General Terms and Conditions

Article 1 – General
1.1 The terms set forth hereunder shall have the following meanings:
• Client: the opposite party of Taxus with regard to a contract within the meaning of Article 2.1;
• Taxus: having its registered office at Oosterwolde, Hulweg 2;
1.2 All assignments will be accepted and performed exclusively by the Taxus, and will not be subject to Sections 7:404 and 7:407(2) of the Dutch Civil Code.

Article 2 – Applicability
2.1 These General Terms and Conditions shall apply to all contracts under which Taxus is obliged to perform services and all contracts arising there from and/or relating thereto between Client and Taxus or their respective legal successors as well as to all offers and/or proposals made by Taxus.
2.2 Any provisions deviating from these General Terms and Conditions will apply only if and insofar as
Taxus has expressly confirmed their application to Client, in writing.
2.3 If any clause in these General Terms and Conditions or in the contract is invalid or is held to be invalid, the remainder of the contract shall remain in force to the extent possible and the invalid clause shall be replaced forthwith in consultation between the parties by a clause which reflects the intent of the original clause as closely as possible.
2.4 These General Terms and Conditions will also apply to anyone engaged by Taxus in the context of the performance of the assignment. They may invoke these Terms and Conditions vis-à-vis Client.

Article 3 – Data and information
3.1 Taxus shall only be obliged to effect the performance – or further performance – of the assignment if Client has submitted all data and information requested by Taxus and/or all data and information which Client should reasonably understand are required by Taxus for the proper performance of the assignment, on time and in the form and in the manner specified by Taxus. Any additional costs that may arise as a result of the fact that Client has not submitted the required data or information, or has not submitted same on time or properly, will be for Client’s account.
3.2 Client shall be obliged to notify the Taxus forthwith of any facts and circumstances that may be relevant to the performance of the assignment.
3.3 Client guarantees that the data and information provided by or on behalf of it to Taxus will be accurate, complete, reliable and lawful, also if such data and information have originated from third parties or have been furnished by third parties on its instructions.
3.4 Client shall be responsible for compliance with the applicable laws and regulations in the field of personal data protection, also in respect of the submission or provision to Taxus of personal data pertaining to personnel, clients or third parties, even if such data have originated from third parties or have been provided by third parties on Client’s instructions. Taxus cannot be held liable for any non-performance or incorrect performance by Client.

Article 4 – Email and internet use
4.1 Client and Taxus may communicate with each other by means of electronic mail (email). However,
certain risks are associated with the use of internet and email, such as, but not confined to, distortion, delay, interception, manipulation and viruses. Taxus shall not be liable for any damage that may ensue from the use of internet and/or email.
4.2 In the event of any doubt regarding the content and/or transmission of electronic mail, the data extracts from Taxus’ computer systems will be decisive.

Article 5 – Performance of the assignment
5.1 Taxus shall determine in what manner and by which person/persons the assignment shall be carried out, although it will take account of any wishes stated by Client insofar as possible. If Taxus wishes to engage any third parties for Client’s account for purposes of the assignment’s implementation, it will charge the same fees as agreed with Client for Taxus’ staff
5.2 Taxus shall perform the work to the best of its ability and with due professional care. However, Taxus cannot guarantee the achievement of any specific intended results.
5.3 Dates by which work must be completed shall only be regarded as deadlines whose non-observance constitutes a default (“fatale termijnen”) if expressly agreed in writing.
5.4 Client shall not be entitled to rescind the contract if and when an agreed deadline is exceeded, unless Taxus also fails to perform its contractual obligations within a reasonable period notified to it in writing upon the lapse of the original deadline
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Article 6 – Intellectual property rights
6.1 Taxus shall be entitled to any and all intellectual property rights developed or used by it during the performance of the assignment, including any advice, opinions, working methods, (model) contracts, systems, system designs and computer programs, save insofar as third parties are entitled to such intellectual property rights.
6.2 Without prejudice to the provisions of Article 7.3, and without prior written permission by Taxus,
Client shall not reproduce, disclose or exploit such intellectual property rights or a recording thereof on any data carrier, either alone or in conjunction with or through the engagement of third parties.

Article 7 – Confidentiality
7.1 Taxus and/or any persons working for/at or affiliated with Taxus shall be obliged to observe confidentiality vis-à-vis third parties, not including third parties involved in the implementation of the assignment. This obligation shall not apply in the event of a statutory or professional duty to disclose the relevant information or if Client has released Taxus from its obligation to observe confidentiality.
7.2 Taxus will only be entitled to use the information made available to it by Client as well as any other
data and information of which Taxus has become aware during the implementation of its assignment
for the purpose for which these were provided and for the normal business operations of Taxus, which
includes any action taken by Taxus or persons affiliated with or working for/at Taxus, on their own
behalf, in disciplinary, criminal, civil or administrative law proceedings to which such information may be relevant as well as any measures taken to prevent such proceedings.
7.3 Without the express prior written permission of Taxus, Client shall not disclose or make available
to third parties in any other way, any report, advice, opinions of or other statements made by Taxus,
whether or not in writing, unless such action arises directly from the contract or Client has a legal or professional obligation to disclose the data concerned.

