Terms of Service

Last Updated 25.02.2012

1. Definitions

1.1. 'Agency Service' is any service provided to You by BLT, with the exception of any Room Rental Service.
1.2. 'Agreement' means the agreement concluded between You and BLT for the supply of Agency Services into which these terms and conditions are incorporated.
1.3. 'BLT' is Bloomsbury Law Tutors Ltd, a company incorporated in England and Wales under registration number 06844089. Its principal place of business and registered office is at 40 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5RR.
1.4. 'Charges' are a price levied for a Class: the Tutor hourly rate multiplied by the number of hours spent by the Tutor performing the Education Service, inclusive of any applicable room charges.
1.5. 'Class' is a time period during which an Education Service is provided by a Tutor.
1.6. 'Class Record' is a documented or communicated record of the completion of any Class.
1.7. 'Education Service' is any academic service, including but not limited to private tuition, provided to You by any Tutor.
1.8. 'Room Rental Service' is the hire of teaching rooms from BLT to You and Tutors.
1.9. 'Registered Payment Method' is any credit or debit card payment made by You to BLT.
1.10. 'Service' refers to any combination of Education, Agency and Room Rental Services.
1.11. 'Tutor' is any Tutor introduced to You, and managed, by BLT.
1.12. 'You' are the client, party to this Agreement.



2. Relationship between You, BLT and Tutors

2.1. You hereby agree to contract with BLT as agent of its Tutors. BLT is authorised by its tutors to arrange for the provision of Education Services on their behalf. It is a supplier of Tutors and not Education Services. BLT also provides Agency services to you, including information, consultancy, data processing, communications, advertising, record-keeping, payment and accounting services and other resources and facilities.
2.2. BLT also provides a Room Rental Service for tutors and students. Room Rental Services are provided independently of Tutors.
2.3. BLT does not provide legal advice and is not: A university, college, school, educational establishment, course provider nor tuition provider.
2.4. Any contract for the provision of Education Services lies solely between You and Your individual Tutors. Tutors are responsible for the content and delivery of Education Services, which they supply to You independently of BLT.
2.5. BLT does not employ or train Tutors. At no time during the course of this Agreement shall BLT affect the nature of the supply of Education Services and BLT is not liable for the content or delivery of any Education Service. BLT does not employ or train tutors. Tutors are entirely independent of BLT and dictate their own hours of work, methods of teaching and venues of teaching.
2.6. If You seek any remedy or redress following the provision of any Education Service, any such potential remedy shall lie against the relevant Tutor individually and not BLT.



3. Supply of Teaching Rooms

3.1. Where a tutor and client agree to use the teaching rooms at 40 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5RR, that provision is separate to the provision of any Education Service and shall not affect the independence of its tutors.



4. Accounts

BLT processes payments on behalf of its Tutors for Services provided to You and operates three Account types:

4.1. Pay As You Go

Where You choose a Pay As You Go 'PAYG' Account
4.1.1. You agree to make one payment per Class.
4.1.2. You agree to pay
(i) in person at the end of a class, or
(ii) by authorising BLT to charge your registered payment method automatically (see Automatic Payments under section 5 below).

4.1.3. BLT assumes full responsibility for the accuracy of all PAYG Class Records. In the event of any actual or potential error, BLT will work as quickly as is reasonably possible to investigate and remedy any such situation.
4.1.4. Automatic payments are processed via a secure Third party payments company or bank. No credit card information is ever stored locally by BLT (see section 4.2 below).
PAYG Example Nicky: At the end of each Class, Nicky receives an email confirming a record of that Class, including the date, time and charge for that Class. The next day, her credit card is billed. Nicky is emailed a full receipt.

4.2. Pay Monthly

Where You choose a 'Pay Monthly' account

4.2.1. You agree to make one payment per month for all Charges relating to all Classes taken during one month.
4.2.2. BLT shall email you a Class Record at the end of every class.
4.2.3. BLT shall email you a statement on or around the first day of the month for all Classes taken during the previous whole month.
4.2.4. You authorise BLT to charge your registered payment method automatically (see Automatic Payments under section 5 below) after 5 working days has elapsed after the month statement has been emailed to you. This allows you 5 working days to check your statement.
4.2.5. BLT assumes full responsibility for the accuracy of all Monthly Class Records. In the event of any actual or potential error, BLT will work quickly to investigate and remedy any such situation.
4.2.6. Monthly Payments are processed automatically via a secure Third party payments company or bank. No credit card information is ever stored locally by BLT (see section 4.2).
Pay Monthly Example Oliver: At the end of every Class, Alan is notified of every addition to his account record via email. On May 1, Alan is sent a full account statement detailing his record of activity for April. His bill is processed on May 8 and he is emailed a full receipt.
4.3. Pay via Advance Credit

