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Kathryn Ward

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DLA Piper LLP (US)




Kathryn Ward has great knowledge in post accident legal liability and has particular experience in handling the legal aftermath of major air accidents.

Kathryn defends numerous carriers in passenger, cargo and baggage claims brought against them based on the Montreal Convention 1999, EU Regulation 261/04 and EU Regulation 1107/06. She also regularly represents operators, airports and ground handlers, as well as handling product liability claims against product manufacturers and MROs. In addition, Kathryn is regularly instructed in the field of general aviation and on insurance coverage. In a commercial context, Kathryn represents carriers in contractual disputes and advises on issues surrounding aircraft ownership and repossession.

Kathryn is a Spanish speaker and much of her work focuses on Latin America through DLA Piper's Air Law Alliance, including handling claims for Cubana de Aviación, Aerocaribbean, ENSA, and Cuban Airports and airside operations owned by ECASA.

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Kathryn Ward - DLA Piper

Within: Aviation

DLA Piper’s aviation expertise spans litigation and dispute resolution, regulatory, commercial, competition, employment, IP, accidents, insurance and employment matters. Mark Franklin continues to represent Honeywell in a product liability dispute concerning property damage caused by fire on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at London Heathrow airport; is advising Airbus Helicopters and its insurers on the worldwide grounding of the H225 Super Puma fleet; and is representing Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality, as lead insurer, in relation to liabilities arising out of the terrorist attack at Brussels Airport in March 2016. Kathryn Ward is representing ground handler PT JAS and its insurers in relation to a runway collision in 2016. Leon Taylor handles insurance and reinsurance litigation and has particular experience in international coverage disputes. Alexandra Kamerling is active on EU and UK competition law matters. Senior associates Shereena Rai and Sophie Brophy are also noted. Franklin and Tony Payne lead the department.

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