Terms and Conditions

MEMBERSHIP TERMS

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS CAREFULLY.  THEY FORM THE BASIS OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ALFIES AND GRANT ALFIES IMPORTANT RIGHTS.

BY JOINING ALFIES OR REGISTERING FOR, ACCESSING, BROWSING OR USING THIS SITE, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD AND AGREED TO BE BOUND BY THE FOLLOWING TERMS OF SERVICE, INCLUDING ANY ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES AND FUTURE MODIFICATIONS MADE BY ALFIES.

IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO BE BOUND BY ALL OF THESE TERMS (WITHOUT MODIFICATION), DO NOT REGISTER FOR, ACCESS, BROWSE OR USE THE SERVICE OR THIS SITE.

INTRODUCTION AND YOUR AGREEMENT TO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE

The website located at www.alfies.com and the ALFIES mobile applications (together the “Sites”) are both owned and operated by ALFIES Global Limited, a company registered in England and Wales with company number 09684026. Our office is located at 5 New Street Square, LONDON, EC4A 3TW, UNITED KINGDOM. For avoidance of doubt, the expressions “we”, “us” and “our” mean ALFIES.

The terms and conditions set out in this document (the “Terms”) are the terms which apply to the use of the Sites by you and any other user of the Sites. By accessing or using the Sites, you accept these Terms and agree to comply with them. If you do not agree to these terms, you must not use or access the Sites.

We may change these Terms from time to time. The revised Terms will be published on the Sites and will apply to any continued use by You of the Sites following such change. You should check the Sites regularly as you will be bound by these Terms (as amended or updated) every time you visit the Sites.

If you do not agree to these Terms of Service, then you are not eligible for membership and must refrain from using the Website.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

1. Membership Eligibility.

2. Conditions of Membership and Your Use of the ALFIES Service.

3. Membership Fee; Billing; Auto-renewal.

4. Your Membership Responsibilities.

5. ALFIES Membership Card Terms.

6. ALFIES Member Privileges Terms.

7. Privacy Policy.

8. Member License.

9. Additional Posted Rules.

10. Modification of these Terms of Service, the Membership, the Website and/or the ALFIES Service.

11. Software and Content Downloads.

12. Ownership; Proprietary Rights.

13. Member Content.

14. Copyright Infringements.

15. Prohibited Conduct.

16. Your Account.

17. Other sites, Products and Services; Links.

18. Suspension, Restriction and Termination; Terms of Service Violations.

19. Idea Submission Policy.

20. Contests, Games and Paid Services.

21. Indemnification.

22. Disclaimer; No Warranties.

23. Limitation of Liability and Damages.

24. Miscellaneous.

1. MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY

1.1 By using the Website and ALFIES Service, You represent that you are at least eighteen (18) years of age and you are in the accountancy, legal, finance or insurance professions.  You also confirm you are not a third party recruiter or headhunter for the industry sectors above.

1.2 Use of the ALFIES Service and membership in ALFIES are not available to the general public and require an invitation from ALFIES, or an existing Member to a person aged eighteen (18) or over who does not already have an active account, or has not previously been suspended or removed from the ALFIES Service. By registering for the ALFIES Service, Members with invitation privileges are expected to invite only respected persons within their own professional communities and not individuals who might bring discredit to or harm the reputation of ALFIES and our community.

1.3 By having a membership account with the ALFIES Service, you acknowledge that you meet our requirements for membership. As a Member, You may not have more than one membership account, nor may you open an alternative account if your membership is suspended, restricted or terminated for any reason. You may not share, sell, trade or transfer a membership account to another person, nor accept an invitation for or use an account that was not originally ours. If an account violates these conditions, the account will be terminated immediately.

1.4 You may not use a pseudonym or alias. You agree that all the information you provide about yourself in your personal profile or in any other area of the site is and remains truthful and accurate. Misleading or false information is sufficient reason for us to terminate your account. ALFIES reserves the right to verify the authenticity of Your identity and personal profile information using publicly available records and by requesting from You proof of identification or other relevant documents. You agree that ALFIES will have no liability arising from any information that is incorrectly verified.

1.5 By registering to use and while using the ALFIES Service, You represent that you are not a competitor of ALFIES and that you are not using the ALFIES Service for reasons that are in direct competition with ALFIES.

1.6 As a member of ALFIES, You warrant that you are using the site as a private individual for private use, and not on behalf of or representing any form of a commercial entity, corporation or other business organisation. Businesses and other legal entities may not use the ALFIES Service for any purpose, nor may you use the service on behalf of any business or legal entity without our express consent.

1.7 You represent that you have full authority and capacity to use the ALFIES Service and to agree to be bound by these Terms, and that agreeing to these Terms will not violate any other agreement to which you are bound.

1.8 You agree that you will not violate any trademark rights, copyright or any other rights of ALFIES, nor shall you violate these Terms.

 

2. CONDITIONS OF MEMBERSHIP AND YOUR USE OF THE ALFIES SERVICE

2.1 You understand and agree that your use of the ALFIES Service must be in accordance with these Terms of Service, and we may deny, suspend, restrict or terminate service or membership without prior notice if you fail to comply with them.

2.2 English is the official language of the Website, as it is the most commonly shared language of ALFIES Members, and thus the most inclusive language. It also facilitates site moderation, which ensures a safer community for all Members. We urge you to use English when communicating with members from third party countries.

2.3 You must treat your username and password as confidential and must not disclose it to any third party. We have the right to disable any username or password at any time to safeguard your account and the Website from security threats, or, if in our opinion, you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these Terms.

2.4 You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary, at your cost, for you to have access to the Website. You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our Website through Your internet connection are aware of these Terms of Service, and that they comply with them.

2.5 We provide a platform and environment for connecting with members and sharing information. If Members enter into agreements with other Members through the ALFIES Service, we are not a contracting party to these agreements and cannot be held liable or accountable regarding these agreements. We urge you to be truthful in all of your communications with other Members.

2.6 ALFIES reserves the right to verify information you and other Members have provided using various means available. You agree that ALFIES will have no liability arising from any information that is incorrectly verified.

2.7 You are solely responsible for and assume all liability regarding any information or content you or your account posts, transmits, publishes, or otherwise makes available to the ALFIES Service.

2.8 You agree that your profile may be presented to other Members with whom you share common interests, as determined by profile information entered by Yourself. Members are under no obligation to contact, connect with or communicate with those Members whose profiles are displayed to them.

2.9 You are solely responsible for and assume all liability regarding any interactions between you and other Members through the Services, both within the Website and offline.

2.10 We reserve the right to remove any content posted by you or other Members at our sole discretion for reasons including, but not limited to, that it is unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, fraudulent, obscene or otherwise objectionable, or because it may infringe or violate any third party’s intellectual property, privacy or other rights.

2.11 While we do our best to monitor the content of the Website, You understand and agree that You may encounter material that You find objectionable, and that You use the Website with this understanding and acceptance, and will not seek to hold us liable in any manner.

2.12 We do not endorse, support, or ensure the accuracy, truthfulness, or reliability of any content posted or generated by Members, nor do we endorse any opinions expressed by Members.

2.13 By posting or submitting content or information on the Website, You automatically grant ALFIES a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right to display such content on the Website and throughout the ALFIES Service.

2.14 You accept that ALFIES may post photographs showing you from, and other content related to, official ALFIES Events on the ALFIES Login Page or other public Website pages, which are therefore available to non-members.

2.15 You accept that ALFIES may make available new “beta” features on the ALFIES Service, which Members may test or with which they may experiment. These “beta” features or tools may be modified or discontinued by ALFIES at any time without notice, and are offered without any warranty of any kind. These Terms apply in full to any such beta features or tools. You also accept that ALFIES may post content of an experimental nature to ensure the functionality of the Website or to assist members in troubleshooting. You accept that ALFIES may also create testing and guest accounts.

