Considered an 'excellent set' with 'a number of great juniors and silks' Fountain Court Chambers is highly regarded for its continued expertise in commercial aviation disputes, catastrophic claims, and regulation matters. Michael McLaren QC acted for Olympic Council of Asia, the organising body for Asian nations in relation to the Olympic Games, in a $14.4m claim regarding an aircraft leasing and purchase agreement for an executive jet. Akhil Shah QC, Bankim Thanki QC and Rosalind Phelps QC frequently advise the Civil Aviation Authority at silk level on major regulation matters, and are regulatory instructed as sole counsel by clients involving high-value disputes. In 2020, John Taylor QC acted for Ryanair, defending a claim for $40m by an aircraft lessor. Giles Robertson is noted for being instructed on major Covid-19 related disputes.
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‘Fountain Court is surely the leading set in aviation at the English bar. It has a wealth of experience and talent at the top end, and excellent juniors who start in aviation from the very beginning of their tenancies.’
‘Fountain Court is my first choice set for aviation matters. They have a number of great juniors and silks. You know that you are going to get someone who can do a great job.‘
‘Fountain Court is one of the go-to set of Chambers for aviation related matters. We can trust them to provide counsel who are reliable, dependable, efficient, responsive and client friendly. In particular we enjoy how they have trained their juniors to produce speaking notes for major conference calls and meetings, which are very helpful.‘
With a 'wide range of counsel' and 'excellent barristers', Quadrant Chambers is considered by clients a 'go-to set' for high-profile aviation work in the UK. Members' work extends to cover complex arbitrations, inquests, and commercial disputes. Koye Akoni has been instructed on major international commercial disputes, particularly involving insolvency, while Mark Stiggelbout has represented parties in both court and arbitration proceedings.
‘Quadrant clearly have a wide range of expertise in the transport arena. They have a wide range of counsel of varying experience and I have been impressed with all the juniors I have used. By in large, counsel at Quadrant are approachable and easy to deal with and are keen to accommodate our needs.’
‘One of the best, if not the best, for aviation, Quadrant provides strength in depth with unrivalled experience in serving the disparate needs of the industry.’
Considered a ‘very efficient, personable and helpful‘ set in the aviation sector, XXIV Old Buildings is a key resource for aviation lessors, manufacturers, and airlines, primarily in private law disputes. Steven Thompson QC is considered an ‘excellent advocate‘ by his peers, while juniors Bajul Shah and Arshad Ghaffar are notable for their work on high-value claims. Erin Hitchens focuses primarily on matters in the Commercial Court. Tom Stewart Coats is another key individual. As of April 2021 Philip Shepherd QC is practicing from his own chambers.