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METADOR – GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE OF GOODS
The Buyer’s attention is drawn in particular to the provisions of clause 12.
1.1 In these Conditions, the following definitions apply:
Business Day: a day (other than a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday) when banks in London are open for business.
Buyer: the person, firm or company who purchases the Goods from the Supplier.
Conditions: the terms and conditions set out in this document, as amended from time to time in accordance with these Conditions (each of them a condition).
Confidential Information: all confidential information (in whatever form and however recorded or preserved) disclosed or made available, directly or indirectly, by the Supplier or its employees, officers, representatives or advisers to the Buyer and its representatives whether before, on or after the date of this contract, including:
any information that would be regarded as confidential by a reasonable business person relating to:
i. the business, affairs, customers, clients, suppliers, plans, intentions, or market opportunities of the Supplier, and;
ii. the specification or specifications, technical data, descriptions, manuals, flow-charts, operations, processes, product information, product constituent parts, know-how, designs, Intellectual Property Rights, trade secrets or software of the Supplier;
iii. any information provided in documentary or by way of a model or in other tangible form which at the time of provision is marked or otherwise designated to show expressly or by necessary implication that it is imparted in confidence, including (but not limited to) any drawings and specifications provided to the Buyer to help illustrative the design or composition of the Goods;
iv. in respect of information that is imparted orally, any information that the Supplier or its employees, officers, representatives or advisers informed the Buyer at the time of disclosure was imparted in confidence;
v. in respect of Confidential Information imparted orally, any note or record of the disclosure;
vi. all information acquired by observation by the Buyer (whether directly or indirectly) relating to the Goods;
vii. any information, analysis, compilations, studies, reports, results and other documents derived from the Confidential Information,
but not including any information that:
a. is or becomes generally available to the public other than as a result of its disclosure by the Buyer in breach of this agreement or as a result of breach of any other undertaking of confidentiality addressed to the Buyer, (except that any compilation of otherwise public information in a form not publicly known shall nevertheless be treated as Confidential Information); or
b. was lawfully in the possession of the Buyer before the information was disclosed to it by the Supplier as evidenced by written records; or
c. the parties agree in writing is not confidential or may be disclosed.
Contract: any contract between the Supplier and the Buyer for the sale and purchase of the Goods in accordance with these Conditions.
Delivery Point: the place where delivery of the Goods is to take place under condition 5.
Goods: any goods agreed in the Contract to be supplied to the Buyer by the Supplier (including any part(s) of them).
Intellectual Property Rights: patents, utility models, rights to inventions, copyright and neighbouring and related rights, moral rights, trade marks and service marks, business names and domain names, rights in get-up and trade dress, goodwill and the right to sue for passing off or unfair competition, rights in designs, rights in computer software, database rights, rights to use, and protect the confidentiality of, confidential information (including know-how and trade secrets) and all other intellectual property rights, in each case whether registered or unregistered and including all applications and rights to apply for and be granted, renewals or extensions of, and rights to claim priority from, such rights and all similar or equivalent rights or forms of protection which subsist or will subsist now or in the future in any part of the world.
Limit of Indemnity: the maximum amount of the limit of indemnity remaining from time to time in accordance with the public/products liability insurance policy effected by the Supplier (a copy of which shall be provided to the Buyer on request) for all occurrences during any one period of insurance.
Supplier: the partnership trading as ‘Metador’ having its principal office at Britannia House, John Boyle Road, Middlesbrough, TS6 6TY.
VAT: value added tax chargeable under English law for the time being and any similar additional tax.
1.2 In these Conditions, the following rules apply:
a. Unless provided otherwise, a person includes a natural person, corporate or unincorporated body (whether or not having separate legal personality).
b. Reference to a law is reference to it as it is in force for the time being taking account of any amendment, extension, application or re-enactment and includes any subordinate legislation for the time being in force made under it.
c. Words in the singular include the plural and vice versa.
d. Reference to one gender includes reference to the other.
e. Condition headings do not affect the interpretation of these Conditions.
f. Any phrase introduced by the terms including, include, in particular or any similar expression shall be construed as illustrative and shall not limit the sense of the words preceding those terms.
g. Unless provided otherwise, a reference to writing or written includes faxes and e-mails.
