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Brexit has left the transport sector subject to a degree of uncertainty as the legal, commercial and regulatory impact is yet to be seen. Firms in the sector report a steady uptick of related enquiries in light of The Great Repeal Bill. High-profile and unusual aviation losses over recent years continue to bring work to aviation practices, and regulation EC 261 airline passenger claims are prevalent. The issue of sanctions has also entered the spotlight again at the beginning of 2017 following the outcome of the US Presidential election. Airport expansions, such as the proposed new runway at Heathrow, are also a key focus.

As Crossrail comes to its conclusion, many firms continue to be instructed on HS2, and the recent award of several UK franchises has given rise to substantial investment in rolling stock. While a number of international rail projects have been temporarily halted as a result of lower commodity prices, there are new international rail project proposals, particularly in Africa, and infrastructure projects in the Middle East, are also a key focus for international practices.

Growth in the shipping sector remains muted. Although the shipping disputes market continues to be rather quiet, many firms are continuing to advise on restructurings in the industry and Hanjin Shipping’s insolvency has created numerous instructions across the sector. As the difficult dry-bulk market, offshore and container markets continue to put pressure on owners, there is an uptick in cargo claims. Trade sanctions against Russia, Syria and the relaxation of sanctions against Iran, remain a key source of work. There remains a number of highly leveraged shipbuilding disputes tied to market conditions, although traditional admiralty instructions involving salvage, breakdowns, fire and pollution remain low.

Firms active in the travel sector have seen a noted increase in instructions relating to Brexit as the uncertainty surrounding commercial and regulatory mandates, and cross-border claims work is impacted. Flight delay compensation claims and the growth of gastric illness claims is a key focus for the sector. Personal injury practices continue to advise on instructions across the globe.


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This section assesses firms’ capabilities in airline, airports and regulatory work, and defendant insurance matters. Aviation finance is covered in the Asset finance and leasing section, and aviation-related personal injury work is covered in the Travel section.

A β€˜market leader for aviation litigation’, Clyde & Co LLP is praised for its β€˜approachability’, β€˜worldwide expertise and resources’. It handles major losses and multi-jurisdictional claims, with β€˜unparalleled’ experience advising airlines and insurers on aviation losses. AIG, Allianz, Brit, Chubb, Global Aerospace,, Emirates, Malaysian Airlines and easyJet are among the team’s clients. Key figures include Philip Bass, who is β€˜very experienced in aviation liability’, the β€˜hugely knowledgeable’Maria Cetta, Catherine West, who handles multi-jurisdictional claims for airlines and insurers, and David Willcox, who has a β€˜great reputation’. John Samiotis is a β€˜particularly astute operator’ and is recommended alongside the β€˜exceptional’ Joseph Goodridge, Gareth Lewis, who focuses on claims within the UK, Central and South America, and Africa, and Craig Rooney, who is β€˜very capable’ on aviation insurance liability work. Mark Bisset is the key figure for regulatory matters, while Austin Barham has β€˜longstanding aviation litigation experience’. Simon Potter is a β€˜personable and solid litigator’. Cients also single out Patrick Slomski, who handles contentious and non-contentious matters, and legal directors Tom van de Wijngaart and Adam Baker. Aviation liability specialist Robert Ireland joined the team from Kennedys in 2016 and β€˜exceptional’ barrister Rob Lawson QC joined from Quadrant Chambers in 2017.

The β€˜first-class’ department at HFW is noted for its β€˜strong aviation nous’. Aviation head Giles Kavanagh is advising Rolls-Royce and its insurers on an Australian class-action case relating to the explosion of an engine on a Qantas flight shortly after take-off from Singapore. Edward Spencer continues to advise the organisers of the August 2015 Shoreham Air Show on the loss of a vintage Hawker Hunter military jet, which killed 11 people on the ground and injured many others. Nicholas Hughes is acting for Allianz and Canadian manufacturer Instrumar in a claim by Ethiopian Airlines relating to fire damage sustained by an aircraft parked at London Heathrow. AIG, MS Amlin, Global Aerospace, Chubb, Cathay Pacific Airlines, British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin are also clients. Sue Barham (now a consultant) is β€˜an aviation expert’. Other key figures include recently promoted partner Zohar Zik, who handles regulatory matters, and associates Christopher Smith and Mark Waters.

DLA Piper has a β€˜friendly and hands-on team’ with a β€˜great reputation’ in aviation matters. It handles complex and high-value matters for international and domestic airlines, aviation service providers and aviation insurers, with wide-ranging expertise spanning dispute resolution, regulatory issues, commercial contracts, accidents and insurance disputes in the aviation sector. Tony Payne is advising Manchester Airports Group on its submissions to the DfT regarding night time movement limits and noise quota limits at Stansted Airport. Mark Franklin is representing Honeywell in a $42m product liability dispute concerning property damage resulting from a fire that broke out on an aircraft while it was parked at Heathrow airport. Kathryn Ward is β€˜completely focused on delivering for the client; he will always go the extra mile’ and has β€˜a good understanding of the commercial aspects of case handling as well as the sensitivities surrounding aviation claims’. Ward represented Allianz in liability issues relating to the fatal crash of an ATR72 aircraft operated by Aerocaribbean in November 2010. Payne and Franklin head the team.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s multi-disciplinary practice acts for airlines, aircraft manufacturers, airport owners and operators, infrastructure development contractors and government bodies on a range of regulatory, competition, corporate and dispute resolution matters. It is acting for Virgin Atlantic Airways on regulatory and competition matters regarding its joint venture with Delta Air Lines in relation to routes between the UK, US, Canada and Mexico. Other clients include easyJet, Heathrow Airport Holdings, TUI Travel, Thomson Airways, Gatwick Airport and TAG Farnborough Airport. Gareth Roberts heads the team alongside competition and regulatory expert Kim Dietzel. Gregg Rowan and Gavin Williams are also recommended.

Ince & Co’s β€˜excellent team’ is β€˜thoroughly trusted by clients, particularly the insurers’, and is praised for its β€˜responsive’ and β€˜tailored service’. It handles major disputes, insurance, regulatory work, employment, commercial contracts and competition mandates. The team is retained by several major airlines, including Ryanair and Vueling Airlines, on UK passenger claims. Bristow Helicopters, flydubai, Emirates and are also clients. Global head of aviation Gillie Belsham is β€˜masterful, tactically astute and commercially savvy’. She is ably assisted by Anna Anatolitou, who advises on aviation disputes, regulatory and commercial matters, has a strong Middle East practice; and Philippe Ruttley and managing associate Solange Leandro, who handle aviation-related competition matters. Consultant Chris Walsh is also recommended. Employment specialist Rebecca Thornley-Gibson joined from asb law LLP in 2016.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s β€˜knowledgeable’ department advises on a range of antitrust, competition, regulatory, commercial, insurance, planning and disputes issues in the aviation sector. The team acted for Delta Air Lines on the acquisition of a slot at Heathrow Airport from Croatia Airlines. Other key work includes handling EC261 claims for numerous airlines including British Airways, easyJet, and Wizz Air. Duncan Batchelor heads the aviation department, which includes aviation disputes head Patrick Farrell, who has β€˜vast’ experience in aviation litigation, arbitration and repossessions, Chris Randall, who handles transactional matters in the aviation sector, and Ian Giles, who handles competition, cartel investigations and merger control matters. Other key figures include consultant Tim Ingham, who advises aviation insurers and their insureds; Robin Springthorpe, who focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular emphasis on commercial and regulatory issues; Simon Chamberlain, who handles regulatory and commercial matters; and Charlotte Winter, who handles complex aviation disputes. Senior associates Annabelle Wheeler, Dan Cowdy and Zayba Drabu are also recommended.

Stephenson Harwood fields a team of β€˜leading commercial aviation litigators’ and is a β€˜go-to firm’ for disputes. Key highlights included advising BCI Aircraft Leasing Ireland C on an $82m dispute arising from the redelivery of two Airbus A340 aircraft by Air Namibia, and defending Jordan Aviation in a $7m claim concerning the redelivery condition of an Airbus A330. The team also acted for TransAsia Airways on its potential inclusion on the EU blacklist of airlines, and is advising Ryanair on a range of contentious matters. Team head Paul Phillips is a β€˜master tactician and strategist’ with β€˜extensive industry knowledge’; he is β€˜very good at assessing the overall merits of a case and getting on top of the details’. Senior associate Chloe Challinor has β€˜exceptional understanding of aviation law and is a tough litigator’.

The team at Bird & Bird LLP is β€˜excellent to work with’ and delivers β€˜top-quality advice’ through β€˜quick response times’. It handles regulatory, commercial, competition, employment, technology and transactional matters as well as dispute resolution, with an emphasis on legal issues relating to unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The firm acts for easyJet on slot agreements, commercial agreements, and regulatory matters in relation to data protection and passenger information. Virgin Atlantic Airways, Sri Lankan, North Air, Air Asia and Emirates are also clients. Team head Paul Briggs advises on commercial mandates, and Sophie Eyre handles aviation-related commercial litigation and arbitration. β€˜Knowledgeable’ of counsel Simon Phippard advises on insurance and regulatory issues.

Hill Dickinson LLP handles commercial, regulatory, competition and insurance disputes in the aviation sector. It is advising a Middle East carrier on aircraft accident issues in relating to the total and fatal loss of an aircraft. It is also defending a UK-based low-cost carrier in EC261 claims and is advising another low-cost carrier on the establishment of its UK base. Department head Joanna Kolatsis handles commercial, non-contentious and regulatory matters. Associates Alastair Long and Lucy Schofield are also recommended, as is consultant Saleema Brohi.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s airports team sits within its infrastructure practice and handles specialist regulatory, infrastructure, planning, competition, real estate and dispute resolution mandates, leveraging expertise from its international network where necessasry. AΓ©roports de Paris, Regional Airports Limited, TAV and Belfast City Airport are clients. Andrew Briggs specialises in infrastructure mandates. Andrew Gallagher and counsel Charles Ford are also recommended.