2.16 ALFIES makes no representations as to the duration of the Website, membership and/or the ALFIES Service and reserves the right to suspend, limit or terminate the Website, membership and/or the ALFIES Service at any time without notice.

2.17 ALFIES makes no representations as to the duration of the Website, membership and/or the ALFIES Service and reserves the right to suspend, limit or terminate the Website, membership and/or the ALFIES Service at any time without notice.

2.18 ALFIES reserves the right to remove or cancel, at any time, any offers, promotions, member privileges or events presented to you by ALFIES or any ALFIES partner.

2.19 You assume all risk when using the ALFIES Service, including but not limited to any risks associated with online or offline interactions with Members, any other individuals introduced by Members or any individuals met at an ALFIES event. You agree to take all necessary precautions when meeting Members, any other individuals introduced by Members or any individuals encountered at an ALFIES event.

 

3. MEMBERSHIP FEE

3.1 The ALFIES Membership is currently free.

3.2 ALFIES reserves the right to review and change the Membership Fee at any time. 

3.3 Fees around events are subject to separate terms outlined in the Events Terms.

 

4. YOUR MEMBERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

4.1 We wish to have a friendly, intimate and secure community for our Members. When using the Website, our members have the expectation of privacy and confidentiality. We are a community of global diversity, with Members from nearly every culture and country. Expectations and behavior will be equally diverse, so to help provide a comfortable environment for all members, we have rules. Your use of the ALFIES Service confirms that you understand, accept and will follow these rules.

4.2 Trust and confidence are paramount when using the ALFIES Service. Falsely misrepresenting your identity, including the use of a pseudonym or alias, or your profile information will result in your member account being suspended, restricted or terminated.

4.3 You will, at any time, have a current email address entered into your profile in order for ALFIES to be able to contact you with notifications, communications and other information.

4.4 You will promptly report to ALFIES any violation of these Terms by other Members or member accounts. You also agree to report any violation of this agreement by yourself or conducted through Your account.

4.5 Invitations to non-Members to become Members can be sent only to people you know personally. You must use the invitee’s real name. Members whose accounts were terminated by ALFIES will not be able to reinstate a membership at any point; attempts to re-invite terminated members will be intercepted and flagged by ALFIES’s Webmaster team. Invitations to terminated members will not be able to be accepted. Exceptions may only be granted with our express permission. You may not send an invitation to a person who has previously had an account in the ALFIES Service, unless with our express permission.

4.6 You will not send unwelcome Contact Requests, or Contact Requests to members You do not know without good cause.

4.7 You agree not to send unsolicited Messages to any Member that is not a part of your personal contacts.

4.8 You may not monitor, data-mine, or copy our web pages or any content within the site, nor collect, archive, trade or sell any personal data or communications about other members.

4.9 The use of any robot, spider, site search or retrieval application, or any other method or device to copy, retrieve, archive or index any portion of the Website or the ALFIES Service is not permitted. 

4.10 You may not distribute, display or publish in any form, electronic or print, any content from the Website, the ALFIES Service or the names of any Members without ALFIES’s express, written consent, nor can You share, transmit or sell any content on the Website with anyone who is not a member of the ALFIES Service, for any reason.

4.11 We want to keep the ALFIES Service free from intrusions. You may not send or distribute unsolicited or unauthorised advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, chain letters, spam, pyramid schemes, or any other type of solicitation to other members, nor will you stalk, harass or unreasonably disturb any other member.

4.12 You alone are responsible for the confidentiality and security of your account's username, password and usage. You are also accountable for all activities regarding your account, with or without your knowledge or permission. If you knowingly provide your login information to another person, Your membership may be suspended or terminated. ALFIES assumes no liability for activities of your account accessed through Your password and username.

4.13 You may not use the ALFIES Service for any illegal purpose in any country or jurisdiction.

4.14 You cannot post content or initiate any communications that we consider libelous, scandalous, abusive, obscene, discriminatory, unlawful or otherwise objectionable. This includes content or statements that you may make online on a page, account or group hosted by a third-party website, such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, as well as offline at any ALFIES events. Doing so could result in termination of your membership.

4.15 It is not permitted to make available any content or initiate communication that infringes upon the patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights or other proprietary rights of third parties, whether personal, corporate or governmental.

4.16 Any information added by you to the site in the form of an Event, Real Estate or Jobs post, or any other post, must be accurate and truthful. All required fields must be completed correctly. Any required price, cost, rent, commission fee, salary or other financial criteria in posts must be stated clearly and correctly.

4.17 You must be the acting agent or relevant party in any offers to members posted by you. You may not post offers to members on behalf of someone else.

 

5. ALFIES MEMBERSHIP CARD TERMS

5.1 ALFIES Member Privileges are not transferable and are available for redemption exclusively for subscribed ALFIES members. Misuse of access to privileges or attempts to share privileges with anyone may result in termination of membership.

5.2 Privilege Partners may require you to communicate directly by messaging them directly through Your ALFIES messaging account whilst logged in to the Site. You are personally responsible for any charges, including tax and incidentals, or payments required to redeem ALFIES Member Privileges.5.3 Membership Cards are valid only during the duration of Your membership term and remain valid until renewal is required.

5.3 ALFIES has the right to add, modify or eliminate any Member Privilege at any time. ALFIES does not guarantee the availability of any of its benefits and they are all subject to change at any time without notice. You accept that some Privilege Partners may make privileges unavailable during certain periods.

5.4 ALFIES’s Privilege Partners have their own terms and policies. Please be advised to read them on the website of any Privilege Partner. You agree to abide by our Privilege Partners’ terms and policies, including but not limited to: payment of all amounts when due, compliance with restrictions or rules regarding availability and occupancy, cancellation policies, child policies, pet policies or use of fares, products or services.

5.5 You accept that any violation of a Privilege Partner’s rules, restrictions, policies or terms may result in cancellation of Your redemption of privileges, denial of access to products and services, forfeiting any payments made for such benefits, or charging Your credit card for any costs we incur as a result of Your violation.

 

6. ALFIES MEMBER PRIVILEGES TERMS

6.1 Alfies Privacy Policy is hereby incorporated into these Terms of Service by reference. Please read our Privacy Policy carefully for information relating to ALFIES’s collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information.

 

7. PRIVACY POLICY

7.1 Subject to Your acceptance of these Terms of Service, ALFIES grants you a limited, non-exclusive, nontransferable, revocable, royalty-free license to use the ALFIES Service and related software (excluding source and object code) for personal, non-commercial and lawful use on computers and other devices of which You are the primary user for purposes of registering for and accessing an account with the ALFIES Service. You agree that the ALFIES Service belongs to ALFIES, including all intellectual and proprietary rights, unless otherwise specified. ALFIES retains all right, title and interest in and to the ALFIES Service at all times, and regardless of the form or media in or on which the original or other copies may subsequently exist.

7.2 Any suggestions, ideas or inventions that You voluntarily and optionally disclose to us through any means will be used, or not used, by ALFIES at ALFIES’s sole discretion; and, ALFIES will have no obligation to You regarding any ideas or inventions that You disclose through such means. No right, title or interest in or to any trademark, service mark, logo or trade name of ALFIES or its licensors, suppliers or affiliates is granted under the Terms of Service except as expressly provided in these Terms of Service. All other rights are reserved to ALFIES except as expressly provided herein. You agree not to use the ALFIES Service for any purpose other than as permitted herein.

 

8. MEMBER LICENCE 

8.1 When using the ALFIES Service, You will be subject to any additional guidelines or rules, which may be posted from time to time (the “Guidelines”). All such Guidelines are hereby incorporated by reference into these Terms. The Guidelines, include, but are not limited to:

a) The terms governing Member Conduct at Annex A.

b) The terms governing participation at official ALFIES Events at Annex B.

