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Fieldfisher has β€˜in-depth knowledge of the travel sector’. The practice acts for clients including Airbnb, On the Beach, Your Golf Travel and Thomas Cook on commercial, corporate, regulatory and contentious matters. Department head Rhys Griffiths has β€˜excellent experience’ in the sector. David Wilkinson and associate Mark Smith are also recommended.

Holman Fenwick Willan’s cruise, travel and leisure group advises clients such as Cathay Pacific, BMI Regional and Thomas Cook on flight delay claims. Emirates Airline, Chianti Management Corporation and Air New Zealand are also clients. Rory Gogarty, Sue Barham and Elinor Dautlich jointly head the team.

Based across the London and Birmingham offices, the team at Irwin Mitchell has a β€˜pre-eminent reputation’ for travel personal injury work, and is representing the families of 16 British citizens who were killed, as well as many of the injured victims of the 2015 Tunisia terrorist attacks. Clive Garner (β€˜a true expert’) heads the team, which includes Jim Morris, who is β€˜technically excellent’ on aviation claims; Philip Banks, who is β€˜seldom shaken, never stirred’; Demetrius Danas, who is β€˜great to have fighting your corner’; and Amandeep Dhillon, who is β€˜a great team player and strategic thinker’. Suki Chhokar and Elizabeth Tetzner are also recommended.

β€˜Well versed in the travel sector’, K&L Gates LLP advises on a range of commercial and regulatory matters for clients such as ABTA, Amadeus, Contiki, Red Savannah, CHR Travel and Home House. Team head Neil Baylis is β€˜a key player in the market’.

β€˜Catastrophic injury specialists’ Stewarts Law LLP β€˜does its utmost to get the best results for its clients’. The β€˜hardworking and accurate’ Julian Chamberlayne heads the team, which includes the β€˜excellent’ Scott Rigby, associate Christopher Deacon, who is β€˜very able’, and Sarah Stewart, who β€˜has a finely-tuned sense of what a case requires’. Key figures in the Leeds office include the β€˜highly regarded’ Daniel Herman and Ben Townsend, who is β€˜first-class’. Aviation expert James Healy-Pratt β€˜pursues his claims with grit and realism’.

asb law LLP’s β€˜excellent’ team advises organisations in the travel industry such as TUI Travel, ABTA, Secret Escapes, Amadeus, The Travel Network Group, Momondo Group and easyJet. Rebecca Thornley-Gibson heads the team and has β€˜a great reputation’. Debbie Venn is noted for IP, licensing and commercial matters.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s β€˜business-friendly’ team is active across defendant personal injury, commercial and regulatory matters in the travel sector. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Thomas Cook, Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney Resorts are clients. Maria Pittordis is β€˜commercial and always available’ and jointly heads the team with the β€˜brilliant’ Joanna Kolatsis. Legal consultant Javed Ali is β€˜very client friendly’ and associate Lucy Schofield is β€˜thorough’ and β€˜personable’. John Caddies and David Scott are recommended for personal injury matters.

Claire Mulligan (β€˜a bright star on the travel scene’) heads the team at Kennedys, which is praised for its β€˜pragmatic approach’. It is advising TUI UK on three class actions instigated by those injured, or relatives of those killed in the 2015 Tunisian terrorist attacks. Touchstone Underwriting, ACE, Virgin Holidays and Virgin Hotels are clients. The β€˜excellent’ Justin Collins and senior associate Andrew Morton are also recommended.

Slater and Gordon’s travel litigation team is β€˜a real force to be reckoned with’. The practice is led by the β€˜professional, patient and thorough’ Paul McClorry and advises on a range of claims covering package holidays, road traffic collisions, accidents on cruise ships, aviation incidents and group actions. Katherine Allen joined Hugh James in August 2016.

The personal injury team at Blake Morgan LLP operates as BL Claims Solicitors and handles travel insurance claims for claimants and defendants. The team is also active on aviation matters, as well as disputes. Southampton-based Daniel Scognamiglio heads the team, which includes associate Lauren Haas, who is β€˜a safe pair of hands’.

Blake Morgan LLP merged with Piper Smith Watton LLP in 2015. Ian Skuse heads the travel regulatory and commercial practice that is particularly noted for its work in the aviation sector. The team advised Air France and KLM on the drafting and revision of agency incentive agreements for agents selling tickets in the UK and Ireland.

DWF’s claims and travel group advises insurers such as Generali, Van Ameyde (UK), Amlin, and RSA. β€˜Superb tactician’ Claire Bowler β€˜has incredibly detailed knowledge and understanding’ and heads the team with Sara-Jane Eaton. Steven King and Graham Dickinson are also recommended. Amanda Emberton recently left the firm.

Clients single out Kemp Little LLP as β€˜excellent on tech matters’. The practice acts in TMT, employment, disputes and corporate matters for clients including Japan Airlines International Company, Travelscape and TripAdvisor. Calum Murray is β€˜excellent’. Tania Williams joined in December 2015 from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Chris Hill was promoted to partner in May 2015.

Keystone Law’s β€˜client-focused’ team advises on a range of commercial and regulatory matters, and is particularly active in the aviation sector. Blue Cube Travel and Airline Handling International are clients. Consultant solicitors Trevor Sears and the β€˜outstanding’ Alex Ferrari are key contacts.

Based across its Manchester and London offices, Leigh Day’s personal injury team acts for claimants and impresses with its β€˜tenacity and attention to detail’. Clare Campbell and Sally Moore head the team, which includes Christine Tallon.

Penningtons Manches LLP’s team in Guildford advises on claimant and defendant travel injury cases. Clients include Direct Line Group, UK General Insurance Group and Vitality Health. The team is led by Mark Lee, who is β€˜one to watch’, and includes the β€˜excellent’ Warren Collins and β€˜very experienced’ senior associate Keith Dean.

Dedicated travel and leisure firm Travlaw LLP possesses β€˜in-depth experience’ in the travel industry and advises across commercial and regulatory matters, including employment and IP, as well as litigation. Stephen Mason, Rivka Hawley and Matt Gatenby are singled out for praise. Kylie Mather recently left the firm.

The Exeter-based team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises on claimant and defendant matters for a client base that includes Allianz Global Assistance, BUPA Insurance Services and Millstream Underwriting. Department head Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp β€˜is an excellent all-rounder on travel matters’, and is particularly highly regarded for skiing cases. The β€˜very knowledgeable’ Ian Brown is also recommended.

BLM’s β€˜up-and-coming’ department advises clients including tour operators, travel agents, insurers and excursion companies such as, Jet2, Regis Mutual, Olympic Holidays and Stena Line. Team head Matthew Ford is β€˜excellent’.

Hextalls LTD acts on a range of personal injury matters on behalf of operators and travel agents. The team is also active in sports liability claims, and handles regulatory matters. Managing partner Alex Padfield is the key contact.

Plexus Law’s defendant personal injury practice advises tour operators, travel agents, airlines and insurers, and the team has recently acted for Great Rail Journeys and Edwards Coaches. Michael Gwilliam has an β€˜outstanding’ reputation. Nish Kanwar, Julian Morris and Rebecca White are also recommended.

Weightmans LLP renders a β€˜swift and meticulous service’ and advises on personal injury claims for clients such as Thomas Cook Tour Operations, Whitbread and Marriott Hotels. Rob Williams in Liverpool heads the team. London-based Nick Richards is also recommended.

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