Introduction

Raven Designs is a provider of Internet related services such as web design, web hosting, and IP transit services, and the Client may from time to time require such services. This Agreement sets out the terms which have been agreed between Raven Designs and the Client for the provision of such internet services and shall be supplemented from time to time by schedules setting out specific details of such services requested by the Client.

Duration and Termination

This Agreement shall come into effect upon the date of this Agreement and, subject to the provisions of this Agreement shall continue in force for an initial term of 12 months from the date the Services are available to the Client.

Without prejudice to any other rights to which Raven Designs is entitled, Raven Designs may give notice in writing to the Client terminating this Agreement with immediate effect if:

  1. the Client commits any material breach of any of the terms of this Agreement and (if such a breach is remediable) fails to remedy that breach within 30 days of being notified of the breach
  2. an order is made or a resolution is passed for the winding up of the Client
  3. an order is made for the appointment of an administrator to manage the affairs, business and property of the Client or documents are filed with a court of competent jurisdiction for the appointment of an administrator of the Client or notice of intention to appoint an administrator is given by the Client or its directors or by a qualifying floating charge holder (as defined in paragraph 14 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act (1986)
  4. a receiver is appointed of any of the Client’s assets or undertaking or if circumstances arise which entitle a court of competent jurisdiction or a creditor to appoint a receiver or manager of the Client or if any other person takes possession of or sells the Client’s assets
  5. the Client makes any arrangement or composition with its creditors or makes an application to a court of competent jurisdiction for the protection of its creditors in any way
  6. there is a change of the ability to direct the affairs of the Client whether by virtue of the ownership of shares, contract or otherwise of the Client
  7. the Client purports to assign its rights or obligations under this Agreement. For the avoidance of doubt and without limitation, a breach of any of any of the payment provisions contained in this Agreement, or a breach of the Acceptable Use Policy is a material breach for the purposes of this Agreement

Refunds will be given only at the discretion of Raven Designs.

Distance selling regulations

Under Regulation 10 of The Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000, the Client may have the right to cancel this Agreement for seven working days after the day after this Agreement has been concluded. However, it is agreed between Raven Designs and the Client that the Services may commence before the end of that cancellation period, and then the Client will lose the right to cancel from the date that Raven Designs provides the Client with the access details of the Services.

Support and maintenance

Maintenance and support shall not include services for problems arising out of (a) tampering, modification, alteration, or addition to the Hardware or Software, which is undertaken by persons other than Raven Designs or its authorised representatives; or (b) software programmes or hardware supplied by the Client. The Client shall document and promptly report all errors or malfunctions of the Services, Hardware or Software to Raven Designs. The Client shall take all steps necessary to carry out procedures for the rectification of errors or malfunctions within a reasonable time after such procedures have been received from Raven Designs provided the procedures specified are reasonable. Any problems caused by the Client to the Services, (which include, but are not limited to, deletion of necessary operating system files, accidental or intentional infection by a virus/Trojan) may result in extra charges to The Client at £30 per 30 minutes, or part thereof. For any work that will take more than two hours we will seek prior authorisation from the Client by telephone, email, or post.

Complaints procedure

If the Client is not satisfied with the Service(s) provided or with the response to a prior complaint, a formal complaint can be made in writing to ​hello@raven-designs.co.uk.​

Acceptable Use Policy

Raven Designs’ Acceptable Use Policy (“Policy”) is intended to help protect the Raven Designs service, Raven Designs clients and the Internet community in general from irresponsible or, in some cases, illegal activities, and the Client agrees to be bound by the Policy.

