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1. Richdale Consultants Ltd

Richdale is the trading name for Richdale Consultants Ltd (referred to as the Company). The Company is incorporated in England and Wales as a limited liability company with its registered address at 1 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3ND.

2. Introduction

These Terms of Business (Terms), as amended from time to time, will apply whenever you are in contract with the Company for the supply of services as specified in your Client Agreement. You may ask us for the latest version of the Terms at any time or find it on our website (www.richdale.co.uk).

Unless agreed otherwise in writing, you and the Company are committed and bound by these Terms, as well as those stipulated within your Client Agreement. These Terms will override any conflicting clause stipulated in the Client Agreement or any preceding Terms issued prior to the most recent up to date Terms. You will be notified of any changes to the Terms via email.

3. Our Services

The services we provide are as stipulated in the Our Services section of our website, as amended from time to time. You may ask us for the latest version of Our Services at any time.

You, and any other professional advisers acting on your behalf, will need to provide us with complete and accurate information promptly as and when this information becomes known to yourself, including, but not limited to, any additional information requested by a representative of the Company and any changes within your company structure or ownership. The Company cannot be held accountable for any failure to act for any lack of information provided or where the information provided is inaccurate or incomplete. If you are unsure whether something is relevant, please discuss it with us. Unless you ask us not to, we may from time to time contact and take instructions or advice from your staff and any other of your advisers whom we reasonably believe to be involved in and able to help with, the relevant matter.

Our role is limited to providing regulatory support on issues raised by your firm. We will at no time advise on any legal, financial or tax issues. We provide our regulatory support and guidance based on what we perceive to be best practice in line with our interpretation of the FCA Handbook or any other relevant regulatory body at the time the service is provided.

4. Responsibility for Advice and Limitation of Liability

The Company (as opposed to their Staff as individuals) will provide advice and services to you in line with Our Services as stipulated in these Terms.

You agree that our liability to you about any matter is limited to the proportion of the loss or damage (including interest and costs) suffered by you that is just and equitable, considering the extent of your own responsibility and the contribution of any other person to the loss or damage and regardless of any contractual or other limitation of their liability, their ability to pay and/or any limitation defences available to them.

You agree that where the Company uses the services of another company or Associated Firm, the Company alone will be responsible to you. You agree (to the extent enforceable) that you will not bring any claim against the Staff of the Company (whether for breach of contract, breach of duty, misrepresentation or otherwise) or any company or Associated Firm about any advice and/or services given to you, other than the Company that you originally instruct, by way of a written and executed Client Agreement.

Upon termination of the Client Agreement, the Company will no longer be held responsible and/or liable for any occurrence or loss incurred either directly or indirectly as a direct or indirect result of the actions, errors or omissions of the Company or Associated Firm.

You agree that we do not assume any responsibility or liability for;-

  • services or products which you provide to your customers;
  • services provided which are outside the scope of Our Services;
  • documentation, plans, policies, guidelines of any type provided to you via any means other than our official portal;
  • any area of non-compliance where you have not fully acted in accordance with the Company’s recommendations;
  • circumstances where you fail to provide us with proper or
  • adequate instructions or information;
  • circumstances where your instructions as to timing, format or working environment could reasonably affect the content of our work;
  • aspects of matters on which external professional advisers of the Client are advising on, or which they might usually be expected to advise on;
  • circumstances where our professional rules require us to act in a specific manner;
  • any failure to carry out our obligations due to circumstances beyond our reasonable control;
  • any cyber-attack or other infection of our computer systems;
  • circumstances where there has been a breakdown in confidence or communication between us;
  • circumstances where you fail to pay in full any invoice that you are liable to pay; or
  • for failure or delay in fulfilling or performing any of the terms of business or the Agreement to the extent, and for so long as, such failure or delay is caused by, or results from, causes beyond the reasonable control of the Company, including but not limited to fire, floods, embargoes, war, acts of war (whether war be declared or not), acts of terrorism, insurrections, riots, civil commotions, strikes, lockouts or other labour disturbances, acts of God or acts, omissions or delays in acting by any governmental authority or the other party.

All file review and/or general feedback provided by Richdale, is provided strictly in accordance with our current understanding and Advisory and Operational Procedure guidelines at the time of the feedback being provided, which may change from time to time. File checks are not in accordance with your previously agreed or followed internal procedures.

You agree that under no circumstances will our liability exceed that which is covered by our Professional Indemnity Insurance. We hold professional indemnity insurance and must tell our insurers if:

  • you bring a claim against us;
  • you claim that we were at fault and that you intend to make a claim, or take legal proceedings against us for your loss; or
  • we believe that something might have happened which could give rise to a liability on our part, but you have not yet made any claim.

