TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR CORPORATES
ELECTRONIC MONEY ACCOUNTS
This Agreement: This Agreement is with PayrNet Limited, a company incorporated in England and Wales (company number: 09883437) with its head office at “PayrNet, WeWork, 3 Waterhouse Square, 138 Holborn, London, EC1N 2SW, UK” and registered office at “Kemp House, 152 City Road, London, United Kingdom, EC1V 2NX” (hereinafter referred to in this Agreement as “Payrnet”, “we” “us”). We are an Electronic Money Institution (“EMI”) and are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 (“EMR 2011”) (register reference 900594) for the issuing of electronic money.
Our relationship with Sonovate: As an EMI, we have appointed Sonovate Limited (“Sonovate”) as an EMD Agent. An EMD Agent means a person who provides payment services on behalf of an electronic money institution (as defined in the EMR 2011). As our EMD Agent, Sonovate is authorised to provide associated payment services alongside our e-money account services.
1.1. Interpreting this Agreement. In order to easily understand the terms of this Agreement, please first refer to clause 3 which, amongst other things, sets out the meaning of capitalised terms used in this Agreement.
1.2. Why you should read it? Please read this Agreement carefully before you agree to it, as its terms apply to the services provided by us. The Agreement explains many of your responsibilities to us and our responsibilities to you, how and when this Agreement can be terminated and the extent of our liability to you. If there are any terms that you do not understand or do not wish to agree to, please contact us. You should only agree to the Sonovate Finance Agreement, if you agree to be bound by this Agreement.
1.4. Are you a Micro-Enterprise or Charity or Consumer? For the avoidance of doubt, these terms and conditions are not intended for Micro Enterprises or Charities or Consumers (individuals acting for a purpose other than a trade, business or profession).
2. INFORMATION ABOUT US AND HOW TO CONTACT US
2.1. Who we are. We are PayrNet Limited, an EMI as described above.
2.2. Communications between us are to be in English. This Agreement is concluded in England and all communications between you and us shall be in English only.
2.3. How to contact us. All queries should be directed towards the Sonovate. You can contact Sonovate using details set out in our Finance agreement or on the details listed on Sonovate.com.
2.4. How we may contact you. If we have to contact you we will do so as follows: in the first instance via Sonovate except in urgent cases. If we have not been able to contact you through Sonovate or if the matter is urgent we will contact you by writing to you at the email address(es), you provided when agreeing to this Agreement or by using any other contact details you have provided to us or have used in communications with us or with Sonovate.
2.5. ‘Writing’ includes emails. When we use the words “writing” or “written” in this Agreement, this includes emails.
2.6. Some of the services we provide are subject to the Payment Services Regulations 2017. The Regulations regulate how Payments must be transmitted and provide protection for the clients of authorised payment institutions and electronic money institutions.
3.1. The definitions set out in this clause apply in this Agreement as follows:
“Electronic Money” means electronically stored monetary value as represented by a claim against us.
“Regulations” means the Payment Services Regulations 2017 (SI 2017 No. 752).
“Safeguarded Account” means the bank account(s) belonging to us, which are separate to our own office bank accounts, into which we will receive money from you, or on your behalf, in return for the issuance of Electronic Money.
“Services” means the e-money account services.
3.2. Clause headings shall not affect the interpretation of this Agreement and references to clauses are to the clauses of this Agreement.
3.3. Any words following the terms including, include, in particular, for example or any similar expression shall be construed as illustrative and shall not limit the sense of the words, description, definition, phrase or term preceding those terms.
3.4. Unless the context otherwise requires, words in the singular shall include the plural and in the plural shall include the singular.
3.5. A reference to a statute or statutory provision is a reference to it as amended, extended or re‑enacted from time to time and reference to a statute or statutory provision shall include all subordinate legislation made from time to time.
4. TERM AND BECOMING A CLIENT
4.1. How can you agree to this Agreement? You can agree to this Agreement by signing the Finance Agreement with Sonovate, or by otherwise confirming your agreement to same or availing of the Services.
