Mayer Brown has experience of a wide range of disputes in the logistics industry and associated business sectors, acting for logistics contractors, their clients and insurers. We have acquired an understanding of the technical demands of modern supply chain solutions - delivering high volumes of goods to market within tight deadlines and costs parameters - and the contractual and other legal issues that they can frequently generate.
A key element of the service we provide is the effective management of high-value and sensitive disputes, working alongside the clients' in-house legal team and business units. By project managing the matter in conjunction with forensic accountants, technical experts and loss adjusters, we strive to minimize the impact of the dispute on core activities. We work hard to understand your business and provide advice that is tailored to meeting your commercial objectives.

The disputes that we have handled have involved proceedings in the UK and overseas as well as other forms of dispute resolution procedure, including arbitration and mediation. To supplement our logistics experience, we work in conjunction with lawyers in other areas of our practice, including our Corporate Group and Real Estate Group, so that we can provide you with appropriate and cost effective specialist input as and when required.


The logistics matters on which we have advised include:

  • Claims involving loss of and damage to warehouse stock, including fire, flooding and product contamination claims, in particular those raising complex legal or factual issues
  • Contracts for the procurement of computerised warehouse management systems and claims arising from the operation of those systems
  • Contractual disputes regarding the provision of both direct and radial distribution services, involving open book and closed book contracting
  • Financial losses arising from the alleged late or inaccurate delivery of stock, involving the effect of seasonality, high throughput, perishability and other complex quantum considerations
  • The acquisition and construction of warehouse premises
  • Disputes concerning pallet management (including advice related to the operation of proprietary pallet management systems)
  • Advice relating to management and transportation of waste, including application of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, producer responsibility for packaging waste, transfrontier shipment of waste and hazardous materials
  • Claims in relation to on-site security services following the loss of or damage to stock
  • Outsourcing, sub-contracting and the use of agency drivers and warehouse personnel

Our clients include:

  • International and domestic specialist logistics contractors Major manufacturers, retailers and other commercial concerns
  • Insurers - in particular those writing public and product liability and property damage risks
  • Security contractors