1.1  IN THESE CONDITIONS:

‘Buyer’ means the person who accepts a quotation of the Seller for the sale of the Goods or whose order for the Goods is accepted by the Seller. ‘Goods’ mean the goods (including any instalment of the goods or any parts of them) which the Seller is to supply in accordance with these conditions.
‘Seller’ means Group Five (Shoes) Ltd and its members Tutte & Thomas Limited, Footsure Southern, H Underwood & Sons Ltd, Gardiner Bros & Co (Leathers) Ltd. Footsure Western Ltd, Cotswold Golf Ltd, Henry Quick Ltd, Footsure South Western Ltd (registered in England).
‘Conditions’ means the standard terms and conditions of sale set out in this document and (unless the context otherwise requires) includes any special terms and conditions agreed in writing between the Buyer and the Seller.
‘Contract’ means the contract for the purchase and sale of the Goods. ‘Writing’ includes telex, cable, facsimile transmission and comparable means of communication

1.2 Any reference in these Conditions to any provision of a statute shall be construed as a reference to that provision as amended re-enacted or extended at the relevant time.
1.3 The headings in these Conditions are for convenience only and shall not affect their interpretation.

2 BASIS OF THE SALE

2.1 The conditions shall apply to all contracts for the sale of Goods by the Seller to the Buyer to the exclusion of all other terms and conditions including any terms or conditions which the Buyer may purport to apply under any purchase order, confirmation of order or similar document.
2.2 All orders for Goods shall be deemed to be an offer by the Buyer to purchase Goods pursuant to these Conditions.
2.3 Acceptance of delivery of the Goods shall be deemed conclusive evidence of the Buyer’s acceptance of these Conditions.
2.4 Any variation to these Conditions (including any special terms and conditions agreed between the parties) shall be inapplicable unless agreed in Writing by the Seller.
2.5 The Seller’s employees or agents are not authorised to make any representations concerning the Goods unless confirmed by the Seller in writing. In entering into the contract the Buyer acknowledges that it does not rely on any such representations which are not so confirmed.
2.6 No statements made outside the Contract in brochures, catalogues, sales literature, correspondence or orally during negotiations are intended to have contractual effect.

3. ORDERS AND SPECIFICATIONS

 3.1 The quantity, quality and description of and any specification for the Goods shall be those set out in the Seller’s quotation (if accepted by the Buyer) or the Buyer’s order (if accepted by the Seller).
3.2 If the goods are to be manufactured or any process is to be applied to the Goods by the Seller in accordance with a specification submitted by the Buyer, the Buyer shall indemnify the Seller against all loss, damages, costs and expenses awarded against or incurred by the Seller in connection with or paid or agreed to be paid by the Seller in settlement of any claim for infringement of any patent, copyright, design, trade mark or other industrial or intellectual property rights of any other person which results from the Seller’s use of the Buyer’s specification.
3.3 The Seller reserves the right to make any changes in the specification of the Goods which are required to conform with any applicable statutory or EC requirements or, where the Goods are to be supplied to the Seller’s specification, which do not materially affect their quality or performance.
3.4 No order which has been accepted by the Seller may be cancelled by the Buyer except with the agreement in Writing of the Seller.

4. PRICE OF THE GOODS

4.1 The price of the Goods shall be the Seller’s quoted price or, where no price has been quoted, the Seller’s established price current at the date of acceptance of the order. Where the Goods are supplied for export from the United Kingdom, the Seller’s applicable export price shall apply. All quotations are subject to withdrawal at any time before a written Order from the Buyer.
4.2 The Seller reserves the right, by giving notice to the Buyer at any time before delivery, to increase the price of the Goods to reflect any increase in the cost to the Seller (such as, without limitation, any foreign exchange fluctuation, currency regulation, alteration of duties, significant increase in the costs of labour, materials or other costs of manufacture), any change in delivery dates, quantities or specifications for the goods which is requested by the Buyer, or any delay caused by any instructions of the Buyer or failure of the Buyer to give the Seller adequate information or instructions.
4.3 Except as otherwise stated under the terms of any quotation or in any price list of the Seller, and unless otherwise agreed in Writing between the buyer and the Seller, all prices are given by the Seller on a carriage paid basis to any address in the United Kingdom.
4.4 The price is exclusive of any applicable value added tax, which the Buyer shall be additionally liable to pay to the Seller.