 

9. MODIFICATION OF THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, THE MEMBERSHIP, THE WEBSITE AND/OR THE ALFIES SERVICE.

9.1 ALFIES reserves the right, at our discretion, to change, modify, add, suspend, terminate or remove portions of these Terms of Service at any time. In such case, the notification procedure according to section 23 will apply.

9.2 ALFIES reserves the right to change or adjust membership criteria and/or to make changes in the existing membership any given time. For any such changes the notification procedure according to section 23 will apply.

9.3 ALFIES reserves the right to make changes to the Website or the ALFIES Service at any given time, to charge for our services or for particular features, and to modify any fees or services. For any changes in the ALFIES Service, charges or fees, the notification procedure according to section 24 will apply.

 

10. SOFTWARE AND CONTENT DOWNLOADS.

10.1 ALFIES and its licensors may make certain software and other content available to you for download (for a fee or otherwise) from the ALFIES Service. All such software or other content that you download shall be subject to the terms and conditions included with such software or content or otherwise presented to You at the time of download.

 

11. SOFTWARE AND CONTENT DOWNLOADS

11.1 The Service is owned and operated by ALFIES. All materials, visual interfaces, graphics, design, compilation, information, computer code (including source code or object code), products, software, services, and all other elements of the ALFIES Service provided by ALFIES GLOBAL LIMITED (collectively, the “Materials”) are protected by applicable copyright, trade dress, patent, and trademark laws, international conventions, and all other relevant intellectual property and proprietary rights, and applicable laws. Except for any Member Content (as defined in Section 13, below) that is provided and owned by Members, all Materials contained on the ALFIES Service are the property of ALFIES or its subsidiaries or affiliated companies and/or third-party licensors. All trademarks, service marks, and trade names are proprietary to ALFIES or its affiliates and/or third-party licensors. Except as expressly authorised by ALFIES, You agree not to sell, license, distribute, copy, modify, publicly perform or display, transmit, publish, edit, adapt, create derivative works from, or otherwise make unauthorised use of the Materials. ALFIES reserves all rights not expressly granted in this Terms of Service. For the avoidance of doubt, any and all Derivative Works are Materials and are owned exclusively by ALFIES.

11.2 Postings on Other Websites. ALFIES may grant You a limited, revocable license in writing to post the ALFIES logo and link to the ALFIES Service on other websites (collectively “Permitted Link”) (including Your own and/or a third-party website that permits such posting), provided that:

a) the posting does not directly or indirectly disparage ALFIES, its affiliates, and/or licensors;

b) the third-party website is not granted any rights in or to any Permitted Link;

c) the third-party website does not charge a fee for access to the Permitted Link;

d) and the third-party website complies with all applicable laws. In addition, You agree that in connection with any such posting, You will include (and not alter) all copyright, trademark and/or proprietary rights notices. ALFIES expressly preserves all of its rights and remedies and may revoke this license, in whole or in part, at any time upon notice.

 

12. MEMBER CONTENT.

12.1 Member Content Generally. ALFIES may permit the posting by you and other Members of written works, comments, images, photographs, text, sound recordings, videos and/or other materials and/or communications (collectively, “Member Content”). ALFIES and/or its distributors and/or licensees may host, share and/or publish Member Content. You understand that whether or not such Member Content is published, ALFIES does not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to any Member Content. You understand that when using the ALFIES Service, You will be exposed to Member Content from a variety of sources, and that ALFIES is not responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, safety or intellectual property rights of or relating to such Member Content. You further understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to Member Content that is inaccurate, offensive, indecent or objectionable, and You agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies You have or may have against ALFIES with respect thereto.

12.2 License Grant to ALFIES. By submitting or distributing Member Content, you grant to ALFIES a worldwide, non-exclusive, transferable, assignable, fully paid-up, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, sublicensable (through multiple levels of sublicensees) right and license to reproduce, distribute and re-distribute, display and perform (whether publicly or otherwise), prepare derivative works of and otherwise modify, host, transfer and otherwise exploit in any manner your Member Content, in whole or in part, in any media formats and through any media channels (now known or hereafter developed).

12.3 License Grant to Other ALFIES Members. By submitting or distributing Member Content through the ALFIES Service, You hereby grant to each Member a non-exclusive, fully paid-up, royalty-free, personal, non-commercial, limited right and license to access and use Your Member Content solely in connection with the ALFIES Service and solely in accordance with these Terms of Service. The foregoing license granted by You terminates as to a specific Member Posting once such Member Posting is removed or deleted from the ALFIES Service; provided, however, that a Member’s rights to such Member Posting arising out of distributions occurring on or prior to deletion of such Member Posting from the ALFIES Service survive any termination or expiration of the license granted in this Section 9.3. You accept that ALFIES cannot guarantee that other Members will not use the content, ideas or information You share on the Website or any affiliated ALFIES pages hosted on third-party sites. ALFIES is not responsible for Members’ misuse or misappropriation of content posted by You on the Website.

12.4 Member Content Representations and Warranties. You are solely responsible for Your Member Content and the consequences of posting or publishing them. By uploading and/or publishing Your Member Content, You affirm, represent, and warrant that: (a) You are the creator and owner of Your Member Content; (b) You have the necessary licenses, rights, consents and permissions to use and to grant to ALFIES and ALFIES’s Members the rights and licenses to use Your Member Content per the foregoing licenses granted by You in this Section and in the manner contemplated by ALFIES and these Terms of Service; (c) You have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to grant the assignment granted by You in this Section; (d) You are at least eighteen (18) years of age and You will not allow any person under the age of eighteen (18) years of age to upload or publish Member Content; (e) Your Member Content does not and will not: (i) infringe, violate, or misappropriate any third-party right, including any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, privacy right, right of publicity, or any other intellectual property or proprietary right or (ii) slander, defame, libel, or invade the right of privacy, publicity or other property rights of any other person; and (f) Your Member Content do not contain any viruses, adware, spyware, worms, or other malicious code. VIOLATORS OF THESE THIRD-PARTY RIGHTS MAY BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LIABILITY. ALFIES RESERVES ALL RIGHTS AND REMEDIES AGAINST ANY MEMBER WHO VIOLATES THESE TERMS OF SERVICE.

12.5 Member Content Disclaimer. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN USING THE ALFIES SERVICE YOU WILL BE EXPOSED TO MEMBER CONTENT FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES, AND THAT ALFIES IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACCURACY, USEFULNESS, OR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OF OR RELATING TO SUCH MEMBER CONTENT. YOU FURTHER UNDERSTAND AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU MAY BE EXPOSED TO MEMBER CONTENT THAT ARE INACCURATE, OFFENSIVE, INDECENT OR OBJECTIONABLE, AND YOU AGREE TO WAIVE, AND HEREBY DO WAIVE, ANY LEGAL OR EQUITABLE RIGHTS OR REMEDIES YOU HAVE OR MAY HAVE AGAINST ALFIES AND/OR ITS LICENSORS OR LICENSEES WITH RESPECT THERETO. ALFIES DOES NOT ENDORSE ANY MEMBER CONTENT OR ANY OPINION, RECOMMENDATION OR ADVICE EXPRESSED THEREIN, AND ALFIES EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY IN CONNECTION WITH MEMBER CONTENT. IF NOTIFIED BY A MEMBER OR A CONTENT OWNER OF A MEMBER POSTING THAT ALLEGEDLY DOES NOT CONFORM TO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, ALFIES MAY INVESTIGATE THE ALLEGATION AND DETERMINE IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION WHETHER TO REMOVE THE MEMBER POSTING, WHICH IT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DO AT ANY TIME AND WITHOUT NOTICE. FOR CLARITY, ALFIES DOES NOT PERMIT COPYRIGHT-INFRINGING ACTIVITIES ON THE ALFIES SERVICE.

