Terms & conditions

  1. These terms & conditions apply to any work done for the Client by Breakthrough Proofreading.

  2. The Client is under no obligation to offer Breakthrough Proofreading work; neither is Breakthrough Proofreading under any obligation to accept work offered by the Client.

  3. Breakthrough Proofreading will provide service(s) as mutually agreed, confirmed in writing by the Client.

  4. The work will be carried out unsupervised at such times and places as determined by Breakthrough Proofreading, using its own equipment.

  5. Breakthrough Proofreading confirms that it is a registered company, is responsible for its own income tax and National Insurance contributions, and for paying VAT (where applicable) and will not claim benefits granted to the Client's employees.

  6. Breakthrough Proofreading agrees to attend the Client's or other premises for necessary meetings, the time spent and agreed reasonable expenses incurred to be reimbursed by the Client.

  7. The Client will reimburse Breakthrough Proofreading for agreed reasonable expenses over and above usual expenses incurred in the process of editorial work.

  8. The Client will pay Breakthrough Proofreading a fee per 1000 words OR an agreed flat fee for the job, plus VAT where applicable.

  9. The completed work will be delivered on or before the date agreed, for the agreed fee, which will be based on the description of the work required and the brief, both supplied by the Client.

  10. If, however, on receipt of the item to be worked on or at an early stage, it becomes apparent that significantly more work is required than had been anticipated in the preliminary discussion/brief, Breakthrough Proofreading may renegotiate the fee and/or the deadline.

  11. Similarly, if, during the term of Breakthrough Proofreading's work, additional tasks are requested by the Client, Breakthrough Proofreading may renegotiate the fee and/or the deadline.

  12. If the project is lengthy, Breakthrough Proofreading may invoice periodically for completed stages.

  13. Any content created by Breakthrough Proofreading as part of the copy-editing/proofreading/project management process will become the copyright of the Client, unless otherwise agreed.

  14. The nature and content of the work will be kept confidential and not made known to anyone other than the Client and its contractors without prior written permission.

  15. Breakthrough Proofreading guarantees that any work that it subcontracts on behalf of the Client (in the event that subcontracting becomes inevitable, e.g. due to ill health, etc) will be completed to the same standard, schedule and budget and with the same conditions of confidentiality.

  16. If Breakthrough Proofreading's work is unsatisfactory, Breakthrough Proofreading will rectify it in its own time and at its own expense.

  17. Unless agreed otherwise at the outset, payment will be made within 30 days of receipt of Breakthrough Proofreading's invoice, according to the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 (amended 2002 and 2013).

  18. The information that the Client and Breakthrough Proofreading may keep on record is covered by the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation. No more such information will be held than is necessary, at any time, to comply with those terms and with any compliance statement or privacy policy published by the Client and/or Breakthrough Proofreading. Both the Client and Breakthrough Proofreading agree that, where consent is required to hold or process such data, such consent has been requested and obtained and both facts can be demonstrated. Either may view the other’s records to ensure that they are relevant, correct and up to date.

  19. Either the Client or Breakthrough Proofreading has the right to terminate a contract for services if there is a serious breach of its terms.

  20. If Breakthrough Proofreading has made a substantial contribution to the copy-editing/proofreading/project management of the work, it will be entitled to receive one free copy of the work.

  21. Breakthrough Proofreading may use the Client's name in its promotional material.

  22. This agreement is subject to the laws of England and Wales [or Scots or Northern Ireland law, as appropriate], and both Breakthrough Proofreading and Client agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the English and Welsh [or Scots or Northern Ireland] courts.