Firms To Watch: Aviation

Alius Law was founded in early 2021 by Bree Taylor, the former head of dispute resolution at Fladgate LLP - the firm has a strong focus on contentious work for aircraft leasing companies.

Aviation in London

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co fields one of the largest aviation teams with international support from the firm’s network of offices in locations such as New York, Johannesburg, Singapore and Sydney. The practice, which is led by Kevin Sutherland, advises clients on the full range of contentious and non-contentious aviation issues including commercial, regulatory and insurance work. The firm has an impressive array of clients from budget operators to flag carriers in addition to insurers and brokers. Robert Lawson KC acts in  aviation disputes, while Maria Cetta is well-versed in disaster claims and major losses. Gareth Lewis represents insurers, John Samiotis handles contentious matters and Rob Ireland specialises in liability matters, while Craig Rooney and Tom Van De Wijngaart are experts in dispute resolution. Sonia Lopez focuses on complex personal injury and catastrophe work.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Sutherland

Other key lawyers:

Robert Lawson KC; Maria Cetta; Gareth Lewis; John Samiotis; Rob Ireland; Craig Rooney; Tom Van De Wijngaart; Sonia Lopez; Patrick Slomski; Roger Whipp; Jahnavi Ramachandran


‘Fully understanding team, adapts to any new twists and tweaks very fast, is accessible even late at night.’

‘Excellent knowledge and always provide appropriate advice and assistance.’

‘Thomas van der Wijngaart, Patrick Slomski and Roger Whipp. Excellent aviation knowledge and experience. Highly recommend these individuals to assist with commercial discussions and they have been a trusted partner during some difficult negotiations.’

‘Solution driven and a practical approach is always a benefit.’

‘Maria Cetta is the stand-out partner. She provides an insightful approach and excels at problem solving.’

‘Jahnavi Ramachandran is first class. Very good at condensing complex concepts into concise explanations. Excellent market knowledge.’

DLA Piper

The aviation practice at DLA Piper provides specialist commercial, regulatory and litigation services to a range of clients including international and domestic airlines, aviation insurers, airport operators, manufacturers and maintenance organisations. Much of the work involves cross-border elements, with the practice acting for airlines and insurers with respect to the Ukraine crisis. Tony Payne heads up the team and is an expert in regulatory matters with Mark Franklin. Kathryn Ward has expertise in post-accident liability issues, while associates Sophie Brophy and Tristan Thompson focus on contentious work including aircraft accidents. Camilla Bonfield advises stakeholders on aviation disputes and insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Tony Payne

Other key lawyers:

Mark Franklin; Kathryn Ward; Sophie Brophy; Tristan Thompson; Camilla Bonfield; Lucy Stevens


‘I have worked with Mark Franklin and Kathryn Ward for many years and will continue to do so.’

‘I work with DLA Piper London on aviation matters. I appreciate working with the team: they are aviation professionals, with extensive knowledge and customer oriented. The team adapts to customer’s need and are always available when needed.’

‘Excellent aviation knowledge and it is a pleasure to work with the people there. Mark Franklin is knowledgeable, available, trustworthy, listens to client’s needs and expectations. He and his team produce great deliverables.’

‘Camilla Bonfield and Lucy Stevens are both superstars. They think outside the box, are extremely knowledgeable and responsive and understand exactly what the needs of the business are.’

‘Deep knowledge of and expertise in the aviation sector. The firm understands the complex regulatory framework and provides solutions to difficult questions arising out of Brexit, Covid 19 and the present conflict in Ukraine. The partners are very responsive to their clients’ needs, and are well supported by talented lawyers.’

‘Mark Franklin has outstanding knowledge of the aviation regulatory framework, and is able to provide clear and compelling analysis in any aviation dispute. He has a great eye for detail, but is invariably able to provide a solution for his clients.’

‘Simply, I think they are the best aviation litigation team in the market. They have unbeatable sector knowledge, particularly partner Mark Franklin, who is the go-to partner for major aviation clients and provides the comfort of having seen it all before. The associates are all hard-working and seem genuinely interested in the work.’

‘The team is very focused on the customer and bringing the best results, even when the requests we make are challenging. They act as part of the customer’s team.’

