STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1.1. These are the Standard Terms and Conditions under which you may use my website and you can contract for my copywriting services.
1.2. The terms exist to provide clear and concise definitions in the unlikely event of a dispute.
1.3. The terms apply to copywriting services provided by Steve Ridley.
1.4. I reserve the right to modify these terms from time to time. Therefore, all clients should review these pages periodically. Continued use of my services after any such change constitutes an acceptance of the new Standard Terms and Conditions.
1.5. The website is owned and operated by Steve Ridley.
1.6. The website offers visitors and clients information on my copywriting services. By accessing or using the website, you agree that you have read, understood, and will be bound by the Standard Terms and Conditions.
1.7. You are not allowed to use this website and/or receive services if doing so is prohibited in your country or under any law or regulation applicable to you.
1.8. When you contract with me, you acknowledge that the Standard Terms and Conditions take precedent over any other terms and conditions.
2.1. In this document the following words shall have the following meanings:
Steve Ridley is also referred to as “I”, “me”, “my” or “writer” in this document.
“Agreement” means the Standard Terms and Conditions together with the terms described in the Agreement for Copywriting Services.
“Client” is the organisation or person who purchases my copywriting services.
“Client(s)” is also referred to as “you” and “your” in this document.
3.1. The standard price for my copywriting services is £40 an hour or £320 per day.
3.2. Assignments can be priced on a per project basis. In this case, the price for delivery of the copywriting service will be the subject of a separate Agreement for Copywriting Services. Copywriting services commence upon receipt of a signed copy of this agreement, which will include payment terms, and those payment terms then having been met.
3.3. I will send the client a Creative Brief that will specify the copywriting service to be delivered and the fees payable.
3.4. The client must notify Steve Ridley immediately if there is a disagreement with the Creative Brief. The Creative Brief is subject to the Standard Terms and Conditions.
3.5. Copywriting services will commence upon receipt of an email stating:
You have read and agree to my Standard Terms and Conditions.
You accept the Creative Brief.
You agree to payment terms as set out below under Payments.
Payment terms have been met.
You are authorised to commission this project.
3.6. I reserve the right to alter prices for copywriting services at any time, and to correct pricing errors that may inadvertently occur.
4.1. For projects under £500, full payment is due before the project is commenced.
4.2. For projects between £500-£1,000, a 50% non-refundable deposit of the total fee is due before the project is commenced.
4.3. For projects over £1,000, a 50% non-refundable deposit of the total fee is due before the project is commenced. A further 25% of the total fee is payable after delivery of the second draft. A final payment of 25% of the total fee is payable after the delivery of the final draft.
4.4. For any monies due payment terms are 15 days.
4.5. It is the client’s responsibility to raise an internal Purchase Order (PO) if this is required for an invoice to be accepted. I cannot commence work until a PO number is raised and payment terms above are agreed and met.
4.6. I will raise additional charges for travel expenses, if incurred, and other incidental expenses that may be necessary to deliver the project.
4.7. All payments are by BACS Bank Transfer.
5. LATE PAYMENT
5.1. I have statutory rights to raise interest and debt recovery costs as defined by the Debt Recovery clause in The Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 as amended and supplemented by Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2002. This states that interest is payable at 8% over Bank of England base rate. Debt recovery costs for debts of less than £1000 are £40, rising to £70 for debts up to £9,999.99 and £100 above that.
6.1. I will endeavour to meet your project deadlines but, in the unlikely event that I am unable to deliver on time, I cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damages that you may incur as a result.
6.2. I will deliver two drafts and a final version, and you will provide feedback and sign-off:
Delivery of a First Draft.
Feedback from you on the First Draft no later than 14 days after delivery.
Delivery of a Second Draft.
Feedback from you on the Second Draft no later than 14 days after delivery.
Delivery of Final Version.
Formal sign-off of the Final Version no later than 14 days after delivery.
7.1. I try to ensure all facts and statements are true and that it does not infringe upon any copyright or other rights of a third party. However, I am not liable to you, or any third party, for damages, including lost profits, lost savings, complaints, claims, litigation or other incidental, consequential or special damages which arise regarding my service.
7.2. I am not responsible for a missed deadline if you have been late with a payment, slow to supply materials or not provided feedback to agreed timescales.
7.3. I am not responsible for deadlines missed due to circumstances beyond my control, such as family emergencies, floods, war, Acts of God etc.
7.4. If any provision of this agreement shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.
7.5. You cannot transfer this contract to anyone else without my permission.
8.1. Whilst I make every effort not to breach any copyright, you agree to indemnify me against action that may arise as a result of using my copywriting services.
8.2. Copyright of the work remains with me until final payment is received.
8.3. When I have received full payment, copyright of the work is assigned to you.
8.4. I reserve the right to display/link to your project as part of my online portfolio.
9. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
9.1. The project may require you to provide me with copy/materials as a basis for the First Draft that has been written or part written by you or for you by another party. If this is the case, then you agree that you are the permitted to use this copy/material, either as part of a copyright agreement that you hold, or that you have the agreement of the copyright holder to use this copy/material.
9.2. Nothing in these Standard Terms and Conditions shall be deemed to create a license in or under any Intellectual Property Rights, and you agree not to sell, license, rent, modify, distribute, copy, reproduce, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, edit or create derivative works thereof.
10.1. My objective is to produce original written content and I make every effort to ensure that copy is free of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. However, it is your full and total responsibility to check the Final Version and indemnify me from any compensation claims for loss or damages.
11. REJECTION OF COPYWRITING SERVICES
11.1. I make every effort through the Creative Brief, two drafts and a final version to produce the best possible copy for your needs. Any feedback and amendments from you must be identified during the first and second draft; the Final Version will incorporate those. Therefore, any issues with my copywriting style, tone of voice etc. must be identified during the first two drafts. You do not have the right to reject the Final Version based on my interpretation of your feedback and suggested amendments or a dislike of my methods of composition or copywriting style.
12. CANCELLATION OF COPYWRITING SERVICES
12.1. If you wish to cancel this agreement, I will retain your deposit and you will be required to make an additional payment to cover completed work. This will be based on the percentage of the project completed.
12.2. If you wish to cancel this agreement, you will be responsible for payment of the total cost of the project described under Payment, above.
13. PROMOTIONAL EMAILS AND CONTENT
13.1. You agree to receive, from time to time, promotional messages and materials from me, by mail, email, phone or any other contact form you have provided me with. If you don't want to receive such promotional materials or notices – please notify me at any time.
14. UK LAW
14.1. You agree that these Standard Terms and Conditions are governed by UK law.
15. CONFIDENTIALITY AND NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT
15.1. I will not disclose information provided to me for the copywriting assignment to any third parties unless by prior agreement with you.
15.2. You will indemnify me against any action by a third party or you as a result of the accidental disclosure or loss of information.