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TERMS OF BUSINESS

(FOR ONLINE SALES)

This page (together with the documents referred to on it) tells you the terms and conditions on which we supply any of the Services (as defined below) listed on both of our websites www.rapidcompanies.com and www.rapidcompanies.co.uk (each website to be interpreted as Ďsiteí) to you. Please read these terms and conditions carefully and make sure that you understand them, before ordering any Services from our site. You should understand that by ordering any of our Services, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

You should print a copy of these terms and conditions for future reference.

Please read these terms and conditions carefully as they contain binding obligations on the Client. The Client’s attention is in particular drawn to the provisions of clause 9, clause 17 and clause 23.

Please click on the button marked "I Accept" at the end of these terms and conditions if you accept them. Please understand that if you refuse to accept these terms and conditions, you will not be able to order any Services from our site.

1Information about us

1.1 We operate the websites www.rapidcompanies.com and www.rapidcompanies.co.uk. We are Rapid Corporate Services Limited (ĎRapidí), a company registered in England and Wales under company number 05391899 and with our registered office at 1 Parkview Court, St. Pauls Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3DZ Our main trading address is York Eco Business Centre, Amy Johnson Way, Clifton Moor, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 4AG.

2Interpretation

2.1 The definitions and rules of interpretation in this clause apply in these terms and conditions (Conditions).

Applications: an application, filing, notice or other communication which is made or sent by Rapid to the Appropriate Authorities.

Appropriate Authorities: the Companies Registry or any other government or regulatory authority or other third party.

Client: the person, firm or company who purchases the Services from Rapid.

Client Company: the company owned legally or beneficially by the Client in respect of which Rapid are providing the Services.

Company Formation Service: the services set out in clause 7.

Companies Registry: the Registrar of Companies.

Disbursements: the disbursements, tax, duties, fees that the Client shall be liable to pay to third parties as a result of Rapid performing the Services and which Rapid pays on behalf of the Client.

Fees: the amounts payable by the Client to Rapid for the Services as published on our site at the time of the Order and confirmed in the Order Acceptance or as amended by subsequent communications from Rapid to the Client.

Order: the order or orders which the Client places with Rapid through our site for the Services.

Order Acceptance: the confirmation by Rapid of such acceptance of an Order sent by e-mail to the Client confirming that the Service has commenced.

MLR: the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Services: Company Formation Services, company administration services, company secretarial services, registered office services, banking, trade mark, consultancy and other services provided by Rapid to the Client as specified in the Order Acceptance plus any additional services that the Client requests after the date of the Order Acceptance and that Rapid agrees to provide to the Client.

2.2 Headings in these Conditions shall not affect their interpretation.

2.3 A person includes a natural person, corporate or unincorporated body (whether or not having separate legal personality).

2.4 A reference to legislation is a reference to it as it is in force for the time being, taking account of any amendment, extension, or re-enactment and includes any subordinate legislation for the time being in force made under it.

2.5 A reference to writing or written includes faxes and e-mail.

2.6 Any obligation in the Contract on a person not to do something includes, without limitation, an obligation not to agree, allow, permit or acquiesce in that thing being done.

3Your status

3.1 By placing an order through our site, you warrant that:

(a)you are legally capable of entering into binding contracts; and

(b)you are at least 18 years old.

4How the Contract is formed and cancellation rights

4.1 After placing an Order, you will receive an e-mail from us acknowledging that we have received your Order. Please note that this does not mean that your Order has been accepted. Your Order constitutes an offer to us to buy a Service.

4.2 We require a verified credit / debit card and authorisation for full payment before we can consider your Order. Authorisation of your card may reduce the available credit or balance at the discretion of the card issuer. Rapid has no control over this.

4.3 All Orders are subject to acceptance by us, and we will confirm such acceptance to you by sending you an Order Acceptance. The contract between us (Contract) will only be formed when we send you the Order Acceptance.

4.4 Rapidís performance of the Service to the Client will commence at the point of sending the Client the Order Acceptance.

4.5 The Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 permits consumers to cancel a contract after it is has been entered into subject to certain limitations and requirements. The Clientís will only have the right to cancel the Contract within 7 working days of the date of receipt of the Order Acceptance but only if Rapid have not started to provide its Service. If Rapid has started to perform its Service to the Client when it sends the Order Acceptance, the Client will have no rights of cancellation.

5Application of Conditions

5.1 These Conditions shall:

(a)apply to and be incorporated into the Contract; and

(b)prevail over any inconsistent terms or conditions contained, or referred to, in the Order, specification or other document supplied by the Client, or implied by trade custom, practice or course of dealing.