 

13. COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENTS.

13.1 It is our policy to respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement. Upon receipt of such compliant notice, ALFIES will expeditiously remove or disable access to the content that is the subject of the notice. The procedure for notification and counter-notification of infringement shall be as follows, however, subject to the mandatory applicable law.

13.2 Notification of Infringement.

If You are a copyright owner or an authorised agent thereof, and You wish to file a notice of infringement with us, then You may submit a notice by providing ALFIES with the following information in writing:

a) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorised to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

b) Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works on the ALFIES Service are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.

c) Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit ALFIES to locate the material.

d) Information reasonably sufficient to permit ALFIES to contact You, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an email address at which you may be contacted.

e) A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorised by the copyright owner, its agent or the law.

f) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorised to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

13.3 Please note that any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity is infringing may be subject to liability. If you are unsure whether the material available online infringes Your copyright, we suggest that You contact an attorney before sending us a notice.

13.4 Counter-Notification. The administrator of an affected site or the provider of affected content may make a counter notification. If you elect to send us a counter notice, to be effective it must be a written communication that includes the following:

a) A physical or electronic signature of the subscriber.

b) Identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled.

c) A statement under penalty of perjury that the subscriber has a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled.

13.5 Please note that any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification may be subject to liability.

13.6 To receive notifications and counter-notifications of claimed infringement, ALFIES can be reached as follows:

Address: 5 New Street Square, London EC4A 3BF, UK.

13.7 For clarity, only such notices should go to above mentioned address of ALFIES. Any other feedback, comments, requests for technical support or other communications should be directed to ALFIES through support@alfies.com. You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of this section, Your notice may not be valid.

13.8 Account Termination. In appropriate circumstances, ALFIES may promptly suspend, restrict and/or terminate, without notice, the accounts of infringers as determined in our sole discretion.

 

14. PROHIBITED CONDUCT.

AS A MEMBER AND/OR BY USING THE ALFIES SERVICE YOU AGREE NOT TO (AND YOU AGREE NOT TO PERMIT ANOTHER PERSON TO):

14.1 Use the ALFIES Service for any purposes other than as otherwise authorised in these Terms of Service;

14.2 Rent, lease, loan, sell, resell, sublicense, distribute or otherwise transfer the licenses granted herein or the Materials (as defined in Section 7); 

14.3 Post, upload or distribute any defamatory, libelous or inaccurate Member Content or other content;

14.4 Post, upload or distribute any Member Content or other content that is unlawful or that a reasonable person could deem to be objectionable, offensive, indecent, pornographic, harassing, threatening, embarrassing, distressing, vulgar, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive or otherwise inappropriate;

14.5 Impersonate any person or entity, falsely claim an affiliation with any person or entity, or access the ALFIES Service accounts of others without permission, forge another person’s digital signature, misrepresent the source, identity, or content of information transmitted via the ALFIES Service or perform any other similar fraudulent activity;

14.6 Impersonate a spokesperson employee or affiliate of ALFIES purporting to speak on behalf of ALFIES;

14.7 Delete any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notice on the ALFIES Service or Member Content;

14.8 Make unsolicited offers, advertisements, proposals, or send junk mail or spam to other Members of the ALFIES Service. This includes, but is not limited to, unsolicited advertising, promotional materials, or other solicitation material, bulk mailing of commercial advertising, chain mail, informational announcements, charity requests and petitions for signatures;

14.9 Use the ALFIES Service for any illegal purpose, or in violation of any local, state, national or international law, including, without limitation, laws governing intellectual property and other proprietary rights, and data protection and privacy;

14.10 Defame, harass, abuse, threaten or defraud Members of the ALFIES Service, or collect, or attempt to collect, personal information about Members or third parties without their consent, or use the ALFIES Service for any commercial use, it being understood that the ALFIES Service is for personal, non-commercial use only;

14.11 Harass, abuse, threaten, intimidate or otherwise annoy any ALFIES employees or contractors involved in providing any portion of the ALFIES Services to You.

14.12 Use the ALFIES Service if You are under the age of eighteen (18) or allow anyone under the age of eighteen (18) to use the ALFIES Service via Your account;

14.13 Remove, circumvent, disable, damage or otherwise interfere with security related features of the ALFIES Service or Member Content, features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any content accessible through the ALFIES Service or features that enforce limitations on the use of the ALFIES Service or Member Content;

14.14 Reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble or otherwise attempt to discover the source code of the ALFIES Service or any part thereof, except and only to the extent that such activity is expressly permitted by applicable law notwithstanding this limitation;

14.15 Modify, adapt, translate or create derivative works based upon the ALFIES Service or any part thereof, except and only to the extent foregoing restriction is expressly prohibited by applicable law; or

14.16 Intentionally interfere with or damage operation of the ALFIES Service or any Member’s enjoyment of them, by any means, including uploading or otherwise disseminating viruses, hacks, automation software (bots); adware, spyware, worms, Trojan horses, keyboard loggers, time bombs and other malicious code and/or any other unauthorised third-party software;

14.17 Disclose the personal information of any person, including another person’s address, phone number, email address, financial information or any information that can be used to track, contact or impersonate another person; and

14.18 Engage in any conduct deemed by ALFIES to conflict with the intent of these Terms of Service.

14.19 ALFIES will take immediate action in accordance with Section 17 below to block a Member from the site if they breach any of the terms of this Section 14.   Members should be aware that ALFIES operates a strict abuse reporting system and if any Member reports a fellow Member for breaching the terms of this section 14 ALFIES will suspend them immediately.

 

15. YOUR ACCOUNT.

15.1 Account. When You use the ALFIES Service, You may be asked to provide a password. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of Your account and password and for restricting access to Your computer, and You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under Your account or password. You agree that the information You provide to ALFIES on registration and at all other times will be true, accurate, current, and complete. You also agree that You will ensure that this information is kept accurate and up-to-date at all times.

If You have reason to believe that Your account is no longer secure (e.g., in the event of a loss, theft or unauthorised disclosure or use of Your account ID, password, or any credit, debit or charge card number, if applicable), then You agree to immediately notify ALFIES. You may be liable for the losses incurred by ALFIES or others due to any unauthorised use of Your Service account. If You have more than one account on a third-party website through which You use the ALFIES Service, You can only access the ALFIES Service through one, and not multiple, accounts.

 

16. OTHER SITES, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES; LINKS.

16.1 The Service may include links or references to other websites or services that are provided solely as a convenience to Members (“Other Sites”). ALFIES does not endorse any such Other Sites or the information, materials, products, or services contained on or accessible through Other Sites. In addition, Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers found on or through the ALFIES Service are solely between You and such advertiser. Please be aware that any merchandising sites linked to the ALFIES Service are Other Sites and are not owned or operated by ALFIES or governed by these Terms. ACCESS AND USE OF OTHER SITES, INCLUDING THE INFORMATION, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES ON OR AVAILABLE THROUGH OTHER SITES IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

 

17. SUSPENSION, RESTRICTION AND TERMINATION; TERMS OF SERVICE VIOLATIONS.

17.1 ALFIES. You agree that ALFIES, in its sole discretion, for good reason (including suspicion of illegal behaviour or of breach of these Terms of Service), and without penalty, may suspend, restrict and/or terminate any account (or any part thereof) You may have with ALFIES or Your use of the ALFIES Service and remove and discard all or any part of Your account, Member profile, and any Member Posting, at any time. ALFIES may also in its sole discretion and at any time discontinue providing access to the ALFIES Service, or any part thereof, with or without notice. You agree that any suspension and/or termination of Your access to the ALFIES Service or any account You may have or portion thereof may be affected without prior notice, and You agree that ALFIES will not be liable to You or any third party for any such suspension and/or termination. Any suspected fraudulent, abusive or illegal activity may be referred to appropriate law enforcement authorities. These remedies are in addition to any other remedies ALFIES may have at law or in equity. As discussed herein, ALFIES does not permit copyright infringing activities on the ALFIES Service, and may suspend and/or terminate access to the ALFIES Service and remove all Member Content or other content submitted by any Members who are found to be repeat infringers.