Clients of Holland & Knight (UK) LLP single out the team’s β€˜industrial and legal expertise, which results in excellent quality advice’, and its response times, which are β€˜second-to-none’. The team continues to advise Haughey Air on a contractual dispute with AgustaWestland arising out of the purchase of a AW139 helicopter. Consultant Ian Clark, senior counsel Tim Murray, Gwyn O’Flynn, who handles transactional matters, and Robert Ricketts are recommended.

Kennedys’ β€˜first-rate’ department has specialist experience in the aviation insurance market, acting for insurers, their insureds, and other carriers. It is representing Tatarstan Airlines and lead reinsurer XL-Catlin on the fatal crash of Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363 which crashed at Kazan International Airport while attempting to land. It is also acting for Bhoja Air and lead reinsurer Ingosstrakh on the fatal crash of Bhoja Air Flight 213 during its approach to Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad. The tem is acting for British Airways and AIG on issues arising from a fire that took place during take-off from Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport on British Airways Flight 2276 in 2015. The β€˜excellent’ Simon Balls heads the team, which includes Mark Welbourn, who is β€˜great for defence work’; the β€˜very knowledgeable’ Alexandra Rodina; senior associate Noelia Mann; and Sam Mason (also a senior associate) who recently joined from Clyde & Co LLP. Robert Ireland left the firm to join Clyde & Co LLP.

Slaughter and May’s multi-disciplinary aviation team handles regulatory, litigation, and real estate matters in the sector. It advised Gatwick Airport on the strategic case for a new runway at the airport and is acting for British Airways in multi-party litigation following air cargo cartel investigations worldwide. Efstathios Michael handles contentious aviation matters, while Anna Lyle-Smythe and Bertrand Louveaux advise on merger control issues.

Addleshaw Goddard handles a range of aviation law matters, including regulatory and dispute resolution, for clients such as British Airways, LATAM Airlines, United Airlines, Wings Capital, Rolls Royce and Manchester Airport Group. Rory MacCarthy, who is noted for regulatory matters, and Rebecca Garner head the department.

Baker McKenzie leverages its international footprint to advise on disputes, regulatory, antitrust, projects and general commercial mandates in the aviation sector. The team is advising the BVI Government on its international airport expansion project. Hermes Airports, Menzies Aviation and IAG are also clients. Corporate partner Peter Strivens heads the team.

Although Dentons is principally noted for its β€˜outstanding’ aviation finance practice, it also handles dispute resolution and litigation, competition, corporate, TMT, data protection and employment mandates in the sector, leveraging its global footprint where necessary. Virgin Atlantic and SITA are clients. Team head Nick Chandler is recommended.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides an β€˜excellent service’ covering regulatory, commercial, competition, employment and dispute resolution matters. It is advising Hermes Airports on EU law matters, and provides employment advice to Heathrow Airport. IATA, Birmingham Airport, Manchester Airports Group, Vantage Airports Group and Aero Professional are also clients. The team is led by Richard Prowse in Birmingham, Simon Masters in Manchester and Cardiff-based Tom Bray, who β€˜really goes the extra mile and is very responsive’.

Gowling WLG handles a range of mandates for aviation-sector clients inlcuding IP, competition, dispute resolution, pensions and employment matters. It is acting for Thai Airways in proceedings brought by British Airways in the UK Air Cargo litigation. dnata and Monarch Airlines are also clients. The team is predominantly based across its London and Birmingham offices and is led by litigation partner Clark Sargent. Bernardine Adkins handles competition and antitrust matters, and principal associate James Barr is noted for IT, commercial and outsourcing advice in the aviation sector.

Regulatory, commercial, and contentious mandates are a mainstay of the practice at Keystone Law. Highlights included advising Blue Island on its airline franchise agreement with Flybe. Virgin Atlantic, Wizzair, Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority and Privatair are also clients. Key individuals include Trevor Sears, who is β€˜very experienced’, Jeremy Bennett, Alex Ferrari, who handles domestic and international disputes in the aviation sector, and Susannah Sheppard, who advises on EU and UK competition matters. Barrister Hugh O’Donovan, who specialises in commercial and competition aviation, has a β€˜fantastic reputation’. Tamsin Hayward joined easyJet in 2016.

Boutique aviation practice The Air Law Firm LLP handles a range of aviation-related mandates including disputes, commercial and regulatory matters. Commercial team head Aoife O’Sullivan has β€˜vast experience of the aviation sector’ and John Korzeniowski leads the dispute resolution team, where Diego Garrigues acts for airlines, general aviation operators and owners.

The team at Winston & Strawn London LLP works closely with its US colleagues to advise on transactional matters in the aviation sector, as well as regulatory issues, infrastructure, and environmental law matters. Key clients include Aer Lingus, which the team advises on commercial and joint venture matters. Christopher Boresjo and Mark Moody head the team.

The cross-departmental group at Gordon Dadds LLP handles corporate and commercial, employment, litigation and property issues. Richard Elliott recently advised a start-up airline on structuring and regulatory matters.

Locke Lord LLP handles disputes, regulatory and commercial matters in the aviation sector. Ipeco Holdings, Ethiopian Airlines, Olympic Airlines, Aegean Air and Singapore Airlines are clients. Kevin Heath handles aviation disputes for airlines and team head Alan Meneghetti handles commercial and regulatory mandates.


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  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers:

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Allen & Overy LLP’s β€˜highly-rated’ team is renowned for its experience in complex and high-value transactions in the rail sector, particularly relating to light and heavy rail infrastructure, concessions and rolling stock, and leverages the firm’s international footprint to handle international rail projects. Governments, sponsors, manufacturers and financiers are key clients. In an illustration of its expertise acting for government on rail-related matters, the team has been advising the DfT and Network Rail on the Shaw Report into the future shape and financing of Network Rail. Other highlights included advising funders to Alpha Trains on the acquisition of a fleet of passenger trains from SocGen, and on the financing of the acquisition of two operating rail companies from within the wider group. The team acted fof Vale on the re-negotiation of Mitsui’s $1bn investment in the Nacala rail and port project in Mozambique and Malawi. Bombardier, Cheung Kong Infrastructure (CKI), Etihad Rail, Eversholt, HS1 and Qatar Rail are also clients. Jonathan Bevan heads the team, which features a number of key individuals includimg Mario Jacovides, who is global head of the structured and asset finance group, Tim Conduit, global infrastructure head David Lee, Conrad Andersen and Richard Evans.

Ashurst is praised for its β€˜vast experience’ in complex UK and global rail deals, advising on rolling stock, franchising, projects, infrastructure and light rail mandates. The team is continuing to advise TfL and DLR on the Docklands Light Railway New Rolling Stock project, and is also advising London Underground Limited on the procurement of rolling stock as part of part of the Β£10bn New Tube for London (NTfL) London Underground upgrade project. The team also advised Hitachi Rail on its contract with Network Rail for the first Traffic Management System to supply Network Rail with a traffic management solution framework to support the roll-out of a full digital railway, and is advising City of Edinburgh Council on the Β£145m extension of the Edinburgh tram system from York Place to Newhaven. National Express, London Midland, Keolis, Abellio and Mitsui are also clients. Key individuals include Mark Elsey, who is global co-head of transport, Terence van Poortvliet, a noted rail, transport and intrastructure specialist, and β€˜rail expert’ Naomi Horton. Senior associates Stuart Cottis and Jonathan Turner are also recommended.

Burges Salmon LLP has β€˜unrivalled industry knowledge and experience’ in franchising, procurement, regulatory, and major infrastructure project matters, and clients single out the firm’s β€˜exceptional knowledge of rolling stock’. Highlights included advising FirstGroup on its procurement of rolling stock and mobilisation for the new TransPennine Express franchise, and advising Rail for London (a TfL company) on the acquisition of Willesden C Sidings (at the Wembley European Freight Operating Centre) from DB Schenker (now BD Cargo International) in addition to preparing and consulting on the suite of leasing and access documents to lease the new depot to the concessionaire operating London Overground rail services. It also advised Merseyrail Electrics 2002 on the procurement by Merseytravel of a new fleet of 52 four-car electric units manufactured by Stadler Bussnang, for operation on the Merseyrail Electrics network. Rail head Brioney Thomas is β€˜committed, pragmatic and always looking for the most appropriate solutions for clients’. Head of rail health and safety Ann Metherall, rail infrastructure head Philip Beer and rail franchising head Simon Coppen are other key practitioners. Also recommended are Keith Beattie, recently promoted partner and β€˜very skilled advocate’ Ian Tucker, and Chris Jackson, who heads the transport team.

The β€˜fantastic’ department at Clifford Chance LLP handles a range of high-profile rail projects for investors, operators and suppliers. The team advised Rock Rail East Anglia on the procurement and Β£620m senior financing of rolling stock from Stadler Bussnang to be leased to Abellio, as the successful franchisee on the East Anglia rail franchise. It also advised EQT Infrastructure II, through an indirectly owned company within the Hector Rail group, on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of GB Railfreight from Groupe Eurotunnel. TfL, RBS, Network Rail, SMBC, CDPQ, Hermes Infrastructure and Lombard are also clients. Paul Carrington specialises in financing and leasing and heads the rail practice, which includes Michael Pearson, who advises on UK and international rail projects, and Ranbir Hunjan, who handles leasing and banking matters. Consultant Gavin Teague and senior associate Dominic Watts are also recommended. Nelson Jung recently re-joined the firm from the UK's Competition and Markets Authority.