Key clients

Airbus Helicopters




Bristow Helicopters Limited

British Airways plc

CV Starr

Delta Air Lines



Etihad Airways



HDI Global Specialty SE

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

L3 Commercial Training Solutions Limited

Manchester Airport Group


Menzies Aviation plc

NetJets Inc

Northrop Grumman

Pratt & Whitney

Rolls Royce

United Airlines

Work highlights

  • Represented PT JAS and its insurers in relation to an accident on 4 April 2016 involving a Batik Air Boeing 737-800.


HFW offers aviation advice across a range of areas including handling insurance, insolvency, commercial litigation, financing and leasing, commercial contract and regulatory mandates. The practice has a broad client base consisting of flag-carrying airlines, manufacturers, airfield service providers, leasing companies and smaller operators. The firm continues to diversify its offering beyond claims work for aviation insurers to advise on the restructuring of lease transactions and act in high-value disputes. Giles Kavanagh heads up the global aerospace team and Edward Spencer is excellent in aviation insurance and commercial litigation. Zohar Zik has expertise in financing mandates, while Paul Woodley is experienced in insurance work. Associates Mark Waters and Barbara Pansadoro handle regulatory and commercial aviation matters.

Practice head(s):

Giles Kavanagh

Other key lawyers:

Paul Woodley; Edward Spencer; Zohar Zik; Mark Waters; Barbara Pansadoro; Victoria Cooper; Rebecca Quayle


‘HFW are clearly experts within the aviation field. I felt assured from the beginning of my relationship with them that they have a wealth of experience in dealing with complicated legal issues within this field. I am extremely grateful to have been recommended this practice.’

‘My relationship with HFW was primarily through Edward Spencer and Victoria Cooper, both of whom were exceptional in every aspect.’

‘Paul Woodley is extremely approachable and very responsive to our needs, very thorough and has a wide range of knowledge right across the world.’

‘HFW provides solid support for every legal challenge we have faced with its internal expert attorneys in areas of relevance, and connects us with other attorneys if unable to handle based on jurisdiction. The attorneys are client-focused and communicate analysis and solutions in a business-like manner rather than in a legally-technical or academic manner which would be of no use to us.’

‘I have worked closely over the past few years with Zohar Zik on our aircraft and engine related matters. Zohar is an extremely personable individual who captures the gravity and depth of our issues quickly and provides both legal and strategic advice in a timely manner to address unreasonable lessor demands, difficult lessors and complicated situations. Zohar’s attention to our matters is consistently timely and thorough until we are of the view that the issue is resolved and closed.’

‘Considerable expertise across the aviation sector, allied with strength in depth makes HFW a leader in the field. HFW provides an outstanding service to its clients, and secures for them effective outcomes. Its international presence allows it a global role in a global sector.’

‘Rebecca Quayle is very experienced in aviation, she is very commercial, responsive and technically excellent.’

Key clients

Yuntian 10 Leasing Company Designated Activity Company


Iceland Air

Edward Dewhurst Limited

Confidentia Limited

Fly Jamaica


Booker Flying Club

Caribbean Airlines

Gulf Air

Work highlights

  • Represented Fly Jamaica Airways in a multi-jurisdictional, high-profile case.
  • Represented Yuntian 10 Leasing Company Designated Activity Company in English High Court proceedings in a claim against an aircraft lessee and guarantor for a substantial amount of unpaid rent for a B787 aircraft.
  • Acted for Goshawk Aviation Ltd in claims brought by several of its lessor entities in the English Commercial Court.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright advises on a range of areas including aircraft transaction disputes, competition issues, Brexit matters, data protection work and insurance claims. The team also advises on the risk within operating leases, deals with EC261 claims and works for a number of airlines on disputes arising out of aviation cyber attacks. Patrick Farrell leads the contentious aviation practice with support from Annabelle Wheeler, while global head Duncan Batchelor handles a variety of commercial matters. Robin Springthorpe and Charlotte Winter focus on litigation and international arbitration proceedings. Ian Giles has expertise in antitrust and competition work, while Dan Cowdy advises on all aspects of aircraft acquisition, ownership and operation.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Batchelor; Patrick Farrell; Robin Springthorpe

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Winter; Ian Giles; Dan Cowdy; Annabelle Wheeler


‘The team is excellent. They provide great services for the aviation finance industry. They have an excellent team for helping clients to draft their negotiation efforts with theirs customers into legal words. The real value is the deep understanding of the aviation business itself.’