2.1 Subject to any variation under condition 2.3 the Contract shall be on these Conditions to the exclusion of all other terms and conditions (including any terms or conditions which the Buyer purports to apply under any purchase order, confirmation of order, specification or other document).
2.2 No terms or conditions endorsed on, delivered with or contained in the Buyer’s purchase order, confirmation of order, specification or other document shall form part of the Contract as a result of such document being referred to in the Contract.
2.3 These Conditions apply to all the Supplier’s sales and any variation to these Conditions and representations about the Goods shall have no effect unless expressly agreed in writing and signed by a partner of the Supplier. The Supplier’s sales representatives have no authority to accept, vary or amend any of these Conditions. The Buyer acknowledges that it has not relied on any statement, promise or representation made or given by or on behalf of the Supplier which is not set out in the Contract. Nothing in this condition shall exclude or limit the Supplier’s liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.
2.4 Each order or acceptance of a quotation for Goods by the Buyer from the Supplier shall be deemed to be an offer by the Buyer to buy Goods subject to these Conditions.
2.5 No order placed by the Buyer shall be deemed to be accepted by the Supplier until a copy signed by the Buyer of the written acknowledgement of order issued by the Supplier to the Buyer in respect of such order is duly received by the Supplier or (if earlier) the Supplier delivers the Goods to the Buyer.
2.6 The Buyer shall ensure that the terms of its order and any applicable specification are complete and accurate.
2.7 Any quotation is given on the basis that no Contract shall come into existence until the Supplier receives a copy signed by the Buyer of the written acknowledgement of order issued by the Supplier to the Buyer in respect of such order. Any quotation is valid for the period set out on the quotation or, in the absence thereof, for 30 days, provided that the Supplier has not previously withdrawn it.
3.1 The quantity and description of the Goods shall be as set out in the Supplier’s quotation or acknowledgement of order.3.2 All samples, drawings, descriptive matter, specifications and advertising issued by the Supplier and any descriptions or illustrations contained in the Supplier’s catalogues, website or other publications are issued or published for the sole purpose of giving an approximate idea of the Goods described in them. They shall not form part of the Contract and this is not a sale by sample.
3.3 All Goods shown in the Supplier’s catalogues, website or other publications are subject to availability. The Supplier will inform the Buyer as soon as practicable if the Goods the Buyer has ordered are not available and the Supplier will not process the Buyer’s order or purchase if made.
3.4 To the extent that the Goods are to be manufactured in accordance with a specification supplied by the Buyer, the Buyer shall indemnify the Supplier against all liabilities, costs, expenses, damages and losses (including any direct, indirect or consequential losses, loss of profit, loss of reputation and all interest, penalties and legal and other reasonable professional costs and expenses) suffered or incurred by the Supplier in connection with any claim made against the Supplier for actual or alleged infringement of a third party’s intellectual property rights arising out of or in connection with the Supplier’s use of that specification. This clause 4 shall survive termination of the Contract.
3.5 The Supplier reserves the right to amend any specification of the Goods if required by any applicable statutory or regulatory requirements.
4.1 The Supplier reserves all rights in its Confidential Information. The Buyer expressly acknowledges and confirms that ownership of the Confidential Information including all Intellectual Property Rights in the Confidential Information remains vested in and under the control of the Supplier. No rights in respect of the Supplier’s Confidential Information (including in respect of such Intellectual Property Rights) are granted to the Buyer.4.2 The Buyer shall not make any inventions or developments or patent applications using or based on the Supplier’s Confidential Information, and if any such inventions or developments or patent applications are made, the Buyer shall assign all rights in them to the Supplier or its nominee.
4.3 The Buyer shall not attempt to replicate the Supplier’s Confidential Information nor to investigate detailed aspects of the Supplier’s Confidential Information that were not disclosed by the Supplier.
4.4 The Buyer shall keep the Confidential Information confidential and shall not without the prior consent in writing of the Supplier disclose to any third-party any technical, commercial or otherwise confidential information which it has acquired from the Supplier as a result of discussions, negotiations and other communications between them relating to the Goods and the Contract.
4.5 The Buyer shall not use any Confidential Information for any purpose other than to perform its obligations under or give effect to the Contract.