Dentons’ β€˜strong rail practice’ is β€˜very pro-active and commercial’ and has β€˜vast experience in the sector’. It handles a wide range of rail-related matters, including passenger and freight, infrastructure development and operation, light rail and trams, franchises and concessions, operations, regulation, rolling stock procurement and maintenance, finance, technology and disputes. Highlights included advising MTR Corporation on its joint venture with First Group and subsequent joint bid for the South Western Trains rail franchise; acting for the same client on all aspects of its bid for the new Wales and Borders franchise; and advising Mitsui on its investment in a 40% stake in the Abellio Greater Anglia franchise. Network Rail Infrastructure, London Overground Rail Operations Limited, Deutsche Bahn Group, Virgin Trains and London Overground are also clients. Team head Matthew Hanslip Ward is an β€˜expert in the UK rail market and in franchising’. He is assisted by Christopher McGee-Osborne, who has β€˜longstanding experience in the rail sector’, and head of real estate in London Virginia Glastonbury, who advises on rail infrastructure projects. Managing associate Martin Watt specialises in rolling stock. The team was recently joined by David Moore from Clyde & Co LLP.

The β€˜responsive and client-focused’ team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a β€˜very strong understanding of the market, with good experience working for contracting authorities’; it is β€˜always willing to listen and come up with creative solutions to commercial issues’. The team, which has specialist commercial and regulatory lawyers with experience in mandates across the rail industry, is advising the DfT and HS2 Ltd on phase 1 of the HS2 project. It also advised Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) on its procurement of a new operational and maintenance contractor for the Manchester Metrolink light rail system, and is assisting the DfT with the competitive re-lettings of the East Midlands rail franchise and the Trans Pennine Express. Anne Harris, who is a β€˜true expert in the sector’, and Mark Brunton head the team, which includes the β€˜astute’ Stephen Collings and Agnes Koko, who is noted for her β€˜in-depth expertise’. Monica Peto is now a consultant.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s multi-disciplinary rail group is noted for its β€˜in-depth knowledge of rail matters’. The team continues to advise HS2 Ltd on the core contractor procurements for phase 1 of the project, and is advising the DfT and London and Continental Railways (LCR) on the sale of their interests in the King's Cross Central Partnership (the entity that owns and is developing King's Cross Central) to AustralianSuper. It is also advising Stagecoach South West on its bid for the new South Western franchise and is advising HS1 Ltd, the owner of High Speed 1, on a range of commercial, operational and regulatory matters. Global head of infrastructure Patrick Mitchell has β€˜vast experience in the rail sector’ and heads the rail team, which includes Adrian Clough, competition, regulation and trade partner Tim Briggs, and of counsel John Williams.

Linklaters LLP advises governments, regulators, sponsors, lenders and financiers on complex deals in the rail industry, covering financing, construction, enhancement, franchising, rolling stock and policy matters. It is advising the lenders (African Development Bank, International Finance Corporation and others) on the proposed financing of Vale’s development project of a 912km rail line leading from its mine in the Tete province in Mozambique, through Malawi to Nacala. It is also advising Borealis Infrastructure and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP) on the sale of HS1. Other highlights included advising on the Shaw Report into the future financing of Network Rail. Siemens, Innisfree and Deutsche Bahn are also clients. Fiona Hobbs heads the team, which includes the β€˜brilliant’ Charlotte Morgan, Stuart Rowson, Ian Andrews and Bruce White.

The β€˜strong’ cross-practice team at Norton Rose Fulbright handles a range of matters in the rail sector including franchising and concessions, rolling stock, construction, projects and infrastructure, environmental law, health and safety, IP, technology, dispute resolution and competition. Highlights for the team included advising JLIF Limited Partnership on its acquisition of a 20% equity stake in Rail Investments (Great Western). Leveraging the firm’s international footprint, the team advised Commonwealth Bank of Australia on a Β£900m rail financing in partnership with Angel Trains. It has also been appointed to advise the City of Ottawa on the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project. DfT, Eversholt Rail Group and International Finance Corporation are also clients. Donald Warnock specialises in rail infrastructure projects and Andrew Buisson advises on major rail infrastructure transactions. Of counsel Louise Auty is an asset finance lawyer with extensive rail experience. Tom Johnson heads the team.

Stephenson Harwood acts for manufacturers, operating companies, public sector procurers, rolling stock owners, infrastructure managers and financiers, both in the UK and internationally, on a range of rail matters, and is particularly noted for its franchising, rolling stock, projects and financing expertise. Highlights included advising Arriva Rail London on the mobilisation of the new London Overground Concession and advising Abellio on its bid for the new East Anglia Franchise. It is also advising Rail for London (RfL) and London Underground Limited (LUL) on the preparation of a standard form manufacturing and supply agreement, as well as maintenance and spares supply arrangements to assist in multiple tenders, and is acting for TfL on regulatory and access aspects of Crossrail. The β€˜commercial and thorough’ Graeme McLellan, who is an asset finance expert with particular focus on rolling stock, heads the β€˜experienced team’, which includes the β€˜exceptional’ Tammy Samuel, who handles franchising, rolling stock, projects and infrastructure matters; Suzanne Tarplee, who advises on franchising, rolling stock and rail regulation; and the β€˜highly regarded’ Lisa Marks. Also recommended are Graeme Barton, who was promoted to partner in 2016 and handles infrastructure and construction projects, and senior associate Darren Fodey.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s cross-practice department acts for financiers, operating lessors and other investors in rail assets such as rolling stock and real estate. It is also experienced in competition law and sectoral regulation, as well as planning, IT, technology and disputes in the sector. It continues to advise Land Securities on the Ebbsfleet and Eastern Quarry development, as part of the government's Thames Gateway initiative, and advised Angel Trains on the Β£900m procurement, leasing and financing of 665 new Bombardier Aventra electric multiple-unit passenger vehicles as part of Abellio’s winning East Anglia rail franchise bid. Beacon Rail instructed the team on the EU and national merger control and regulatory aspects of multiple proposed acquisitions of competitor rolling stock leasing businesses and portfolios. Russell Clifford heads the asset finance and rail industry group, which include Jamie Wiseman-Clarke, who specialises in rail finance mandates, and James Marshall, who provides competition law advice.

Bond Dickinson LLP is a β€˜close-knit, stable team which very much knows what it is doing’; it β€˜provides sensible, pragmatic and easy-to-understand advice quickly’. It is experienced across rolling stock procurement and contracts, rail franchise bids, IT contracts, and also handles light rail mandates. Department head David Rewcastle provides a β€˜well-rounded service’ and regularly leads on rail franchise bids and rolling stock procurements. Paul Coleman is β€˜exceptional’ and specialises in rolling stock and infrastructure, and β€˜pragmatic operator’ Kevin Bell handles franchising mandates. Managing associates Will Bonas and David Millard, who was recently promoted, are also recommended.

CMS’s team focuses on rail infrastructure projects, rolling stock procurement and funding, and depot financing transactions. It also has expertise in the light rail sector. It advised the lenders to Rock Rail East Anglia (a consortium of Rock Rail, SL Capital, GMPF and LPFA) on the funding for the procurement of 378 new intercity and bi-mode Stadler built rolling stock units to be leased to Abellio East Anglia. Tramlink Nottingham, Eurostar International, FirstGroup, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and Edinburgh Trams are also clients. Bill Carr handles rolling stock procurement and maintenance agreements, and Edinburgh-based Eleanor Lane specialises in major transport and infrastructure projects. Consultant Jonathan Beckitt is also recommended. Carr and Lane head the team.

DLA Piper’s β€˜strong’ department advises on regulatory matters, rolling stock procurements, rail franchise tenders and wider infrastructure projects, as well as operational matters. The team is advising HS2 Ltd on the planning and real estate aspects of HS2, particularly in relation to complex acquisitions and site assembly, as well advising on mechanisms for multiple compensation claims. It also advised the DfT on several matters including the East Anglia rail franchise, and on operational matters relating to the Thameslink Rolling Stock Project. Merseytravel is instructing the team on high-value investments in fleet and depot improvements. Agility Trains, Hitachi Rail Europe and Serco are also clients. London-based UK projects head Colin Wilson, UK rail head Robert Smith in Leeds, and Edinburgh-based Sharon Fitzgerald, who handles infrastructure projects, are highly regarded.

Hogan Lovells International LLP has β€˜excellent sector knowledge’ and is praised for its β€˜excellent response times’. The team handles a variety of rail sector projects, with expertise in franchising, rolling stock, and major infrastructure projects. Highlights included advising Alstom on the acquisition of GE’s Intelligent Transportation Solutions business, and is advising the Hellenic Republic on the restructuring of the Greek railway. It is also advising the lenders in connection with the Nottingham Express Transit Phase 2 PFI project. The β€˜experienced’ Andrew Briggs and Simon Gwynne, who has a β€˜confident and authoritative manner’, head the team. They are assisted by Adrian Walker, who is global co-head of infrastructure, energy, resources and projects, counsel Charles Ford, and Andrew Gallagher, who specialises in infrastructure finance, project finance, PPP transactions and infrastructure acquisitions.

