Niche Studio Terms of Trade
Updated August 2007
1.1 “Seller” shall mean Niche Studio and its successors and assigns.
1.2 “Client” shall mean the Client or any person acting on behalf of and with the authority of the Client.
1.3 “Guarantor” means that person (or persons), or entity who agrees herein to be liable for the debts of the Client on a principal debtor basis.
1.4 “Goods” shall mean Goods supplied by the Seller to the Client (and where the context so permits shall include any supply of Services as hereinafter defined).
1.5 “Services” shall mean all services supplied by the Seller to the Client and includes any advice or recommendations (and where the context so permits shall include any supply of Goods as defined supra).
1.6 “Price” shall mean the cost of the Goods as agreed between the Seller and the Client subject to clause 4 of this contract.
2.1 Any instructions received by the Seller from the Client for the supply of Goods and/or the Client’s acceptance of Goods supplied by the Seller shall constitute acceptance of the terms and conditions contained herein.
2.2 Where more than one Client has entered into this agreement, the Client’s shall be jointly and severally liable for all payments of the Price.
2.3 Upon acceptance of these terms and conditions by the Client the terms and conditions are irrevocable and can only be rescinded in accordance with these terms and conditions or with the written consent of the manager of the Seller.
2.4 None of the Seller’s agents or representatives are authorised to make any representations, statements, conditions or agreements not expressed by the manager of the Seller in writing nor is the Seller bound by any such unauthorised statements.
2.5 The Client undertakes to give the Seller not less than fourteen (14) days prior written notice of any proposed change in the Client’s name and/or any other change in the Client’s details (including but not limited to, changes in the Client’s address, facsimile number, or business practice).
3.1 The Goods are as described on the invoices, quotation, work authorisation or any other work commencement forms as provided by the Seller to the Client.
3.2 Where the Seller has designed or drawn electronic Goods for the Client, the files will be stored for a period of six (6) months from the date of delivery of the Goods. The Goods are not stored for the use of the Client and the Seller will be under no responsibility for the safety of the files.
4. Price And Payment
4.1 At the Seller’s sole discretion the Price shall be either;
(a) as indicated on invoices provided by the Seller to the Client in respect of Goods supplied; or
(b) the Seller’s quoted Price which shall be binding upon the Seller provided that the Client shall accept in writing the Seller’s quotation within thirty (30) days.
4.2 At the Seller’s sole discretion a deposit may be required. The deposit amount or percentage of the Price will be stipulated at the time of the order of the Goods and shall become immediately due and payable.
4.3 Time for payment for the Goods shall be of the essence and will be stated on the invoice, quotation or any other order forms. If no time is stated then payment shall be on delivery of the Goods.
4.4 At the Seller’s sole discretion, payment for approved Clients shall be made by instalments in accordance with the Seller’s delivery/payment schedule.
4.5 At the Seller’s sole discretion, for certain approved Clients payment will be due seven (7) days following the date of the invoice.
4.6 Payment will be made by cash on delivery, or by cheque, or by bank cheque, or by direct credit, or by any other method as agreed to between the Client and the Seller.
4.7 The Price shall be increased by the amount of any GST and other taxes and duties which may be applicable, except to the extent that such taxes are expressly included in any quotation given by the Seller.
5. Delivery Of Goods / Services
5.1 Delivery of the Goods shall be made to the Client’s address. This includes the Client’s electronic mail address or website. The Client shall make all arrangements necessary to take delivery of the Goods whenever they are tendered for delivery, or delivery of the Goods shall be made to the Client at the Seller’s address.
5.2 Delivery of the Goods to a carrier (including internet based carriers), either named by the Client or failing such naming to a carrier at the discretion of the Seller for the purpose of transmission to the Client, is deemed to be a delivery of the Goods to the Client.
5.3 The Seller may deliver the Goods by separate instalments (in accordance with the agreed delivery schedule). Each separate instalment shall be invoiced and paid for in accordance with the provisions in this contract of sale.
5.4 Delivery of the Goods to a third party nominated by the Client is deemed to be delivery to the Client for the purposes of this agreement.
5.5 The failure of the Seller to deliver shall not entitle either party to treat this contract as repudiated.
5.6 The Seller shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatever due to failure by the Seller to deliver the Goods (or any of them) promptly or at all.
6.1 If the Seller retains property in the Goods nonetheless, all risk for the Goods passes to the Client on delivery.
6.2 If any of the Goods are damaged or destroyed prior to property in them passing to the Client, the Seller is entitled, without prejudice to any of its other rights or remedies under these Terms and Conditions of Trade (including the right to receive payment of the balance of the Price for the Goods), to receive all insurance proceeds payable for the Goods. This applies whether or not the Price has become payable under the Contract. The production of these terms and conditions by the Seller is sufficient evidence of the Seller’s rights to receive the insurance proceeds without the need for any person dealing with the Seller to make further enquiries.