  1. The Client and their end users shall not, nor shall they permit, enable, or assist others, to use the Services for any breach of any applicable law or generally accepted transmission or application protocols applicable to the Internet or any part of it or to anything connected to it or to any user of it. Such prohibited use includes but is not limited to the following:
    1. civil infringement of and/or criminal offences relating to copyright, trade marks or any other intellectual property right in any jurisdiction
    2. commission of any criminal offence (including deliberate transmission of computer viruses) under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 (UK) or any similar legislation in any country
    3. knowingly or recklessly transmitting, displaying or posting to a publicly accessible service any material which is unlawful or actionably defamatory or an invasion of privacy, breach of an intellectual property right or breach of a right of publicity in any jurisdiction with which any publicly accessible service reasonably appears to have any connection or from which it may reasonably be apprehended that a publicly accessible service is likely to be significantly accessed
    4. transmitting, transferring, displaying or posting to a publicly accessible service any material in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 (UK) or similar legislation in any other country or of any material which is confidential or is a trade secret or which affects the national security of the United Kingdom or the said territory or which may expose Raven Designs to any retribution or penalty under the laws and/or regulations and/or decrees of the United Kingdom or any other country relating to the export of or dealing with military or potentially military resources
    5. use of the Services or the Internet in any manner which is a violation or infringement of any rights of any kind or nature (whether like to any of the foregoing or otherwise) of any person, firm or company
    6. unauthorised access to the network management equipment of Raven Designs or other Internet service providers
    7. forgery of Internet addresses or other fields in IP packets by the Client
    8. any sending of unsolicited email messages or any mass mailing of unsolicited advertising material by the Client
    9. any activity that potentially could harm the Raven Designs Network, its clients’ networks or other networks, including but not limited to traffic flooding, malicious overflows, etc
    10. any activity that Raven Designs decides at its absolute discretion is an unsuitable use of the Services
  2. The Client is responsible for:
    1. maintaining email addresses of the forms postmaster@client.domain and abuse@client.domain for receiving complaints of network abuse activities, as suggested by Internet Official Protocol Standard RFC 2142. Typically, these email addresses will forward emails to the real user accounts of the responsible persons for treating the network misuse complaints
    2. The activities of its customer base or end-users and, by accepting service from Raven Designs, is agreeing to ensure that its clients abide by this Policy. If irresponsible or illegal activity continues, even after Raven Designs tries to communicate with the Client, then the Client may be subject to an appropriate action in order to stop those activities
  3. All complaints related to network misuse – including email abuse – are to be sent to abuse@raven-designs.co.uk
  4. IRC services or IRC-related services are permitted only if they do not connect to EFnet and/or Undernet. This includes, but is not limited to: “IRCd servers,” “eggdrops,” “bots,” and “bouncers.” The purpose of this restriction is to prevent attacks on the Raven Designs service due to malicious activity that has been known to occur on the IRC networks EFnet and Undernet.
  5. Camfrog services or Camfrog-related services are not permitted. The purpose of this restriction is to prevent attacks on the Raven Designs service due to malicious activity that has been known to occur in relation to Camfrog.
  6. The Client warrants that it will respond to any Abuse Complaints within 48 hours.
  7. Acceptable use of our provided bandwidth amounts to 150GB per month.

Payment

The Client shall pay the price for the Services as set out in the Schedule. An initial payment is required before any set-up work is carried out. Raven Designs invoices for regular payments monthly in advance, unless otherwise agreed in writing.

The price for the Services covers Bandwidth as stated in the Agreement. If the Client exceeds this limit then Raven Designs reserves the right to make additional charges for usage above the limit at its then prevailing charge rate. Raven Designs will endeavour to let the Client know if its bandwidth use exceeds the agreed level.

Where the Services are purchased with a monthly payment plan comprising a set up fee, this fee is payable immediately. Where a long term contract is purchased, the set up fee is included within the total payment.

The price and all other amounts due under the Schedule shall be paid by the Client by the due date as specified in Raven Designs’s invoice. Time for payment shall be of the essence. Payment shall only be deemed received by Raven Designs upon receipt of cleared funds. Payment shall be made in full without any abatement, set off or deduction on any grounds. Raven Designs reserves the right to suspend the Services in case of late payment. Any exercise by Raven Designs of its right to suspend the Services in the case of late payment shall be without prejudice to any other of its rights under this agreement. Notwithstanding suspension of the Services by Raven Designs the Client shall continue to pay the price for the Services in accordance with the terms of this Agreement until this Agreement is terminated in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. Raven Designs understands and will exercise its statutory right to interest and debt recovery costs under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 if not paid according to agreed terms.

Raven Designs reserves the right to send overdue accounts to a debt collection agency. All charges involved in the collection of overdue accounts will be payable by the Client.

Raven Designs does not store credit or debit card details. Please see our ​Privacy Policy​ for further information.

Service Level Agreement

This SLA applies to Services where the agreement for the Service specifically references this SLA. The objective of this SLA is to document the availability of the Service that Raven Designs is to achieve. This does not constitute any additional liability to Raven Designs, but instead a self-assumed obligation towards the Client. Under the conditions below Raven Designs offers to pay the Client service credits if the availability defined below is not met.

Raven Designs shall guarantee the Network Availability and Power Availability will be 99.99% in any calendar month, subject to exclusions as defined below. If Raven Designs fails to meet this guarantee a credit shall be available to the Client as defined below.

The Network Availability and Power Availability calculation shall exclude periods when outages arise from, or are otherwise indirectly caused by:

  • Outage periods due to any cause other than faults by Raven Designs, including faults or negligence of the Client or problems associated with equipment connected on the Client’s side of Raven Designs delivery point,
  • In case that the Client’s equipment should cause negative effects on the performance, quality and/or operation of the Raven Designs Network, Raven Designs will proceed to disconnect the link, for benefit of the rest of users of the Raven Designs Network. This disconnection won’t be cause of penalty under the SLA. Raven Designs will notify the Client as soon as possible about this issue in order for the Client to repair the problems.
  • Outage periods reported by the Client in which no fault is observed or confirmed by Raven Designs,
  • Any fault period during which service is suspended under provision in this Agreement,
  • Downtime when Raven Designs technical staff cannot have access, when the Client is requested to do so for the purpose of investigating the problem and restoring the service, to Client premises and equipment pertaining to the service in case the service should include the management of equipment on the customer site by Raven Designs,
  • The Client requesting Raven Designs to test Client connection although no fault has been detected and/or reported by Raven Designs,
  • The Client requesting Raven Designs to upgrade the capacity of the service, if this operation results in an outage.
  • During Scheduled Maintenance affecting the Services as defined above.
  • Performance degradations and service loss due to Denial Of Service attacks or other unlawful attacks generated inside the Client’s network or executed against users inside the Client’s network or the Client network infrastructure, will be excluded from SLA calculation as it is within the Client’s responsibility to put in place the relevant protection mechanisms inside its network to protect itself and its clients. Nevertheless Raven Designs is available to support the customer by implementing appropriate measures on the Raven Designs Network, such as limiting on ICMP bandwidth, rate limiting over clients’ ports, implementing filters or black-holing routes.

