1.1. Please read these terms and conditions carefully as they apply to your access and use of our Website and the sale and supply of services (“the Services”) by us to you through our Website. You are responsible for bringing these terms to the attention of anyone who may access our Website as a result of you. They include important sales and products information relating to our Services and form the basis of any agreement between us should you wish to proceed with an order. We request that you pay particular attention to the privacy policy below which sets out the principles by which we abide in relation to the treatment of information about visitors to our Website.

1.2. By choosing to purchase a Service or Product from us, it is hereby understood that you agree with the terms and conditions set out here. If you do not agree with these terms and conditions, you are not authorised to continue in obtaining any Service and Product from us.

1.3. These terms and conditions constitute the entire agreement between us with respect to this Website and any Services you order and supersede all prior communications and agreements between us, whether electronic, oral or written, regarding the subject matter contained in this Website. A printed version of these terms and conditions and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this agreement between us to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form.


2.1. The content of this Website (such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips, digital downloads, data compilations and software) are our exclusive property or that of our content suppliers and is, unless specifically stated otherwise, protected by copyright, and other intellectual rights. It is published by us and may not be reproduced other than by downloading and viewing on a single CPU and/or printing a single hard copy, for private or internal business purposes only. It is not to be otherwise reproduced, transmitted, made available on a network or used to create derivative works without our prior written consent. All rights reserved.

2.2. The trade marks, logos and service marks shown on our Website, unless otherwise specified, are the trade marks of us. No rights are granted to use any of them without our prior written consent.

2.3. Any infringement of our rights will result in appropriate legal action.


3.1. Any information you give to us will be stored and used in accordance with our privacy policy set out below.


4.1. Access to your hosting account will be gained by using the username and the password provided to you during the registration process. You are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality and proper use of your username, password and account and for restricting access to your computer and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. In order to assist us with our security policy, you should not leave your computer terminal unattended while you are logged on to our Website and should ensure that it is switched off each time you have finished.

4.2. You must tell us immediately if you believe that an unauthorised person knows your username or password or has access to your account.

4.3. We reserve the right to suspend service or terminate accounts if we suspect an unauthorised person is attempting to access it.

4.4. You agree that we shall not be liable for any losses you suffer as a result of unauthorised access to your account until such time as you have informed us of any unauthorised or possible unauthorised use of your username and password or of a breach of security and we have acknowledged in writing that you have informed us of such unauthorised access.


This Website may include hyperlinks to sites operated by other parties but we are not responsible for examining or evaluating them and their inclusion does not imply our endorsement of their material. You therefore agree that we will not incur any liability in respect of the content of any site accessed through a hyperlink contained on this Website.


6.1. We are committed to meeting the highest quality standards in the delivery of the service we provide to our customers. We aim to provide efficient and effective service and take any problems that do arise very seriously indeed. We aim to ensure that any complaints our customers may have are identified quickly and dealt with in accordance with our complaints handling procedure. In the event that you have any cause for complaint with regard to the Services please click on the “Contact Us” link and submit your complaint. We will investigate your complaint in accordance with an internal written procedure which involves:-

6.1.1. acknowledging any complaint and responding in full within 28 days or, if that is not possible, letting you know within that time when we will be able to respond fully;

6.1.2. carrying out a full review of your matter;

6.1.3. responding to you with our views on your complaint and how we propose to resolve it

6.1.4. if you are not satisfied with our response, instigating a further review by our Customer Service Department.


7.1. Each order for Services is an offer by you to purchase the Services in accordance with these terms and conditions.

7.2. No order submitted by you is accepted by us until we confirm by email its acceptance. No contract shall exist between you and us until we confirm our acceptance of your order in this way. When we acknowledge receipt of your order as we are required to do by the E-Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 this is not our acceptance which we will confirm separately.

7.3. Any Contract shall be subject to these terms and conditions, which supersede any other terms and which govern your access of and use of our Website and any Contract to the exclusion of any terms and conditions which you purport to apply or which are implied by trade, custom or course of dealing. No terms or conditions transmitted by you will form part of any Contract or apply to your access to and use of our Website simply as a result of such terms and conditions being communicated to us.

7.4. You must ensure that the terms of your order are complete and accurate and that you give us any necessary information relating to any Services on your order form to enable us to duly perform any Contract.

