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  1. Aviation
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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  4. Next Generation Partners
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Clyde & Co LLP has a 'significant depth of expertise' for aviation work and it has 'exceptional international capabilities, which allows a high-quality service to be delivered, regardless of location'. The team handles a broad range of aviation issues covering contentious and non-contentious instructions. Its expertise spans regulatory, commercial and insurance mandates where the team is instructed by leading airlines and insurers. Robert Lawson QC is noted for his expertise across air carrier liability, aviation regulatory matters and commercial dispute resolution and defended Compagnia Aerea Italiana SPA (CAI), alongside Mark Bisset, on a $260m claim brought by an aircraft lessor. Elsewhere, John Samiotis is is 'hugely knowledgeable',  Maria Cetta is an 'exceptionally strong lawyer', Philip Bass is 'first-rate' and Gareth Lewis provides a 'joined-up approach to working across multiple jurisdictions'. Recently promoted partner Tom van der Wijngaart handles contentious and non-contentious instructions and is experienced in airport slot transactions, Craig Rooney is noted for his experience in aviation liability work, as are Rob Ireland and legal director Adam Baker. Senior associate Elizabeth Lambert-James is experienced in advising on high-profile aviation accidents, particularly in French-speaking jurisdictions. The team recently acquired Roger Whipp from Kennedys.

Practice head(s):Austin Barham; Philip Bass; Mark Bisset; Maria Cetta; Rob Ireland; Robert Lawson QC; Gareth Lewis; Peter Macara; Simon Potter; Craig Rooney; John Samiotis; Patrick Slomski; Alex Stovold; Catherine West

Other key lawyers:Tom van der Wijngaart; Elizabeth Lambert-James; Adam Baker; Louise High; Roger Whipp

Testimonials

There is a significant depth of expertise to the firm's aviation practice, that covers a broad spectrum of disciplines.

It is a good one-stop-shop which can be used with confidence.

Patrick Slomski is invaluable to dissect the most complicated of issues to formulate a practical solution and strategy within tight deadlines.

Alex Stovold has a driven approach to challenging situations that promotes confidence.

The team is well-managed and efficient.

Patrick Slomski is an intelligent and charming partner who has a great way with clients.

The firm has comprehensive knowledge and it is experienced and approachable.

The team has unique knowledge of the insurance market.

The team is willing to listen and follow directions.

The team handles claims and cases in a smooth and efficient manner.

Joe Goodridge and Craig Rooney demonstrate an extensive level of knowledge and provide a professional service.

Work highlights

  • The team defended Air Serbia on a request for a preliminary ruling commenced before the Court of Justice of the European Union by the Croatian Civil Aciation Agency.
  • The team represented Tokio Marine Kiln on a case involving the crash of a  Hawker Hunter aircraft at the Shoreham Air show in 2015, tragically killing 11 bystanders and injuring others.
  • Advised Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality on a complex case relating to the crash of a Cessna Grand Caravan in the Aberdare Mountain Range, Kenya in 2018, which resulted in the death of all ten individuals on board.

HFW's aerospace department is regularly engaged on complex aviation disputes and its expertise spans major losses and liability-related mandates. It is also experienced in regulatory and competition matters in the aviation sector. Key instructions include advising King Power International Co, and its aviation insurers, on all liability aspects of the fatal helicopter crash near Leicester City Football Club in 2018. Global aerospace head Giles Kavanagh is instructed by insurers, airlines and manufacturers; Nicholas Hughes is an 'aviation expert' and Sue Barham handles regulatory and disputes work in the sector. While Zohar Zik is experienced in finance and leasing transactions, he is also active on regulatory matters. Senior associate Mark Waters is experienced in products disputes. The team is commended for its ability to utilise its global footprint to advise on cross-border instructions.

Practice head(s):Giles Kavanagh

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Hughes; Edward Spencer; Sue Barham; Mark Waters; Barbara Pansadoro

Testimonials

The firm has a very capable aviation team.

It has strong knowledge and a fantastic team of specialist lawyers.