5.2 The Client acknowledges and accepts that Rapid is subject to the MLR and that in placing an Order or paying the Fees the Client is authorising Rapid to carry out such checks as Rapid considers to be necessary in connection with Rapidís obligations under the MLR.

6Provision of the Services

6.1 Rapid shall use reasonable endeavours to complete the Services including making Applications by any deadlines specified by the Appropriate Authorities. Rapid will not be in breach of its obligations to perform the Services (or any part of the Services) with reasonable care and skill where:

(a) the Client has not provided or supplied any information or documentation by any date or time specified by Rapid in order for Rapid to perform its Services or make any Application by any deadline;

(b) the Client has not provided information required by Rapid in order to comply with MLR;

(c) there is a failure of electronic communication technology or electrical supply, where Rapid uses electronic communication technology to perform the Services or make any Application (such as, but not limited to, applying to form a company, making a filing or application); or

(d) any Application made by Rapid is received by an Appropriate Authority but is not processed, actioned or otherwise delayed.

6.2 The Services shall be performed by such employees or agents that Rapid may choose as most appropriate to carry out those Services. Where the Services involve an off shore company then Rapid reserves the right to use off shore company formation agents.

6.3 The Supplier shall use reasonable endeavours to meet any dates for completion of the Services specified in the Order, but any such dates shall be estimates only and time shall not be of the essence for performance of the Services. Rapid shall not be liable for any penalty, loss, claims, damages or expenses directly or indirectly resulting from any delay by Rapid in the performance of the Services.

6.4 Rapid does not warrant that the Services are fit for any particular purpose, whether made known to Rapid or not and the Client must not rely upon Rapidís skill or judgement in relation to the fitness of the Services for any particular purpose unless Rapid confirm in writing signed by a director of Rapid that the Services are fit for a particular purpose.

7Clientís Warranties

7.1 The Client warrants to Rapid as follows:

(a) that any Order placed by the Client will not cause Rapid to infringe the law of any country;

(b) that the Client will promptly provide to Rapid such documentation as Rapid may need in order to comply with the MLR;

(c) that all information given to Rapid by the Client is complete, accurate and up to date;

(d) that where shares or company appointments are held by any representative of Rapid (which may be Rapid itself) in connection with the formation of a company for the Client, then unless Rapid agrees to provide nominee director or shareholder services in accordance with clause 12 and clause 13 immediately following receipt of the necessary documents by the Client all necessary steps will be taken to:

(i) complete the transfer of any shares held by a representative of Rapid to the beneficial owner;

(ii) implement the resignations of any representative of Rapid from the appointments in question and substitute the appointees of the beneficial owner of the new company; and

(iii) if applicable thereafter complete the necessary statutory formalities in connection with the appointment of officers, registered office and issue of shares.

(e) Where documents are supplied by the Client to Rapid for printing that any material contained in them is free of all defamatory matter and copyright or other legal restrictions and the Client shall fully indemnify Rapid against any actions, demands, costs, charges, penalties or expenses imposed upon Rapid or its employees as a result of any claim made against it or any of them in respect of the contents of such document.

8Company Names

8.1 Where a company name is selected by the Client for registration for whatever reason, Rapid warrants only that it will make application to the Companies Registry for the registration of that name, and that if registration is permitted, it is permitted by the Companies Registry on the basis of his view that it will not conflict with the name of any other company at that time of registration on the Companies Registry.

8.2 Rapid does not warrant that the use of the company name will not conflict with the rights of currently operating businesses, and in particular Rapid does not warrant that the use of the name may not give rise to actions for passing off, or for infringement of any other proprietary or legal right. Rapid has not investigated and cannot investigate the possibility of the existence of conflicting rights and the Client accepts sole responsibility for meeting all and any claims of any kind whatsoever arising out of the use of the company name, and agrees to indemnify Rapid in respect of any costs, expenses or damages it suffers or for which it is held liable as a result of any such claims.

9Exclusions from the Services

9.1 The Services that Rapid provides to the Client may involve tax or legal implications or necessitate the consideration of tax planning strategies. Rapid is not qualified to advise and is not providing advice to the Client on the legal or tax implications of the Services. IN PARTICULAR PLEASE NOTE THAT RAPID DOES NOT ADVISE ON THE FOLLOWING:

(a)ACCOUNTANCY ISSUES INCLUDING TAXATION MATTERS;

(b)INSURANCE; AND

(c)LEGAL ISSUES.

It is important that the Client always seeks advice from other professionals in these areas. Rapid is willing to introduce the Client to appropriately qualified professionals but the Client must instruct such persons to advise it.

10Company Formation Service

Where Rapid provides Company Formation Services the following shall apply:

10.1 New Company Formation (new company, not currently existing)

(a) The Company Formation Service must be paid for in advance by the payment of the appropriate Fee and Disbursements.

