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Legal services for the transport & logistics sector

At Stephensons, our specialist transport solicitors can advise and assist on a broad range of issues. Whether requiring representation at a public inquiry before the Traffic Commissioner, advice on Operators’ Licences or advice on contracts of employment for drivers our expert solicitors have a unique understanding of your industry to assist you.

Our solicitors have an in depth understanding transport industry which is integral to our ability to provide high quality advice and solutions to related issues. By combining the expertise of solicitors across a number of legal teams including, commercial and regulatory specialists Stephensons offers a valuable pool of knowledge and resources all in one place to the benefit of our clients.

Our solicitors recognise the risks and challenges faced in the transport industry and pride themselves on proactively bringing industry insights to you.

What can Stephensons help you with?

Our regulatory team regularly work alongside other departments to offer a full service to our transport sector clients who have multiple needs. Stephensons has multi-disciplinary expertise including employment, commercial, commercial property and corporate to allow us to cater for every legal need of a transport sector business. We appreciate that, when it comes to legal assistance, the business needs can be diverse. We can offer a wide range of assistance to cater for those needs.

If you would like to speak to a member of our team on an issue relating to the transport and logistics sector call us on 01616 966 229 and we will put you through to an experienced and specialist transport solicitor.

Regulatory law needs

Transport regulation

Our solicitors regularly appear at court representing operators and drivers facing prosecution, by the police or by DVSA, for the full range of transport offences. These include drivers’ hours offences, operator’s licence offences, overloading and construction and use offences, careless and dangerous driving, and offences arising out of fatal collisions. Our solicitors also have specialist experience of defending large-scale conspiracy cases, for example conspiracy to falsify drivers’ hours records.

Our solicitors also regularly at proceedings before the traffic commissioner, including public inquiries and driver conduct hearings. Our solicitors assist clients applying for operator’s licences and also those facing regulatory action.

Motoring offences

Motoring offences are a common occurrence and a particular hazard for business people on the move, our expert motoring solicitors represent clients nationwide and have an excellent track record in helping people retain their driving licence. Even in cases where a disqualification is mandatory, reducing the length of time spent disqualified can get people back working several months earlier than they would otherwise.

Health and safety investigations

Health and safety is a complex topic and is an issue that affects all businesses from sole traders to multi-national companies. There are numerous categories within health and safety itself, including general health and safety duties, construction management, corporate manslaughter and homicide, gross negligence, working at height, gas safety, fire safety and many other areas.

Seizures by Border Force and HMRC

Our specialist lawyers provide advice and representation to business owners and individuals, nationally and internationally, in relation to the seizure of items by Border Force and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

We act for clients across a wide range of industries and have successfully secured the restoration of goods and other items including: shipping containers of commercial goods, vehicles and aircraft, antiquities and jewellery, including high value watches.

Environmental law issues

Our specialist regulatory lawyers also provide advice and representation to individuals and businesses facing environmental investigations and prosecutions by the Environment Agency (EA) and local authorities and understand the pressure on companies to ensure strict compliance with a wide range of laws, including environmental. Breaches of these laws can lead to significant financial penalties and in the most serious of cases, custodial sentences, as well as adverse publicity.

Commercial law needs

Commercial /corporate

Stephensons has a team of expert lawyers who assist clients in everything from selling their businesses (shares and assets), granting senior employees shares or share options, drafting shareholders agreements and cross option agreements, right the way through to drafting commercial agreements such as terms and conditions, supplier contracts, and agency agreements.

Commercial litigation

Stephensons’ specialist lawyers help businesses resolve disputes. This could be assisting a company recover monies due to it, resolving shareholder disputes, enforcing restrictive covenants against former employees, advising directors on their duties and taking action for breach of contract. We also have expert property litigators who provide help and support to businesses in relation to their business premises. This could be assisting with the renewal of a lease, dilapidations at the end of a lease or resolving a dispute which has arisen with the landlord or neighbouring properties. The team pretty much cover any type of dispute and always aim to resolve without the involvement of the courts.

Consumer litigation

Occasionally business owners may face problems outside of their work life, whether that’s with your property or a personal asset perhaps a vehicle. Stephensons has experts in the firm who can provide advice on all matters from disputes with neighbours, through to property misrepresentation.

Employment law needs

At Stephensons we have a team of solicitors who are specialists in employment law and discrimination. Our solicitors pride themselves on providing expert advice to businesses and individuals to resolve all types of employment and discrimination issues. We have specialist employment and discrimination solicitors recommended in their field who can provide advice on request.

Other business legal services

Probate services for businesses

The death of a business owner or business partner can potentially have a major impact on the continuation of a company. Our specialist solicitors can advise on a range of Will writing and inheritance.