If you’re reading this, congratulations – you’re one of only 7% of people estimated ever to read online terms and conditions. Why? Because there’s absolutely no way (and believe us, we’ve tried) to make terms and conditions interesting. Terms and conditions are long, and they’re very, very dull.
Why would a law firm need website terms and conditions at all? Because we’re especially bred to be risk averse beasts, and having terms and conditions allow us to lay down basic ground rules for your use of our site.
So we have tried to make them as short and non-boring as possible. Please do read them, so that you understand the terms on which you can use this site. And if you’re one of our esteemed competitors, however charmed we’d be by the compliment of your cutting and pasting these terms for your own use, alas, we don’t allow people to use our copyright without express written permission - you need to watch out for the hidden codes and odd dummy text by which we watermark our work.
1.1. These terms (the User Terms) form a binding legal agreement between you and Forde Campbell LLC of 1 – 3 Lombard Street, Belfast, BT1 1RB (we, us, our) and relate to how you may use our website at www.fordelaw.com (the Site).
1.2. You’ll be deemed to have accepted the User Terms whenever you visit the Site. That means that if you don’t want to accept the User Terms, you need to leave the Site now! The consequence of your accepting the User Terms is that you agree to be bound by their effect. If you are using the Site during the course of your employment, you are nevertheless bound as an individual by these User Terms.
2. USE OF OUR SITE BY YOU
2.1. We’re always happy to have people look at the Site, whether to check our range of legal skills or just to stare dreamily at photos of our lawyers. However, we’d like to impose a few ground rules to protect our intellectual property, the operation of our website and our staff. Accordingly, you agree that you won’t at any point:
2.1.1. access or copy (or attempt to access or copy) any part of the Site by any means other than through the interface provided by us;
2.1.2. access (or attempt to access) any part of the Site through any automated means, including use of scripts, robots, spiders, scrapers or web crawlers, for any purpose;
2.1.3. take any action that imposes, or may impose (in each case in our sole discretion) an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure;
2.1.4. copy, duplicate, reproduce, rent, lease, loan, sell, trade, resell, modify, create derivative works, distribute or publicly display any part or component of the Site without prior written consent from us and any third party determined by us as appropriate;
2.1.5. interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Site or any activities conducted via the Site;
2.1.6. bypass any measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the Site;
2.1.7. attempt to reverse engineer, decompile or otherwise seek to obtain access to the source code in the Site; and/or
2.1.8. engage in any activity that interferes with or disrupts the Site, or the servers and networks which are connected to the Site.
2.2. You acknowledge and agree that we may monitor your use of the Site. Where, in our sole opinion, we suspect misuse of the Site has occurred, we reserve the right to demand that you attend our offices and paginate trial bundles, forever, in a darkened room and without pay. We also reserve all our rights to take appropriate legal action for any such misuse.
3. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
3.1. This is the bit where we tell you that we, or our licensors, own all of the intellectual property on the Site, and that while you can look at it, unfortunately you can’t copy it (unless the law allows. If you want to know when this is, hire us! We’re copyright lawyers.) Accordingly:
3.1.1. in consideration of the fulfilment by you of the obligations imposed on you by these User Terms we grant you a non-exclusive, non-assignable, non-transferable non-sub licensable licence for the duration of the agreement created by these User Terms to use the Site solely and strictly for your own use;
3.1.2. all intellectual property rights subsisting in or used in connection with the Site are and shall remain the sole property of us and our licensors. All present and future rights in and title to the Site, including the right to grant access to it over any present or future technology, are solely and exclusively reserved to us;
3.1.3. Forde Campbell is registered as a trademark in the United Kingdom. Unless you have agreed otherwise in writing with us, nothing in the User Terms gives you a right to use any of our or our licensors’ trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos, domain names, and other distinctive brand features. You agree that you shall not remove, obscure, or alter any proprietary rights notices (including copyright and trade mark notices) which may be affixed to or contained within the Site;
3.1.4. the Site may include components licensed to us by third parties (any such, a Third Party Licensor). To the extent that the terms of any such license impose any obligation on you which is in addition to any obligation imposed on you by these User Terms (Third Party Licensor Obligation) you undertake fully to comply with and fulfil all requirements of any such Third Party Licensor Obligation.