It is in your interests as well as ours, for our insurers to know of these situations as soon as possible, and in as much detail as possible. You therefore permit us, to the extent necessary for this purpose, to disclose any privileged or confidential documentation and other information to our insurers and /or insurance brokers, their professional advisers and any other professional adviser we deem necessary to make such a disclosure.

All work that we conduct for you, and all advice that we may give you, is for your use and benefit only and related directly to the relevant subject matter. No other person may see or rely on our advice without our prior written approval, and subject to any conditions that we may impose at the time.

5. Anti-Money Laundering & Credit Checks

We must obtain and hold satisfactory evidence of the identity of our clients and sometimes of related people.

We take a risk-based and proportionate approach to identifying clients for anti-money laundering purposes. Sometimes we may ask to see original documents, check the information you provide, use corporate, personal and/or confidential information to check identity through electronic data sources and ask you for up to date evidence of identity. Some of these checks may leave a print on your credit file.

If we request documents or information, you must provide them promptly. If you do not, or if they are not satisfactory, we may not be able to continue to provide you with Our Services.

6. Remuneration

When we enter into a Client Agreement with you for the provision of services, we will agree the basis of our fees with you in advance in writing as part of the Client Agreement. All fees are exclusive of any prevailing taxes. We will usually invoice you on the first working day of each calendar month. In the unlikely event of us failing to include any prevailing taxes, you will remain liable for any such taxes on our, or third-party, charges.

The first payment may be a proportionate payment, in relation to the amount of days that you have been signed up with the Company. In the event of us not having taken a proportionate payment in the past, we reserve the right to do so at any stage in the future.

For any services provided in relation to reviewing and approving any marketing, advertising, stationary, disclosures, website, or other consumer-directed communications (‘marketing materials’), Richdale will provide up to a total of one hour’s related work per calendar month, within the standard monthly fees, as set out in the Client Agreement. Richdale reserves the right to charge Clients £95 (excluding any applicable VAT) per hour for any additional work that may be required in reviewing and approving marketing materials.

All expenses incurred whilst operating outside of England and Wales, either at the instruction of or necessitated by the Client and its operational activities, will be invoiced in full to the Client. These include, but are not limited to travel, accommodation, car rental, food and other sundry expenses commonly incurred under such circumstances.

Any of the above expenses incurred in a foreign currency, will be invoiced in Pounds Sterling at the exchange rate on the day the expense was incurred, as well as any fees charged to the Company by the Bank. We will only incur expenses on your behalf with your prior approval.

Where the Company and the Client have agreed to an hourly consultation fee, this will be recorded and invoiced to the Client in blocks of six minutes each. Where the fees for the provision of services have been set at an hourly rate, the same hourly rate will be charged for travel on behalf of the client including to and from meetings as appropriate and any related expenses incurred will be charged at cost.

Payment is due within ten calendar days of delivery of our invoice. Payment must be made by Direct Debit, unless the company has agreed in writing otherwise. Where you have arranged for payment to be collected by way of Direct Debit, the Company reserves the right to charge you a fee of £20 (excluding any applicable VAT) in the event of the collection being unsuccessful. If you have a query on an invoice, please raise it promptly with our Accounts Department. We do not accept payments in cash or cheque whether for our charges or otherwise.

If you do not fully settle any invoice within one month, we may charge interest on the outstanding amount. Any interest will accrue daily at 8% above the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). Interest will accrue from one month after the date of delivery of the invoice to the date of payment and will be payable on demand.

We normally review our fee rates with effect from 1 April each year and will inform you of any changes. The Company reserves the right to increase the fee stipulated in the Client Agreement by the national inflation rate or by 5% whichever greater. In such an eventuality, you will be liable to pay the Company the increased rate as stipulated by the Company.

7. Choosing and Instructing Third Parties

If you ask us to choose or recommend another professional on your behalf, then unless expressly agreed otherwise in writing;

  • we will use reasonable care in the selection but will not be responsible for any of their actions or omissions, nor for any errors or deficiencies in their work;
  • even if we instruct them on your behalf, you will be their client and you will be responsible for payment of their fees and expenses. If we pay those fees and expenses, we will invoice you for them and payment will be due in line with section 6; and
  • • their Terms of Business will apply to any advice or other services
  • that they provide.

We may ask you to pay a sum of anticipated fees and/or expenses (charges) in advance. A payment on account is not an estimate or fixing of charges. Our total charges may be greater than the payment on account.