17.2 You. our only remedy with respect to any dissatisfaction with (a) the ALFIES Service, (b) any term of these Terms of Service, (c) Guidelines, (d) any policy or practice of ALFIES in operating the ALFIES Service, or (e) any content or information transmitted through the ALFIES Service is to terminate these Terms of Service and Your account. You may terminate these Terms of Service at any time by deleting Your account with the ALFIES Service and discontinuing use of any and all parts of the ALFIES Service. Notwithstanding any such termination of these Terms of Service by You, any provision that, by its nature or express terms, should survive, will survive such termination or expiration.

17.3 Discontinuation of the ALFIES Service. ALFIES MAY IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION AND AT ANY TIME LIMIT OR DISCONTINUE PROVIDING ACCESS TO THE ALFIES SERVICE, OR ANY PART THEREOF, WITH OR WITHOUT NOTICE. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT ALFIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY DISCONTINUATION OF YOUR ACCESS TO THE ALFIES SERVICE, MEMBER POSTINGS, AND/OR YOUR ACCOUNT.

 

18. IDEA SUBMISSION POLICY.

18.1 ALFIES may, from time to time, accept or consider Member feedback and/or Member ideas, including, without limitation, ideas or suggestions for new or improved features on the ALFIES Service (collectively “Ideas”). If You choose to submit Your Ideas to us or to any of our employees and/or contractors, then You hereby grant us and our designees a worldwide, non-exclusive, sublicenseable (through multiple tiers), assignable, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right to use, reproduce, distribute (through multiple tiers), create derivative works of, publicly perform, publicly display and license, digitally perform, make, have made, sell, offer for sale and import Your Ideas, including, without limitation, all copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, industrial rights and all other intellectual and proprietary rights related thereto, in any media now known or hereafter developed, for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, including, without limitation, giving the Ideas to others. In the event that ALFIES incorporates Your Ideas or adopts a feature, product or strategy that may be similar, You acknowledge that You shall not make any claims against ALFIES in connection therewith, and shall fully indemnify ALFIES if, despite Your agreement not to pursue any claims against ALFIES, You choose to do so. Please remember that You have no obligation to submit any ideas to ALFIES and, if You do submit anything to us, You have no expectation of credit or compensation of any kind. If You don’t agree with this, please do not submit any ideas or materials to ALFIES.

 

19. CONTESTS, GAMES AND PAID SERVICES.

19.1 Contests, Games and Paid Services. Any contests, games and/or paid services that are accessible through the ALFIES Service are governed by specific rules. By entering such contests, participating in such games or accessing a service for a fee, You will become subject to those rules. We urge You to read the applicable rules, which are linked from the particular activity, and to review our Privacy Policy which, in addition to these Terms of Service, governs any information You submit in connection with such contests, games and paid services.

 

20. INDEMNIFICATION.

20.1 You agree to indemnify, save, and hold ALFIES, its affiliated companies, contractors, employees, agents and its third-party suppliers, licensors, partners and their affiliated companies, contractors, employees and agents harmless from any claims, losses, damages, liabilities, including legal fees and expenses, arising out of Your use or misuse of the ALFIES Service, any violation by You of these Terms, or any breach of the representations, warranties, and covenants made by You herein. ALFIES reserves the right, at your expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which You are required to indemnify ALFIES and its third-party suppliers, licensors and partners, and You agree to cooperate with ALFIES’s defense of these claims. ALFIES will use reasonable efforts to notify You of any such claim, action, or proceeding upon becoming aware of it.

 

21. DISCLAIMERS; NO WARRANTIES.

21.1 No Warranties. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, ALFIES, AND ITS AFFILIATES, PARTNERS, LICENSEES, LICENSORS AND SUPPLIERS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, STATUTORY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF PROPRIETARY RIGHTS, ALL WITH REGARDS TO THE WEBSITE AND YOUR USE THEREOF. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER VERBAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM ALFIES OR THROUGH THE ALFIES SERVICE WILL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED HEREIN. YOU EXPRESSLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT AS USED IN THIS SECTION 22 OF THESE TERMS, ALFIES INCLUDES ALFIES’S OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, SHAREHOLDERS, AGENTS, LICENSEES, LICENSORS AND SUBCONTRACTORS AND THEIR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, SHAREHOLDERS AND AGENTS.

21.2 “As is” and “As available” and “With All Faults.” YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT USE OF THE ALFIES SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICE AND ANY DATA, INFORMATION, THIRD-PARTY SOFTWARE, MEMBER CONTENT, THIRD PARTY SITES, SERVICES, OR APPLICATIONS MADE AVAILABLE IN CONJUNCTION WITH OR THROUGH THE SERVICE ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE,” “WITH ALL FAULTS” BASIS AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED.

21.3 Content. ALFIES, IT’S SUPPLIERS, LICENSEES, LICENSORS, AFFILIATES, AND PARTNERS DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE DATA, MEMBER CONTENT, FUNCTIONS, OR ANY OTHER INFORMATION OFFERED ON OR THROUGH THE SERVICE OR ANY THIRD PARTY SITES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, OR FREE OF ERRORS, VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS AND DO NOT WARRANT THAT ANY OF THE FOREGOING WILL BE CORRECTED.

21.4 Accuracy. ALFIES, ITS SUPPLIERS, LICENSEES, LICENSORS, AFFILIATES, AND PARTNERS DO NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF THE SERVICE OR ANY THIRD PARTY SITES IN TERMS OF CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY OR OTHERWISE.

21.5 Harm to your Computer, Tablet, Phone or other Device. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOU USE, ACCESS, DOWNLOAD, OR OTHERWISE OBTAIN INFORMATION, MATERIALS, OR DATA THROUGH THE SERVICE (INCLUDING RSS FEEDS) OR ANY THIRD PARTY SITES AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR PROPERTY (INCLUDING YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM) OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OR USE OF SUCH MATERIAL OR DATA.

 

22. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND DAMAGES.

22.1 Limitation of Liability. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE, WILL ALFIES OR ITS AFFILIATES, CONTRACTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OR THIRD-PARTY PARTNERS, LICENSEES, LICENSORS, OR SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, RELIANCE, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DAMAGES ARISING FROM ANY UNSUCCESSFUL COURT ACTION OR LEGAL DISPUTE, LOST BUSINESS, LOST REVENUES, OR LOSS OF ANTICIPATED PROFITS OR ANY OTHER PECUNIARY OR NON-PECUNIARY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER) ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS OR THAT RESULT FROM YOUR USE OF OR YOUR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE OR ANY THIRD PARTY SITES, OR ANY OTHER INTERACTIONS WITH ALFIES, EVEN IF ALFIES, ITS THIRD-PARTY PARTNERS, LICENSEES, LICENSORS, OR SUPPLIERS OR AN ALFIES AUTHORISED REPRESENTATIVE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH CASES, ALFIES’S LIABILITY, AND THE LIABILITY OF ITS THIRD-PARTY PARTNERS, LICENSEES, LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS, IF ANY, WILL BE LIMITED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

22.2 Limitation of Liability regarding default of Privilege Partners and licensors. ALFIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, RELIANCE, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DAMAGES ARISING FROM ANY UNSUCCESSFUL COURT ACTION OR LEGAL DISPUTE, LOST BUSINESS, LOST REVENUES, OR LOSS OF ANTICIPATED PROFITS OR ANY OTHER PECUNIARY OR NON-PECUNIARY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER) ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE DEFAULT OF ANY PRIVILEGE PARTNER OR LICENSOR. APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH CASES, ALFIES’S LIABILITY WILL BE LIMITED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

22.3 Limitation of Damages. IN NO EVENT WILL ALFIES OR ITS AFFILIATES, CONTRACTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OR THIRD-PARTY PARTNERS, LICENSEES, LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS OR YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE OR YOUR INTERACTION WITH OTHER SERVICE MEMBERS (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, WARRANTY, OR OTHERWISE), EXCEED ONE HUNDRED GBP.

