereof;
- store the Goods separately from any goods belonging to the buyer or any third party, and keep the Goods clearly marked and identifiable as being the property of Invicta Linux;
- cause to be added to its audited accounts for each year a note that Goods supplied by Invicta Linux are subject to retention of title and shall be the property of Invicta Linux until full payment of has been made ; and
- insure such Goods to their replacement value naming Invicta Linux as the loss payee until all payments to Invicta Linux have been made; the Client shall forthwith upon request provide Invicta Linux with a certificate of such insurance. and Invicta Linux:
- shall be entitled to enter the Client’s premises upon reasonable notice to verify the Client’s compliance with the preceding clause;
- shall be entitled to repossess at any time any Goods in which title remains vested in Invicta Linux and for this purpose at any time and without notice Invicta Linux may enter upon any premises in which the Goods or any part thereof are installed, stored or kept, or are reasonably believed so to be;
- shall be entitled to seek a court injunction or equivalent judicial order under the applicable law of this Agreement to prevent the Client from selling, transferring or otherwise disposing of the Goods.
2.16. Invicta Linux warrants to the Client that the Goods sold by Invicta Linux are believed to be free from defects of workmanship and materials and Invicta Linux undertakes, subject to the following terms, to replace or, at its option, to repair any Goods purchased hereunder (other than rubber parts and/or printing heads and/or consumable items) found to be defective within 90 days (or such other period as may be specified) of the date of original delivery and installation, where such defects are a result of faulty materials or workmanship.
2.17. Each claim of the Client under this warranty shall be sent in writing to Invicta Linux specifying the type of Goods and nature of the defect. Upon receipt of such written notice, Invicta Linux or its agent or representative shall have the option of testing or inspecting the Goods at their location or of having the Goods returned to Invicta Linux or such other address as may be notified to the Client, freight pre‑paid by the Client. Replacement parts, items or Goods shall be sent by Invicta Linux to the Client ordinary freight pre‑paid.
2.18. In the event of any claim presented under warranty being found on investigation by Invicta Linux either to be outside the scope or duration of this warranty or the fault being unconfirmed, then the costs of such investigation and repair shall be borne by the Client.
2.19. Invicta Linux shall not be liable at any time for damage or defects in the Goods or parts caused by improper use, abuse, mismanagement or by using the Goods outside any specifications detailed in the manuals and documentation relating to the Goods or outside the specific application of the Goods.
2.20. Except as otherwise expressly provided, Invicta Linux makes no other representations or warranties and expressly excludes the same whether implied, statutory or otherwise, especially as to quality or fitness of the Goods for any particular purpose.
2.21. This warranty shall not be assigned without the prior written consent of Invicta Linux
Copyright, Patents, & Trade Marks in the Goods
2.22. The Client acknowledges that any and all of the trade marks, copyright, patents and other intellectual property rights used or subsisting in or in connection with the Goods including software, hardware and other parts thereof in which Invicta Linux or the respective manufacturer, developer or third party has an interest are and shall remain the sole property of Invicta Linux or such manufacturer, developer or third party. The Client shall not during or at any time after the completion, expiry or termination of this Agreement in any way question or dispute the ownership thereof.
Where any software is to be supplied:
3.1. Where the Client has been furnished with a developer's software licence, the same must be signed and returned to Invicta Linux within 7 days or as otherwise specified in the said licence unless the said licence is a "shrink wrap" licence. If the Client fails so to sign and return the said licence, Invicta Linux reserves the right to withhold release of the Software; or, if the same has been delivered, to collect the Software from the Client.
3.2. In absence of the developer's software licence being furnished, the Client, on issue of Invicta Linux's Order Confirmation or upon delivery of the Software, hereby accepts a non‑exclusive, non‑transferable licence to use the Software upon the following terms:
- the Client undertakes not to copy (other than for normal operation and except to the extent permitted by the applicable law), reproduce, translate, adapt, vary or modify the Software nor to communicate the same to any third party without Invicta Linux's prior written consent;
- The Client undertakes to use the Software only on such equipment as may be specified and not to remove, add to, change or otherwise tamper with any copyright notice, legend or logo appearing in or on the Software or the medium upon which it resides;
- The licence hereby granted shall continue until or unless either party gives to the other party one month prior written notice of termination, before the expiry of which the Client undertakes to return or destroy the Software as Invicta Linux shall direct PROVIDED that Invicta Linux shall only exercise its right to terminate in the event that the continued use or possession of the Software by the Client infringes the developer's or third party rights or where Invicta Linux is enforced so to do by law.