7. Client’s Disclaimer
7.1 The Client hereby disclaims any right to rescind, or cancel the contract or to sue for damages or to claim restitution arising out of any misrepresentation made to him by any servant or agent of the Seller and the Client acknowledges that he buys the Goods relying solely upon his own skill and judgement and that the Seller shall not be bound by nor responsible for any term, condition, representation or warranty other than the warranty given by the Manufacturer which warranty shall be personal to the Client and shall not be transferable to any subsequent Client.
8. Errors / Returns
8.1 The Client shall inspect the Goods on delivery and shall within forty-eight (48) hours of delivery notify the Seller of any alleged error, shortage in quantity, damage or failure to comply with the description or quote. The Client shall afford the Seller an opportunity to inspect the Goods within a reasonable time following delivery if the Client believes the Goods are defective in any way. If the Client shall fail to comply with these provisions, the Goods shall be conclusively presumed to be in accordance with the terms and conditions and free from any defect or damage.
8.2 For defective Goods, which the Seller has agreed in writing that the Client is entitled to reject, the Seller’s liability is limited to either (at the Seller’s discretion) replacing the Goods or repairing the Goods.
8.3 Whilst every care is taken by the Seller to carry out the instructions of the Client, it is the Client’s responsibility to undertake a final proof reading of the Goods. The Seller shall be under no liability for any errors not corrected by the Client in the final proof reading. Should the Clients alterations require additional costs for the Seller this shall be invoiced as an extra.
9. Lien & Stoppage in Transit
9.1 Where the Seller has not received or been tendered the whole of the price, or the payment has been dishonoured, the Seller shall have:
(a) a lien on the goods;
(b) the right to retain them for the price while the Seller is in possession of them;
(c) a right of stopping the goods in transit whether or not delivery has been made or ownership has passed; and
(d) a right of resale,
(e) the foregoing right of disposal, provided that the lien of the Seller shall continue despite the commencement of proceedings or judgement for the price having been obtained.
10. The Commonwealth Trade Practices Act 1974 and Fair Trading Acts
10.1 Nothing in this agreement is intended to have the effect of contracting out of any applicable provisions of the Commonwealth Trade Practices Act 1974 or the Fair Trading Acts in each of the States and Territories of Australia, except to the extent permitted by those Acts where applicable.
11. Intellectual Property
11.1 Any intellectual property rights contained in the design or manufacture of any Goods or Services remain with the Seller. On receipt of full payment of the invoice, the Client is granted perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, worldwide rights to reproduce the Goods. If the Goods have been manufactured all intellectual property rights are reserved. All intellectual property rights not expressly granted are reserved to the Seller, including but not limited to all rights in preliminary materials. If Client wishes to make any additional uses of the Goods, the Client agrees to seek permission from the Seller and make such payments as are agreed at that time.
11.2 The Client warrants that they hold all necessary intellectual property rights in any document or material, (including, but not limited to, plans and drawings), that are supplied to the Seller for its provision of Goods and Services and that there is or will be no infringement of any rights or entitlements held by any third party.
11.3 The Client indemnifies and holds harmless the Seller for any claims made against it arising from the Seller’s use of any drawing, design or any other document, material or information supplied by the Client.
11.4 The Client warrants that all designs or instructions to the Seller will not cause the Seller to infringe any patent, registered design or trademark in the execution of the Client’s order.
12. Default & Consequences Of Default
12.1 Interest on overdue invoices shall accrue from the date when payment becomes due daily until the date of payment at a rate of 2.5% compounding per calendar month and shall accrue at such a rate after as well as before any judgement.
12.2 If the Client defaults in payment of any invoice when due, the Client shall indemnify the Seller from and against all the Seller’s costs and disbursements including on a solicitor and own client basis and in addition all of the Seller’s nominees costs of collection.
12.3 Without prejudice to any other remedies the Seller may have, if at any time the Client is in breach of any obligation (including those relating to payment), the Seller may suspend or terminate the supply of Goods to the Client and any of its other obligations under the terms and conditions. The Seller will not be liable to the Client for any loss or damage the Client suffers because the Seller exercised its rights under this clause.
12.4 If any account remains unpaid at the end of the second month after supply of the goods or services an immediate amount of the greater of $20.00 or 10.00% of the amount overdue shall be levied for administration fees which sum shall become immediately due and payable.