‘I am working with people instead of purely a company which is essential in the aviation industry; it is a people business. The team consists of great people I am pleased to work with them, besides the company’s name.’

‘Exceptional service levels, dedication and support.’

‘Dan Cowdy provides first class service, is very smart, dedicated and client focused.’

‘Very knowledgeable, reputable and with commercial understanding of the market.’

‘This team is very versatile and extremely knowledgeable in not only the legal but also business and technical aspects of aviation which is a key strength that I believe puts them at the forefront in this field. The team is well established and connected and their teamwork is seamless and on point.’

‘The individuals in this team are very understanding, compassionate, considerate, and patient!’

Key clients

777 Partners


Atoz Aviation Finance S.à r.l.

The Carlyle Group

British Airways


Delta Air Lines, Inc.


easyJet plc

flyadeal Airline Company


FTAI AirOpCo UK Limited

Gama Aviation PLC



Virgin Atlantic

Voyager Aviation Holdings

Wizz Air

Work highlights

  • Advised Delta on deepening its industry-leading partnership with Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic via the launch of a new combined long-term joint venture.
  • Acted for Delta opposing American Airlines’ appeal of a European Commission decision.
  • Acted for Flynas in relation to an aircraft leasing dispute being heard in the High Court.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP has ‘comprehensive knowledge of the aviation sector’ with experience in advising clients on the trends impacting the field such as OEM failures, Covid-19 and digitalisation. The team also advises airlines, lessors and financiers on sustainability, cybersecurity and data issues affecting the aviation industry. Leo Fattorini heads the aviation practice while Paul Briggs is now a consultant who continues to act for airlines and lessors. Sophie Eyre specialises in aviation disputes, while Stuart Cairns leads the international airports team.

Practice head(s):

Leo Fattorini

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Cairns; Sophie Eyre; Paul Briggs


‘Excellent work product and experts in their field.’

‘Solid understanding of current industry issues.’

‘Always takes the client’s position in a very pragmatic commercial approach. Ahead of the game in anticipating what the client wishes to achieve.’

‘Sophie Eyre is a sharp international aviation litigator with the ability to understand complex problems.’

‘Comprehensive knowledge of the aviation sector. Paul Briggs is particularly incisive and adept at getting to the nub of an issue.’

‘Excellent aviation and M&A knowledge, very quick to respond.’

‘We have a very unusual business profile with odd requirements and BB have always been able to respond and provide an answer or recommended approach.’

‘Each of the partners we deal with is on top of their topic, is creative in their solutions and always responsive even though we are relatively small account for them.’

Key clients

Air Arabia

Airbus Group

Aquila Air Traffic Management

Kuwait Airways

Bristow Helicopters

Centralny Port Komunikacyjny



Fiji Airways



Irish Aviation Authority


John Menzies Group

North Air

Qatar Airways



GHZ I Air Limited



Work highlights

  • Acted for Cathay Pacific in the case on contract interpretation and implied terms of good faith arising out of a long-term engine maintenance contract.
  • Advised Isavia Iceland on the airport’s $1-2bn expansion programme.
  • Advised Centralny Port Komunikcacjny (CPK) on the largest new airport development in mainland Europe, The Solidarity Transport Hub (STH).

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP acts for some of the largest UK-based airlines with recent highlights including advising Jet2plc on its placing on the AIM market and easyJet plc on its £1.2bn rights issuance. The firm is increasingly advising clients on ESG matters including sustainable aviation fuel in addition to matters resulting from the Ukraine crisis. The team is also at the forefront of advising on complex regulatory and structural issues resulting from Brexit. Competition law expert Kim Dietzel co-heads the practice with Robert Moore, who focuses on corporate M&A. Associate Clémence Barraud focuses on EU and UK competition law.

Practice head(s):

Kim Dietzel; Robert Moore

Other key lawyers:

Clémence Barraud


‘Very pragmatic and able with good industry knowledge.’

‘Bob Moore is pragmatic and responsive.’

‘Excellent individual lawyers.’

Key clients

Virgin Atlantic



Gatwick Airport


Bain Capital

World Star Aviation

Bpifrance Assurance Export

Asia Aviation Capital

Aergo Capital


Ferrovial Airports

Work highlights

  • Acted for easyJet on its £1.2bn rights issuance.
  • Advised Jet2 on the issuance of a convertible bond and two placings on AIM to existing shareholders and new investors.
  • Advised Virgin Atlantic on the Civil Aviation Authority’s 2022 interim price control and H7 price control reviews in relation to Heathrow Airport Limited’s airport charges.


Kennedys is best known for its extensive experience of working for the aviation insurance market and is instructed directly by airlines in relation to uninsured claims, regulatory issues and transactional work. These key clients include high-profile airlines such as British Airways, Etihad and Ryanair with AIG, Allianz and Global Aerospace on the insurer side. Simon Balls leads the team and has experience in liability and insurance issues, while Mark Welbourn has been involved in significant insured loss mandates. Alexandra Rodina is the main point of contact for CIS operators and Noelia Mann is a specialist in airline defence work.

Practice head(s):

Simon Balls

Other key lawyers:

Mark Welbourn; Alexandra Rodina; Noelia Mann


‘Kennedys are very responsive to questions and instructions and reports are thorough, detailed and to the point and are presented in a timely fashion. They have excellent worldwide coverage and an excellent network of local correspondents.’

‘Simon Balls and the team are extremely approachable and very responsive to our needs, very thorough and have a wide range of knowledge right across the world.’

Key clients

Etihad Airways

British Airways Plc




Aer Lingus

Eastern Airways

easyJet Airline Company Ltd

Iberia & Iberia Express


Air Nostrum

Work highlights

  • Represented Tatarstan Airlines and XL-Catlin as lead reinsurer in relation to all liability claims arising in the crash of a scheduled domestic passenger flight from Moscow to Kazan.
  • Represented Bhoja Air in relation to all issues arising from the crash of a domestic scheduled passenger flight in bad weather during its approach to Benazir Bhutto International Airport.
  • Represented British Airways as lead and sole counsel relating to liability from passenger claims arising from uncontained engine failure and resulting fire and emergency evacuation of BA 2276.

Stephenson Harwood

The aviation group at Stephenson Harwood has expertise in advising on aviation finance work, commercial transactions, arbitration proceedings and insurance-related claims. The team has an excellent client list and acts for Ryanair and China Southern on the airline side and transportation banks such as BNP Paribas and DVB. Co-head Paul Phillips is the primary contact for aircraft lessors, while other co-head Richard Parsons advises on financing and leasing transactions. Chloe Challinor is an experienced aviation litigator and regulatory lawyer, and Rebecca Garner is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Paul Phillips; Richard Parsons

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Gardner; Chloe Challinor


‘In depth coverage of the issues combined with the ability and readiness to proactively project manage a transaction to bring all aspects of it together to support a timely closing versus merely turning key documents.’

‘Richard Parsons is always very visible as a Partner and provides active support for associates to ensure an excellent set of documents and smooth closings.’

‘Responsive, diligent current market knowledge.’

‘Detail orientated with high degree of professionalism.’

‘A small, dedicated and experienced team, who have successfully helped us navigate some very tricky disputes and difficult situations with heavyweight counterparties. Uniquely able to understand the commercial realities, and to translate the strengths and weaknesses of our legal situation into winning commercial solutions.’

‘Commercial nous and experience, pragmatism, lateral thinking, grasp of the details.’

‘Stephenson Harwood’s aviation practice won our business 10 years ago and has managed to keep it since despite strong competition in London and numerous approaches we have received from other firms over the years. We feel SH understand our business needs and culture very well, and have shown the ability to think commercially while providing sound legal advice.’

‘A deep bench, good lawyers at all levels of seniority. The work is done at the appropriate level with appropriate oversight.’

Key clients

The Ryanair Group of airlines

The Lion Air Group of airlines


Air France


Royal Jordanian Airlines

China Southern Airlines

Gulf Air

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Royal Wings

Kuwait Airways Corporation


Buraq Air



Aircraft Engine Lease Finance

Aircraft Leasing and Management


Alterna Capital Partners

Archway Aviation

Avation Plc Group

BBAM Aircraft Leasing & Management

Castlelake Aviation

Deucalion Aviation

Engine Lease Finance Corporation

ICBC Leasing

International Airfinance Corporation

Jackson Square Aviation

Macquarie AirFinance

Orix Group

Rostrum Leasing

SMBC Leasing

SKY Leasing

Standard Chartered


Transportation Partners

DVB Bank

BNP Paribas

Société Générale (SocGen)


Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Lion Air Group in defending proceedings brought in the English Commercial Court.
  • Acted for Ryanair in a judicial review brought by a group of the most significant members of the UK aviation industry against the Secretaries of State for Transport and for Health and Social Care.
  • Acted for Ryanair in the latest chapter of its ongoing battle with On The Beach Limited, one of the UK’s largest online travel agents.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The aviation practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP advises on the regulation of the industry and the development, financing and acquisition of airports in addition to competition matters affecting airlines. The firm is also specialised in defence and ITAR regulation matters. Infrastructure finance expert Andrew Gallagher co-heads the team with Charles Ford who has a strong presence in the airports sector and recently worked on various acquisitions throughout Europe.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Gallagher; Charles Ford

Work highlights

  • Acted on a £1.6bn refinancing transaction involving replacing the existing complex whole business securitisation structure with a more typical investment grade unsecured borrowing structure.
  • Advised Aeroports de Paris on all aspects of its acquisition and investments in GMR Airports Limited.

Holland & Knight (UK) LLP

Holland & Knight LLP provides counsel on the full spectrum of aviation finance matters such as advising leasing companies, airlines and banks on structures for aircraft leases, and issues relating to the purchase and financing of aircraft, engines and helicopter assets. Phillip Durham co-heads the team with Robert Ricketts who has a diverse client base of companies, banks and airlines. Gwyn O’Flynn focuses on aviation transactional work, while Victoria Koob handles finance matters. Tim Murray advises on a range of regulatory issues including matters before the CAA.

Practice head(s):

Robert Ricketts; Phillip Durham

Other key lawyers:

Gwyn O’Finn; Tim Murray; Victoria Koob


‘Small but excellent. Very experienced in aviation matters.’

‘Tim Murray is someone I have worked with on aviation matters for 20 years. He is an excellent solicitor who knows an awful lot about the sector, and is incredibly diligent and thorough. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Outstanding expertise of the commercial and regulatory legal frameworks of the aviation industry.’

‘Tim Murray combines outstanding knowledge of the aviation regulatory framework with an ability to absorb and deploy extensive factual material to the advantage of his clients. Tim achieves solutions to the most difficult problems. Tim is approachable and where necessary leaves no stone unturned.’

‘Holland & Knight has one of the pre-eminent dedicated aviation finance and leasing teams in the London market.’

Key clients

Oman Air



Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited

BBAM Aircraft Management LP

HEH Hamburger EmissionsHaus GmbH & Cle. KG

Aircastle Limited

SMBC Aviation Capital Limited

Sloane Helicopters

Orix Aviation

Merx Aviation

Engine Lease Finance Corporation



Work highlights

  • Acted for AerSale in a multi-million dollar aircraft leasing dispute involving proceedings in the Commercial Court arising out of the leasing of an aircraft to a Pakistani airline.
  • Represented Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited and FGL Ireland Limited in respect of Chapter 11 restructurings for both Aerovias del Continente Americano S.A., Avianca and Aerovías de México, S.A. de C.V.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law has an extensive client base consisting of airlines, airports, MROS, leasing companies, banks and financiers. The team undertakes both contentious and transactional work with experience in competition law and merger regulation issues. James Healy-Pratt is experienced in resolving issues arising from international aviation accidents. Alex Ferrari is well versed in acting for international and domestic airlines. Hugh O’Donovan  has left the firm.

Other key lawyers:

James Healy-Pratt; Alex Ferrari


‘An up and coming firm for aviation matters with some great personnel including the formidable James Healey-Pratt. One to watch.’

‘James Healey-Pratt is massively experienced in this field.’