4.6 The Buyer acknowledges that damages alone would not be an adequate remedy for the breach of any of the provisions of clauses 2 to 4.5 (inclusive). Accordingly, without prejudice to any other rights and remedies it may have, the Supplier shall be entitled to the granting of equitable relief (including injunctive relief) concerning any threatened or actual breach of any of the provisions of this agreement.
4.7 The Buyer shall indemnify and keep fully indemnified the Supplier at all times against all liabilities, costs (including legal costs on an indemnity basis), expenses, damages and losses including any direct, indirect or consequential losses, loss of profit, loss of reputation and all interest, penalties and other costs and expenses suffered or incurred by the Supplier arising from any breach of this clause 4 by the Buyer and from the actions or omissions of any representative.
4.8 The above clauses 1 to 4.7 shall survive termination of the Contract, however arising.
5.1 Unless otherwise agreed in writing, delivery of the Goods shall take place on the arrival of the Goods at the Buyer’s usual place of business. Unless otherwise stated by the Supplier, the costs of delivery, artwork and printing charges are excluded from the Price of the Goods.5.2 Any dates specified by the Supplier for delivery of the Goods are an estimate and time for delivery shall not be made of the essence by notice. If no dates are specified, delivery shall be within a reasonable time.
5.3 Subject to the other provisions of these Conditions the Supplier shall not be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss (all three of which terms include, without limitation, pure economic loss, loss of profits, loss of business, depletion of goodwill and similar loss), costs, damages, charges or expenses caused directly or indirectly by any delay in the delivery of the Goods (even if caused by the Supplier’s negligence), nor shall any delay entitle the Buyer to terminate or rescind the Contract or reject further deliveries unless such delay exceeds three months.
5.4 If for any reason the Buyer fails to accept delivery of any of the Goods, or the Supplier is unable to deliver the Goods on time because the Buyer has not provided appropriate instructions, documents, licences or authorisations:
5.5 The Buyer shall provide at the Delivery Point and at its expense adequate and appropriate equipment and manual labour for loading or unloading of the Goods.
5.6 If no one is available at the Delivery Point to take delivery, the Goods may be returned to the Supplier’s premises, in which case, the Buyer should contact the Supplier to rearrange delivery. Additional delivery charges may be levied by the Supplier in respect of any such rearranged delivery.
5.7 The Supplier may cancel delivery if it believes it would be unsafe, unlawful or unnecessarily difficult to deliver to the Delivery Point and delivery shall take place upon the return of the Goods to the Supplier’s place of business.
5.8 The Supplier may deliver the Goods by separate instalments. Each separate instalment shall, subject to condition 5.10, be invoiced and paid for in accordance with the provisions of the Contract.
5.9 Each instalment shall be a separate Contract and no cancellation or termination of any one Contract relating to an instalment shall entitle the Buyer to repudiate or cancel any other Contract or instalment.
5.10 In relation to goods, delivery shall be deemed to be made where a quantity of 10% in excess of or less than the amount of Goods ordered is delivered.
6.1 The quantity of any consignment of Goods as recorded on despatch from the Supplier’s place of business shall be conclusive evidence of the quantity received on delivery unless the Buyer can provide conclusive evidence proving the contrary.
6.2 The Supplier shall not be liable for any non-delivery of Goods (even if caused by the Supplier’s negligence) unless the Buyer gives written notice to the Supplier of the non-delivery within 7 days of the date when the Goods would in the ordinary course of events have been delivered.
6.3 Any liability of the Supplier for non-delivery of the Goods shall be limited to replacing the Goods within a reasonable time or issuing a credit note at the pro rata Contract rate against any invoice raised for such Goods.
7.1 If the Delivery Point is outside of the UK, delivery charges will be agreed between the Buyer and the Supplier. Any tariffs, taxes or import duties which are applied at any stage of the delivery shall be borne by the Buyer, and the Buyer hereby agrees to indemnify the Supply for all tariffs, taxes or import duties the Supplier incurs in connection with such delivery.
7.2 The Buyer must comply with all applicable laws and regulations of the country in which the Delivery Point is located. The Supplier will not be responsible to the Buyer if any applicable laws or regulations are broken.
