1) What these Terms and Conditions areBy contracting with us to write for you, you acknowledge that you have been offered the opportunity to read these Terms and Conditions and agree to be bound by the version of these Terms and Conditions as displayed on https://www.freelancecopywriter.co.uk/terms-and-conditions-of-business/ at the time of contracting. When you contract with us to write for you, you acknowledge that as the formulation of the contract between us, these Terms and Conditions take precedence over any other terms and conditions, express or implied, and regardless of whether it is your normal practice to conduct similar engagements under your own Terms and Conditions. If you hire me (Laurence Blume) to write for you, you are contracting with Big Lessons Limited, a UK private Limited Company which trades as ‘freelancecopywriter.co.uk’.
2) Confirming our contract and starting the jobA job is considered as being contracted the moment you agree these Terms and Conditions by clicking the ‘I Agree’ button at the bottom of this page. If, for any reason, we do not ask you to do this or you decline to do this, a job may be judged to have been contracted on receipt of any email in which you clearly indicate that you wish us to proceed with the work at a fee you have agreed with us in earlier correspondence. If you are contracting with us on behalf of any group of individuals other than yourself alone, or on behalf of a company, you warrant that you are authorised to enter into a contract on behalf of that group of individuals or company. If you are contracting on behalf of a company which uses a Purchase Order system, the job will be deemed to be contracted only on receipt by E-mail or post of a PO number. The PO itself should be supplied by E-mail or post, but the job will be deemed to have been contracted as soon as your PO number is received.
3) Contracting with us if you work for a marketing services or web development agencyIf you contract with us on behalf of a marketing services or web development agency of any kind, to work on a project for one of your clients, a contract will exist only between us and the marketing services agency, and not between us and any client of the marketing services agency. You agree to indemnify us against any claim by any client of the marketing services agency for compensation or damages brought about as a direct or indirect consequence of the use, or inability or unwillingness to use, the material which we write for you. If you contract with us on behalf of a marketing services or web development agency of any kind, you attest that you are authorised to enter into a contract on behalf of that marketing services or web development agency.
4) Us contracting directly with one of your clientsIf you represent a marketing services or web development agency of any kind, and wish us to work on a project for one of your clients but wish us to contract directly with that client, then a contract, subject to agreement, will exist between your client company and Big Lessons Ltd, and you acknowledge that we are free to conduct and further develop a direct relationship with that client without reference to you, and without compensation or commission of any kind being payable. In such a case, we agree that we will not seek to sell to your client any services, other than copywriting, which they have at any time previously purchased from you.
5) The work we do for the fee we agreeOur standard pricing model is intended to be one of ‘fixed pricing’. This means that once we’ve agreed the fee, we aim to support the copy until you are entirely happy with it, without any further fee being due. This includes rewriting from scratch after you have viewed the initial draft, if you feel that that is what you’d like us to do, and are able to present a reasonable case for this being necessary.
In order to avoid the possibility of this policy being abused, the service of which you are contractually assured for the fee we agree is defined as and limited to: preparation of first draft; submission of first draft; integration of your feedback to allow preparation of second draft; submission of second draft.
6) Our Guarantee
7) Payment terms7.1 Our standard trading terms for are:
7.1.1 UK Ltd Company clients and major non-UK corporations: We will invoice on or after the date on which we actually commence work on the project, and payment will fall due at 30 days unless we have expressly agreed otherwise in writing.
7.1.2 UK Sole Traders clients working from a residential address: We will invoice the full project fee at the time that the job is contracted, and the fee will become due in full on completion of the task. For the purposes of payment, ‘completion of the task’ will be viewed as not more than 14 days from the delivery by us of the first draft. (In certain circumstances we may request that 50% of the fee be paid in advance of commencement of work, with the balance due on completion as defined above. A request for some advance payment should in no way be interpreted as an indication of distrust, but is simply a limiting of our credit risk exposure.
7.1.3 Clients outside of the UK except major corporations: In all cases, we will invoice the full project fee at the time that the job is contracted, with the first 50% of the fee due in advance of commencement of work, and the balance due on completion of the task. For the purposes of payment, ‘completion of the task’ will be viewed as not more than 14 days from the delivery by us of the first draft.
(In certain circumstances we may request that 100% of the fee be paid in advance of commencement of work. Please do not take offence should we make this request. Pursuing payment of relatively modest sums across borders, should we have to, is impractical.7.2 You will make payment by BACS, IBAN or other recognised electronic bank transfer, to our account details for which are provided on the invoice. If your accounts department require any information additional to that shown on your invoice, they must request this information from us in sufficient time to complete payment by the appropriate date. If you wish to make payment by Visa or Mastercard, or by PayPal, we can arrange for you to do this securely, and you must advise us of this in sufficient time for payment to be completed by the due date. 7.3 The existence of an ‘end of following month’ payment practice in your company’s handling of accounts payable will in no way alter your obligation to make payment on the due date shown on our invoice. 7.4 Once a project is contracted as described above, the fee we have agreed between us for the full project is deemed to be incurred unless we have specifically agreed payment milestones. You have no right to withhold or reduce payment based on your critical response to, or appraisal of, the copy we write for you, and you acknowledge our right to pursue payment in full should you elect for any reason to do this. 7.5 Should you for any reason fail to maintain communication with us with regard to a project which you have contracted, we will issue an invoice forthwith, and due for immediate payment. We will consider failure to maintain communication as a period of 21 days in which we do not hear from you, despite our sending 3 or more emails to an address via which we have previously communicated successfully with you and from which the mail does not bounce. 5 days will be allowed for the last email to be responded to. In such a situation, we will make every effort to contact you by telephone as well as by email, but it is your obligation to ensure you maintain communication throughout your project. 7.6 In the event of premature commutation of the project by you for any reason, no reduction in fee will be due, and the full sum agreed between us for the work contracted will immediately become due for payment, with the immediate cancellation of any period of credit shown on the invoice. 7.7 This does not affect your statutory rights, nor your rights under the terms of our Guarantee (6, above) which protects you in the situation where, after a fair and proper process of collaboration, you contend that the copy we have delivered is not fit for purpose and we agree to accept your contention without prejudice.