HEATH APPOINTMENTS TERMS OF BUSINESS FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF PERMANENT OR CONTRACT STAFF (TO BE DIRECTLY EMPLOYED BY THE CLIENT)
1.1. In these Terms of Business the following definitions apply:
Heath Appointments. Registered office: 16 Top Birches, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 6BD
the person introduced by the Agency to the Client for an Engagement
the person; firm or corporate body together with any subsidiary or associated
Company as defined by the Companies Act 1985 to which the Applicant is introduced;
the engagement, employment or use of the Applicant by the Client or any third party on a
(i) the Client’s interview of an Applicant in person or by telephone, following the Client’s
instruction to the Agency to search for an Applicant; or
(ii) the passing to the Client of a curriculum Vitae or information which identifies the Applicant;
and which leads to an Engagement of that Applicant;
base salary or fees, guaranteed and/or anticipated bonus and commission earnings,
allowances, inducement payments, the benefit of a company car and all other payments and
taxable (and, where applicable, non-taxable) emoluments payable to or receivable by the
Applicant for services rendered to or on behalf of the Client. Where the Client provides a
company car, a notional amount of £5000 will be added to the salary in order to calculate
the Agency’s fee.
1.2. Unless the context requires otherwise, references to the singular include the plural.
1.3. The headings contained in these Terms of Business are for convenience only and do not affect their interpretation.
2. THE CONTRACT
2.1. These Terms constitute the contract between the Agency and the Client and are deemed to be accepted by the Client by virtue of an Introduction to, or the Engagement of an Applicant
2.2. or the passing of any information about the Applicant to any third party following an Introduction.
2.3. These terms contain the entire agreement between the parties and unless otherwise agreed in writing by a Director of the Agency, these Terms of Business prevail over any other terms of business or purchase conditions put forward by the Client.
2.3 No variation or alteration to these Terms shall be valid unless the details of such variation are agreed between the Agency and the Client and are set out in writing by a Director of the Agency and a copy of the varied terms is given to the Client stating the date on or after which such varied terms shall apply.
3. NOTIFICATION AND FEES
3.1. The Client agrees for contingency assignments:
a) To notify the Agency immediately of any offer of an Engagement which it makes to the Applicant;
b) To notify the Agency immediately that its offer of an Engagement to the Applicant has been accepted and to provide details of the Remuneration to the Agency; and
c) To pay the Agency’s fee within 30 days of the date of invoice.
d) Alternatively the Client can elect to forfeit the refund policy as outlined in clause 4 below. Instead paying the Agency fees in 3 equal instalments. The first commencing after the first 4 weeks of Engagement. The second payment will become due at the end of 8 weeks of Engagement and the final instalment will be paid at the end of 12 weeks of Engagement. For the avoidance of doubt, no refund schedule will apply when undertaking this payment method.
3.2. Except in the circumstances set out in clause 5.1 below, no fee is incurred by the Client until the Applicant commences the Engagement when the Agency will send an invoice to the Client for its fees.
The Client agrees for retained search assignments:
3.2.1 To pay one third of the fee upon acceptance of Client’s instructions, payable within  days of invoice;
3.2.2 To pay one third of the fee upon delivery by the Company of a short-list of candidates, payable within  days of invoice;
3.2.3 To pay the final third upon commencement of the Engagement payable within  days of invoice.
3.2.4 Where the precise Remuneration is not known in advance, the Remuneration will be estimated for the purposes of the first two instalments of the fee. The final instalment of the fee will be based on the actual Remuneration and any necessary adjustments will be made and no entitlement to refunds of any paid instalments arises, where the Client decides not to proceed with the search or appointment of the Applicant.
3.3 The Agency reserves the right to charge interest on invoiced amounts unpaid for more than 30 days at the rate of 4% per annum above the base rate of the Bank of England from the due date until the date of payment.
3.4 The fee payable to the Agency by the Client for an Introduction resulting in an Engagement is calculated in
accordance with the attached Fee Structure on the Remuneration applicable during the first 12 months of the Engagement. VAT will be charged on the fee if applicable.
3.5 In the event that the Engagement is for a fixed term of less than 12 months, the fee in clause 3.4 will apply pro-rata. If the Engagement is extended beyond the initial fixed term or if the Client re-engages the Applicant within 3 calendar months from the date of termination of the first Engagement the Client shall be liable to pay a further fee based on the additional Remuneration applicable for the period of Engagement following the initial fixed term up to the termination of the second Engagement or the first anniversary of its commencement, whichever is the sooner.