 

Key Clients

King Power International Co

Tokyo Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co (TMNF)

El Al Israel Airlines

Güneş Ekspress Havacılık A.Ş. (SunExpress)

Türk Hava Yolları (Turkish Airlines),

Air Europa Líneas Aéreas, S.A.U.

Work highlights

  • The team is representing Tokyo Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co (TMNF) and Nippon Cargo Airline on a significant claim against Parc Aviation for damage to aircraft engines before the Commercial Court in Dublin, Ireland.
  • Instructed to act on behalf of King Power and its aviation insurers to advise in relation to all liability aspects that may arise out of the tragic incident which includes multi-jurisdictional advice across Asia and the UK.
  • Assisted El Al on the Japanese Operating Lease with Call Option (JOLCO) transaction in respect of one Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

Norton Rose Fulbright has 'extensive experience in acting for all participants in the aviation industry' and the team, which benefits from the firm's international footprint, 'really understands the issues faced by airlines'. It is active across a spectrum of aviation instructions and has in-depth expertise in aircraft transaction disputes, antitrust, competition work and regulatory matters. The team is also adept at handling commercial contracts and disputes, cyber risk management, data protection, insurance, M&A, passenger claims and slot trading issues. Flight delay compensation claims, brought under EU Regulation 261/2004, are a key focus for the team where it acts for leading airlines such as British Airways, easyJet, Jet2.com, TUI and Wizz Air; Robin Springthorpe, who is deemed 'one of the best litigators in the field', represented easyJet on a second appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning a delayed flight. Elsewhere, Simon Chamberlain handles regulatory and commercial matters; he 'knows when to 'push' a point and when not to', and Patrick Farrell heads the contentious aviation practice.  Charlotte Winter handles transactional disputes for operators, banks and lessors and senior associate Annabelle Wheeler, who is based across the firm's London and Munich offices, handles contentious matters in the sector.

Practice head(s):Duncan Batchelor; Patrick Farrell

Other key lawyers:Robin Springthorpe; Simon Chamberlain; Ian Giles; Tim Ingham; Chris Randall; Charlotte Winter

Testimonials

It is a leading firm for aviation work.

It provides a first-class service.

The team is highly respected by other players in the aviation sector.

The team is pro-active and delivers on quick turnaround times.

The team provides pragmatic and commercial advice.

Robin Springthorpe has sound knowledge and experience in aviation litigation.

The team has an excellent approach to customer service.

Simon Chamberlain is extremely capable because he manages to combine the sheer practicality of doing business in the airline industry with the legal perspective.

Key Clients

Amedeo + Voyager Aviation (formerly Intrepid)

AirTanker

Apollo Aviation/ The Carlyle Group

British Airways

CargoLogicAir

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

easyJet

Flybe

Gama Aviation PLC

Jet2.com

NAS Holding

ORIX

Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT S. A.

SAS

Tui

Virgin Atlantic

Volga Dnepr Group

WOW Air

Work highlights

  • The team is advising Delta Air Lines on the transatlantic joint venture between Virgin Atlantic Airways, Air France-KLM and Delta.
  • The team advised easyJet on its Brexit restructuring project.
  • The team is representing Jet2.com in the judicial review claim against the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
  • The team is advising Delta Air Lines on the transfer of Virgin Atlantic Airways’ loyalty programme and Virgin Red’s business and assets.
  • Advised Flybe  and other airlines on the exchange of slots with Vueling Airlines and other airlines at Gatwick Airport.

DLA Piper acts for leading airlines, maintenence organisations, manufacturers, service providers and major insurers on aviation litigation, regulatory and transactional matters; its 'excellent knowledge of the aviation industry allows the team to provide tailored advice within challenging timelines'. The team also works closely with its colleagues to advise on competition, employment, IP, technology, finance and projects work in the sector, and it is able to leverage the firm's extensive international footprint. Mark Franklin, who has 'exceptional experience and knowledge of the regulatory landscape and will find a route through a regulatory maze where others will get lost', continues to lead advice for Airbus Helicopters and its insurers in relation to the 2013 fatal helicopter crash at the Clutha Pub in Glasgow, which resulted in the loss of life of ten people and various injured parties. Of counsel Kathryn Ward, who is experienced in advising on major air accidents, and Tony Payne, who is 'very hands-on, has great commercial insight and will go the extra mile for his clients', are also key figures, as are senior associates Shereena Rai and Sophie Brophy.

