These General Terms and Conditions shall apply to all services proposed or provided by Bart & Partners B.V. which are delivered entirely or partially to the Client.


In these General Terms and Conditions, the following definitions are applicable: “Client” means the organisation or company with whom the Contract is entered into; “Confidential Information” means any information related to the Engagement disclosed by the Client to Bart & Partners and by Bart & Partners to the Client, respectively, either directly or indirectly. Confidential Information may include, by way of example but without limitation, products, specifications, formulae, equipment, formulas, models, employee interviews, records, quality monitoring schemes/programs, training materials, business strategies, customer lists, know-how, drawings, pricing information, inventions, ideas, and other information, or its potential use, that is owned by or in possession of the Client and Bart & Partners, respectively;. “Bart & Partners” means.; The user of these Terms and Conditions; “Contract” means the contract between the Client and Bart & Partners which defines the scope of the Engagement and the services to be rendered by Bart & Partners, as well as the fee schedule for said services. More specifically, the Contract shall consist of the Purchase Order (where applicable) or Statement of Work, these Terms and Conditions and any other documents (or parts thereof) specified in the Purchase Order; “the Engagement” means any agreement, in whatever form, reached between Bart & Partners and the Client pursuant to which Bart & Partners agrees to render services to the Client in exchange for a fee plus costs; “Force Majeure” means any cause beyond the reasonable control of the affected party, including, but not limited to, any act of God, war, riots, acts of the public enemy, fires, strikes, labour disputes, accidents, or any act in consequence of compliance with any order of any government or governmental authority; “Project” means the services to be provided by Bart & Partners to the Client as specified in the Purchase Order or Statement of Work; “Purchase Order” means the document (i) setting out the services to be provided by Bart & Partners to the Client and (ii) listing any documents and the like to be provided by the Client to Bart & Partners such that Bart & Partners may perform the Project; “Subcontractor” means either an affiliate or subsidiary of Bart & Partners, or an independent contractor, respectively, which is qualified to perform the applicable services as contemplated by the Engagement and the Contract, and has been contracted by Bart & Partners accordingly, as evidenced by an agreement in writing.


2.1 These General Terms and Conditions govern the provision of all services from or on behalf of Bart & Partners to the Client and apply to all legal relationships between Bart & Partners and the Client.

2.2 These General Terms and Conditions supersede any and all prior oral and written quotations, communications, agreements and understandings of the parties and shall apply in preference to and supersede any and all terms and conditions of any order placed by the Client and any other terms and conditions submitted by the Client. Failure of Bart & Partners to object to terms and conditions set by the Client shall in no event be construed as an acceptance of any terms and conditions of the Client. Neither Bart & Partners commencement of performance nor Bart & Partners delivery of services shall be deemed or constituted as acceptance of any of the Client’s terms and conditions. Any communication or conduct of the Client which confirms an agreement for the provision of services by Bart & Partners, as well as acceptance by the Client of any provision of services from Bart & Partners shall constitute an unqualified acceptance by the Client of these General Terms and Conditions.

2.3 By contracting on the basis of these General Terms and Conditions, the Client agrees to the applicability thereof in respect of future agreements between itself and Bart & Partners, even if this is not expressly stated.


3.1 Bart & Partners shall determine the manner in which and the person by whom the Engagement will be carried out, taking into account, as far as is feasible, the reasonable requests expressed by the Client.

3.2 Bart & Partners shall complete the Project with reasonable skill, care and diligence in accordance with the Contract.

3.3 The Client hereby accepts that the time schedule allocated for the performance of an Engagement may be subject to change in case of amendment to the Engagement and/or the services to be provided thereunder after conclusion of the Engagement.

3.4 In case of any change of circumstances under which the Engagement is to be performed which cannot be attributed to Bart & Partners, Bart & Partners may make any such amendments to the Engagement as it deems necessary to adhere to the agreed quality standard and specifications. Any costs arising from or related to this change of circumstances will be fully borne by the client.

3.5 Bart & Partners may, at its discretion and, where possible, in consultation with the Client, replace the person or persons charged with performing the Engagement, if and in so far as Bart & Partners believes that such replacement would benefit the performance of the Engagement.

3.6 Bart & Partners shall provide the Client with such reports of her work on the Project at such intervals and in such form as the Client may from time to time require. The Client has the right to notify Bart & Partners that it wishes to modify its requirements in relation to the Project. Such modifications shall not enter into effect until the parties have agreed on the consequences thereof such as to the Contract fee and the completion date of the Project.


Bart & Partners shall be free to involve Subcontractors, availing of specific expertise, in the performance of the Project, provided that Bart & Partners shall have these third parties enter into confidentiality obligations similar to the confidentiality obligations applicable to Bart & Partners. If requested by the Client, Bart & Partners shall identify these Subcontractors, specifying in each case their specific expertise.


5.1 The Client shall at all times duly make available to Bart & Partners all information and documents that Bart & Partners deems necessary to be able to carry out the Engagement correctly, in the specified form and manner. Also, the Client shall provide all cooperation required for the proper and timely performance of the Engagement.

5.2 The Client guarantees that Bart & Partners employees can at all times work under safe conditions, in accordance with the relevant health and safety regulations and environmental rules, and shall indemnify and hold harmless Bart & Partners against all loss, expense or damage arising from or relating to this guaranty by the Client.

5.3 The Client shall duly inform Bart & Partners of any facts and circumstances that may be relevant in connection with the execution of the Engagement.

5.4 Furthermore, the Client shall guarantee the correctness, completeness and reliability of any information provided to Bart & Partners.


6.1 The Client shall pay to Bart & Partners fees at the rate specified in the Purchase Order and or Statement of Work.

6.2 Unless otherwise stated in the Contract, Bart & Partners shall be entitled to be reimbursed by the Client for all traveling and lodging expenses reasonably and properly incurred by her in the performance of her duties hereunder subject to production of such evidence thereof as the Client may reasonably require.

6.3.1 The standard payment term is 14 days. Payment will be made within fourteen (14) days of receipt of an invoice, submitted monthly in arrears, for work completed. Payment shall be into the bank account mentioned in the invoice.

6.3.2 In exceptional cases, a payment term of thirty (30) days can be agreed; this when a 100% advance payment is made of the average invoice value of one month. The client will be invoiced upon signature of the Statement of Work at the beginning of each month for the expected average number of days per month. The payment is due within 30 days of the invoice date. Any deviation between the actual number of days worked and the already invoiced average number of days for the month will be credited or invoiced on the invoice for the subsequent month.

6.4 Value Added Tax, where applicable, shall be shown separately on all invoices.

6.5 Any extra costs arising from or related to any delays in the completion of the Engagement stemming from the failure of the Client to duly make available to Bart & Partners the requested information and documentation, shall be fully borne by the Client.


All results generated by Bart & Partners during the Services, Assignment or in the Project, including reports, other documents and materials, shall become the property of the Client. Bart & Partners shall provide all reasonable assistance such that the Client may apply for patents, copyrights and other intellectual property rights in respect of these results.


8.1 Bart & Partners shall keep secret and not disclose and shall ensure that her employees keep secret and not disclose any Confidential Information obtained by her during the performance of the Project. The foregoing shall not apply to information which (i) is or becomes part of the public domain without fault on the part of Bart & Partners; (ii) was already known by Bart & Partners, other than under an obligation of confidentiality,

at the time of disclosure by the Client; (iii) is lawfully acquired by Bart & Partners from a third party on a non-confidential basis; or (iv) Bart & Partners is required to disclose pursuant to any law, lawful governmental, quasi-governmental or judicial order.

8.2 Except with the prior written permission of Bart & Partners, the Client shall not publish or otherwise make available the contents of proposals, reports, presentations, memos, or other communications by Bart & Partners, unless these have been provided with the intention of providing third parties with the information set out therein. Furthermore, the Client shall not disclose any of Bart & Partners methods and work strategies without Bart & Partners written permission.

8.3 The provisions of this Article 8 shall apply during the term of the Contract and for a period of five (5) years thereafter.


9.1 Bart & Partners, and any person put forward by Bart & Partners to perform the Services, Assignment or Project, shall not be liable if the services provided or the results generated by her in the Project are not absolutely correct, nor does Bart & Partners, or any person put forward by Bart & Partners to perform the Project, warrant, either expressed or implied, that the performance by her of the Project will not infringe upon intellectual property rights of any third party.

9.2 Bart & Partners, nor any person put forward by Bart & Partners to perform the Project, shall not be responsible for any loss, destruction or damage of whatsoever nature (including injury or death) incurred by the Client, its employees or third parties, resulting from the use of the Project results by the Client, except to the extent that the same can be shown to be due to gross negligence or wilful misconduct on the part of Bart & Partners or her employees. The Client shall indemnify Bart & Partners accordingly.

9.3 The Client shall not be responsible for any loss, destruction or damage of whatsoever nature (including injury or death) incurred by Bart & Partners, its employees or third parties, related to the performance by Bart & Partners of the Project, except to the extent that the same can be shown to be due to gross negligence or wilful misconduct on the part of the Client or its employees. Bart & Partners shall indemnify the Client accordingly. 9.4 Should a party be deemed liable to the other party, by way of indemnity or by reason of breach of contract or otherwise, Bart & Partners liability shall in aggregate not exceed the price for the Project. In any event, neither party shall be liable to the other party for any consequential, indirect, special, incidental or exemplary damages of any nature whatsoever that may be suffered by the other party.


10.1 Any times or dates set forth in the Contract for provision or completion by Bart & Partners of the Services, Assignment or Project are estimates only and shall never be considered of the essence. Furthermore, the parties hereby acknowledge that the time schedule set out for the performance of the Engagement may change during the course of said performance. In no event shall Bart & Partners be liable for any delay in providing these services.

10.2 Either party may terminate the Contract by notice in writing forthwith in the event the other party: (i) is in default with respect to any material term or condition to be undertaken by it in accordance with the Engagement and / or the provisions of the Contract, and such default continues unremedied for a period of thirty (30) days after written notice thereof by the aggrieved party to the defaulting party; (ii) is affected by a Force Majeure which cannot be removed, overcome or abated within three (3) months; or (iii) shall make any assignment for the benefit of creditors or shall file any petition in connection thereto, shall file a voluntary petition in bankruptcy, be adjudicated bankrupt or insolvent, if any receiver is appointed for its business or property, or if any trustee in bankruptcy or insolvency shall be appointed for that party (and is not dismissed within thirty (30) days after appointment).

10.3 If the Client issues a termination notice, the Client shall be obliged to pay Bart & Partners a compensation equal to the agreed fees apportioned to the services already rendered by Bart & Partners, plus any additional costs incurred by Bart & Partners as a result of said early termination.

10.4 In case Bart & Partners cannot be reasonably expected to complete the works due to unforeseen circumstances, Bart & Partners may unilaterally terminate the Contract and the Engagement. The Client shall be liable for payment of an amount corresponding to the fees due for services already performed, while being entitled to receive the (preliminary) results of the services already performed, without the Client being entitled to derive any rights therefrom.


Bart & Partners shall perform the Contract as an independent contractor and shall not be the servant or agent of the Client.


Any notice given under or pursuant to the Contract shall be given in writing and shall be given by mail or registered mail to the other party at the addresses mentioned in the Purchase Order or Statement of Work, or to such other address as a party may by notice to the other have substituted therefore. Any such notice shall be deemed to have been received on the second (2nd) business day following the date of its mailing if sent by (registered) mail within The Netherlands, on the seventh (7th) business day following the date of its mailing if sent by (registered) mail outside The Netherlands.


13.1 Bart & Partners shall carry out her obligations under the Contract in a manner that conforms to relevant legal requirements.

13.2 Without prejudice to the generality of Article 13.1, in carrying out her obligations under the Contract Bart & Partners shall comply with relevant requirements contained in or having effect under current legislation relating to health, safety and welfare at work.


14.1 All disputes which cannot be settled amicably shall be referred to the applicable courts in The Netherlands, and the parties consent to the jurisdiction of the courts there.

14.2 The Contract is governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of The Netherlands. 15. FORCE MAJEURE Neither party shall be liable in any way for any damage, loss, cost or expense arising out of or in connection with a Force Majeure event. Upon the occurrence of any Force Majeure event, the party suffering thereby shall promptly inform the other party by written notice thereof specifying the cause of the Force Majeure event and how it will affect its performance.