‘We work with Alex Ferrari who has a well proven track record in this. Our members know they don’t have to “teach” him about the industry and that he “gets it” straight away.’

‘Alex Ferrari stands out based on his knowledge and then skill in delivering desirable results for our members. Even when our members are in the wrong his ability to mitigate matters and reduce the tension in situations is to be applauded. Incredibly hardworking – if he takes your case he’s absolutely in your corner. What more can one ask.’

Key clients

Wizz Air

Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority

Virgin Atlantic


ASL Airline Group

Blue Air

Jazeera Airways

Blue Islands Ltd


Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited

CFS Aeroproducts Limited

Channel Islands Jet Services Limited

Airport Coordination Limited

Airbridge International Agencies Limited

CMBC International Holdings Limited

CHC Group Ltd

Blue Bear Systems Research Ltd

Eastgate Investments Limited

Laboratoire ASL SNC

Work highlights

  • Advised Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited on securing a $200m investment commitment from GEM Global Yield LLC SCS (GEM) as it pursues a public listing.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard advises numerous airports in the UK such as Manchester Airports Group, London Luton Airport and Edinburgh Airport across areas such as aircraft financings, transactions and regulatory matters. The firm has an increasing focus on aviation’s sustainable future advising on current challenges such as recovering from the pandemic. Co-head David Shaw provides key expertise in the construction and environment areas, while Paul Hirst heads up the transport sector group. Andrew Smith is experienced in joint ventures, outsourcings and sponsorship arrangements.

Practice head(s):

David Shaw; Paul Hirst

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Smith


‘Very commercially minded. Making things work for their client, not simply regurgitating the letter of the law.’

Key clients

Highland and Island Airports Limited

London Luton Airport Limited

International Airlines Group

Manchester Airport Group

Dundee Airport Limited

Edinburgh Airport

Work highlights

  • Advised London Luton Airport Limited on challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting complexities.
  • Advising HIAL on environmental law, planning and surface access and across its operational assets.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP‘s aviation team draws on multi-disciplinary expertise from across its aviation finance, corporate, regulatory, planning and restructuring practices. Among the clients which the team represents are easyJet, Heathrow Airport and EY. Solicitor advocate Clare Reeve Curatola specialises in commercial litigation, regulatory investigations and corporate risk. Andrew Hockley, the firm's practice group leader for white collar, antitrust and international trade, is a key name for competition matters; he is now primarily based in Sydney.

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Hockley; Clare Reeve Curatola


‘Very efficient and client focused, but pragmatic and good value for money.’

‘Patient, practical, pragmatic and great performance.’

‘Able to provide a full breadth of service in my experiences with them, including cross border (Europe and US). Very proactive when operating under tight and stressful deadlines.’

‘Incredibly personable team who have the appropriate balance between commerciality and legal detail. Were prepared to not sit on the fence and give a proper opinion whilst still clearly outlining risks.’

‘Dedicated, focused and flexible team, hardworking, delivering each time.’

Key clients


Falko Regional Aircraft Limited

ICBCIL Aviation Company Limited

Seraph Aviation



Work highlights

  • Advised Seraph Aviation on all aspects of the operating lease transaction for one B737-800 aircraft with Joy Air of China.
  • Advised Heathrow Airport Limited regarding its Expansion Project since 2013 and defending the challenges brought against the Government’s Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS).
  • Advised Heathrow Airport in relation to Crossrail.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for airlines, general aviation operators, airports and MROs with a particular focus on providing advice to the insurance industry. Alex Stovold heads up the practice and specialises in providing aviation-focused advice to insurers, reinsurers and the wider aviation industry on risk management, major losses and debt recoveries. Lorraine Wilson handles subrograted recovery actions in addition to liability defence work, and the team has grown with the arrival of Dylan Jones from Clyde & Co.

Practice head(s):

Alex Stovold

Other key lawyers:

Lorraine Wilson; Dylan Jones


‘DAC Beachcroft is a very dynamic and professional team that allows other law firms of different jurisdictions to work with them, since they listen and comprehend the local knowledge that is being transmitted to them.’

‘Alex Stovold is a great team leader, particularly in our work experience with him, he has been able to understand our points of view from our jurisdiction without trying to impose his view, but rather sharing his experience to enrich ours.’

