Terms and Conditions of Engagement
It is believed that these Terms and Conditions of Engagement when fully completed will comply with the requirements of Section 18 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 and the Estate Agents (Provision of Information) Regulations 1991.
This agreement is made up of the Sale Particulars above and the Conditions overleaf (and if there is any conflict or ambiguity between them, the terms of the Sale Particulars will prevail).
A binding agreement shall be created between the Vendor and Swan Business Brokers Limited upon the earliest to occur of (i) both parties signing the Sales Particulars below, or (ii) if only the vendor has signed the Sale Particulars, upon Swan Business Brokers Limited commencing the provision of any of the Services (defined overleaf). The Sales Particulars and these Conditions apply to the agreement to the exclusion of any other terms that the Vendor seeks to impose or incorporate, or which are implied by trade, custom, practice or course of dealing.
In signing this agreement, the Vendor (and the Guarantor, if any) warrants and confirms that the Sales Particulars above are correct, accurate and not in any way misleading. The Vendor acknowledges that Swan Business Brokers Limited will rely on such information and is not obliged to independently verify any information provided to it by the Vendor or on its behalf.
Terms & Conditions
1. THE DEFINITIONS & APPOINTMENT
1.1 The following definitions apply in these terms and conditions:
‘’SBBL” means Swan Business Brokers Limited, registered in England and Wales
“Vendor” means the person, firm, company or other incorporated entity identified as the Vendor in the Sales Particulars
“Conditions” means these terms and conditions
“Services” means the services described in clause 4 below
“Business/Assets” means the business, assets, company or other incorporated entity being sold by the vendor that is identified in the Sale Particulars
1.2 The vendor hereby appoints SBBL to act as its exclusive agent, with sole selling rights, for the sale of the Business/Assets.
2.COMMENCEMENT AND DURATION
2.1 This agreement shall commence as described in the Sales Particulars on the opposite page (subject to clauses 2.2 and 3.2 below) and shall continue for a minimum period of twelve (12) months, continuing thereafter until terminated by either party, giving to the other, not less than 28 days’ notice in writing (recorded or registered post)
2.2 This agreement shall automatically expire upon completion of the sale of the Business/Assets, subject to all fees owing to SBBL, having been paid in full.
3. FINANCIAL MATTERS
3.1 The Vendor hereby authorises SBBL to accept, on its behalf, any offer for the Business/Assets which meets (or exceeds) the sum of £ xxx or such lower figure as the vendor instructs SBBL to accept.
3.2 The Vendor shall, within 7 days of the date of this agreement, pay SBBL a registration fee (“the Registration Fee”) of £xxx, plus VAT. The Registration Fee is non-refundable and totally independent of the commission.
3.3 In addition to the registration fee, the vendor shall pay a commission (“the commission”) of xxx% of the actual sale price of the Business/Assets, subject to a minimum Commission of £xxx , plus VAT. The Vendor will be liable to pay the commission within 7 days of the occurrence of any of the following circumstances:
3.3.1 If unconditional contracts for the sale of the Business/Assets are exchanged (or concluded) in the period during which SBBL have sole selling rights, even if the purchaser was not found by SBBL, but by another agent or by any other person, including the Vendor or Guarantor; or
3.3.2 If unconditional contracts for the sales of the Business/Assets are exchanged (or concluded) after the expiry of the period during which SBBL have sole selling rights but to a purchaser who was introduced to the vendor during that period or with whom SBBL had negotiations about the Business/Assets during that period; or
3.3.3 In circumstances where the Estate Agents Act 1979 does not apply, if conditional or unconditional contracts for the sale of the Business/Assets are exchanged, (or concluded) in the period during which SBBL have sole selling rights, or after the expiry for the period during which SBBL have sole selling rights but to a purchaser who expressed an interest in purchasing the Business/Assets (to either SBBL or the vendor) during that period.
3.4 In the addition to the registration fee and commission, the vendor shall pay any expenses approved by it in connection to the services, within 7 days of receipt of an invoice in respect thereof from SBBL.