12.5 In the event that:
(a) any money payable to the Seller becomes overdue, or in the Seller’s opinion the Client will be unable to meet its payments as they fall due; or
(b) the Client becomes insolvent, convenes a meeting with its creditors or proposes or enters into an arrangement with creditors, or makes an assignment for the benefit of its creditors; or
(c) a receiver, manager, liquidator (provisional or otherwise) or similar person is appointed in respect of the Client or any asset of the Client;
then without prejudice to the Seller’s other remedies at law
(i) the Seller shall be entitled to cancel all or any part of any order of the Client which remains unperformed in addition to and without prejudice to any other remedies; and
(ii) all amounts owing to the Seller shall, whether or not due for payment, immediately become payable in addition to the interest payable under clause 12.1 hereof.
13.1 It is the intention of the seller and agreed by the Client that property in the Goods shall not pass until:
(a) The Client has paid all amounts owing for the particular Goods, and
(b) The Client has met all other obligations due by the Client to the Seller in respect of all contracts between the Seller and the Client, and that the Goods shall be kept separate until the Seller shall have received payment and all other obligations of the Client are met.
13.2 It is further agreed that:
(a) Until such time as ownership of the Goods shall pass from the Seller to the Client the Seller may give notice in writing to the Client to return the Goods or any of them to the Seller. Upon such notice the rights of the Client to obtain ownership or any other interest in the Goods shall cease.
(b) If the Client fails to return the Goods to the Seller then the Seller or the Seller’s agent may enter upon and into land and premises owned, occupied or used by the Client, or any premises as the invitee of the Client, where the Goods are situated and take possession of the Goods, without being responsible for any damage thereby caused.
(c) The Client is only a bailee of the Goods and until such time as the Seller has received payment in full for the Goods then the Client shall hold any proceeds from the sale or disposal of the Goods in trust for the Seller.
(d) The Client shall not deal with the money of the Seller in any way which may be adverse to the Seller.
(e) Receipt by the Seller of any form of payment other than cash shall not be deemed to be payment until that form of payment has been honoured, cleared or recognised and until then the Seller’s ownership of rights in respect of the Goods shall continue.
(f) The Client shall not charge the Goods in any way nor grant nor otherwise give any interest in the Goods while they remain the property of the Seller.
(g) The Seller may require payment of the Price or the balance of the Price due together with any other amounts due from the Client to the Seller arising out of these terms and conditions, and the Seller may take any lawful steps to require payment of the amounts due and the Price.
(h) The Seller can issue proceedings to recover the Price of the Goods sold notwithstanding that ownership of the Goods may not have passed to the Client.
(i) Until such time the Client has the Seller’s authority to convert the Goods into other products and if the goods are so converted, the parties agree that the Seller will be the owner of the end products.
14. Security And Charge
14.1 Despite anything to the contrary contained herein or any other rights which the Seller may have howsoever:
(a) Where the Client and/or the Guarantor (if any) is the owner of land, realty or any other asset capable of being charged, both the Client and/or the Guarantor agree to mortgage and/or charge all of their joint and/or several interest in the said land, realty or any other asset to the Seller or the Seller’s nominee to secure all amounts and other monetary obligations payable under the terms and conditions. The Client and/or the Guarantor acknowledge and agree that the Seller (or the Seller’s nominee) shall be entitled to lodge where appropriate a caveat, which caveat shall be released once all payments and other monetary obligations payable hereunder have been met.
(b) Should the Seller elect to proceed in any manner in accordance with this clause and/or its sub-clauses, the Client and/or Guarantor shall indemnify the seller from and against all the Seller’s costs and disbursements including legal costs on a solicitor and own client basis.
(c) To give effect to the provisions of clause [14.1 (a) and (b)] inclusive hereof the Client and/or the Guarantor (if any) do hereby irrevocably nominate constitute and appoint the Seller or the Seller’s nominee as the Client’s and/or Guarantor’s true and lawful attorney to execute mortgages and charges (whether registerable or not) including such other terms and conditions as the Seller and/or the Seller’s nominee shall think fit in his/her/its/their absolute discretion against the joint and/or several interest of the Client and/or the Guarantor in any land, realty or asset in favour of the Seller and in the Client’s and/or Guarantor’s name as may be necessary to secure the said Client’s and/or Guarantor’s obligations and indebtedness to the Seller and further to do and perform all necessary and other acts including instituting any necessary legal proceedings, and further to execute all or any documents in the Seller’s absolute discretion which may be necessary or advantageous to give effect to the provisions of this clause.
15.1 The Seller may cancel these terms and conditions or cancel delivery of Goods at any time before the Goods are delivered by giving written notice. The Seller shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatever arising from such cancellation. The Client may be liable for all costs incurred by the Seller up to the time of cancellation.
15.2 At the Sellers sole discretion the Client may cancel delivery of Goods and/or Services. In the event that the Client cancels delivery of Goods and/or Services the Client shall be liable for any costs incurred by the Seller up to the time of cancellation.
