TOOLKIT TERMS OF SERVICE

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These terms of service create a legally binding agreement between us when you browse our website as a visitor or use our toolkits as a registered user.

If you’re just visiting our website, then by browsing our website you’ll be treated as having agreed to these terms as relevant to you. If you don’t agree with any of these terms, you should stop browsing our website immediately.

If you’ve signed up to use our toolkits as a registered user, then you’ll be asked to confirm that you agree to these terms when signing up. If you don’t agree with any of these terms, you shouldn’t proceed.

You should also check out our [Privacy Policy] which explains what personal data we collect from and about you, how we use it and your rights under data protection law.

Got questions? Then feel free to email us at hello@stephenson.law

Key points to note

You should read these terms in full because they’re super important. However here’s a summary of some key points you should note:

  • You must be 16 or over to sign up to use our toolkits
  • All of our content is aimed towards businesses in England and Wales
  • All of our content is provided for general information purposes only
  • Even though we’re a regulated law firm, none of our content should be considered legal, accountancy or tax advice on which you should rely
  • No relationship of solicitor and client is created between us and our services aren’t covered by legal professional privilege
  • Even if you’ve not set up a company yet, when signing up to use our toolkits you’ll be treated as a ‘trader’ and not a ‘consumer’ under consumer protection law

1. Who we are

We’re Stephenson Law Limited, a company registered in England and Wales under company number 09386665. Our registered office address is at Desklodge House, Redcliffe Way, Bristol BS1 6NL, United Kingdom.

2. What we do (and what we don’t)

  • a. We provide content that’s designed to help startups at the beginning of their journey. This includes blog articles, documents, guides and videos. Our content is aimed towards businesses in England and Wales and all of our documents assume that the laws of England and Wales will apply and that the courts of England and Wales will have jurisdiction over any disputes.
  • b. Our content is provided for general information purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal, accountancy or tax advice on which you should rely. If you’re unsure about the suitability of any of our content to your specific circumstances, you should obtain professional advice. You should not take or refrain from taking any action or decision based on our content.
  • c. If you want to obtain legal or other professional advice on which you can rely, you should contact us to see whether we can assist you. If you instruct us to provide you with legal advice, you will be required to accept our terms of business.

3. Your account

a. If you sign up to our toolkits, you’ll be confirming that:

  • you're 16 or over
  • you intend to use our toolkits in the course of your business, craft, trade or profession, such that you are a ‘trader’ and not a ‘consumer’ under UK consumer law
  • you’ll only use our toolkits for your own purposes or on behalf of a company or legal entity that has authorised you to use our toolkits

b. If you sign up to our toolkits, you’ll be required to create an account. Your account is for your own use and your account details shouldn’t be shared with anyone. If you think your account has been accessed by someone else or otherwise compromised, you should email us at hello@stephenson.law immediately.

4. Your use of our toolkits

a. In addition to your other obligations under these terms, you must not access or use our website or toolkits:

  • for any unlawful purposes (or promoting any unlawful activity)
  • to distribute viruses, malware or other harmful code
  • to imitate communications from us or another person to collect personal data or other information (known as ‘phishing’)
  • in any way that disrupts the operation of our website or toolkits or to gain access to any data, network or system of any other person
  • to suggest that we endorse any business, product or service without our agreement
  • to reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble or circumvent any technical limitations (except to the extent permitted by law)
  • with a view to developing a competing product or service

Any breach of this term will be treated by us as a serious breach.

b. When you generate any documents using our toolkits, you acknowledge that:

  • while you may tailor the documents based on information you input and selections you make, they’re not bespoke and may not be suitable for your specific circumstances
  • you're responsible for the information you input and selections you make when generating documents
  • you’re responsible for obtaining legal, accounting, tax or other professional advice before using any documents
  • we don’t review any documents generated by you and you should use your independent judgment before using them
  • while you may save your progress when generating documents, we don’t provide any data storage service and you’re responsible for saving any documents to your device.

5. Rights to our toolkits and content

a. When you sign up to our toolkits, we grant you a right to access and use our toolkits subject to your ongoing compliance with these terms.

b. We also grant you a licence to copy, modify and use documents downloaded from or generated through our toolkits on condition that you:

  • use our documents for your business purposes only (but not if your business is similar to or competes with our business in any way)
  • don’t delete any of the metadata stored in the document (which includes our copyright notice)
  • don’t delete any of our trade marks from the footer on the first page of any document
  • Any breach of this term will be treated by us as a serious breach.

c. We’re the owner or licensor of all intellectual property rights in and to our toolkits and the content published on our toolkits in any form or media. All such rights are reserved. Except as set out in these terms, no other rights or licences are granted by us to you.

d. The Stephenson Law name and logo are UK-registered trade marks of Stephenson Law Limited. Except as reproduced in the footer on the first page of any document downloaded from or generated through our toolkits, you must not use or reproduce our name or logo without our prior written permission.