7.5. Our employees or agents are not authorised to make any representation concerning our Website or Services unless confirmed by us by email and you acknowledge that you do not rely on, and waive any claim for breach of, any such unconfirmed representation (unless such representation is made fraudulently).

7.6. Any advice or recommendation given by us or our employees or agents to you as to the storage, application or use of the Goods which is not confirmed in writing or by e-mail by us is followed or acted upon entirely at your own risk.

7.7. We reserve the right to place restrictions on the volume of Services ordered.


8.1. All product descriptions and content on our Website or otherwise issued by us are intended merely to present a general idea of the Services and do not form part of any Contract.

8.2. We reserve the right to make any changes in the specification of the Services which are required for the Services to conform with any applicable safety or statutory (including EU) requirements or which do not materially affect their quality or performance.

8.3. Any error or omission on our Website or in any document or information issued by us or displayed on our Website shall be subject to correction without any liability on our part.


9.1. No order may be cancelled by you except with our written agreement and on terms that you shall indemnify us against all loss including loss of profit, costs, (including the cost of all labour and materials used), damages, charges and expenses incurred by us as a result of cancellation.

9.2. If you extend or delay a Contract or fail to take delivery of any Service at the specified time or (if no time is specified) within a reasonable time then you shall indemnify us against all loss including loss of profit, costs (including the cost of storage and all labour and materials used), damages, charges or expense incurred by us as a result of such extension, delay or failure.

9.3. We are entitled to withdraw from any Contract in the case of obvious errors or inaccuracies regarding the Services or the order or for unavailability.

9.4. We reserve the right to defer the date of performance of the Services, to cancel any Contract or reduce the extent of Services ordered without liability to you if we are prevented from or delayed in carrying on our business by any cause beyond our reasonable control. In such circumstances, you may also give notice by e-mail to cancel the Contract if the cause in question continues for a continuous period in excess of 180 days but in any event you shall remain liable to pay for Services supplied prior to such cancellation by us or you.


10.1. The price and availability of the Services is shown next to its description on our Website. This price excludes VAT which is not payable as we are not VAT registered. Prices are subject to withdrawal or revision at any time without notice before we accept your order.

10.2. If Services are unavailable or we need to vary the price due to supplier price increases, tax changes or site errors (for example), following confirmation of your order we shall send you a notification by email and allow you the opportunity to cancel your order if we have not done so ourselves.


11.1. We accept payment by Bank Transfer and PayPal only.

11.2. Time of payment is of the essence. Payment is received when we receive it in cleared funds.

11.3. We will charge you interest and claim debt recovery costs in accordance with the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 and the Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2002 on overdue accounts.

11.4. If you fail to make any payment on the due date then the whole price of all services bought or agreed to be bought by you shall be immediately due and payable without demand and we may cancel any Contract or suspend delivery of our performance or appropriate any payment made by you to such of the Services (or the services supplied under any other contract between us) as we think fit.

11.5. We are entitled to set off sums owed by us to you against sums owed by you to us. You may not deduct any amounts from the price of the Services.

11.6. We will charge a late payment fee equivalent to 10% of the Contract price which you agree to pay on demand.


12.1. All performance times quoted on our Website are estimates only based on availability and normal processing time.

  1. Customer Migration Paths at Contract Termination

13.1. There are no restrictions imposed upon the Customer by Searle Design that in any way deliberately obstruct the cancellation of services. Pro rata refunds are only available for
cancellations where the service is terminated immediately, and has at least 3 months left on the current contract.

13.2. If the customer requires a backup of all of their data this must be requested either before, or at the time of cancellation of services. Once cancelled, all data and backups
will be terminated.

13.3. Searle Design does not employ any kind of lock-in which requires the Customer to stay with Searle Design for the full contract length.

  1. Customer Migration Paths during Contract Execution

14.1. All customer information is taken either from a registration form on our website or via phone and email communication, this information is required
in order for the Customer to order any product/service from Searle Design.

14.2. All information provided by the Customer is kept secure and adheres to all points laid
out in the Data Protection Act 1998.

14.3. Searle Design can assist the Customer with the import of any data to Searle Design
infrastructure. This is only on acceptance by Searle Design that the Customer meets
specified criteria. Searle Design support is provided by an online support system, which
requires input of data by the Customer as a prerequisite to the above process.