(b) The Client shall provide all the relevant details and complete the relevant documentation for the formation of a new company with the Order ('Company Formation Information'). The relevant details and documentation required are set out at www.rapidcompanies.com and www.rapidcompanies.co.uk. The Client recognises and acknowledges that:

(i) Rapid shall use and rely on the Company Formation Information to apply for the formation of the company; and

(ii) if all the Company Formation Information is not provided at the time the Client places the Order for the Company Formation Service, the Services may be delayed (and, in some cases, by the time all Company Formation Information is provided, the name of the company chosen by the Client may have been taken by another person) and Rapid shall have no liability in those circumstances.

(c) Unless agreed otherwise, Rapid shall apply for the formation of a new company as soon as possible on receipt of the Order, Rapid's acceptance of the Order and the payment of the relevant Fee and Disbursements and all the relevant Company Formation Information.

(d)The Client recognises and acknowledges that:

(i) the application for the formation of a company does not mean that the application will be accepted by the Companies Registry and/or that the Companies Registry will register the formation of the new company; and

(ii) the registration of a new company will not mean that the new company or its name will not infringe or breach some other law, benefit or right (such as infringing a trade mark or domain name), or permit the Client to register a trade mark or domain name with the same or similar name as the new company.

(e) For a New Company Formation an authenticated certificate of incorporation will be emailed to the Client. This electronic image is a legal binding document and is the only original that will be provided to the Client. Any printing of this image is a copy.

10.2 In respect of Company Formation Services, Rapid shall not carry out the following unless the Client has included such Services in the Order or has subsequently requested Rapid to provide such Services in writing and paid the applicable Fee:

(a)Filing or applying for trade marks or domain names;

(b)Applying for VAT registration;

(c)Opening bank accounts for the company formed;

(d) Providing company secretarial services, or providing the registered office for the company formed; and

(e) Preparing or filing any documentation or information subsequent to the formation of the company including but not limited to the new company's registers, annual return, accounts etc.

11Banking Facilities including Credit Cards and Charge Cards

Where Rapid provide banking services for Client or Client Company the following shall apply:

11.1 Rapid is acting only as intermediary in relation to provision of banking facilities whether as part of Company Formation Services or on a personal basis. The Client accepts that Rapid makes no guarantee of being able to arrange such facilities and accepts that the arrangement of the same is subject to status and entirely at the discretion of the bank or other financial institution to whom introduced. The Client accepts that where Rapid has used reasonable endeavours to arrange banking but the Client has been rejected by the bank for any reason whatsoever then Rapid shall be deemed to have provided the Service in relation to banking to the full satisfaction of the Client.

11.2 Rapid is not a bank nor does it purport to be a bank or a provider of banking services.

11.3 Rapid is not a card issuer and in processing applications or making introductions to providers on behalf of the Client for credit or charge card facilities the Client accepts that the arrangement of same is subject to status and entirely at the discretion of the bank or other financial institution to whom introduced.

11.4 The Client accepts that any banking or card service and the use thereof ultimately provided to the Client by a bank or other financial institution will be subject to the terms and conditions of the bank or financial institution providing the bank account or card and the Client further accepts that Rapid makes no representation to the Client as to the terms and conditions which may be applied by any bank or other financial institution.

11.5 The Client hereby accepts that they have been advised to read and make themselves aware of the terms and conditions applied by any bank or other financial institution offering them a service and only to accept that offer of service if they are agreeable to operating any bank account or card in accordance with the terms and conditions being applied by the bank or other financial institution.

12Nominee Directors

Where Rapid arrange the appointment of directors and/or company secretary (Officers) for Client Company the following shall apply:

12.1 The Officers shall at all times be willing to consider and entertain requests and suggestions from the Client in respect of the management of Client Company but they shall not be willing or required to act in any manner which is or appears to them to be dishonest, illegal, improper or incorrect. The Client acknowledges that Rapid and the Officers may charge such fees as they consider reasonable to consider such requests and suggestions and may charge additional fees in the event of the requests or suggestions requiring action by Rapid or the Officers.

12.2 Rapid shall procure the resignation and replacement of the Officers upon receipt of a written request from the beneficial owners of a majority of the voting shares in Client Company except that in the case of a hybrid company or a company limited by guarantee the request may be properly given by the holders of a majority interest in the profits of Client Company.

12.3 The Client shall at all times indemnify and keep indemnified the Officers or Rapid in respect of all actions, claims and demands, losses and costs made against or suffered or incurred by the Officers in the exercise or purported exercise of their duties unless the Officers and Rapid shall be guilty of personal dishonesty.

