Firms To Watch: Aviation

Fox Williams LLP‘s aviation practice has continued to grow under the leadership of Lucy England, assisting technology and service providers to airlines and airports with regulatory and contractual matters.

Aviation in London

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co‘s ‘dedicated and experienced’ aviation practice takes the spectrum of instructions from the aviation industry, acting for both airlines and insurers on commercial, contentious and regulatory issues. The practice is noted for its aviation insurance work, acting for clients in regard to coverage and liability matters. Heading the firm’s global aviation practice is The US west coast-based Kevin Sutherland, who handles commercial and product liability issues. Maria Cetta and Rob Ireland handle a wide range of liability claims, including those arising out of major accidents and hull losses, while Robert Lawson KC acts on the gamut of aviation-related disputes. Gareth LewisJohn Samiotis and Craig Rooney are noted for their contentious insurance practices, while Roger Whipp is noted for his fleet procurement work. Thomas van der Wijngaart has a mixed practice that covers commercial and regulatory matters in addition to insurance and leasing disputes. Following the August 2022 departure of Sonia Lopez to Weightmans LLP, the firm brought in aviation finance specialist Jahnavi Ramachandran from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Sutherland

Other key lawyers:

Maria Cetta; Robert Lawson KC; Gareth Lewis; John Samiotis; Roger Whipp; Craig Rooney; Thomas van der Wijngaart; Jahnavi Ramachandran; Rob Ireland


‘The aviation team at Clyde’s has many first-rate lawyers, notably in England & Wales and the United States.’

‘The lawyers include some of the industry’s leading practitioners, who work on the accounts of some premiere aviation and leasing companies. They regularly support clients with knowledge updates, both with articles and presentations.’

‘A highly knowledgeable team with breadth and depth of experience in aviation law and practice.’

Key clients


Air India Express – AIG

Germanwings/Lufthansa – Allianz

CALC Global Leasing

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s aviation team handles commercial, contentious and regulatory instructions for clients that include airlines, manufacturers and aviation service providers. The practice acts on matters ranging from leasing to insolvency, and passenger claims under EC261 and the Montreal Convention, among other areas. Team head Tony Payne handles commercial and regulatory matters, including advising airlines on restructurings, joint ventures and cross-border compliance. Mark Franklin and of counsel Kathryn Ward advise airlines on liability issues in the wake of accidents, with both also advising on regulatory issues. Legal director Sophie Brophy and senior associate Camilla Bonfield handle a wide spectrum of aviation sector litigation matters, including issues arising out of air accidents and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Tony Payne

Other key lawyers:

Mark Franklin; Kathryn Ward; Sophie Brophy; Camilla Bonfield; Jess Harman; Lucy Stevens

Work highlights

  • Represented PT JAS and its insurers in relation to an accident on 4th April 2016 involving a Batik Air Boeing 737-800 which collided on the runway with a Transnusa Aviation ATR-42-600 aircraft which was under tow by PT JAS.


HFW‘s ‘outstanding aviation practice’ advises airlines on a range of commercial matters, from joint ventures and start-up issues to airline alliance matters and risk management. The firm also offers a strong aviation insurance practice, handling a number of disputes on behalf of insurers facing billions of dollars in claims from lessors and financial institutions. Following Giles Kavanagh‘s election to senior partner in April 2022, Mert Hifzi moved from the firm’s Singapore office in January 2023 to assume leadership of the team, specialising in major insurance claims. Also relocating from Singapore was deputy practice head, David Brotherton, arriving in June 2022 and focusing on advising lessors on financing matters. Edward Spencer and Paul Woodley are noted for their insurance coverage practices, while Zohar Zik and Barbara Pansadoro specialise in aircraft finance and leasing. Legal director Mark Waters‘ broad practice includes regulatory and disputes work. The September and October 2022 arrivals of Rebecca Quayle and senior associate Alana Checksfield from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner further strengthened the group. Peter Coles is also a new arrival, and joined the team from Clyde & Co in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Mert Hifzi; David Brotherton

Other key lawyers:

Edward Spencer; Zohar Zik; Paul Woodley; Rebecca Quayle; Barbara Pansadoro; Mark Waters; Alana Checksfield


‘This is an outstanding aviation practice that has real strength in depth across all fields in the sector.’

‘Edward Spencer is a great strategic thinker who achieves positive outcomes for his clients.’

‘Edward Spencer has a deep understanding of the aviation insurance market and is at the forefront of litigation concerning Russian aircraft impacted by sanctions.’

‘Mert Hifzi is a great strategist and able to navigate any legal storm.’

‘A highly knowledgeable team with strength in depth which has settled very quickly following Giles Kavanagh’s elevation to senior partner.’

‘Paul Woodley has risen to the challenge of handling claims related to the Russian incursion into Ukraine brilliantly. Mark Waters is incredibly bright and is critical to HFW’s client retention.’

‘They are a very good team and communicate within their practice a lot more than some of the other firms, even between London and overseas offices.’

‘Mert Hifzi has been an excellent ambassador for HFW which filters down through the aviation lawyers. Pragmatism, communication and professionalism.’

