Terms and Conditions

The HR Inner Circle is a vibrant, active and caring community of smart and ambitious HR professionals.  We provide the support, advice and encouragement you need to succeed and thrive in your role, whether you are in-house, employed or an independent HR consultant. We aim to lift the burden you’re carrying by giving you swift access to comprehensive resources and live practical guidance you can implement right away.

  1. This agreement is between you and HR Inner Circle Limited (‘HRIC’), trading as the HR Inner Circle.  It sets out the basis on which we welcome you as a member of the HR Inner Circle.

The Services

  1. All benefits described as ‘monthly’ will be provided at least ten times a year.  All benefits described as ‘fortnightly’ will be provided at least 22 times a year.
  1. You may need to register an account with a third party provider (such as Facebook or Slack) in order to access our online forum.
  1. As a member, you undertake to keep strictly confidential any matters raised or discussed by others within the HR Inner Circle, whether at meetups, online huddles, online Q&A sessions, within member forums, or on other occasions.  This includes any matters raised or discussed in recordings of previous events.  You acknowledge that any issues you raise or discuss with other members of the HR Inner Circle, or with Daniel Barnett, will probably not be protected by legal professional privilege and, in theory, anybody hearing the issues could be ordered by a court or tribunal to give evidence on what they have heard.  You also run the risk that another member of the Inner Circle might not keep to their confidentiality undertaking.  HRIC is not obliged to take steps to enforce any member’s confidentiality undertaking.  If there has been a breach and you ask HRIC to take steps to enforce the confidentiality agreement, HRIC is not obliged to do so.  If it does, you agree to indemnify HRIC for any legal costs and other expenses incurred, and further pay for the time of the directors or such persons from HRIC involved in enforcement proceedings at a rate of £250+VAT per hour.
  1. Any legal or other information or advice produced by HRIC in pre-packaged format (including any audio seminar .mp3 recording, any issue of the HR Inner Circular magazine, any podcast, YouTube video, online video or at a conference) is produced in good faith but is not a substitute for formal legal advice from a lawyer who has considered the particular circumstances relevant to your business.  You should always seek independent legal advice before relying on our content.  Any liability for negligent advice or information is limited to the fee you pay for three months' membership of the HR Inner Circle.
  1. Any legal or other information produced by HRIC specifically for you (for example, during a Q&A call/broadcast) is likewise given in good faith.  However, it is off-the-cuff or swiftly given views on the law without taking full instructions.  It is not a substitute for formal legal advice from a lawyer who has taken full instructions and considered relevant documents or the particular circumstances relevant to your business, and/or and had the opportunity to consider and reflect on the advice. You should always seek independent legal advice before relying on it.  Any liability for negligent advice or information is limited to the fee you pay for six months' membership of the HR Inner Circle.
  1. HRIC is not responsible for any information or advice given by other members of the HR Inner Circle, for example at huddle sessions or on the private Facebook group.

Fees

  1. You will pay a membership fee to us until this agreement is terminated.  The fee is payable either monthly or annually, depending on the terms of the agreement.
  2. You will pay a one-off joining fee, unless waived, when first joining the HR Inner Circle.  If you cancel your membership and subsequently apply to rejoin, the joining fee becomes payable again.
  3. Fees are payable in advance each month (or year) by credit/debit card.  The fee falls due on each monthly or yearly anniversary of the date you joined the HR Inner Circle.  You authorise HRIC to take payment from your credit or debit card.  If your credit/debit card provider or bank rejects the payment, HRIC reserves the right to charge an administration fee of £12+VAT per missed payment.
  4. If we have agreed that you can pay annually by invoice, then the annual fee falls due on each anniversary of the date you joined the HR Inner Circle, unless you have terminated your membership in advance of the anniversary auto-renewal date. 

Termination

12.This agreement may be terminated by either party without notice.

13. You may terminate the agreement by:

  1. sending a letter to HR Inner Circle Limited, Unit 3, Chequers House, Chequers Lane, Watford WD25 0LG;
  2. sending an email to support@hrinnercircle.co.uk; or
  3. cancelling directly in your account settings in the members area of the website (members.hrinnercircle.co.uk).

IMPORTANT: If you click 'unsubscribe' (or similar) on any of our emails, this will stop you receiving emails but does not amount to valid notice of termination of this agreement.

  1. If you terminate the agreement during the month or year of your membership subscription, you will not receive any refund of the balance for that month/year.  If we terminate the agreement during the month or year of your membership subscription, we will issue a pro rata refund for any complete unexpired month.
  2. If your membership of the HR Inner Circle ends before any conference or meetup which you were due to attend takes place, your place at conference or meetup will be cancelled.  You will be entitled to a refund of any monies paid.
  3. You agree, as an ex-member, that you will not take advantage of any future introductory offer, or trial membership, that HRIC offers from time to time to promote itself to new members, until 18 months have elapsed since your previous membership terminated.  If you do (re)join under an introductory offer within 18 months of having been a member, HRIC is entitled to refuse you the benefits of any offer made or to charge you a standard month’s membership fee instead of a free or trial price.
  4. Ancillary Matters
  5. In providing services on behalf of HRIC, Daniel Barnett is not acting in his capacity as a practising barrister but is acting as a director and agent of HRIC.
  6. We are entitled to ask for a deposit when you book a place on a meetup or conference.  If we do so, we will return your deposit within seven days of you cancelling your place (provided you give at least three full working days' notice) or attending the event.  If you fail to attend the event, or do not give us three full working days' notice of cancellation, you forfeit the deposit.
  7. Any items we agree to post (such as magazines and books) as part of your membership will only be posted to a UK address.  If you live overseas, you must nominate a UK address for delivery.
  8. If we reasonably believe that you are making excessive or inappropriate use of our community facilities (such as the Facebook group, Q&As or member huddles) in a way that might irritate or upset other members, we are entitled to restrict or end your access to those facilities.  
  9. HRIC may make changes to these terms and conditions at any time.  Any changes will be notified to you by email.
  10. This agreement is governed by the laws of England and Wales.

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