‘The team we deal with is led by the correct person with the right people under him.’

‘Experienced, knowledgeable and good work ethic.’

‘I deal mainly with Alex Stovold who is head of aviation claims. He has always given clear and concise legal advice in a very timely fashion. I have no hesitation in recommending this firm to colleagues.’

‘Alex Stovold is very proactive, has a very pleasant manner which makes him a joy to work with on complex matters, and of course has a vast knowledge of his subject. Nothing is ever too much trouble. The firm now has an aviation leader who can grow the practice for the benefit of all.’

‘The team has been putting client needs at the front and centre of everything they do from start to finish, making them stand out from the other law firms we used. The service we received from the aviation team has always been very effective, and the team showed that they understand our business, know how it works, and know our customers and our values. The team is very diverse and speaks many different languages, making the firm and the team unique and approachable.’

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of reinsurers in relation to the Lamia major loss.
  • Advised aviation industry clients on risks arising from the use of a corporate aircraft by a third party entity.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP advises airlines and a range of other clients in the aviation sector, with a strong focus on disputes and finance work, ‘combining industry knowledge with well honed dispute resolution skills’. The key names in the team include Peter Morton, who is a practice group coordinator for the firm’s international arbitration group, and aviation finance expert Philip Perrotta.

Other key lawyers:

Peter Morton; Philip Perrotta; Tim Fox


‘The team attract some of the best aviation litigation in the market, are hard-working, diligent, commercially astute, bright, and enjoyable to work with.’

‘The personal touch is what distinguishes this team. You never feel like your one of 20 clients and no matter how much is going on with the firm, you feel like your project is the one getting the team’s full attention. This is vital for us as a client as a lot of our deals are complex and require a lot of hands-on attention from our external counsel.’

‘Very effective problem solvers, combining industry knowledge with well honed dispute resolution skills. The firm provides an efficient and well resourced service for its clients in complex litigation.’

‘Peter Morton: reliable, highly intelligent, good tactical and strategic instincts, enjoyable to work with.’

‘Peter Morton is a great strategist who provides strong leadership to his team. Combined with his strong analytical skills, Peter is highly effective in achieving strong outcomes for his client.’

‘Tim Fox has a close eye for detail and provides exceptional organisation skills in managing legal disputes.’

Key clients

Spicejet Limited


Arconic Inc

Howmet Aerospace Inc

Tokyo Century Aviation

ACIA Leasing (Ireland) Limited

AMRA Leasing Limited

Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Trust

Work highlights

  • Representing a major materials supplier in three inter-related but unconsolidated ICC arbitrations (seated in London, Paris and Geneva) in successfully defending claims brought against it by a major manufacturer of commercial passenger and military aircraft at over US$1bn.
  • Advising Indian airline SpiceJet in Commercial Court and subsequent Court of Appeal proceedings regarding claim commenced by the De Havilland Aircraft Company regarding the alleged breach of a purchase agreement for the sale and purchase of 25Q400 Aircraft, with claims quantified at over $42m.
  • Acted for Aercap in obtaining Commercial Court judgment for over $10m against a Malaysian airline.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The aviation team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP handles dispute arising from the financing and leasing of commercial and jet aircrafts, and passenger personal injury, delay and baggage claims. Asset finance and real estate are also strong areas for the firm, as the practice deals with airport property transactions. Practice head Sam Folley acts for tenants, occupiers and institutional investors, and Alex Burton has extensive experience in commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sam Folley

Other key lawyers:

Alex Burton


‘Sensible and pragmatic. Good at expectation management.’

‘Alex Burton: uber commercial – realistic, good eye on the bottom line.’

Key clients

Gulf Air Group Holding BSC(c)

AAL Group Limited

Farnborough Airport Limited

Liverpool Airport Limited

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP's aviation sector group is led frm London by co-head Jim Bell, an 'excellent problem solver' who works in tandem with fellow co-head Charles Viggers in Singapore. The team has strong track record of work on high-stakes restructuring work, routinely advising creditor groups, lenders and lessors. The team also has notable expertise on the contentious side, with London disputes co-head Andrew Ward a key name.