- Invicta Linux may terminate the Licence forthwith if the Client fails or has failed to comply with any of these Terms.
Where any Goods are to be hired to the Client:
4.1. The Goods remain the property of Invicta Linux at all times. The Client will keep all such Goods clearly marked as the property of Invicta Linux, and will not allow any such notice to be removed or defaced.
4.2. The Goods are at the risk of the Client; the Client shall keep the Goods continuously and comprehensively insured at their full replacement value against all risks, shall notify the insurer of the interest of Invicta Linux in the Goods, and shall provide that all monies receivable against any claims shall be payable to Invicta Linux Loss or damage to the Goods shall not affect the continuance of the hiring, and the Client shall not be entitled to any rebate in respect of any period during which the Goods are not usable.
4.3. The Client shall take proper care of the Goods and at all times maintain them in good working order, and shall be responsible for any loss or damage to the Goods howsoever caused. The Client will:
- operate and maintain the Goods according to any instructions given by the supplier or manufacturer and shall modify such operations and maintenance from time to time in accordance with the manufacturers or suppliers further instructions, and shall not allow any person, unless properly trained by and to a standard set from time to time by the manufacturer or his accredited agent, to operate the Goods
- other than for the purposes of repair, alteration, additions or other modifications, not allow the Goods to be removed from the location address
- from time to time, allow Invicta Linux or its appointed agent reasonable access to inspect and test the equipment, fix plates for recognition purposes and to conduct an inventory.
4.4. The hiring will continue until the expiry of any Notice to Terminate given by either party to the other as stated in the Order Confirmation, or (if no period of notice is otherwise specified) on the expiration of one month’s notice; provided that Invicta Linux may forthwith terminate the hiring if the Client
- is more than 7 days in arrears with any payment due to Invicta Linux on any account, or
- is in breach of any other terms of the contract relating to the hiring, or
- shall cease to trade, or if any distress or execution is levied against the Client, or if the Client makes any composition or arrangement with its creditors, or if any preliminary step is taken by or in respect of the Client towards its liquidation winding up or administration.
4.5. Termination, howsoever or whenever occasioned shall be subject to any rights and remedies either party may have under this Agreement or in Law.
4.6. At the termination of the hiring:
Where any services are to be provided to the Client, Invicta Linux shall perform the services with all due care and skill, and in accordance with the standards prevailing in the computer industry.
Invicta Linux and the Client each recognise that information disclosed to the other in the course of the negotiation of and the performance of this Agreement will contain and incorporate confidential information in which the other has an interest. Each agrees with each other that they will maintain as confidential and will not use any part or the whole of such information directly or indirectly disclosed by the other (or information gained from such disclosure) until or unless such information becomes public knowledge through no fault of the party using such information.
7.1. So far as payment of Invicta Linux's invoices is concerned, time is of the essence, and if the Client does not make payments on the due date then, without prejudice to any other remedy:-
- Invicta Linux may withhold or suspend further services in respect of any contract between Invicta Linux and the Client.
- All sums owing by the Client to Invicta Linux on any account shall become due and payable immediately.
- The Client will pay interest on all sums due from date of invoice to date of payment both before and after any judgment at the rate of 2% per calendar month compounded with monthly rests.
- The Client will indemnify Invicta Linux from and against any and all loss damage costs or expenses (including legal expenses on the indemnity basis) which Invicta Linux may incur as a result of the Client’s failure to pay on time.
- Invicta Linux may terminate any contract between the Client and Invicta Linux; if Invicta Linux does so, the respective rights and liabilities under such other contracts shall be as if each such contract had been lawfully terminated by Invicta Linux for breach thereof by the Client.
7.2. All accounts are payable in accordance with the terms contained in Invicta Linux's invoices. Where credit terms are agreed, Invicta Linux reserves the right to withdraw the same and substitute cash with order. Any discounts must be agreed in writing by Invicta Linux
8. INVICTA LINUX'S LIABILITY
8.1. Invicta Linux expressly excludes liability for consequential loss or damage, including but not limited to loss or damage to data or to other equipment or property, (whether or not the same may be in Invicta Linux's care, custody or control) or for loss of profit, business, revenue, goodwill or anticipated savings.
