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.


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

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