HSBC Bank plc is a company registered and established in England and Wales under registration number 14259. Our registered office is at 8 Canada Square, London, E14 5HQ. Our VAT registration number is GB 365684514. HSBC Bank plc is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority being entered in their Register (114216). HSBC Bank plc is a member of the Financial Ombudsman Scheme.
Business Internet Banking Agreement
1.1 The Customer and the Bank agree that the Services (as defined below) shall be supplied to the Customer and will include Primary Users and other Customer Delegates being empowered to agree on behalf of the Customer the matters as described in this Agreement, in all cases subject to the terms and conditions contained or referred to in this Agreement which shall continue until terminated in accordance with its terms.
1.2 The Customer will, acting through Customer Delegate(s), access the Services through the HSBC Site.
1.3 By signing the application form relating to Business Internet Banking and returning it to the Bank the Customer agrees to be bound by the terms of this Agreement which shall be in English.
1.4 Defined terms used in this Agreement are set out below:
Administrator Any Customer Delegate who is empowered to administer and maintain the ongoing use of the Services by other Customer Delegates.
Agreement This agreement as modified from time to time including any supplementary terms for the provision of the Services published from time to time.
Bank (also we, us, our) HSBC Bank plc.
Business Internet Banking (also BIB) The HSBC Group's business internet banking system.
BIB Help Centre That part of the HSBC Site supporting Business Internet Banking which can be accessed via www.hsbc.co.uk/bibinfo
Computer Any device or equipment of any kind used to access Business Internet Banking including without limitation PCs, mobile phones and MP3s.
Customer (also you, your, yours) The business customer named on the application form mentioned above.
Customer Delegate Any of the Primary User, Administrator(s) or Secondary User(s) who are authorised from time to time to use the Services.
Customer Guides All customer guides, manuals, help text or similar documents (whether in hard copy or in electronic form) issued or made available by us to you at any time in any format for use with the Services.
Customer Instruction Any request, instruction, agreement or other communication that is received by the Bank through Business Internet Banking.
Help Desk The Business Internet Banking Help Desk.
HSBC Group HSBC Holdings plc and its subsidiary and associate undertakings, or any of their branches.
HSBC Site The HSBC portal through which you access Business Internet Banking.
Micro-enterprise A business customer whose accounts are held with us in the UK and whose annual turnover (or, if our records show that the business customer is a member of a group, the annual turnover of their group according to our records) is less than £2million.
Payment Transaction – has the meaning given to the words "payment transaction" in the Regulations.
Password Any confidential password, phrase, code or number, memorable data, or any other identification of any kind whether issued to the Customer or any Customer Delegate by the Bank or adopted by the Customer or any Customer Delegate which may be used either alone or with any Security Device or other thing to access or facilitate access to any of the HSBC Site, Business Internet Banking and the Services or to effect Customer Instructions.
Primary User A Customer Delegate entrusted with responsibility for the initial Business Internet Banking installation and the Customer's on-going use of Business Internet Banking.
Regulations – means The Payment Services Regulations 2009, as amended, restated and re-enacted from time to time.
Regulated Payment Transaction – means a Payment Transaction which is subject to the Regulations.
Secondary User A Customer Delegate appointed by an Administrator or Primary User.
Security Device Any token, device, procedure or other thing whether issued to the Customer or any Customer Delegate by the Bank or adopted by the Customer or any Customer Delegate which may be used alone or with any Password or other thing to access or facilitate access to any of the HSBC Site, Business Internet Banking and the Services or to effect Customer Instructions or to generate any Password.
Services Any banking product or service provided by the Bank to the Customer using Business Internet Banking (including without limitation the empowerment of Customer Delegates to agree on behalf of the Customer the matters as described in this Agreement).
Service Guide The Customer Guide entitled 'Managing the Service Guide' which can be found at our BIB Help Centre.
Small Charity A UK charity whose annual income is less than £1million and which meets the other requirements in the definition of a 'charity' in the Regulations.
2. The Services
2.1 The Services enable you to:
2.1.1 view accounts and give us instructions and agree terms and conditions in relation to services you receive from us, and accounts and products that you have with us, being accounts, services and products which are from time to time the subject of Business Internet Banking; and
2.1.2 initiate applications, place orders, make arrangements, give instructions and conclude contracts for or relating to services and products of any kind which we or any other member of the HSBC Group may offer from time to time and to agree or authorise any other matter or thing with us or any other member of the HSBC Group.
2.2 By this Agreement you authorise us and (in the case of the matters referred to in Clause 2.1.2) all other members of the HSBC Group to:
2.2.1 act on and accept Customer Instructions apparently given by any Customer Delegate in respect of any of the matters referred to in Clause 2.1.1 and to act on and accept Customer Instructions apparently given by any Primary User in respect of any of the matters referred to in Clause 2.1.2; and
2.2.2 add to Business Internet Banking all of your accounts whenever opened which are the subject of Business Internet Banking.
2.3 The Services (which we may vary from time to time) include, without limitation, obtaining balances on accounts, a choice of payment methods including overseas payments up to daily limit subject to application, forward dated payments, viewing of transaction details of payments made, transfers between accounts, viewing or cancelling direct debits, creating, viewing, amending or cancelling of standing orders, setting-up access and control rights for other users online, access to the BIB Help Centre and a variety of other services. The Services available may vary depending upon the type of Computer (such as hand held devices) used to access Business Internet Banking. For further details of the Services, please refer to our Service Guide.
2.4 In order for a Customer Instruction involving a payment to be properly executed, the Customer must provide the Bank with the payee's bank sort code and account number or, where applicable, the bank identification code (BIC) or other relevant identification of the payee's bank and the payee's international bank account number (IBAN) or other relevant account number; and/ or such other information if any as the Bank may advise the Customer of from time to time.
2.5 Your consent to Customer Instructions is given using the Security Device and appropriate Password(s) and username. For further details please refer to our Service Guide.
2.6 Your consent to Customer Instructions involving Payment Transactions, can only be withdrawn in respect of forward dated Payment Transactions using the cancel facility. For further details, please refer to our Service Guide.
2.7 For details of cut-off times, please refer to our Service Guide.
2.8 For details of maximum execution times in respect of Regulated Payment Transactions, please refer to the Service Guide.
2.9 The Customer and the Bank may agree financial limit(s) upon the amount(s) which can be the subject of Customer Instructions.
3. Registration Procedure
3.1 When registering you are required to nominate a Primary User. You understand that by doing this, the Primary User will have full control of your business bank accounts when accessed using Business Internet Banking and will have the authority to delegate various access and/or control rights to other Customer Delegates and to agree on your behalf any matter or thing as described in Clauses 2.1 and 2.2.
4. Customer instructions
4.1 We will only accept a Customer Instruction if it has been effected through Business Internet Banking, where access to Business Internet Banking appears to have been obtained using the appropriate Password(s) in accordance with the Customer Guides and this Agreement.
4.2 You request and authorise us to treat all apparently valid Customer Instructions received by the Bank as instructions or other communications properly authorised by you, even if made fraudulently and even if they conflict with the terms of any other mandates given by you at any time concerning your accounts or affairs. Subject to our obligations in Clause 4.1, we shall be under no other obligation to check the authenticity of Customer Instructions or the authority of the person or persons giving them.
4.3 You are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of Customer Instructions and for ensuring that they will achieve your intended purpose. We are not liable for any loss or delay where the contents of a Customer Instruction are inaccurate or incomplete.
4.4 If you request us to cancel or modify any Customer Instruction, we will make all reasonable efforts to comply with your request. However, we are not liable for any failure to cancel or modify the Customer Instruction if such a request is received at a time or under circumstances that render us unable to comply with your request.
4.5 We and any other company in the HSBC Group are entitled to:
4.6 We may, in our absolute discretion and without liability, not agree to act on or delay acting on a Customer Instruction if:
4.6.1 it is a request or instruction the effect of which would be to exceed any limit imposed by the Bank upon you generally, or upon the Customer Delegate in question; or.
4.6.2 it is an informal overdraft request, namely a request or instruction that, if agreed to by us, would cause your account to go overdrawn or over an existing overdraft limit; or
4.6.3 we know of or suspect a breach of security in respect of or in connection with the operation of one or more of your accounts or the Services generally; or
4.6.4 the Customer Instruction is considered by us in our discretion to be of a sufficiently high value to warrant the carrying out of additional steps relating to the prevention of fraud, money laundering or terrorist activity. Where not unlawful to do so, we shall notify you of any refusal by us to execute any Customer Instruction involving a Payment Transaction. We may charge for any such notification which may be given in any of the ways described in Clause 6.2.
5. Secure messaging services
5.1 If we make this facility ('Secure Messaging Services') available to you, you may send us and we may send you secure e-messages using Business Internet Banking.
5.2 You must not send us messages:
5.3 We may send you messages concerning any accounts, products or services which you have with us including Business Internet Banking or the Services, or concerning any other operational or service related matters. These may include, for example, telling you about changes to these Business Internet Banking Terms and Conditions, to our Business Banking Terms and Conditions, and to our published charges, prices and rates.
6. Service Interruption
6.1 We may (but are not obliged to) suspend any service provided to you under the Services in relation to all or any of the Customer Delegates without notice where we consider it necessary or advisable to do so, for example to protect you when:
6.2 Where not unlawful to do so we shall where possible give you notice of any suspension, termination or withdrawal in accordance with this Clause 6 before doing so or if not possible immediately afterwards. Any such notification shall be made in accordance with Clause 21.2 or by telephone or fax.
7.1 Please note that our Business Banking Terms and Conditions, issued to you and other business customers generally, set out your agreement with us concerning our use and sharing with other parties of information about you and your affairs ('Your Information'). Without limiting these Business Banking Terms and Conditions you agree that we may exchange Your Information with members of the HSBC Group and others to provide you with the Services and to give effect to any Customer Instruction. We may use other HSBC Group companies and/or third parties to process information in accordance with our instructions to provide services on our behalf. Whether it is processed in the UK or overseas, your information will be protected, in accordance with data protection legislation, by a strict code of secrecy and security which all members of the HSBC Group, their staff and any third parties are subject to.
8. Security provisions/viruses/spyware
8.1 You agree to, and agree to ensure that all Customer Delegates will, comply with the terms of this Agreement and any other reasonable instructions or recommendations we may issue to you regarding Business Internet Banking security including, without limitation those contained in the Customer Guides or as displayed and accessible from time to time through the HSBC Site or Business Internet Banking.
8.2 You agree that it is your sole responsibility to set-up, maintain and regularly review security arrangements concerning access to, and use of, the Services, and information stored on your computing and communications systems, and in particular your and any of your Customer Delegates' control of Passwords, Security Devices and access to Business Internet Banking.
8.3 You must ensure that your Customer Delegates keep their Password and Security Device secure and secret at all times and take steps to prevent unauthorised use of their Password and Security Device provided to them. For example, Customer Delegates must:
8.4 You and your Customer Delegates must not permit Customer Delegates to access Business Internet Banking or the HSBC Site from any public internet access device or access point (eg, cyber/internet cafés).
8.5 You must notify us immediately of the following:
8.6 You hereby agree to comply immediately with all reasonable requests for assistance from us and/or the police in trying to recover any losses or identify actual or potential breaches of security including, without limitation, giving us prompt access to any Computer.
8.7 If you suspect any impropriety on the part of any Customer Delegate in connection with Business Internet Banking or the Services or a Customer Delegate leaves your business, you must ensure that the Primary User or an Administrator immediately takes all steps available to ensure that the Customer Delegate involved is unable to access the Services.
8.8 If you suspect any impropriety on the part of the Primary User in connection with Business Internet Banking or the Services or the Primary User leaves your business, you must immediately take steps to replace such Primary User.
8.9 You are responsible for the security of any Security Device held in any manner by you or your Customer Delegates. We shall not be liable to you or to third parties for any loss whatsoever arising from the copying, tampering or unauthorised use of any Security Device.
8.10 Business Internet Banking is accessed through the Internet which is a public system over which we have no control. It is therefore your duty to make sure that any Computer is free from and adequately protected against acquiring spyware, computer viruses and other invasive, destructive or disruptive components and has installed on it up to date (and where relevant regularly run) anti-virus and anti-spyware software, a firewall and security patches.