Osborne Clarke LLP’s β€˜well-connected’ team is noted for its β€˜excellent client care’ and β€˜ability to understand the suite of (policy as well as legal) issues that are live in the industry’. It has rail franchising, concessions and rolling stock expertise, and also handles a range of broader corporate and commercial matters, including providing public law advice and advice on procurement challenges. Highlights included advising Eversholt Rail Group on the finance, acquisition and leasing of a new fleet built by Spanish train manufacturer CAF, acting for Stadler Rail Valencia on the modification of an existing fleet of Class 68 locomotives, and advising XC Trains on the renewal of its operation of the CrossCountry passenger rail franchise. Team head Lara Burch is β€˜up to speed with policy issues in the sector and is able to link the legal advice to these issues’. Other key figures include Clive Smith, who handles asset finance matters in the rail and rolling stock arena, corporate partner Simon Smith, and disputes partner Charlie Wedin. Also recommended are associate director Jeremy Godley, who has β€˜in-depth rail expertise’, and senior associate Craig McCarthy, who stands out for his experience handling domestic and EU procurement regulation maters.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team attracts praise for its β€˜quick responses and clear advice’ as well as for its β€˜strong track record in infrastructure projects in the rail sector’. The team is advising the EPC contractor on a $1.7bn railway project in Ethiopia and is acting for the Greater London Authority and TfL on the HS2, Phase 1 Parliamentary Bill concerning the protection of various transport assets and statutory functions around London. It is also continuing to advise TfL and LUL on the planning and authorisation of the Β£1bn extension of the London Underground’s Northern Line. Jon Hart heads the team which includes the β€˜dynamic’ Robbie Owen who is an infrastructure planning expert, Anne-Marie Friel, who handles projects, and Francis Tyrrell, who has a β€˜wealth of knowledge’.

Simmons & Simmons is β€˜very experienced in high-profile rail infrastructure projects’, provides β€˜a high standard of advice’, and has β€˜exceptional industry knowledge, particularly in understanding the practical delivery problems of large, complex construction or engineering projects’. It is advising TfL on the procurement of up to six different facilities management contracts, and is advising the DfT in relation to Network Rail’s operations and financing needs. The team is also advising Momentum Infrastructure, a JV of three leading contractors bidding for enabling and civil works on HS2. Team head Juliet Reingold has β€˜exceptional experience’ of UK and international rail projects and β€˜highly innovative’ construction partner Rob Horne has β€˜extensive knowledge of rail and transport infrastructure projects’. Navneet Juty left the firm in 2016.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP fields an β€˜exceptional team’ with expertise spannning the planning, promotion and statutory authorisation of major rail projects; advising on compulsory purchase, property issues, consultations, and environmental impact assessments; and handling planning and statutory procedures. Team head Paul Irving assists with drafting legislation relating to railways, and is praised for his β€˜experience, knowledge and capacity to deliver’. Other key figures include Hazel Anderson, who specialises in infrastructure planning work, including the authorisation of railways; the β€˜brilliant’ Alison Gorlov; Simon Livesey; and senior associate Jane Wakeham, who focuses on the authorisation of railway schemes and the promotion of infrastructure projects. Brian Greenwood recently joined Clyde & Co LLP.

The β€˜very able’ team at Addleshaw Goddard has wide-ranging rail expertise spanning franchising, infrastructure and rolling stock transactions in the sector. The team is advising the DfT on the West Coast Partnership, which will combine the current InterCity West Coast services with the development and introduction of HS2 services, and also advised the DfT on the West Midlands Direct Award and franchise competition. Other highlight included advising Keolis UK and Amey Rail on its successful bid for the Β£500m contract to operate and maintain the Manchester Metrolink tram network. It also advised Hitachi Rail Europe on the completion of its sale of 19 five-car Hitachi AT300 bi-mode trains to First TransPennine Express, and on the connected transaction for a further five units for Hull Trains Company. Department head Paul Hirst has a β€˜fantastic reputation’ and Jacqui Langley-White is also recommended.

Noted for its β€˜specialist sector knowledge’ Bircham Dyson Bell focuses on the development and promotion of rail schemes across the UK and is noted for its infrastructure planning expertise. It is advising TfL on Crossrail 2, on the proposed extension of the London Overground network to Barking Riverside. The team is also advising the same client on the land acquisition relating to the Northern Line extension, and assisted TfGM with the implementation of the new extension to the Manchester Metrolink tram system. Angus Walker heads the team, which includes Ian Cameron, who is β€˜good on strategy and procedure’, Mark Challis, who is β€˜an excellent strategist, with a thorough approach and wide experience in urban railway projects’, and Nick Evans, who has β€˜good knowledge of procedure, deals with the detail and gives sound advice’. Sarah Clark and Tom Henderson are also recommended.

The β€˜commercially aware’ team at Shoosmiths LLP is β€˜very knowledgeable, particularly on rolling stock matters’ and has β€˜good understanding of franchising and the link between rolling stock leases and franchising obligations’. It is also noted for its experience in rail infrastructure projects. It is advising Stagecoach Group on the establishment of two framework agreements, and is advising Centro (now Transport for West Midlands) on the Wolverhampton Interchange Project. In another highlight, the team advised Porterbrook Leasing Company Limited (PLCL) on transfer tof leases for the various Porterbrook-owned rolling stock fleets and associated heavy maintenance agreements, as well as the leases for the ticket barriers installed at numerous stations, from Abellio Greater Anglia to Abellio East Anglia. Department head Chris McClure is β€˜very approachable and knowledgeable’; he is supported by the β€˜enthusiastic’ Martin Fleetwood, who has a β€˜deep knowledge of the structure of the UK rail industry’, Ursula Gould, who advises on concessions for the construction and operation of light rail schemes and transport interchange projects, and Joanne McGuinness, who handles real estate matters in the sector.

White & Case LLP is commended for its β€˜excellent customer service’ and its β€˜prompt responses’. It advises on rail infrastructure procurement and project development, the supply of rolling stock, concessions and franchising, regulatory matters and dispute resolution. International rail projects are a key strength of the team; highlights included advising Vale on the development and financing of the $4.4bn Nacala Corridor Project, a project to transport coal from Vale’s mine in Moatize to a new coal port in Nacala, Mozambique. In another highlight, Alpha Trains instructed the team on the purchase and financing of several fleets. Jason Kerr heads the team, which includes Phillip Capper, who β€˜provides clear and well-reasoned advice’ and is an β€˜excellent lawyer with strengths in contract obligations interpretation and dispute resolution’. Also recommended are Ellis Baker, who heads the construction and engineering practice, Louise Mor, who advises on international asset finance and leasing transactions, and Caroline Miller Smith, who advises on concession and project finance matters.

Fieldfisher is active across the rail sector and handles a range of franchising, rolling stock manufacturing, leasing, ticketing, procurement, state aid and technology infrastructure mandates. It alsao advised the DfT on Wi-Fi roll-out deals for Chiltern Railways and Arriva Trains Wales, and continues to work on deals for the South Eastern and Thameslink franchises. It also advised the DfT on the negotiation of a new Direct Award Franchise agreement between the DfT and XC Trains, and acted for Engage Solutions Group on its SaaS subscription agreement with London and South Eastern Railway for an employee engagement and communication mobile app. Trainline, Global Travel Ventures and GoAhead Group are also clients. John Worthy and John Cassels are key figures in the team.

Hollingworth Bissell has a β€˜fantastic reputation’ and advises a range of rail industry clients. Sara Hollingworth and Helen Bissell are the key contacts.

K&L Gates LLP advises on major rail projects and has particular expertise in light rail metro and mass transit systems. It advises on performance regimes, reliability and maintainability of rolling stock, and also has experience in advising on complex signalling procurements. TfL, Tube Lines, Qatar Rail, Rail for London and Crossrail Ltd are clients. Department head Matthew Smith advises on UK and international transport, rail and infrastructure projects, as well as handling disputes in the sector.

Kennedys handles a range of contentious instructions in the rail industry. Health and safety regulatory matters are a mainstay of the practice, as are public inquiries, criminal investigations and prosecutions in the rail sector. The team also advises several major train operators on employment matters, and continues to act for Virgin Trains on employment and industrial relations work. Team head Richard Crockford β€˜has huge tactical knowledge and is extremely determined to fight his client’s corner’; he has longstanding experience in handling health and safety matters. Matthew Leake and Fiona Morgan handle employment mandates in the rail sector.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s rail team has β€˜good industry knowledge’ and is lauded for its β€˜flexible’ approach. It handles a range of transactional matters in the sector; highlights included advising BBSFF EU Rail Lessor (a subsidiary of Global Investments), BOSSAF Rail and Everest Babcock & Brown Opportunities Fund on the sale of Ascendos Investments to Beacon Rail Leasing. Nigel Taylor advises on rail franchising, projects and corporate transactions, and global transport head Rex Rosales is experienced in asset finance.

Gowling WLG’s rail practice advises on new station developments, station upgrades, as well as overstation and over-track developments. It also advises on Network Rail interface agreements on behalf of developers and London Underground, and acts for freight operators and users. It is advising Barnet Council on the closure of existing rail freight facilities, the delivery of a new rail freight facility and new railway station as part of a regeneration scheme. It is also acting for Crossrail Ltd on an over-site development at Liverpool Street. Key figures include non-contentious construction specialist Richard Green, who advises on new station developments; consultant Michael Whitehouse, who is experienced in UK rail projects; and of counsel Michael Hallowell, who is experienced in real estate. Giles Clifford heads the team.

Lee Bolton Monier-Williams handles rail-related property work. Consultant Keith Wallace is a notable figure.


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This section covers all forms of dry and wet shipping work, including casualty matters, shipbuilding, bill of lading and charterparty disputes, and marine insurance matters. Ship finance work is covered in the Asset finance and leasing section, and ship-related personal injury matters are covered in the Travel section.