15.1. Any claim by you which is based on any shortfall in the quality of the Services or their failure to correspond with their Website description must be notified to us by e-mail to [email protected] within seven days from the date of performance.

15.2. In no event shall you be entitled to reject the Services on the basis of any failure which is so slight that it would be unreasonable for you to reject them.

15.3. If you do not notify [email protected] in accordance with paragraph 14.2 then:-

15.3.1. you shall not be entitled to reject the Services; and

15.3.2. we shall have no liability for such shortfall or failure.

15.4. In the event you have a valid claim which has been notified to us pursuant to paragraph 14.1, we shall be entitled to carry out the Services again free of charge or, at our option, refund to you the price of the Services, but we shall have no further liability to you.


16.1. Subject to paragraph 15, the following sets out our entire financial liability (including any liability for the acts or omissions of our employees, agents or subcontractors) to you in respect of any access or use by you of our Website or breach of these terms and conditions and any representation, statement or act or omission (including negligence) arising under or in connection with this Website or any Contract and in respect of any contemplated performance or lack of performance.

16.2. All warranties, conditions or other terms implied by statute, common law, trade usage or otherwise are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law but this exclusion does not apply to:-

16.2.1. Where the Services are sold to a person dealing as a consumer within the meaning of the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977, any implied term relating to the conformity of the Services with their description or sample or as to their quality or fitness for a particular purpose.

16.3. We make no warranty that the Goods Services will meet your requirements or that the Services will be uninterrupted, timely or error free. We will not be responsible if we are unable to provide access to or use of our Website or the Services for whatever reason.

16.4. This Website or any part of it or any of our Services may not be compatible with your browser or computer configuration and we make no warranty that it is.

16.5. This Website is for information only. We have used reasonable care and skill in compiling its contents but make no warranty (express or implied) as to the nature or accuracy of any material on this Website.

16.6. In providing the Services we make no representations (either express or implied) or warranties as to the satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility and accuracy of the documents or the information you use from this Website.

16.7. You warrant to us that you will not use this Website and the Services for any unlawful purposes or in a way that is prohibited by these terms and conditions. We may immediately terminate your account and your ability to access this Website if you breach any of these terms and conditions or if we believe that we or our other customers may incur liability from your actions.


16.8.1. we shall not be liable to you for any loss or corruption of data or any loss of profit, loss of production, financial loss, depletion of goodwill or any indirect loss, damage, costs or expenses whatsoever which arise out of or in connection with:-
(a) your access or use of our Website or any material on it; or
(b) the result of any use made of our Website or such material; or
(c) any Contract; or
(d) Services provided by us.

16.8.2. Our total liability in contract, tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty), misrepresentation or otherwise, arising in connection with your access or use of our Website or any material on it, the result of any such use or material or the performance or contemplated performance of any Contract shall be limited to the total cost of the Services you purchased under which the claim arises for any one event or series of connected events.

16.9. Nothing in these Conditions excludes or limits our liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or for fraudulent misrepresentation.


17.1. Any Contract shall terminate immediately upon the happening of any one or more of the following:-

17.1.1. you are dissolved or have a bankruptcy order made against you or make an arrangement or composition with your creditors; or

17.1.2. you (being a body corporate) convene a meeting of creditors or enter into liquidation (whether voluntary or compulsory); or

17.1.3. you have a receiver, manager, administrator or administrative receiver appointed of the whole or any part of your undertaking, property or assets; or

17.1.4. a resolution is passed or a petition presented to any court for your winding-up or for the granting of an administration order in respect of you; or

17.1.5. any proceedings are commenced relating to your insolvency or your possible insolvency in any jurisdiction to which you or any of your assets are subject.

17.2. Any Contract shall terminate immediately upon service of written notice of termination by us on you on the happening of any one or more of the following:-

17.2.1. you have, suffer or allow any execution to be levied on your assets or obtained against you; or

17.2.2. you commit a material breach of any of your obligations under the Contract or under any other contract with us; or

17.2.3. you are unable to pay your debts within the meaning of section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986; or

17.2.4. you cease or threaten to cease to trade.

17.3. Any contract shall terminate immediately if you breach our acceptable use policy by posting on your Website any of the following:

17.3.1. Illegal Material – this includes copyrighted works, commercial audio, video, or music files and any material in violation of any International, National or Local law or regulation. We reserve the right to delete any files that infringe copyright without warning.