Practice head(s):

Jim Bell; Charles Viggers

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Ward; Simon Ovenden; Patrick Moore; Dominic Pearson; Mark Tooke


‘The team, and in particular Jim Bell, assisted on some particularly involved and convoluted negotiations in which creative solutions needed to be developed in order to break several impasses.’

‘Our interaction and levels of service from WFW has always been excellent and we enjoy the service we receive from them on all the transactions we have worked on.’

‘Particularly strong in terms of diversity of skills they bring. We were working on aircraft leasing simultaneously with administration and it was useful having the same firm doing both.’

‘Jim Bell stands out as an excellent problem solver – he approaches problems with a commercial perspective, which greatly facilitates resolving complex issues.’

‘The partners and lawyers we have working with are excellent and are a valuable part of our transactions. The entire aviation team (both partners and associates) have been excellent.’

‘They respond very rapidly and always have good suggestions for very difficult problems and provide us a lot of confidence in their direction they suggest.’

Key clients

Aviation Working Group

Air Seychelles





Minsheng Financial Leasing


Work highlights

  • Advised, amongst other creditor groups, the bondholders in relation to Virgin Atlantic Airways’ £1.2bn restructuring and recapitalisation plan.
  • Advising NordLB (and other creditors) on both the proposed second restructuring of Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) and the restructuring of HNA Group.
  • Advising Air Seychelles’ on its restructuring negotiations (pre and post creditors’ insolvency petition) relating to its ongoing participation and obligations under a securitisation of loans to various Etihad Alliance partner airlines (including Air Seychelles) with an aggregate value of $1.2bn.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP sits on several aviation underwriter panels and acts for airlines such as Wizz Air, Condor Airlines, Flybe and Jet2. Practice head Andrew Krausz specialises in aviation litigation work and handles a broad range of related claims. Adam Baker strengthened the practice with his arrival from Clyde & Co.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Krausz

Other key lawyers:

Adam Baker


‘A big advantage of the Weightmans aviation team is their knowledge of the aviation industry, which is second to none. The industry is not easy to understand and it is always a great benefit that the lawyers have a first-rate understanding of the complexities involved.’

‘I have worked with Andrew Krausz at Weightmans. I have always found him to be totally professional in his dealings with me.’

‘We have always found the firm to be very efficient, professional and all the team have a vast amount of knowledge and expertise in aviation. We would definitely consider using the firm on any new instructions’

‘We have found them to be very knowledgeable, friendly, professional, approachable. Andrew Krausz heads up the team and our dealings with Andrew have always been a pleasure. He is very good to work with and his knowledge is exceptional. On the cases we have worked on he has a great relationship with clients and always will go the extra mile to fight our corner as a team. He will always look to settle cases early if liability is an issue for us and he is always available to take a call to discuss strategy. Overall Andrew and the team are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Fantastic strong team with excellent experience and knowledge in general aviation and ballooning. Andrew Krausz and Adam Baker both really know their stuff as both are experienced qualified pilots.’

‘I have a good working relationship with Andrew Krausz and I fully trust him with my claims.’

‘The Weightmans team provides a consistently reliable legal advice in all areas of aviation law. Apart from their knowledge of aviation law, they are very well versed in commercial matters including litigation.’

Key clients

Wizz Air

Condor Airlines

PDG Helicopters

National Police Aviation Service

Flying Time Limited

ExecuJet Aviation Group / ExecuJet Aviation Nigeria

Virgin Balloons

Multiflight Limited


Helicopter Services Limited

Winston & Strawn LLP

The aviation team at Winston & Strawn LLP focuses on high-profile and high-margin disputes in addition to regulatory and commercial matters. The firm advises on key developments impacting the industry including the Russian sanctions, grounded fleet and the LIBOR transition. International aviation disputes expert Mark Moody leads the practice with support from Ben Bruton.

Practice head(s):

Mark Moody

Other key lawyers:

Ben Bruton; Dan Meagher


‘The team is skilled in all commercial aviation disputes particularly involving finance, manufacturing and maintenance, and particularly in multi-jurisdictional disputes.’

‘Dan Meagher stands out in a team which can also draw on huge US expertise. Dan is quietly brilliant. Understated but also incisive and on the ball.’

Key clients

Aviation Capital Group

Broadstone Acquisition Corp.