12.4 The Client acknowledges and understands that Officers may incur personal liabilities if certain statutory obligations relating to Client Company are not complied with and that compliance with such statutory obligations is dependent upon the Client promptly paying fees and responding to requests for information. If the Client fails to pay Fees when due or respond promptly to requests for information the Officers shall be entitled to resign their office and withdraw their services and the Client hereby irrevocably and unconditionally appoints Rapid or any subsidiary thereof its attorney and agent for the purpose of appointing the Client as director and/or company secretary in their place.

12.5 Rapid must be notified in writing sent recorded delivery to Rapid's address if the Client wishes to remove Rapid or its subsidiary or nominee as an Officer of Client Company. For the avoidance of doubt the changing of an Officer by the Client or any third party other than Rapid shall not be construed as having give notice of cancellation of the Service or a request to resign to Rapid or its subsidiary or nominee and Rapid shall continue to charge for the Officer until such time as properly notified of cancellation of the Service by the Client in accordance with this clause 12.5.

13Nominee Shareholder

Where Rapid arrange for the appointment of an individual or corporate entity to act as the beneficial owner of Client Company (Nominee Shareholder) the following shall apply:

13.1 The Nominee Shareholder shall at all times be willing to consider and entertain requests and suggestions from the Client in respect of the management of Client Company but they shall not be willing or required to act in any manner which is or appears to them to be dishonest, illegal, improper or incorrect. The Client acknowledges that the Nominee Shareholder may charge such Fees as they consider reasonable to consider such requests and suggestions and may charge additional Fees in the event of the requests or suggestions requiring action by the Nominee Shareholder.

13.2 Rapid shall ensure that a Declaration of Trust is entered into by the Nominee Shareholder in favour of the true beneficial owner ( True Beneficial Owner ) and shall procure the resignation and replacement of the Nominee Shareholder upon receipt of a written request from the True Beneficial Owners of a majority of the voting shares in Client Company except that in the case of a hybrid company or a company limited by guarantee the request may be properly given by the holders of a majority interest in the profits of Client Company.

13.3 The Client shall at all times indemnify and keep indemnified Rapid and the Nominee Shareholder in respect of all actions, claims and demands, losses and costs made against or suffered or incurred by the Nominee Shareholder in the exercise or purported exercise of their duties unless the Nominee Shareholder shall be guilty of personal dishonesty. Where the Nominee Shareholder shall be requested to participate in any transaction which might result in the Nominee Shareholder incurring a tax liability either at the time of the transaction or at some future date then in addition to the indemnity provided by this clause the Client shall pay on account to the Nominee Shareholder such sum as shall be calculated by the Nominee Shareholder as being the tax liability which he shall incur as a consequence of satisfying the request made by the Client. Rapid hereby warrant that any sum paid in performance of this clause by the Client shall be held exclusively for the purpose of meeting such tax liability and in the event of such liability not arising the sum will be paid back to the Client.

13.4 The Client acknowledges and understands that the Nominee Shareholder may incur personal liabilities if certain statutory obligations relating Client Company are not complied with and that compliance with such statutory obligations is dependent upon the Client promptly paying fees and responding to requests for information. If the Client fails to pay Fees when due or respond promptly to requests for information the Nominee Shareholder shall be entitled to transfer their nominee beneficial shareholding and the Client hereby irrevocably and unconditionally appoints Rapid or any subsidiary thereof its attorney and agent for the purpose of transferring to the Client all those shares previously vested in the name of the Nominee Shareholder.

14Company Secretarial Services

14.1 Rapid will only provide company secretarial services where Rapid is appointed as company secretary to the Client or Client Company and, except in the case of companies registered in Scotland, Rapid are providing the Registered Office Service to the Client or the Client Company.

14.2 Where Rapid provide company secretarial services (Company Secretarial Service) for Client or Client Company the following shall apply.

The Company Secretarial Service:

(a) is supplied by Rapid for a period of one year, renewal on the anniversary of the date on which Rapid started to provide the Company Secretarial Services;

(b) requires the payment of the Fee for this Service in advance; and

(c) is designed only for private limited companies formed in England, Wales and Scotland.

14.3 If the Client has chosen and paid for the Company Secretarial Service, then Rapid shall:

(a) carry out the following tasks and services:-

(i) maintain and keep up to date the Client Companyís statutory register in accordance with instructions from Client;

(ii) filing of the annual return;

(iii) responding to enquiries received within 60 days of incorporation of the company from HMRC and Companies Registry;

(iv) issuing share certificates in respect of subscriber shares; and

(v) issue reminders to the Client when filing dates will be due.

