Terms and Conditions

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Effective as of 16.12.2018

  1. Below are the terms and conditions (“T&Cs”) pursuant to which You may use the Joining Ventures website (the “Site”) and the various services offered by Joining Ventures via the Joining Ventures platform (the “Platform”). If You proceed to use the Site or the Platform, then You implicitly accept these T&Cs and You are legally bound to use the Site, Platform and Services in accordance with and subject to the T&Cs.

  2. Definitions. In these T&Cs:
    1. “Joining Ventures” and “we” means Joining Ventures Limited, a company formed and registered in England & Wales under Company Number 11305026 and with a registered office at: Harben House, Finchley Road, London, United Kingdom, NW3 6LH. Joining Ventures shall also mean any subsidiary company or other affiliated entity that Joining Ventures may establish in order to provide some or all of the Services through the Platform.
    2. “Joint Venture” means any form of cooperation, teaming, partnership or joint venture that You enter into with other parties as a result of Your use of Services on the Platform.
    3. “Services” means, depending on the context, all services offered by Joining Ventures on the Site and the Platform and those specific services used by You via the Platform, whether they are services offered by Joining Ventures for free or services for which You have purchased a subscription package.
    4. “You” means any person accessing the Site or the Platform for any reason, regardless of whether or not that person is accessing and using the Site or Platform in a personal capacity or as an officer, director, shareholder, partner, employee or other representative of a business (“Business Representative“). If the person is a Business Representative, then “You” shall refer both to the individual, the business and any company, partnership or other legal entity through which the business is conducted.
  3. Use of Site
    1. The Site provides information regarding Joining Ventures, the Platform and the Services. The Site also contains contact forms for You to complete in order to make contact with Joining Ventures, to provide certain information to Joining Ventures, which will allow Joining Ventures to respond to You appropriately and from time-totime, the Site may contain other features and services, such as enabling you to sign up for newsletters and other promotions. The Site also enables you to register for and access the Platform and obtain Services through the Platform.
    2. Except as provided above, You may not make any other use of the Site.
  4. Use of Platform
    1. In order to access the Platform and the Services offered on the Platform, You must first register with the Platform and open an account (the “Platform Account”). When registering and opening a Platform Account and at other times during Your use of the Platform, You will be required to provide important information that we will require in order to provide and improve the Services, monitor use of the Services and collect subscription payments. You represent and warrant that all information You provide in the registration process and at other times that You use the Platform is true and correct and that if any of the information changes at any time, then you will update the information via your Platform account as quickly as possible.
    2. Subject to Section 4.9, once you have registered and opened a Platform Account and subscribed for an available package of Services, which may be a free package or a package subject to a fee, for as long as the subscription has not been terminated in accordance with these terms or the Platform Account otherwise closed, Joining Ventures grants to You a right and license to use the Platform and the Services you have subscribed for via the Platform. This license is non-transferable and nonsublicensable. You may not provide Your login details for Your Platform Account to any other party for any reason and You may not otherwise allow or enable any other party to use and enjoy Your access to the Platform and to the Services.
    3. You shall not use the Platform or the Services for any reason other than as intended as described in this Agreement. Without derogating from the generality of the foregoing, You shall not use the Platform and Services to conduct any illegal activity;
    4. You shall not upload on the Platform untrue, incorrect or misleading details of potential Joint Ventures or fictitious Joint Ventures;
    5. You shall not upload onto the Platform any material that is offensive, discriminatory in any way, inciteful to violence or illegal for any reason.
    6. The Platform provides You with a tool for You to grade and review Joint Venture partners and to review grades and reviews of Joint Venture partners provided by other Platform users. You must not include grades or reviews of other parties that You know to be untrue, incorrect or misleading (“Untrue Statements”). Joining Ventures cannot verify the veracity of all content in reviews and grading put on the Platform by other users and accepts no responsibility for any content about You that You consider to be Untrue Statements. If you feel that any statements or reviews that have been uploaded on the Platform by another user are Untrue Statements, then you should first take it up directly with the provider of the Untrue Statement. However, if Your concerns do not get resolved, then You can bring Your concerns to our attention and we will exert reasonable endeavors to determine whether any statements about you should be removed from the Platform. However, we do not guarantee that we will find statements to be Untrue Statements and do not guarantee that we will remove any statements from the Platform and we accept no responsibility for the consequences of statements made about You on the Platform, regardless of any examinations of those statements that we may have made.