17.3.2. Adult Material – Includes all pornography, erotic images, or otherwise lewd or obscene content. The designation of “adult material” is left entirely to the discretion of us.

17.3.3. Racist/Provocative Material – The designation is left entirely to the discretion of us

16.3.4. Warez – Includes pirated software, ROMS, emulators, phreaking, hacking, password cracking, IP spoofing etc and encrypting of any of the above, including any sites which provide “links to” or “how to” information about such material.

17.3.5. Fraud – any site that attempts to defraud members of the public in any way (for example “phishing” sites)

17.4. Termination of any Contract shall not affect rights and duties accrued before termination and in particular shall not affect our rights contained in paragraph 12. However, your rights contained in that paragraph shall immediately terminate.

  1. Licensing Provisions

18.1. All licenses that are active with the organisation are documented. This will ensure all licenses are documented for audit purposes.

18.2. Shared server licenses are updated by Searle Design, and any cancellation of software will be confirmed by Searle Design at least 30 days in advance of removal.

18.3. Any software on VPS, Cloud or Dedicated Servers are not owned directly by Searle Design. Searle Design can provide licences as a service, however the licence remains the property and responsibility of the VPS, Cloud or Dedicated server owner.

18.4. There are no additional costs for any software provided on our shared services.

18.5. Extra costs are applied to VPS, Cloud or Dedicated Servers. These costs are clearly outlined during the order process for the respective system.

18.6. Each license supplied to Searle Design is bought directly from the software manufacturer or a software reseller. All details surrounding the license are dealt with in house.

18.7. No additional software will need to be purchased from any customer of ours.

19.Provisions for Information Security

19.1. Only authorised users to our systems have access to secure information about our customers and the details of their services with us.

19.2 All authenticated users are documented and kept within a secure file. These
authenticated users are the only users who can access client information and the secure area of our servers. Other areas that authenticated members of staff can access include the transactions of payments between Searle Design and the Customer.

19.3 There are systems in place to improve the service to the Customer. Improvements to the service are documented, and all customers updated as and when required.

  1. Data Protection Provisions

20.1. All customer data held within the contract between Searle Design and the Customer is held within the United Kingdom only. Customer data backups are kept within the same country but at an alternate location to the server from which the backups are derived.

20.2. We comply with the legislation of the Data Protection act of 1998, we comply with this in a number of ways to ensure data privacy, and our methods for this are available on request.


21.1 Searle Design holds all shared servers with Searle Stack Hosting, and has a reliance on its availability.

21.2 Searle Design holds cloud infrastructure with Searle Stack Hosting, and has a reliance on its availability.

21.3 Searle Design depends on its Provider for connectivity of telephone and internet services to its office.


22.1. Searle Design’s web hosting accounts are to be used by the Customer only. Web hosting account holders are not permitted to resell, store or give away the web hosting services of their web site to other parties (except in the case of resold packages under a Reseller account). Web hosting services are defined as allowing a separate third party to host content on the Customer’s web site. (Exceptions to this include advertisements and banners). Searle Design reserves the right to refuse service and/or access to its servers to anybody at any time.

22.2. Any abuse notifications or reports for our service should be sent to [email protected]


23.1. Once ordered, SSL Certificates are non refundable under any circumstance.

23.2. In addition you agree to the terms and conditions provided at the links below:

23.3. For GeoTrust SSL Certificates click here.

23.4. For RapidSSL Certificates please download the relevant document from this page.


24.1. Resources are defined as bandwidth and/or disk space and/or processor utilisation. Searle Design may implement the following policy at is sole discretion: When a web site is found to be over-using or monopolising the resources available Searle Design reserves the right to suspend that site. This Policy is only implemented in extreme circumstances and is intended to prevent the misuse of our servers. Searle Design also reserves the right to flush backup files from the server that are more than 28 days old.


25.1. You agree to indemnify us against any damages, losses, costs, claims or expenses incurred by us towards a third party arising out of or in connection with your use of our Website or Services supplied by us or their operation or use and whether arising by reason of our negligence or otherwise.

