Terms and conditions

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About these Website Terms and Conditions

Please read the details set out below carefully before using this website (the “Site”). By accessing this Site, you agree to the following terms and conditions and disclaimers (the “Terms”).

  • References to ‘you’, ‘your’ and ‘yours’ are references to the person(s) accessing the Site.
  • References to ‘we’, ‘us’ and ‘our’ are references to HSBC Bank plc.
  • References to the ‘HSBC Group’ are references to HSBC Bank Plc, its subsidiaries and associated companies.
  • References to ‘Local Sites’ are references to other HSBC pages and websites or pages and websites issued by other entities within the HSBC Group.
  • References to ‘Market Information’ on this Site refer to market and research related services contained within this Site and Local Sites. Please read the terms and conditions and privacy statement of each Local Site as terms may differ. Market Information includes, but is not restricted to, global research, market data, market commentary and trading ideas each of which may be subject to their own terms and conditions. References to ‘HSBC’ in the context of Market information are references to the Commercial Banking division of the HSBC Group company that provides such services to you.

These Website Terms and Conditions are to be read by you together with any terms, conditions and disclaimers provided in the pages of the Site. In the event of any conflict, the terms, conditions and disclaimers provided in the pages of the Site shall prevail over these Website Terms and Conditions.

The information contained on the Site is for information purposes only. HSBC Bank plc does not hold itself out as providing legal, financial or other advice via the Site.

The information, material and content provided in the pages of the Site may be changed at any time without notice. Changes may be made to the Terms at any time without notice by updating this posting. You agree to review the Terms regularly and your continued access to or use of the Site will mean that you agree to any changes.

About the Site

The information contained on the Site is for information purposes only and HSBC Bank plc does not hold itself out as providing legal, financial or other advice via the Site. You cannot purchase products or services from the Site directly. If you want to know more about any of the products and services described on the Site, we ask you to visit the appropriate Local Site under the relevant country you live in. You will then be directed to a Local Site. Some of the products and services described on hsbc.com/globalconnections may not be available from your Local Site

Users

The Site is currently intended for those who access it from within the United Kingdom. Because of this we cannot guarantee that the Site or the information thereon complies with or is appropriate for use in other places. If you are located outside of the United Kingdom and you choose to access and enter this Site, you are advised that it may not be legal in your jurisdiction for you to access or use the facilities available on this Site.

You are wholly responsible for use of the Site by any person using your computer and you must ensure that any such person complies with these Website Terms and Conditions.

HSBC Bank plc does not offer financial services or products via the Site and HSBC Bank plc’s operation of the Site does not constitute an offer of any products or services provided by HSBC Bank plc or any of the HSBC Group members.

Not all the products and services that you may be able to view on Local Sites accessed via the Site are available in all geographical locations. The relevant HSBC Group member reserves the right to make the final determination on whether or not you are eligible for any particular product or service. If you choose to enter a website outside your country of residence, you are advised that it may not be legal in that jurisdiction for you to access or use the facilities available on that site and the legal requirements of that jurisdiction may prohibit you from dealing or otherwise transacting in that jurisdiction.

All products or services provided to you by any HSBC Group member shall only be available in the jurisdiction/s within which the member providing the product or service is authorised to operate.

You agree that any of the products or services provided to you by any HSBC Group member shall be deemed to be provided in the jurisdiction within which the member providing the product or service is authorised to operate.

Local Sites

All our products and services and those of other members of the HSBC Group are subject to the terms and conditions and disclaimers of the applicable agreement governing their supply and use (“Product Terms and Conditions”). Where Product Terms and Conditions conflict with these Website Terms and Conditions or any Local Site’s terms and conditions the Product Terms and Conditions shall prevail.

Your use of any Local Site shall be governed by the terms and conditions of the Local Site. Where these Website Terms and Conditions conflict with those of the Local Site, the terms and conditions of the Local Site shall prevail. Please read carefully any Local Site and/or Product terms and conditions before using the Local Site or product.

No offer

Neither the information, nor any opinion contained in our Site, whether provided by us or through a third party, constitutes an offer to sell or solicitation or an offer to buy any securities or financial instruments or any advice or recommendation with respect to such securities or other financial instruments. When making a decision about your investments, you should seek the advice of a professional financial adviser.

No Warranties and Limitation of Liability

The following clauses exclude or limit our legal liability for the Site. You should read them carefully. They all apply only as far as the law permits, and in particular we do not exclude or restrict our duties and liabilities to you under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (the “Act”), or the rules of the Financial Services Authority (“FSA”) for the conduct of business.

Whilst we have taken reasonable steps to ensure the accuracy, currency, availability correctness and completeness of the information contained on the Site, information is provided on an “as is”, “as available” basis and neither we, nor any other HSBC Group member, gives or makes any warranty or representation of any kind, whether express or implied. The use of the Site is at your sole risk. We shall not be liable and nor shall any HSBC Group member be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever and howsoever arising as a result of your use of or reliance on or inability to use the information, materials and/or services contained on the Site to the maximum extent permitted by law, including without limitation, direct or indirect, special, incidental, consequential damages, losses or liabilities.