8.1 The Goods are at the risk of the Buyer from the time of delivery.
8.2 Where applicable, risk in transit shall remain with the Supplier until delivery at the Delivery Point provided that in the event of any damage to the Goods during transit the Supplier will replace any goods proved to the Supplier’s satisfaction to have been damaged in transit subject to having received from the Buyer within 48 hours after delivery notification in writing of the occurrence of the damage and also, if and so far as practicable, of its nature and extent.
8.3 Ownership of the Goods shall not pass to the Buyer until the Supplier has received in full (in cash or cleared funds) all sums due to it in respect of:
8.4 Until ownership of the Goods has passed to the Buyer, the Buyer shall:
8.5 The Buyer may resell the Goods before ownership has passed to it solely on the following conditions:
and in such circumstances, title to the Goods shall pass from the Supplier to the Buyer immediately before the time at which resale by the Buyer occurs and the proceeds of such sale shall be held by the Buyer on trust for the Supplier in a manner which enables the proceeds to be identified as such until such time as the Buyer has paid in full all sums owing (for the avoidance of doubt, in respect of the Goods or otherwise) from the Buyer to the Supplier.
8.6 The Buyer’s right to possession of the Goods shall terminate immediately if:
8.7 The Supplier shall be entitled to recover payment for the Goods notwithstanding that ownership of any of the Goods has not passed from the Supplier.
8.8 The Buyer grants the Supplier, its agents and employees an irrevocable licence at any time to enter any premises where the Goods are or may be stored in order to inspect them or, where the Buyer’s right to possession has terminated, to recover them.
8.9 Where the Supplier is unable to determine whether any Goods are the goods in respect of which the Buyer’s right to possession has terminated, the Buyer shall be deemed to have sold all goods of the kind sold by the Supplier to the Buyer in the order in which they were invoiced to the Buyer.
8.10 On termination of the Contract the Supplier’s (but not the Buyer’s) rights in this condition 8 shall remain in effect.
9.1 The price for the Goods shall be the price set out in the Supplier’s written acknowledgement of order, or, if no price is set out in the written acknowledgement of order or no written acknowledgement of order is issued by the Supplier, as otherwise agreed by the Supplier in writing, or, failing that, the price set out in the Supplier’s published price list in force on the date of delivery or deemed delivery.
9.2 Unless otherwise stated or agreed in writing, the price of the Goods excludes delivery charges.
9.3 The price for the Goods shall be exclusive of any VAT which the Buyer shall pay when it is due to pay for the Goods.
9.4 The Supplier reserves the right, by giving written notice to the Buyer at anytime before delivery, to increase the price of the Goods to reflect any increase in the cost to the Supplier which is due to any factor beyond the reasonable control of the Supplier (including without limitation, any increase in packaging, insurance, transportation costs, costs of labour, materials or other costs of manufacture, taxes, tariffs or import duties (where applicable) or changes in legislation or regulations) or any changes in delivery dates, quantities or specifications for the Goods which are requested by the Buyer or any delay caused by failure of the Buyer to give the Supplier adequate information or instructions.
9.5 The Buyer agrees and acknowledges that the price for the Goods is based upon the limitations of liability set out in conditions 5 and 12 and upon the limited warranties given in condition 11.
9.6 The cost of any returnable containers or pallets shall be charged to the Buyer in addition to the price for the Goods, but full credit shall be given to the Buyer provided that they are returned undamaged to the Supplier before the due date for payment of the price for the Goods.
10.1 Unless the Buyer has an approved credit account with the Supplier, all Goods must be paid for before delivery unless otherwise agreed in writing.
10.2 Subject to condition 10.5, if the Buyer has an approved credit account with the Supplier, unless otherwise agreed in writing, the Supplier shall be entitled to invoice the Buyer for the price of the Goods on or at any time after delivery of the Goods and the Buyer shall pay the price of the Goods without deduction by way of set off or otherwise within 30 days from the date of the end of the month in which the Goods were delivered (or deemed delivered).
10.3 Time for payment shall be of the essence.
10.4 No payment shall be deemed to have been received until the Supplier has received cleared funds.
10.5 All payments payable to the Supplier under the Contract shall become due immediately on its termination.
10.6 The Buyer shall make all payments due under the Contract in full without any deduction whether by way of set-off, counterclaim, discount, abatement or otherwise unless the Buyer has a valid court order requiring an amount equal to such deduction to be paid by the Supplier to the Buyer. The Buyer shall not be entitled to withhold any payments due under the Contract because of a disputed claim of any nature.