8.2. Subject thereto, Invicta Linux accepts liability in respect of any direct loss or damage arising as a result of negligence, or in respect of direct loss of or damage to property belonging to or held by the Client directly attributable to the dishonesty or malicious act or default of Invicta Linux's staff; in either case, such liability is limited to the lesser of £10,000 and, where the loss related to specific goods and/or services supplied, the amount of Invicta Linux's charge for those goods and/or services.
8.3. Subject thereto, except to the extent that by the law relating to this Agreement it is not lawful to exclude such liability, Invicta Linux shall not be liable to the Client for any loss or damage whatsoever or howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly in connection with any contract under these Terms, any Goods or Services supplied under such a contract or the use of such Goods, or otherwise.
8.4. In the event that any exclusion of liability contained in these Terms of Business shall be held to be invalid for any reason and Invicta Linux becomes liable for loss or damage that may be limited or capable of being limited in law, such liability shall be limited to £10,000.
8.5. Invicta Linux shall not in any event be liable for any claims unless they are notified to Invicta Linux within twelve months of the cause of action accruing.
8.6. Invicta Linux does not exclude or limit liability for death or personal injury, to the extent that the same arises directly from the negligence of Invicta Linux or its employees.
9.1. Either party may terminate any contract under these Terms if
- the other shall cease to trade, or
- any distress or execution is levied against the other, or
- the other makes any composition or arrangement with its creditors, or
- any preliminary step is taken by the other or by another towards its liquidation winding up or administration, or
- the other is in breach and fails to remedy the breach within 7 days notice requiring the breach to be remedied, or
- the other is in breach and the breach is incapable of remedy
9.2. Termination shall be subject to any rights and remedies either party may have under this Agreement or in Law.
9.3. On termination any obligation of a continuing nature shall survive.
All notices shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when delivered by hand, posted by recorded delivery post or sent by fax to the intended recipient at the address and/or fax number stated in this Agreement or to such other address or fax number as that party may specify to the other in writing. Notices sent by fax shall be deemed received the first working day following such delivery or sending, and notices which have been posted as above shall be deemed received on the second working day following posting.
10.2. Force Majeure
If either party is prevented or delayed in the performance of any of its obligations by force majeure, then such party shall be excused the performance for so long as such cause of prevention or delay shall continue; 'force majeure' shall be deemed to be any cause affecting the performance of this Agreement arising from or attributable to acts, events, omissions or accidents beyond the reasonable control of such party, and inter alia including the following:
- strikes, lockouts or other industrial action
- civil commotion, riot, invasion, war threat or preparation for war
- fire, explosion, storm, flood, earthquake, subsidence, epidemic, bad weather or other natural physical disaster
- impossibility of the use of railways, shipping, aircraft, motor transport or other means of public or private transport
- political interference with the normal operations of any party
- illness of or accidental injury to personnel (whether or not caused or contributed to by such person’s own negligence)
- mechanical or computer breakdown.
10.3. Invicta Linux's obligation to perform any contract under these Terms shall be suspended where the presence of such hazards as defective structure, defective or dangerous means of access, noxious, toxic, combustible, explosive or radioactive substances or any other cause renders any premises where the contract is to be performed dangerous (in Invicta Linux's opinion) to any of Invicta Linux's staff.
Failure or neglect by either party to enforce at any time any of the provisions hereof shall:
- not be construed nor shall be deemed to be a waiver of its rights hereunder
- not in any way affect the validity of the whole or any part of this Agreement
- not prejudice its rights to take subsequent action;
Headings in these Terms of Business are inserted for convenience only, and are not intended to be part of or to affect the meaning or interpretation of any of these Terms of Business.
If any of these Terms is held by any Court or other competent authority to be wholly or partially void, invalid, or unenforceable such term shall be severed from the body of these terms (which shall continue to be valid and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by Law).
No agreement under these terms shall be assigned by either party without the prior written consent of the other.
- this Agreement shall be construed in accordance with English Law
- the English Courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction in all matters arising under these Terms, or any contract made under them.