HWTSK is easy to work with. Depending upon the project, we can work on the basis of a proposed budget, not-to-exceed costs, daily fees plus expenses, a fixed price contract, or on a success fee arrangement. Success fee arrangements can extend from expenses plus a lump sum payment upon successful completion of an investment or transaction, to participating in the proposed investment. Normally, after discussion, working arrangements are spelled-out in a proposal letter from HWTSK that describes the project, deliverables, and fee structure.
HWTSK principals can work as individual sub-contractors on their own, or as a part of a larger consulting team, without involving HWTSK Inc. Our Senior Consultants work as individual sub-contractors for many different consulting groups and most have their own consulting practices. Any HWTSK principal will be happy to provide contact information for our Senior Consulting staff when requested.
Confidentiality: We will hold confidential all information obtained from you and so identified, not otherwise previously known by us or in the public domain, unless such information comes into the public domain through no fault of ours, or is furnished to us by a third party who is under no obligation to keep such information confidential.
Inventions: Unless otherwise expressly agreed, all right, title and interest in and to any ideas, innovations or inventions conceived or developed by us in the course of performing a project shall be the property of our client. We will assist you in securing protection for any such property rights and we will execute any applications or documents required to secure such protection. However, you will be responsible for all the costs incurred by us in securing such protection, including our fees for professional time and expenses.
Best Efforts: We will undertake this assignment on a best efforts basis. Our findings, recommendations, and deliverables will reflect our best professional judgment based on the information available to us. In no event shall our liability exceed the amount which is paid to us for our services.
Independent Consultant: Our services will be rendered as an independent consultant and not as an employee, agent, partner or joint venturer. Differences of opinion relative to our work shall not serve as the basis for rejection of our reports and findings or the withholding of any payments otherwise due.
Responsibility: Except where due solely to our negligence, you agree to hold us harmless from any and all liability, loss, damage, or expense, including attorney’s fees, we may suffer (other than damage to our tangible properties or injuries to our employees occurring during the course of our work) as a result of claims, demands, costs or judgments arising out of our performance on this assignment.
Invoices: It is our practice to bill clients on a monthly basis at the beginning of each month for services to be rendered and expenses to be incurred during that month. We reconcile estimated bills and actual charges at the completion of each assignment. Our bills are payable within fifteen days of the billing date.
Termination: The services to be provided may be terminated by either party at any time upon thirty days advance written notice. Upon such termination, we will deliver all work products then completed, and shall be paid for all professional fees and expenses incurred in performance of the services up to the time of termination.
Excusable Delays: Neither we nor you shall be liable or deemed to have breached any agreement for (a) any delays or failure in performance, or nonperformance, or for (b) interruption of services, if any such delay, failure or interruption results directly or indirectly from causes beyond the reasonable control of either you or ourselves. Such causes include, but are not limited to, adverse weather conditions, strikes, riots, epidemics, war, governmental regulations subsequently imposed, fire, transportation or communication delays, acts of God or the public enemy, machine or equipment failures, earthquakes, or other natural disasters.