End user licence agreement
Please read this EULA carefully, as it sets out the basis upon which we license the Software for use.
By clicking "Create Account" when you first visit the Software, you agree to be bound by the provisions of this EULA. If you do not agree to be bound by the provisions of this EULA, you must select “Cancel”
By agreeing to be bound by this EULA, you further agree that [your employees / any person you authorise to use the Software will comply with the provision of this EULA.
1.1 Except to the extent expressly provided otherwise, in this EULA:
"Charges" means [those amounts that the parties have agreed in writing shall be payable by the User to the Licensor in respect of this EULA];
"Documentation" means [the documentation for the Software produced by the Licensor and delivered or made available by the Licensor to the User];
"EULA" means this end user licence agreement, including any amendments to this end user licence agreement from time to time;
"Effective Date" means [the date upon which the User gives the User's express consent to this EULA, following the issue of this EULA by the Licensor];
"Force Majeure Event" means an event, or a series of related events, that is outside the reasonable control of the party affected (including [failures of the internet or any public telecommunications network, hacker attacks, denial of service attacks, virus or other malicious software attacks or infections, power failures, industrial disputes affecting any third party, changes to the law, disasters, explosions, fires, floods, riots, terrorist attacks and wars]);
"Intellectual Property Rights" means all intellectual property rights wherever in the world, whether registrable or unregistrable, registered or unregistered, including any application or right of application for such rights (and these "intellectual property rights" include copyright and related rights, database rights, confidential information, trade secrets, know-how, business names, trade names, trade marks, service marks, passing off rights, unfair competition rights, patents, petty patents, utility models, semi-conductor topography rights and rights in designs);
"Licensor" means [[individual name] of [address] / [company name], a company incorporated in [England and Wales] (registration number [registration number]) having its registered office at [address] / [partnership name], a partnership established under the laws of [England and Wales] having its principal place of business at [address]];
"Licensor Indemnity Event" has the meaning given to it in Clause 13.1;
"Maintenance Services" means the [supply to the User / application to the Software / supply to the User and application to the Software] of Updates and Upgrades;
"Minimum Term" means, in respect of this EULA, the period [of 12 months beginning on the Effective Date];
"Services" means any services that the Licensor provides to the User, or has an obligation to provide to the User, under this EULA;
"Software" means the software identified in [document];
"Software Defect" means a defect, error or bug in the Software having [an adverse effect / a material adverse effect] on [the appearance, operation, functionality or performance of the Software][, but excluding any defect, error or bug caused by or arising as a result of:
(a) [any act or omission of the User;]
(b) [any use of the Software contrary to the Documentation by the User or any person authorised by the User to use the Software;]
(c) [a failure of the User to perform or observe any of its obligations in this EULA; and/or]
(d) [an incompatibility between the Software and any other system, network, application, program, hardware or software not specified as compatible in the Software Specification];]
"Software Specification" means [the specification for the Software set out in the Documentation];
"Source Code" means [the Software code in human-readable form or any part of the Software code in human-readable form, including code compiled to create the Software or decompiled from the Software, but excluding interpreted code comprised in the Software];
"Support Services" means support in relation to [the use of the Software and the identification and resolution of errors in the Software, but shall not include the provision of training services whether in relation to the Software or otherwise];
"Term" means the term of this EULA, commencing in accordance with Clause 3.1 and ending in accordance with Clause 3.2;
"Update" means [a hotfix, patch or minor version update to the Software];
"Upgrade" means [a major version upgrade of the Software];
"User" means [the person to whom the Licensor grants a right to use the Software under this EULA]; and
"User Indemnity Event" has the meaning given to it in Clause 13.3.
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3.1 This EULA shall come into force upon the Effective Date of Account Creation.
3.2 This EULA shall continue in force indefinitely, subject to termination in accordance with Clause 15.
4.1 The Licensor hereby grants to the User a [worldwide, non-exclusive] licence to:
(a) [access [a single instance] of] the Software;]
(b) [use[ [a single instance] of] the Software[ in accordance with the Documentation]; and]
Subject to the limitations and prohibitions set out and referred to in this Clause 4.
4.2 The User may not sub-license and must not purport to sub-license any rights granted under Clause 4.1[ without the prior written consent of the Licensor].
