GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICES OF SCHATZMANN COACHING UND BERATUNGEN
These General Terms and Conditions shall apply to all consultancy services proposed or provided by the Consultant, which are delivered entirely or partially to the Client.
In these General Terms and Conditions, the following definitions are applicable:
“Client” means the organisation or company with whom the Contract is entered into.
“Confidential Information” means any information related to the Engagement disclosed by the Client to the Consultant and by the Consultant to the Client, respectively, either directly or indirectly. Confidential Information may include, by way of example but without limitation, products, specifications, formulae, equipment, formulas, models, records, quality monitoring schemes/programs, training materials, business strategies, customer lists, know-how, drawings, pricing information, inventions, ideas, and other information, or its potential use, that is owned by or in possession of the Client and the Consultant, respectively.
“Consultant” means Schatzmann Coaching und Beratungen.
“Contract” means the contract between the Client and the Consultant which defines the scope of the Engagement and the services to be rendered by the Consultant, as well as the fee schedule for said services. More specifically, the Contract shall consist of the Purchase Order, these Terms and Conditions and any other documents (or parts thereof) specified in the Purchase Order.
“the Engagement” means any agreement, in whatever form, reached between the Consultant and the Client pursuant to which the Consultant agrees to render services to the Client in exchange for a fee plus costs.
“Force Majeure” means any cause beyond the reasonable control of the affected party, including, but not limited to, any act of God, war, riots, acts of the public enemy, fires, strikes, labour disputes, accidents, or any act in consequence of compliance with any order of any government or governmental authority.
“Project” means the services to be provided by the Consultant to the Client as specified in the Purchase Order.
“Purchase Order” means the document (i) setting out the services to be provided by the Consultant to the Client and (ii) listing any documents and the like to be provided by the Client to the Consultant such that the Consultant may perform the Project.
2.1 These General Terms and Conditions govern the provision of all services from or on behalf of the Consultant to the Client and apply to all legal relationships between the Consultant and the Client.
2.2 These General Terms and Conditions supersede any and all prior oral and written quotations, communications, agreements and understandings of the parties and shall apply in preference to and supersede any and all terms and conditions of any order placed by the Client and any other terms and conditions submitted by the Client. Failure of the Client to object to terms and conditions set by the Consultant shall be construed as the Client’s acceptance of any terms and conditions of the Consultant. Consultant’s commencement of performance or Consultant’s delivery of services shall be deemed or constituted as acceptance of any of the Consultant’s terms and conditions by the Client. Any communication or conduct of the Client which confirms an agreement for the provision of services by the Consultant, as well as acceptance by the Client of any provision of services from the Consultant shall constitute an unqualified acceptance by the Client of these General Terms and Conditions.
2.3 By contracting on the basis of these General Terms and Conditions, the Client agrees to the applicability thereof in respect of future agreements between itself and the Consultant, even if this is not expressly stated.
3. PERFORMANCE OF THE PROJECT
3.1 The Consultant shall determine the manner in which and the person by whom the Engagement will be carried out, taking into account, as far as is feasible, the reasonable requests expressed by the Client.
3.2 The Consultant shall provide consultancy services in the field of IT Law. Additionally, the Consultant operates smaller shops on an affiliate basis. These shops are boutiques for researched products. The Consultant promotes and sells products which do comply with Swiss Standards, which are overall ethical and do represent the Consultant’s values.
3.2 The Consultant shall complete the Project with reasonable skill, care and diligence in accordance with the Contract.
3.3 The Client hereby accepts that the time schedule allocated for the performance of an Engagement may be subject to change in case of amendment to the Engagement and/or the services to be provided thereunder after conclusion of the Engagement.
3.4 In case of any change of circumstances under which the Engagement is to be performed which cannot be attributed to the Consultant, the Consultant may make any such amendments to the Engagement as it deems necessary to adhere to the agreed quality standard and specifications. Any costs arising from or related to this change of circumstances will be fully borne by the client.
3.5 The Consultant may, at its discretion and, where possible, in consultation with the Client, replace the person or persons charged with performing the Engagement, if and in so far as the Consultant believes that such replacement would benefit the performance of the Engagement.
3.6 The Consultant shall provide the Client with such reports of his work on the Project at such intervals and in such form as the Client may from time to time require. The Client has the right to notify the Consultant that it wishes to modify its requirements in relation to the Project. Such modifications shall not enter into effect until the parties have agreed on the consequences thereof such as to the Contract fee and the completion date of the Project.
4. CLIENT’S OBLIGATION
4.1 The Client shall at all times duly make available to the Consultant all information and documents that the Consultant deems necessary to be able to carry out the Engagement correctly, in the specified form and manner. Also, the Client shall provide all cooperation required for the proper and timely performance of the Engagement.
4.2 The Client shall duly inform the Consultant of any facts and circumstances that may be relevant in connection with the execution of the Engagement.
4.3 Furthermore, the Client shall guarantee the correctness, completeness and reliability of any information provided to the Consultant.
5. FEES AND EXPENSES
5.1 The Client shall pay to the Consultant fees at the rate specified in the Purchase Order.
5.2 Unless otherwise stated in the Contract, payment will be made within fifteen (15) days of receipt of an invoice, submitted monthly in arrears, for work completed. Payment shall be into the bank account mentioned in the invoice.
5.3 Value Added Tax, where applicable, shall be shown separately on all invoices.
5.5 Any extra costs arising from or related to any delays in the completion of the Engagement stemming from the failure of the Client to duly make available to the Consultant the requested information and documentation, shall be fully borne by the Client.
5.6 The Consultant has a social & start-up hourly rate starting at 50.- CHF per hour.
5.7 The Consultant has competitive rate for the clients from private sector and governmental sector starting at 150.- CHF per hour.
5.8 There are hourly rates which are higher when there are more participants, group settings and consulting which needs preparation and significant research starting at 500.- per hour.
6. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
All results generated by the Consultant in the Project, including reports, other documents and materials, shall become the property of the Client. The Consultant shall provide all reasonable assistance such that the Client may apply for patents, copyrights and other intellectual property rights in respect of these results.
7.1 The Consultant shall keep secret and not disclose and shall procure that its employees keep secret and not disclose any Confidential Information obtained by him during the performance of the Project. The foregoing shall not apply to information which (i) is or becomes part of the public domain without fault on the part of the Consultant; (ii) was already known by the Consultant, other than under an obligation of confidentiality, at the time of disclosure by the Client; (iii) is lawfully acquired by the Consultant from a third party on a non-confidential basis; or (iv) the Consultant is required to disclose pursuant to any law, lawful governmental, quasi-governmental or judicial order.
7.2 Except with the prior written permission of the Consultant, the Client shall not publish or otherwise make available the contents of proposals, reports, presentations, memos, or other communications by the Consultant, unless these have been provided with the intention of providing third parties with the information set out therein. Furthermore, the Client shall not disclose any of the Consultant’s methods and work strategies without the Consultant’s written permission.
7.3 The provisions of this Article 8 shall apply during the term of the Contract and for a period of three (3) years thereafter.
8. WARRANTIES, LIABILITY AND INDEMNIFICATION
8.1 The Consultant, and any person put forward by the Consultant to perform the Project, shall not be liable if the services provided or the results generated by him in the Project are not absolutely correct, nor does the Consultant, or any person put forward by the Consultant to perform the Project, warrant, either expressed or implied, that the performance by him of the Project will not infringe upon intellectual property rights of any third party.
8.2 The Consultant, nor any person put forward by the Consultant to perform the Project, shall not be responsible for any loss or damage of whatsoever nature incurred by the Client, its employees or third parties, resulting from the use of the Project results by the Client, except to the extent that the same can be shown to be due to gross negligence or wilful misconduct on the part of the Consultant or his employees. The Client shall indemnify the Consultant accordingly.
8.3 Should a party be deemed liable to the other party, by way of indemnity or by reason of breach of contract or otherwise, the Consultant’s liability shall in aggregate not exceed the price for the Project. In any event, neither party shall be liable to the other party for any consequential, indirect, special, incidental or exemplary damages of any nature whatsoever that may be suffered by the other party.
9. TERM AND TERMINATION
9.1 Any times or dates set forth in the Contract for provision or completion by the Consultant of the services under the Project are estimates only and shall never be considered of the essence. Furthermore, the parties hereby acknowledge that the time schedule set out for the performance of the Engagement may change during the course of said performance. In no event shall the Consultant be liable for any delay in providing these services.
9.2 Either party may terminate the Contract by notice in writing forthwith in the event the other party: (i) is in default with respect to any material term or condition to be undertaken by it in accordance with the Engagement and / or the provisions of the Contract, and such default continues unremedied for a period of thirty (30) days after written notice thereof by the aggrieved party to the defaulting party; (ii) is affected by a Force Majeure which cannot be removed, overcome or abated within three (3) months; or (iii) shall make any assignment for the benefit of creditors or shall file any petition in connection thereto, shall file a voluntary petition in bankruptcy, be adjudicated bankrupt or insolvent, if any receiver is appointed for its business or property, or if any trustee in bankruptcy or insolvency shall be appointed for that party (and is not dismissed within sixty (60) days after appointment).
9.3 If the Client issues a termination notice, the Client shall be obliged to pay the Consultant a compensation equal to the agreed fees apportioned to the services already rendered by the Consultant, plus any additional costs incurred by the Consultant as a result of said early termination.
9.4 In case the Consultant cannot be reasonably expected to complete the works due to unforeseen circumstances, the Consultant may unilaterally terminate the Contract and the Engagement. The Client shall be liable for payment of an amount corresponding to the fees due for services already performed, while being entitled to receive the (preliminary) results of the services already performed, without the Client being entitled to derive any rights therefrom.
The Consultant shall perform the Contract as an independent contractor and shall not be the servant or agent of the Client.
Any notice given under or pursuant to the Contract shall be given in writing and shall be given by mail, registered mail or by facsimile transmission to the other party at the addresses mentioned in the Purchase Order, or to such other address as a party may by notice to the other have substituted therefore. Any such notice shall be deemed to have been received on the second (2nd) business day following the date of its mailing if sent by (registered) mail within Switzerland, on the seventh (7th) business day following the date of its mailing if sent by (registered) mail outside Switzerland or on the next business day immediately following the date of transmission if sent by facsimile transmission.
13. OBSERVANCE OF LEGAL REQUIREMENTS
13.1 The Consultant shall carry out his obligations under the Contract in a manner that conforms to relevant legal requirements.
14. GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION
14.1 All disputes which cannot be settled amicably shall be referred to the applicable courts in Switzerland, and the parties consent to the jurisdiction of the courts there.
14.2 The Contract is governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of Switzerland.
15. FORCE MAJEURE
Neither party shall be liable in any way for any damage, loss, cost or expense arising out of or in connection with a Force Majeure event. Upon the occurrence of any Force Majeure event, the party suffering thereby shall promptly inform the other party by written notice thereof specifying the cause of the Force Majeure event and how it will affect its performance.