(b) not carry out the following tasks and services unless the Client has paid the Fee for such Services:

(i)prepare board and shareholder resolutions;

(ii)prepare and circulate minutes of meetings;

(iii)prepare and circulate notices of board and shareholder meetings;

(iv) file statutory notices (e.g. on change of registered office, company name, appointment and resignation of company officers etc.); and

(vi)filing resolutions (including special resolutions).

(c)not carry out the following tasks and services:-

(i)preparing or filing the Client Companyís accounts;

(ii) paying the Disbursements (unless the Client provides cleared funds to enable Rapid to do so and Rapid has agreed to do so); and

(iii) attending meetings of board of directors or shareholders of the Client Company.

14.4 The Company Secretarial Service does not include the appointment of Rapid as a company secretary of the Client Company. This is a separate Service for which the Client is required to pay a separate Fee.

14.5 During any period in which Rapid is providing the Company Secretarial Service for the Client Company, the Client authorises Rapid to make any required Application to any government or regulatory authority or other third party on behalf of the Client or the Client Company (as appropriate).

15Registered Office Service

Where Rapid provides registered office services (Registered Office Service) for Client Company the following shall apply:

15.1 The Registered Office Service:

(a) is supplied by Rapid for a period of one year, renewal on the anniversary of the commencement date;

(b) requires the payment of the Fee and Post Costs (as defined below) for this Service in advance; and

(c) is designed only for private limited companies formed in England and Wales.

15.2 If the Client has chosen and paid for the Registered Office Service, then Rapid shall:

(a) Register the office or location of Rapid as the registered office of the Client Company;

(b) Comply with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006 in regard to the maintenance of a registered office;

(c) Permit inspection of the company registers of the Client Company (to the extent required by law);

(d) Reserve the right acting as Company Secretary of the Client Company to open all communications sent to it which are addressed to the Client Company including:

(i) All official correspondence, notices of proceedings (or intended proceedings); and

(ii) Documentation which is specifically addressed to the Client Companyís registered office. For the avoidance of doubt Rapid will not deal with any communications other than those listed in this sub clause (d); and

(iii) Rapid reserves the right to discard such communications as it reasonably considers, acting in its sole discretion, to be unwanted marketing materials; and

(e) Subject to receiving advance payment of Post Costs, forwarding all communications coming within the category of (i) and (ii) of sub clause 15.2(d) on to the Client Company, to such addresses as the Client may specify. Rapid shall use its reasonable endeavours to forward such communications within two working days of it being received by Rapid.

15.3 The Client Company shall provide to Rapid the Client Companyís company registers (to enable them to be inspected by those entitled to do so). Rapid shall be responsible for making the company registers available for inspection if Rapid is providing the Company Secretarial Service. Whichever applies, the Client will be responsible for keeping the Client Companyís registers up to date.

15.4 If a person wishes to inspect the company registers of the Client Company, the Client acknowledges and agrees that Rapid may determine whether a fee is charged for inspection and the level of the fee at Rapidís discretion. Any fees received by Rapid will be retained by Rapid.

15.5 Rapid shall be free to change the place of the registered office from time to time. Rapid shall provide reasonable notice of such change to the Client.

15.6 If either party terminates the Contract for the provision of the Registered Office Service or the Client does not renew or pay for further period of the Registered Office Service, then the Client shall be responsible for notifying governmental and regulatory authorities and other third parties of the location of the new registered office as well as notifying Rapid.

15.7 After termination of the Registered Office Service (and the notification of the change in the registered office of the Client with the relevant governmental or regulatory authority) Rapid shall not send any further communications Rapid receives to the Client (except for the period required under law). For a period of one month after termination of the Registered Office Service, the Client may collect any communications in person from Rapid.

15.8 Rapid shall charge the Client for the cost of postage used in sending communications it receives on to the Client plus a fee for dealing with each communication. The fee is set out in the tariff of charges of Rapid as set out on the site. In addition to paying the Fee for the provision of the Registered Office Services, the Client shall pay a deposit to cover postage and fees (Post Costs). The Post Costs shall be payable at the same time as the Fee for the provision for the Registered Office Service. Rapid shall have the right to require the Client to pay further Post Costs (up to the amount set at the time the Client paid the Fee for the Registered Office Service). If the Client does not pay the Post Costs (or pay further Post Costs when demanded), Rapid shall have the right not to send any communications it receives to the Client until payment is received (although the Client shall have the right to collect in person, during normal working hours, any communications received by Rapid).

