Australia’s transport and logistics industry is one of the country’s most competitive in terms of the number of competitors and the relatively low cost of entry. Aitken Partners has a unique and long-standing involvement in advising clients in transport and logistics, both for clients operating a freight business and for those where it is simply another part of their business.
For our transport and logistics clients, we advise on:
- Commercial Contracts and Supply Agreements including drafting, reviewing and advising on contracts and terms of trade with customers and suppliers;
- Property transactions including purchasing and leasing space for the operation of warehouses and businesses generally, as well as storage depots for fuel and associated environmental issues including negotiation on contamination and pollution issues;
- Chain of Responsibility requirements. In NSW more than 2000 charges have been laid in the years from the laws inceptions in 2005 to April 2010. Some of the companies and directors of companies charged have been Victorian based;
- Directors’ liability;
- Employment Law – with the introduction of the Fair Work Act, the importance of employers staying on top of the complex and shifting rules around employing staff and engaging contractors;
- Dispute resolution arising in the conduct of transport businesses, including trucking and freight requirements;
- Competition and Competitive Collaboration – the means by which businesses can work together without breaching competition laws;
- Mergers & Acquisitions;
- High-Tech Logistics – the implementation of modern tracking systems for trucks and freight;
- Emissions and Pollution – pressure is already being applied to the industry to reduce its carbon footprint, meaning road transport operators will need to look at ways of cutting emissions and also into carbon offset schemes; and
- Road Law Infringements – VicRoads Infringement Notices and other notification of alleged road safety breaches, including those for overloading.