5. TERMS OF PAYMENT

5.1 Subject to any special terms agreed in Writing between the Buyer and the Seller, the Seller shall be entitled to invoice the Buyer for the price of the Goods on or at any time after the Goods have left the Seller’s premises for delivery to the Buyer, unless the Goods are to be collected by the Buyer in which event the Seller shall be entitled to invoice the Buyer for the price at any time after the Seller has notified the Buyer that the Goods are ready for collection.
5.2 Subject to any special terms agreed in Writing between the Buyer and the Seller, the Buyer shall pay the price of the Goods (without deduction) within the terms of credit stipulated on the Seller’s invoice, and the Seller shall be entitled to recover the price notwithstanding that delivery may not have taken place and the property in the goods has not passed to the Buyer. The time of payment of the price shall be of the essence of the Contract. Receipts for payment will be issued only upon request.
5.3 If the Buyer fails to make any payment by the due date then, without prejudice to any other right or remedy available to the Seller, the Seller shall be entitled to:
5.3.1 cancel the contract or suspend any further deliveries to the Buyer
5.3.2 appropriate any payment made by the Buyer to such of the Goods (or the goods supplied under any other contract between the Buyer and the Seller) as the Seller may think fit (notwithstanding any purported appropriation by the Buyer);
5.3.3 disallow any discount offered in the invoice;
5.3.4 charge the Buyer interest from the day immediately after payment is due (both before and after any judgement) on the amount unpaid, at the rate of 2 per cent per month or 2 per cent per annum over the base rate of Midland Bank Plc from time to time in force (whichever is the higher) until payment in full is received by the Seller (a part of a month being treated as a full month for the purpose of calculating interest); and
5.3.5 full reimbursement from the Buyer upon demand by the Seller of all costs and expenses (including legal costs) incurred in the collection of any overdue amount.

6. DELIVERY

6.1 Any dates quoted for delivery of the Goods are approximate only and the Seller shall not be liable for any delay in delivery of the Goods however caused. Time for delivery shall not be of the essence of the Contract unless previously agreed by the Seller in Writing. The Goods may be delivered by the Seller in advance of the quoted delivery date upon giving reasonable notice to the Buyer.
6.2 Delivery of the Goods shall be made to the Buyer’s address or if some other place for delivery is agreed by the Seller, by the Seller delivering the Goods to that place.
6.3 Where the Goods are to be delivered in instalments, each delivery shall constitute a separate contract and failure by the Seller to deliver any one or more of the instalments in accordance with these Conditions or any claim by the Buyer in respect of any one or more instalments shall not entitle the Buyer to treat the Contract as a whole as repudiated.
6.4 If the Seller fails to deliver the Goods for any reason other than any cause beyond the Seller’s reasonable control or the Buyer’s fault, and the Seller is accordingly liable to the Buyer, the Seller’s liability shall be limited to the excess (if any) of the cost to the Buyer (in the cheapest available market) of similar goods to replace those not delivered over the price of the Goods.
6.5 If the Buyer fails to take delivery of the Goods or fails to give the Seller adequate delivery instructions at the time stated for delivery (otherwise than by reason of any cause beyond the Buyer’s reasonable control or by reason of the Seller’s fault) then, without prejudice to any other right or remedy available to the Seller, the Seller may:
6.5.1 store the Goods until actual delivery and charge the Buyer for the reasonable costs (including insurance) of storage; or
6.5.2 sell the Goods at the best price readily obtainable and (after deducting all reasonable storage and selling expenses) account to the Buyer for the excess over the price under the Contract or charge the Buyer for any shortfall below the price under the Contract.