16 Trademarks

16.1 The Service must be paid for in advance by the payment of the appropriate Fee and Disbursements.

16.2 The Client shall provide all the relevant details and complete the relevant documentation for the registration of a new trademark name and/or logo with the Order ('Trademark Registration Information'). The relevant details and documentation required are set out at www.rapidcompanies.com or www.rapidcompanies.co.uk The Client recognises and acknowledges that:

(i) Rapid shall use and rely on the Trademark Registration Information to apply for the registration of the trademark and

(ii) if all the Trademark Registration Information is not provided at the time the Client places the Order, the Service may be delayed (and, in some cases, by the time all Trademark Registration Information is provided, the name of the trademark and/or logo chosen by the Client may have been taken by another person) and Rapid shall have no liability in those circumstances.

16.3 Unless agreed otherwise, Rapid shall apply for the registration of a new trademark name and/or logo as soon as possible on receipt of the Order, Rapid's acceptance of the Order and the payment of the relevant Fee and Disbursements and all the relevant Trademark Registration Information.

16.4 The Client recognises and acknowledges that:

(i) the application for the registration of a trademark name and/or logo does not mean that the application will be accepted by the Intellectual Property Office and/or that the Intellectual Property Office will register the new trademark name and/or logo; and

(ii) the registration of a new trademark name and/or logo will not mean that the new trademark name and/or logo will not infringe or breach some other law, benefit or right.

16.5 Where a trademark name and/or logo is selected by the Client for registration for whatever reason, Rapid warrants only that it will make application to the Intellectual Property Office for the registration of that name and/or logo, and that if registration is permitted, it is permitted by the Intellectual Property Office on the basis of its view that it will not conflict with the name and/or logo of any other company within the same class of trademark at that time of registration on the Intellectual Property Office.

16.6 Rapid does not warrant that the use of the trademark name and/or logo will not conflict with the rights of currently operating businesses, and in particular Rapid does not warrant that the use of the trademark name and/or logo may not give rise to actions for passing off, or for infringement of any other proprietary or legal right. Rapid has not investigated and cannot investigate the possibility of the existence of conflicting rights and the Client accepts sole responsibility for meeting all and any claims of any kind whatsoever arising out of the use of the trademark name and/or logo, and agrees to indemnify Rapid in respect of any costs, expenses or damages it suffers or for which it is held liable as a result of any such claims.

16.7 Upon the registration of a trademark name and/or logo, an authenticated certificate will be emailed to the Client. This electronic image is a legal binding document and is the only original that will be provided to the Client. Any printing of this image is a copy.

16.8 Fees paid in respect of Trademark searches are not refundable whether the trademark search proves favourable or not. Where the fee paid in advance includes for both search and registration and the search proves unfavourable then the element of the fee paid in respect of registration which does not take place may be refunded at the sole discretion of Rapid.

17 Money Laundering Regulations

17.1 Until such time as the Client and any other party to the transaction (including directors or shareholders of the Client) as Rapid deem necessary have satisfactorily passed the MLR checks carried out by Rapid then Rapid shall not release any documentation relating to the Services to the Client.

17.2 In the event that on completion of the MLR checks undertaken by Rapid, Rapid are unable to verify the identity of the Client or any other party to the transaction (including directors or shareholders of the Client) and the Client refuses or unreasonably delays in producing information to verify identity as requested by Rapid then Rapid reserve the right to treat the Clientís actions as a repudiatory breach of contract. In these circumstances any Fee paid by the Client to Rapid shall be retained by Rapid as damages for the Clientís breach of contract.

17.3 In the event that Rapid agree in its absolute discretion that the Client is entitled to a refund of Fees (in full or in part) then no refund of Fees shall be made until such time as the identity of the Client or any other party to the transaction (including directors or shareholders of the Client) as Rapid deem necessary to be subject to MLR checks, has been established to Rapidís satisfaction.

18 Fees and Payment of Fees

18.1 The payment of the relevant Fees (and Disbursements and/or Post Costs) for the Services ordered shall be made by the Client to Rapid at the time the Services are ordered and in advance of the performance of the Services.

18.2 By purchasing from us you confirm that the credit or debit card used is yours and understand that all credit/debit cardholders are subject to validation checks and authorisation by the card issuer.

18.3 If the issuer of your payment card refuses to or does not, for any reason, authorise full payment to us, we will not be liable for any delay or non acceptance of your order.

18.4 The Client shall pay Rapidís charges for the Services at the rates prevailing from time to time as stated on the site.

18.5 Except where specifically stated to include VAT, all amounts are exclusive of VAT and any other applicable taxes, which will be charged in addition at the rate in force at the time the Client is required to make payment.

19 Data Protection

19.1 The Client and any other party to the transaction (including directors or shareholders of the Client) hereby consents to Rapid collecting and processing their Ďpersonal dataí (as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998) and if required for the performance of the Services to transfer their personal data to countries outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) which may have laws which give less protection to an individualís personal data than the laws of the UK.

19.2 The Client is advised to read:

(a) Rapidís privacy policy which sets out how Rapid collect, use and process personal data; and

(b) Rapidís cookies policy which sets out how Rapid recognises the different uses of the site and counts the number of online visitors

(c) Rapidís terms of use policy which governs the correct and acceptable use of the site.

20 Confidentiality

20.1 Rapid shall keep the confidential information of the Client which is disclosed to Rapid in relation to the performance of the Services confidential and secret. Rapid shall only use the confidential information of the Client for the Services and for performing Rapidís obligations under the Contract. Rapid shall inform its officers, employees and agents of its obligations under the provisions of this clause 20, and ensure that Rapidís officers, employees and agents meet the obligations.

20.2 The obligations of clause 20 shall not apply to any information which:

(a) was known or in the possession of Rapid before it was provided to Rapid by the Client;

(b)is, or becomes, publicly available through no fault of Rapid;

(c) is provided to Rapid without restriction or disclosure by a third party, who did not breach any confidentiality obligations by making such a disclosure;

(d) was developed by Rapid (or on its behalf) who had no direct access to, or use or knowledge of the confidential information supplied by the Client; or

(e) is required to be disclosed by order of a court of competent jurisdiction or any governmental organisation with powers to require Rapid to disclose information held by Rapid on the Client or the Client Company; or

(f)that Rapid is required to disclose to comply with MLR.

20.3 This clause 20 shall survive termination of the Contract for a period of 5 years.

21 Use of Sub-Contractors

21.1 Rapid is permitted to use other persons to provide some or all of the Services.

21.2 Rapid shall be responsible for the work of a sub-contractor to the same standard as stated in the Contract. However, the Parties acknowledge and agree that some sub-contractors have their own terms and conditions on which they trade and which are more restrictive than those in this Contract. For example, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, a sub-contractor may have more restrictive wording as to the standard they will reach in work they perform (as to timing or quality), what is to happen if that standard is not reached or met, issues concerning the restriction and exclusion of liability, and so on). Where the terms and conditions of a sub-contractor are more restrictive or exclusory than the provisions of this Contract, the Parties agree that for work provided by a sub-contractor will be governed by the terms and conditions of the sub-contractor rather than the provisions of this Contract.

22 Warranties and Indemnities

22.1 Rapid warrants that it will use reasonable care and skill in performing the Services and the Services will be performed to the standard generally accepted within the industry, sector or profession in which Rapid operates for the type of Services provided by Rapid.

22.2 Rapid warrants that any company supplied by it pursuant to an Order placed by a Client (except where otherwise agreed by written authorisation of a director of the Company) is free of charges, duly incorporated and has not traded.

22.3 If Rapid performs the Services (or any part of the Services) negligently or materially in breach of this Contract, then if requested by the Client, Rapid will re-perform the relevant part of the Services. The Client's request must be made within 14 days of the date Rapid completed performing the Services.

22.4 Rapid provides no warranty that any result or objective can be or will be achieved or attained at all or by a given date for the completion of the performance of the Services or any other date, whether stated in this Contract or elsewhere.

22.5 The Client shall indemnify and hold harmless Rapid from and against all Claims and Losses arising from loss, damage, liability, injury to Rapid, its employees and third parties, infringement of third party intellectual property, or third party losses by reason of or arising out of any information supplied to the Client by Rapid, its employees or consultants, or supplied to Rapid by the Client within or without the scope of this Contract. 'Claims' shall mean all demands, claims, proceedings, penalties, fines and liability (whether criminal or civil, in contract, tort or otherwise); and 'Losses' shall mean all losses including without limitation financial losses, damages, legal costs and other expenses of any nature whatsoever.

22.6 Each of the Parties acknowledges that, in entering into the Contract, it does not do so in reliance on any representation, warranty or other provision except as expressly provided in the Contract, and any conditions, warranties or other terms implied by statute or common law are excluded from the Contract to the fullest extent permitted by law. Nothing in the Contract excludes liability for fraud.

23 Liability

23.1 This clause 23 sets out the entire financial liability of Rapid (including any liability for the acts or omissions of its employees, agents, consultants, and subcontractors) to the Client in respect of:

(a) any breach of the Contract;

(b) any use made by the Client of the Services, or any part of them; and

(c) any representation, statement or tortious act or omission (including negligence) arising under or in connection with the Contract.

23.2 All warranties, conditions and other terms implied by statute or common law are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from the Contract.

23.3 Nothing in the Contract limits or excludes the liability of Rapid:

(a) for death or personal injury resulting from negligence; or

(b) for any damage or liability incurred by the Customer as a result of fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation by Rapid.

