The Head Office of Dotsquares Limited is located at – Unit 2, Albourne Court, Henfield Road, Albourne, West Sussex, BN6 9FF, United Kingdom. These terms and conditions apply to work done from any office of Dotsquares Limited or of companies within the Dotsquares group of companies.
The primary area of business for Dotsquares is (but not limited to) providing design and development resources for Website Publishing, designing, development and software application development, mobile application development, IT Support services, Hosting services, Quality Analysis (QA) and Digital Media. Dotsquares also specialises in providing highly focused E-marketing solutions such as Digital Marketing (SEO) Search Engine Optimization, Pay Per Click (PPC), e-communication strategy, Data Analysis, Reporting and research.
Dotsquares undertake projects on a time and materials basis.
All fees are estimated and exclusive of VAT or any other taxes as may be applicable,
Estimates are valid for 30 days from the date of issue.
Payment terms are based on prior weekly or monthly bookings which are allocations of the developer resources.
The client is allocated dedicated resource(s) along with the necessary functional support staff such as a Team Leader or Project Manager if requested (based on the service commissioned).
The resource(s) would be operating out of the Indian office, unless the resource is operating onsite or from our UK / US / Australian offices. The Indian office operates Monday – Friday, 10 AM to 7:00 PM (India’s time zone is GMT + 5:30 / BST +4.30). All the public holidays are notified in advance and communicated by the development team directly; the holidays are generally compensated by working extra hours in the evenings, at weekends or as per the agreed time schedule with the client.
Quality of Service
You deserve to have your work carried out to the highest possible standard and in an understanding and timely manner and we will always try and exceed your expectations. We value quality very highly and look to pass that on to our clients at every opportunity.
Our values are our commitment to you
We will act with the utmost integrity, displaying integrity, professional dedication and courtesy at all times.
All correspondence such as emails and phone calls will be dealt with promptly
We will provide you with an alternative contact if the person you are looking for is unavailable.
We will give clear and concise information regarding your enquiry and the associated estimate and also about the project if you decide to place a booking.
We are also long standing members of the International Association of Outsourcing Providers.
We guarantee high-quality and cost-effective services
How You Can Help
Please make sure you give us clear instructions to allow us to effectively provide an accurate estimate and work to the best of our abilities on the project.
Reply promptly to communications. The developer is on a dedicated basis, it is important he or she has tasks at all times to avoid delays (any delays may increase the time required to complete the project).
Please tell us if you are going to be away or unable to respond to requests for information.
If you are dissatisfied with the service being provided please tell us. We cannot resolve a problem we are unaware of.
Please regularly check your Online Project Management Area, Dotsquares Projects (DSP) area as well as emails. We will be directing a good deal of your project communications through both.
What we will not do
Work on a live server (unless specified).We will supply a sandbox server for development (Digital Marketing (SEO) work does take place on the live server)
Hold the only set of data; please give us test data or a copy of the live DB
We will not fill the developers’ day; you are requested to supply tasks at all times
Tolerate abuse of staff members
Contact end customers directly; projects are done in the strictest confidence
Outsource your work to a third party
Basis of Charging Fees
Our “Dedicated” service is supplied on a “Time and materials” based and sold in daily, weekly or monthly blocks.
Our “Ad-hoc” or “Bucket” service is also “Time and Materials”; the service is sold in minimum 10, 20, 40 hours blocks but worked in 10 minute blocks
Acceptance of Services
At various intervals throughout a project, you will be asked to view, test and signoff certain sections. As a project is a combination of these smaller sections we ask this is done in a timely manner; delay in this process can cause delay to the project as a whole and delay the overall timeframe.
Once Dotsquares has fulfilled the obligated booking period purchased or the project has been completed the project shall be tested accordingly. If any failure to pass the test results from a defect which is caused by an act of omission of you, or by one of your subcontractors or agents, the project will be deemed to have passed the test notwithstanding such non-Dotsquares defect. We may provide assistance reasonably requested by you in relation to supplying a suitable remedy of any non-Dotsquares defect by supplying additional services. These would be offered at the current fees and prices.
Back-up: it is the client’s responsibility to ensure they have a back-up of the work. We recommend taking back-ups of the work at all stages (we recommend an automated scheduled back-up, which can be set-up alongside any work by our server technicians). Live servers, all development work takes place “off-site” on a Sandbox environment provided by us (Digital Marketing (SEO) work does take place on the live server). On occasion, it may be requested that development takes places on live servers (time constraints, upon client request, licensing reasons for example). This is done so at your own risk. We do not take responsibility for any impact this may have to either the live site or your ability to work. We strongly recommend the use
of a Sandbox server.
Payment of the advance / first invoice is an acceptance of these terms and conditions.
The charges are calculated in accordance with Dotsquares’ standard rates (which can be amended on one month’s prior notice to you) as follows:
Weekly rates are calculated on the basis of an eight (8) hour day, working a five (5) day week.
Daily rates are calculated on the basis of an eight (8) hour day.
Bucket rates are calculated on the basis of 10, 20, 40 hours being held against your project, all of which must be used within six (6) months of the time of booking.
