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Terms and Conditions


1    WEBSITE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE

1.1    This document sets out the terms and conditions ("Terms and Conditions") of Legal Lens Proprietary Limited (registration number 2020/726758/07) ("Legal Lens") governing the access and use of the information, products, services, and in general the use of and functions provided on www.legallens.co.za ("Website"). 

1.2    These Terms and Conditions, including the Privacy Policy, are binding and enforceable against every person that accesses or uses this Website ("you", "your" or "user"). By using the Website, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

1.3    Should any person that accesses the Website disagree with any of the Terms and Conditions, you must refrain from accessing the Website and/or using our services. 

1.4    By using the Website, you warrant that you are 18 (eighteen) years of age or older and of full legal capacity. If you are under the age of 18 (eighteen) or if you are not legally permitted to enter into a binding agreement, then you may use the Website only with the involvement and supervision of your parent or legal guardian. You must obtain your parents’ or legal guardians’ advance authorisation, permission and consent to be bound by these Terms and Conditions and to be liable and responsible for you and all your obligations under these Terms and Conditions before purchasing any products or services.

1.5    Legal Lens permits the use of this Website subject to the Terms and Conditions. By using this Website in any way, you shall be deemed to have accepted all the Terms and Conditions unconditionally. You must not use this Website if you do not agree to the Terms and Conditions.

1.6    Legal Lens reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to amend and/or replace any of, or the whole of, the Terms and Conditions. Such amendments shall supersede and replace any previous Terms and Conditions and shall be made available on the Website. Each time a user accesses the Website and/or uses the services, the user shall be deemed to have consented, by such access and/or use, to the Terms and Conditions, as amended and/or replaced by Legal Lens from time to time. If you are not satisfied with the amended Terms and Conditions, you should refrain from using the Website.

1.7    If there is anything in these Terms and Conditions that you do not understand then please contact us as soon as possible. Our contact details are available in clause 11 below. Please note that calls to us may be monitored for training, security and quality assurance purposes.

2    CONTENT OF THE WEBSITE

2.1    The Website contains information relating the identity of Legal Lens and our services.

2.2    Legal Lens reserves the right to make improvements, to change or to discontinue, without notice, any aspect or feature of the Website and any information or content on the Website. 

2.3    Legal Lens reserves the right to change and amend the services and prices quoted on this Website from time to time without notice. 

2.4    Legal Lens may use the services of third parties to provide information on the Website. Legal Lens has no control over this information and makes no representations or warranties of any nature as to its accuracy, appropriateness or correctness. The user agrees that such information is provided "as is" and that Legal Lens and its online partners shall not be liable for any losses or damages that may arise from the user’s reliance on it, howsoever these may arise. 

2.5    Legal Lens makes no representations or warranties, whether express or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of any information, data and/or content on the Website, including without limitation: 

2.5.1    Legal Lens does not warrant that the Website or information or downloads shall be error-free or that they shall meet any particular criteria of performance or quality; 

2.5.2    whilst Legal Lens has taken reasonable measures to ensure the integrity of the Website and its contents, no warranty, whether express or implied, is given that any files, downloads or applications available via this Website are free of viruses, or any other data or code which has the ability to corrupt, damage or affect the operation of the user’s system; and 

2.5.3    whilst Legal Lens has taken reasonable measures to ensure that the content of the Website is accurate and complete, Legal Lens makes no representations or warranties, whether express or implied, as to the quality, timeliness, operation, integrity, availability or functionality of the Website or as to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of any information on the Website. If any such representations or warranties are made by Legal Lens’ representatives, Legal Lens shall not be bound thereby.

3    LINKED THIRD PARTY WEBSITES AND CONTENT

3.1    Legal Lens may provide links to third party websites on the Website. These links are provided to the user for convenience purposes only and Legal Lens does not endorse, nor does the inclusion of any link imply Legal Lens’ endorsement of, such websites, their owners, licensees or administrators or such websites’ content or security practices and operations. 

3.2    While Legal Lens tries to provide links only to reputable websites or online partners, Legal Lens cannot accept responsibility or liability for the information provided on other websites. Linked websites or pages are not under, nor subject to, the control of Legal Lens. Legal Lens is not responsible for and gives no warranties or makes any representations in respect of the privacy policies or practices of linked or any third party or advertised websites on the Website. 