Practice head(s):Tony Payne

Other key lawyers:Mark Franklin; Kathryn Ward; Richard Skipper; Leon Taylor; Shereena Rai; Sophie Brophy; Claire Deasey

Testimonials

The team has strength-in-depth and considerable expertise of the regulatory and insurance issues which arise in the aviation market.

The team provides an outstanding service to different stakeholders.

Kathryn Ward has outstanding knowledge of the industry and provides calm, collected and effective advice.

The team is always extremely responsive and eager to assist.

Tony Payne is super-responsive and extremely pragmatic; he understands the industry and always works hard to find commercially viable solutions.

Shereena Rai is a well-rounded senior associate.

The team is excellent in having a strong grasp of regulatory requirements throughout the world (though particularly in Europe).

The team is also aware of the kinds of business pressures faced by clients in the aviation industry.

The team is excellent in urgent situations.

Key Clients

Airbus Helicopters

Amazon

Beaufort Underwriting Agency

Bristow Helicopters

British Airways

CityJet

CV Starr

Delta Air Lines

easyJet

Emirates

Etihad Airways

KLM Royal Ditch Airlines

Manchester Airport Group

Menzies Aviation

Pratt & Whitney

Qatar Airways

Virgin Atlantic

XL Catlin

United Airlines

Work highlights

  • The team represented Manchester Airport Group on a dispute concerning the power of aerodromes to detain aircraft owned by a lessor.
  • The team is advising Airbus Helicopters in relation to a a fatal accident involving MUH-1 Marine-on helicopter in South Korea.
  • The team is advising Airbus Helicopters in relation to a coroner's inquest into the deaths of five passengers in the Grand Canyon crash in 2018.
  • The team is representing XL Catlin on the reinsurance coverage of a mid-air collision between two aircraft in 2015.
  • The team is representing ground handler, PT JAS, and its insurers in relation to an accident caused by an aircraft collision in 2016.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's multi-disciplinary practice is commended for its 'excellent aviation knowledge' and is particularly noted for its track-record on significant M&A, competition and regulatory instructions in the sector. The team generates a significant workflow from UK airports on planning and infrastructure mandates, while tax, IP, real estate and disputes are also key areas of focus. Kim Dietzel handles regulatory work and UK and EU competition mandates in the aviation sector, while M&A expert Robert Moore has a strong airline following. Advising Virgin Atlantic on the consortium rescue takeover offer for Flybe Group is a key highlight for the department which is 'able to relate to the commercial realities of a deal'. The wider aviation team has recently been enhanced by the arrival of asset finance specialists Rex Rosales and Jahnavi Ramachandran, who joined from Watson Farley & Williams LLP in 2018.

Practice head(s):Kim Dietzel; Robert Moore

Other key lawyers:Gavin Williams; Suzy Campbell; Michael Compton; Clémence Barraud

Testimonials

The team impresses with the volume and quality of work that is produced at such tight deadlines.

The team has excellent aviation knowledge.

The team is strong team and very commercial.

The team is innovative and has a market-leading wealth of experience.

 

Key Clients

Virgin Atlantic

Heathrow Airport Holdings

TUI Travel

Thomson Airways

Gatwick Airport

London Luton Airport

UK Civil Aviation Authority

TAG Farnborough Airport

Gardner Aerospace

Dart / Jet 2

Work highlights

  • The team is instructed by Virgin Atlantic Airways on the proposed sale of a 31% stake in Virgin Atlantic to Air FranceKLM and the the creation of an expanded transatlantic joint venture between Virgin Atlantic (as well as aviation regulatory approval processes), Delta Air Lines and Air France-KLM.
  • The tean is advising Virgin Atlantic Airways on a number of complex regulatory and competition issues arising from Virgin Atlantic's joint venture with Delta Air Lines.
  • The team is advising Gatwick Airport on its new masterplan for the airport, including potential plans to obtain a development consent order to authorise a £500m airport reconfiguration project to turn the emergency runway into a second operational runway.
  • The team is advising Gatwick Airporton its new noise action plan.
  • Advised Gardner Aerospace on its acquisition of component supplier, Northern Aerospace.

The team at Ince is 'thoughtful, responsive, thorough and articulate' and it handles major disputes, insurance, regulatory, transactional, employment and commercial work in the aviation sector. The firm's recent merger with Gordon Dadds has broadened its aviation capabilities, bringing corporate and commercial lawyer Richard Elliott into the team. The practice has a strong Middle East following and is instructed by numerous aviation clients in the region. It also has the capacity to service a large volume of flight delay compensation claims, brought under EU Regulation 261/2004, where it acts for leading airlines such as Emirates, Vueling, Norwegian and China Eastern Airlines. Global aviation head Gillie Belsham, who is 'hugely knowledgeable, experienced and is not afraid to make big tactical calls in the conduct of a case', is instructed on complex aviation liability disputes.

Practice head(s):Gillie Belsham

Other key lawyers:Anna Anatolitou; Richard Elliot; Annabel Williamson; Daniel Boden

Testimonials

It combines considerable litigation experience with commercial acumen, and the team has a real understanding of a client's business needs.

The team has fantastic knowledge of the global aviation insurance sector.

Gillie Belsham is a class act.

Anna Anatolitou is a smart and conscientious lawyer; her advice is realistic and balanced.

 

Key Clients

Global Aerospace and the London insurance market

AmTrust Insurance

Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)

Gulf Air

Norwegian Air

Emirates Group

Singapore Technologies Aerospace

Bristow Helicopters

Work highlights

  • The team is instructed by the pilot liability insurers to represent the estate of deceased pilot, Lewis Tonkinson, in litigation arising from a fatal air crash at Popham in January 2015, which killed Mr Tonkinson and his wife.
  • The team represented a component manufacturer in litigation following a lithium battery fire on-board Boeing’s new Dreamliner at Heathrow Airport.
  • ABTA instructs the team on employment matters.
  • The team advises Airways Aviation on regulatory matters.

The aviation practice at¬†Stephenson Harwood¬†is 'knowledgeable, practical and dynamic' ; it has¬†'exceptional knowledge and understanding of the aviation sector and this, combined with great strategic thinking, makes for a ruthlessly effective and efficient service'. The team regularly works¬†in conjunction with other aviation practitioners from across the firm's network of offices to provide a comprehensive service. The specialist team is particularly adept at complex disputes in the sector, where it is regularly instructed by leading airlines. The firm also offers expertise across regulatory, competition, commercial, tax, planning, real estate, projects, corporate and pensions issues. Paul Phillips¬†is an 'exceptional litigator'; he¬†is 'razor-sharp, very hardworking and he has the ability to grasp the essence of case very quickly to develop a considered and appropriate strategy'. Phillips led advice for¬†Ryanair in a ‚ā¨70m dispute brought against the car hire company, Hertz Europe, for breach of contract. ¬†Senior associate Chloe Challinor¬†has a 'profound understanding of the regulatory landscape and is an amazing problem solver'.

Practice head(s):Paul Phillips; Richard Parsons

Other key lawyers:Chloe Challinor; Johnny Champion

Testimonials

The aviation team is a joy to work with; it is very professional and reliable.

Paul Phillips, Chloe Challinor and Johnny Champion are an incredible asset to the firm.

Paul Phillips' extensive and in-depth knowledge of aviation as an industry, and the challenges faced by his clients, really comes through when working with him.

Paul Phillips' open, honest and approachable personality is a much-valued benefit.

Chloe Challinor and Johnny Champion are meticulous; their attention-to-detail is second-to-none and they leave no stone unturned.

Paul Phillips takes the time to understand the client and advises accordingly.

Paul Phillips has a razor-sharp intellect and a bullish determination to get the best result for his client.

Chloe Challinor is a brilliant lawyer and has a hands-on approach.

Paul Phillips and Johnny Champion not only have an in-depth knowledge on aviation law and can apply that knowledge to how it impacts aviation and airline operators.

Paul Phillips and Johnny Champion use their peripheral vision to not only put forward reasoned arguments, but to educate all parties involved.

Paul Phillips is a brilliant tactician and strategist who sees solutions to intractable problems.

Johnny Champion is a superb lawyer and a rising star; he is a master of all technical issues, who assimilates and deploys effectively complex material to his client's advantage.

Paul Phillips is a hugely experienced litigator in the aviation sector.

Chloe Challinor has encyclopaedic knowledge of the sector.

Key Clients

Ryanair DAC

LaudaMotion

Norwegian Air Shuttle

China Southern Airlines

Lion Air / Transportation Partners

Royal Jordanian Airlines

DVB Bank SE

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company

Jordan Aviation PSC

CMA CGM

Vitol SA

AirAsia

BCI Leasing

Macquarie Aircraft Leasing

Gulf Air

Vueling Airlines, S.A.

DVB Aviation Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted for LaudaMotion in a highly-publicised aircraft leasing dispute with Lufthansa in the Commercial Court.
  • The team is representing Ryanair in relation to enforcement proceedings brought by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) concerning industrial strikes.
  • Represented new client, Norwegian Air Shuttle in appealing a substantial financial sanction issued by Airport Coordination Limited (ACL), the independent coordinator of airport slots.
  • The team is advising Ryanair on various contingency plans for Brexit, including the establishment of a new UK airline, Ryanair UK.
  • Defended Jordanian airline, Jordan Aviation, on a claim concerning rental arrears and the re-delivery of an Airbus A330 that it had leased from AWAS (now part of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise).

Bird & Bird LLP's 'agile and relevant' department is 'customer-focused and responsive'. It is involved in a multitude of aviation sector instructions and has a broad practice covering competition, state aid, commercial, data protection, technology, digital, regulatory and contentious issues; and client's benefit from its international footprint. The team is often engaged on cutting-edge work; notably, it has significant experience in regulatory work relating to UAS and drones. The practice has a strong airline following and acts for easyJet on a gamut of issues such as commercial contracts and consumer and competition law issues; in addition to employment and data protection matters. The 'knowledgeable' Paul Briggs advises airlines, aerospace companies, leasing companies and banks on commercial matters and Sophie Eyre heads the aviation disputes team. Recently promoted partner Lucy England handles commercial and projects work in the sector.

Practice head(s):Paul Briggs

Other key lawyers:Sophie Eyre; Simon Phippard; Elizabeth Lang; Gabriel Voisin; Lucy England

Testimonials

The team's depth of knowledge, particularly in an ever-changing landscape, is appreciated.

The team's sector expertise is valued.

Key Clients

Aquila Air Traffic Management Services

AirAsia Group

AVIC Group

BOC Aviation

Bristow Helicopters

Cathay Pacific

easyJet

Emirates

Flybe Limited

Isavia

Jet2

John Menzies Group

Marshall of Cambridge Aerospace Group

North Air

Royal Jet

SDH Wings

Virgin Group

VistaJet

Work highlights

  • The London team is advising Isavia, alongside colleagues in Copenhagen, on Keflavik Airport's €1bn expansion programme.
  • The team assists North Air on contractual and health and safety issues.
  • The team advised  Cathay Pacific on its claim for reconciliation charges under a ten-year contract.
  • The team is advising a leading global airline trade association on regulations, rights and obligations in aircraft operational data.
  • The team advises easyJet on a variety of payments-related issues, in particular in relation to the revised EU Payment Services Directive (PSD2).

Dentons is noted for its acclaimed aircraft leasing and finance practice, however the team also handles a gamut of instructions across the aviation sector with expertise spanning corporate, real estate, competition, employment, TMT and dispute resolution. Leveraging its broad network of international offices, the team has a strong airline following and it handles major international projects; it is advising Bugesera Airport Company on the development of the new $418m Bugesera International Airport in Rwanda.

Practice head(s):Nick Chandler

Other key lawyers:Richard Barham; Sarah Beeby; Martin Fanning; Christopher Graf; Adrian Magnus; Dominic Spacie; Rebecca Owen-Howes; Sophie Albrighton

Key Clients

Emirates

Qatar Airways

TUI Travel Group

Wizz Air

Etihad Airways

LATAM

Azul Brazilian Airlines

flydubai

Airbus

London Luton Airport Operations

Mota Engil / Bugesera Airport Company

SITA

Work highlights

  • The team is advising Wizz Air on the employment aspects of the establishment of its business in the UK.
  • The team is advising a leading British airline on its GDPR obligations.
  • The team is advising Luton Airport on procurement issues and construction documentation related to  its expansion.
  • The team advises SITA on competition and merger control aspects of various potential transactions.

Leveraging its extensive network of international offices, Hogan Lovells International LLP is best-known for its leading airports practice where it handles a raft of corporate, finance, regulatory, development, competition, planning, real estate and infrastructure mandates.

Practice head(s):Andrew Gallagher; Charles Ford

Key Clients

Aéroports de Paris

TAV

Belfast City Airport

Macquarie

Regional Airports

Holland & Knight (UK) LLP stands out for its aviation finance and leasing practice, however the team also handles a number of disputes, commercial and regulatory instructions in the sector; it has 'outstanding knowledge of the legal and commercial aspects of European and global aviation markets'. The contentious practice is well-placed to handle cross-border disputes for airlines, leasing companies, airports, business and general aviation operators involving leasing, aircraft finance, engineering, repossessions, accidents and contractual issues. The team also advises on a range of mandates, such as insurance coverage and regulatory work, for private and business aviation clients.

Practice head(s):Robert Ricketts

Other key lawyers:Gwyn O’Flynn; Tim Murray

Testimonials

Tim Murray is a hugely experienced aviation litigator.

The team brings great focus and commitment to cases.

Tim Murray is an incredibly capable lawyer with an enviably detailed knowledge of the aviation sector; he gives brilliantly clear and well-thought-out advice on both technical and tactical matters.

Kennedys has extensive experience in the aviation sector; it has a 'bespoke aviation practice and the partners have a long history of practising in aviation law'. It is experienced in acting for the aviation insurance market; the team is instructed to act on behalf of major airlines by insurers and it is also instructed directly by airlines to advise on uninsured claims, regulatory and transactional matters. The team has been instructed on a number of high-profile losses; it is representing Tatarstan Airlines, and XL-Catlin as lead reinsurer, in relation to all liability claims arising from the crash of Flight 363 at Kazan International Airport in November 2013. Its growing international practice is acknowledged by clients as the team is able to handle complex, cross-border instructions. It also handles cases for business aviation clients, private aircraft owners and flying clubs. Simon Balls heads the aviation liability team. Roger Whipp has joined Clyde & Co LLP.

Practice head(s):Simon Balls

Other key lawyers:Alexandra Rodina; Mark Welbourn; Noelia Mann; Daniel Turner; Reem Bangina; Anya Butler

Testimonials

Mark Welbourn is completely knowledgeable when it comes to aviation law.

Mark Welbourn is very approachable and good at building relationships.

Noelia Mann and her team (Reem Bangina and Anya Butler) are really focused on the client and provide outstanding and flexible resolutions.

 

Key Clients

Etihad Airways

British Airways

Ryanair

AIG

Allianz

Aer Lingus

Eastern Airways

easyJet Airline Company

Aviation Logistics Network

Iberia & Iberia Express / Vueling / Air Nostrum

Work highlights

  • The team is advising Bhoja Air on to all issues arising from the crash of Flight 213 in April 2012.
  • The team is acting for British Airways as lead and sole counsel relating to liability from passenger claims arising from an uncontained engine failure, resulting fire and emergency evacuation of BA 2276 at Las Vegas.
  • On behalf of Etihad the team handles all claims worldwide, apart from in the US, that fall under the Hull All Risk Insurance (Etihad Policy).
  • The team handles all of Malaysia Airlines’ UK flight delay or cancellation compensation claims, and has also advised Malaysia Airlines on a number of regulatory matters.
  • The team advises Ryanair on all civil proceedings, outside of Ireland covered, by Hull All Risk Insurance.

The team at asb law LLP handles a range of London aviation insurance market instructions where it is involved in complex claims following accidents, incidents and advises on product liability claims. The team, which is dubbed an 'undersung force in commercial aviation dispute resolution', advised a US-based law firm acting for Bahamasair Holdings on an appeal relating to an aircraft landing gear failure. The team also handles a number of contractual matters in the sector.

Practice head(s):Daniel James

Other key lawyers:Saleema Brohi; Tim Brymer; Simon Amos

Testimonials

'The team has a wealth of experience.'

'The team brings technical flair and streetwise common sense to matters.'

'Saleema Brohi has a wealth of experience and an immaculate sense of judgement.'

'Simon Amos is a force for the future.'

Key Clients

A J Walter Aviation

VAS Aero Services

Gowling WLG 's cross-practice aviation offering acts for a range of key players in the sector such as airlines, airports and aircraft component manufacturers. IP, outsourcing, competition, dispute resolution, employment, pensions and technology matters are key focuses for the group, which spans its London and Birmingham offices.  The team defended Thai Airways in air cargo cartel damages proceedings.

Practice head(s):Matthew Harvey

Other key lawyers:Bernadine Adkins; Gordon Harris; Richard Lee; Sally Mewies; Stuart Young; Clark Sargent; Gordon Bell; David Lowe; James Barr; Helen Davenport; Anna Fletcher; Tom George; Rebecca Jones; Karen O’Connell

Key Clients

Cathay Pacific Airways

dnata

Flybe

GKN

Regional & City Airports (Holdings)

Thai Airways International Public Company Thai Airways

Sirius Aircraft Leasing Fund

Martin Baker Aircraft Company

Work highlights

  • The team is defending Thai Airways in proceedings brought by British Airways in the UK Air Cargo litigation.
  • Advised Rigby Group on the acquisition of Bournemouth Airport from Manchester Airport Group.

Keystone Law has 'excellent knowledge and experience of the industry'. It is instructed on contentious and non-contentious aviation mandates where it acts for major airlines, airports, government departments, regulators, manufacturers, insurers, trade associations and ground handlers. UK and EU competition law and state aid issues are a key focus; here the team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Philippe Ruttley from Ince. The team also offers in-depth experience in regulatory work where barrister Hugh O’Donovan is particularly active; O'Donovan led advice for Blue Islands on a formal investigation by Channel Islands competition authorities (CICRA) into franchise arrangements between it and Flybe.

Practice head(s):Hugh O’Donovan; Alex Ferrari

Other key lawyers:Trevor Sears; Philippe Ruttley

Testimonials

Alex Ferrari is quickly able to understand the issue at hand and gives sound advice.

Alex Ferrari's knowledge of the insurance industry is key as he understands the tactics involved.

Trevor Sears' knowledge of IATA and airline contracts is excellent.

Susannah Sheppard is very sharp and highly focussed; she cuts right down to the issues in a friendly but clear manner.