All invoices must be paid in the currency in which they are issued.
Our invoices are issued before we start the work and need to be reconciled in order for the work to commence.
Your project may be put on hold temporarily whilst your payment on invoices is outstanding and in that event, we reserve the right to remove project files from our servers.
Unless otherwise stated all prices are exclusive of VAT or any other taxes as may be applicable, which shall where applicable be charged by Dotsquares to you at the current rate.
Limitation of Liability
This sets out the entire financial liability of Dotsquares (including any liability for acts or omissions of its employees, agents or consultants) to you in respect of:
i. Any breach of these Terms & Conditions;
ii. Any use made by you of the Service, the project or any part of them; and
iii. Any representation, statement or action contrary to contract law or omission (including negligence) arising under or in connection with these Terms & Conditions.
Nothing in these Terms & Conditions limits or excludes the liability of Dotsquares for death or personal injury resulting from negligence, or for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation by us.
Subject to paragraph 11(2) and 11(4) Dotsquares shall not be liable for:
iv. Loss of Profits;
v. Loss of Business;
vi. Depletion of goodwill and/or similar losses;
vii. Loss of anticipated savings;
viii. Loss or corruption of data or information, or;
ix. Any special, indirect, consequential or pure economic loss, costs, damages, charges or expenses
Dotsquares’ total liability to you, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), for breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, arising under or in connection with these Terms & Conditions shall be limited to the total charges paid for the Services by you during the 12-month period immediately before the date on which the cause of action first arose, or if the cause of action arose during any period before 12 months had elapsed from the date of our first Invoice, during that shorter period.
Without prejudice to any other rights or remedies which Dotsquares may have we reserve the right to terminate the project or services without liability to you if:
You fail to pay any amount due to us on the due date for payment, and remain in default not less than 7 days after being notified in writing to make such payment.
You commit a material breach of any of our other terms and conditions of business, where the breach is incapable of remedy, or (if the breach is capable of remedy) you fail to remedy the breach within 14 days after being notified in writing to do so.
You breach any of our terms and conditions of business in such a manner as to reasonably justify the opinion that your conduct is inconsistent with your having the intention or ability to give effect to the terms of the agreement between us.
You are made bankrupt, a winding-up order is made against you or you become subject to any insolvency procedure including administration, liquidation or a voluntary arrangement with your creditors pursuant to the Insolvency Act 1986 or other insolvency legislation
During development the project becomes unworkable or undeliverable, except where this arises from a fault on Dotsquares’ part.
On termination of the project for any reason
You shall immediately pay to us all of Dotsquares outstanding unpaid invoices and interest (if any), in respect of services supplied but for which no invoice has been submitted, we may submit an invoice, which shall be payable immediately on receipt.
All licenses granted by Dotsquares under the project shall terminate; and
The accrued rights of Dotsquares and liabilities of you as at termination shall not be affected.
The Customer must notify Dotsquares in writing during the 30 day Warranty Period if the Customer identifies an error in the code / system / program written by Dotsquares. Once it has been agreed Dotsquares will correct any errors that we made in the construction of the code / system / program at no cost. Under no circumstances will a partial/full refund
will be acknowledged. Dotsquares reserves the right to define a bug/error.
Dotsquares will not be liable under the below clauses:
If the error is not notified to the Dotsquares in writing during the Warranty Period;
If the error cannot be verified or reproduced by Dotsquares.
If and to the extent that the error is caused by infringement by the Customer or involvement of developer / freelancer / company not related to Dotsquares.
If the software / programs / scripts (but not limited to) was written or developed by a developer / freelancer / company who is not related to Dotsquares or is in a partially finished state.
Due to a change in configuration of server / hosting at customer end.
We make no warranties or representations that your code / system / program will be commercially profitable or succeed in any other intended purpose you may have for it. These involve many factors beyond our control.
Involvement of 3rd Party developer / freelancer / company during or after completion of work (in such cases we will need to be notified prior to project commencement)
You will meet the cost of any time spent tracking bugs due to data content uploaded by customer or 3rd Party which subsequently causes problems or bugs.
Use of Online Project Management Area, Dotsquares Projects (DSP)
Access to DSP is granted on a temporary basis to aid in the smooth running and administration of your project. We may suspend, withdraw, discontinue or change all or any part of DSP without notice. We will not be liable to you if for any reason DSP is unavailable at any time or for any period.
You are responsible for ensuring that all persons who access DSP are aware of the terms and conditions and that they comply with them.
If you are provided with a username and password as part of our security procedures you must treat such information as confidential and not disclose it to any third party.
We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights associated with DSP and the material published on it.
We do not guarantee that DSP will be secure or free from bugs or viruses. You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programmes and platform in order to access DSP. We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a virus, distributed denial-of-service attack, or other technologically harmful material that may infect and affect your computer equipment or platform including data or other proprietary material due to your use of DSP or your downloading of any content on it, or on any website linked to it.
You must not misuse DSP by knowingly introducing viruses, Trojans, worms or other harmful material which is malicious or harmful to the technology being used. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to DSP or the server where it is hosted.