3.3    You agree that Legal Lens shall not be held liable, directly or indirectly, in any way for the content, the use or inability to use or access any linked website or any link(s) contained in a linked website, nor for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as a result of any dealings with, or as the result of the presence of such third party linked websites on the Website. Any dealings that you may have with any linked websites, including advertisers, found on the Website, are solely between you and the third party website. 

4    USAGE RESTRICTIONS

The user hereby agrees that it shall not itself, nor through a third party: 

4.1    copy (other than for backup, archival or disaster recovery purposes), reproduce, translate, adapt, vary, modify, lease, licence, sub-licence, encumber or in any other way deal with any part of the Website for any reason and in any manner, unless it is consistent with the intent and purpose of these Terms and Conditions; 

4.2    decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer any portion of the Website; 

4.3    write and/or develop any derivative of the Website or any other software program based on the Website; 

4.4    modify or enhance the Website. In the event of a user effecting any modifications or enhancements to the Website in breach of this clause, such modifications and enhancements shall be the property of Legal Lens; 

4.5    remove any identification, trademark, copyright or other notices from the Website; and/or

4.6    post or transmit, by means of reviews, comments, suggestions, ideas, questions or other information through the Website, any content which is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, sexually-explicit, profane or hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable content of any kind. 

5    SECURITY

5.1    In order to ensure the security and reliable operation of the services to all Legal Lens’ users, Legal Lens hereby reserves the right to take whatever action it may deem necessary to preserve the security, integrity and reliability of its network and back-office applications. 

5.2    You may not utilise the Website in any manner which may compromise the security of Legal Lens’ networks or tamper with the Website in any manner whatsoever, which shall include without limitation, gaining or attempting to gain unauthorised access to the Website, or delivering or attempting to deliver any unauthorised, damaging or malicious code to the Website, all of which is expressly prohibited. Any person or entity which does so, or attempts to do so, shall be held criminally liable. Further, should Legal Lens suffer any damage or loss, civil damages shall be claimed by Legal Lens against the user. 

5.3    Any user who commits any of the offences detailed in Chapter 13 of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002 ("ECTA") (specifically sections 85 to 88 (inclusive)) shall, notwithstanding criminal prosecution, be liable for all resulting liability, loss or damages suffered and/or incurred by Legal Lens and its affiliates, agents and/or partners. 

6    INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

6.1    For the purpose of this clause, "intellectual property rights" means all and any of the rights in and to intellectual property of any nature whatsoever owned and/or controlled directly or under licence by Legal Lens, now or in the future, including without limitation, Legal Lens’ rights, title and interest in and to all technology, source code/s, trade secrets, logos, systems, methods, trademarks, trade names, styles, insignia, designs, patents and copyright, and all similar proprietary rights which may subsist in any part of the world, whether registered or not.

6.2    All copyright and other intellectual property rights in all content, trademarks, software, data, material, including logos, databases, text, graphics, icons, hyperlinks, confidential information, designs, agreements, and multimedia works, published on or via the Website ("proprietary material"), are the property of, or are licensed to, Legal Lens and as such are protected from infringement by local and international legislation and treaties. 

6.3    By submitting reviews, comments and/or any other content (other than your personal information and confidential information) to Legal Lens for posting on the Website, you automatically grant Legal Lens and its affiliates a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and licence to use, reproduce, publish, translate, sub-license, copy and distribute such content in whole or in part worldwide, and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or hereinafter developed, for the full term of any copyright that may exist in such content. Subject to this licence, you retain any and all rights that may exist in such content.

6.4    All rights not expressly granted are reserved and no right, title or interest in any proprietary material or information contained in this Website is granted to you. 

6.5    Except with Legal Lens’ express written permission, no proprietary material from this Website may be copied or retransmitted. 

6.6    Irrespective of the existence of copyright, the user acknowledges that Legal Lens is the proprietor of all material on the Website (except where a third party is indicated as the proprietor), whether it constitutes confidential information or not, and that the user has no right, title or interest in any such material. 

6.7    Legal Lens authorises you only to view, copy, temporarily download to a local drive and to print the content of this Website, or any part thereof, provided that such content is used for personal purposes and for information purposes only, and such content is used for non-commercial purposes. 

7    RISK, LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY

7.1    The user’s use of the Website and the information contained on the Website is entirely at the user’s own risk and the user assumes full responsibility and risk of loss resulting from the use thereof. 