7 RISK AND PROPERTY

7.1 Risk of damage to or loss of the Goods shall pass to the Buyer at the time of delivery or, if the Buyer wrongfully fails to take delivery of the Goods, the time when the Seller has tendered delivery of the Goods.
7.2 Notwithstanding delivery and the passing of risk in the Goods, or any other provision of these Conditions, the property in the Goods shall not pass to the Buyer until the Seller has received in cash or cleared funds payment in full of the price of the Goods and all other goods agreed to be sold by the Seller to the Buyer for which payment is then due subject to the proviso that if the account with the Buyer reaches a nil balance then property shall not pass until the Supplier has compiled with the Buyer’s written notice served on the Supplier for the Supplier to acknowledge that there are at the date of the service of the notice no debts owed by the Buyer to the Supplier and confirmation by the Buyer that property in the goods has passed, such compliance by the Supplier to be within a reasonable period after service of the Buyer’s notice. The Buyer shall thereupon identify those goods in the Buyer’s possession in which the property has passed to the Buyer. 7.3 Until such time as the property in the Goods passes to the Buyer, the Buyer shall hold the Goods as the Seller’s fiduciary agent and bailee, and shall keep the Goods separate from those of the Buyer and third parties and properly stored, protected and insured and identified as the Seller’s property, but shall be entitled to resell or use the Goods in the ordinary course of its business.
7.4 Until such time as the property in the Goods passes to the Buyer (and provided the Goods are still in existence and have not been resold), the Seller shall be entitled at any time to require the Buyer to deliver up the Goods to the Seller and, if the Buyer fails to do so forthwith, to enter upon any premises of the Buyer or any third party where the goods are stored and repossess the Goods.
7.5 The Buyer shall not be entitled to pledge or in any way charge by way of security for any indebtedness any of the Goods which remain the property of the Seller, but if the Buyer does so all monies owing the Buyer to the Seller shall (without prejudice to any other right or remedy of the Seller) forthwith become due and payable.

8 WARRANTIES AND LIABILITY

8.1 Any claim by the Buyer which is based on any defect in the quality or condition of the Goods or their failure to correspond with specification shall (whether or not delivery is refused by the Buyer) be notified to the Seller within 28 days from the date of delivery or (where the defect or failure was not apparent on reasonable inspection) within a reasonable time after discovery of the defect or failure. If delivery is not refused, and the Buyer does not notify the Seller accordingly, the Buyer shall not be entitled to reject the Goods and the Seller shall have no liability for such defect or failure, and the Buyer shall be bound to pay the price as if the Goods had been delivered in accordance with the Contract.
8.2 No claim for damaged Goods, for shortages, or for non-delivery will be accepted by the Seller unless written notice of such damage or shortage is received by the Seller within 7 days of receipt of the Goods by the Buyer, or (in the case of non-delivery) 14 days from the date of the invoice.
8.3 Where any valid claim in respect of any of the Goods which is based on any damage in transit, defect in the quality or condition of the goods or their failure to meet specification is notified to the Seller in accordance with these Conditions, the Seller shall be entitled to replaced the Goods (or the part in question) free of charge or, at the Seller’s sole discretion, refund to the Buyer the price of the Goods (or a proportionate part of the price), but the Seller shall have no further liability to the Buyer.
8.4 The Seller shall not be liable to the Buyer or be deemed to be in breach of the Contract by reason of any delay in performing, or any failure to perform, any of the Seller’s obligations in relation to the Goods, if the delay or failure was due to any cause beyond the Seller’s reasonable control. Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, the following shall be regarded as caused beyond the Seller’s reasonable control.
8.4.1 act of God, explosion, flood, tempest, fire or accident.
8.4.2 war or threat of war, sabotage, insurrection, civil disturbances or requisition
8.4.3 acts, restrictions, regulations, bye-laws, prohibitions or measure of any kind on the part of any governmental, parliamentary or local authority.
8.4.4 import or export regulations or embargoes.
8.4.5 strikes, lock-outs or other industrial actions or trade disputes (whether involving employees of the Seller or of a third party);
8.4.6 difficulties in obtaining finished goods, raw materials, labour, fuel, parts or machinery;
8.4.7 power failure or breakdown in machinery.

