Group Coaching Terms & Conditions
I am so pleased you have decided to use my services or resources - please read the following important terms and conditions before you commit to using them.
This contract sets out:
your legal rights and responsibilities;
my legal rights and responsibilities; and
certain key information required by law.
The intention is that it will bring clarity to our relationship, protect both of us and take care of the business side of things so that we can get on with the good stuff! Please let me know if there are any clauses that you do not understand or that contradict your understanding of my services.
In this contract:
‘I’, ‘me’ or ‘my’ means Laura Burton trading as Laura H Burton Ltd.
‘You’ or ‘your’ means the person buying or using my services and resources.
If you would like to speak to me about any aspect of this contract, please contact me by e-mail at hello@LauraHBurton.com.
I provide business coaching. Because I only provide coaching to businesses, consumer protection legislation does not apply to this agreement.
I am a limited company with company number 14390671 and with its registered office at 50 Dale Acre Way, Breadsall, Derby, DE214UB.
1.1 If you sign up for my coaching services (‘services’) you agree to be legally bound by this contract.
1.2 If you use any of my free resources (for example podcasts, workbooks, discovery sessions or any other resources I may offer free of charge from time to time) you also agree to be legally bound by this contract as appropriate, excluding the clauses relating to payment.
1.3. When buying any services or using any resources you also agree to be legally bound by:
1.3.2 extra terms which may add to, or replace, some of this contract, for example any specific written contract between us;
1.3.3 specific terms which apply to my services, for example programme or service descriptions which may be set out on the webpage for that programme or in email correspondence between us ‘services description’). If you want to see these specific terms, please visit the relevant webpage for the programme or look at the services description I have sent you in an email or request it from me.
All these documents form part of this contract as though set out in full here.
2. Signing up for my services
2.1 Below, I set out how a legally binding contract to buy services between you and me is made:
2.2 You place an order either on the site by clicking on the relevant payment link or I shall send you the link by email. Placing your order and making payment does not, however, mean that your order has been accepted.
2.2.1 Any quotation given by me before you place an order for services is not a legally binding offer by me to supply such services. Any prices set out in a quotation remain valid for 7 days or until the offer deadline.
2.2.2 When you decide to place an order for services with me, this is when you make a legal offer to buy such services from me.
2.2.3 I may contact you to say that I do not accept your order, for example if I do not think my services are right for you or there has been a mistake in the pricing or description of the services, or my circumstances have changed since I gave you the quotation for the services .
2.2.4 I shall only accept your order when I confirm this to you by sending you a confirmation email or start to provide the services, whichever happens earlier. At this point:
a. a legally binding contract will be in place between you and me, and
b. I shall start to carry out the services as set out in the programme description on this website or in a services description agreed between us.
3. Carrying out the services
3.1 I shall carry out the services with reasonable care and skill.
3.2 I shall carry out the services within the time period which is set out in the relevant services description.
3.3 All coaching sessions (including rearranged sessions) must be taken within the timeframe specified in the services description or they will expire.
3.4 Where you are entitled to any one to one sessions, you can rearrange any two coaching sessions during a coaching programme providing you give me at least 48 hours’ notice. If you give me less than 48 hours’ notice, fail to turn up for a session or have already rearranged two sessions in a coaching programme, you will be deemed to have taken the session and you will not be able to reschedule it or entitled to any compensation for missing it.
3.5 All sessions take place remotely via the means of communication agreed with you in advance. There may be an additional charge for face to face meetings.
3.6 Please note that I may record our calls for training purposes and administration purposes and by entering into this contract with me you consent to the recording of our calls for these purposes.
3.7 My services might be affected by events beyond my reasonable control. If so, there might be a delay before I can restart the services. I shall make reasonable efforts to limit the effect of any of those events, I shall keep you informed of the circumstances and I shall try to restart the services as soon as those events have been fixed. Examples of events which might be beyond my reasonable control include illness, pandemics, epidemics, IT issues and problems with internet connectivity, any law or action taken by a government or public authority.
3.8 Where a session or event is due to take place in person, I reserve the right to move that session online where circumstances make it necessary or preferable to do so.
4. Your responsibilities
4.1 You will pay the price for the services in accordance with the services description.
4.2 You will provide me with such information and assistance (and ensure that any information is complete and accurate) as I reasonably need to provide the services.
4.3 You and I shall agree a method of communicating with each other between sessions and adhere to that method.
4.4 Coaching is not therapy or counselling. It may involve all areas of your life. You acknowledge that deciding how to handle any issues which may arise, the choices you make in relation to them and whether or not you follow through on any agreed action is exclusively your responsibility. For this reason, although I fully expect great results to come from our coaching sessions, I cannot guarantee any specific outcomes or that all clients will achieve the same results. The results are entirely dependent on your commitment and the effort you put into the programme and the actions we agree.
4.5 My role is to offer you guidance and accountability and help you make positive business and lifestyle changes in order to make progress towards your business goals.