4.3 Save to the extent expressly permitted by this EULA or required by applicable law on a non-excludable basis, any licence granted under this Clause 4 shall be subject to the following prohibitions:
(a) [the User must not [sell, resell, rent, lease, loan, supply, publish, distribute or redistribute] the Software;]
(b) [the User must not alter, edit or adapt the Software;]
(c) [the User must not decompile, de-obfuscate or reverse engineer, or attempt to decompile, de-obfuscate or reverse engineer, the Software; and]
5. Source Code
5.1 Nothing in this EULA shall give to the User or any other person any right to access or use the Source Code or constitute any licence of the Source Code.
6. Maintenance Services
6.1 The Licensor shall provide the Maintenance Services to the User [during the Term].
6.2 The Licensor shall provide the Maintenance Services [with reasonable skill and care / in accordance with the standards of skill and care reasonably expected from a leading service provider in the Licensor's industry.
6.3 The Licensor warrants to the User that the application of Updates and Upgrades to the Software by the Licensor will not introduce any Software Defects into the Software.
6.4 The Licensor warrants to the User that the application of Updates and Upgrades to the Software by the User in accordance with the instructions of the Licensor will not introduce any Software Defects into the Software.
7. Support Services
7.1 The Licensor shall provide the Support Services to the User [during the Term].
7.2 The Licensor shall provide the Support Services [with reasonable skill and care / in accordance with the standards of skill and care reasonably expected from a leading service provider in the Licensor's industry / [specify standard(s)]].
7.3 The Licensor may suspend the provision of the Support Services if any amount due to be paid by the User to the Licensor under this EULA is overdue, and the Licensor has given to the User at least [30 days'] written notice, following the amount becoming overdue, of its intention to suspend the Support Services on this basis.
8. No assignment of Intellectual Property Rights
8.1 Nothing in this EULA shall operate to assign or transfer any Intellectual Property Rights from the Licensor to the User, or from the User to the Licensor.
9.1 The User shall pay the Charges to the Licensor in accordance with this EULA.
9.2 All amounts stated in or in relation to this EULA are, unless the context requires otherwise, stated [inclusive of any applicable value added taxes / exclusive of any applicable value added taxes, which will be added to those amounts and payable by the User to the Licensor].
10.1 The Licensor shall issue for the Charges to the User
10.2 The User must pay the Charges to the Licensor
10.3 The User must pay the Charges by [debit card, credit card, direct debit, bank transfer or cheque] (using such payment details as are notified by the Licensor to the User from time to time).
10.4 If the User does not pay any amount properly due to the Licensor under this EULA, access to Software will be suspended.
11.1 The Licensor warrants to the User that it has the legal right and authority to enter into this EULA and to perform its obligations under the EULA.
11.2 The Licensor warrants to the User that:
(a) [the Software as provided will conform in all [material] respects with the Software Specification;]
(b) [the Software will be supplied free from Software Defects[ and will remain free from Software Defects[ for a period of at least 12 months following the supply of the Software]];]
(c) [the Software will be supplied free from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware and other malicious software programs; and]
(d) [the Software shall incorporate security features reflecting the requirements of good industry practice.]
11.3 The Licensor warrants to the User that the Software, when used by the User in accordance with this EULA, will not breach [any laws, statutes or regulations applicable under English law].
11.4 The Licensor warrants to the User that the Software, when used by the User in accordance with this EULA, will not infringe the Intellectual Property Rights of any person [in any jurisdiction and under any applicable law].
11.5 If [the Licensor reasonably determines, or any third party alleges, that the use of the Software by the User in accordance with this EULA infringes any person's Intellectual Property Rights], the Licensor may at its own cost and expense:
(a) modify the Software in such a way that it no longer infringes the relevant Intellectual Property Rights[, providing that [any such modification must not introduce any Software Defects into the Software and must not result in the Software failing to conform with the Software Specification]]; or
(b) procure for the User the right to use the Software in accordance with this EULA.
11.6 The User warrants to the Licensor that it has the legal right and authority to enter into this EULA and to perform its obligations under the EULA.
11.7 All of the parties' warranties and representations in respect of the subject matter of this EULA are expressly set out in this EULA. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, no other warranties or representations concerning the subject matter of this EULA will be implied into the EULA or any related contract.
12. Acknowledgements and warranty limitations
12.1 The User acknowledges that complex software is never wholly free from defects, errors and bugs; and subject to the other provisions of this EULA, the Licensor gives no warranty or representation that the Software will be wholly free from defects, errors and bugs.