HFW’s β€˜commercially minded team’ is noted for its β€˜vast experience across shipping’, which spans wet and dry mandates; the team is also described as a β€˜top player in international shipping disputes’. It is advising numerous customers, partner lines, insurers and terminal operators in relation to the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping. It also represented the cargo insurers in the β€˜Atlantik Confidence’ case which examined liability limitations. In another highlight illustrating the breadth of its maritime expertise, the piracy team secured the release of 26 hostages held in Somalia in 2016. Global head of shipping Craig Neame is a leading expert on container shipping and terminal matters. Other key figures include head of transactional shipping Adam Shire; Jonathan Webb, who heads the contentious shipping practice; Paul Dean, who is β€˜supremely diplomatic’; Daniel Martin, who heads the shipping regulatory team; salvage specialist Andrew Chamberlain; Richard Neylon, who is noted for marine casualty disputes; Rory Butler , who is experienced in handling major containership casualties involving dangerous goods; casualty specialist Jim Cashman; David Morriss, who is experienced in dry shipping disputes; Elinor Dautlich, who handles shipping contracts; litigation specialist Richard Mabane; global crisis management head Toby Stephens; and sanctions specialist Daniel Martin. John Forrester, Stephen Drury, Toby Stephens, Dominic Johnson, Matt Illingworth and Jean Koh, who has β€˜excellent knowledge’, are also recommended. Hugh Livingstone and James Gosling are now part-time consultants.

β€˜A market leader for shipping work’, Ince & Co has β€˜deep industry knowledge allied with first-class legal knowledge; it provides quick, accurate and succinct legal advice, while always keeping in mind the underlying commercial issues’. The practice handles the full range of wet and dry shipping work, with expertise in high-profile casualties and maritime disputes, in addition to offshore, yacht, and regulatory and compliance mandates. It is acting for the owners of a bulk tanker in a $10m dispute with charterers, and represented the Norwegian hull and machinery indemnity insurers, Gard, and the protection and indemnity insurers, West of England, in a $170m Supreme Court case. It is also acting for Visemar and insurer Gard, in disputes relating to a 2014 fire on board the Norman Atlantic. Paul Herring and Faz Peermohamed lead the team, which includes Duncan Bateson, who handles superyachts and commercial shipping matters; shipping litigation specialist Jeremy Biggs; Ian Chetwood , who is β€˜excellent on commercial disputes’; Simon Spark , who β€˜always sees the big picture’; Kevin Cooper, who is noted for large-scale casualty cases; admiralty team head Christian Dwyer; Jonathan Elvey, who is focused on the Greek market; the β€˜experienced’ Fionna Gavin; and Will Marshall, who handles shipping and shipbuilding disputes. Also recommended are David Richards , who specialises in shipping and trade work. the β€˜formidable’ Michael Volikas, Chris Kidd, who leads on shipbuilding mandates, and consultant James Wilson.

Clyde & Co LLP’s β€˜expert’ department handles a range of shipping mandates for shipowners, charterers, traders, offshore energy groups and insurers, ports and terminals, shipbuilders, salvors and banks and brokers. It is acting for the Alpine Eternity and its liability insurers Britannia P&I Club on a casualty case resulting from a collision with an Iranian-owned oil rig, and represented the charterers Containerships Denizcilik and its insurers in an indemnity claim against the owners of the Yusuf Gusuf Cepnioglu and its P&I insurers following the grounding and total loss of the vessel in Greece. It also advising VIS Insurance on a cargo contamination case. The β€˜well-respected’ team includes Andrew Preston, who handles charterparty and bill of lading disputes; Simon Jackson, who specialises in shipping dispute resolution, as well as marine and energy insurance; cargo casualty head Jai Sharma; disputes specialist Andrew Nicholas; the β€˜brilliant’ Edward Mills-Webb; Nick Austin, who handles shipping and trading disputes; Elizabeth Turnbull, who is noted for contractual disputes; Simon Culhane; and the β€˜very responsive’ Irvine Marr. Other recommended individuals include Hatty Sumption, Martin Hall, John Leonida, David Bennet (who specialises in dispute resolution and international arbitration), Rob Collins, and legal director Bethan Bradley. In 2016 Christopher Pratts joined from Waltons & Morse, and Fanos Theophani joined from MFB.

Hill Dickinson LLP has β€˜great depth of knowledge’ and β€˜delivers good response times’ as well as β€˜clear advice’. It handles the breadth of wet and dry shipping mandates, and also advises on ports and terminals work, as well as ship and yacht construction matters. Julian Clark, who joined in 2017 from Campbell Johnston Clark, heads the global shipping practice, which include the β€˜first-rate’ Maria Pittordis, who is the global head of marine, trade and energy; Tony Allen, who heads the yachts team; Jeff Isaacs, who heads the commodities team; Rhys Clift, who handles disputes on contracts of carriage and bills of lading and maritime casualties; Justin Draeger, who specialises in bill of lading and charterparty disputes as well as refrigerated and bulk cargo matters; and Philip Haddon, who handles casualty matters. Also recommended are shipping disputes specialist Russell Gardner, Ian Maclean, who advises on contractual disputes, the β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ David Pitlarge, the β€˜experienced’ Malcolm Entwistle, and admiralty specialist Robert Wallis. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Tony Swinnerton and Lewis Moore.

The β€˜strong and deep’ team at Reed Smith LLP is β€˜highly knowledgeable and is extremely accustomed to thinking through issues from both a legal and a commercial perspective’. It handles a range of contentious and non-contentious shipping mandates and is particularly noted for its expertise in casualty, admiralty, ports and terminals, sanctions and superyacht matters. Highlights included representing The International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund 1992 on a case relating to a 1997 oil spill. It also advised the Greek owners and International Group P&I Club on a range of issues relating to a grounding off the southeast coast of Mauritius. Nick Shaw leads the global shipping team, which includes casualty head Richard Gunn, Charles Weller (β€˜a shining star’ who is active in the Greek, North American and Far East markets), Sally-Ann Underhill, who is an β€˜extremely responsive, diligent, intelligent and practical lawyer’, and the β€˜brilliant’ Andrew Taylor. Also recommended are the β€˜experienced’Stephen Kirkpatrick; Korea group head Alex Andrews; Charles Brown, who handles dry shipping litigation; shipping and trade disputes specialist Jeb Clulow; Marcus Dodds, who handles contract disputes and admiralty matters; consultant Lindsay East; Will Howard; and recently promoted partner Ioli Tassopoulou. Mark O’Neil and Helle Kjaerstad recently left the firm.

Stephenson Harwood’s team, which is noted for its β€˜excellent service, and breadth and depth in the industry’, is regularly engaged in high-stakes disputes in the London shipping market. It is advising war risk insurers (Navigators Insurance Company, Travelers Syndicate 5000 at Lloyd's and others) in relation to the Court of Appeal case concerning the β€˜B Atlantic’, and acted for Vitol in a $18m cargo claim in Nigeria. The team is also acting for a major German bank on the enforcement of its rights under three shipping loan agreements entered into for the purpose of financing three tankers.Mike Phillips leads the marine and international group, which includes Sean Gibbons, who is β€˜considered and easy to work with’; Paolo Ghirardani, who has β€˜great strategic acumen’; shipping disputes specialist Duncan McDonald; the β€˜approachable’ Nick Barber, who handles admiralty and contractual issues; offshore oil and gas and maritime law expert Tony Concagh; Ingolf Kaiser, who is β€˜outstanding on dry shipping matters’; the β€˜supremely confident and reassuring’Max Lemanski; and Stuart Beadnall, who is experienced in the maritime aspects of the oil and gas industry. Cristan Evans, Haris Zografakis and Alex Davis are also recommended.

Maritime and insurance law boutique Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless is a β€˜great example of a small firm that is a real match for the heavyweights’; β€˜it offers its clients an excellent service, combining detailed knowledge and experience of shipping law and the industry, with a very client-friendly approach’. Highlights included acting for the owners of the β€˜Yangtze Xing Hua’ on an arbitration award appeal. Paul Griffiths heads the practice, which includes Vernon Sewell, who heads the casualty team and has β€˜deep industry knowledge’; Nicholas Wilson, who is β€˜a great tactician’; William Chetwood, who is noted for his β€˜vast experience’; and Joanna Steele, who β€˜immerses herself in every case and has a very thorough grasp of the evidence and legal issues, whilst never losing sight of the commercial implications of a case’. Clients also single out Sarah Allan as β€˜particularly good for yacht and superyacht-related work; her practical knowledge of sailing and the industry stand her in good stead’. Andrew Powell is a β€˜details man with excellent technical skills’, and Paul Crane, who is β€˜very methodical in his approach’.

Campbell Johnston Clark delivers β€˜pragmatic, practical and speedy advice’ and has β€˜vast experience of the shipping sector’, advising on a range of admiralty, casualty, commercial shipbuilding, insurance and international trade mandates. It is advising Credit Europe Bank in proceedings brought by the insurers against the owners of the β€˜Atlantik Confidence’ and Credit Europe Bank following its sinking. The β€˜experienced team’ features number of standout individuals, including Jonathan Campbell, who handles transactional matters; Alistair Johnston, who advises on shipping and marine insurance matters; James Mackay, who gives β€˜precise advice on complex legal issues relating to bills of lading’; and Maria Borg Barthet, who handles all aspects of wet and dry shipping litigation. Julian Clark recently joined Hill Dickinson LLP.

The team at Kennedys was bolstered by the acquisition of boutique shipping and marine practice Waltons & Morse in 2016. The team is praised for its ability to β€˜fully understand the current markets’ and for its β€˜no-nonsense approach’. Its expertise covers dry shipping and charterparty disputes, as well as marine insurance and casualty mandates. Christopher Dunn’s β€˜knowledge is second-to-none’; he β€˜understands the individual needs of the client’. Dunn heads the team, which includes David Mckie, who handles marine insurance, shipping, shipbuilding and international arbitration disputes; marine insurance expert Graeme Baird; Jonathan Evans, who specialises in insurance and shipping disputes; the β€˜professional’ Andrew Purssell; and the β€˜extremely well versed’ Mark Lloyd. Consultant David Perry, Eric Sumner and Mark Lloyd are also recommended, as are senior associates John Langley and β€˜future star’ Shaan Burton.