16. Privacy Act 1988
16.1 The Client and/or the Guarantor/s agree for the Seller to obtain from a credit-reporting agency a credit report containing personal credit information about the Client and Guarantor/s in relation to credit provided by the Seller.
16.2 The Client and/or the Guarantor/s agree that the Seller may exchange information about Client and Guarantor/s with those credit providers named in the Application for Credit account or named in a consumer credit report issued by a reporting agency for the following purposes:
(a) To assess an application by Client;
(b) To notify other credit providers of a default by the Client;
(c) To exchange information with other credit providers as to the status of this credit account, where the Client is in default with other credit providers; and
(d) To assess the credit worthiness of Client and/or Guarantor/s.
16.3 The Client consents to the Seller being given a consumer credit report to collect overdue payment on commercial credit (Section 18K(1)(h) Privacy Act 1988).
16.4 The Client agrees that Personal Data provided may be used and retained by the Seller for the following purposes and for other purposes as shall be agreed between the Client and Seller or required by law from time to time:
(a) provision of Goods;
(b) marketing of Goods by the Seller, its agents or distributors in relation to the Goods;
(c) analysing, verifying and/or checking the Client’s credit, payment and/or status in relation to provision of Goods;
(d) processing of any payment instructions, direct debit facilities and/or credit facilities requested by Client; and
(e) enabling the daily operation of Client’s account and/or the collection of amounts outstanding in the Client’s account in relation to the Services and Goods.
16.5 If the Client does not wish to receive any non-essential electronic or postal mail the Client may advise the Seller in writing who will then, within fourteen (14) days cease sending such mail.
16.6 The Seller may give, information about the Client to a credit reporting agency for the following purposes:
(a) to obtain a consumer credit report about the Client; and or
(b) allow the credit reporting agency to create or maintain a credit information file containing information about the Client.
17. Unpaid Seller’s Rights To Dispose Of Goods
17.1 In the event that:
(a) the Seller retains possession or control of the Goods; and
(b) payment of the Price is due to the Seller; and
(c) the Seller has made demand in writing of the Client for payment of the Price in terms of this contract; and
(d) the Seller has not received the Price of the Goods, then, whether the property in the Goods has passed to the Client or has remained with the Seller, the Seller may dispose of the Goods and may claim from the Client the loss to the Seller on such disposal.
18.1 The warranty shall be the current warranty provided by the manufacturer of the Goods. The Seller shall be under no liability whatsoever except for the express conditions as detailed and stipulated in the manufacturers warranty.
18.2 To the extent permitted by law, the Seller excludes all warranties, statements, representations, conditions, promises, undertakings, covenants and other provisions expressed or implied (and whether implied by lam including an Act of Parliament or otherwise), relating to the Goods including provisions that might otherwise form part of these conditions or be collateral to these conditions. In no circumstance, including negligent acts or omissions by the Seller, will the Seller be liable to the Client for any special, consequential, direct or indirect loss, damage, harm or injury suffered by the Client or any other person including without limiting the generality of the foregoing loss of market, loss of profit and loss of contract.
19. Client Responsibilities
19.1 The Client is solely responsible to test the designs and any prototypes the Seller provides. The Client is solely responsible to ensure that any resulting Goods are tested, manufactured, packaged, labelled (including adequate warnings), sold and used in a safe and careful manner and in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and appropriate industry standards.
19.2 It is the responsibility of the Client to obtain any required approvals.
19.3 The Client assumes all responsibility for any information and/or specifications it provides to Seller and agrees that, unless specifically stated in writing, the Seller may rely on such information and/or specifications without independent verification.
20.1 If any provision of these terms and conditions shall be invalid, void, illegal or unenforceable the validity, existence, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not be affected, prejudiced or impaired.
20.2 All Goods supplied by the Seller are subject to the laws of Queensland and the Seller takes no responsibility for changes in the law which affect the Goods supplied.
20.3 The Seller shall be under no liability whatever to the Client for any indirect loss and/or expense (including loss of profit) suffered by the Client arising out of a breach by the Seller of these terms and conditions.
20.4 In the event of any breach of this contract by the Seller the remedies of the Client shall be limited to damages. Under no circumstances shall the liability of the Seller exceed the Price of the Goods.
20.5 The Client shall not set off against the Price amounts due from the Seller.
20.6 The Seller may license or sub-contract all or any part of its rights and obligations without the Client’s consent.
20.7 The Seller reserves the right to review these terms and conditions at any time and from time to time. If, following any such review, there is to be any change in such terms and conditions, that change will take effect from the date on which the seller notifies the Client of such change.
20.8 Neither party shall be liable for any default due to any act of God, war, terrorism, strike, lock out, industrial action, fire, flood, drought, storm or other event beyond the reasonable control of either party.