8.11 You agree that you are solely responsible for the performance and protection of any browser, Computer, and matters referred to in Clause 8.10 including the prompt adoption by you of all security patches and other security measures issued or recommended from time to time by the suppliers of such browsers, Computers' operating systems and other matters referred to above, and we shall not be liable for any damage to/or reduction in the performance of your Computer system or any part of it by the installation and/or use of any browser version, Security Device or other matters referred to above, required to use the Services. You agree to use a browser version and operating system that is supported by Business Internet Banking.
8.12 We will not be responsible for any loss of or damage to your data, software, Computer, computer networks, telecommunications or other equipment caused by you using Business Internet Banking unless such loss or damage is directly and solely caused by our gross negligence or wilful misconduct.
8.13 Encryption and the use of BIB abroad - we use a very high level of encryption. The use of such levels of encryption may be illegal in jurisdictions outside the UK, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. It is your responsibility to ensure that, if outside the UK, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man, your ability to use BIB is permitted by local law. We will not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by you as a result of not being able to use, or permitted to use, BIB in these jurisdictions.
8.14 All notifications by you under this Clause 8 are to be made by calling the Business Internet Banking Helpdesk on the telephone numbers(s) specified in the Service Guide or by any other means specified in it. All notifications in respect of Customer Instructions involving Payment Transactions must be given by the Customer to the Bank without undue delay and in any event no later than 13 months after the debit date, on becoming aware of any unauthorised or incorrectly executed Payment Transaction.
8.15 You acknowledge that any failure by you or any Customer Delegate to comply with any of the provisions of this Clause 8 shall for the purposes of this Agreement constitute gross negligence on your part.
9. Security Devices
9.1 We grant you a non-exclusive, nontransferable licence to use any Security Device and/or to install any Security Device. Title to and rights in the Security Devices belong to us and, except for the specific rights granted to you by this licence, neither you nor any Customer Delegates will acquire any rights whatsoever to the Security Devices, which will remain the property of the Bank.
9.2 We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that any Security Device that we provide to you will perform as necessary to permit access to Business Internet Banking as and when required. You will notify us immediately if any Security Device fails to function correctly.
9.3 We shall have no liability for breach of any implied term as to satisfactory quality, merchantability or fitness for purpose of any Security Device.
9.4 You will (and will ensure that your Customer Delegates) take reasonable care of any Security Device so that it does not become stolen, lost, damaged or faulty.
Password reset and security device reissue
10.1 Our procedures for re-setting Passwords and replacing Security Devices are available by calling our Help Desk the telephone number being set out in the Customer Guides. When the Customer Delegate calls, the caller will be taken through security procedures in order to identify the caller as a Customer Delegate.
10.2 You hereby request and authorise us from time to time without further authority or notice from you to act upon any telephoned request or instruction to re-set any Password or to revoke and/or deactivate any Security Device of a Customer Delegate, or to issue and/or replace a Security Device to any Customer Delegate made through the Help Desk. In addition you agree that we shall not be liable to you or any third party for any loss or damage suffered by you or any third party arising from any such request or instruction being unauthorised or fraudulent provided we have gone through our normal security procedures in relation to identification of the person calling and you agree to keep us fully compensated in respect of any and all losses, costs or expenses we may incur in dealing with any claims or demands arising therefrom.
10.3 We shall not be liable for any losses arising as a result of a refusal by the Help Desk to carry out any of the matters referred to in Clauses 10.1 and 10.2.
11.1 We do not warrant that the information available through the Services is accurate, sufficient or error free, or that such information is current and up-to-date at the time it is accessed.
12. Fees and changes to the agreement
12.1 You agree to pay our scale of charges (if any) for providing the Services as we advise you from time to time. We may vary our charges and the frequency and dates of payment, on giving you not less than two months' notice and Clause 12.3 shall apply to any such notice. We reserve the right to make a charge for any replacement Security Device where such replacement is necessary as a result of any breach by you or any of your Customer Delegates of Clause 9.4. These charges are in addition to any charges for particular banking or other services we might provide in response to your Customer Instructions through the Services.
12.2 You authorise us to debit any of your accounts with any charges for the Services.
12.3 We may change the terms of this Agreement subject to us giving not less than two months' prior notice to you or, exceptionally, such shorter period (other than in the case of any variations to our charges) as is necessary for the effective operation of the Services. At any time up to two months from the date of the notice, you may, without notice, terminate this Agreement without having to pay any extra charges for doing so.
