Terms and Conditions

General Terms of Consultation

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§ 1 Scope, non-re­me­dy of the terms and con­di­ti­ons of our con­tract part­ners

1.1 These ge­ne­ral terms and con­di­ti­ons ap­p­ly to con­tracts with com­pa­nies who­se ob­ject is to pro­vi­de ad­vice and in­for­ma­ti­on to the cli­ent by the Contractor in the plan­ning, pre­pa­ra­ti­on and im­ple­men­ta­ti­on of busi­ness or pro­fes­sio­nal de­ci­si­ons and pro­jects, in par­ti­cu­lar in the fol­lo­wing are­as:
- Management / Management Consulting
- Personnel and so­ci­al ser­vices
- Marketing and Sales
- tech­no­lo­gy and lo­gistics
- Data pro­ces­sing in­clu­ding the pre­pa­ra­ti­on of hard­ware and soft­ware selec­tion de­ci­si­ons
- Finance and ac­coun­ting
- Controlling
- Administration and or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on
- Foreign tra­de (ex­port / im­port)
- Company as­sess­ment
Entrepreneurs wi­t­hin the me­a­ning of the­se terms and con­di­ti­ons are na­tu­ral per­sons, le­gal en­t­i­ties or part­nerships which car­ry on com­mer­ci­al or in­de­pen­dent pro­fes­sio­nal ac­tivi­ties.

1.2 Deviating terms and con­di­ti­ons of our cli­ents, which we do not ex­press­ly ack­now­ledge, are not bin­ding on us, even if we do not ex­press­ly con­tra­dict them.

1.3 Verbal or writ­ten com­mit­ments which de­via­te from our terms of con­tract, as well as all sub­si­di­a­ry agree­ments and amend­ments to the con­tract, re­qui­re the ap­pro­val of our or­gans or aut­ho­ri­sed re­p­re­sen­ta­ti­ves in their aut­ho­ri­sed ca­pa­ci­ty.

1.4 The terms of busi­ness of the cli­ent shall on­ly ap­p­ly if this has be­en ex­press­ly agreed in wri­ting.

§ 2 Subject mat­ter of the con­tract / scope of ser­vices, use of sub­con­trac­tors, self-ex­emp- ti­on re­ser­ve

2.1 The ob­ject of the or­der is the agreed upon con­sul­ting ac­tivi­ty, not the achie­ve­ment of a cer­tain eco­no­mic suc­cess or the pre­pa­ra­ti­on of ex­pert opi­ni­ons or other works, un­less other­wi­se agreed by in­di­vi­du­al agree­ment.

2.2 Data pro­vi­ded by third par­ties or by the custo­mer are on­ly che­cked for plau­si­bi­li­ty. The con­clu­si­ons and re­com­men­da­ti­ons to be de­ri­ved from the in­ves­ti­ga­ti­ons are gi­ven to the best of our know­ledge and to the re­co­gnis­ed ru­les of sci­ence and prac­tice.

2.3 Unless other­wi­se agreed, the Contractor may use the con­tract for the exe­cu­ti­on of ex­pert sub­con­trac­tors, wher­e­by he is al­ways di­rect­ly ob­li­ged to the cli­ent.

2.4 In so far as sub­con­trac­tors are used, the Contractor re­ser­ves the right to ta­ke ac­tion on the part of the­se sub­con­trac­tors in good time. This shall on­ly ap­p­ly if the sub­con­trac­tor is not re­spon­si­ble for the time­ly in­ter­ven­ti­on of the sub­con­trac­tor, in par­ti­cu­lar if a con­gru­ent co­ver tran­sac­tion is con­clu­ded with sub­con­trac­tors. The Contractor shall im­me­dia­te­ly in­form the Contractor of the non-avai­la­bi­li­ty of the ser­vice. If the customer’s con­s­i­de­ra­ti­on has al­re­ady be­en pro­vi­ded, the Contractor shall im­me­dia­te­ly reim­bur­se it.

§ 3 Confidentiality / Data Protection

3.1 The Contractor shall be in­de­fi­ni­te­ly ob­li­ged to keep si­lent about all con­fi­den­ti­al in­for­ma­ti­on or busi­ness se­crets and busi­ness se­crets of the Client, which are known to him in con­nec­tion with the or­der. The trans­fer to third par­ties who are not in­vol­ved in the exe­cu­ti­on of the or­der may on­ly be car­ri­ed out with the writ­ten con­sent of the custo­mer.

3.2 The Contractor shall un­der­ta­ke in wri­ting to ob­li­ge all per­sons em­ploy­ed by him to car­ry out the or­der to com­ply with this re­qui­re­ment.

3.3 The Contractor is aut­ho­ri­sed to pro­cess the per­so­nal da­ta ent­rusted to him with the da­ta pro­tec­tion re­gu­la­ti­ons or to pro­cess them by a third par­ty wi­t­hin the frame­work of the pur­po­se of the or­der.

§ 4 Collaboration re­qui­re­ments of the cli­ent

4.1 The cli­ent is ob­li­ged to sup­port the Contractor to the best of his abi­li­ties and to crea­te in his com­pa­ny all ne­cessa­ry con­di­ti­ons for pro­per or­der exe­cu­ti­on; In par­ti­cu­lar, he must pro­vi­de all do­cu­ments ne­cessa­ry or re­le­vant for the exe­cu­ti­on of the or­der in good time.

4.2 Upon re­quest of the Contractor, the Client shall con­firm in wri­ting the cor­rect­ness and com­ple­teness of the do­cu­ments sub­mit­ted by him as well as his in­for­ma­ti­on and oral ex­plana­ti­ons.

§ 5 Remuneration / terms of payment / li­mi­ted set-off

5.1 The re­mu­ne­ra­ti­on for the ser­vices of the Contractor shall be cal­cu­la­ted ac­cord­ing to the time spent on the work (time pe­ri­od) or as a fi­xed pri­ce in wri­ting. A fee which is paya­ble ac­cord­ing to the de­gree of suc­cess or on­ly in the ca­se of suc­cess is ex­clu­ded un­less other­wi­se agreed by an in­di­vi­du­al agree­ment. Unless other­wi­se agreed, the Contractor shall be en­t­it­led to com­pen­sa­ti­on for the ex­pen­ses in ad­di­ti­on to the fee. Details of the me­thod of payment are set out in the con­tract.

5.2 The cur­rent pri­ce list of the Contractor shall be va­lid at the time of con­clu­si­on of the con­tract. After the con­clu­si­on of the con­tract con­clu­si­on, the Contractor shall be en­t­it­led to in­crea­se the pri­ce as a re­sult of the­se in­crea­ses if the Contractor and the Service Provider have mo­re than two mon­ths and if the Contractor is not re­spon­si­ble for the in­crea­se.

5.3 Claims of the Contractor shall be due with in­voi­cing and shall be paya­ble im­me­dia­te­ly wi­thout de­duc­tion. In the ca­se of a work con­tract, the ac­cep­tan­ce or com­ple­ti­on is re­qui­red in ac­cord­ance with sta­tu­to­ry re­qui­re­ments in­s­te­ad of the ac­cep­tan­ce re­qui­re­ment for the due date. The sta­tu­to­ry va­lue-ad­ded tax is to be in­clu­ded in all pri­ces and must be shown se­pa­r­a­te­ly in the in­voices.

5.4 Several con­trac­ting en­t­i­ties (na­tu­ral and / or le­gal per­sons) are joint­ly and sever­al­ly lia­ble.

5.5 Offsetting against claims by the Contractor for re­mu­ne­ra­ti­on and reim­bur­se­ment of ex­pen­ses is on­ly per­mit­ted with un­dis­pu­ted or le­gal­ly bin­ding claims.

§ 6 Limitations of lia­bi­li­ty

6.1 The fol­lo­wing li­mi­ta­ti­on of lia­bi­li­ty does not con­cern claims of the custo­mer from pro­duct lia­bi­li­ty. Likewise, the­se li­mi­ta­ti­ons on lia­bi­li­ty do not af­fect da­mages at­tri­bu­ta­ble to the Contractor re­sul­ting from in­ju­ry to li­fe, bo­dy or health.

The Contractor is not lia­ble for ne­gli­gent bre­ach of non-es­sen­ti­al con­trac­tu­al ob­li­ga­ti­ons.

In the ca­se of other ne­gli­gent bre­aches of du­ty, the Contractor’s lia­bi­li­ty is li­mi­ted to the fo­re­see­ab­le, con­tract-ty­pi­cal, di­rect average da­ma­ge that can be fo­re­se­en ac­cord­ing to the ty­pe of ser­vice. This shall al­so ap­p­ly in ca­se of slight­ly ne­gli­gent bre­ach of du­ty by le­gal re­p­re­sen­ta­ti­ves or vi­ca­rious agents of the Contractor. For a sin­gle loss, the lia­bi­li­ty is li­mi­ted to a ma­xi­mum of € 50,000.00. The sum of the claims for da­mages of all per­sons en­t­it­led to claim shall be de­emed to be a sin­gle da­ma­ge ca­se, which re­sults from a sin­gle, tem­po­ral­ly con­ti­guous, de­mar­ca­ble and thus uni­form per­for­mance.