22.4 Other Sites. THESE LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY ALSO APPLY WITH RESPECT TO DAMAGES INCURRED BY YOU BY REASON OF ANY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES SOLD OR PROVIDED ON ANY THIRD PARTY SITES OR OTHERWISE BY THIRD PARTIES OTHER THAN ALFIES AND RECEIVED THROUGH OR ADVERTISED ON THE SERVICE OR RECEIVED THROUGH ANY THIRD PARTY SITES.

22.5 Basis of the Bargain. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT ALFIES HAS OFFERED ITS PRODUCTS AND SERVICES AND ENTERED INTO THESE TERMS IN RELIANCE UPON THE WARRANTY DISCLAIMERS AND THE LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY SET FORTH HEREIN, THAT THE WARRANTY DISCLAIMERS AND THE LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY SET FORTH HEREIN REFLECT A REASONABLE AND FAIR ALLOCATION OF RISK BETWEEN YOU AND ALFIES AND ITS THIRD-PARTY PARTNERS, LICENSEES, LICENSORS, OR SUPPLIERS, AND THAT THE WARRANTY DISCLAIMERS AND THE LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY SET FORTH HEREIN FORM AN ESSENTIAL BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN YOU AND ALFIES. ALFIES WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE ALFIES SERVICE TO YOU ON AN ECONOMICALLY REASONABLE BASIS WITHOUT THESE LIMITATIONS.

 

23. MISCELLANEOUS.

23.1 Notification. ALFIES may provide You with notifications, including those regarding changes according to section 10 and regarding the suspension/restriction and/or termination of Your account, by email, regular mail or postings on the ALFIES Service (no postings in case of suspension/restriction and/or termination of Your account). Notification will be deemed given forty-eight (48) hours after an email is sent. If notification is given by mail to your postal address, if provided by You through the ALFIES Service, it will be deemed given ten (10) days after the date of mailing. Notifications posted on the ALFIES Service will be deemed given thirty (30) days following the initial posting.

23.2 Termination without notification. Notwithstanding section 23.1 ALFIES may terminate/restrict your account/membership with immediate effect and without notification period for good reason (at ALFIES’s sole discretion, c.f. section 16.1).

23.3 Acceptance of changes according to section 9. Unless You oppose the notified changes mentioned in section 9 within the delay stipulated in section 23.1 by email for the attention of privacy@alfies.com, the changes will be deemed accepted by You upon expiry of the delay stipulated in section 23.1. Should your opposing result in ALFIES no longer being able to render its services at the desired level, ALFIES may terminate your account as set out in section 16 (this being a good reason).

23.4 Waiver. The failure of ALFIES to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. Any waiver of any provision of these Terms will be effective only if in writing and signed by ALFIES.

23.5 Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Jurisdiction.

a) Governing Law. These Terms will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the England and Wales, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law.

b) Jurisdiction. You agree that with regard to any dispute arising between You and ALFIES out of or in connection with these Terms (including a dispute regarding the construction and validity thereof) the courts of England and Wales, shall have exclusive jurisdiction, and You hereby consent and submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. Notwithstanding this, either party shall still be allowed to apply for injunctive or other equitable relief to protect or enforce that party’s intellectual property rights in any court of competent jurisdiction where the other party resides or has its principal place of business.

c) Disputes with Other Members. We reserve the right, but not the obligation, to resolve any disputes between you and other Members of the ALFIES Service. If you have a dispute with others, You release and indemnify ALFIES (including its affiliates, licensors, publishers, distributors, successors and assigns) from any and all claims, known or unknown, arising from such dispute.

d) ALFIES operates the ALFIES Service from Switzerland and makes no representation that the ALFIES Service is appropriate or available in other locations. If You access the ALFIES Service from other locations You are solely responsible for compliance with local laws.

23.6 Severability. If any provision of these Terms or any Guidelines is held to be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision will be limited or eliminated from these Terms to the minimum extent necessary and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

23.7 Assignment. These Terms and related Guidelines, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by You, but may be assigned by ALFIES without restriction. Any assignment attempted to be made in violation of this Terms of Service shall be void.

23.8 Survival. Upon termination of these Terms, any provision, which, by its nature or express terms should survive, will survive such termination or expiration.

23.9 Headings. The heading references herein are for convenience purposes only, do not constitute a part of these Terms, and will not be deemed to limit or affect any of the provisions hereof.

23.10 Entire Agreement. These Terms, the Privacy Policy and Guidelines constitute the entire agreement between You and ALFIES relating to the subject matter herein and will not be modified except in writing, signed by both parties, or by a change to these Terms, Privacy Policy or Guidelines made by ALFIES as set forth in Section 6 above.

23.11 Claims. YOU AND ALFIES AGREE THAT ANY CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE SERVICE MUST BE NOTIFIED TO THE OTHER PARTY WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES. OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION IS PERMANENTLY BARRED.

23.12 Disclosures. The Service is hosted in England, and the services provided hereunder are offered by ALFIES.

 

24. MISCELLANEOUS

24.1 NOTIFICATION. ALFIES may provide You with notifications, including those regarding changes according to section 10 and regarding the suspension/restriction and/or termination of Your account, by email, regular mail or postings on the ALFIES Service (no postings in case of suspension/restriction and/or termination of Your account). Notification will be deemed given forty-eight (48) hours after an email is sent. If notification is given by mail to your postal address, if provided by You through the ALFIES Service, it will be deemed given ten (10) days after the date of mailing. Notifications posted on the ALFIES Service will be deemed given thirty (30) days following the initial posting.

24.2 TERMINATION WITHOUT NOTIFICATION. Notwithstanding section 24.1 ALFIES may terminate/restrict your account/membership with immediate effect and without notification period for good reason (at ALFIES’s sole discretion, c.f. section 17.1).

24.3 ACCEPTANCE OF CHANGES ACCORDING TO SECTION 10. Unless You oppose the notified changes mentioned in section 10 within the delay stipulated in section 24.1 by email for the attention of privacy@ALFIES.com, the changes will be deemed accepted by You upon expiry of the delay stipulated in section 24.1. Should your opposing result in ALFIES no longer being able to render its services at the desired level, ALFIES may terminate your account as set out in section 17 (this being a good reason).

24.4 WAIVER. The failure of ALFIES to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. Any waiver of any provision of these Terms will be effective only if in writing and signed by ALFIES.

24.5 DISPUTE RESOLUTION, ARBITRATION AND JURISDICTION.

a) Governing Law. These Terms will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the England and Wales, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law.

b) Jurisdiction. You agree that with regard to any dispute arising between You and ALFIES out of or in connection with these Terms (including a dispute regarding the construction and validity thereof) the courts of England and Wales, shall have exclusive jurisdiction, and You hereby consent and submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. Notwithstanding this, either party shall still be allowed to apply for injunctive or other equitable relief to protect or enforce that party’s intellectual property rights in any court of competent jurisdiction where the other party resides or has its principal place of business.

c) Disputes with Other Members. We reserve the right, but not the obligation, to resolve any disputes between you and other Members of the ALFIES Service. If you have a dispute with others, You release and indemnify ALFIES (including its affiliates, licensors, publishers, distributors, successors and assigns) from any and all claims, known or unknown, arising from such dispute.

d) ALFIES operates the ALFIES Service from UK and makes no representation that the ALFIES Service is appropriate or available in other locations. If You access the ALFIES Service from other locations You are solely responsible for compliance with local laws.

