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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  1. Transport
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1
    • Anton Balkitis - Rothera Sharp Solicitors

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Bally Atwal - Smith Partnership

Rising stars

  1. 1
    • Olivia Maginn - Rothera Sharp Solicitors

Rothera Sharp Solicitors’ ‘highly experienced and friendly’ team is ‘excellent for road transport law enquiries’ and regulatory work. It is also highly regarded for clandestine stowaway problems faced by transport operators across the EU. Brexit-related matters have been a key component of its recent work, namely the need to apply for EMCT International Road Haulage Permits, driver license changes, cross trade advice and customs declaration applications. Practice head Anton Balkitis represents commercial operators, professional drivers and private motorist on a wide range of matters including vehicle offences and license entitlements. Recommended associate Olivia Maginn handles licences, compliance, public inquiries and the defence of motorists.

Practice head(s):Anton Balkitis;

Other key lawyers:Olivia Maginn; Laura Newton;


'Anton Balkitis, who whilst being extremely knowledgeable on all matters of road transport law, always has time to discuss and goes the extra mile. He's a pleasure to work with'.

'Professional and friendly'.

'For road transport law inquiries, they are excellent'.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the client at Operator Licensing Public Inquiry called on grounds of repute, professional competence and financial standing.
  • Represented the client at Public Inquiry in new application for standard national licence authorising 40 vehicles and 23 trailers.
  • Represented the client at a Goods Vehicle Operator’s Licence Public Inquiry at which no formal regulatory action was taken.

Smith Partnership’s team of aviation law specialists are ‘increasingly a force to be reckoned with in heavyweight transport and travel-related claims’. Representing a number of high-profile international airlines, tour operators, handling agents and aviation insurers, the group is engaged for personal injury and fatal accidents, denied boarding, delayed and cancelled flights, lost, delayed and damaged baggage in addition to employers and public liability claims. Team head Bally Atwal is ‘always thinking strategically’.

Practice head(s):Bally Atwal;


'Increasingly a force to be reckoned with in heavyweight transport and travel related claims'.

'Bally Atwal is the stand-out person. Charming but with inner toughness, always thinking strategically and how best to serve the client's interests, whether that means fighting or settling'.

'Great network. Strong aviation experience. Good services'.

Work highlights

  • Acting  on behalf of an airline in defence against a personal injury claim brought under the Montreal Convention 1999.
  • Acting for a company who manufacture parachutes, in defending a claim for indemnity and contribution.
  • Acting on behalf of airline in defence against a lost / damaged luggage claim.
  • Represented an airline in defence against a claim for a refund after the Claimants were denied boarding.
  • Acted on behalf of an airline in defence of an EC261/2004 claim for a flight delay.

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