4.2. When will you become a client of ours? You will be bound by this Agreement once you have agreed to it as set out above and this Agreement shall remain in force until terminated in accordance with its terms.
5.1. As part of the Services, we shall issue you with Electronic Money upon receipt of money from you or a third party on your behalf, store your Electronic Money and redeem Electronic Money both on your express instruction and in accordance with this Agreement and the agreement of Sonovate.
5.2. Our Services do not include the provision of advice. We do not offer advice under this Agreement on any matter including (without limit) the merits or otherwise of any currency transactions, on taxation, or markets.
6. ISSUING ELECTRONIC MONEY TO YOU
6.1. For the avoidance of doubt, this section is only applicable for unregulated entities and Small Payment Institutions (SPI).
6.2. Where we receive money from you or on your behalf, this money will be held by us in the relevant Safeguarded Account in exchange for the issuance by us to you of Electronic Money. Your funds will not be used by us for any other purpose and in the unlikely event that we become insolvent, your e-money is protected in an EEA-authorised credit institution or the Bank of England.
6.3. When we issue you with Electronic Money, us holding the funds corresponding to the Electronic Money is not the same as a Bank holding your money in that (i) we cannot and will not use the funds to invest or lend to other persons or entities; (ii) the Electronic Money will not accrue interest; and (iii) the Electronic Money is not a deposit and is therefore not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme but it is held by us and protected in the relevant Safeguarded Account.
6.4. You may hold Electronic Money and we may hold funds corresponding to your Electronic Money indefinitely. However, if we hold Electronic Money for you for more than two years without any activity on the account, we shall use reasonable endeavours to contact you to redeem the Electronic Money and return the corresponding funds to you. If we are unable to contact you, we may redeem the Electronic Money and send the corresponding funds, less any of our costs incurred, to the last known bank account we have on file for you.
6.5. We accept no responsibility in the event that you send money to the incorrect account.
6.6. We do not accept cash or cheques. We accept monies via a variety of methods of electronic funds transfer to our bank account, the details of which we shall provide to you upon request.
7. GENERAL LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
7.1. Where we and another person (such as a payment services provider) are liable to you in respect of the same matter or item, you agree that our liability to you will not be increased by any limitation of liability you have agreed with that other person or because of your inability to recover from that other person beyond what our liability would have been had no such limitation been agreed and/or if that other person had paid his or its share.
7.2. Where any loss, liability, cost or expense (a “Loss”) is suffered by you for which we would otherwise be jointly and severally or jointly liable with any third party or third parties, the extent to which such Loss shall be recoverable by you from us (as opposed to any third parties) shall be limited so as to be in proportion to the aggregate of our contribution to the overall fault for such Loss, as agreed between all of the relevant parties or, in the absence of agreement, as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction. For the purposes of assessing the contribution to the Loss in question of any third party for the purposes of this clause, no account shall be taken of any limit imposed or agreed on the amount of liability of such third party by any agreement (including any settlement agreement) made before or after such Loss occurred or was otherwise incurred.
7.3. Nothing in this Agreement limits or excludes our liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or for any damage or liability incurred by you as a result of fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation by us or to the extent that the liability may not be excluded or limited by any applicable law.
8.1. If you feel that we have not met your expectations in the delivery of our Services, in first instance contact Sonovate by emailing email@example.com. If Sonovate does not deal with your complaint adequately, please contact us via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
8.2. We have internal procedures for handling complaints fairly and promptly in accordance with the Financial Conduct Authority’s requirements. A copy of our complaints procedure is available upon request.
8.3. If you are an eligible complainant, you may be able to take your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service should you not be satisfied with our final response. Eligibility criteria and information on the procedures involved are available from http://www.financial‑ombudsman.org.uk. In addition, please note that disputes may be submitted for online resolution to the European Commission Online Dispute Resolution platform.
9. ESTABLISHING YOUR IDENTITY
9.1. To comply with the requirements of the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017, the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and EU Wire Transfer Regulations (Regulation (EU) 2015/847) and related regulations, it may be necessary to obtain from you, and retain, evidence of your personal identity (or directors or partners of your business and/or your ultimate beneficial owners) in our records from time to time. If satisfactory evidence is not promptly provided to us we cannot accept your instructions.