4.1.1. Quite simply, we can close down the Site at any time. Not entirely sure why we’d ever do this, unless the office subscription to the Lottery came up trumps and we all went off to run the various surf schools we’ve discussed for many years. In which case, we’d doubtless be able to help you learn how to ditch your frubes.
4.2. We reserve the right to retain, maintain, archive, protect, use, or store any and all data or information, without regard as to time or duration, as it may deem reasonable or necessary in the pursuit of our business or interests, or in protecting such business or interests, notwithstanding the termination or cessation of your relationship with us.
6. EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS
6.1. At last. This is the bit we lawyers love most – where we get to exclude every possible type of liability for your use of this Site. Why is this fair? Well, bluntly, because we’re not asking you to pay anything – access to this Site is free. So the bottom line is (and we hope you’ll agree that we’re being reasonable here) that in exchange for your free access, we exclude all liability to you as far as the law allows.
6.2. But, being lawyers, we just can’t resist setting it out in full:
6.2.1. first off, nothing in these User Terms, including this clause 6, shall exclude or limit any warranty or liability which may not be lawfully excluded or limited by applicable law, including liability for fraud or for death or personal injury caused by our negligence;
6.2.2. next, there are no conditions, warranties, representations or other terms, express, statutory or implied, that are binding on us except as specifically stated in these User Terms (including statutory warranties and conditions of user enjoyment, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement). Any condition, warranty, representation or other term concerning the supply of the Site which might otherwise be implied into or incorporated in these User Terms, or any collateral contract, whether by statute, common law or otherwise, is hereby excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law;
6.2.3. you expressly understand and so agree that your use of the Site is at your sole risk and that the Site is provided on an "as is" basis;
6.2.4. in particular, we, our subsidiaries and affiliates, and our licensors, do not represent or warrant to you that:
18.104.22.168. your use of the Site (including its use in conjunction with any other software) will meet your requirements, that your use of the Site will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or free from error or that defects in the operation or functionality of the Site provided to you will be corrected; and
22.214.171.124. any information obtained by you as a result of your use of the Site will be accurate or reliable; and
126.96.36.199. that the Site will be accessible at any particular time; and
188.8.131.52. that defects in the operation or functionality of the Site will be corrected, rectified, or remedied;
6.2.5. you expressly understand and agree that we and our licensors shall not be liable to you for:
184.108.40.206. any direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential loss or damage which may arise in respect of the Site and/or its use or non-availability;
220.127.116.11. any trading or other losses which you may incur as a result of use of or reliance upon any content; and
18.104.22.168. any effect which use of the Site may have on any software you use.
6.3. Finally, you agree and acknowledge that you are in a better position than us to foresee and evaluate any potential damage or loss which you may suffer in connection with the use of the Site; that we cannot adequately insure our potential liability to you; and that accordingly the exclusions and limitations contained in this clause 6 are reasonable. You also undertake at all times to mitigate any such damage or loss.
7.1. OK, you’re coming to the end – just these few boilerplate provisions, which even we lawyers find dull. Deep breath:
7.1.1. you shall not assign, transfer or sub-license any of your rights or obligations under these User Terms;
7.1.2. failure or neglect by us to enforce any of the provisions of these User Terms at any time shall not be construed or deemed to be a waiver of our rights - nor shall this in any way affect the validity of the whole or any part of these User Terms, nor prejudice our rights to take subsequent action;
7.1.3. if any part of any provision of these User Terms shall be or become invalid, unlawful or unenforceable to any extent, then the remainder of such provision and all other provisions of these User Terms shall continue to be valid and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law; and
7.1.4. these User Terms represent the entire agreement of you and us in relation to the subject matter of these User Terms and supersedes any previous agreement between you and us in relation to the Site.
8. LAW AND JURISDICTION
8.1. You’ve made it! That was the river, and you’ve reached the sea¹! One last push: these User Terms shall be construed in accordance with Northern Irish law and the parties hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Northern Irish courts to settle any disputes which may arise in connection with these User Terms.
¹If you can identify the musical reference here, or if you have made it this far and are still interested in website terms and conditions, feel free to contact us to see if we've any vacancies. We're always interested in interested people.