    7. All initial contacts with potential Joint Venture partners must be made via the Platform.
    8. You will fully indemnify and hold Joining Ventures harmless from and against any and all losses, damages, claims, costs and expenses of any kind that Joining Ventures may suffer by reason of You acting in breach of any of Sections 4.1 to 4.7.
    9. Notwithstanding Section 4.2 above, Joining Ventures reserves the right to refuse any person or entity a license and right to use the Platform, if we believe that You or another person or organisation that you are connected to has previously acted in breach of any of Sections 4.3 to 4.7 or any other provision in these T&Cs following which a previous subscription was terminated or if we believe that you represent a risk to the Platform in any way. If we refuse a subscription under this Section 4.9, we will notify you of this, but we will have no obligation to provide our reasons and we will not have any liability whatsoever for any such decision that we take.
  5. Extent of Services

    The Services offered by Joining Ventures via the Platform are intended to enable persons and businesses interested in entering into various forms of joint ventures related to real estate to find third parties that are interested in similar joint ventures and that can offer complementary skills and benefits to the joint venture. Depending on the subscription package purchased, the Platform also provides various program management tools to enable joint venturers to manage their Joint Ventures on a common platform. All Services are limited as follows, in respect of which Joining Ventures accepts no responsibility:

    1. The Platform can only provide You with details of potential partners that are registered with the Platform and with details of potential Joint Ventures that have been uploaded onto the Platform;
    2. Joining Ventures will require all subscribers to upload at least two identifying documents, such as a driver’s license and passport to enable Joining Ventures to make initial confirmation of the identity of the subscriber. Joining Ventures will treat these documents in accordance with Section 9 below and will not make them available for third parties to review without You indicating the relevant permission (open to all, open to selected subscribers) through your Platform Account settings. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Joining Ventures does not undertake any independent due diligence regarding the identity or reliability of parties subscribing to the Platform and Joining Ventures accepts no responsibility for Your choice of Joint Venture partners via the Platform. Joining Ventures is not able to confirm the completeness or veracity of the documents subscribers upload and Joining Ventures accepts no responsibility for final confirmation of the identity and reliability of subscribers or any other party using the Platform for any reason. You must undertake Your own due diligence in accordance with normal business practices in light of the nature of the Joint Venture. You should not rely solely on reviews and grading put on the Platform about other parties. Grading and reviews put on the Platform should be used as initial guidance only;
    3. Joining Ventures does not check and verify the details, quality or feasibility of potential Joint Ventures, the details of which have been uploaded on the Platform and Joining Ventures accepts no responsibility for any losses, damages, costs, expenses, claims or other consequences of any kind arising from a Joint Venture that is not a success for any reason, or for any fictitious Joint Venture or any untrue, incorrect or misleading details of Joint Ventures put up on the Platform. As with potential partners, you must conduct Your own due diligence and satisfy Yourself of the veracity and feasibility of a potential Joint Venture before you decide to proceed with it;
    4. Joining Ventures does not participate in negotiations between potential joint venture parties and makes no recommendations regarding terms of business to be applied between joint venturers. You are responsible for obtaining independent legal advice in connection with the Joint Venture You are entering into and the legal contracts that will govern Your relationship with the other parties to the Joint Venture;
    5. Joining Ventures accepts no responsibility if a dispute arises between you and a Joint Venture partner or any third parties to the Joint Venture and Joining Ventures does not provide any mediation, arbitration or similar services to resolve disputes. Disputes must be resolved in accordance with Your agreements with Your partners, subject to appropriate legal advice, where necessary or appropriate.
    6. The Platform contains recommendations for various professionals such as solicitors, accountants, surveyors and other relevant fields of expertise. Where professionals are regulated and licensed by governing bodies (like the Solicitors Regulation Authority), then before recommending a professional, Joining Ventures will first seek to confirm that the professional is duly licensed and in good standing with the regulatory authority. However, we do not commit to remain fully updated on the continuing status of the professionals. Furthermore, any services provided to You by any professionals recommended on the Platform are provided solely by those professionals independently of Joining Ventures and not as employees, subcontractors, agents or representatives of Joining Ventures of any kind. All professionals will be solely responsible for the services that they provide You to the absolute exclusion of Joining Ventures. You are encouraged to perform your own due diligence on any professional that you intend to acquire services from and any claims of any nature that you may have arising from your contact with professionals must be made against the professionals and not against Joining Ventures. Joining Ventures shall make commercially reasonable efforts to obtain from recommended professionals benefits for customers who are referred to them from Joining Ventures, though this cannot be guaranteed. To take advantage of any benefits that may be available from a professional, please make first contact via the relevant button provided by the Platform.
  6. Fees and Payment Terms
    1. When opening a Platform Account, You will be provided with a selection of Services that you may utilise for free and a selection of packages of Services, each available for a different subscription fee (the "Fee"). Subscriptions may be paid for monthly or annually and will require You to set up appropriate standing payment instructions with Your bank or credit card company.
    2. If your subscription is automatically renewed under Section 11 and your standing payment order is no longer valid or has been cancelled, then Joining Ventures shall send you a payment demand and payment must be made within the next 5 business days in the UK. Failure to pay on time shall entitle Joining Ventures to charge interest at the maximum rate permitted by applicable law in England and Wales. The charging of interest shall be in addition to and without prejudice to the other rights and remedies available to Joining Ventures arising from late or non-payment of Fees.
    3. Subscription packages may be altered at any time via the Platform, provided that you may only change to packages with a lower Fee than the package you currently pay for at the end of the applicable subscription period (end of the month for monthly subscriptions and end of the year for annual subscriptions). Changes shall be made by providing notice to Joining Ventures in accordance with the same notice periods required for preventing automatic renewal of subscriptions under Section 11.2
    4. Subscription packages paid for monthly must be terminated with at least 15 days notice prior to the end of the applicable month. Annual subscriptions are automatically renewed unless You notify Joining Ventures of Your intention not to renew no later than 30 days prior to the end of the then current term. Annual subscriptions may not be cancelled in the middle of the term and no monthly or annual subscriptions already paid for are refundable, unless you have terminated the subscription due to any material breaches of these T&Cs by Joining Ventures in accordance with Section 11.4 below.
    5. Fees are quoted exclusive of VAT, which shall be added and paid by you.
    6. Following our receipt of payment of Fees, Joining Ventures shall issue an electronic invoice to You via the Platform.
  7. Limited Warranties
    1. Joining Ventures warrants that the Platform will normally be fully operational and accessible by You assuming You have opened a Platform Account to the limit of any Services package You have subscribed for, except for when downtime is required for periodic maintenance, repairs and modifications.
    2. Joining Ventures shall correct errors in the Platform that prevent it from operating correctly (“Bugs”) or provide suitable work-arounds until the Bugs can be fixed as soon as is reasonably possible. If you experience any technical problems with Your Platform Account, please notify Joining Ventures through the Platform. If the technical problems prevent you from reporting the Bugs via the Platform, then contact us via the telephone numbers or contact forms provided on the Site.
    3. Except as provided in Sections 7.1 and 7.2 above, the Site, Platform and Services are provided by Joining Ventures “AS IS” and without warranty of any kind, whether express or implied. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for purpose are expressly excluded.
    4. Joining Ventures reserves the right to modify the Site, Platform and Services at any time and also to suspend or discontinue part or all of the Site, Platform and Services. In the case of any suspension of the Platform that lasts for more than 45 days in the case of an annual subscription or 20 days in the case of a monthly subscription, You shall have the right to terminate Your subscription by notifying Joining Ventures in writing. Upon such a discontinuation by Joining Ventures or a termination by following a suspension under this Section 7.4, you will be refunded with the part of Your subscription Fee proportionate to the period of subscription that was not completed. The refund will be made within 30 days of the termination. Except for the refund described, Joining Ventures shall have no liability whatsoever arising from a discontinuation or suspension of the Platform and Joining Ventures will not be considered to be in breach of contract due to the discontinuation or suspension.
  8. Limitation of Liability
    1. IN NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL JOINING VENTURES BE LIABLE TO YOU, OR ANY OTHER PARTY FOR ANY INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL CLAIMS OR DAMAGES ARISING FROM THESE T&CS, THE SITE, PLATFORM AND SERVICES INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, CLAIMS FOR DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF USE, REVENUE OR PROFIT, WHETHER OR NOT JOINING VENTURES WAS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY THEREOF.
    2. In all cases, the maximum liability of Joining Ventures to You for any reason arising from these T&Cs and not otherwise limited herein, shall be the equivalent of the monthly subscription Fee actually received from you in the case of You paying a monthly subscription Fee or the annual subscription Fee actually received from you in the case of You paying the annual subscription Fee.
  9. Privacy and Confidentiality

    Privacy Protection

    1. Joining Venture's privacy policy can be found here https://joiningventures.com/privacy-policy/ (the "Privacy Policy") and Joining Ventures commits to complying with this Privacy Policy at all times. The provisions in this Section 9 are intended to complement the Privacy Policy, setting out Your obligations with respect to personal data and commercially confidential information.
    2. You shall not upload or otherwise include on the Platform any personal data as defined by the UK's Data Protection Act 2018 and the European Union's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) (collectively "Data Protection Legislation") of any other individual without that individual's express prior consent or as otherwise permitted under the Data Protection Legislation.
    3. In so far as You upload to the Platform any personal data relating to Yourself or other individuals, You determine how that personal data is used, transmitted and shared on the Platform and therefore, for the purposes of the Data Protection Legislation, You are the data controller of all such personal data and You are responsible for fully complying with the Data Protection Legislation in connection therewith.
    4. You are solely responsible for complying with all Data Protection Legislation with respect to personal data you collect, process and share on or off the Platform in connection with any Joint Venture or potential Joint Venture and Joining Ventures does not monitor Your or any other party's compliance with Data Protection Legislation and does not accept any liability arising from any misuse of personal data on or off the Platform, except in cases where the misuse is by Joining Ventures.
    5. Commercially Confidential Information

    6. If Joining Ventures provides You with any information marked with a confidentiality legend, then You shall treat that information as the confidential information of Joining Ventures and You shall not share that information with any other party without Joining Ventures prior written approval. You shall only use the confidential information for the express purpose that it was disclosed to You. Confidential information will not include any information that is generally publicly available or information that You can show with documentary evidence You already developed or received from an unrestricted source prior to Your receiving it from Joining Ventures.
    7. If You wish to disclose any information to Joining Ventures that You consider as Your confidential information, then you must clearly mark the information as confidential. Confidential information may only be sent to Joining Ventures by email or via the Platform Account portal that enables private communications between You and Joining Ventures. In such cases, Joining Ventures shall comply with the undertakings set out in Section 9.5 with respect to Your confidential information.
    8. Information uploaded onto the Platform will generally be information that is intended to be shared with other Platform users. Depending on the package of Services You have subscribed for, Platform settings may allow you to set up pages that may only be accessed with password settings shared with Joint Venture partners and potential partners thereby allowing you to restrict access to certain information uploaded onto the Platform.
    9. You are solely responsible for how you share Your own confidential information or the confidential information of third parties, regardless of whether You share this on the Platform or off the Platform and you are advised to enter into confidentiality agreements where appropriate. Joining Ventures accepts no liability whatsoever resulting from any misuse or unauthorised disclosure of Your confidential information or the confidential information or any other party, regardless of whether the misuse or unauthorised disclosure occurred on the Platform or off the Platform.
    10. You shall fully indemnify and hold Joining Ventures harmless from and against any and all losses, damages, claims, costs and expenses of any kind that Joining Ventures may suffer by reason of You acting in breach of any part of this Section 9
    11. This Section 9 shall survive any termination of your subscription for a period of 5 years.
  10. Intellectual Property
    1. All intellectual property rights in the Site, the Platform and the Services, including without limit, all Joining Ventures trademarks and tradenames, copyrights, domains, confidential information and trade secrets, software and any patents and patent applications that may be applicable and all other forms of intangible rights in inventions, creations, discoveries, modifications, adaptations and the like (collectively, the "IPR") are the sole and exclusive property of Joining Ventures or Joining Ventures otherwise has suitable licenses from the third party owners.
    2. You shall not obtain any rights of any kind to the IPR in the Site, Platform and Services, other than the licensed rights granted in Section 4.2 above. Without derogating from the foregoing and without limit, You shall not copy any of Joining Ventures IPR or any part or reproduce it in any form for any reason whatsoever and You shall not make any representation to any party suggesting that You or any other party is the owner of any of Joining Venture’s IPR.