Neither Party will be obliged to carry out any obligation under this Agreement where performance of such obligation is prevented by the occurrence of a Force Majeure Event. No commitment from Raven Designs applies in case of Force Majeure.

Should the Client not have access to the Services as defined above due to less than 99.99% Network Availability and Power Availability, Raven Designs shall credit the Client 0.5 days service credit for each hour when the service is not available, subject to a maximum credit in any one month of 50% of the monthly fee for the contracted service. The credit applies to the contracted service. The Client shall not be entitled to any credits under this SLA if any payment of the price for the Services is overdue under the terms of this Agreement. The credit shall be made for the element of the Services that were not available, it will not be made for the whole service. (eg if a dedicated server and backup service are ordered, but the backup service is not available for a period of time, the credit will be calculated based on the price of the backup service, not the combined price of the dedicated server and backup service.) Any credit is subject to the Client notifying Raven Designs within seven working days in writing. This Client agrees the service credits due under this SLA are its sole remedy against Raven Designs for any non-availability of the Services.

Consequential losses

Raven Designs is not in a position to assess any consequential loss which the Client may suffer as a result of any failure of the Services, or any other default on the part of Raven Designs and it would be impractical and uneconomic for Raven Designs to insure against such liability. Accordingly it is the responsibility of the Client to properly assess any consequential loss that it and/or its clients may suffer and to obtain and maintain adequate insurance in relation to such losses. The Client shall also ensure that it has adequate insurance cover in relation to any loss or damage which may be caused to Raven Designs and/or its clients through the negligence or default of the Client, its employees, agents, or equipment. The Client shall, as and when requested, provide Raven Designs with such evidence as Raven Designs may require in relation to the Client’s insurance.

Indemnity

The Client agrees to fully indemnify and keep Raven Designs, its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, partners and employees fully indemnified from and against all actions, demands, costs (on a full indemnity basis), losses, penalties, damages, liability, claims and expenses (including but not limited to legal fees) whatsoever incurred by it or them and arising from any of the following: (i) the Clients breach of this Agreement or its negligence or other act, omission or default; (ii) the operation or break down of any equipment or software owned or used by the Client but not the Hardware and/or Software; (iii) the Clients use or misuse of the Services; (iv) the Client infringing (whether innocently or knowingly) third party rights (including without limit IPRs).

Disclaimer

Nothing in the Agreement shall exclude or limit the liability of Raven Designs for death or personal injury resulting from its negligence or fraudulent misrepresentation nor affect the statutory rights of consumers.

The Client acknowledges that the allocation of risk in this Agreement reflects the price paid for the Services, Hardware and Software and that it is not within the control of Raven Designs how or for what purposes they are used. If any exclusion or limit of liability in this Agreement is held to be invalid and Raven Designs becomes liable for loss or damage that may lawfully be limited then such liability shall be limited to the amount paid by the Client for the Services.

Raven Designs shall have no liability to the Client for any loss arising from any material, data or instructions supplied whether digitally or otherwise by the Client or on its behalf which is incomplete, inaccurate, illegible, out of sequence or in the wrong form or arising from late arrival or non-arrival or any other fault by the Client or on its behalf.

No action, claim or demand arising out of or in connection with this Agreement may be brought by the Client against Raven Designs more than one year after the cause of action has occurred.

Raven Designs is not responsible for any delay, malfunction, non performance and/or other degradation of performance of any of the Services, Hardware or Software caused by or resulting from any alteration, modification and/or amendments due to changes and specifications requested or implemented by the Client whether or not beyond those already supplied.

Neither Raven Designs nor anyone else who has been involved in the creation, production or supply of the Services, Hardware or Software shall be liable to the Client or any other person for any loss in contract, tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty) or otherwise howsoever and whatever the cause thereof by reason of or in connection with this Agreement or the Services, Hardware or Software for any: (i) economic loss of any kind whatsoever, or (ii) loss of profit, data, business contracts, revenues or anticipated savings, or (iii) damage to the Client’s reputation or goodwill, or (iv) loss resulting from any claim made by any third party, or (v) special, indirect or consequential loss or damage of any nature whatsoever, and the Client shall indemnify Raven Designs from and against any claim which may be made against Raven Designs in respect thereof. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of implied warranties or of liability for consequential or incidental damages and therefore the above may not apply to the Client.

Updated February 2021