8. Communication

Unless agreed otherwise we may send you information by email. Email messages and consumer grade file-sharing sites are not secure communication methods. They carry certain risks, inclusive of nondelivery, delay, data corruption, interception, virus transfer and loss of confidentiality and of privilege. We do not accept any liability for loss resulting from using email or consumer grade file-sharing sites.

The possibility of impersonation is an inherent risk of email. If you doubt that an email from us is genuine, please contact the person named as sender via another method, to confirm.

9. Conflict of Interest

We have procedures in place to prevent us acting for clients where there is a conflict of interest. If you are aware, or have become aware of a possible conflict, please immediately tell your Account Manager. Occasionally a conflict of interest may appear only after we have started acting for you on a matter. If this happens:

  • we will discuss the matter with you (subject to our duty of confidentiality ) to try to resolve the conflict but we may have to stop acting for you on that matter; and
  • you agree that we will be free, (taking account of applicable rules and law, best practice and your and any other concerned client’s interests and wishes), to decide whether to act for both clients, for one, or for neither.

Unless expressly agreed otherwise in writing, if you have instructed us on a matter, we may act on that matter for another client, including clients whom you may regard as competitors.

In certain cases, more than one of our clients may or potentially be interested in the same subject matter of a transaction or be competing for the same business. If this happens, you agree that we are free to act for more than one client. You will remain responsible for payment of our charges irrespective of the outcome.

We have identified two key areas of risk – one being information relating to clients and the other being information relating to providers. To ensure that there is no conflict of interest between the compliance support provided and the Richdale network, we have decided to introduce the following within the Company:

  • Under no circumstances will the Company become involved with the sales process of individual client’s other than that stipulated in Our Services.
  • Under no circumstances will any member of staff[1] who is involved with the compliance services within the Company, advise clients on which providers are available within the market.
  • The Company will ensure that the correct process has been followed in relation to the advice given and reserve the right to question the advice given to ensure that there is no market abuse.
  • The Company may be targeted by individual providers to promote their products throughout the Company. We will assess these on a case by case basis and where information is provided this will be provided via our website or internal email updates.
  • The Company may provide from time to time, templates or other procedural documents which are available for download on the Richdale portal.

[1]Richdale Consultants will provide access to a third-party support helpline to assist our clients with product and provider information, thus being able to ensure that their application is suitable. These third-party support helplines will have no access to the compliance side of the business thus allaying any potential conflict of interest or breach of confidentiality.

10. Confidentiality

The Company acknowledges that in the course of the Engagement they will have access to Confidential Information. The Company has therefore agreed to accept the restrictions in this clause.

The Company shall not (except in the proper course of its duties), either during the Engagement or at any time after the Termination Date, act upon, use or disclose to any third party (and shall use its best endeavours to prevent the publication or disclosure of) any Confidential Information without the prior written approval from the Client. This restriction does not apply to:

  • our legal counsel;
  • any use or disclosure required by law or by a regulatory body; or
  • any information which is already in, or comes into, the public domain other than through the Client’s unauthorised disclosure.

We will protect the confidentiality of the information that we receive about you and your matters. We will not disclose the information that we receive about you and your matters, without your prior written consent in advance, except in certain circumstances, for example:

  • to your staff and other professional advisers whom you identify to us or whom we reasonably believe to be involved in the relevant matter;
  • if applicable rules or law or any regulatory authority require disclosure;
  • to the extent that the information enters, or has entered, the public domain;
  • to our auditors or other professional advisers for legitimate commercial, legal, regulatory and compliance purposes;
  • to agents instructed to collect any unpaid charges on our behalf;
  • within the Company and to successors in title to the Company;
  • to selected third parties (including consultants and lawyers) who help us with legal, administrative, financial and other services, and who will or may have access to confidential information as part of their role.

Should the Company engage third parties, we will ensure suitable confidentiality agreements exist, requiring them to treat your information as confidential.

Unless agreed otherwise, we may archive copies of documents and other material in our internal databases. At no stage will information in relation to your clients or product providers be provided to anyone outside of the Company including Associate Firms.

The copyright and any other intellectual property rights in any of our original documents and other materials, belongs to us. We grant you the non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sub-licensable right to use our work in the relevant matter, including the right to make copies of and to edit that work (as it may relate to a specific case or client). You must obtain our explicit consent in writing for any other use including, but not limited to, disclosure to any third party.

