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Terms & Conditions

The following terms and conditions shall apply to all work carried out by Steve Jackson Design Limited (referred to hereafter as SJDL) unless otherwise agreed in writing. The ‘client’ referred to hereafter is the person(s), company, authority or other body who instructs SJDL to undertake the work. The contract is between the client and SJDL.

  • The scope and nature of the work will be defined in the fee proposal, to be carefully read and accepted in accordance with the terms and conditions set out below unless otherwise agreed in writing.
  • SJDL will endeavour to meet an agreed programme of work but can accept no responsibility for delays and/or consequential effects, howsoever caused.
  • SJDL will employ all reasonable skill and diligence within the normal standards of the profession.
  • The client can terminate the appointment of SJDL at any time, subject to 7 days written notice to the current trading address. Should the client terminate the appointment of SJDL, for whatever reason, all fees for time spent and expenses incurred up to the date of termination, shall be due for payment forthwith.
  • It shall remain the client’s responsibility to advise SJDL of the existence of any underground services, drainage, rights of way, wayleaves, or other impediments that may affect the site. The existence of which may not be readily apparent on inspection.
  • SJDL accepts no responsibility for third parties instructed by the client for other services including but not limited to structural engineers, consultants & party-wall surveyors etc.
  • Planning permission cannot be guaranteed by SJDL.
  • Payment of all local authority charges are the responsibility of the client. The charges may be included in fee proposals for the work to alert the client to their cost. In the case where SJDL has made a payment on behalf of the client for any third party charges, fees or expenses, SJDL shall add the amount to an invoice, plus a 10% handling charge, plus VAT at the prevailing rate. Non-VAT charges (e.g. planning application charges, will not attract VAT). Any service charges (e.g. the Planning Portal, payable to enable an online application to be made) paid on behalf of a client shall be added to an invoice.
  • VAT will be added at the prevailing rate to all fees, charges, etc.
  • Payment is normally due on presentation of an invoice unless otherwise agreed in writing.
  • SJDL reserves the right to discontinue work on projects where invoices remain unpaid after 21 days from the date of the invoice without any notice to the client.
  • SJDL will charge interest on all unpaid invoices, commencing 21 days after the date of an invoice at a rate of 8% plus the prevailing Bank of England base rate per annum.
  • Invoices remaining unpaid 28 days after the date of invoice may be subject to legal action where they remain unpaid and no agreement has been reached with the client.
  • SJDL will keep all information relating to the client confidential, excluding information in the public domain (e.g. planning applications) or where shared with other consultants.
  • SJDL retains copyright in respect of all designs, documents, specifications, etc, produced by SJDL unless otherwise agreed in writing between the client and SJDL prior to the commencement of work. The client has the right to build a design on the intended site only where all fees and expenses have been paid to SJDL.