12.2 The User acknowledges that complex software is never entirely free from security vulnerabilities; and subject to the other provisions of this EULA, the Licensor gives no warranty or representation that the Software will be entirely secure.
12.3 The User acknowledges that the Software is only designed to be compatible with that software specified as compatible in the Software Specification; and the Licensor does not warrant or represent that the Software will be compatible with any other software.
12.4 The User acknowledges that the Licensor will not provide any [legal, financial, accountancy or taxation advice] under this EULA or in relation to the Software; and, except to the extent expressly provided otherwise in this EULA, the Licensor does not warrant or represent that the Software or the use of the Software by the User will not give rise to any legal liability on the part of the User or any other person.
13.1 The Licensor shall indemnify and shall keep indemnified the User against any and all liabilities, damages, losses, costs and expenses (including legal expenses and amounts reasonably paid in settlement of legal claims) suffered or incurred by the User and arising directly or indirectly as a result of any breach by the Licensor of [this EULA / [specify provisions]] (a "Licensor Indemnity Event").
13.2 The User must:
(a) upon becoming aware of an actual or potential Licensor Indemnity Event, notify the Licensor;
(b) provide to the Licensor all such assistance as may be reasonably requested by the Licensor in relation to the Licensor Indemnity Event;
(c) allow the Licensor the exclusive conduct of all disputes, proceedings, negotiations and settlements with third parties relating to the Licensor Indemnity Event; and
(d) not admit liability to any third party in connection with the Licensor Indemnity Event or settle any disputes or proceedings involving a third party and relating to the Licensor Indemnity Event without the prior written consent of the Licensor,
[without prejudice to the Licensor's obligations under Clause 13.1 / and the Licensor's obligation to indemnify the User under Clause 13.1 shall not apply unless the User complies with the requirements of this Clause 13.2].
13.3 The User shall indemnify and shall keep indemnified the Licensor against any and all liabilities, damages, losses, costs and expenses (including legal expenses and amounts reasonably paid in settlement of legal claims) suffered or incurred by the Licensor and arising directly or indirectly as a result of any breach by the User of [this EULA / [specify provisions]] (a "User Indemnity Event").
13.4 The Licensor must:
(a) upon becoming aware of an actual or potential User Indemnity Event, notify the User;
(b) provide to the User all such assistance as may be reasonably requested by the User in relation to the User Indemnity Event;
(c) allow the User the exclusive conduct of all disputes, proceedings, negotiations and settlements with third parties relating to the User Indemnity Event; and
(d) not admit liability to any third party in connection with the User Indemnity Event or settle any disputes or proceedings involving a third party and relating to the User Indemnity Event without the prior written consent of the User,
[without prejudice to the User's obligations under Clause 13.3 / and the User's obligation to indemnify the Licensor under Clause 13.3 shall not apply unless the Licensor complies with the requirements of this Clause 13.4].
13.5 The indemnity protection set out in this Clause 13 [shall / shall not] be subject to the limitations and exclusions of liability set out in this EULA[, except [exceptions]].
14. Limitations and exclusions of liability
14.1 Nothing in this EULA will:
(a) limit or exclude any liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence;
(b) limit or exclude any liability for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation;
(c) limit any liabilities in any way that is not permitted under applicable law; or
(d) exclude any liabilities that may not be excluded under applicable law,
and, if a party is a consumer, that party's statutory rights will not be excluded or limited by the EULA, except to the extent permitted by law.
14.2 The limitations and exclusions of liability set out in this Clause 14 and elsewhere in this EULA:
(a) are subject to Clauses 14.1 and 17.6; and
(b) govern all liabilities arising under the EULA or relating to the subject matter of the EULA, including liabilities arising in contract, in tort (including negligence) and for breach of statutory duty, except to the extent expressly provided otherwise in the EULA.
14.3 The Licensor will not be liable to the User in respect of any losses arising out of a Force Majeure Event.
14.4 The Licensor will not be liable to the User in respect of any loss of profits or anticipated savings.
14.5 The Licensor will not be liable to the User in respect of any loss of revenue or income.
14.6 The Licensor will not be liable to the User in respect of any loss of business, contracts or opportunities.
14.7 The Licensor will not be liable to the User in respect of any loss or corruption of any data, database or software.
14.8 The Licensor will not be liable to the User in respect of any special, indirect or consequential loss or damage.
14.9 The liability of the Licensor to the User under this EULA in respect of any event or series of related events shall not exceed the greater of:
(a) [amount; and]
(b) [the total amount paid and payable by the User to the Licensor under the EULA in the [12 month] period preceding the commencement of the event or events.]
