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Freight Forwarder’s Contrctual Lien Versus The Administration Moratorium

Partner Richard Baines article in the March issue of “The In-House Lawyer” discusses the case of Re La Senza Ltd (in administration) on general contractual liens which provides useful confirmation of the rights of holders of a contractual general lien over goods. Logistics services providers and other suppliers need to have an effective contingency plan to cope with the prospect of their retailer customers defaulting on payments or going into administration or liquidation. Following the latest round of high-street retailer collapses, including Comet, Jessops, Blockbusters, and HMV these issues are now highly relevant to freight forwarders, hauliers, shipping lines and other creditors with rights of lien.

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