You agree that we have no duty to disclose to you or to use for your benefit any information that we hold from time to time in which we owe a duty of confidentiality to another person. You also agree that our holding confidential information about you or your business will not stop us acting for other clients to whom that information might be material, whether you remain our client at the relevant time. We will protect your confidential information for the duration of the matter to which that information might be material.

You agree that we may disclose that you are a client of ours and that we act or have acted for you and the general nature of our work. We may disclose this information mainly in pitches and marketing materials.

Subject to these Terms of Business we will only use your information subject to your instructions, to your privilege, to applicable data protection laws and to our duty of confidentiality.

11. Data Protection

We comply with applicable data protection and privacy laws. Our Privacy Notice at www.richdale.co.uk provides more detailed information.

The Company may hold or process data relating to yourself, your business and your clients for administrative, compliance, legal, management and personnel purposes and in particular to the processing of any “sensitive personal data” (as defined in the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulation 2017) relating to the Client including, as appropriate. This may include;

  • information about the physical or mental health or condition in order to monitor compliance with fit and proper requirements as well as vulnerable customers policy;
  • the racial or ethnic origin or religious or similar beliefs in order to monitor compliance with equal opportunities legislation; and
  • information relating to any criminal proceedings in which one has been involved, for insurance purposes and in order to comply with legal requirements and obligations to third parties.

The Company may make such information available to those who provide products or services to the Company such as advisers, regulatory authorities, governmental or quasi-governmental organisations or any part of its business.

We may process any personal data that we receive about or from you and/or your staff and/or your clients to enable us to provide you with Our Services and all related functions. The Company and Associated Firms may be in jurisdictions whose data protection laws might not be as comprehensive as those in your jurisdiction and may access and use that personal data. If we judge this to indeed be the case, we will take all available steps to ensure that the data is stored and used as securely and confidentially as possible. The data may also need to be provided to authorities, regulators and third parties. Third parties include our auditors, insurers or bankers for accounting, legal, regulatory or compliance purposes or those who process information for us in various jurisdictions.

An individual may have the right under applicable data protection and privacy laws to access and correct his or her personal data. If we must provide personal data in response to a request from someone whose data we hold, providing that data will be part of Our Services to you.

In providing us personal data of any third-party, you are agreeing to this and confirming that you have the authority to agree to this on behalf of others, as appropriate. We understand the obligations on us to provide a secure environment and we will seek to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with our Privacy Notice. Similarly, you agree that you will treat personal data and confidential information that you receive from us as confidential and in accordance with applicable data protection and privacy laws, and that you will use it only for the purpose for which you receive it.

We may monitor or record incoming and outgoing emails, telephone and similar communications to ensure compliance with applicable rules and law and our internal policies, and for business continuity. Even so, to the extent required under applicable law you agree to ensure that anyone contacting us on your behalf during a matter knows of and agrees to this.

12. Cancelling, Suspending and Terminating Our Services

We keep files for the duration of our Client Agreements, after which we may dispose of them without further notice, except for any documentation which we believe should be retained for legal, regulatory, professional indemnity and commercial reasons, which we may store for as long as required. We may transfer paper files into, and store them in, electronic format.

We are committed to providing high-quality compliance services, and to improving our standards. If you are unhappy with Our Services, or are concerned about an invoice, please contact your Account Manager. If you wish to make a formal complaint, please contact our complaints manager by email at [email protected], by telephone on 020 7781 8019 or by post to: Richdale Consultants, The Complaints Department, 1 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3ND.

We learn through constructive feedback from our clients. We hope therefore, that you will agree to debrief us if your contract with us is terminated or at any other points during our relationship and tell us how we might improve Our Services.

We will give you reasonable notice if we intend to suspend our work or stop acting for you unless the reason for suspension or termination is due to one of the contractually stated reasons for immediate suspension or termination or for any reason which we believe prevents us from providing you with our services.

If we suspend our work, or if you or we terminate Our Services:

  • you must pay our charges for work carried out up to the date of suspension or end of services; and
  • we may keep all the materials, and money in our Client Account, that we have the right to keep until you have paid all our charges and any interest.

In such an instance, all monies due as agreed within the Agreement will become due with immediate effect.

13. Law and Jurisdiction

English Law governs the Terms and any non-contractual obligations arising out of or in connection with them. The English Courts are to have exclusive jurisdiction to decide any dispute arising in connection with the Terms or Our Services, including disputes about any non-contractual obligations.

If any of the Terms are found to be, or becomes invalid, this will not affect the validity of the remaining Terms. The invalid Term (and any other missing Term) will be replaced by the valid Term that comes closest to the economic intent and purpose of all parties involved.

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