Intellectual Property Rights
Subject to Clauses 15(4) and 15(5) below, each party reserves all its proprietary rights in its Confidential Information and no rights or obligations, other than those expressly recited herein, are granted or to be implied. In particular, no license is hereby granted directly or indirectly under or in respect of any invention, discovery, patent, copyright or any other intellectual property right now or in the future held, made, obtained or licensable by the Disclosing Party. The property in all Confidential Information disclosed pursuant to an agreement / contract / project shall, subject to any right of any other owner, remain with the original owner/party.
Use of Intellectual Property: Each party acknowledges that the other party owns or licenses Intellectual Property related to it’s or its affiliates’ existing businesses and such Intellectual Property may be used and further developed in the course of this Agreement. Each party understands that the other party intends to continue to develop and commercially exploit its own Intellectual Property during and after the term of this Agreement.
Prior Intellectual Property Rights: All Intellectual Property rights owned by a party as of the Effective Date (“Prior IP”) shall remain the property of such party and no licenses or other rights with respect to such Intellectual Property are granted to the other party except as expressly set forth in an agreement or a later agreement. Each party shall have the burden of proof concerning the Intellectual Property it claims as its Prior IP
Developed Intellectual Property for clients: All right, title and interest of every kind and nature, whether now known or unknown, in and to any Intellectual Property created, written, developed, furnished or produced by us during the term of the agreement / project, whether alone or jointly with others and whether or not during work hours, that are within the scope of the agreement or any applicable Statement of Work shall be the exclusive property of the client (subject to the other conditions and specifically the payment of all the dues). As used herein, the term “Intellectual Property” shall include, without limitation, any inventions, technological innovations, discoveries, designs, formulae, know-how, processes, patents, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, computer software, ideas, creations, improvements to all such property, and all recorded material defining, describing or illustrating all such property, whether written or not and whether stored in plain or in code form.
Dotsquares understands that it shall have no right, title or interest of any kind or nature in or to any item of Intellectual Property, or in or to any results and/or proceeds from any item of Intellectual Property created or developed for the client (once final payment has been received). Dotsquares agrees to assist the client, at the client’s expense, to obtain patents, copyrights, trademarks, service marks and similar protections in all countries on any item of Intellectual Property, and agrees to execute any and all documents necessary to obtain such patents, copyrights trademarks, service marks and similar protections in all foreign countries in the name of client. Dotsquares further agree to assist the client or its nominees in the performance of any lawful acts that the client, at its discretion deems necessary to secure proper patent, copyright, trademark, service mark and other protection for any item of Intellectual Property or Improvements thereon, and to vest in the client the entire interest therein all countries.
Procedures for Resolving any problems
We aim to give you a high quality and efficient service at all times. However if at any time you are unhappy with the service that you receive, including our invoices, please raise your concern in the first place to:
Your Developer if working under Design & Development Model A or Model D.
Your Project Manager if working under an appropriate Model.
If your concern is regarding invoices then please raise with our Accounts Team.
No derogatory comments
We work to a high standard and we value our business reputation. In the unlikely event that you are dissatisfied with any of our work, you should raise your concern as stated in Clause 16 above. It is a condition of our contract with you that you will not make any critical or derogatory comment about Dotsquares to any third party, and you will not publish any such comment, whether on a website, via the Internet or otherwise. Any breach of this clause may result in legal proceedings being issued against you.
The contract between Dotsquares and the Customer shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. Any dispute arising shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
These terms and conditions of business constitute the entire agreement between us, and extinguish all previous agreements, promises, warranties, representations and understandings between us, whether written or oral.
During the term of this Agreement, you will not, directly or indirectly, solicit or do business with any Developeror Employee (as defined below), or entice, induce or assist any Developer or Employeeto cease employment with Dotsquares (or any member of the Group) or to become a Developer or Emoployee of any other person or entity engaged in any competitive activity. For purposes of this paragraph, a “Developer” means: (i) any permanent Developer or Business Analyst, or any other employee of any member of the Group with whom you had contact (including contact with Confidential Information) as an employee of Dotsquares during the twelve (12) consecutive calendar months after termination of employment from Dotsquares (or any member of the Group); or (ii) any Developer of any member of the Group who during the twelve (12) consecutive calendar months preceding their termination of employment from Dotsquares has: (A) made or received a written proposal in which they participated or to which they had access on behalf of any member of the Group. An Employee means any individual with a Contract of Employment (regardless of length) with Dotsquares.
You must not do the following things either during your business relationship with us or within twelve (12) months of the end of that relationship:
Commission work from our clients, or attempt to solicit work from our clients.
Engage any of our developers or other employees in a contract for services or a contract of employment (All our developers have a clause in their contracts prohibiting business relationships with our clients).
Commission work directly from any of our developers or other employees, or attempt to do so.
As Dotsquares is an international business which operates from different countries over a substantial part of the world, and as information technology services are by their nature international, the provisions of Clause 20.1 above apply throughout the world.
Any breach of Clause 20.1 will result in a claim against you for damages, which will include a claim for loss of profit and any other loss or expense which we incur as a result of your breach.