14.10 The aggregate liability of the Licensor to the User under this EULA shall not exceed the greater of:
(b) [the total amount paid and payable by the User to the Licensor under the EULA.]
15.1 The Licensor may terminate this EULA by giving to the User [not less than 30 days'] written notice of termination[, expiring [at the end of any [calendar month] / after the end of the Minimum Term]].
15.2 The User may terminate this EULA by giving to the Licensor [not less than 30 days'] written notice of termination[, expiring [at the end of any [calendar month] / after the end of the Minimum Term]].
15.3 Either party may terminate this EULA immediately by giving written notice of termination to the other party if:
(a) the other party commits any [breach / material breach] of the EULA[, and:
(i) the breach is not remediable; or
(ii) the breach is remediable, but the other party fails to remedy the breach within the period of [30 days] following the giving of a written notice to the other party requiring the breach to be remedied]; or
(b) [the other party persistently breaches the EULA (irrespective of whether such breaches collectively constitute a material breach).]
15.4 Either party may terminate this EULA immediately by giving written notice of termination to the other party if:
(a) the other party:
(i) is dissolved;
(ii) ceases to conduct all (or substantially all) of its business;
(iii) is or becomes unable to pay its debts as they fall due;
(iv) is or becomes insolvent or is declared insolvent; or
(v) convenes a meeting or makes or proposes to make any arrangement or composition with its creditors;
(b) an administrator, administrative receiver, liquidator, receiver, trustee, manager or similar is appointed over any of the assets of the other party;
(c) an order is made for the winding up of the other party, or the other party passes a resolution for its winding up[ (other than for the purpose of a solvent company reorganisation where the resulting entity will assume all the obligations of the other party under the EULA)];
(d) [if that other party is an individual:
(i) that other party dies;
(ii) as a result of illness or incapacity, that other party becomes incapable of managing his or her own affairs; or
(iii) that other party is the subject of a bankruptcy petition or order].
15.5 The Licensor may terminate this EULA immediately by giving written notice to the User if:
(a) any amount due to be paid by the User to the Licensor under the EULA is unpaid by the due date and remains unpaid upon the date that that written notice of termination is given; and
(b) the Licensor has given to the User at least [30 days'] written notice, following the failure to pay, of its intention to terminate the EULA in accordance with this Clause 15.5.
16. Effects of termination
16.1 Upon the termination of this EULA, all of the provisions of this EULA shall cease to have effect, save that the following provisions of this EULA shall survive and continue to have effect (in accordance with their express terms or otherwise indefinitely): Clauses 1, 4.1, 10.2, 10.4, 13, 14, 16, 17 and 18.
16.2 The termination of this EULA shall not affect the accrued rights of either party.
16.3 Within [30 days] following the termination of this EULA for any reason:
(a) the User must pay to the Licensor [any Charges in respect of Services provided to the User before the termination of the EULA and in respect of licences in effect before the termination of the EULA]; and
(b) the Licensor must refund to the User [any Charges paid by the User to the Licensor in respect of Services that were to be (but are not) provided to the User after the termination of the EULA and in respect of licences that were to be (but are not) in effect after the termination of the EULA],
without prejudice to the parties' other legal rights.
16.4 For the avoidance of doubt, the licences of the Software in this EULA shall terminate upon the termination of this EULA; and, accordingly, the User must immediately cease to use the Software upon the termination of this EULA.
16.5 Within [10 Business Days] following the termination of this EULA, the User must:
(a) return to the Licensor or dispose of as the Licensor may instruct all media in its possession or control containing the Software; and
(b) irrevocably delete from all computer systems in its possession or control all copies of the Software.
17.1 No breach of any provision of this EULA shall be waived except with the express written consent of the party not in breach.
17.2 If any provision of this EULA is determined by any court or other competent authority to be unlawful and/or unenforceable, the other provisions of the EULA will continue in effect. If any unlawful and/or unenforceable provision would be lawful or enforceable if part of it were deleted, that part will be deemed to be deleted, and the rest of the provision will continue in effect (unless that would contradict the clear intention of the parties, in which case the entirety of the relevant provision will be deemed to be deleted).