4.6 Coaching does not treat mental disorders and is not a substitute for counselling, mental health care or medical treatment of any kind. By entering into this agreement you confirm that you will not use it in place of any form of counselling, therapy or medical treatment.
4.7 If you are currently receiving treatment from a doctor or other healthcare professional, by entering into this agreement you confirm that you have consulted with this person regarding the advisability of working with a coach and that this person is aware of and supports your decision to proceed with the coaching programme described in the services description.
4.8 You will keep me informed of any relevant changes to your medical health, personal or business circumstances.
4.9 Whilst receiving my services in person, you acknowledge that as in any setting, you could be exposed to risks of contracting Covid-19 or any other illness. By participating, you assume this risk and agree to release me from any permitted liability or claim.
4.10 In order for me to provide a safe environment for my clients, you agree to advise me (with reasonable notice where possible) if you believe you may be unwell and I will take all reasonable steps to reschedule your appointment.
4.11 Before commencing any programme with me or attending any event, please provide the name and telephone number of a nominated person you would wish me to contact in the event of an emergency.
5. Charges and payment
5.1 I am not VAT registered therefore VAT is not currently applicable to any prices quoted.
5.2 The price for the services is set out in the services description.
5.3 I require full payment in advance in order to provide the services. For some services I may agree to payment by instalments. The relevant programme or services description will state if a payment plan is available. If there is a payment plan and you fail to make any of the instalment payments on the due date then I shall invoice you immediately for the whole of the outstanding balance and payment for that invoice will be due by return. I shall send you an invoice in respect of my fees monthly on completion of the services and my invoices are payable within 30 days.
5.4 The fees are non-refundable except for where I cancel a programme (other than under 10.3 below), you are entitled to a partial refund for sessions which you have paid for in advance and which you have not received.
In all other circumstances I am not able to refund to you any of the payments you have made, even where you do not complete your sessions with me, as payment is for the programme as a whole, not individual sessions. This is a reflection of the amount of preparation I need to put into the programme to make it most effective for you and the amount of time I shall dedicate and set aside for preparing for and attending our sessions together. This policy also helps you with your own accountability and commitment to improving your business or career through my coaching programme.
In view of my clear no-refund policy, I do not accept any type of chargeback threat or actual chargeback from your credit or debit card company. In the event that a chargeback is placed on a purchase or I receive a chargeback threat during or after your purchase, I reserve the right to report the incident to credit reporting agencies or to any other entity for inclusion in a chargeback database or for listing as non-payment on your account which could have a negative impact on your credit rating.
5.5 Payment is via the payment button on this website or as agreed between us.
5.6 If any of your payments are not paid on the due date, I may charge interest on any balance outstanding at the rate of 4 percentage points a year above Natwest Bank plc's base rate.
5.7 Digital products. You may not cancel your purchase of any digital products once you have started downloading or streaming them unless the content is faulty.
6. Intellectual property
6.1 If I provide you with any materials, whether digital or printed, any intellectual property in those materials belongs to me and unless we agree otherwise you can only use those materials for your own personal use and you may not share them with third parties.
6.2 You cannot use and monetise my methods, processes or systems. To do so would be a material breach of your legal obligations to me under the terms of this contract, and subject to immediate termination under clause [11.3.1]
6.3 For the avoidance of doubt, without my prior written authority, you are not permitted to;
6.3.1 deliver any training in my methods, processes or systems to a third-party individual or organisation;
6.3.2 provide details of my methods, processes or systems to, a third-party, individual or organisation;
6.3.3 repurpose in whole or in part my methods, processes or systems to create and deliver your own services.
6.4 Should you become aware of any unauthorised access to the materials provided to you, or any unauthorised use of my methods, processes or systems, you agree to notify me immediately by email.
6.5 From time to time I may record live group sessions. If you participate in such sessions, you authorise me to use your image and voice in any such recordings (and to make use of such recordings in any way I think fit) without payment, other condition or need for further consent.
6.6 Please note that I may take photographs of you. By entering into this contract with me you grant permission for me to use these photographs, without any payment due to you, for the purposes of marketing my business including on social media, on my website and any other marketing materials. Where you may provide me with your own photographs, you grant me an irrevocable licence to use them for the purposes as listed above and without any payment due to you. I am happy to confirm which of your images I shall use and seek your permission first, by email.
7. How I may use your personal information
7.1 I shall use the personal information you give to me to:
7.1.1 provide the services;
7.1.2 process your payment for the services; and
7.1.3 inform you about any similar products and services that I provide (though you may stop receiving this information at any time by contacting me).
7.2 I shall not give your personal information to any third party unless you agree to it.
8. Confidential information
8.1 All information shared by you on a one to one basis will be kept strictly confidential, except when releasing such information is required by law and/or where I consider it necessary to do so because of concerns of risk to yourself or other, or to assist the prevention or detection of a crime. Such circumstances may include suicide, child sexual or general abuse or neglect, kidnapping, murder, rape, treason or terrorism.