We do not and the HSBC Group members do not represent or warrant that the Site will be available and meet your requirements, that access will be uninterrupted, that there will be no delays, failures, errors or omissions or loss of transmitted information, that no viruses or other contaminating or destructive properties will be transmitted or that no damage will occur to your computer system. You have sole responsibility for adequate protection and back up of data and/or equipment and for undertaking reasonable and appropriate precautions to scan for computer viruses or other destructive properties. In no event shall we or any HSBC Group member be liable for any damages, losses or liabilities including without limitation, direct or indirect, special, incidental, consequential damages, losses or liabilities, in connection with any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus or line or system failure, even if you advise us of the possibility of such damages, losses or expenses.

We and the HSBC Group members make no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy, functionality or performance of any third party software that may be used in connection with the Site.

If you are dissatisfied with the Site or with these Website Terms and Conditions, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the Site.

Professional Information Disclaimer

The Site may make available certain information provided by us or third parties related to various professional fields such as, without limitation, banking, law, tax, accounting and finance (“Market and Professional Information”). Such information and all other materials on the site are meant to be read in entirety including any disclaimers, restrictions, disclosures, copyright or other notes and notices contained therein.

The Site is for informational purposes only. While we endeavour to ensure that the information posted on the website is correct and up-to-date, the website is not guaranteed to be accurate, complete or timely. We reserve the right to change or make corrections to any of the information provided on the website at any time and without any prior warning. The website is not intended to be a comprehensive or detailed statement concerning the matters addressed. The Professional Information provided should not be interpreted as professional advice and does not replace the opinion of a qualified professional. You should obtain appropriate, qualified professional advice before acting or omitting to act based upon any information provided on or through the Site. You expressly agree that your use of, or reliance on, any Professional Information is at your sole risk. You further agree that HSBC, the HSBC Group Members, their licensors, contributors, suppliers or contractors will not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, in any way for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of, or in connection with your use of, or reliance on, any Professional Information.

Financial Information Disclaimer

The Site may make information available provided by us or third parties related to various financial matters. The financial information available on the Site is: (a) for information purposes only and not intended as investing advice; (b) not to be used or construed as an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or an endorsement, recommendation, or sponsorship of any entity or security by HSBC, any HSBC Group member, their licensors, suppliers or contractors; and (c) not necessarily reflective of the views or policies of HSBC, the HSBC Group Members, their licensors, suppliers or contractors, or any of their respective directors, officers, employees, consultants and agents. The financial information on the website is not guaranteed and no representations or warranties can be made as to the accuracy or completeness of the financial information provided as part of the website. Prior to the execution of a purchase or sale of any security or investment, you are advised to consult with your broker or other financial advisor to verify pricing and other information. HSBC, the HSBC Group members, their licensors, suppliers or contractors shall have no liability for investment decisions based upon, or the results obtained from, the content provided on the Site. Nothing contained in the Site shall be construed as investment advice. It is your responsibility to evaluate the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of all financial information and you acknowledge and agree that you are responsible for the entire risk with respect to your use of and reliance on the financial information provided on the website. You further agree that HSBC, its licensors, suppliers or contractors will not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, in any way for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of, or in connection with your use of, or reliance on, any financial Information provided.

For Market Information services only:

This information is provided by HSBC Bank Plc, for the information of non-private customers and those of its affiliates only; it is not intended for private customers. In the United States this information is solely for ’ major US institutional investors’ (as defined in Rule 15a-6 of the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934). Market Information services are not intended to provide professional advice and should not be relied upon in that regard. Persons accessing these pages are advised to obtain appropriate professional advice where necessary. No consideration has been given to the particular investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs of any recipient.

Market Information is not and should not be construed as an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to purchase or subscribe for any investment. Market Information is obtained from sources believed to be reliable but which has not been independently verified; no guarantee, representation or warranty is made and no responsibility or liability as to its accuracy or completeness is accepted.

Expressions of opinion are those of HSBC Bank plc only and are subject to change without notice. HSBC Group companies and/or their officers, directors and employees may own or have positions in any securities mentioned in this Site (or in any related investment) and may from time to time add to or dispose of any such securities (or investment).

HSBC Group companies may act as market maker or have assumed an underwriting commitment in the securities of companies discussed in this Site (or in any related investment).

HSBC may sell securities to or buy them from customers on a principal basis and may also perform or seek to perform investment banking or underwriting services for or relating to those companies. This material may not be reproduced or further distributed, in whole or in part, for any purpose.

Any notice to be given under these Website Terms and Conditions must be communicated by post, telex, email or facsimile to the address most recently notified by the receiving party. Receipt of notice shall be deemed to occur at the time when the notice would in the ordinary course be delivered or transmitted.