7.2    The transmission of information via the internet, including without limitation e-mail, is susceptible to monitoring and interception. The user bears all risk of transmitting information in this manner. Under no circumstances shall Legal Lens be liable for any loss, harm, or damage suffered by the user as a result thereof. Legal Lens reserves the right to request independent verification of any information transmitted via e-mail and the user consents to such verification should Legal Lens deem it necessary.

7.3    To the extent permissible by law: 

7.3.1    Neither Legal Lens, its affiliates, shareholders, agents, consultants or employees shall be liable for any damages whatsoever, including without limitation any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential or punitive damages, howsoever arising (whether in an action arising out of contract, statute, delict or otherwise) related to the use of, or the inability to access or use the content of the Website or any functionality thereof, or the information contained on the Website, or of any linked website, even if Legal Lens knows or should reasonably have known or is expressly advised thereof. 

7.3.2    The liability of Legal Lens for faulty execution of the Website as well as all damages suffered by the user, whether direct or indirect, as a result of the malfunctioning of the Website shall be limited to Legal Lens rectifying the malfunction, within a reasonable time and free of charge, provided that Legal Lens is notified immediately of the damage or faulty execution of the Website. This liability shall fall away and be expressly excluded if the user attempts to correct or allows third parties to correct or attempt to correct the Website without the prior written approval of Legal Lens. However, in no event shall Legal Lens be liable to the user for loss of profits or for special, incidental, consequential or punitive losses or damages arising out of or in connection with the Website or its use or the delivery, installation, servicing, performance or use of it in combination with other computer software. 

7.3.3    You hereby unconditionally and irrevocably indemnify Legal Lens and agree to hold Legal Lens free from all loss, damages, claims and/or costs, of whatsoever nature suffered or incurred by Legal Lens or instituted against Legal Lens as a direct or indirect result of: 

7.3.3.1    your use of the Website and/or any linked third party website;

7.3.3.2    software, programs and support services supplied by, obtained by or modified by you or any third party without the consent or knowledge of Legal Lens;

7.3.3.3    your failure to comply with any of the terms or any other requirements which Legal Lens may impose from time to time;

7.3.3.4    the actions or requirements of any telecommunications authority or a supplier of telecommunications services or software; or 

7.3.3.5    any unavailability of, or interruption in, the service which is beyond the control of Legal Lens. 

7.4    Legal Lens makes no warranty or representation as to the availability, accuracy or completeness of the content of the Website. You expressly waive and renounce all your rights of whatever nature that you may have against Legal Lens for any loss suffered by you, as a result of information supplied by Legal Lens being incorrect, incomplete or inaccurate. 

8    LEGAL LENS PRIVACY

8.1    Legal Lens takes your privacy seriously and is committed to protecting your personal information. We use the personal information that we collect from you in accordance with the Privacy Policy.

8.2    Legal Lens respects your privacy and is committed to protect your privacy with a view to offer the best and most enriching experience to you. The processing of your personal information is done in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

8.3    You expressly consent to us collecting and processing your personal information when registering on this Website and using our services.

9    WHEN AND WHERE DO WE USE COOKIES

9.1    This Website makes use of "cookies" to automatically collect information and data through the standard operation of the Internet servers. "Cookies" are small text files a website can use (and which we may use) to recognise repeat users, facilitate the user’s on-going access to and use of a website and allow a website to track usage behaviour and compile aggregate data that will allow the website operator to improve the functionality of the website and its content, and to display more focused advertising to a user by way of third party tools. The type of information collected by cookies is not used to personally identify you. If you do not want information collected through the use of cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows you to deny or accept the cookie feature. Please note that cookies may be necessary to provide you with certain features available on our Website, and thus if you disable the cookies on your browser you may not be able to use those features, and your access to our Website will therefore be limited. If you do not disable "cookies", you are deemed to consent to our use of any personal information collected using those cookies, subject to the provisions of this clause. 

9.2    To opt out of cookies, kindly activate the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of the Website.

9.3    Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis servfices) may also use cookies, over which we have no control.

10    ELECTORNIC COMMUNICATIONS

When you visit the Website or send emails to us, you consent to receiving communications from us or any of our divisions, affiliates or partners electronically in accordance with our Privacy Policy as set out in clause 9 above.

