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Transport and logistics

Transportation and logistics companies in Australia face unique legal challenges that only transport lawyers with deep transport and logistics industry knowledge can assist with.

Our industry involvement and experience means we are at the forefront of finding solutions to legal issues that face the transport industry, including heavy transport, bus and road transport, airports and marine.

Transport industry legal expertise

Cooper Grace Ward’s team of transport lawyers provide extensive support to clients in the heavy transport, airports and marine sectors. We have assisted and represented major transport operators and insurers in a range of business critical issues. This includes business and share sales, as well as major contract negotiations with state governments.

Services offered by our transport lawyers

Our key legal services in this area include:

  • industrial relations issues such as negotiating collective bargaining and workplace agreements, defending unfair dismissal proceedings and union right of entry and Award application
  • all aspects of employment law including issues in managing ill and injured workers
  • advice on a range of safety law matters, including fatigue management, drug and alcohol testing and general driver conduct
  • defences to Work Health & Safety prosecutions
  • advising on and defending anti-discrimination complaints
  • due diligence, drafting of contracts and advice on business sales, mergers and acquisitions Australia-wide
  • general commercial advice to private transport operators, including advice on succession, restructuring and shareholder agreements
  • property acquisition, planning, development and leasing advice
  • defences to Work Health & Safety Act 2011 prosecutions
  • advising on the effect of the Personal Property Securities Act (PPSA) and implementing appropriate strategy to safeguard interests
  • advising on all of the planning requirements and environmental law considerations for the establishment of and expansions of transport depots, airports and marinas
  • advising on the infringement of planning legislation and any enforcement action relating to the infringement
  • interpreting transport legislation and regulations, as well as broader legal compliance
  • commercial litigation and dispute resolution.


For advice from trusted transport and logistics lawyers, contact Cooper Grace Ward on (07) 3231 2444 or email one of our experts directly.


Key contacts

Annie Smeaton
Belinda Winter


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