    3. You must not upload onto the Platform any material containing any trademarks, tradenames, copyrights, domains or other IPR unless you own that IPR or otherwise have the express approval of the owner of the IPR to upload the material onto the Platform for use in conjunction with the Platform and the Services.
    4. Joining Ventures accepts no liability whatsoever in the event that You do anything in breach of Section 10.3 above.
    5. You shall fully indemnify and hold Joining Ventures harmless from and against any and all losses, damages, claims, costs and expenses of any kind that Joining Ventures may suffer by reason of You acting in breach of any part of this Section 10.
    6. This Section 10 shall survive any termination of Your subscription indefinitely.
  11. Term
    1. These T&Cs shall apply each time that You use the Site or Platform. Following your subscription to a package of services, whether free or for a Fee, the T&Cs shall continue to apply until the subscription is terminated.
    2. Subscriptions shall commence from the point of receipt of payment of the applicable subscription Fee and shall continue for the term of the subscription (i.e. one month for monthly subscriptions and one year for annual subscriptions). Subscriptions shall automatically renew, unless You notify Joining Ventures that you wish to terminate the subscription entirely. Monthly subscriptions shall require at least 15 days’ notice of termination prior to the end of the calendar month and annual subscriptions shall require at least 30 days’ notice of termination prior to the end of the then current calendar year.
    3. If Joining Ventures reasonably determines that you have acted in breach of any of Sections 9 or 10, then Joining Ventures will be entitled to terminate the subscription immediately for breach of contract by You by providing written notice to You, effective immediately. In the case of breaches of any other part of the T&Cs, Joining Ventures will provide You with prior written notice of the breach and demand that You cure the breach within the next 5 days. Failure to cure the breach within 5 days will result in termination of the subscription.
    4. If You believe that Joining Ventures is in breach of these T&Cs, then you must notify Joining Ventures of this in writing within the next 3 days. If Joining Ventures acknowledges that we are in breach of the T&Cs as complained of and fails to cure the breach within then next 5 days, then you may terminate Your subscription by notifying Joining Ventures of this in writing. If you terminate the subscription due to a breach by Joining Ventures under this Section 11, then you will be entitled to receive a refund of the portion of Your subscription Fee already paid commensurate to the portion of subscription period remaining. Nothing contained herein shall derogate from Section 8 or from any other provision in the T&Cs limiting Joining Ventures liability.
    5. Following any termination of Your subscription for any reason, the Platform Account shall be blocked so that you may no longer access the Platform and Services.
    6. Should you require a copy of documents and communications made uploaded to the Platform in connection with Joint Ventures following termination of Your subscription, then you must request this from Joining Ventures within [60] days of the end of Your subscription. Thereafter, you may still request the material, but we do not guarantee that we will maintain copies of it beyond the [60] days, except where we are required to by law. All material will be delivered electronically in [PDF] format. Should Joining Ventures have terminated the subscription under Section 11.3 due to Your breaching any of these T&Cs, then delivery of the material will be subject to Joining Ventures first receiving full compensation for the damages, losses, costs and expenses arising from the breach in accordance with the terms of the T&Cs.
  12. General
    1. Section headings are for guidance purposes only and shall not be used in the interpretation of this Agreement.
    2. Joining Ventures reserves the right to amend these T&Cs and the Policy at any time. With respect to subscriptions, such changes shall take effect on the date that the subscription is renewed, unless Joining Ventures sends notice to you of the change and states that the changes shall take effect at an earlier date. You may not amend any part of these T&Cs without our prior written approval.
    3. No waiver of any rights by a party shall be deemed to be effective unless made in writing and delivered to the other party.
    4. If any part of these T&Cs is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, then such part shall be deemed removed therefrom as if not included from the start and the validity of the remaining provisions shall not be affected thereby.
    5. Notices to be provided in accordance with these T&Cs shall be made in writing and delivered electronically, either via the Platform account or via the email details provided to Joining Ventures in connection with Your registration and via the contact forms on the Site.
    6. These T&Cs shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales without reference to its conflicts of laws provisions. The courts of London, England shall have sole and exclusive jurisdiction to determine any disputes arising in connection with these T&Cs.