11    COMPLIANCE WITH SECTION 43(1) OF ECT ACT 

In compliance with section 43(1) of the ECT Act, the following is noted: 

11.1    Full name: Legal Lens (Pty) Ltd

11.2    Registration number: 2020/726758/07

11.3    Physical address: 31 Mechau Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town

11.4    Telephone number: +27 63 276 6869

11.5    Website address: www.legallens.co.za

11.6    E-mail address: info@legallens.co.za

11.7    Names of office bearers: Catherine-Jane Paulse

11.8    Registered at: 59 Rottingdean Road, Bakoven, Western Cape, 8005

12    COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS 

You shall comply with all applicable laws, statutes, ordinances and regulations pertaining to your use of and access to this Website. 

13    BREACH

13.1    Legal Lens is entitled, without notice, in addition to any other remedy available to it at law or under these Terms and Conditions, including obtaining an interdict, to cancel these Terms and Conditions, limit or deny a user use of the Website and services, or to claim specific performance of any obligation whether or not the due date for performance has arrived, in either event without prejudice to Legal Lens’ right to claim damages, should any user:

13.1.1    breach any of these Terms and Conditions;

13.1.2    in the sole discretion of Legal Lens, utilise the Website in an unauthorised manner; or

13.1.3    breach any statute, regulation, ordinance or law.

13.2    A breach of these Terms and Conditions entitles Legal Lens to take legal action without prior notice to the user and the user agrees to reimburse the costs associated with such legal action to Legal Lens on an attorney and own client scale.

14    NOTICES

14.1    Legal Lens choses as its domicilium citandi et executandi the address set out in clause 11 above for all purposes relating to these Terms and Conditions, including the giving of any notice and the serving of any process.

14.2    Except as explicitly stated otherwise, any notices shall be given by email to info@legallens.co.za (in the case of Legal Lens) or to the e-mail address you have provided to Legal Lens (in your case), or such other address that has been specified. Notice shall be deemed given 48 (forty-eight) hours after an email is sent, unless the sending party is notified that the email address is invalid. Alternatively, Legal Lens may give you notice by registered mail, postage prepaid and return receipt requested, to the address which you have provided to Legal Lens. In such case, notice shall be deemed given 7 (seven) days after the date of mailing. You acknowledge that all agreements, notices or other communication required to be given in terms of the law or these Terms and Conditions may be given via electronic means and that such communications shall be "in writing". Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, a written notice or communication actually received by a party shall be an adequate written notice or communication to it, notwithstanding that it was not sent to or delivered at its chosen address(es) for that purpose.

15    GENERAL CLAUSES 

15.1    These Terms and Conditions shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the Republic of South Africa as such laws are applied to agreements entered into and to be performed within South Africa. 

15.2    This Website is controlled, operated and administered by Legal Lens from its offices within the Republic of South Africa. Legal Lens makes no representation that the content of the Website is appropriate or available for use outside of South Africa. Access to the Website from territories or countries where the content of the Website is illegal is prohibited. Users may not use this Website in violation of South African export laws and regulations. If the user accesses this Website from locations outside of South Africa, that user is responsible for compliance with all local laws. 

15.3    Legal Lens does not guarantee continuous, uninterrupted or secure access to our services, as operation of our Website may be interfered with as a result of a number of factors which are outside of our control. 

15.4    If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is held to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable for any reason, such provision shall be struck out from these Terms and Conditions and the remaining provisions shall be enforced to the full extent of the law. 

15.5    Legal Lens’ failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others does not constitute a waiver of our right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches. 

15.6    You shall not be entitled to cede your rights or assign your rights or delegate your obligations in terms of these Terms and Conditions to any third party without the prior written consent of Legal Lens. 

15.7    No party shall be bound by any express or implied term, representation, warranty, promise or the like not recorded herein, whether it induced the contract and/or whether it was negligent or not. 

15.8    The head notes to the paragraphs to these Terms and Conditions are inserted for reference purposes only and shall not affect the interpretation of any of the provisions to which they relate. 

15.9    Words importing the singular shall include the plural and vice versa, and words importing the masculine gender shall include females and words importing persons shall include partnerships and corporate and unincorporated entities. 

15.10    These Terms and Conditions set forth the entire understanding and agreement between Legal Lens and you with respect to the subject matter hereof and no other warranty or undertaking is valid unless contained in this agreement.