25.2. The Customer agrees that it shall defend, indemnify, save and hold Searle Design harmless from any and all demands, liabilities, losses, costs and claims, including reasonable legal fees asserted against Searle Design, its agents, its Customers, officers and employees, that may arise or result from any service provided or performed or agreed to be performed, including hosting and domain registration. The customer also agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Searle Design against all liabilities including those that arise out of:

25.2.1. any injury to person or property caused by any products sold or otherwise distributed in connection with Searle Design’s server.

25.2.2. Any material supplied by the Customer infringing or allegedly infringing the property rights of any third party or any material that contravenes the Acceptably Use Policy outlined in this document.

25.2.3. Copyright infringement.

25.2.4. Any sale of defective products sold by the Customer from Searle Design’s server.

25.2.5. Any Domain Names that expire without the Customer’s knowledge due to non-renewal.

25.2.6. Any Domain Name that fails to transfer across from another registrar. The customer acknowledges that Searle Design will endeavour to, but will not guarantee to notify the Customer of any Domain Name Transfer failure – the Customer acknowledges that it is the responsibility of the Customer to ensure a Domain Transfer has completed successfully. Payment by the customer of any domain transfer fee does not guarantee that the domain will successfully be transferred to the customer. In any case where a transfer fails, the Customer can request a refund of the transfer fee in full by opening a support request at https://www.searle.design. The Customer acknowledges that it will not rely on billing data, future invoices raised against a Domain Name (including invoices raised in error), and any other account information in order to determine the successful transfer of a Domain Name and that the customer will use the relevant WHOIS registry information to verify transfer completion at regular intervals after ordering a Domain Transfer from Searle Design.


26.1. Customers may not use Searle Design’s services to circumvent user authentication or security of any host, network, or account. This includes, but it is not limited to, accessing data not intended for the Customer, logging into a server or account the Customer is not expressly authorised to access, password cracking, probing the security of other networks in search of weakness, or violation of any other organisation’s security policy. The Customer is obliged to ensure any software or scripts installed on their hosting space is secure and proactively updated to be reliable, and is not liable to cause any security-related problem to the server or other users on the server (This includes installation of scripts via auto-installers provided by Searle Design). Customers may not attempt to interfere or deny service to any user, host or network. This includes, but is not limited to, flooding. Mail bombing, or other deliberate attempts to overload or crash a host or network. Searle Design will cooperate fully with investigations of violations of systems or network security at other sites, including cooperating with law enforcement authorities in the investigation of suspected criminal violations. Users who violate systems or network security may incur criminal or civil liability.

Searle Design has zero tolerance for Unsolicited Commercial Email (UCE) that is in any way associated with Searle Design, its clients, or any of its client’s associates. Customers are prohibited in anyway whatsoever from using UCE as a means of advertising data or services to distribute such materials.

26.2.1. Infringements of this policy can result in any one of the following: Sending mail to users who have not specifically requested to receive such mail, including opt-out mailing lists. Sending, being involved in sending, or employing a third party to send mail which advertises or mentions a site hosted at Searle Design to users that have not specifically requested this mail. Forging of message headers to mask the originator of the message

26.2.2. Infringements of this policy include, but are not limited to: Harassment, whether through language, frequency, or size of messages, is prohibited. You will be held responsible for the actions of your clients in this matter. Please review the information at http://spam.abuse.net for more information on what constitutes UCE, or ‘Spam.’

26.3. Infringements of this policy can result entirely at the discretion of Searle Design in any of the following:

26.3.1. A warning from Searle Design, via E-mail or phone.

26.3.2. Removal of DNS for the advertised / originating site.

26.3.3. Temporary shutdown of the server or a block on outgoing mail.

26.3.4. Permanent disconnection of service

26.3.5. Termination of the contract.


All servers are proactively and routinely patched and optimised. As part of this process, any insecure scripts that may be running on any sites hosted with us may no longer function and it is the responsibility of the Customer to ensure that all scripts are secure and will not put the customers’ services at risk. Searle Design takes no responsibility for any problem caused to insecure code/scripts as part of the security update. On occasion, Searle Design may recommend that the Customer apply ‘patches’ or other code changes to the files on their hosting space in order to ensure the stable running of the server. This is a recommendation only any changes are made entirely at the Customer’s risk. Any resultant downtime caused to the Customer as the result of not applying a patch will not be considered unscheduled downtime.