Key Clients

Virgin Atlantic

Wizz Air

Delta Air Lines

Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority

Jazeera Airways

Blue Islands

Cornwall Newquay Airport

PA Consulting /Nyras

Altafinch UK Plc

Lasham Gliding Society

CFS Aeroproducts

Agneet Sky

Shetland Space Centre

Surf Air Europe

Causeway Aero Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Lasham Gliding Society (LGS) on judicial review proceedings against the CAA in relation to its TAG Farnborough Airspace Change Proposal 'ACP' decision.
  • Advised Agneet Sky on an insurance coverage dispute and professional negligence claims against various brokers.
  • Advised National Insurance Corporation of Eritrea (NICE) in relation to an aviation reinsurance coverage dispute.

Boutique offering The Air Law Firm LLP handles a range of aviation-related instructions and is noted for its experience in insurance, dispute resolution and regulatory work.

Winston & Strawn London LLP stands out for its aviation finance expertise, but it also handles a range of regulatory issues, infrastructure mandates, tax, fleet management and environmental matters in the sector.

Practice head(s):Mark Moody

Key Clients

Finnair

Aviation Capital Group

AerCap

European Export Credit Agencies (UK Export Finance, Bpifrance, Euler Hermes)

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale

Natixis

MUFG Bank

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Work highlights

  • Representing ACG on the lease restructuring of several Boeing 737-800 aircraft on lease to Garuda.
  • Representing ACG on the purchase of one Bermuda registered Boeing 747-800F aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).
  • Represented Finnair on the Japanese operating lease of one Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
  • Represented the ECAs and BNP Paribas in relation to the restructuring of a number of Airbus aircraft for a leading Latin American airline.
  • Represented MUFG, ING, KfW and Norinchukin in connection with the Japanese operating lease financing in respect of eight Boeing 737-MAX9 aircraft for the Panamanian airline, COPA.

Addleshaw Goddard is best known for its aviation finance and leasing practice, however the firm is also well-placed to advise on aviation disputes as well as commercial and regulatory matters. The team also handles airport development and project work. The team is now led by the 'very commercial' Rebecca Garner following the retirement of Rory MacCarthy.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Garner

Testimonials

'Rebecca Garner did a terrific job advising our company on the acquisition and charter of a jet aircraft.'

'Rebecca Garner is very commercial.'

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's cross-office and multidisciplinary team is instructed by airports, airlines and aviation support businesses on a range of issues including disputes, projects, regulatory, employment and corporate matters.

Fladgate LLP specialises in contentious aviation work; the team acts for aircraft owners in disputes against aircraft lessees, it advises aircraft leasing companies in procurement disputes with government bodies and advises airline service companies in disputes against airlines. Advising on the enforcement of leases against non-paying airlines is a key focus.

Practice head(s):Bree Taylor

Other key lawyers:Tim Foley; Peter Reynolds

Testimonials

Bree Taylor is a very hands-on, experienced and intelligent aviation lawyer.

Key Clients

Gate Group

Aercap

CHC

ILFC

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's cross-practice offering handles a range of contentious and non-contentious instructions for airlines, airports and insurers. The disputes team is active on passenger delay injury and baggage claims, cargo, insurance coverage, procurement and maintenence disputes. The team advises on real estate matters in the aviation sector and handles a raft of property, planning, construction and development work; it advised the owner and operator of Farnborough Airport on a major development and leasing project for a new maintenance repair and overhaul facility.

Practice head(s):Kathryn Insall

Other key lawyers:Alex Burton; Ned Beale; Sangita Unadkat; Sam Folley; Mark Kenkre; Maria Dunn; Emily Aggett

Testimonials

'The team has great experience and knowledge of most areas including leasing and insurance disputes.'

'Kathryn Insall gives very clear and well thought-through advice.'

'As well as being very efficient and responsive in handling matters day-to-day, Kathryn Insall has considerable experience of heavy litigation and is excellent at longer-term strategic planning.'

Key Clients

TAG Farnborough Airport

Oman Airports Management Company SAOC

Gerald's Airport, Montserrat

Etihad Airways

Bahrain International Airport Company

Vectra Group/Global Vectra Helicorp

AWAS (now DAE Capital)

Work highlights

  • Acting for owner and operator of Farnborough Airport on a major development and leasing project for a new MRO facility.

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