17.3 This EULA may not be varied except by a written document signed by or on behalf of each of the parties.
17.4 Neither party may without the prior written consent of the other party assign, transfer, charge, license or otherwise deal in or dispose of any contractual rights or obligations under this EULA.
17.5 This EULA is made for the benefit of the parties, and is not intended to benefit any third party or be enforceable by any third party. The rights of the parties to terminate, rescind, or agree any amendment, waiver, variation or settlement under or relating to this EULA are not subject to the consent of any third party.
17.6 Nothing in this EULA shall exclude or limit any liability of a party for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, or any other liability of a party that may not be excluded or limited under applicable law.
17.7 Subject to Clauses 14.1 and 17.6, this EULA shall constitute the entire agreement between the parties in relation to the subject matter of this EULA, and shall supersede all previous agreements, arrangements and understandings between the parties in respect of that subject matter.
17.8 This EULA shall be governed by and construed in accordance with [English law].
17.9 The courts of [England] shall have exclusive jurisdiction to adjudicate any dispute arising under or in connection with this EULA.
18.1 In this EULA, a reference to a statute or statutory provision includes a reference to:
(a) that statute or statutory provision as modified, consolidated and/or re-enacted from time to time; and
(b) any subordinate legislation made under that statute or statutory provision.
18.2 The Clause headings do not affect the interpretation of this EULA.
18.3 In this EULA, general words shall not be given a restrictive interpretation by reason of being preceded or followed by words indicating a particular class of acts, matters or things.
Clause 1 - Definitions
Definition of "Charges"
Definition of "Documentation"
How should the software documentation be identified?
Definition of "Effective Date"
Define "Effective Date".
Definition of "Force Majeure Event"
Specify particular examples of force majeure events.
Definition of "Licensor"
Is the first party an individual, a company or a partnership? What is the full name of the individual (including middle names)? What is the postal address of the first party? What is the full company name of the first party? In which jurisdiction is the first party incorporated? What is the registration number of the first party? What is the registered office address of the first party? What is the name of the first party partnership? In which jurisdiction is the first party partnership established? Where is the principal place of business of the first party?
Definition of "Maintenance Services"
Will the Licensor supply updates/upgrades to the User, apply them to the software, or both?
Definition of "Minimum Term"
What minimum term will apply?
Definition of "Software"
Where is the software identified?
Definition of "Software Defect"
Will non-material defects count as software defects for the purposes of this definition? In what ways may a relevant defect affect the software? Should a set of general exclusions from this definition be included? What exclusions should apply here?
Definition of "Software Specification"
Define "Software Specification".
Definition of "Source Code"
Consider whether to adapt the definition of source code.
Definition of "Support Services"
In relation to what exactly will support be provided?
Definition of "Update"
Definition of "Upgrade"
Definition of "User"
Clause 3 - Term
Is the term of the document indefinite, or will it come to an end upon some agreed date, or upon the occurrence of a defined event? Upon what date will the document terminate? Upon the occurrence of what event will the document terminate?
Clause 4 - Licence
When does the licence to use the software commence? Will the licence expire at some point? When will the licence end? What sort of licence is granted? What specific rights are granted to the User?
(a) - Will the licence specify how many instances of the software may be installed? How many instances of the software may be installed?
(b) - Will the licence specify how many instances of the software may be used? How many instances of the software may be used? Can the use of the software be circumscribed by reference to its documentation?
(c) - How many back-up copies of the software may be created?
Will the User have the option to ask the Licensor for consent to sub-licensing?
To whom may the software be sub-licensed? Is the right to sub-license restricted by reference to purpose? Specify the purposes by reference to which sub-licensing is permitted.
What general prohibitions apply to the use of the software?
(a) - Specify the transactional prohibitions applying to the use of the software.
(d) - What other prohibitions apply to the use of the software?
There are English/EU law restrictions upon the types of prohibition that may be applied to a software licence. In UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp. (C-128/11), the court ruled that a software vendor could not prevent a perpetual licensee from selling a "used" licence for software downloaded from the internet. The law in this area is complex and uncertain, and you should consider taking legal advice if resale may be an issue for you.
Include this text only if the User has the right to take copies.
Clause 5 - Source Code
Clause 6 - Maintenance Services
During what period will the maintenance services be provided?
What standard(s) must the maintenance services meet? Specify the standard or standards the services must meet.
Will the Licensor have a right to suspend the maintenance services in the event that the User fails to pay any amount due under the contract?