Where You choose to 'Pay via Advance Credit', You purchase credits with individual Tutors in advance of taking the associated Classes.
4.3.1. Block bookings exist in relation to Tutors individually and not BLT. Therefore, Classes paid for in blocks are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Block Credits Example: David. Following his trial sessions, David opts to go PAYG. After two weeks of PAYG, David decides that he needs a minimum of ten hours with each of his tutors (Bob and Alva). David books one block payment per Tutor of ten hours each. Both Tutors are happy to provide David with an eleventh hour for free, therefore David gets eleven hours for the price of ten. During his time with Bob and Alva, David also starts Classes with a third Tutor, Ricky. He chooses not to book a block with Ricky; those Classes are paid for on a PAYG basis.



5. Payments

5.1. Payments for Classes are processed by BLT as agent on behalf of its Tutors and as a provider of Agency services to You.
5.2. Automatic Payments: You authorise BLT to process payments automatically using your Registered Payment Method via a third party payments company or bank.
5.3. Rates: Tutor individual rates are confirmed on a case by case basis before the start of Your first full Class with a Tutor.
5.4. Room Fees: Where a Class is taken at the BLT teaching facility a separate room rental Charge is levied, paid directly to BLT, as incorporated into the Charges for the Class.
5.5 Agency Fees: The charge made to you shall include Tutor fees charged on behalf of a Tutor and Agency fees charged by BLT to you.
5.5. Pre-notification of Automatic Payments: BLT shall notify you of any charge on Your account before the charge is made:
5.5.1. PAYG: Verbally at the end of a Class and/or notified by email.
5.5.2. Pay Monthly: Email notification at the end of each Class and between the first and the third of the following month.
5.5.3. Credit Blocks: Email notification at the end of each Class



6. Cancellation charges

6.1. You may communicate cancellations before 19:00pm on the day before a scheduled Class.
6.2. Same-day cancellations or cancellations made after 19:00 on the day preceding a Class will carry a cancellations charge of 50-100% of the Class fee.



7. Privacy

7.1. BLT will not disclose Your identity or any of Your identifiable information to any third party.



8. Limitation of Liability

8.1. BLT disclaims any liability for the performance of Education Services by tutors, such liability belonging to tutors individually as represented by BLT. In the absence of an express written agreement made between any tutor and student, any legal relationship concerning the delivery of private tuition service shall be implied between tutor and student only and shall not involve Bloomsbury Law Tutors. However, Bloomsbury Law Tutors accepts full liability for any proven failing in relation to the scope of its own service delivery. Where a client seeks any remedy or redress following the provision of any private tuition service, any such potential remedy shall lie against the relevant Tutor individually and not Bloomsbury Law Tutors.
8.2. In no event shall BLT be liable to You for special, indirect or consequential losses or damages, either in contract or tort including loss of profit, loss of business or contract, loss of turnover, loss of goodwill or loss of data, save that the BLT does not exclude or limit liability for fraud, death or personal injury as a result of BLT or its staff negligence.



9. Entire Agreement

9.1. This Agreement contains the entire agreement between the parties hereto with respect to the matters covered herein and supersedes all previous agreements between the parties. Each party acknowledges that, in entering into the Agreement, it has not relied on, and shall have no right or remedy in respect of, any statement, representation, assurance or warranty (whether made negligently or innocently) other than as expressly set out in this Agreement with respect to the subject matter hereof. Nothing in this clause shall limit or exclude any liability for fraud.



10. Amendments and Variation

10.1. No amendment or variation of the Agreement shall be valid unless it is in writing and signed by both You and BLT.



11. Third Parties

11.1. A person who is not a party to the Agreement shall not have any rights under or in connection with it.



12. Severability

12.1. If any provision of the Agreement shall be found by any court or administrative body of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, such invalidity or unenforceability shall not affect the other provisions of the Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect. The parties agree, in the circumstances referred to above, to attempt to substitute for any invalid or unenforceable provision a valid or enforceable provision which achieves to the greatest extent possible the same effect as would have been achieved by the invalid or unenforceable provision. The obligations of the parties under any invalid or unenforceable provision of the Agreement shall be suspended whilst an attempt at such substitution is made.



13. Law and Jurisdiction

13.1. This Agreement shall be considered as a contract made in England and shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales to which both parties hereby submit.



14. Acceptance

By selecting an account type and booking a Class You represent that You have read and agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
Should You have any questions or queries in relation to this document, or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact the office on 0207 240 4072.


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