3.6 If the Client subsequently engages or re-engages the Applicant within the period of 3 calendar months from the date
of termination of the Engagement or withdrawal of the offer, a full fee calculated in accordance with clause 3.4 above becomes payable.
4.1. In order to qualify for the following refund, the Client must pay the Agency’s fee within 30 days of the date of invoice and must notify the Agency in writing of the termination of the Engagement within 7 days of its termination.
4.2. If the Engagement terminates before the expiry of 12 weeks from the commencement of the Engagement (except where the Applicant is made redundant) the fee will be refunded in accordance with the accompanying Scale of Refund set out in the schedule to these Terms of Business
4.3. In circumstances where clause 3.6 applies the full fee stated in clause 3.4 is payable and there shall be no entitlement to a refund.
5. CANCELLATION FEE
If, after an offer of Engagement has been made to the Applicant, the Client decides for any reason to withdraw it, the Client shall be liable to pay 100% of the Agency fee as indicated on the schedule to these Terms of Business.
6.1. Introductions of Applicants are confidential. The disclosure by the Client to a third party of any details regarding an Applicant introduced by the Agency which results in an Engagement with that third party within 6 months of the Introduction renders the Client liable to payment of the Agency’s fee as set out in clause 3.4 with no entitlement to any refund.
6.2. An introduction fee calculated in accordance with clause 3.4 will be charged in relation to any Applicant engaged as a consequence of or resulting from an introduction by or through the Agency, whether direct or indirect, within 6 months from the date of the Agency’s Introduction.
6.3. Where the amount of the actual Remuneration is not known the Agency will charge a fee calculated in accordance with clause 3.4 on the minimum level of remuneration applicable for the position in which the Applicant has been engaged with regard to any information supplied to the Agency by the Client and/or comparable positions in the market generally for such positions.
7. SUITABILITY AND REFERENCES
7.1. The Agency endeavours to ensure the suitability of any Applicant introduced to the Client by obtaining confirmation of the Applicant’s identity; that the Applicant has the experience, training, qualifications and any authorisation which the Client considers necessary or which may be required by law or by any professional body; and that the Applicant is willing to work in the position which the Client seeks to fill.
7.2. At the same time as proposing an Applicant to the Client the Agency shall inform the Client of such matters in clause 7.1 as they have obtained confirmation of. Where such information is not given in paper form or by electronic means it shall be confirmed by such means by the end of the third business day (excluding Saturday, Sunday and any public or Bank holiday) following save where the Applicant is being proposed for a position which is the same as one in which the Applicant has worked within the previous five business days and such information has already been given to the Client.
7.3. The Agency endeavours to take all such steps as are reasonably practicable to ensure that the Client and Applicant are aware of any requirements imposed by law or any professional body to enable the Applicant to work in the position which the Client seeks to fill.
7.4. The Agency endeavours to take all such steps as are reasonably practicable to ensure that it would not be detrimental to the interests of either the Client or the Applicant for the Applicant to work in the position which the Client seeks to fill.
7.5. Notwithstanding clauses 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 7.4 above the Client shall satisfy itself as to the suitability of the Applicant and the Client shall take up any references provided by the Applicant to it or the Agency before engaging such Applicant. The Client is responsible for obtaining work permits and/or such other permission to work as may be required, for the arrangement of medical examinations and/or investigations into the medical history of any Applicant, and satisfying any medical and other requirements, qualifications or permission required by law of the country in which the Applicant is engaged to work.
7.6. To enable the Agency to comply with its obligations under clauses 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 7.4 above the Client undertakes to provide to the Agency details of the position which the Client seeks to fill, including the type of work that the Applicant would be required to do; the location and hours of work; the experience, training, qualifications and any authorisation which the Client considers necessary or which are required by law or any professional body for the Applicant to possess in order to work in the position; and any risks to health or safety known to the Client and what steps the Client has taken to prevent or control such risks. In addition the Client shall provide details of the date the Client requires the Applicant to commence, the duration or likely duration of the work; the minimum rate of remuneration, expenses and any other benefits that would be offered; the intervals of payment of remuneration and the length of notice that the Applicant would be entitled to give and receive to terminate the employment with the Client.
The Agency shall not be liable under any circumstances for any loss, expense, damage, delay, costs or compensation (whether direct, indirect or consequential) which may be suffered or incurred by the Client arising from or in any way connected with the Agency seeking an Applicant for the Client or from the Introduction to or Engagement of any Applicant by the Client or from the failure of the Agency to introduce any Applicant. For the avoidance of doubt, the Agency does not exclude liability for death or personal injury arising from its own negligence.
These Terms are governed by the law of England & Wales and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England & Wales.