13. Our liability to you and your liability to us
13.1 Subject to Clauses 13.2 to 13.5 (inclusive), we and/or any other member of the HSBC Group shall only be liable for any loss, damage or delay which you suffer or incur as a direct result of our or the other HSBC Group member's gross negligence or wilful misconduct and shall not be liable for any other loss or damage of any kind.
13.2 Neither we nor any other member of the HSBC Group shall, in any event, be liable to you for any loss of business or profits or data, or indirect, consequential or special loss or damage arising out of your use of or in connection with, Business Internet Banking or the Services, whether or not we or that other member of the HSBC Group has been advised of the possibility of such loss or damage and whether or not arising out of negligence, breach of this Agreement or otherwise.
13.3 Neither we nor any other member of the HSBC Group purports to exclude or limit liability in relation to fraud, personal injury or death.
13.4 Subject to Clause 13.5, the liability of us and each other member of the HSBC Group to you due to, under and/or arising out of or in connection with this Agreement shall, in aggregate in any calendar year, not exceed £500,000.
13.5 Notwithstanding the limit set out in Clause 13.4, to the extent of a successful claim against us or any other member of the HSBC Group (ie, for direct loss arising as a result of its gross negligence or wilful misconduct only) relates to all or part of the principal amount payable under a Customer Instruction (such amount the 'Lost Principal'), the relevant member of the HSBC Group shall be liable for:
13.5.1 the Lost Principal; and
13.5.2 any interest which might reasonably have been earned in relation to the Lost Principal, provided that any interest payment shall be reduced accordingly if (a) any interest or other charges which would have been payable by you were not charged as a result of the loss; or (b) any interest was earned by you which would have not otherwise have been earned.
13.6 You will keep us and any other member of the HSBC Group fully compensated in respect of any and all losses, costs or expenses we or any other member of the HSBC Group may incur in dealing with any claims or demands which may be made against us or any other member of the HSBC Group as a result of:
13.6.1 any breach by you of your obligations under this Agreement; or
13.6.2 us, or any other member of the HSBC Group, acting on any Customer Instruction or other communication relating to the Services, whether or not such Customer Instruction or communication was (a) authorised by you, or, (b) in an agreed form.
13.7 You are responsible for obtaining, if you consider it appropriate, insurance cover at your cost for any loss exceeding the limit set out in Clause 13.4 or for any loss for which we are not liable to you.
13.8 We are not obliged to monitor your use of the Services for any failure by you to carry out your obligations under this Agreement including your security duties under Clauses 8 and 9 or to notify you of any such failure.
13.9 Continued provision of the Services when you are in breach of this Agreement, whether or not we have knowledge of such breach, shall not prejudice or constitute a waiver of our rights under this Agreement (including without limitation Clause 4) which shall remain in full force and effect.
14. Your and our liability and Regulated Payment Transactions
14.1 The provisions of this Clause 14 shall only apply where the Customer has not effectively agreed with the Bank under Clause 20 that Regulation 62 (or any amendment, reinstatement or re-enactment of it) of the Regulations shall not apply.
14.2 Where Clause 14.1 applies to the Customer in the event of any conflict between the provisions of this Clause 14 and any other provisions of this Agreement then the provisions of this Clause 14 shall prevail but only to the extent necessary to resolve such conflict.
14.3 Subject to Clauses 14.4 and 14.5 the Customer shall be liable up to a maximum of £50 for any losses incurred in respect of any unauthorised Customer Instruction involving a Regulated Payment Transaction arising: (a) from the use of a lost or stolen Password or Security Device; or (b) where the Customer or any of its Customer Delegates has failed to keep the personalised security features of any Password or Security Device safe, from the misappropriation of any such Password or Security Device.
14.4 The Customer shall be liable for all losses
incurred in respect of any unauthorised Customer
Instruction involving a Regulated Payment
Transaction where the Customer, any of its
Customer Delegates or other party acting on
(a) has acted fraudulently; or
(b) has with intent or gross negligence failed to comply with its or their obligations under this Agreement relating to:
– the issue of Passwords, Security Devices and procedures relating to such matters and the keeping of such matters safe or
– the notification by the Customer in accordance with Clause 8 and without undue delay on becoming aware of the breach of, loss, theft, misappropriation or unauthorised use of any Password or Security Device or the procedures relating to such matters.
