Conditions of Contract

Conditions of Contract

UKWA has invested over many years in a comprehensive Conditions of Contract template that is specific to the 3PL industry and exclusive to members. This recognised legal framework applies to a broad range of logistics services, including; freight forwarding, haulage and warehousing.

These valuable, legally binding terms and conditions are provided as part of UKWA’s membership package, giving members the reassurance that they are protected and contractually compliant, while benefiting from significant savings on legal costs.

Advice and guidance is also available to help members utilise UKWA Conditions of Contract template effectively within their own business.

If you are already a member and require a copy of the Conditions of Contract, you can contact us. If you are not a member and are interested in joining UKWA, please get in contact with our Membership Manager.

Bitesize Briefings

In the latest of UKWA’s Bitesize Briefings, Nick Clarke, Senior Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution & Insolvency at legal specialists Aaron & Partners, highlighted the importance of UKWA’s Conditions of Contract in protecting warehouse keepers in the event of a customer either going bust or not paying their bill.

Explaining the legal position with Liens – the right to retain goods until sums due are paid – Nick underlined that although UKWA Conditions of Contract has provision for Liens, it is vital that members incorporate the Conditions into their contracts with customers – and ensure customers are fully aware of the clause covering the Lien.

“Some members just tend to add a reference to UKWA Conditions of Contract to their invoices, but this is not sufficient to protect them in the event of needing to rely on the terms,” he said. “My recommendation would be to include the conditions in the initial quote to the customer, display them clearly on the website, and include them in all paperwork before the work starts, not after the service has already been delivered!”

Nick went on to examine the more complex position where goods do not directly belong to the customer, such as in the case of a freight forwarder or shipper where storage has been subcontracted and explained the different impact of a customer going into liquidation rather than administration.

“The Liens incorporated into UKWA Conditions of Contract affords robust protection– and allows for members to sell goods if customers don’t pay. However, there can be complications and pitfalls,” Nick concluded. “So while UKWA Conditions are a real asset, my advice would be to take advantage of UKWA helpline as soon as such a situation arises. Aaron’s have huge experience around these matters and our legal helpline is another great benefit of UKWA membership!”

The latest in UKWA’s Bitesize Briefings, presented by specialist legal advisor Aaron & Partners, focuses on Liens – the right to retain goods until sums due are paid – and how this can protect warehouse keepers in the event of a customer either going bust or not paying their bill.

Nick Clarke, Senior Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution & Insolvency, explains the importance of using UKWA Conditions of Contract effectively and of calling UKWA legal helpline at Aaron’s if the worst happens…

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In the third of UKWA’s series of ‘Bitesize Briefings’, Nick Toms, Director at insurance broker Appletons, joins Layla Barke-Jones, senior associate solicitor at specialist legal advisors Aaron & Partners, to discuss the importance of insurance in protecting warehouse keepers in claims for loss or damage to customers’ goods.

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