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Sue Barham

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Aerospace practice group.


Partner in the aerospace team handling regulatory and dispute resolution work for the aerospace sector. Sue also specialises in travel law and has experience of aviation and space insurance coverage matters. She acts for airlines, product manufacturers, regulatory authorities, aviation and satellite insurers, tour operators and industry associations.


Royal Aeronautical Society.

London: Transport


Within: Leading individuals

Sue Barham - HFW

Within: Aviation

The ‘first-class’ department at HFW is noted for its ‘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 ‘an aviation expert’. Other key figures include recently promoted partner Zohar Zik, who handles regulatory matters, and associates Christopher Smith and Mark Waters.

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Within: Leading individuals

Sue Barham - HFW

Within: Travel

The ‘very strong’ department at HFW has ‘excellent regulatory knowledge’, a ‘wealth of experience’, and is praised for its ‘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 ‘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 ‘knows aviation law inside out, and is commercially minded’, are also recommended. Dautlich and Barham head the team.

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