14.5 Subject to Clauses 14.1 to 14.4, where a Customer Instruction involving a Regulated Payment Transaction is not authorised by the Customer, the Bank will refund the amount of the unauthorised Regulated Payment Transaction and where applicable will restore the account debited with the Regulated Payment Transaction to the state it would have been in had the unauthorised Regulated Payment Transaction not taken place.
15. Authority and agreement from you
15.1 Without prejudice to any other authority covering the same matters, you authorise us from time to time to act upon written instructions concerning the administration of Business Internet Banking or the Services, including the re-setting of Passwords, the de-activation, issuing and/or replacement of Security Devices, the replacement of any Primary User and the agreeing of limits.
15.2 Any instruction or request referred to in Clause 15.1 is to be, or must purport to be, signed as follows:
15.3 Where any written instruction or request referred to in Clause 15.1 is sent by facsimile transmission or other electronic communication, you authorise us without further authority (but we shall not be obliged) to act upon such instruction or request. In addition you agree that we shall not be liable to you or any third party for any loss or damage suffered by you or any third party arising from the facsimile transmission or other electronic communication being unauthorised or fraudulent and you agree to keep us fully compensated in respect of any and all losses, costs or expenses we may incur in dealing with any claims or demands arising therefrom.
15.4 We shall not be liable for any losses arising as a result of any delays when acting in accordance with written instructions howsoever given pursuant to Clause 15.
16.1 The Customer may terminate this Agreement on not less than one month's prior notice to the Bank and the Bank may terminate this Agreement on not less than two months' prior notice to the Customer.
16.2 Either party may also terminate this Agreement with immediate effect by notice to the other, if the other party commits a material breach of this Agreement or becomes insolvent under the laws of any applicable jurisdiction.
16.3 Termination will not affect the rights and remedies of either party accrued to the date of termination nor will it affect any provision of this Agreement (including, without limitation, Clauses 13 and 21) which is intended to apply after termination.
16.4 Upon termination of this Agreement for any reason, the Security Device licences referred in Clause 9.1 terminate.
17. Events beyond parties' control
17.1 Neither party will be liable for delay in performing or failure to perform any of its obligations under this Agreement which is caused by circumstances beyond its reasonable control, including, but not limited to, the failure, malfunction or unavailability of telecommunications, data communications and computer systems and services, war, acts of terrorism, civil unrest, government action, strikes, lock-outs or other industrial action or trade disputes (whether involving either party's employees or those of a third party). Any delay or failure of this kind will not be deemed to be a breach of this Agreement and the time for performance of the affected obligation will be extended by a period which is reasonable in the circumstances.
18. Electronic communications
18.1 For the purposes of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (Electronic Communications) Order 2004 (as amended from time to time), any other laws or regulations from time to time in force and generally you and we agree to electronic communications being sent or delivered between us and you through Business Internet Banking whether through the Secure Messaging Services or otherwise.
19. Money laundering and other matters
19.1 We may take whatever action we consider appropriate to meet any obligations, either in the United Kingdom or elsewhere in the world, relating to the prevention of fraud, money laundering or terrorist activity and the provision of financial and other services to persons who may be subject to sanctions.
19.2 These actions include, but are not limited to, investigating and intercepting payments into and out of your accounts (particularly in the case of international transfers of funds) and investigating the source of or intended recipient of funds. It may also include making enquiries to establish whether a person is subject to sanctions.
19.3 We shall not be liable for any loss, liability, delay or cost incurred by you as a result of us taking such actions; and we do not warrant that any information on our systems relating to any payment messages and communications will be accurate or complete to the extent that it relates to any Customer Instruction which is subject to such an action when such information is provided.
19.4 To help us comply with the above obligations, you agree to comply with such procedures as may be specified by us from time to time ('Procedures'). You also agree that, if requested by us to do so, each time a Secondary User is appointed with authority to make payments or otherwise authorise transactions on your behalf, you will within seven days notify us in writing and provide the new Secondary User's name and address together with a specimen signature in accordance with the Procedures. In addition, you agree that as part of the process of appointing any Primary User, you will provide a specimen signature of such Primary User and that it may be necessary for us to take steps to identify such Primary User in accordance with the Procedures.