10.7 If the Buyer fails to pay the Supplier any sum due pursuant to the Contract:
10.8 In the event that any variation is agreed between the Supplier and the Buyer regarding payment terms, which results in credit terms being extended to the Buyer, any such variation will cease and the amount of any debt owed will be payable forthwith on the occurrence of any of the matters set out in condition 13.1(a) to 13.1(o).
10.9 Without prejudice to any other right or remedy of the Supplier, any payment by the Buyer, which results in a cheque being referred to the drawer for whatever reason, will incur a charge of £50.00 plus VAT per cheque payable by the Buyer.
10.10 The Supplier may apply all or any part of any sum owing by the Supplier its subsidiaries or associates to the Buyer in relation to any matter in or towards payment of any sum owing to the Supplier. For this purpose references to the Supplier or the Buyer include any company which is a holding company, subsidiary or associate of the Supplier or the Buyer respectively.
10.11 The Supplier may appropriate any payment made by the Buyer to the Supplier against amounts that are owed by the Buyer to the Supplier for the longest period not withstanding any prior appropriation of that payment by the Buyer.
11.1 The Supplier warrants that (subject to the other provisions of these Conditions) on delivery and for a period of 12 months from the date of delivery the Goods shall:
For the avoidance of doubt, the warranties given in this condition 11.1 are given in lieu and exclude the operation of the implied terms as to satisfactory quality and fitness for purpose in the Sale of Goods Act 1979, to the fullest extent permitted by law.
11.2 The Supplier shall not be liable for a breach of any of the warranties in condition 1 unless:
11.3 The Supplier shall not be liable for a breach of any of the warranties in condition 1 if:
11.4 Subject to condition 2 and 11.3, if any of the Goods do not conform with any warranties in condition 11.1 the Supplier shall at its option repair or replace such Goods (or the defective part) or refund the price of such Goods at the pro rata Contract rate provided that, if requested, the Buyer shall return the Goods or the part of such Goods which is defective to the Supplier.
11.5 If the Supplier complies with condition 11.4 it shall have no further liability for a breach of any of the warranties in condition 11.1 in respect of such Goods and any Goods replaced shall belong to the Supplier.
11.6 Where the Goods sold are manufactured by the Supplier to the Buyer’s specification, or are outside the Supplier’s normal range, or are sourced by the Supplier at the Buyer’s request, the Supplier’s obligation is limited to manufacturing or sourcing such Goods within the specifications provided by the Buyer (except to the extent the Supplier in its own discretion has decided to vary the same, taking into account the current custom and practice) and the Buyer shall otherwise have no right to reject such Goods or to cancel an order in respect of such Goods.
12.1 Subject to conditions 5, 6 and 11, the following provisions set out the entire financial liability of the Supplier, which for the avoidance of doubt and for the purposes of this condition 12 shall mean the collective aggregate liability of all the partners in the Supplier (including any liability for the acts or omissions of its employees, agents and sub-contractors), to the Buyer in respect of:
12.2 All warranties, conditions and other terms implied by statute or common law (save for the conditions implied by section 12 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 or section 2(3) of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982, whichever Act applies to the Contract) are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from the Contract.
12.3 Nothing in these Conditions excludes or limits the liability of the Supplier:
12.4 Subject to condition 2 and condition 12.3, the Supplier’s total liability in contract, tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty), misrepresentation, restitution or otherwise, arising in connection with the performance or contemplated performance of the Contract shall be limited to 200% of the Contract price or the sum of £50,000 (whichever is the greater).
12.5 In the event that the limitation on liability set out in condition 12.4 is found by any court, tribunal or administrative body of competent jurisdiction to be illegal, invalid, void, voidable, unenforceable or unreasonable then subject to condition 12.2 and condition 12.3 the Supplier’s total liability in contract, tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty), misrepresentation, restitution or otherwise, arising in connection with the performance or contemplated performance of the Contract shall be limited to the Limit of Indemnity.
12.6 Subject to condition 12.2 and 12.3, the Supplier shall not be liable to the Buyer for loss of profit, loss of business, loss of opportunity or depletion of goodwill in each case whether direct, indirect or consequential, or any claims for consequential compensation whatsoever (howsoever caused) which arise out of or in connection with the Contract.