Searle Design makes backups at regular intervals. These backups are in no way guaranteed, and the Customer is responsible for backing up data remotely. The customer acknowledges that Searle Design is not liable for any loss of data for whatever reason.

  1. Provisions for Service Continuity

29.1 Searle Design has strict systems in place for a disaster scenario. Any incident that falls into this category – such as the loss of a server or any of our services – has a plan in place to ensure all staff members are trained to respond immediately and correctly to restore service.

29.2 Searle Design has backups running for all services by default, with the exception of Dedicated Servers. Backups are kept off site and have a 1 month retention minimum.
29.3 Searle Design provides Service Level Agreements to the Customer that provide a
number of guarantees including service uptime, and advance notice of any maintenance

  1. Provisions for Audit

30.1 Searle Design undertakes a high level programme of documentation under the Searle Design name. This programme ensures all policies and procedures are in place to test all systems and documents to confirm they are followed as the procedure specifies. The programme prepares for an audit being taken on Searle Design and its policies, procedures and systems.

30.2 Searle Design can be audited at any time by CIF, its Customers or any other auditors to ensure it meets the requirements. Searle Design requires a two week notice period before any audit can take place.


Refunds are issued only at the discretion of Searle Design.


If the Customer wishes to cancel their contract or Services, notice must be given to Searle Design of the cancellation request, including username and password either in writing to the head office, or by means of email to [email protected] Hosting Packages: Any request must arrive at Searle Design at least 14 days prior to the renewal date for that package.


Paragraphs 26 to 28 inclusive only apply to customers who contract with us as consumers.
If you are accessing this Website to purchase Services for a purpose which is outside your business, the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 (“the Regulations”) will apply to any agreement between us with respect to those Services. These terms and conditions are intended to be consistent with the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 and nothing in them is intended to impose on consumers any duty or liability additional to those specified in the regulations. If you would like a copy of these Regulations they can be obtained from the Department of Trade and Industry.
These terms and conditions shall not affect your statutory rights as a consumer.


You have a right to cancel our web design agreement without penalty and without giving any reason and this right can be exercised by forwarding to us at Searle Design, 65 North Lane, Petersfield, GU31 5RS a notice of cancellation within the time limit set out below.

34.1. You may exercise this right to cancel within seven working days beginning on the day after our agreement with you is made which is when we confirm your order.

34.2. Where we are unable to fulfill your order within the individual agreed time period we:-

34.2.1. Shall inform you and repay any sum paid by you as soon as possible and in any event within 30 days of us informing you that we cannot fulfil your order.

34.2.2. May supply service of equivalent price and quality.

34.3. You have no right to cancel in the following circumstances:-

34.3.1. Where the price is dependent on fluctuations in the financial market outside our control;

34.3.2. If you consent to us performing the services before the end of the cancellation period.

34.4. If you exercise your right of cancellation, this will also cancel any related credit agreement.

34.5. If you do not pay for the services within 15 days of the date payment is due, we may cancel our agreement immediately and we will return any sum received by us up to that date less any reasonable expenses incurred by us. If we cancel for any other reason, we will notify you in writing of the reasons for cancellation and refund in full all monies paid together with your direct and reasonable losses and costs suffered by you because of our cancellation.


As a consumer you have certain statutory rights regarding statements made in public by us or our representatives in respect of the performance of services, as well as claims in respect of losses caused by our negligence or our failure to carry out our obligations. In certain circumstances you may require us to reduce the price you have paid for misdescribed services or cancel your contract with us. Nothing in these terms and conditions affects those statutory rights.

35.1. You also have certain statutory rights under the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 because we are advertising and selling services online. If we do not comply with these Regulations you have certain remedies. These terms and conditions do not affect your remedies under those Regulations.

35.2. For further information about your statutory rights, please contact your local authority Trading Standards Department or Citizens’ Advice Bureau.


Searle Design will consider all requests for domain name registration and accept or reject them in accordance with guidelines set by the relevant naming authorities. In addition to our terms and conditions as set out here, you must also agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of the registries we use to secure your domain name, specifically:

For .uk domains – when you register a .uk domain name you are also entering into a contract with Nominet and you agree to their terms and conditions at:  Nominet UK terms and conditions.

In addition, you agree to indemnify us for all costs resulting from any such dispute. The contract for registration and transfer of domain names is between the Customer and the appropriate naming authority above, and you acknowledge that Searle Design acts as an agent for the Customer.