9.2. We may keep records of the contents and results of any searches that we carry out on you (or directors or partners or shareholders of your business) in accordance with all current and applicable laws. You acknowledge that us carrying out an electronic verification check or, if required, a credit reference agency check will leave a soft footprint on the individual or entity’s credit history. You warrant that you have obtained the consent to such checks being carried out from each such individual officer and shareholder.
9.3. We are obliged to report any reasonable suspicions about activities on the electronic accounts to the regulatory authorities. This may affect our relationship with you so far as confidentiality is concerned. If we are required under legislation (including the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002) to refrain from communicating with you and/or proceeding with your instructions, we can accept no liability for the consequences of being prevented from doing so.
10.1. When we may terminate or suspend this Agreement.
10.1.1. We can terminate this Agreement at any time:
10.1.1.1. If you breach this Agreement; and/or
10.1.1.2. if we suspect that you are using the Services for any illegal purposes.
10.1.2. We may suspend or terminate your access to the Services where we have reasonable grounds for concern relating to: (i) the security of your account(s), whether or not you have informed us of a security breach; and/or (ii) the suspected unauthorised or fraudulent use of your account(s).
10.1.3. If Sonovate notifies us that their agreement with you has terminated we can terminate this agreement with immediate effect.
10.1.4. If you terminate your agreement with Sonovate or that agreement is terminated, we can terminate this agreement with immediate effect.
10.2. When you may terminate this Agreement. You can terminate this Agreement at any time and for any reason by cancelling your agreement with Sonovate. We may contact you to confirm your request.
10.3. Effect of Termination. Upon the effective date of termination:
10.3.1. you will no longer be able to avail yourself of the Services;
10.3.2. we shall redeem any Electronic Money we hold for you and send the equivalent funds to a bank account in your name, unless agreed by both parties, less any monies which are due and owing to us, where relevant.
10.4. After termination, you may contact us using the contact details set out in clause 2.3 to redeem any Electronic Money you still hold with us.
11.1. We undertake that we shall not at any time, disclose to any person any of your confidential information, except in the following circumstances:
11.1.1. to our employees, officers, representatives or advisers who need to know such information for the purposes of exercising our rights or carrying out our obligations under or in connection with this Agreement. We shall ensure that our employees, officers, representatives or advisers to whom we disclose your confidential information comply with this clause; and
11.1.2. as may be required by law, a court of competent jurisdiction or any governmental or regulatory authority.
12. HOW WE MAY USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION AND DATA PROTECTION
13. Anti-bribery and Corruption
13.1. Each party shall:
13.1.1. Comply with all applicable laws, statutes, regulations, codes and guidance relating to anti-bribery and anti-corruption (“Anti-Bribery Laws”), including without limitation the Bribery Act 2010;
13.1.2. maintain throughout the term of this Agreement its own anti-bribery policies and procedures (including adequate procedures under the Bribery Act 2010) to ensure compliance with the Anti-Bribery Laws; and
13.1.3. enforce such policies and procedures where appropriate.
13.2. For the purpose of this clause, the meaning of adequate procedures shall be determined in accordance with section 7(2) and any guidance issued under section 9, Bribery Act 2010.
13.3. Each party warrants that neither it nor any of its officers, employees:
13.3.1. has been convicted of any offence involving bribery, corruption, fraud or dishonesty; nor
13.3.2. to the best of its knowledge, has been or is the subject of any investigation, inquiry or enforcement proceedings by any governmental, administrative or regulatory body regarding any offence or alleged offence under the Anti-Bribery Laws.
13.4. Breach of this clause shall be deemed to be a material breach of this Agreement.
14.1 Recording of telephone conversations. We may record telephone conversations with or without use of a warning tone and we may use these recordings as evidence for a particular purpose or in relation to disputes as well as for our ongoing quality control and training programme. We may also maintain a record of all emails sent by or to us. All those recordings and records will be maintained at our absolute discretion and are our property and can be used by us in the case of a dispute. We do not guarantee that we will maintain such recordings or records or be able to make them available to you. You consent to the use and admissibility of any such recording as evidence in any dispute or anticipated dispute between the parties which relates to the dealings between the parties.