If you are accessing this Site from outside the United Kingdom, your use of the Site will be subject to additional terms and conditions (‘Country Clauses’). These can be viewed by clicking the link to the relevant country listed below. Your use of the Site shall be governed by these terms and conditions and the Country Clauses, but to the extent that there is any conflict, the Country Clauses shall prevail. By accepting this agreement you agree to be bound by these Website Terms and Conditions and the Country Clauses.

Third party content, sites and warranties

Where we provide hypertext links to other locations on the Internet, we do so for information purposes only. We are not responsible for the content of any other websites or pages linked to or linking to this Site which have, unless otherwise indicated, been independently developed by third parties. We have not verified the content of any such websites. Following links to any other websites or pages shall be at your own risk and we shall not be responsible or liable for any damages or in other way in connection with linking. Links to downloadable software sites are for convenience only and we are not responsible or liable for any difficulties or consequences associated with downloading the software. Use of any downloaded software is governed by the terms of the licence agreement, if any, which accompanies or is provided with the software. Any dealings you have with suppliers, sponsors, advertisers or others found while accessing the Site are between you and those persons. When leaving the Website, you should be aware that our terms and policies no longer govern, and, therefore, you should review the applicable terms and policies, including privacy and data gathering practices, of any third party websites.

The Site may offer access to news services, market analysis, financial planning tools or other information provided by third parties on the Site or any Local Site. No endorsement or approval of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressed or implied by any information on the Site or any Local Site. We do not control, cannot guarantee, and are not responsible for the accuracy, timeliness or even the continued availability or existence of such content.

Internet e-mail

Messages sent over the Internet cannot be guaranteed to be completely secure as they are subject to possible interception or loss or possible alteration. We are not responsible for them and will not be liable to you or anyone else for any damages or otherwise in connection with any message sent by you to us or any message sent by us to you over the Internet.

Rights in and to the Site and its contents

The Site pages, screens, information and material in their arrangement included in this Site, including all text, articles, editorials, blogs, information, images, audio, video, Professional Information (as defined below) and other material (“Content”) posted on the Site is protected by copyright, trade mark and other applicable intellectual property and proprietary rights laws, and is owned, controlled or licensed by HSBC Bank plc or a member of the HSBC Group, its or their licensors, suppliers or contractors. The software which operates the Website (the “Software”) is proprietary to HSBC or its licensors and you are not permitted to use it except as expressly allowed under these Website Terms and Conditions. You shall not disassemble, decompile, or reverse engineer the Software.You may imprint, copy, download or temporarily store extracts from our Site for your personal information or when you use our products and services. You must not alter anything. Any other use is prohibited unless you first get our written permission. In particular no one may use a part of our Site on any other website, or link any other website to our Site, except as permitted in this section or with our prior written permission. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you do not acquire any ownership rights in the Content as a result of accessing or downloading it.

Content from a third party provider available on or through the Site or any Local Site may not be duplicated, distributed, published, transferred, transmitted, copied, altered, sold, used to create derivative works or otherwise misused. You must comply with all terms disclosed to you as required from time to time by any third party supplier of data or services to the Site or any Local Site, including but not limited to, where necessary, entering into a direct agreement with such third party in respect of your use of their data.

HSBC is a trademark of HSBC Bank Plc and all rights in and to HSBC vest in HSBC Bank Plc. Other than as provided above you may not use or reproduce the HSBC trademark, logo or brand name.

Nothing contained on the Site should be considered as granting, by implication, estoppel or otherwise, any license or right to use any trade marks, logos or other names, including but not limited to, those identifying HSBC, the HSBC Group Members, their licensors, suppliers or contractors, or their respective products and services referenced on the Site, without the expressed written consent of the applicable rights holder.

Email Alert Service

We may, at our discretion, provide an email alert service (the “Service”) allowing you to receive alerts relating to the Site, HSBC Bank plc, other HSBC Group members and/or such other parties or matters as we may include from time to time.

Your use of the Service will result in us holding the data you submit for use of the Service. The data will be held in the UK and will only be used to provide you with the information you have requested receiving via the Service or for statistical analysis. By using the Service, you agree to us holding and using your data as indicated above.

We may at any time at our discretion withdraw the Service and/or your use of it.

The provisions under “No Warranties” in these Terms and Conditions shall apply as if reference to “the Site” includes reference to the Service.

Data protection

We are committed to protecting your privacy. All information gathered from you in connection with your use of the Site or any Local Site will be maintained in accordance with the applicable privacy policies disclosed for the Site or any of the Local Sites.

Not Intended for Children

The Site is not intended for use by individuals who have not reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence.

Governing law

These Website Terms and Conditions are governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the courts of the above jurisdiction will have non-exclusive jurisdiction in respect of any dispute, which may arise.