  1. i. Upon acceptance of registration requests, Searle Design will submit names for registration and make full registration upon receipt of payment
  2. ii. Once a domain name has been registered no refunds will be made by Searle Design.
  3. iii. Searle Design reserve the right to halt the registration or transfer/release of a domain name if outstanding monies are owed to them by the Customer.
  4. iv. Searle Design processes domain registration requests on a first come, first served basis. Until the Customer receives confirmation of registration from Searle Design there is no guarantee that the domain name requested has been registered.
  5. v. Searle Design may cancel or halt domain name registrations solely at its own discretion.
  6. vi. Searle Design does not accept any responsibility for the use of registered domain names, including where there may be conflict over rights to ownership. The Customer agrees that it shall defend, indemnify, save and hold Searle Design harmless from any and all demands, liabilities, losses, costs and claims, including reasonable legal fees asserted against Searle Design, its agents, its Customers, officers and employees, that may arise or result from a domain registration provided or performed or agreed to be performed on behalf of the Customer
  7. vii. The Customer agrees that all details submitted in respect of a domain name registration are true and correct, and holds Searle Design harmless from any and all demands, liabilities, losses, costs and claims, including reasonable legal fees asserted against Searle Design, its agents, its Customers, officers and employees, that may arise or result from such details submitted by the customer. The Customer acknowledges that contact information submitted in respect of domain registration will be visible on the internet (e.g. under a ‘WHOIS’ search).
  8. viii. The Customer acknowledges that in the event of a domain registration or other dispute, the Customer must be able to demonstrate that the registration of a domain name and it’s use (directly or indirectly) does not infringe the legal rights of any third party.
  9. ix. The Customer agrees to indemnify Searle Design from any legal proceedings and costs that arise as a result of the registration/non-registration of a domain name. The Customer acknowledges that a registration can only be deemed to be successful once shown under a WHOIS lookup using the system provided by the relevant naming authority, and not at any time before.
  10. x. Data submitted by the Customer pertaining to the registration of a domain name will not be made available to other organisations and members of the public, save for that data made public by the relevant naming authority.
  11. xi. Searle Design reserves the right to make alterations to the terms and conditions of domain name registration at any time.
  12. xii. Transfers and renewals of domain names will be made under Searle Design terms and conditions of domain name registration in force at the time. Searle Design will not guarantee to notify the Customer in the event of a failure of any transfer or renewal. The Customer acknowledges that it is their liability to ensure the transfer has completed by contacting the releasing registrar 7 days after the transfer application was made.
  13. xiii. Should Searle Design cease trading, domain renewals must be carried out through the relevant naming authority and all active services must be transferred to a new provider. Searle Design will endeavour to provide reasonable access to the Customer for the purposes of web site data retrieval, for a reasonable period after cessation of trade, such period being notified to the Customer by e-mail as soon as practicable.
  14. xiv. The Customer acknowledges that renewal of domains is the sole responsibility of the Customer. The Customer acknowledges that Searle Design will not be held responsible for any losses arising directly or indirectly as a result.

37.1 Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we integrate it within our terms and conditions, and this is linked to from all pages of our website.

37.2 This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the Searle Design website. On some pages, you can order hosting packages, domain names, SSL Certificates and other associated products. We require customer information for you to purchase any product, and as such we collect personal information from you on certain pages of the Searle Design website. The types of personal information collected at these pages are:
Email address
Phone number

37.3 We use the information you provide about yourself when placing an order only to complete that order. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order.

37.4 We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive and for invoices, support tickets and all other service and product related communications from Searle Design to you.

37.5 To prevent unauthorised access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

37.6 You can manage and update the personal information we hold about you by contacting us.


38.1. All pricing declared on our website excludes VAT.

38.2 Without prior agreement, we accept the following forms of payment only;
a. Credit/Debit Card via PayPal
b. BACS transfers

38.3 All contract lengths are confirmed by the customer and can be changed on request.
Offered contract lengths are:
a. Monthly
b. Quarterly
c. Semi Annually
d. Annually

38.4 Account termination requests must be raised via email to [email protected], the contents of which needs to include all of the following in order for this to be actioned:
a. Confirmation that all payments are up to date and there is no outstanding
balance on the account being terminated.
b. Confirmation that a period of 14 days’ notice is given.
c. The domain name associated with the package.
d. That Searle Design can irretrievably terminate all data held within that package.

