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Leading Silks

Gavin Kealey QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA true giant of the commercial Bar, with a long pedigree in commercial aviation cases.
John Kimbell QC - Quadrant ChambersVery clever and assimilates complicated technical details very quickly. Nothing is too much trouble.
Michael McLaren QC - Fountain Court ChambersFluent and resonant, he can make even a weak case sound attractive. Particularly strong on finance-related issues.
Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is super bright, super responsive, and has a complete understanding of every aspect of the complex workings of the aviation industry.
Philip Shepherd QC - Chambers of Philip Shepherd QCDirect, forceful and no-nonsense. A formidable advocate.
Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersTop-quality aviation practice which continues to develop. Brings to the party panache and judgement as well as outstanding intellect.
Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court ChambersExtremely efficacious in his work, with a keen understanding of the law and an ability to quickly grasp and explain issues.
John Taylor QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is an exceptional strategist. He works collaboratively with solicitors and is highly responsive.
Charles Béar QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is an impressive and forceful advocate, and a formidable opponent.
Michael McParland QC - 39 Essex ChambersHis knowledge is frankly unrivalled in matters of jurisdiction and applicable law. His skill as an advocate is outstanding.
Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court ChambersShe is a clear thinker with a profound understanding of the industry.
John Steel QC - 39 Essex ChambersAs a pilot, he has practical knowledge as well a clear understanding of the issues and planning policies that affect airfields.
Stephen Cogley QC - 4 Pump CourtFabulous intellect and really tenacious. Great advocate. Incredibly commercial and ability to cut through complex data sets to identify the key facts.
James Cutress QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a strong understanding of the industry and is a highly effective advocate.
Gerard Forlin QC - Cornerstone BarristersInformative and extremely knowledgeable; tenacious but always with the utmost respect. He is approachable both from a solicitor and client point of view. He is good with clients explaining processes and his way of thinking and reasoning for decisions or plans of action.
Steven Thompson QC - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has good aviation knowledge and is very capable on large complex cases.

2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent judgement. Great at simplifying things and putting clients at ease.
Katherine Deal QC - 3 Hare CourtShe is extremely efficient and knowledgeable about cross-border claims, jurisdictional disputes, and aviation in general. Katherine is an open book and would deal with the cases above and beyond of what she is required to. Her attention to detail is great too.

2020 Silks

Tamara Oppenheimer QC - Fountain Court ChambersTamara is a hard-working tenacious advocate with a careful and meticulous approach to cases. She is very bright, pragmatic, and unfailingly friendly and calm.
Richard Wald QC - 39 Essex ChambersAn up-and-coming new silk.

2021 Silks

Anneli Howard QC - Monckton ChambersShe’s an expert in the field of competition, is approachable, and rolls her sleeves up and gets on with the job in hand.

Leading Juniors

Tom Bird - Quadrant ChambersA fine mind and a convincing advocate. A reliable pair of hands for even the most complicated of issues.
Tim Marland - Quadrant ChambersA silk in all but name. A real all-rounder who understands the industry, and an opponent who should be feared.
Alexander Milner - Fountain Court ChambersSurely destined to take Silk, he has the ability to cut through the nonsense and get to the crux of a matter.
Matthew Reeve - Quadrant ChambersHe is a well-known, experienced and highly regarded junior who is go-to counsel for a number of solicitors handling contentious aviation matters.
Bajul Shah - XXIV Old BuildingsA very strong, sensible and calm advocate. He is a pleasure to deal with and always very clear in his advice.
James Duffy - Fountain Court ChambersHe is very commercial and approachable.
Arshad Ghaffar - XXIV Old BuildingsHas excellent knowledge of aviation matters.
Katherine Howells - Old Square ChambersVery good attention to detail and has the ability to digest technical detail. Strong knowledge and understanding of international personal injury claims issues.
Koye Akoni - Quadrant ChambersA formidable presence and an agile mind - on track to greatness.
Navjot Atwal - 3 Hare CourtHe is exceptionally thorough, very commercially minded, and always fights his client’s corner.
Stephanie Barrett - Quadrant ChambersShe is a first-rate and fierce advocate.
Emma Hilliard - 7 King's Bench WalkShe has a quick mind, is enthusiastic and is hardworking.
Erin Hitchens  - XXIV Old Buildings 'Tenacious, hard-working, user-friendly and good intellect, allied to sound legal judgement and commerciality.'
Emily McWilliams - Quadrant ChambersShe is considered and erudite in her advice. Her advocacy is composed and quick-witted.
David Murray - Fountain Court ChambersA hugely talented junior with great attention-to-detail and he displays sober, sensible judgement at all times.
Cleon Catsambis - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn expert in his field who is able to deliver advice pragmatically in uncomplicated language.
Max Davidson - Quadrant ChambersHe knows clients’ strengths and weaknesses, always making them feel more knowledgeable.
Elizabeth Lindesay - 7 King's Bench WalkShe is hardworking, imaginative, persistent and thoughtful.
Mark Stiggelbout - Quadrant ChambersHe has impressive drafting skills.
Harry Wright - 7 King's Bench WalkAn excellent advocate, very smart and a delight to work with.

Rising Stars

Max Archer - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is an excellent junior. He is approachable, clear, and pragmatic.
Tom Stewart Coats - XXIV Old BuildingsHe has exceptional knowledge of the law, and is a very effective advocate.
Nicolas Damnjanovic Fountain Court Chambers ‘Outstanding talent, with a deep understanding of the regulatory framework of the aviation and travel industries.

Aviation in London Bar

Fountain Court Chambers

Described by clients as a ‘brilliant set’ which is ‘full of stars’, Fountain Court Chambers displays expertise across commercial disputes and regulation cases, as well as aviation claims involving disaster and catastrophic losses and damage. Akhil Shah QC was instructed by the liquidators of Thomas Cook Airlines to assist in securing its slots at leading airports; in 2019, he led an expedited judicial review application brought by Manchester Airport against the CAA and Thomas Cook in which Shah represented the airline’s interests. Elsewhere, John Taylor QC led Ben Lynch in Blanche v Easyjet, a Court of Appeal test case concerning the interpretation of common rules on compensation and assistance to airline passengers in the event of delayed or cancelled flights.

Quadrant Chambers

'With considerable strength, depth and experience’, Quadrant Chambers ‘remains the go-to counsel for aviation accident disputes for claimants and defendants alike'. John Ashley Kimbell QC is acting for the claimants in Tonkinson v Cavaciuti, a compensation claim brought against the designer, manufacturer, and engine supplier of the aircraft involved in a fatal crash by dependents of the deceased. Members' work also ranges from arbitrations and inquests through to commercial disputes hinging on leases and aviation regulations. Mark Stiggelbout was instructed by British Airways in Ms Pamela Greene and Mr Marcus Greene-Christie v British Airways PLC, a sensitive claim concerning the disability and discrimination rights of autistic passengers.

XXIV Old Buildings

Increasingly viewed as an ‘impressive' set in the aviation space, XXIV Old Buildings acts for airlines, lessors, and manufacturers, among other aviation stakeholders, mostly in commercial disputes. Steven Thompson QC is praised for sector knowledge, while at the junior end Bajul Shah and Arshad Ghaffar are the names to note; Tom Stewart Coat is a rising star in the field.