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W.J.Wooster & Sons Ltd are a Road Haulage company and we have been supplying the company DHL a number of W.J.Wooster & Sons Ltd vehicles on a daily basis since April 2011. No formal written contract was ever drafted or signed, however a verbal agreement was made between myself and the previous depot manager of the Harlow division of DHL.
The verbal contract was that W.J.Wooster & Sons Ltd were to supply an agreed number of 18 tonne vehicles on a daily basis to include every day including Bank Holidays but NOT Sundays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday. It was agreed that the supplied vehicles would work out of the DHL Harlow Depot at an agreed time and work to instruction as provided by DHL.
This Non Contractual Verbal Agreement has been in place and W.J.Wooster & Sons Ltd have since been providing DHL the vehicles as requested as from April 2011 until Thursday 23rd June 2016 whereas W.J.Wooster & Sons Ltd were informed on Wednesday 22nd June 2016 that the 1 x 18 tonner vehicle booked for work on Thursday 24th June 2016 and the 3 x 18 tonner vehicles booked for work on Friday 25th June 2016 were no longer required, and that from 23rd June 2016 onwards DHL would no longer be requiring any vehicles from W.J.Wooster & Sons Ltd.
The reason for this sudden stop in hiring of our vehicles was given that their main contractor had themselves lost a contract and that to save money all use of subcontractors by DHL was to be stopped immediately.
In 2014 I had a meeting with the DHL Depot Manager and other Senior DHL Management and it was agreed that as the DHL work was transitioning from palletised goods to caged goods that W.J.Wooster & Sons Ltd supply vehicles capable of transporting caged goods. This transition from palletised goods to caged goods meant W.J.Wooster & Sons Ltd had to purchase from new a BOX type 18 tonne vehicle as well as having to modify other vehicles on our fleet to enable us to undertake DHL work.
Now we have had the rug pulled from under our feet so to speak not only are W.J.Wooster & Sons Ltd left struggling to find further work to accommodate the lost DHL work but we are left with vehicles that are specialised in that they can only carry certain types of goods further restricting what work we can now undertake.
My question then is this -
Given the agreement made between DHL and W.J.Wooster & Sons Ltd back in March 2011 and the fact that W.J.Wooster & Sons Ltd have adhered to this agreement and now DHL have, without any notice, stopped hiring our vehicles HAVE WE GOT A CASE FOR BREAKING A CONTRACT AGREEMENT OR FOR LOSS OF EARNINGS ? OR FOR ANYTHING ?
Although I have stated there was only a verbal contract in place I do in fact have an agreement form and letter signed by both parties that shows a work agreement was put in place in march 2011. This subcontractor form and letter does not state any contract is in place, or the length of time any work is scheduled for, only that W.J.Wooster & Sons Ltd are to supply DHL vehicles for an agreed price.
Thank You
Perry Wooster
W.J.Wooster & Sons Ltd
01992 465421 ***********
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 5 months ago.

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Expert:  Ben Jones replied 5 months ago.

Can you please send me a copy of the agreement/letter signed by both parties?

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