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  • Overview

    Our specialist transport and logistics sector experience is complimented by a full service UK law firm with over 100 lawyers, meaning we can field bespoke teams tailored to each client’s particular needs across various departments such as commercial, corporate and regulatory.

    We understand that businesses in this sector operate in fast moving markets and require accurate and practical advice delivered promptly and cost effectively. We are astute, pragmatic and imaginative in providing outcomes which achieve your commercial objectives.

    Our transport & logistics team prioritises the commercial imperative of managing risks effectively in order to ensure informed decision making and mitigation of potential financial or other loss. 

    We offer our clients a comprehensive and integrated service through our sector specialism that spans both contentious and non-contentious work. We act for a broad range of clients within the transport & logistics sector including freight forwarders, warehouse operators, logistics and transport companies, cargo underwriters, loss adjusters, recovery agents and brokers. Our work covers the full range of issues arising from the carriage of goods by sea, road, air, rail or multi-modal.

    Our highly regarded corporate team has specialist sector experience and has acted for a number of haulage and logistics providers in connection with the acquisition and disposal of businesses. The team is also able to coordinate a multi-disciplinary line up of lawyers including property and employment to ensure a seamless service.

    From the initial structuring and the heads of terms to preparing, negotiating and completing contract documentation, our commercial team advises on all stages of commercial contract. The team regularly prepares sector specific agency and distribution agreements, supply agreements and warehousing, transport and logistics agreements. The team strives to ensure contracts are structured, negotiated and drafted in a way that ensures risks are minimised but in a way that makes it practical for clients to operate flexibly and effectively on a day-to-day basis domestically and internationally.

    Our dispute resolution team handles the full range of contentious issues arising from within the logistics, distribution and supply chain. We advise on goods in transit disputes and claims subject to RHA, FTA, BIFA and UKWA contract terms, claims subject to CMR rules and marine cargo claims under bills of lading and charter parties. We have a thorough understanding of all of the relevant international conventions pursuant to which goods are carried.

    We are regularly instructed in relation to jurisdiction disputes, advise on issues concerning security (including ship arrest), freight, liens and enforcement issues. We assist clients (insurers or policy holders) in relation to related insurance issues and disputes across the sector.

    We are experienced in arbitration (institutional and ad hoc), litigation (both domestic and cross-border) and alternative dispute resolution.

    Hard work is paramount to enable us to understand our client’s commercial objectives. We encourage our clients to contact us for initial advice before problems arise rather than after the event when matters have gone wrong. The long-standing relationships we build with our clients mean that if problems do arise again, we immediately understand the commercial implications and can advise straight away on the most appropriate strategy.

    We have an established and comprehensive network of law firms, experts and other market professionals based throughout the world which allows us to obtain fast, accurate and local knowledge on a cost effective basis ensuring that your interests are fully protected wherever in the world you are doing business. In addition to our own longstanding networks we are also members of NextLaw one of the top ten non-exclusive international accounting, consulting and law firm alliances. Through NextLaw we have access to further networks of experts around the world who are able to give advice on local regulations, compliance and market strategies.

    Please contact one of our lawyers to discuss any queries you may have related to the transport and logistics sector.

         

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    Thomson Snell & Passmore has acted for the Motorline Group, a long-standing client of the firm in respect of its recent acquisitions of various dealerships across the South East, South West and the Midlands. 

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    James Cradick acted in an arbitration on behalf of Ukrainian commodity traders in relation to a multi-million US Dollar dispute arising out of shipments of Ukrainian Yellow Corn.

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    We acted on behalf of the Russian sellers of various consignments of frozen fish which were shipped from Murmansk in Russia for distribution to customers in Portugal.

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    James Cradick has acted on behalf of one of Russia’s largest mining companies on instructions received via their trading office in Switzerland in several linked LCIA arbitrations arising from the non-payment of shipments of coal to India.  

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    James Cradick acted on behalf of a leading German manufacturer and processor of sunflower seed oil in a dispute with one of the worlds largest commodity traders. The client’s were purchasers.