13.1 The Supplier may terminate the Contract without liability to the Buyer immediately (or following such period as it sees fit) by giving notice to the Buyer if:
13.2 In the event of termination in accordance with condition 13.1 or of any order being cancelled by the Buyer, the Buyer shall indemnify the Supplier against all loss (including profits) costs (including labour and overheads) and all other expenses and damages reasonably and properly incurred by the Supplier in connection with the Contract and its termination.
14.1 The Supplier may assign the Contract or any part of it to any person, firm or company.
14.2 The Buyer shall not be entitled to assign the Contract without the prior written consent of the Supplier. The Supplier shall not be deemed to have accepted an assignment of the Contract due to any circumstance or pursuant to any act or omission of the Supplier including, without limitation, the acceptance of payments or obligations under the Contract from a third party.
The Supplier reserves the right to defer the date of delivery or to cancel the Contract or reduce the volume of the Goods ordered by the Buyer (without liability to the Buyer) if it is materially prevented from or delayed in the carrying on of its business due to circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the Supplier including, without limitation, acts of God, governmental or regulatory actions (including orders preventing the movement of Goods), changes in legislation or codes of practice, war or national emergency, acts of terrorism, protests, riot, civil commotion, fire, explosion, flood, epidemic, lock-outs, strikes or other labour disputes (whether or not relating to either party’s workforce), failure of sub-contractors or restraints or delays affecting carriers or inability or delay in obtaining supplies of adequate or suitable materials, provided that, if the event in question continues for a continuous period in excess of six months, the Buyer shall be entitled to give notice in writing to the Supplier to terminate the Contract.
16.1 Each right or remedy of the Supplier under the Contract is without prejudice to any other right or remedy of the Supplier.
16.2 If any provision of the Contract is found by any court, tribunal or administrative body of competent jurisdiction to be wholly or partly illegal, invalid, void, voidable, unenforceable or unreasonable it shall to the extent of such illegality, invalidity, voidness, voidability, unenforceability or unreasonableness be deemed severable and the remaining provisions of the Contract and the remainder of such provision shall continue in full force and effect.
16.3 Failure or delay by the Supplier in enforcing or partially enforcing any provision of the Contract shall not be construed as a waiver of any of its rights under the Contract.
16.4 Any waiver by the Supplier of any breach of, or any default under, any provision of the Contract by the Buyer shall not be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach or default and shall in no way affect the other terms of the Contract.
16.5 The parties to the Contract do not intend that any term of the Contract shall be enforceable by virtue of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 by any person that is not a party to it.
16.6 The formation, existence, construction, performance, validity and all aspects of the Contract shall be governed by English law and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
16.7 The Supplier may vary these Conditions from time to time. Every time a Buyer orders Goods from the Supplier, the Conditions in force at that time will apply to the relevant Contract.
17.1 All communications between the parties about the Contract shall be in writing and sent by pre-paid first class post or sent by fax or by email:
(a) (in case of communications to the Supplier) to its principal office or such changed address as shall be notified to the Buyer by the Supplier, and communications sent by fax or by email shall be sent to such fax number or email address as shall be notified to the Buyer by the Supplier; or
(b) (in the case of the communications to the Buyer) to the registered office of the addressee (if it is a company) or (in any other case) to any address of the Buyer set out in any document which forms part of the Contract or such other address as shall be notified to the Supplier by the Buyer, and communications sent by fax or by email shall be sent to such fax number or email address as shall be notified to the Supplier by the Buyer.
17.2 Communications shall be deemed to have been received: (a) if sent by pre-paid first class post, two days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) after posting (exclusive of the day of posting); (b) if sent by fax on a working day prior to 4.00 pm, at the time of transmission, otherwise at 9:00 am on the next working day; or (c) if sent by email and received by the recipient in their inbox on a working day prior to 4:00 pm, at the time of such receipt into the relevant inbox, otherwise at 9:00 am on the next working day.
17.3 Communications addressed to the Supplier shall be marked for the attention of a partner or the partners of the Supplier.
17.4 This clause 17 shall not apply to the service of any proceedings or other documents in any legal action.