MFB handles a range of shipping work for shipowners, charterers, P&I Clubs and other insurers. Andrew Wright, Mark Seward and Gerard Hopkins regularly advise on contentious matters. Eduardo Prim was recently promoted to partner. Andrew Hughes, Simon Wolsey and Edward Gray are also recommended.

A true specialist in maritime and international trade, Mills & Co. Solicitors Limited handles the full range of contentious matters, and is regularly involved in high-value arbitrations. It is also adept at handling non-contentious shipping-related instructions. Clients include marine insurers, shipowners, ship managers, shipbuilders, ship repairers, charterers, commodity traders and marine suppliers. Key figures include Guy Mills, who specialises in dry shipping, casualty work and shipbuilding; Martin Dalby, who handles casualty work; and Michael Smith, who is β€˜great on the details’. Nicola Jeanes, Simon Williams, Andreas Welz and Jonathan Green are also recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s β€˜excellent’ shipping team acts for international shipowners, ship managers, charterers, cargo owners, ports, shipyards, banks, trading houses and marine insurers on high-profile disputes. It is advising Lloyd’s Syndicates in relation to current claims brought against Starlight and others arising out of the sinking of Starlight’s vessel, the β€˜Alexandros T’, and is acting for London market war risk insurers in the defence of claims following an alleged piracy attack on a crude oil tanker in July 2011. It is also advising the owners of the vessel β€˜Baru Satu’ as well as its insurers after a collision off the coast of Greece. Philip Roche heads the department, which includes Patrick Foss, who is β€˜exceptional on disputes’; Charlotte Winter (who is β€˜a star’); and the β€˜brilliant’ Chris Zavos. Jo Ward, Kevin Austin and Peter Glover, who are all of counsel, are also recommended.

Thomas Cooper LLP handles a range of wet and dry shipping-related mandates, with an emphasis on cargo claims, marine casualty, insurance, piracy, shipbuilding, and contractual disputes. Wet work specialist Darryl Kennard heads the team, which includes Tim Kelleher, who handles commercial disputes; dry shipping specialist Ceri Done; Tom Moisley, who handles casualty matters; and Richard Morris, who advises on collisions and salvage matters. Lisa Hillary, Charles Williams, John Strange, Rachel Mills and Ben Browne are also recommended. James Severn and Nick Donnelly were promoted to partner, and Mark Sachs recently relocated to the London office to lead the Japan and China team.

Winter Scott LLP handles a range of contentious shipping mandates, including charterparty disputes and insurance matters. It also handles commercial mandates. Recommended individuals include the β€˜experienced’ Glenn Winter, admiralty specialist Ken Scott, Tim Houghton, and Christopher Wood, who handles a range of shipping disputes.

Specialist shipping and commodities firm Waterson Hicks stands out for its β€˜excellent response times’ and for the β€˜high level of knowledge’ in the team. It handles dry shipping, admiralty, marine insurance, shipbuilding disputes, collision and cargo claims. It is particularly noted for its expertise in ship speed and consumption disputes. The firm acts for shipowners, P&I clubs, state-owned organisations, oil companies and commodities traders, and has a vast Greek shipowner client base, acting for some of the largest ship managers in Greece. John Hicks β€˜spends the time understanding the client’s needs and finds quick and commercial solutions’. Consultant Julian Morgan is experienced in shipping disputes, and admiralty manager Stuart Parkin is β€˜first-rate’. Barrister John Bignall is also a consultant at the firm.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP is β€˜especially strong in the ship finance sector’ but also fields a team of β€˜exceptional litigators’ that acts for banks in enforcing loans and ship mortgages, and handles a range of disputes arising from shipbuilding, including sale and purchase contracts, bareboat and voyage charterparties, and management agreements. The team advised Sinoriches, a Chinese shipping company, in a dispute against dry bulk owner and operator Polaris, in relation to an LMAA arbitration award. Andrew Savage is β€˜brilliant on disputes’; Andrew Hutcheon β€˜can pick the bones out of a problem in minutes’; β€˜ferocious negotiator’ Robert Platt is a commercial contracts and dispute resolution lawyer; Charles Buss is β€˜energetic, creative and never gives up in trying to get a result for the client’; and Andrew Ward advises on contentious matters. Rob Fidoe recently re-joined the London office from Bangkok.

The β€˜superb’ team at Wikborg Rein handles a range of shipping and offshore mandates including large casualties and marine insurance matters. Notable highlights included acting for the ferry owners and Gard in a casualty matter relating to a ferry fire in 2015, and representing the owners of β€˜APL Temasek’ on its collision with a container crane in Egypt at the Suez Canal Terminal. London-based managing partner Clare Calnan heads the shipping and offshore group, which includes Chris Grieveson, who handles casualty work; Rob Jardine-Brown, who β€˜is quite brilliant, intelligent, engaging and very popular with clients’, and leads on shipbuilding instructions; and Nick Shepherd, who has a strong following for Greek shipping mandates. Mike Stewart, who is β€˜a good strategist and immensely hardworking’, joined from K&L Gates in 2016. Birgitte Karlsen and Jonathan Page are also recommended.

Birketts LLP’s β€˜responsive team’ has β€˜good industry knowledge and experience’ and handles disputes relating to bills of lading, charterparties, cargo claims, shipbuilding, marine insurance, cruise and ferry line operation, as well as handling salvage, ship arrest and collision claims. West of England, Tradhol Internacional, Raets Marine Insurance, Allianz Global & Speciality France and AXA Corporate Solutions Assurances are clients. Nicholas Woo heads the team, which includes Alex Davey, who β€˜takes a very commercial, pragmatic approach and has good sector expertise’; he handles defence work for shipowners and charterers. Also recommended are Henry Adams, who handles disputes involving cargo damage, as well as marine insurance disputes, and Lisa Wortley, who advises on charterparty disputes and cargo claims.

Gateley Plc’s β€˜excellent’ department handles dry shipping disputes, including marine cargo claims, charterparty and shipbuilding disputes, and also acts on transactional matters relating to the construction, sale, purchase and chartering of small commercial ships. It also has an β€˜experienced’ yacht team. Highlights included advising Fulton Shipping, the former owners of the cruise ship β€˜New Flamenco’, in a charter agreement dispute. Paul Dickie and Nicholas Walser head the team, which includes the β€˜experienced’ Bruce Virgo; Jane Hobbs, who advises on marine and insurance matters; and Andrew Messent, who β€˜gives straight replies’ and handles cargo disputes.

Recently merged firm Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP has β€˜a good understanding of client needs’ and is β€˜very strong’ on transactional and contentious shipping mandates, with particular expertise in shipbuilding and conversion matters. It is acting for Italian shipyard Fincantieri - Cantieri Navali Italiani in a dispute brought by Saga Cruises BDF, the owner of a cruise ship, and Acromas Shipping, who chartered the vessel from Saga Cruises, relating to the refit of the vessel. It is also representing Teekay Tankers and subsidiaries in claims arising from four shipbuilding contracts and an option agreement with STX Offshore and Shipbuilding Cofor the delivery of up to 16 tankers. Practice head Simon Curtis is noted for shipbuilding and offshore procurement matters, while contentious department head William Cecil(who is β€˜wise, sensible and knowledgeable’) and is noted for shipbuilding disputes. Also recommended are James Brown, who specialises in high-value technical disputes, the β€˜excellent’ Andreas Dracoulis and Andreas Silcher are also recommended.

Specialist marine firm Jackson Parton Solicitors handles wet and dry matters, insurance and related litigation and non-contentious mandates for public limited companies, Lloyd’s, P&I and FD&D clubs and shipping and insurance companies. Nick Parton, Nils Dahl Nielsen, Andrew Patrinos and Jonathan Clyne are recommended, as are consultant David Hughes and newly promoted partner Alex Askew.

Keystone Law’s β€˜reactive, efficient and knowledgeable’ team handles a range of contentious and non-contentious shipping mandates including insurance disputes, collisions, salvage claims and charterparty disputes. It is particularly noted for its yachting and superyacht sector expertise. Key figures include Jonathan Hadley-Piggin, who focuses on the yachting sector. Andrew Hignett and Ian Sellars are also recommended. Daniel Crockford and Alex Penberthy joined Keoghs LLP.

Lax & Co LLP’s β€˜outstanding’ team provides a β€˜personal service’ and β€˜practical advice’. Highlights included acting for MUR Joint Ventures in a dispute with Compagnie Monegasque de Banque. Team head Mike Lax handles shipping and international trade matters, including arbitration, charterparties, bills of lading, and salvage and collision work. He is assisted by Stuart Dench, who advises on chaterparty and bills of lading disputes, in addition to shipbuilding contracts and sale and purchase disputes; Imogen Rumbold, who handles commodities disputes; and Robert Pollock-Hill.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP β€˜punches well above its weight’ and has a β€˜tight-knit team that works hard and achieves great results for its clients’. It handles contractual and commercial issues, as well as casualties and cargo claims. Department head Dominic Ward is β€˜extremely thoughtful, pragmatic and brings a realistic and commercial approach to all his cases’. Andrew Oliver heads the sea fisheries, regulatory and marine environment unit as well as the ship transactional and finance team.

Established in 2015, BDM Law LLP is a β€˜motivated and responsive’ boutique shipping firm that handles maritime casualties, shipping and maritime insurance and shipbuilding disputes. It is acting for the insurers of a superyacht which was gutted by a fire at a marina in Turkey, and is representing the owners and insurers of the β€˜Kalliopi RC’ on a salvage claim. Nick Burgess is β€˜proactive yet balanced in his responses, with a keen sense of the commercial aspects of a case’. The β€˜pragmatic and thorough’ Bob Deering and David McInnes are also recommended.