38.5 All renewals will be charged at the same price as stated in the original contract. There are no additional terms or conditions unless the Customer is directly contacted by Searle Design.

38.6 All websites built by us will feature our name at the bottom with a hyperlink to our website, as a small business this is a key way of us generating new business and all pricing is based upon this feature. This link to our website can be removed for a fee.

  1. Personnel Profile

39.1 Searle Design has between 1 and 10 personnel, working under multiple job roles.

39.2 All personnel are located in the United Kingdom.

39.3 All prospective personnel undergo a vetting procedure to establish suitability for any role with Searle Design. This includes checks that ensure eligibility to work in the UK.

  2. a) We reserve the right to change these terms and conditions from time to time.
  3. b) In these terms and conditions:-
  4. “Contract” means any contract for sale and purchase of the Services which incorporates and is subject to these terms and conditions in our order form;
  5. headings shall not affect interpretation;

iii. any reference to a statutory provision includes a reference to any modification or re-enactment of the provision from time to time in force; and
iv. references to “Contract” and “Services” or any payment includes any part of them or it.

  1. c) Each of our rights or remedies is without prejudice to any other of our rights or remedies.
  2. d) Each of the provisions contained in these terms and conditions shall be construed as being independent of every other and if any provision contained in the terms and conditions is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to the limitations on liability, such determination shall not affect the validity of the remainder of the terms and conditions which shall continue in effect.
  3. e) Our Website is operated and controlled from the United Kingdom and these terms and conditions and your use of this Website are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. By agreeing to these terms and conditions you consent to all disputes arising out of or relating to your use of this Website being decided only by the courts of England and Wales. If you are accessing this Website from another jurisdiction it is your responsibility to ensure compliance with the laws that apply to that jurisdiction.
    f) We may assign or subcontract the Contract or any part of it and may dispose of or deal in any manner with any of our rights or beneficial interests under it.
  4. g) You are not permitted to assign your rights and obligations under these terms and conditions.
  5. h) All rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 are excluded.
  6. i) Failure or delay by us in enforcing or partially enforcing any provision of these terms and conditions is not a waiver of any of our other rights.
  7. j) Any waiver by us of any breach by you is not a waiver of any subsequent breach.
  8. k) Any notice to be given by either of us to the other under these terms and conditions must be by e-mail addressed to that other party at the e-mail address which you complete in the order form or our e-mail address as set out in our confirmation of order form or such other address as we may notify you for these purposes.

By accepting these terms and conditions during the registration process, you agree that you:

1) have read and understand the terms and conditions set out above;

2) consent to our use of your information in accordance with our privacy policy set out above; and

3) agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.


Searle Design, 1 Pinckards, Chiddingfold, GU8 4SE
Searle Design is a trading name of proprietor Michael Searle who is a sole trader.


Searle Design reserve the right to update these Terms & Conditions at any time and without notification – for this reason please review our current Terms & Conditions of use from time to time.

These Terms and Conditions do not affect your statutory rights as a consumer.


  1. Support services are provided at the sole discretion of Searle Design.
  2. Searle Design provides support by email on a ‘best effort’ basis, and Searle Design endeavors to respond to all new support requests within 120minutes, Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm.
  3. Searle Design also provides limited telephone based support services, on a ‘best effort’ basis and only if the following conditions are met:
  4. The device requiring support is a Mac running OSX or a PC running Microsoft Windows Vista (or later).
  5. The Customer has direct access to either the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox browsers throughout the duration of the telephone call.

iii. The support issue does not directly relate to the operation or use of any third party software provided either by Searle Design or the Customer, that is deemed by Searle Design to be additional to the standard hosting services provided by Searle Design.

  1. The telephone support call is made only between the hours of 9am – 6pm, Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays).
  2. Searle Design offers additional support at the Customers premises for conditions outside of the scope outlined in clause 42.3 at a cost of £30/hour, charged in 15-minute increments, with a minimum charge of £30 for the first hour (or part thereof). Support in this instance will only commence on payment of the minimum fee (£30) and Searle Design shall aim to fulfil such orders within 48 hours of cleared payment for the invoice.
  3. Searle Design shall provide accurate instructions by email only.