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Supply Chain Disputes

Supply chains have been impacted by a series of significant events beyond the direct control of contracting parties, including the COVID-19 pandemic, Brexit, shortages of containers and drivers and last-minute cancellations and rerouting of vessels.

To risk assess your supply chain comprehensively, its necessary to have clear visibility of the legal terms underpinning each stage of the supply chain. This will help you understand the legal mechanics which are available to you in case disputes arise out of supply chain disruption and also to identify your risk and exposure in the event of counterparty claims against your business.

If the legal terms you trade with are no longer fit for purpose with increasing disruption and complexity running through supply chains, planning ahead before problems arise and looking at the options available for improving the legal structures you trade with can assist with insulating your business against dispute situations.

Read about our supply chain contracts health check services here.

Investing in this preparation now, rather than waiting until supply chain problems occur, can result in significant cost savings in the long term.

We can support commercial and legal teams in assessing risk, preparing and stress testing contracts to provide visibility of legal risk and the steps needed to protect their organisations.

When disputes do arise, we offer the services of our commercial dispute lawyers who have extensive experience of supply chain disputes. With a team of four partners, all of whom are recognised leaders in their field supported by 13 specialist lawyers, we can help our clients no matter how diverse their business interests and requirements. We offer support in both national and international supply chain disputes and our work encompass UK litigation, international arbitration, mediation, expert determination and adjudication. In addition, the team is supported by over 100 litigation lawyers in our wider disputes practice.

“Head and shoulders above the rest and are always right on the money with their commercial acumen and sound legal advice that brings a certain creative flair to proceedings.” Legal 500

Ranked as ‘national leader outside London’. Chambers & Partners

“They are very responsive and really understand the operational aspects of the business. They go the extra mile to ensure we get what we need and are exceptionally hard-working and attentive to the client.”  Chambers & Partners

Learn more

Watch our webinar recording on How to make a resilient supply chain’ here.

Watch our interview between Professor Frank McDonald and WM partner Andrew Northage on Keeping Trade Moving – revisited here.

Watch our webinar on ‘The impact of COVID-19 and Brexit on supply chains’ here.

Practical considerations where contractual rights have been “waived” due to Coronavirus

Commercial implications for lifting of lockdown and a second-wave

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