20. The Payment Services Regulations 2009 (the Regulations)
20.1 To the fullest extent that is permitted by law, the Customer agrees that the provisions of the Regulations including without limitation those currently numbered as specified in Clause 20.2 below shall not apply to the Customer, any of its Customer Delegates or other parties acting on its behalf.
20.2 The relevant provisions of the Regulations referred to in Clause 20.1 include, without limitation:
20.3 If at the date of this Agreement it is not permitted by law for the Customer to agree the matters referred to in Clauses 20.1 and 20.2 above but subsequently such agreement does become permitted by law (whether because the Customer has ceased to be a Micro-enterprise or a Small Charity or otherwise), then the Customer agrees that the agreement of the Customer to the matters referred to in Clauses 20.1 and 20.2 above shall take effect from such subsequent date.
21.1 This Agreement is the entire agreement between the parties concerning the use of Business Internet Banking and supersedes all previous agreements, communications, representations or discussions between you and us relating to it. Any other agreements between us and you and/or mandates relating to the conduct of your accounts shall remain unaffected.
21.2 Any notice to be given under this Agreement must:
21.3 Where the Customer is a partnership, this Agreement will continue in force unless revoked by notice given by any one partner, notwithstanding any change of name of the partnership, admission of new partner(s) or any partner ceasing to be a member of the partnership by reason of death or otherwise.
21.4 Where we introduce new services as part of the Services we may provide them on supplementary terms which will be notified to you in accordance with this Agreement.
21.5 We and you both agree to comply with all applicable data protection and other laws to the same or similar purpose in all relevant jurisdictions. You confirm that all employees and other persons whose personal or other data is transmitted, processed or otherwise handled have consented to such transmission, processing or other handling under this Agreement in accordance with these laws, or will do so prior to any such transmission, processing or other handling.
21.6 Each of the terms of this Agreement is severable from the others and if one or more of them becomes void, illegal or unenforceable, the remainder will not be affected in any way. References in this Agreement to clauses are references to clauses of this Agreement unless expressly stated otherwise.
21.7 Subject to the applicable laws of evidence, each party agrees not to object to the admission of the records (including computer records) of the other as evidence in legal proceedings.
21.8 No Primary User may be under the age of 18 years.
21.9 To the extent permitted by applicable law, the rights and obligations set out in articles 10 and 11 of Directive 2000/31/EC as implemented by the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 as amended from time to time shall not apply to any contracts between you and us concluded through the use of Business Internet Banking or the Services.
21.10 Subject as provided below a person which is not a party to this Agreement has no right to enforce any provision of this Agreement. Members of the HSBC Group which are not parties to this Agreement, and any sub-contractor of any HSBC Group member may nevertheless enforce this Agreement against you, subject to and in accordance with this Agreement and any applicable regulations and laws including without limitation the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999. The parties to this Agreement do not require the consent of any person who is not party to this Agreement to rescind or vary this Agreement at any time.
21.11 Information relevant to this Agreement under the Regulations will be provided as and when changes are made and will be made available either under Clause 21.2 or by change to the Customer Guides. You may obtain a copy of this Agreement by downloading it from the BIB Help Centre or by making a request to the Help Desk.
21.12 We may appoint other parties to provide some or all of the Services under this Agreement. You agree that such parties shall have the benefit of any provisions of this Agreement which limit our liability.
21.13 We may cancel your or any Customer Delegate access to the Services without prior notice if there has been no activity for a period of three consecutive months.
22. Electronic statements
22.1 You agree that we may elect, at our sole discretion, to deliver your statement to you only via BIB and not to provide a paper statement. If we choose to do this we will provide you with at least two months' prior notice of the change.
22.2 If we choose to exercise our right under clause 22.1, you may request the reinstatement of paper statement delivery via the statements service within BIB at any time.
23. Law and proceedings
23.1 For account(s) held in the United Kingdom this Agreement and any dispute, claim or issue arising out of or in connection with it (whether of a contractual or non-contractual nature, such as claims in tort, for breach of statute or regulation or otherwise) shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales. For account(s) held in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man the local law of the island where your account(s) is held will apply in respect of the above matters. You and we irrevocably submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales or Jersey, Guernsey, or the Isle of Man as appropriate.
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