Areas of Practice - Warehousing

We collaborate with our clients’ other external advisors and consultants to provide timely and targeted advice in connection with the acquisition or construction of proposed new warehouses, including with regard to:

  • Municipal zoning by-laws
  • Business license requirements
  • Insurance requirements
  • Environmental due diligence and indemnification
  • Lease or acquisition of commercial real estate
  • Design-build, Cost-Plus and other construction contracts

We have extensive experience in preparing, reviewing and negotiating a variety of warehousing agreements that may be entered into by public or private storers and their customers. These include:

  • Storage agreements
  • Logistics and 3PL agreements
  • Pick-and-Pack services agreements
  • Stock control agreements
  • Trans-loading agreements
  • Cross-docking agreements
  • Warehouse receipts
  • Bills of Lading
  • Transportation Services

We provide in-depth regulatory advice at the initial licensing stage and to assist with ongoing compliance, including with regard to:

  • Bonded and sufferance warehouses
  • Food and drug safety
  • Dangerous goods handling
  • Occupational health and safety

Our lawyers go to great lengths to help our clients understand and mitigate, as effectively as possible, the risks and liabilities that are inherent in the warehousing industry. Nonetheless, disputes may arise from time to time with regards to property losses, general liability, regulatory compliance, and enforcement of warehousemen’s liens. Our firm is well positioned to assist when these and other disputes do arise, with seasoned commercial litigators and experienced mediators and arbitrators.