24.6 SEVERABILITY. If any provision of these Terms or any Guidelines is held to be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision will be limited or eliminated from these Terms to the minimum extent necessary and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

24.7 ASSIGNMENT. These Terms and related Guidelines, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by You, but may be assigned by ALFIES without restriction. Any assignment attempted to be made in violation of this Terms of Service shall be void.

24.8 SURVIVAL. Upon termination of these Terms, any provision, which, by its nature or express terms should survive, will survive such termination or expiration.

24.9 HEADINGS. The heading references herein are for convenience purposes only, do not constitute a part of these Terms, and will not be deemed to limit or affect any of the provisions hereof.

24.10 ENTIRE AGREEMENT. These Terms, the Privacy Policy and Guidelines constitute the entire agreement between You and ALFIES relating to the subject matter herein and will not be modified except in writing, signed by both parties, or by a change to these Terms, Privacy Policy or Guidelines made by ALFIES as set forth in Section 7 above.

24.11 CLAIMS. YOU AND ALFIES AGREE THAT ANY CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE SERVICE MUST BE NOTIFIED TO THE OTHER PARTY WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES. OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION IS PERMANENTLY BARRED.

24.12 DISCLOSURES. The Service is hosted in England, and the services provided hereunder are offered by ALFIES.

 

 

ANNEX A

MEMBERSHIP POLICY AND GUIDELINES

THE ALFIES MEMBERSHIP POLICY

To uphold the spirit of our private club, we ask that you are directly associated with one of the following industries:

 

  • Accountancy
  • Law
  • Finance
  • Insurance

 

You also undertake that you are not a third party provider of recruitment or headhunting services. 

You also agree that you abide by our pledge, and:

Conduct yourself with integrity

Open your doors and your life to fellow members

Understand cultures and share your own

Use your leadership to change the world

 

MEMBER GUIDELINES

When using the ALFIES website and mobile applications, as well as enjoying the many benefits of ALFIES, we ask that you:

Conduct yourself with integrity in all ALFIES interactions, online and off

Be truthful with all information you share

Respect cultural differences and differences of opinion

Do not spam other members for personal or commercial reasons

Help us maintain our trusted community and report any abusive behavior.

 

ALFIES is a private international club for members in the Accountancy, Legal, Finance and Insurance industries and professions.  

Far more than just a digital platform, the core of ALFIES’s value is in our community which will be bound by a common sensibility that creates a sense of trust not typical to other sites.

By adhering to our core policy of inviting real-world, trusted contacts to join ALFIES, our members grow and sustain the strong, relevant community of people from within.

We must recognise that the diversity of our membership will be reflected in the opinions expressed within the site.

We expect differences of opinion to be voiced prudently and to be respected, as long as they fall within the standards outlined below.

 

Account

Your account is for your own personal use only and its security is your responsibility. Please safeguard your login information and use your browser’s “save password” and “keep me logged in” features only if no one else accesses your computer. Be aware that if you share your registered email address with others, they can reset your ALFIES password and access your account.

It’s advisable to change all of your passwords periodically.

Please avoid sharing your account with others, even a family member or close friend. Sharing accounts erodes the ethos of trust upon which ALFIES is built.

 

Profile

Profiles provide a starting point for members to get to know one another and find common ground. While it’s acceptable to include a nickname, actual names and surnames must also be included. People are more inclined to interact with and trust those using their real names and factual profile information. By providing more detail in your profile, we will be able to share more relevant content with you, improving your overall experience.

The aim of your profile picture is for you to be identifiable, to contribute towards authentication of your account, and to allow your friends to recognise you. Please ensure that your profile photograph is clear.

By selecting a geographical location, content will be provided to you accordingly; events, Member Privileges, happenings and local members will be surfaced on the website based on your location. Updating your location when you travel will allow relevant city guide and travel advice to be surfaced to you.

 

Messages

ALFIES has always been a place to meet people, both online and off. We ask members to observe real life etiquette when interacting, and members should feel sheltered from unwanted communications. Unless it has been specified that Messages are welcome (either in a post, or on a profile), it’s probably safest to assume that Messages from unknown members are unwanted. A sense of decorum should be observed when contacting others. We encourage members to report abusive or inappropriate Messages.

Spam and unrequested commercial messages won’t be tolerated within the site, regardless of whether or not recipients are in sender networks.

 

Adding Contacts And Inviting

Your network should be composed of people with whom you have established an actual relationship. ALFIES’s unique community trust encourages and promotes developing solid friendships by way of the website and events. However, we urge you to be cautious when adding contacts if you are unable to verify their identities.

We encourage you to use the 'Ignore' button when you receive unwelcome contact requests, or to report them to the ALFIES Webmasters using the 'Report Abuse' button. Members are not notified if you ignore them or report abuse about their behaviour.

You may remove members from your network by using the 'Disconnect' button. Members are not notified if they are removed from your contacts.

In order to preserve the trust in our community, we ask you not to invite anyone to join the site if you’re unsure of who they are or what their intentions may be. Rather, we hope you will invite friends and contacts who can contribute positively to the site and to the betterment of the whole community.

 

Groups

Groups are intended to enable interaction with members who share your interests and facilitate lively and topical conversations.

Members presently cannot create new Groups, nor are there Group owners or managers. Please email support@ALFIES.com should you like to request creation of a new Group.

Members may invite other members within Groups to events relevant to the Group topic. Note that these events are organised by members and are not official ALFIES events.

When posting events, they must be actual events that members can attend. Events posts may not be used to promote a product or service, nor should they require that members join another club or outside site in order to attend. Details in the post should accurately reflect those of the event. Date spans should not be lengthened to increase exposure of your event. Please ensure that any event fees are clearly indicated in the post.

 

Member Privileges

We are pleased to offer, in conjunction with our Privilege Partners, special ALFIES Member Privileges.

Member Privileges are intended for ALFIES members exclusively. Please do not allow others, even friends and family, to access Privileges. Doing so could imperil our relationships with Privilege Partners, as well as jeopardize your membership with ALFIES.

You may be required to present your ALFIES Membership Card, along with valid photo identification, in order to redeem your Privileges.

Privilege Partners have their own rules and policies. Please ensure that you are familiar with them.

Please read our full Member Privileges Terms.

 

ALFIES Membership Card

Your Membership Card is only for personal use. Please don’t allow others, including family members, to use it. We will cross check it with personal photo identification to ensure the carrier is the rightful card owner.

 

Events (Official ALFIES Events)

ALFIES hosts a range of events organised exclusively for our members and their guests throughout selected ALFIES Cities. Some events are free of charge for members who register in advance and arrive within the time frame stated in the event listing, while non-members may be required to pay a fee unless otherwise specified.

You will be informed of events taking place in your nearest ALFIES City or other cities of interest. However, you may register to attend any event in any ALFIES City.

Please register to attend an event before any specified deadline to ensure admittance. You may be asked to present your ALFIES Membership Card with valid photo identification prior to entering the event.

Please read our full Official ALFIES Events Policies.

 

Member Events

Members may host events or invite other members to events in their city. Note that these events are organised by members and are not official ALFIES events. ALFIES is not liable for any technical, user or other problem that prevents posting, registration, payment for an event or entry to an event. ALFIES does not assume responsibility for any theft, dissatisfaction, or other problem occurring at any events.