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    The firm has a long history of acting on behalf of businesses trading internationally.

  • Latest Updates

    FAQ: Arbitration in the Transport & Logistics Sector

    Q: I am negotiatig a commercial contract with an overseas supplier. The supplier suggested arbitration as the method of resolving any future disputes. What is arbitration and should I agree?

    Transport & Logistics: Trade Tariffs

    Trade tariffs are very much in the news. The Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU are moving into the key discussion phase which will shape the post-Brexit trading landscape for British business.   

    Overtime and holiday pay

    The transport and logistics sector relies upon having a flexible workforce, and the ability to require employees to work overtime is key to ensuring that customer demand is met.

    Motorline invests further in Lexus

    Leading South East law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore have assisted the Motorline Group as it closes off the year with another acquisition - the purchase of Lexus Bristol.

    Arbitration – Worldwide Freezing Orders

    James Cradick, Senior Associate in our Dispute Resolution team discusses how a number of recent decisions of the English High Court serve as a stark warning to defaulters that a refusal to comply with Arbitration Awards and Court Orders will not be tolerated and that the Court will seek to facilitate the enforcement process wherever possible.

    Insurance Law Reform

    James Cradick, Senior Associate in our Dispute Resoluton team, comments on the significant changes that have been made to insurance law in England and Wales.

    Contract - Repudiatory Breach

    James Cradick, Senior Associate discusses a recent case, where a repudiatory breach of contract (or termination of contract) does not automatically discharge the parties from performance of their remaining primary obligations.

    FOSFA Arbitration – Anti-Suit Injunctions

    A number of recent decisions have emphasised the importance of acting promptly when seeking an anti-suit injunction or anti-enforcement injunction. James Cradick, Senior Associate in our Dispute Resolution team discusses a case where a delay was still held to be a sufficient reason for refusing the anti-suit injunction.

    Insurance - Fraudulent Claims

    James Cradick, Senier Associate in our Dispute Resoluton team, discusses why fraudulent insurance claims are a serious and expensive problem.

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    James Cradick, Senier Associate in our Dispute Resoluton team, comments on how traders, exporters and forwarders will be aware of the important amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention which are, as of 1 July 2016, now in force.

    Arbitration

    Arbitration awards under English law are final and binding subject to the limited grounds of challenge permitted under the Arbitration Act 1996. James Cradick, Senior Associate in our Dispute Resolution team, comments on the extent to which the English Court proactively supports and promotes arbitration clauses between commercial parties.

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    Local South East business leaders recently debated the critical role transport infrastructure plays in unlocking the potential of Thames Gateway and the wider South East region.

    Implications of the recent disruptions for the road and rails freight industry

    Senior Associate, James Cradick from our Transport & Logistics department comments on the implications of the recent disruptions for the road and rails freight industry, in Kent and France. In particular, James focuses on the impact on owners and developers of logistics buildings.

    The Modern Slavery Act 2015

    The Modern Slavery Act requires commercial organisations with a turnover of £36 million with a “demonstrable business presence” in the UK which supply goods or services to make an annual public statement as to the actions taken to detect and deal with forced labour and trafficking any where within their supply chains.

    UK taxpayers to fund haulier losses

    James Cradick from our Dispute Resolution team speaks to The Times and comments on the crisis in Calais and the implications for Kent businesses.

    Strikes, delays and illegal immigrants

    Losses sustained by the UK economy and in Kent in particular as a result of continued disruption to cross channel freight this summer have been significant. Port closures and the suspension of Eurotunnel services as a result of striking port workers and farmers at Calais have caused significant delays on both sides of the channel.

    Global commodity price falls and challenges to sale contracts

    The dramatic fall in global commodity prices has resulted in historically low prices in the first months of 2015. Price fluctuations and market volatility present various opportunities and significant challenges to those engaged in global trade, but particularly to those in price sensitive commodities markets where even relatively small shirts in the market can result in considerable loss or profit for traders. Traders seek to manage, exploit and mitigate the volatility of the markets through the contracts they enter into.

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