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We recognise the importance of road freight logistics to the safe and efficient transportation of goods around Australia and understand the heavy regulatory compliance obligations placed on road transport operators and related entities.  We act for road transport and fleet operators and related entities in relation to all commercial, logistics and regulatory matters.  Our clients include road transport operators, fleet operating manufacturing companies and commodities consolidators, national road distribution and warehousing providers and consignors/consignees of goods.

Legal Expertise

We advise road transport and fleet operators in relation to:

  • Company and commercial matters
  • Employment, workplace relations and work health and safety
  • Fleet structuring, including owner-driver regulations
  • Commercial documentation and standard trading terms
  • Logistics contracts and services agreements
  • Warehousing and distribution
  • Carriage of goods and cargo claims for loss, theft, damage and delay
  • Regulatory matters, including chain of responsibility legislation
  • Employment, workplace relations and work health and safety
  • Sale and purchase of business
  • Commercial leasing
  • Freight and debt recovery.

Relevant Experience

The experience of our partners and senior lawyers includes:

  • Defending a claim for loss of goods stolen from a vehicle trailer
  • Advising a national commodities consolidator in relation to fleet structuring and owner-driver regulations
  • Advising a logistics provider on Independent Contractor terms for hauliers and NSW industrial regulations
  • Drafting STC, Consignment Note and Credit Application documents for a heavy lift operator, with advice on Personal Property Securities Act and Chain of Responsibility compliance requirements and issues of commercial risk and insurance.
  • Acting for a heavy lift and transport operator in respect of claims arising from bucket wheel reclaimer boom damaged during road transit in Port Hedland, Western Australia.

Key People

Geoff Farnsworth | Sydney
Nathan Cecil
| Sydney

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