Article 8 – Personal data
8.1 In the context of the assignment granted by Client to Taxus or for purposes of fulfilling any statutory obligations resting with Taxus, Taxus may process personal data pertaining to Client and/or persons affiliated with or working for/at Client.
8.2 Taxus may process personal data for purposes of optimising its provision of services to Client and
in order to be able to approach Client and/or persons working for/at Client with information and services offered by Taxus and third parties, including other members of the Network.
8.3 Taxus will process personal data in the context of the activities referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 in
accordance with the applicable laws and regulations in the field of personal data protection.

Article 9 – Fee
Client shall pay a fee to Taxus and reimburse Taxus for costs incurred in accordance with Taxus’
usual rates, methods of calculation and working methods.

Article 10 – Payment
10.1 Payment shall be made in Euros, without any deduction, discount or set-off, by deposit in or transfer to the bank account stated on the invoice, within fourteen days of the invoice date, failing which Client shall be in default.
10.2 All extra judicial costs incurred by Taxus in connection with the collection of any amounts owed by Client shall be borne by Client.
10.3 All costs incurred by Taxus in connection with legal proceedings against Client shall be borne by
Client, also insofar as these costs exceed the legal costs awarded, unless Taxus as the unsuccessful
party is ordered to pay the legal costs.
10.4 Taxus reserves the right to request Client to provide for full or partial payment in advance and/or to provide security even during the performance of an assignment, if the financial position or the payment behaviour of Client so warrants in the opinion of Taxus, failing which Taxus shall be entitled to suspend the performance of its obligations.

Article 11 – Complaints
11.1 Taxus must be informed in writing of any complaints concerning work performed or fees charged
within thirty days of the date of dispatch of the documents or information on which such complaints are based or, in case Client shall prove that it could not reasonably have discovered the shortcoming earlier, within thirty days after discovery thereof, failing which Client shall forfeit any and all claims relating thereto.
11.2 A complaint shall not entitle Client to suspend its payment obligations, unless Taxus has informed
Client that it considers the complaint to be justified.
11.3 In the event of a justified complaint Taxus shall have the right, at its own discretion, either to adapt the fees charged, rectify the shortcoming free of charge, again perform the assignment concerned, or to cancel the performance of the assignment, in part or in full, a proportional refund of fees paid by Client.

Article 12 – Liability
12.1 Taxus shall be liable to Client for any shortcoming in the performance of the assignment insofar as such shortcoming consists in a failure to exercise the due care and expertise which may be expected with regard to the performance of the assignment.
12.2 Taxus’ liability for a shortcoming in the performance of the assignment or for any tort on the part of Taxus or members of the Network shall be limited to two times the fee (exclusive of VAT) charged
by Taxus for the work to which the harmful event pertains or with which it is related, subject to a
maximum amount of one hundred and fifty thousand Euros (EUR 150,000).
12.3 The limitations of Taxus’ liability as described in the second paragraph shall not apply insofar as the damage has resulted from a wilful misconduct or gross negligence on Taxus’ part.
12.4 However, Taxus shall not be liable for:
• any damage incurred by Client or third parties as the result of the provision of incorrect or incomplete
data or information by Client to Taxus or as the result of any other act or omission on Client’s part;
• any damage incurred by Client or third parties as the result of an act or omission on the part of any auxiliary persons engaged by or at the request of Client;
• any indirect damage, special damage or consequential damage incurred by Client or third parties.
12.5 Client shall hold harmless and indemnify Taxus against all claims from third parties, including but not limited to shareholders, directors, supervisory directors and employees of Client as well as affiliated legal entities and companies and third parties involved in the organisation of Client, arising from or in connection with the work performed by Taxus for Client, unless such claims are due to gross negligence or wilful misconduct on the part of Taxus. This indemnification also covers all costs involved in setting up a defence against such claims.

Article 13– Limitation period
Unless these General Terms and Conditions provide otherwise, any and all claims of Client against Taxus in connection with its performance of the assignment, regardless of their nature, shall expire one year after the date Client has become aware or could reasonably have become aware of the existence of such claim.

Article 14 – Choice of law, disputes
14.1 All contracts between Client and Taxus shall be exclusively governed by Dutch law.
14.2 Disputes shall be submitted to the competent court in the place in which the registered office of Taxus is situated.
14.3 Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 14.2, Client and Taxus may choose a different manner of dispute settlement.

 

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