3.5 SBBL shall be entitled to accept monies paid as deposit for the sale/purchase of the Business/Assets and shall be entitled to retain such monies or part thereof as payment of any monies owed to it by the Vendor under this agreement.
4.1 SBBL shall use all reasonable endeavours to market the business, procure a buyer for, and to secure a sale of, the Business/Assets (services) and in doing so shall act in good faith with regard to the vendor’s interest and comply with the vendor’s reasonable instructions.
5.1 The vendor shall act in good faith towards SBBL. The vendor shall not do anything that may hinder or delay the performance of this agreement. If the vendor breeches the provisions of this clause, SBBL shall be entitled to claim damages equal to the commission that would have been payable on sale of the Business/Assets at the selling price identified in clause 3. above (such payment being a genuine pre-estimate of loss, and not a penalty). Without limitation, the vendor will be deemed to have hindered or delayed the performance of this agreement if it:
a. Fails to pay the registration fee by the date set out in clause 3.2.
b. Unreasonably fails to allow interested parties to view the relevant assets.
c. Unreasonably makes any representations to any interested party that might deter them from progressing negotiations further.
d. Refuses to provide SBBL with details of solicitors and/or accountants acting on the sale of the Business/Assets.
e. Unreasonably fails to make available to SBBL or interested parties any information that SBBL deems reasonably necessary in respect of the sales of the Business/Assets.
f. Refuses to sell the Business/Assets at the selling price identified in clause 3.
g. Provides SBBL or interested parties false or misleading information in relation to the sale of the Business/Assets.
h. Closes, liquidates or otherwise ceases to operate the Business/Assets or surrenders the relevant lease.
i. Instructs another agent to sell the Business/Assets (or any part thereof) during the term of this agreement.
j. Where any energy performance certificate is required by law in respect of the sale of the Business/Assets, it fails to procure the energy performance certificate within 14 days of the date of this agreement.
5.2 The vendor shall provide SBBL with all reasonable assistance to enable SBBL to perform this agreement and shall provide access to the Business/Assets and accurate and up to date information concerning the Business/Assets (including without limitation audited trading accounts) as and when requested.
5.3 The vendor hereby indemnifies SBBL against any and all loss, cost, damages or liability incurred by SBBL arising out of SBBL’s performance of this agreement (save only for any such loss, cost, damages or liability incurred directly and solely as a result of the neglect or fault of SBBL).
5.4 The vendor warrants that it has the power and authority to enter into this agreement, and that it is as the owner of the Business/Assets or otherwise, has full legal authority to lawfully dispose of good title in the Business/Assets to any potential purchaser.
5.5 Whilst acting on the vendor’s behalf, SBBL may also offer and/or provide other services to prospective purchasers, including without limitation, energy services, financial services, legal and accountancy services.
5.6 The vendor hereby provides its irrevocable authority to SBBL to use details of the sale of the Business/Assets for promotional purposes following completion of a sale.
6. ENTIRE AGREEMENT
6.1 In entering in to this agreement, neither party has relied on any statement, representation or assurance of any person prior to the date of this agreement which is not contained herein.
7.LAW AND JURISDICTION
7.1 This agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the law of England and Wales whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.
8.LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
8.1 Nothing in this agreement shall limit or exclude SBBL’s liability for death or personal injury caused by its negligence, for fraud, or for any other liability which cannot be limited or excluded by applicable law.
8.2 Subject to clause 8.1, SBBL shall not be liable to the vendor, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), for breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, arising under or in connection with the agreement for loss of profits, sales or business, loss of anticipated savings, loss of or damage to goodwill, and any indirect or consequential loss.
8.3 Subject to clause 8.1, SBBL’s total liability to the vendor, whether in contract, tort, (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, arising under, or in connection with this agreement, shall be limited to the value of the commission that would have been payable on the sale of the Business/Assets at the selling price identified in clause 3.
9.1 The vendor shall keep confidential and shall not disclose any of SBBL’s confidential information that it may acquire, or which may be disclosed to it by SBBL, during or after this agreement.
10.1 Any additional notes or clauses shall be entered and agreed to below: