The Murder Mystery Company - Terms & Conditions of Business
(from 3rd April 2012)
In these conditions:-
"THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY" means THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY, part of CCC Events of Unit 11 St Josephs Business Park, St Josephs Close, Hove, BN3 7HG.
"the Client" means the person, firm or organisation purchasing the Services from THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY;
"the Guests" means the recipients of the Services or any of them as the context requires;
"the Services" means the services supplied to the Client and / or Guests under these conditions.
2. Basis of the Contract
2.1 A binding contract between THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY and the Client comes into existence as soon both parties have completed the Booking Confirmation Form.
2.2 THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY contracts on these conditions only, and acceptance by THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY of any request for the provision of Services from a Client shall be upon these conditions and shall override any other terms and conditions stipulated or incorporated by the Client. Variations or representations will only be binding on THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY if confirmed in writing by THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY.
2.3 The Client warrants that it is either a Guest or is the authorised agent of the Guests and is accepting these conditions not only for itself but as an agent for the Guests.
2.4 It is hereby expressly agreed that every servant or agent of THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY (including every independent contractor from time to time employed by THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY) shall take the benefit of every exemption and limitation contained in these Conditions and every exemption from liability, defence and immunity to which THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY is entitled shall also be available and shall protect and extend to every such servant or agent for the purposes of this condition THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY shall be deemed to be acting as agent on behalf of such servants and agents and all such persons shall to this extent be deemed to be parties to the contract of which these Conditions form part.
3. The Services
3.1 All descriptions and illustrations contained in THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY literature, price list and advertisements or otherwise communicated to the Client are intended to present merely a general idea of the Services described and shall not form part of the contract.
3.2 THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY reserves the right to make substitutions and modifications to the equipment used in the provision of the Services.
4.1 The price charged by THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY for the provision of the Services shall be as stated in the Booking Confirmation Form of any booking made by the Client.
4.2 A booking deposit payable by the Client of 50% of the price (including any VAT thereon) shall become due at the time of booking.
4.3 The Client shall pay the balance of the price not less than 28 days prior to the date upon which the Services are to be provided.
4.4 Any additional charges agreed between the Client and THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY shall be invoiced separately and the Client shall pay any such invoice within 14 days of its issue date.
4.5 If for any reason the Client cancels the booking, the booking deposit will be forfeited. If for any reason the Client cancels the booking within four weeks of the date upon which the Services are to be provided, the Client shall be liable to pay 75% of the contracted price, within two weeks of the date upon which the Services are to be provided, the Client shall be liable to pay 100% of the contracted price.
4.6 If all payments are not received by THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY in full and on time THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY may, at its sole discretion, treat the booking as cancelled by the Client and the cancellation charges set out above will be payable by the client.
4.7 All payments due from the Client under these Conditions shall be made without any set-off deduction or deferment of any nature.
4.8 In the case of overdue payment, THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY may charge interest and claim compensation for debt recovery and VAT in accordance with the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 without prejudice to any other rights of THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY.
5. Limitation of Liability
5.1 Prior to the commencement of the Services, the Client and all its Guests will, if so requested by THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY, sign a disclaimer of liability, the terms of which are available to the Client on request.
5.2 THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY accepts no liability for loss, injury or damage of any nature whatsoever, whether direct or consequential, arising out of provision of Services, save as provided under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977. Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing:-
5.2.1 THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY maintains public liability insurance cover up to a maximum sum of £5 million and the Client and every Guest shall limit any claims against THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY to such sum except in the case of death or injury and so far is reasonable in the case of losses caused by negligence and defective or poor quality goods; and
5.2.2 THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY and its servants or agents accept no responsibility in respect of any loss or damage to any property of the Client or any Guests.
5.3 A copy of THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY's public liability insurance policy is available upon request and the Client and all Guests shall observe its terms and conditions at all times. The Client and every Guest may increase the limit of their insurance cover at their own cost and by prior arrangement with THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY.
6. THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY's Authority
6.1 The Client and every Guest shall abide by and comply with any request or order made by or on behalf of THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY on the grounds of safety, whether it be the safety of the Client, the Guest or some other person.
6.2 The Client and every Guest agrees that the opinion of THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY or its servants or agents is final in regards to any matters appertaining to safety, and the Client and every Guest agrees to abide by any such opinion howsoever expressed. If in the opinion of THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY, its servants or agents, the Client or any Guest is or may be behaving dangerously or as acting in a manner which would or may in the opinion of THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY its servants or agents lead to a disruption of the Services, the Client or any Guest shall at the request or order of THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY, its servants or agents, leave the event for the rest of the day contracted for without THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY, its servants or agents having any liability to refund any part of the price paid for the provision of the Services. For the avoidance of doubt, any excessive consumption of alcohol prior to or during the Services shall be treated as behaviour enabling THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY to require the Guest concerned to leave the event.
7. Force Majeure
THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY shall bear no liability for loss, damage or delay howsoever arising caused in circumstances outside its control including (but not limited to) inclement weather, acts of God, war, strikes, civil commotion, work to rule or go slow, overtime bans, lock outs, fire, flood, drought or inability to procure materials or articles except at increased prices due to any of the foregoing causes (and in these circumstances may suspend or cancel the whole or part of the Services). THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY shall endeavour to notify the Client as quickly as reasonably possible if a force majeure occurs. While THE MURDER MYSTERY COMPANY is not able to refund any monies paid by the Client, where Services have been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, it will endeavour at its option either to arrange alternative services at the requisite time or re-arrange the provision of the Services at an alternative time.
8. Law of Contract
The construction, validity and performance of any contract shall be governed in all respects by the laws of England.