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Aviation

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  1. Aviation
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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asb law LLP hired Daniel James from Stevens & Bolton LLP in 2018. James now leads the aviation practice, which generates work from aviation insurers, aircraft parts suppliers and airlines based in the UK, Europe, Botswana and the Middle East. The team is active in transactions and contractual work, and also has a strong capability in product liability claims arising from aircraft accidents. Simon Amos is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Daniel James

Other key lawyers:Simon Amos

Testimonials

'asb law LLP really took the time to learn about our business and its niche operations as a smaller airline'.

'The team tailored their approach according to the structure and operations of our business'.

'asb law LLP keeps the best interests of the client at heart regardless of the size of the mandate'.

'asb law LLP made us feel like a major client despite our relatively smaller size; the team demonstrated true professionalism by treating its clients equally'.

'Alina Nosek and Daniel James worked closely with us over the years to help us successfully grow our business'.

Key Clients

Royal Aero

LHI

Air Kilroe

Air Charter Service

VAS Aero Services

Avtrade

Texel Air

A J Walter Aviation

Work highlights

  • Advising longstanding client Royal Aero in the sale, purchase and lease of aircraft and engines.
  • Advising longstanding client LHI Leasing in connection with one of its retail investment portfolios of aircraft engines.
  • Advising VAS Aero Services on multimillion dollar innovative agreements for aircraft components.
  • Instructed as Privy Council Agent for Bahamasair Holdings as appellant in an appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council from a decision of the Court of Appeal of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas relating to aircraft landing gear failure.
  • Assisted VAS Aero Services on the first tear down of an Airbus A380 and the subsequent consignment of the resulting parts.

At Shoosmiths LLP, senior associate Sarah Fairweather is the head of the aviation finance practice, which handles a wide range of finance and leasing transactions for banks, borrowers, lessors/lessees and various other clients. Elsewhere, reflective of its varied portfolio of work, the firm advises clients on commercial contracts, data protection, aircraft acquisitions and disposals, as well as property and planning matters.

Practice head(s):Sarah Fairweather

Key Clients

Swiss International Air Lines

Thomas Cook

Work highlights

  • Advised Swiss International Air Lines (Swiss) on the renewal of aircraft leases, which involved advising Swiss on Willis Lease Finance Corporation’s amended aircraft lease, engine lease and maintenance contracts and engine swap arrangements.
  • Advised Swiss on the terms of the lessee consent and lease amendment in the context of a refinancing of an Airbus A321-100 craft that the client had on lease from Aviator ML 1144.    
  • Advised Swiss on the amendments required to be made to the aircraft lease as a consequence of the change of financing parties in the context of a refinancing of an Airbus A321-111 the client had on lease from KDAC Aircraft Holding.
  • Advised Swiss on the unwinding arrangements in the context of a lessor refinancing for an Airbus A320-200 aircraft the client has on lease from Macquarie Aircraft Leasing.

The 'well-knit' aviation team at Stevens & Bolton LLP handles a range of multijurisdictional aircraft and engine transactions and it also advises aircraft operators on significant contentious matters. 'Ferociously commercial' practice head Richard Mumford specialises in complex legal disputes and asset recovery. Daniel James departed for asb law LLP in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Richard Mumford

Testimonials

'A well-knit team that capitalises on a number of different strengths'.

'The firm competes with London-based commercial aviation litigation firms'.

'A key firm for work related to aircraft and executive jet maintenance and operating contracts'.

'Richard Mumford is a big player in commercial aviation litigation; he has a ferociously commercial view and immediately considers the client's best interests.'

'James Evison is an upcoming practitioner with a calm and thorough approach, in addition to an impressive portfolio of aviation cases to his name'.

Key Clients

Emirates

AerCap

Gama Aviation

ACC Aviation

Acro Aircraft Seating

Airtime AB

Ford Aviation

Regional One

Hayward & Green

Weston Aviation

Work highlights

  • Acting for Gama Aviation in relation to a dispute with Dustin Dryden arising from the takeover of Hangar 8.
  • The firm acted for private jet operator, Gama Aviation, in a dispute with SPC Aviation and Dustin Dryden. This is a dispute arising out the management of a Bombardier 601 corporate jet.
  • Advised the founders and existing investors of multi award-winning supplier of advanced defence managed services Inzpire, on the sale of shares to the QinetiQ group.
  • The firm advised an aircraft management company on an unusual lien case against a financial institution.

Machins Solicitors LLP acts for both regional and national aviation sector clients. The group has a strong corporate and commercial offering and is capable of handling small and large-scale aircraft acquisitions, as well as leasing and financing matters. It also has specialist expertise in escrow agreements in the context of aviation transactions. M&A expert Mark Pelopida is the department head.

Practice head(s):Mark Pelopida


Shipping

Index of tables

  1. Shipping
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

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Jai Sharma is the key contact at Clyde & Co LLP, which focuses on three distinct areas of the shipping sector: cargo, insurance and casualty. Sharma heads up the group on the casualty front and has assisted cargo underwriters with over 300 marine casualty cases throughout his career.

Practice head(s):Jai Sharma

The 'highly approachable' marine department at Lester Aldridge LLP provides a full service to shipping clients. The scope of its work includes assisting clients with the sale and purchase (and related financing) of yachts and superyachts, and also advice on sponsorship agreements and contracts. In addition, the group acts for clients in charterparty disputes, commodity disputes and security actions. It also handles investigations and prosecutions brought by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch/Maritime and Coastguard Agency for alleged regulatory offences Russell Kelly is the practice head.

Practice head(s):Russell Kelly

Testimonials

'Lester Aldridge's Southampton office has a number of marine financial specialists who are highly approachable and easy to work with on transactions'.

'Russell Kelly is always on hand to guide us through complex marine transactions; he will identify potential problems early which saves time'.

'Russell Kelly is like an additional member of my team and is highly respected in the sector.'

Thomson Snell & Passmore's client base includes freight forwarders, warehouse operators, importers and underwriters. Fielding a cross-practice transport and logistics team, the firm provides corporate and commercial advice on acquisitions and disposals, as well as preparing various types of commercial agreements, including sector-specific agency and distribution agreements, supply agreements and warehousing, transport and logistics agreements. Employment-related work is another driver of activity. The firm also has a strong reputation in contentious matters, handling the full range of disputes arising from the logistics, distribution and supply chain processes. Practice head James Cradick is experienced in domestic and international litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):James Cradick

Key Clients

AXA Corporate Solutions

Gefco UK Ltd

Colas

Richard Hochfeld Ltd

Colas Rail

BDP International Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented a leading French packaging and distribution company in a dispute with one of the largest, leading warehousing and logistics providers.
  • Acting for AXA Paris and Gefco UK Ltd in longrunning litigation with Taiwanese forwarders.
  • Acting for Peru-based commodity traders specialising in the shipment of fruit in a dispute with UK-based buyers and distributors.
  • The firm is acting for leading traders in frozen fish products, with significant global distribution and trading operations, in SCC arbitration proceedings against respondents based in Belgium.
  • Acting for one of Russia’s oldest and most respected owners/operators of fishing vessels, warehousing and cold storage facilities in a series of disputes arising out of various supply contracts.

Verisona Law's cross-practice shipping team is led by Tim Reynolds, who is 'a key authority on maritime matters'. The firm's profile in the marine sector was enhanced by its merger with Gosport-based firm Donnelly & Elliott (the amalgamated entity has subsequently become part of the Metamorph Group Limited). It advises high net worth individuals and corporate entities on all aspects of the production, ownership and use of leisure and small commercial craft. It also has expertise in the operation, development and disposal of shoreside properties and businesses. In addition, it assists clients with insolvency and restructuring, employment and litigation.

Practice head(s):Tim Reynolds

Testimonials

'The team's specialists have experience of unconventional cases'.

'Veronisa Law had exceptional experience of maritime law'.

'Tim Reynolds has a great depth of practical experience in this subject'.

'Tim Reynolds can be relied upon to provide formidable and expert representation in any dispute'.

'Tim Reynolds is great fun to work with while being impeccably professional'.

'Tim Reynolds is extremely efficient and has a vast knowledge of maritime law'.

Key Clients

Global Insulation

Mr & Mrs Tarrant

Work highlights

  • Advised Global Insulation on non-payment by a number of contractors in relation to the client's invoices and the subsequent winding up of the sub-contractor obliging clients to pursue a claim for payment against the individual vessel owners.
  • Acted for private clients on the purchase of a significant sized sailing yacht.


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