9 INSOLVENCY OF BUYER

9.1 This clause applies if:
9.1.1 the Buyer makes any voluntary arrangement with its creditors or (being an individual or firm) becomes bankrupt or (being a company) becomes subject to an administration order or goes into liquidation (otherwise than for the purpose of amalgamation or reconstruction); or
9.1.2 an encumbrancer takes possession, or a receiver is appointed, of any of the property or assets of the Buyer, or
9.1.3 the Buyer ceases ,or threatens to cease, to carry on business, or
9.1.4 the Seller reasonably apprehends that any of the events mentioned above is about to occur in relation to the Buyer and notifies the Buyer accordingly.
9.2 If this clause applies, without prejudice to any other right or remedy available to the Seller, the Seller shall be entitled to cancel the contract or suspend any further deliveries under the Contract without any liability to the Buyer, and if the Goods have been delivered but not paid for the price shall become immediately due and payable notwithstanding any previous agreement or arrangement to the contrary.

10 EXPORT TERMS

10.1 In these Conditions ‘Incoterms’ means the international rules for the interpretation of trade terms of the International Chamber of Commerce as in force at the date when the Contract is made. Unless the context otherwise requires, any term or expression which is defined in or given a particular meaning by the provision of Incoterms shall have the same meaning in these Conditions, but if there is any conflict between the provision of Incoterms and these Conditions, the latter shall prevail.
10.2 Where the Goods are supplied for export from the United Kingdom, the provisions of this clause 10 shall (subject to any special terms agreed in writing between the Buyer and the Seller) apply notwithstanding any other provisions of these Conditions.
10.3 The Buyer shall be responsible for complying with any legislation or regulations governing the importation of the Goods into the country of destination and for the payment of any duties on them.
10.4 Unless otherwise agreed in Writing between the Buyer and the Seller, the Goods shall be delivered ex works and the Buyer shall be liable to pay the Seller’s charges for transport, packaging and insurance.
10.5 The Buyer shall be responsible for arranging for testing and inspection of the Goods at the Seller’s premises before shipment. The Seller shall have no liability for any claim in respect of any defect in the Goods which would be apparent on inspection and which is made after shipment, or in respect of any damage during transit.
10.6 The Buyer undertakes not to offer the Goods for resale in any country notified by the Seller to the Buyer at or before the time the Buyer’s order is placed, or to sell the Goods to any person if the Buyer knows or has reason to believe that that person intends to resell the Goods in any such country.

11. GENERAL

11.1 Any notice required or permitted to be given by either party to the other under these Conditions shall be in Writing addressed to that other party at its registered office or principal place of business or such other address as may at the relevant time have been notified pursuant to this provision to the party giving the notice.
11.2 No waiver by the Seller of any breach of the Contract by the Buyer shall be considered as a waiver of any subsequent breach of the same or any other provision.
11.3 If any provision of these Conditions is held by any competent authority to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part the validity of the other provisions of these Conditions and the remainder of the provision in question shall not be affected.
11.4 Worn complaints should be handled under the Code of Practice (Footwear Charter) which the Company support and returned when relevant.
11.5 Provisions for New Customers. Buyers wishing to trade with the Seller for the first time should complete an application for credit account facilities which should be submitted before or with the first order. Goods cannot be supplied on credit until satisfactory references have been received.
11.6 The Contract shall be governed by the laws of England, and the Buyer agrees to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts..
 

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