14.2. Ensuring this Agreement is legally enforceable. For a contract to be legally enforceable, there needs to be an offer, acceptance and consideration. This Agreement constitutes our offer to make the Services available to you and you agreeing to this Agreement constitutes your acceptance of this offer. In order to ensure that this Agreement is legally binding, upon you becoming a client, you promise to pay us the sum of one‑Pound sterling, upon demand from us, as consideration.
14.3. Even if we delay in enforcing under this Agreement, we can still enforce it later. If we do not insist immediately that you do anything you are required to do under this Agreement, or if we delay in taking steps against you in respect of your breach of this Agreement that will not mean that you do not have to do those things and it will not prevent us taking steps against you at a later date.
14.4. What if something unexpected happens? We shall have no liability to you under this Agreement if we are prevented from or delayed in performing our obligations under this Agreement, or from carrying on our business, by acts, events, omissions or accidents beyond our reasonable control, including, without limitation, strikes, lock‑outs or other industrial disputes (whether involving us or any other party), failure of a utility service or transport or telecommunications network, act of God, war, riot, civil commotion, malicious damage, compliance with any law or governmental order, rule, regulation or direction, accident, breakdown of plant or machinery, fire, flood, storm or our default of sub‑contractors, provided that you are notified of such an event and its expected duration.
14.5. If a court finds part of this Agreement illegal, the rest will continue in force. Each of the sub‑clauses and clauses of this Agreement operates separately. If any court or relevant authority decides that any of them are unlawful, the remaining sub‑clauses and clauses will remain in full force and effect.
14.6. We are not partners and neither of us may act as the other’s agent. Nothing in this Agreement is intended to or shall operate to create a partnership or joint venture between you and us, or authorise either party to act as agent for the other, and neither party shall have the authority to act in the name or on behalf of or otherwise to bind the other in any way (including, but not limited to, the making of any representation or warranty, the assumption of any obligation or liability and the exercise of any right or power).
14.7. We can make amendments to this Agreement. We shall have the right to make such amendments to this Agreement, via Sonovate, as are necessary to comply with any laws and regulations that are applicable to the performance of our obligations under this Agreement where such laws and regulations are implemented and/or amended after the date of this Agreement. Such amendments may be made at any time upon as much notice as possible to you and shall take effect following such notice, if any. If you object to the proposed amendments, you have the right to terminate this Agreement without charge before the date proposed by us for the entry into force of the changes. You will be deemed to have accepted the proposed amendments unless you notify us and terminate this Agreement before the date proposed by us for the entry into force of the changes. If no objection is received from you, such amendments shall take effect from the date specified by us but may not affect any rights or obligations that have already arisen and will not be retrospective.
14.8. What happens if you are jointly a client of ours with another person? Where you comprise two or more people, each person will be jointly and severally liable to us in respect of all obligations contained in this Agreement.
14.9. Can you obtain a copy of this Agreement or additional information? You may request and we shall provide a copy of this Agreement and any information set out in Schedule 4 of the Regulations (if relevant) at any time prior to termination of this Agreement.
14.10. We may transfer this Agreement to someone else. We may transfer our rights and obligations under this Agreement to another organisation without your consent. We will always tell you in writing if this happens and we will ensure that the transfer will not affect your rights under this Agreement.
14.11. You need our consent to transfer your rights to someone else (except that you can always transfer our guarantee). You may only transfer your rights or your obligations under this Agreement to another person if we agree to this in writing.
14.12. Nobody else has any rights under this Agreement. This agreement is between you and us. No other person shall have any rights to enforce any of its terms.
14.13. Which laws apply to this Agreement and where you may bring legal proceedings. This Agreement and any disputes or claims arising out of or in connection with this Agreement or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) are governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of England. You irrevocably agree that the courts of England have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim or other matter that arises out of or in connection with this Agreement or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims).