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7 January 2019 0 Comments
Posted in Corporate & Commercial, Opinion

Seaborne’s Ts & Cs fail to hold water

Posted by , Solicitor

The Government has been criticised for awarding Seaborne Freight (UK) Limited a contract to provide cross-channel freight services in the event of a no-deal Brexit despite Seaborne Freight having never previously operated a ferry service. It has now been widely reported that Seaborne’s supply of services terms appear to be in relation to a food delivery service rather than freight services causing embarrassment for Seaborne and the Government.

Ferry boat

The Government has stated that it has “looked very carefully” at the business. The officials said that they were pleased to be supporting a new British business and that Seaborne was awarded the contract as part of a formal tender process.

Seaborne have now amended their terms and conditions, removing references to “meal” and “delivery driver”. However, the reputational damage to Seaborne is substantial and is likely to affect their reputation as a new business in the sector, as well as public confidence. This could a have serious impact on their credibility in future tender bids as well as relationships with customers.

Terms and conditions that work for your business

Where you contract on “standard” terms and conditions, it’s easy to neglect to periodically review and update the terms and conditions. And yet it is essential as your Ts & Cs should accurately reflect the nature of what you are providing and the terms that you are contracting on. You should ensure that that your terms protect your business and its contractual relationships.

Having well-drafted, bespoke terms and conditions for your business is invaluable. These can ensure your liability under contracts is sensibly limited and that the contractual term and the parties’ respective obligations are clear.

For more information please contact Janetta Barrett to discuss your terms and conditions and how we can assist you to ensure that they adequately protect your business:

01225 459 921     Email usjanetta.barrett@roydswithyking.com

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