Aviation in London Bar
Fountain Court Chambers is applauded by clients as a 'go-to set for complex aviation-related litigation' thanks to its offering of a 'strong spread of top-quality silks and juniors'. Bankim Thanki QC, Alexander Milner, Akhil Shah QC and David Murray, were involved in judicial review proceedings, brought by the administrators of Monarch Airlines, regarding the decision by the UK airport coordinator not to allocate or to reserve slots for Monarch for the summer 2018 season. Aircraft leasing dispute LaudaMotion v Lufthansa was also a key highlight for the set; Akhil Shah QC acted for LaudaMotion, while James Cutress QC, who was leading David Murray, appeared for Lufthansa.
Quadrant Chambers has 'considerable strength in aviation' with 'very experienced members'; it is praised by clients as a 'responsive set that gets results'. Key highlights for the set included Vandeputte v Egyptair, which was a significant claim arising out of the crash of Egyptair flight MS804. Here, Tim Marland acted for IATA as an intervener, John Ashley Kimbell QC appeared for Vandeputte, and Koye Akoni was instructed on behalf of Egyptair. Marland also led Akoni in Bahamasair v Messier Dowty, an appeal to the Privy Council from the Court of Appeal of the Bahamas, which involved allegations that a landing gear was defective.
XXIV Old Buildings is a set that is 'going from strength-to-strength' and is an 'excellent choice for aviation matters'. The leading case on economic duress, Times Travel Limited v Pakistan International Airlines Corporation, was a notable highlight for Philip Shepherd QC, where the airline was held to have used illegitimate pressure to force an IATA agent into agreement to abandon claims for commission.