8.2 Where you participate in any group sessions, for example as part of a group coaching programme, you agree to keep strictly confidential any information shared by participants in those group sessions and not to share it with any third parties. You will not use the confidential information of any participant of a group session for your own benefit except with the explicit consent of that participant.
8.3 The obligations in clauses 8.1 and 8.2 will not apply to information which:
8.3.1 has ceased to be confidential through no fault of either party;
8.3.2 was already in the possession of the recipient before being disclosed by the other party; or
8.3.3 has been lawfully received from a third party who did not acquire it in confidence.
8.4 Your and my confidentiality obligations under this clause will continue after termination of this agreement.
8.5 You will not use any Confidential Information for profit or for your own benefit in any way.
8.6 In order to protect my business interests, you covenant with me that you will not (without my prior written consent) approach or entice away (or attempt to entice away) from me the business of any of my clients.
9. Resolving problems
9.1 In the unlikely event that there is a problem with the services, please contact me as soon as possible and give me a reasonable opportunity to sort out any problems with you and reach a positive outcome.
9.2 I may at my option vary or re-perform the services if there is a problem and the terms of this agreement will apply to any re-performed services.
9.3 Nothing in this contract affects your statutory rights.
10. End of the contract
10.1 If a services description specifies a length of time for services to be provided, then subject to clause 10.2 below, the services will terminate at the end of that timeframe.
10.2 If I provide services to you on an ongoing basis and the relevant services description does not specify a timeframe then either you or I may terminate the services by one month’s written notice to each other.
10.3 Either you or I may terminate the services and this contract immediately if:
10.3.1 the other party commits any material breach of the terms of this contract or a services description and, in the case of a breach capable of being resolved, the breach is not resolved within 30 days of a written request to do so. The written request must expressly refer to this clause and state that this contract will be terminated if the breach is not resolved; or
10.3.2 the other party commits or threatens to commit or is threatened with any act of insolvency under the Insolvency Act 1986.
For the purposes of this clause, any breach by you of the rules governing your participation in my Facebook Group or any other Group hosted by me on another social media platform, constitutes a material breach of this contract which is not capable of being resolved.
10.4 If I decide in my absolute discretion that we are not a good fit for each other, I may terminate this contract immediately on notice, in which case I shall give you a partial refund for any elements of the services which you have paid for in advance and which you have not received.
10.5 If this contract is ended it will not affect my right to receive any money which you owe to me under this contract and it will not operate to affect any provisions that expressly or by implication survive termination.
11. Limit on my responsibility to you
11.1 Except for any legal responsibility that I cannot exclude in law (such as for death or personal injury), I am not legally responsible for any:
11.1.1 losses that:
a. were not foreseeable to you and me when the contract was formed;
b. that were not caused by any breach of these terms on my part;
11.1.2 loss of business, loss of profits, loss of management time and loss of business opportunity.
11.2My total liability to you is limited to the amount of fees, if any, paid by you for the services.
12. Earnings disclaimer
12.1 The earnings I refer to in this contract, webinars or programmes are to demonstrate what may be possible. It is not a guarantee of income, as individual results will vary. Earning potential is dependent on many factors including the time you devote to the services offered and your skills, knowledge, experience and resources.
13. Financial disclaimer
13.1 The information provided on my website, in my course, programme or within my webinars and free materials are not intended as financial advice. The information I provide through my services is not a substitute for professional advice relating to your individual circumstances, which should be provided through your own accountant or financial adviser. When you sign up for my products and services you agree that you are solely responsible for your results and I am not responsible in any way for your earnings, the success or failure of your business or financial decisions, the increase or decrease of your finances or income level, or any other results of any kind.
14.1 I shall try to resolve any disputes with you quickly and efficiently.
14.2 If any dispute arises in connection with this agreement, the parties will attempt to settle it by mediation in accordance with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) Model Mediation Procedure. Unless otherwise agreed between the parties, the mediator will be nominated by CEDR. To initiate the mediation a party must give notice in writing to the other party requesting a mediation. A copy of the request should be sent to CEDR.
14.3 The laws of England and Wales will apply to this contract.
14.4 In the event of a dispute between us, you and I agree not to engage in any conduct or communications, including on social media, designed to disparage my or your website, products and services.
15. International Arbitration
15.1 Any dispute or claim arising out of or relating to this contract, or its breach, shall be decided by arbitration administered by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution in accordance with its International Arbitration Rules.
16 Entire agreement
These terms constitute the entire agreement between us in relation to your purchase. You acknowledge that you have not relied on any statement, promise, assurance or warranty given by or on behalf of me which is not set out in these terms and that you shall have no claim for innocent or negligent misrepresentation or negligent misstatement based on any statement in this agreement.
17. Third party rights
17.1 No one other than a party to this contract has any right to enforce any term of this contract.