DLA Piper handles a range of shipping disputes for blue-chip international shipping and logistics companies, utlitising the firm’s global network for cross-border cases. It is acting for the liquidators of OW Bunkers in a case against ING Bank for the recovery of some of the assigned bunker supplier receipts collected by ING Bank pursuant to security arrangements under a $700m revolving credit facility. The team is also acting for the the liquidating trustee of OW Bunkers in numerous arbitrations against shipowners in order to collect unpaid bunker receipts following the conclusion of the β€˜Res Cogitans’ case in the Supreme Court. Marine practice head Linos Choo handles ship finance and shipbuilding disputes and is particularly active in the Greek and Far East markets.

DWF regularly handles large disputes for marine insurers with a piracy, theft or detention of cargo angle, and is increasingly instructed on non-contentious shipping matters. It is advising Cronimet in two cargo disputes, and is advising a leading independent insurer on a novel claim regarding a vessel that was struck by a whale and sank off the coast of Mexico. Shipping and commodities head Jonathan Moss is β€˜able to identify the real issues in a case’ and is β€˜not afraid to recommend commercial solutions where appropriate’. The β€˜well-respected’ Michael Kingston handles shipping and marine insurance disputes, and has particular expertise in Arctic Circle issues and wreck removal.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises shipowner, charterer and insurer clients on international trade and the movement of goods. Team head Stephen Mackin handles dry shipping litigation, with a particular focus on oil, gas and LNG. Jessica Maitra advises on contentious and non-contentious matters including shipping contracts, marine insurance and international trade.

The β€˜fast and efficient’ team at M Taher & Co Solicitors handles a range of shipping, marine insurance, international trade and commodities matters, and is particularly noted for its sanctions experience. The team acts for shipowners, charterers, P&I Clubs, shipbrokers, commodities trading houses, major insurance companies, insurance brokers, recovery agents, freight-forwarders, and oil and gas corporations. Maryam Taher and shipping and commodities head Andrew Ridings are the key contacts.

Specialist shipping firm Mays Brown acts for owners, operators, charterers, P&I clubs, and underwriters on disputes. Joe Mays, David Wartski and Stephen Grainger are key figures.

Squire Patton Boggs’ β€˜outstanding’ team handles a range of mandates in the shipping sector including instructions relating to bills of lading, collisions, groundings, salvage and pollution, insurance and re-insurance, shipbuilding, piracy and sanctions, often utilising its international network of offices to advise on cross-border mandates. Essar Oilfield Services, Oriental Express Lines (Singapore) and Cedar Petrochemicals are clients. Graham Harris is a β€˜highly experienced and knowledgeable shipping lawyer’, who is β€˜not afraid to think outside of the box’; and β€˜formidable tactician’ Dharmendra Nair is β€˜commercially astute’ and a β€˜fantastic team player’, who β€˜understands the client’s needs and concerns completely’.

The β€˜experienced’ team at Weightmans LLP advises on marine disputes, and regularly handles marine casualties. It also acts in contractual claims arising under charterparties, bills of lading and other contracts of carriage, in addition to cargo loss and damage incidents. Highlights included representing Champion Tankers in claims and liability issues relating to the grounding of the β€˜Siteam Anja’. Head of marine Phil James has substantial ports and terminals expertise, advising on port liability incidents and regulatory matters. Consultant Mike Burns advises ship operators and insurers on commercial contracts and disputes. Terry Donaghy is also recommended.


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  4. Next generation lawyers

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β€˜A leading travel law firm’, Fieldfisher has a β€˜proactive approach and extensive grasp of the regulatory framework’ and is β€˜excellent for large sale and purchase transactions’. The practice handles regulatory, corporate, commercial and disputes work for a raft of blue-chip clients including Thomas Cook, Airbnb, Expedia, Secret Escapes,, Saudi Arabian Airlines, American Express Travel, On The Beach, Ebookers and Late Rooms. Department head Rhys Griffiths is noted for disputes, and clients single out corporate specialist David Wilkinson, who provides β€˜excellent advice and a top-level service’. Othr key figures include Phil Lee, who handles data privacy mandates for travel sector clients; senior associate Mark Smith, who specialises in commercial contracts and advises on customer facing contracts, as well as advertising and marketing matters; and Sonal Patel (also a senior associate), who advises on commercial contracts and is experienced in handling agreements between online travel agents, hotels and other suppliers.

The β€˜very strong’ department at HFW has β€˜excellent regulatory knowledge’, a β€˜wealth of experience’, and is praised for its β€˜attention to detail’. The team, which is particularly active across the aviation and cruise sectors, regularly advises airlines such as Cathay Pacific, Gulf Air, Qantas, US Airways, Air New Zealand, BMI Regional, and Thomas Cook, on flight delay claims, among other matters. Virgin Atlantic, Oman Air, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Singapore Airlines, US Airways, Club Med and Meyer Werft are also clients. Standout individuals include regulatory team head Anthony Woolich, who is a regulatory and commercial expert; global aerospace team head Giles Kavanagh, who handles regulatory disputes in the airline industry; Zohar Zik, who is routinely instructed on commercial and regulatory matters in the aviation sector; aviation, travel and aerospace expert Sue Barham, who is noted for her β€˜wealth of sector knowledge’; and John Forrester and Elinor Dautlich, who specialise in work for the cruise and passenger transport sector. Associates William MacLachlan, who is active on the cruise line side and Christopher Smith, who β€˜knows aviation law inside out, and is commercially minded’, are also recommended. Dautlich and Barham head the team.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s β€˜professional and accessible’ team provides β€˜up-to-date and concise advice’. The travel team handles regulatory and commercial matters in the sector in addition to hanlding defendant personal injury matters. It is advising a UK-based travel group on amendments to its contractual information and booking terms and conditions following a change in its licensing requirements, and is advising a UK tour operator on gastric illness claims. Crystal Cruises, Bourne Leisure, Riviera Travel and Silversea Cruises are clients. β€˜Efficient’ marine trade and energy head Maria Pittordis also heads the regulatory and personal injury team. Travel and aviation head Joanna Kolatsis is β€˜extremely well connected’ and has a β€˜good understanding of the regulatory and licensing framework’. β€˜Brilliant’ legal consultant Javed Ali specialises in travel, commercial and media law, and associate Lucy Schofield is β€˜well versed in travel law’. John Caddies and David Scott are also recommended; they handle defendant personal injury mandates.

The β€˜passionate and experienced’ team at Irwin Mitchell, which is spread across its London and Birmingham offices, handles international claimant personal injury matters, and is the β€˜firm you want on your side if you had a serious accident overseas’. It is acting for the families of 20 British citizens, and many injured victims, on a group action arising from the 2015 terrorist attack in Tunisia, and is representing a number of passengers and crew on claims against Costa Crociere following the sinking of the MS Costa Concordia in 2012. Department head Clive Garner is a β€˜lateral thinker and solves problems through an indirect and creative approach’; he β€˜knows international and supranational law like the back of his hand’. Also recommende are Philip Banks, who is a β€˜very experienced cross-border litigator’, Demetrius Danas (β€˜seldom ruffled and always calm and polished’), Amandeep Dhillon, Suki Chhokar, Elizabeth Tetzner, and Jennifer Lund, who was recently promoted to partner and β€˜fights hard for her clients’. Jim Morris joined Ashfords LLP in 2017.

K&L Gates LLP handles commercial and regulatory mandates, as well as corporate, IP, property, and competition matters for clients in the travel sector. Highlights included advising ETOA (European Tourism Agency, formerly European Tour Operators Association) on regulatory and compliance issues relating to the tender for the provision of advice to the European Commission on expanding tourism into the EU from China. The team is also advising JTB on the negotiation of contracts with major clients, and is handling a review of its standard form hotel agreements. Amadeus, Australian Pacific Touring, Red Savannah, Urbanist Hotels, Z Hotels, Paragon Hotels and Secret Escapes are also clients. Team head Neil Baylis is β€˜excellent’ and special counsel Jennifer Marsh is another key member of the team.

Stewarts Law LLP is β€˜a standout firm for travel and personal injury’ and β€˜completely dominates the field of aviation accidents for claimants’. The practice handles complex international personal injury claims with β€˜compassion, professionalism and dedication’. Recently work includes acting for the family of Jules Bianchi, who died nine months after suffering a severe brain injury during the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix in 2014, and representing the families and dependants of more than 30 passengers on board the AirAsia Airbus 320-200 which crashed into the Java Sea in 2014, killing 155 passengers and seven crew members. Travel team head Julian Chamberlayne’s β€˜analytical skills are superb’; he is β€˜never afraid to take on challenging cases’. Head of aviation and travel James Healy-Pratt is β€˜one of the leading aviation lawyers of his generation’; β€˜his charisma belies a fantastic tactical brain and a spine made of steel when it comes to negotiation’. Scott Rigby β€˜prepares cases meticulously and has very accomplished client-handling skills’. Also recommended are the β€˜exceptional’ Sarah Stewart, associate Christopher Deacon, who is β€˜absolutely dedicated and organised’, Peter Neenan, who stands out for his β€˜impressive ability to explain complex aviation law in understandable terms’, Leeds office head Daniel Herman, and Ben Townsend, who is also based in Leeds.

asb law LLP is active across the travel sector, handling regulatory, IT, employment, and commercial mandates for tour operators, travel agents, airlines, specialist travel and insurers. It is advising Secret Escapes on a range of matters including its trading arrangements, and related regulatory matters. It also advises The Travel Network Group on its trading arrangements, contracts and regulatory compliance matters. TUI Travel, Discover The World, ABTA Travel, Hovertravel and Travellocal are other clients. Commercial and regulatory specialist Debbie Venn heads the team, which includes Helen Mead. Former team head Rebecca Thornley-Gibson joined Ince & Co.

Blake Morgan LLP handles commercial and regulatory work for leading players in the travel sector, acting for airlines, travel management companies and leisure companies. It advises Air France-KLM on a series of test cases concerning flight delays caused by extraordinary circumstances, advised Altour International on the acquisition of Top Flight Travel, and advised Meon Valley Business Travel on development and internet booking agreements. Global Star Travel Management, Turkish Airlines, Sunset Travel and Ickenham Travel Group are also clients. Department head Ian Skuse is noted for travel and airline commercial issues.

Ince & Co handles a range of regulatory, transactional, and employment matters in the travel sector. The team assisted The Emirates Group with travel regulation matters, including issues arising from recent changes to the regulation of package travel (at an EU level). flydubai instructs the team on a range of regulatory and commercial matters. Prima Tours, Magic Rooms Accommodation, Ryanair and Vueling Airlines are also clients. Team head Anna Anatolitou is β€˜very experienced’, and handles travel law projects and regulatory matters. The β€˜brilliant’ Rebecca Thornley-Gibson, who heads the employment team, recently joined from asb law LLP.

With a TMT focus, Kemp Little LLP’s cross-departmental team handles a range of commercial mandates for clients in the travel sector. It advises SITA on IP matters, and also acts for clients such as Expedia, Japan Airlines, Menzies Aviation UK, TripAdvisor, Egencia, and Sojern. Commercial technology head Calum Murray leads the team, which includes Emma Wright, who joined from Bond Dickinson LLP in 2016.

Clients of the team at Kennedys rate its β€˜specialist travel sector knowledge’, β€˜quick responses’ and β€˜pragmatic advice’. It is particularly noted for handling travel-related injury claims behalf of tour operators, travel agencies, insurers and underwriters. TUI UK, Touchstone Underwriting, Love Holidays, XL Catlin, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, ACE, BGL Group, Virgin Holidays and Virgin Hotels are among the team’s clients. β€˜Leading travel law litigator’ Claire Mulligan is β€˜extremely impressive’ and provides β€˜clear, concise and constructive advice’. Justin Collins is β€˜very experienced’ and is β€˜an exceptional travel lawyer’. Senior associates Kiran Birdi and Zoe Hurley, who is β€˜excellent in giving advice on litigation’, are also recommended.

Slater and Gordon is best known for acting for claimants who have sustained catastrophic injury abroad, however the team also acts for defendants in international personal injury and other travel-related claims. It represented the family of a fatally injured man who was killed in Crete after a road accident. The β€˜highly regarded’ Joanne Berry handles cross-border catastrophic injury claims, particularly relating to spinal and brain injury, and is based in the Manchester office. Senior associate Kieran Mitchell is β€˜a real problem solver; he thinks on his feet, and outside the box’. Former travel litigation head Paul McClorry joined Hudgell Solicitors.

Boutique aviation law practice The Air Law Firm LLP handles commercial and regulatory matters in the corporate and private jet market. Aoife O’Sullivan specialises in business and commercial aviation, military aircraft and civil aerospace, and advises on aircraft finance and regulatory issues.

β€˜Excellent’ niche firm Travlaw LLP exclusively handles travel law mandates for clients in the sector, handling a range of defendant personal injury, commercial, and regulatory mandates. The β€˜highly recommended’ Stephen Mason is an β€˜expert’ in travel law. Rivka Hawley and Matt Gatenby handle personal injury matters for defendants, and commercial head Farina Azam handles regulatory, commercial and IP-related matters.

BL Claims Solicitors fields a β€˜strong’ travel team that is β€˜well respected’ and β€˜known for its strong client-care focus’. It deals solely with travel insurance claims, acting both for claimants and defendants; recent work includes representing a UK citizen who suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of a road accident in Greece involving an uninsured driver, in a high-profile case against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau. β€˜Very effective’ team head Daniel Scognamiglio is β€˜a veteran of the travel law world, with good connections across the industry’ and is. Senior associate Eleanor Armstrong and associate Lauren Haas are also recommended.

DWF’s β€˜responsive, efficient and knowledgeable team’ handles cross-border travel work, with a particular emphasis on European matters. It has a strong insurer following, where it acts for clients including Generali, Van Ameyde (UK), MS Amlin, Hastings Direct, QBE and RSA. Head of international claims Claire Bowler acts for global insurers on catastrophic injuries and high-profile claims. The β€˜approachable and reliable’ Sara-Jane Eaton heads the European group; she is β€˜an expert in the field of private international law’ and handles catastrophic injury claims and jurisdictional disputes arising from motor and travel cases abroad.Steven King regularly handles international product liability cases, and Graham Dickinson advises on a range of product liability cases, as well as acting for insurers on plane and helicopter crashes.

Leigh Day’s β€˜highly-rated’ team handles a range of international personal injury claims for claimants. It is representing a claimant who suffered serious injuries while working in India, and is acting for the family of a child who drowned while on a package holiday in Egypt. The team also receives referrals from British Cycling and British Triathlon Federation, when members suffer injuries abroad. Manchester-based Clare Campbell has β€˜great judgement’ and leads the team alongside Sally Moore in London. Also recommended are Christine Tallon, who is β€˜very able’, and solicitor Joseph Dawson, who recently joined from Irwin Mitchell.

Penningtons Manches LLP is praised for its β€˜high level of specialist knowledge’. The team handles international personal injury cases for claimants and defendants clients and is β€˜not afraid to run with risky cases’. Its insurer client base includes Allianz Legal Protection, UK General Insurance Group, Vitality Health and AmTrust Europe. Ciamaint work includes representing a family who suffered serious injuries as a result of a multiple-vehicle collision in France. Team head Mark Lee is β€˜very committed to his clients’ and β€˜is able to explain the differences and intricacies of foreign jurisdictions; he is acutely aware of the need to assess risk and cost in order to consider the best way of settling claims to the satisfaction of the client’. Warren Collins and senior associate Keith Dean are also key members of the team.

Plexus Law’s practice handles defendant personal injury cases for tour operators, travel agents, accommodation suppliers, airlines, airports and insurers. It recently defended Thomas Cook in a claim concerning a spinal injury suffered by a tourist at a hotel in Spain. Other clients include Newmarket Holidays, Explore Worldwide, Mark Warner, easyJet Holidays and Sandals. It also acts for various airports including Gatwick Airport, Manchester Airport and London City Airport. Team head Michael Gwilliam is praised for his experience defending multi-party and group actions against tour operators involving fatalities and catastrophic injuries. Julian Morris is also recommended. Nish Kanwar and Rebecca White recently left the firm.

Based in Exeter, the team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP handles claimant and defendant cases arising out of accidents abroad, and is particularly noted for its experience in uninsured loss recovery work arising out of fleet motor insurance, foreign road traffic accident claims for UK motor insurers, and ski accident defence cases. It is acting for an English tourist who was injured by a drunk, uninsured motorist when crossing a road in Greece, in a claim against the Motor Insurers' Bureau. ARC Legal Assistance, Allianz Global Assistance, Ageas (UK), BUPA Insurance Services, Millstream Underwriting and Opera Underwriting are also clients. Team head Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp has β€˜vast experience’ acting for claimants and defendants, and is particularly adept in skiing cases. Recently promoted partner Ian Brown is experienced in European road traffic accident cases. Senior associate Charlotte Reavey predominantly acts for claimants, and solicitor Nicola Johnston primarily handles foreign matters.

Weightmans LLP’s β€˜diligent and focused team’ is experienced in defending international personal injury claims, particularly handling cases involving road traffic accidents causing serious and catastrophic injuries, and provides a β€˜consistently quality service’ with advice that is β€˜prompt, carefully considered and accompanied by clear strategy and tactical advice for the progression of a case’. The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) is a key client; the team recently acted for it in a high-profile claim brought by a British tourist injured in a road accident in Greece, which determined that where a claim is brought for an accident occurring in a European Member State, the measure of damages should be assessed in accordance to the law of the Member State where the accident occurred. Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and Van Ameyde UK are also clients. Liverpool-based Rob Williams heads the team, where David Holt, who has β€˜enormous tenacity and will do everything in his power to protect the interests of his client’, is also based. In London, Nick Richards β€˜excels in the preparation of complex international personal injury disputes’.

Based across offices in London, Leeds and Bristol, the leisure, travel and casualty team at BLM is β€˜excellent on defendant personal injury’, and is known for its experience acting for blue-chip tour operators, travel agents and their insurers. The team handles complex, serious and catastrophic injury claims, as well as group and class actions arising out of illness and disease outbreaks abroad. Thomas Cook, The Freedom Travel Group,, Jet2, Regis Mutual, Olympic Holidays, Stena Line, InterContinental Hotels Group and British Airways are clients. Leisure and travel casualty team head Matthew Ford is experienced in defending international casualty claims. Solicitor Deborah Sayers is a β€˜forensic and tactical litigator with a keen attention to detail’. The team works closely with the marine casualty team, which is led by Gemma Pearce in Bristol, and the counter fraud team, which is led by Birmingham-based Sarah Hill.

Hextalls LTD acts for travel and leisure insurers, tour operators, travel agents and hotel chains on personal injury matters. Sports liability claims are also a key focus of the team. Alex Padfield is active in this area.

Hugh James is developing a practice in the field of travel litigation, with individuals that are well known in the travel industry for representing claimants in travel litigation. Specialist personal injury team head Mark Harvey is experienced in group litigation, and in claims with an international element arising out of defective products; he is β€˜not daunted by taking on really difficult claims and facing up to very difficult and aggressive opponents’. Katherine Allen (aβ€˜class act’) joined in 2016 from Slater and Gordon and heads the travel litigation team; she is a β€˜great travel and cross-border lawyer’, is β€˜very good with clients, and has excellent judgement’.

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