23.4 Subject to clause 23.2 and clause 23.3

(a)Rapid shall not be liable for:

(i)loss of profits; or

(ii)loss of business; or

(iii)depletion of goodwill and/or similar losses; or

(iv)loss of anticipated savings; or

(v)loss of goods; or

(vi)loss of contract; or

(vii)loss of use; or

(viii)loss of corruption of data or information; or

(ix) any special, indirect, consequential or pure economic loss, costs, damages, charges or expenses.

Rapidís 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 Fees paid for the Services plus damages limited to 50% of the same amount for any additional costs directly reasonably and necessarily incurred by the Client in obtaining alternative services.

24 General

24.1 Neither party shall have any liability under or be deemed to be in breach of the Contract for any delays or failures in performance of the Contract which result from circumstances beyond the reasonable control of that party. The party affected by such circumstances shall promptly notify the other party in writing when such circumstances cause a delay or failure in performance and when they cease to do so. If such circumstances continue for a continuous period of more than 6 months, either party may terminate the Contract by written notice to the other party.

24.2 We have the right to revise and amend these Conditions from time to time. You will be subject to the policies and terms and conditions in force at the time that you order from us, unless any change to those policies or these Conditions is required to be made by law or governmental authority (in which case it will apply to Orders previously placed by you), or if we notify you of the change to those policies or these Conditions before we send you the Order Acceptance (in which case we have the right to assume that you have accepted the change to the Conditions, unless you notify us to the contrary within seven working days of receipt by you of the Service).

24.3 Subject to clause 21 and the following sentence, neither party may assign, delegate, sub-contract, mortgage, charge or otherwise transfer any or all of its rights and obligations under the Contract without the prior written agreement of the other party. A party may, however, assign and transfer all its rights and obligations under the Contract to any person to which it transfers all or part of its business, provided that the assignee undertakes in writing to the other party to be bound by the obligations of the assignor under the Contract.

24.4 This Contract contains the whole agreement between the parties in respect of the Services and supersedes and replaces any prior written or oral agreements, representations or understandings between them. The parties confirm that they have not entered into the Contract on the basis of any representation that is not expressly incorporated into the Contract. Nothing in the Contract excludes liability for fraud.

24.5 No failure or delay by Rapid in exercising any right, power or privilege under the Contract shall impair the same or operate as a waiver of the same nor shall any single or partial exercise of any right, power or privilege preclude any further exercise of the same or the exercise of any other right, power or privilege. The rights and remedies provided in the Contract are cumulative and not exclusive of any rights and remedies provided by law.

24.6 This Agreement shall not constitute or imply any partnership, joint venture, agency, fiduciary relationship or other relationship between the Parties other than the contractual relationship expressly provided for in the Contract. Except where otherwise agreed in these terms and conditions neither party shall have, nor represent that it has, any authority to make any commitments on the other party's behalf.

24.7 Each Client shall at Rapidís request and at its own expense execute and do any deeds and other things reasonably necessary to carry out the provisions of the Contract or to make it easier to enforce.

24.8 If any provision of the Contract is prohibited by law or judged by a court to be unlawful, void or unenforceable, the provision shall, to the extent required, be severed from the Contract and rendered ineffective as far as possible without modifying the remaining provisions of this agreement, and shall not in any way affect any other circumstances of or the validity or enforcement of the Contract.

25 Rights of Third Parties

A person who is not a party to the Contract shall not have any rights under or in connection with it.

26 Notices

26.1 Any notice required to be given under the Contract shall be in writing and shall be delivered personally, or sent by pre-paid first-class post, recorded delivery or by commercial courier to the other party.

26.2 Any notice shall be deemed to have been duly received if delivered personally, when left at the address, if sent by pre-paid first-class post or recorded delivery, at 9.00 am on the second working day after posting, or if delivered by commercial courier, on the date and at the time that the courier's delivery receipt is signed.

26.3 This clause 26 shall not apply to the service of any proceedings or other documents in any legal action.

26.4 A notice required to be given under the Contract shall not be validly served if sent by e-mail.

27 Governing Law and Jurisdiction

27.1 The Contract, and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the law of England and Wales.

27.2 The parties irrevocably agree that the courts of England and Wales shall have non-exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of, or in connection with, the Contract or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims). The partiesí submission to this jurisdiction does not limit the rights of Rapid to commence any proceedings arising out of this Agreement in any other jurisdiction it may consider appropriate.

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    for any other loss or damage of any kind, however arising and whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise, even if foreseeable, provided that this condition shall not prevent claims for loss of or damage to your tangible property or any other claims for direct financial loss that are not excluded by any of the categories set out above./li>

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