6. Data protection

a. In this paragraph the terms controller, processor, personal data, process/processing, data subject, personal data breach and technical and organisational measures have the meanings given to them under data protection law in the United Kingdom.

b. You may disclose personal data to us when generating documents through our toolkits. In these circumstances, you will be a controller and we will be a processor . Each of us agrees to comply with our obligations under data protection law.

c. In relation to any personal data processed by us when providing our services, we’ll:

  • only process personal data in line with your documented instructions
  • promptly notify you if we’re required by any applicable law to process personal data otherwise than in line with your instructions (unless applicable law prohibits us from doing so)
  • immediately notify you if, in our opinion, any instruction given by you infringes data protection law
  • ensure that anyone with access to personal data is subject to binding confidentiality obligations
  • considering the factors set out in data protection law, implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure an appropriate level of security when processing personal data
  • provide a list of our sub-processors to you on request. You give us a general consent to use all such sub- processors anywhere in the world, provided that we comply with the subsequent paragraph of these terms. If you object to any of our sub-processors you should not disclose personal data to us when generating documents through our toolkits.
  • ensure that our contracts with sub-processors contain terms substantially similar to, and not less onerous than, the terms set out in this paragraph and remain liable to you for the acts and omissions of such sub-processors
  • considering the nature of the processing, assist you by appropriate technical and organisational measures, as far as possible, for the fulfilment of your obligation to respond to requests by data subjects to exercise their rights under data protection law
  • considering the nature of the processing and information available to us, assist you in ensuring compliance with your obligations under data protection law
  • at your choice, delete or return all personal data stored by us to you after we’ve ceased providing our services relating to the processing, and delete any existing copies (unless applicable law prohibits us from doing so)
  • make available to you all information necessary to demonstrate compliance with our obligations as a processor and, subject to agreement on scope and timing, allow for and contribute to audits, including inspections, conducted by you or another auditor nominated by you
  • notify you without undue delay if we become aware of a personal data breach
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7. Suspending and terminating your account

a. We may suspend access to your account if:

  • we know or reasonably suspect that your account details have been shared with someone else
  • we know or reasonably suspect that you’ve breached any of these terms

b. We’ll let you know if we have suspended access to your account and our reasons for doing so. We may restore access to your account and extend your subscription by the period of any suspension if we suspended your account without justification but will not be liable to you for any losses incurred as a result of such suspension.

c. We may terminate access to your account (and the agreement between us) with immediate effect in the case of any serious breach of these terms by you. We’re not obliged to suspend access to your account before terminating your access.

d. Upon expiry or termination of your account, any documents stored on our toolkits will be deleted. You should therefore download any documents prior to the expiry of your subscription.

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8. Our liability to you

a. We don’t make any statements or promises that our website or platform (and any content made available through them) will:

  • remain available and operate uninterrupted or error-free
  • be accurate, complete or up-to-date
  • be fit or suitable for any purposes, even if we know or should know what those purposes might be

b. Our website and platform may contain links to other websites or materials . Such links are provided for your convenience only and don’t mean that we endorse any other website or materials. We don’t accept any liability for the content or materials contained in them.

c. We don’t accept any liability for loss of profits, loss of business, loss of contracts, loss of anticipated savings, loss of or damage to goodwill or reputation or indirect or consequential loss.

d. Subject to the above terms, our total liability to you won’t exceed the sum of £100. You agree that, having regard to the nature of our platform, the fact that content is provided to you free of charge and the terms of this agreement, this limit on our liability is a reasonable commercial position for us to take.

e. Unless you notify us that you intend to bring any claim against us within a period of 12 months from the date on which you became aware, or should reasonably have become aware, of any breach having occurred, we will have no liability for such claim. Any claims must be notified to us in writing identifying the breach and the grounds for your claim in reasonable detail.

9. Other important terms

a. Amendments to our website and platform: We may make changes to our website and platform (and any content made available through them) at any time without notice to you. We don’t guarantee that any content, including documents, will remain available for any period of time.

b. Assignment and transfer: We may assign or transfer our rights and obligations under these terms without your agreement. We’ll notify you if this happens. You may not assign or transfer any of your rights and obligations under these terms.

c. Events beyond our control: We won’t be liable to you for any failure or delay by us in providing our services because of circumstances beyond our reasonable control.

d. Law and jurisdiction: Our agreement with you as set out in these terms is governed by English law and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

e. Rights of third parties: We’re only liable to you, the person that has subscribed to our services. The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 is excluded and we don’t accept liability for any losses incurred by any other person.

f. Separate terms: Each paragraph of these terms operates separately. If any court or relevant authority decides that any of them are unlawful, the remaining paragraphs will remain fully effective.

g. Waiver: No failure or delay by us to exercise any right or remedy (in whole or in part) provided under these terms or by law will be a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor will it prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy by us.