How much notice of an intention to suspend the maintenance services must the Licensor give to the User?
Which of the parties has the right to terminate the maintenance services (independently from any termination of the entire contract)? How much notice of termination of the maintenance services must be given? Will there be a minimum period for the maintenance services?
How much notice of discontinuance of the software maintenance services must the Licensor give to the User?
Clause 7 - Support Services
During what period will the support services be provided?
What standard(s) must the support services meet? Specify the standard or standards the services must meet.
How much notice must the Licensor give to the User of a suspension of services following non-payment?
Which of the parties has the right to terminate the support services (independently from any termination of the entire contract)? How much notice of termination of the support services must be given? Will there be a minimum period for the support services?
Clause 9 - Charges
Are payment amounts stated inclusive or exclusive of VAT?
Clause 10 - Payments
Will the Licensor issue invoices in advance of payment, or receipts in arrears? When will invoices / receipts be issued?
Will charges be paid in advance or following the issue of an invoice? What is the period for payment of invoices? When does the period for payment of an invoice begin to run?
Using what methods should payments be made?
(a) - What contractual interest rate should apply to late payments?
What interest rate will apply here? Consider whether to include this acknowledgement.
Clause 11 - Warranties
What warranties in relation to the quality of the software will the Licensor give to the User?
(a) - Is this warranty subject to a materiality threshold?
(b) - Will this warranty relate to a specific period? For what period will this warranty apply?
What is the scope of this warranty?
What is the jurisdictional coverage of the warranty?
In what circumstances may the Licensor exercise its rights under this provision? What rights will the Licensor have in the case of an allegation of infringement of intellectual property rights by the software?
(a) - Are there any express limitations on this right to modify? Specify the limitations on the right to modify.
Clause 12 - Acknowledgements and warranty limitations
What types of advice should be specified here?
Clause 13 - Indemnities
Should the document include indemnities?
Will the indemnity cover any breach of contract, or only the breach of specified provision(s)? Specify those provisions the breach of which will be covered by the indemnity.
If this provision is included, losses suffered by the second party as a result of a breach of the contract by the first party will be assessed on an indemnity basis, rather than a standard basis.
Will the indemnity only apply where the User complies with the requirements of this provision?
If this provision is included, losses suffered by the first party as a result of a breach of the contract by the second party will be assessed on an indemnity basis, rather than a standard basis.
Will the indemnity only apply where the Licensor complies with the requirements of this provision?
Will the indemnity provisions be subject to the limitations and exclusions of liability in the document? Will there be any exceptions to the general rule here? Specify the exceptions to the general rule.
Clause 14 - Limitations and exclusions of liability
Contractual limitations and exclusions of liability are regulated and controlled by law, and the courts may rule that particular limitations and exclusions of liability in contracts are unenforceable. The courts are particularly likely to intervene where a party is seeking to rely on a limitation or exclusion of liability in its standard terms and conditions, but will also sometimes intervene where a term has been individually negotiated. The courts may be more likely to rule that provisions excluding liability, as opposed to those merely limiting liability, are unenforceable.
If there is a risk that any particular limitation or exclusion of liability will be found to be unenforceable by the courts, that provision should be drafted as an independent term, and be numbered separately from the other provisions. It may improve the chances of a limitation or exclusion of liability being found to be enforceable if the party seeking to rely upon it specifically drew it to the attention of the other party before the contract was entered into.
Exclusions and limitations of liability in US contracts are primarily regulated by the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 ("UCTA") and the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 ("UTCCRs").
Contracts regulated by UCTA cannot exclude or restrict a party's liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence (Section 2(1), UCTA). Except insofar as the relevant term satisfies the requirements of reasonableness, such contracts cannot exclude or restrict liability: (i) for negligence (which includes a breach of an express or implied contractual obligation to take reasonable care or exercise reasonable skill) (Section 2(2), UCTA); or (ii) for misrepresentation (Section 3, Misrepresentation Act 1967).
In addition, if a contract is regulated by UCTA, and one of the parties is dealing as a consumer or on the other's written standard terms of business, then except insofar as the relevant contractual term satisfies the requirements of reasonableness the other party cannot: (i) exclude or restrict his liability in respect of a breach of contract; or (ii) claim to be entitled to render a contractual performance substantially different from that which was reasonably expected of him; or (iii) claim to be entitled, in respect of the whole or any part of his contractual obligation, to render no contractual performance at all (see Section 3, UCTA). UCTA includes various other restrictions, particularly in the case of contracts for the sale of goods and contracts under which possession or ownership of goods passes.