Claims for da­mages on the part of the custo­mer due to a bre­ach of du­ty shall be sub­ject to a li­mi­ta­ti­on pe­ri­od of one ye­ar af­ter the end of the ye­ar in which the claim aro­se and the purcha­ser had know­ledge of the cir­cum­s­tan­ces con­sti­tu­ting the claim and the per­son of the debtor or would have to suf­fer gross ne­gli­gence.

This shall not ap­p­ly if gross ne­gli­gence or ma­li­ce can be pre­ten­ded to the Contractor.

§ 7 Protection of Intellectual Property

7.1 The Client shall en­su­re that the re­ports, or­ga­ni­sa­tio­nal plans, drafts, drawings, state­ments and cal­cu­la­ti­ons pro­du­ced wi­t­hin the scope of the or­der are used on­ly for the con­trac­tual­ly agreed pur­po­ses and are not pu­blished in in­di­vi­du­al ca­ses wi­thout ex­pli­cit con­sent. The use of the pro­vi­ded con­sul­tan­cy ser­vices for com­pa­nies af­fi­lia­ted with the cli­ent re­qui­res an ex­press writ­ten agree­ment.

7.2 Insofar as work re­sults are ca­pa­ble of co­py­rights, the con­trac­tor re­mains the aut­hor. In the­se ca­ses, the cli­ent shall on­ly be en­t­it­led to the work re­sults li­mi­ted by the first sen­tence of the first sen­tence of Article 1, which are other­wi­se un­li­mi­ted in time and place, ir­re­vo­ca­ble, ex­clu­si­ve and non-trans­fera­ble.

§ 8 Termination

8.1 Unless other­wi­se agreed, and in­so­far as this is not a work con­tract, the or­der may be ter­mi­na­ted with a pe­ri­od of 14 days at the end of the month. The right to ex­tra­or­di­na­ry ter­mi­na­ti­on shall re­main un­af­fec­ted.

8.2 The noti­ce of ter­mi­na­ti­on re­qui­res the writ­ten form to be ef­fec­tive.

8.3 The Contractor shall have the right to pay his ser­vices ren­de­red up to the date of ter­mi­na­ti­on, which have be­en agreed with the cli­ent.

§ 9 Right of re­ten­ti­on / re­ten­ti­on of do­cu­ments

9.1 Pending the full sett­le­ment of his claims, the Contractor shall re­tain a right of re­ten­ti­on on the do­cu­ments de­li­ve­r­ed to him, but the ex­er­cise the­re­of is un­la­w­ful if the re­ten­ti­on would in­flict dis­pro­por­tio­na­te­ly high da­ma­ge on the customer’s ac­count.

9.2 Upon sett­le­ment of his claims from the con­tract, the Contractor shall is­sue all do­cu­ments which the custo­mer or a third par­ty has han­ded over to him on the oc­ca­si­on of the exe­cu­ti­on of the or­der. This does not ap­p­ly to the cor­re­spon­dence bet­ween the par­ties and for simp­le co­pies of the re­ports, or­ga­ni­sa­tio­nal plans, drawings, state­ments, cal­cu­la­ti­ons, etc. pro­du­ced in the cour­se of the con­tract, pro­vi­ded the cli­ent has re­cei­ved the ori­gi­nals.

9.3 The ob­li­ga­ti­on of the Contractor to keep the do­cu­ments ex­pi­res six mon­ths af­ter de­li­very of the writ­ten re­quest for collec­tion, in the re­mai­ning three ye­ars, § 9.1 re­tai­ned do­cu­ments fi­ve ye­ars af­ter ter­mi­na­ti­on of the con­trac­tu­al re­la­ti­ons­hip.

§ 10 Other

10.1 Rights from the con­trac­tu­al re­la­ti­ons­hip with the Contractor may on­ly be as­si­gned with pri­or writ­ten con­sent.

10.2 The law of the Federal Republic of Germany shall ap­p­ly ex­clu­si­ve­ly to all claims ari­sing from the con­tract.

10.3 Jurisdiction for all dis­pu­tes ari­sing from the con­tract shall be the place of busi­ness of the Contractor, pro­vi­ded that the or­der has be­en is­sued by a full-time buy­er wi­t­hin the frame­work of his com­mer­ci­al busi­ness, a le­gal per­son go­ver­ned by pu­blic law or a pu­blic spe­cial fund.

However, the Contractor may, at his op­ti­on, al­so sue at the do­mic­i­le of the Client.