When posting events, they must be actual events that members can attend. Event posts may not be used to promote a product or service, nor should they require that members join another club or outside site in order to attend. Details in the post should accurately reflect those of the event. Date spans should not be lengthened to increase exposure of your event. Please ensure that any event fees are clearly indicated in the post.

All member events need to be approved before being published on the site. After submission of the event details through the respective form, ALFIES will review the proposed member event. The approval process may take up to two business days.

All members organising member events explicitly agree to event participants being able to comment on and rate member events.

Please read our full Member Events Guidelines before posting an event.

 

Offline Behaviour

ALFIES offers several channels for members to meet one another, either through official ALFIES events, Meet-ups or other initiatives by members. Many lasting friendships have been formed through ALFIES.

Members are expected to behave in a manner suitable to the contexts of official ALFIES Events. If problems arise as a result of inappropriate behaviour, our team will note this. The overall satisfaction of our guests is paramount.

Please use common sense and take necessary precautions when meeting members individually. No matter how well you think you know someone you met online, you don’t really know each other until you meet in person. First meetings should be in public places.

 

Discussions

ALFIES provides a platform for members to share trusted information and carry out insightful discussions. There are countless opinions about what content is acceptable in member posts. As such, it would be impossible to find the “sweet spot” that will satisfy everyone.

Since we are an international crowd, English is the most commonly spoken second language, and therefore the most inclusive language. For this reason, we ask that all posts visible to the community be made in English.

Please select the most relevant tag for your post. We would like the site to offer interesting, varied content, and therefore we ask you to post your topic only once.

Replies and comments should be relevant, polite and constructive, so please respect the intentions of posters. Offensive or inappropriate content won’t be tolerated. (Please see our Membership Terms for further details.)

While harmless spelling mistakes are inevitable and don’t require any action from us, we do ask members to write properly. Avoid attempts to draw attention to your post by using unnecessary punctuation, symbols, spacing, excessive capital letters or a misleading title.

 

Property

The Property section is designed for actual property listings, and not for general promotion of property business. These listings should also be accurate, including all rental or sales fees and any related commissions.

When jobs or real estate listings are no longer available, please remove them.

 

Safety Tips

Members bring products and services to the table that are of interest to other members, and there have been many success stories. That said, users should exercise reasonable caution when entering into business transactions with others. A few tips when considering entering into deals with members:

If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

If a member is eager to move communication outside of ALFIES, or refuses to communicate through ALFIES channels (Messages, Discussions), be suspicious. This may indicate that they want to lure you away from a moderated arena, where you can’t report abuse.

Consider their communication skills. If they can’t spell key terms properly, it’s likely that they are not bona fide professionals in the field they claim.

If you contact a member and receive a reply from someone else or the name is spelled differently, make sure there’s a credible reason for the shift in correspondence.

If their profile information doesn’t add up, chances are it’s false. Look for things like unidentifiable or inappropriate profile pictures, misspelled names of academic institutions or inaccurate degrees. Verify professional information.

Most genuine professionals use profile photographs that are representative of their intentions. Follow your instinct.

  • Use your mutual contacts to ask for references for the person with whom you’re communicating.
  • If the member disappears from the site, but reappears suddenly with a different or slightly different name, report this to the Support Team immediately.
  • Be wary of requests for Western Union payments, or for assistance with personal transactions (depositing funds, currency exchanges, shipping transactions). Also be wary of members putting pressure on you to deliver after sending supposed proof of payment. If you don’t see the money in your account yet, act sensibly.
  • Look out for members who befriend you, then have a sudden personal emergency and request financial assistance with increasing desperation. This is most likely a scam.
  • If you are approached by someone requesting a commission fee for having found you a tenant or buyer, be careful, particularly if you have no prior contractual agreement. Commission fees should never be paid until the initial transaction has been completed.
  • If members ask you to lend money in advance of a meeting with the promise of reimbursing you, you probably won’t ever hear from them again.

 

Abuse And Disagreements

The ALFIES Webmasters are charged with keeping the site a safe and respectful environment, but we are also dependent on members to report abusive behaviour to us. We encourage you to use the 'Report Abuse' button to notify us of personal attacks, hate speech, harassment and other abusive behaviour, as well as anything that is in violation of our Membership Terms of Service.

All members are entitled to have differences of opinion, and it is inevitable that this will occur. Members are expected to be prudent and disagree without offending others.

However, please remember that “to disagree” does not necessarily constitute “abuse.” Abuse reports on a member for being unpopular are neither fair nor welcome.

ALFIES cannot become involved in personal disagreements. Should personal issues arise outside of the ALFIES arena that do not violate our Membership Terms of Service, please do not ask the webmasters to intervene.

 

 

ANNEX B

EVENTS POLICIES

ALFIES hosts a range of events organised exclusively for our members and your guests throughout selected ALFIES Cities. Most events will be free of charge for members who register in advance and arrive within the time frame highlighted in the event listing, while non-members may be required to pay a fee unless otherwise specified.

We will inform you of events taking place in the ALFIES cities nearest to you or other cities you follow. However, you are welcome to register to attend any event in any ALFIES City.

 

EVENT REGISTRATION

To attend our events, you must register online, through the ALFIES Website or ALFIES mobile applications, in accordance with any deadlines or other restrictions as specified in the event listing. Registration occurs on a first come, first serve basis. Advance registration is crucial to respect any capacity limits that may be imposed by venues or organizational requirements. Members are responsible for registering themselves from their own accounts. Members may not register on behalf of other members. Unless otherwise specified, a limited number of friends who are not members of ALFIES may attend our events as guests of members, however their full names must be registered online in advance of the event as per any criteria specified in the event listing.

ALFIES may, in its sole discretion, cancel registration at any time. We may also bar members from registering for events for any or no reason, without penalty.

Registration must include full first and last names of all attendees, as well as any other information requested. Attendees are required to present their Membership Card in conjunction with valid photo identification upon arrival in order to confirm and note their attendance. Members are required to present both photo ID and their Membership Card in order to be granted free access within the allotted arrival period.

 

ADMISSION TO EVENTS

Admission priority will be given to ALFIES members.

ALFIES reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone whose name does not appear on the list, who has not registered, or who does not present valid photo identification that corresponds with the name that has been registered.

ALFIES may refuse entry to registered or unregistered members or guests for any or no reason without penalty, including capacity problems, objectionable behaviour or unforeseen circumstances. ALFIES is not responsible if a venue refuses entry to a member or guest.

Admission is not guaranteed.

We may, in our sole discretion, admit members or guests who have not registered in advance of the registration deadline.

ALFIES reserves the right to cancel events at any time.

 

ATTENDANCE FEES

Event listings will specify any required attendance fees. It is your responsibility to read event details thoroughly in order to be aware of the relevant fee policy.

Most events, such as ALFIES Meet-ups, will be free of charge for members, however guests who are not members of ALFIES will be required to pay a fee in order to attend.

Fees are non-refundable.

 

NON-ATTENDANCE

Since capacity limits may be imposed due to venue rules, local laws or service and organizational requirements, only a certain number of people may attend events. Since guest lists are limited, and therefore only a small number of members may register, it is important that all ALFIES members and guests who are not members of ALFIES register in advance.

Any non-attendance from a member or guest will be noted. Members will be held accountable for their registered guests. Members will be warned by ALFIES if they, their registered guests, or both members and guests, fail to attend an event. After three non-attendances and three respective warnings, members will be restricted from registering to attend ALFIES events. Such members may not attend events as guests of other members.

 

LIABILITY

ALFIES is not liable for any technical, user or other problem that prevents registration, payment for an event or entry to an event.

ALFIES does not assume responsibility for any theft, dissatisfaction, or other problems occurring at any events.