The UTCCRs overlap with UCTA. They provide that "A contractual term which has not been individually negotiated shall be regarded as unfair if, contrary to the requirement of good faith, it causes a significant imbalance in the parties' rights and obligations arising under the contract, to the detriment of the consumer" (Regulation 5(1)). Such contract terms are not binding upon a consumer. A list of the types of terms which may be considered unfair under the UTCCRs is set out in Schedule 2. A few of these have implications for the drafting of limitations and exclusions of liability. For example, one class of contract terms which may be unfair are terms "which have the object or effect of ... inappropriately excluding or limiting the legal rights of the consumer vis-à-vis the seller or supplier or another party in the event of total or partial non-performance or inadequate performance by the seller or supplier of any of the contractual obligations".
If you wish to try to limit or exclude liability in respect of reckless, deliberate, personal and/or repudiatory breaches of contract, you should specify this in relation to the relevant provision (for example, using the following wording: "The limitations and exclusions of liability in this Clause [number] will apply whether or not the liability in question arises out of any reckless, deliberate, personal and/or repudiatory conduct or breach of contract"). In many circumstances, however, the courts will find these types of limitations and exclusions to be unenforceable.
These guidance notes provide a very incomplete and basic overview of a complex subject. Accordingly, you should take legal advice if you may wish to rely upon a limitation or exclusion of liability.
Do not delete this provision (except upon legal advice). Without this provision, the specific limitations and exclusions of liability in the document are more likely to be unenforceable.
"Consequential loss" has a special meaning in English law: it means any loss that, whilst not arising naturally from the breach, was specifically in the contemplation of the parties when the contract was made.
Do you want to include a per event liability cap in this document?
(a) - What monetary amount should be used in the liability cap?
(b) - What floating amount should be used in the liability cap? The charge payable during what period, prior to the event or events, should be used for calculating this liability cap?
Liability caps may be unenforceable in practice.
Do you want to include an aggregate liability cap in this document?
(b) - What floating amount should be used in the liability cap?
Clause 15 - Termination
What notice period will apply? Must the notice of termination expire after some particular period, or on some particular day? How will the limitation on the expiry of the termination notice period operate? Specify the relevant period.
(a) - Will all breaches, or only material breaches, give rise to a right of termination? If the breach is remediable, should the party in breach be given an opportunity to remedy the breach before the right of termination becomes available to the other party?
(ii) - What remediation period will apply here?
(b) - Should each party have a right to terminate if the other party is persistently in breach of contract, even where there has been no material breach?
(c) - Will the winding up of a party as part of a solvent company reorganisation give rise to a right of termination for the other party?
(d) - Will or might a party to the document be an individual, rather than a corporate entity?
(b) - What notice period applies in the case of termination for non-payment?
Clause 16 - Effects of termination
Within what period following termination must charges in respect of services be settled?
(a) - Specify those charges that the User must pay to the Licensor upon termination.
(b) - Specify those charges that the Licensor must refund to the User upon termination.
This provision will not be suitable in all circumstances. The appropriate treatment of charges upon termination will vary from contract to contract.
Within what period following termination must licensed software copies be returned, destroyed or deleted?
Clause 17 - General
This is intended to prevent, for example, one party wrongfully claiming that a term of the contract was changed in a telephone call.
This provision is designed to exclude any rights a third party may have under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.
Which law will govern the document?
This template has been drafted to work in the English law context. If you plan to change the governing law, you should have the document reviewed by someone with expertise in the law of the relevant jurisdiction.
The courts of which jurisdiction will have the exclusive right to adjudicate disputes relating to the document (subject to applicable law)?
As a practical matter, it makes sense for the courts with expertise in the relevant law to have the right to adjudicate disputes. Where one of the parties is outside England (or at least the UK), you may want to grant the courts of their home jurisdiction the right to adjudicate disputes, as this could ease enforcement in some circumstances.
Clause 18 - Interpretation
Should provisions concerning the interpretation of the document be included?
This provision is designed to exclude the application of a rule of interpretation known as the ejusdem generis rule. That rule may affect the interpretation of contractual clauses that list particular examples or instances of some more general idea, by limiting the scope of the general idea by reference to those particular examples or instances.