Key clients


Challenge Aviation Services Limited



Confidentia Limited

Fly Jamaica


Booker Flying Club

Caribbean Airlines

Gulf Air



ICBC Leasing

Corendon Airlines

Air Europa Air Europa Líneas Aéreas S.A.U (Air Europa)

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of AIG Europe on the contingent all risks insurers in relation to an inward claim by AerCap, an Irish-domiciled lessor, in respect of aircraft and engines stranded in Russia.
  • Acted on behalf of Global Aerospace and other contingent “all risk” insurers defending inwards claim brought in the English Commercial Court by Merx Aviation and KDAC in respect of aircraft and engines stranded in Russia.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Leader in the field’, Norton Rose Fulbright offers a full-service aviation practice, advising on commercial matters including aircraft purchases and leasing arrangements, regulatory issues and slot issues. On the contentious side, the firm has recently acted for lessors and financial institutions making insurance claims in relation to aircraft seized in Russia. The firm is also noted for its EC 261 claims handling work, offering specialised legal tech to help airline clients manage these claims. Leading the team are Patrick Farrell and Robin Springthorpe, both aviation litigation specialists, while Duncan Batchelor focuses on asset financing as part of a wider commercial practice. Charlotte Winter, Annabelle Wheeler and Zayba Drabu focus on aviation disputes, including those pertaining to leasing, manufacturing issues and repossessions. Will Alete has a strong commercial aircraft leasing and acquisition practice.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Batchelor; Patrick Farrell; Robin Springthorpe

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Winter; Will Alete; Zayba Drabu; Annabelle Wheeler; Nicola Fenton


‘Fast responding, very practical and clear advice.’

‘The team is very experienced and knowledgeable in aviation. They are responsive and always try to find a practical solution to any issues.’

‘Norton Rose has strength in depth and outstanding talent. The firm has a deep understanding of the industry and provides outstanding results for their clients.’

‘Charlotte Winter: a great intellect who fights hard for her clients. Charlotte sees solutions and then delivers them. Zayba Drabu: A tough litigator who has a very strong understanding of the sector. Annabelle Wheeler: a brilliant lawyer and accomplished litigator. Patrick Farrell: a wise head to navigate the uncertainties thrown to the aviation industry. Robin Springthorpe: an accomplished legal mind who provides airlines with practical solutions.’

‘Excellent client relationship, proactivity, hardworking, very smart and dedicated to meeting our objectives.’

‘Robin Springthorpe is a first-class litigator – very good with managing the client relationship.’

‘Norton Rose Fulbright are leaders in their field.’

‘Charlotte Winter and Zayba Drabu are my go-to partners for disputes advice.’

Key clients

777 Partners

Air Canada


Atoz Aviation Finance S.à r.l.

The Carlyle Group

British Airways


Delta Air Lines, Inc


DS Aviation

easyJet plc

Export Development Canada (EDC)

flyadeal Airline Company


FTAI AirOpCo UK Limited

FW Aviation (Holdings) 1 Limited

Gama Aviation PLC

Qatar Airways


Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia)


Virgin Atlantic

Voyager Holdings

Wizz Air

Work highlights

  • Represented an ad hoc group of creditors, with claims totalling approximately $1bn in a $6bn debt restructuring of Nordic Aviation Capital DAC and its subsidiaries and group companies, by way of implementation via Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Advised Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) on a leasing dispute involving claims in respect of the leases of a large fleet of 50 Airbus aircraft, totalling approximately $4bn.
  • Advised FW Aviation (Holdings) Limited in its Commercial Court claim against VietJet Aviation Joint Stock Company in respect of four aircraft which were on lease to VietJet.

Bird & Bird LLP

Marshalling its ‘good aviation industry knowledge,’ Bird & Bird LLP specialises in assisting clients undertaking innovative technological projects in the aviation sector, including advising on the integration of AI into critical systems. The firm also handles financing, project developments and other transactional matters for aviation clients, as well as litigation. Leo Fattorini leads the team out of Singapore and specialises in aviation transactions, while consultant Paul Briggs acts for airlines and lessors in relation to equipment detained in Russia and also original equipment manufacturer (OEM) issues. Sophie Eyre co-heads the firm’s dispute resolution team, acting on the full spectrum of contentious aviation matters; of counsel Simon Phippard advises airlines, suppliers and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) companies on contractual issues; and Stuart Cairns heads the firm’s international airports team, assisting with all aspects of airport operations.

Practice head(s):

Leo Fattorini

Other key lawyers:

Paul Briggs; Sophie Eyre; Simon Phippard; Stuart Cairns


‘A talented team with good aviation industry knowledge.’

‘Sophie Eyre and Paul Briggs: an exceptionally talented team.’

‘Great attention to detail and technical issues.’

‘Excellent industry knowledge.’

‘Easy to work with; timely responses and practical advice.’

‘Leo Fattorini is brilliant, both in dealing with clients and with counterparties.’

‘Paul Briggs offers exceptional experience that he is able to deploy for the benefit of clients.’

‘Aviation is a niche practice, but no matter the issue that arises for us, Bird & Bird are able to assist us, and staff it appropriately. The advice is always well prepared and provided clearly.’

Key clients


GHZ I Air Limited




Cathay Airways Pacific

LCI Aviation

Work highlights

  • Advised helicopter lessor LCI on its ESG strategy, leading to the publication of its related policy.
  • Advised Pangiam on anew, international initiative announced in collaboration with Google Cloud – aiming to transform airport security operations with AI-led technology.
  • Assisting MTU and its leasing division in its attempts to repossess engines on lease to three Russian airlines following imposition of sanctions.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Insurance work forms the bedrock of DAC Beachcroft LLP‘s ‘exceptionally knowledgeable and hard-working’ aviation practice, with the firm representing insurers and reinsurers in litigation concerning hull damage and loss claims. The team also advises airlines and manufacturers on a range of commercial issues and risk management. Alex Stovold leads the team and spearheads the firm’s aviation insurance and reinsurance work, while also acting for airlines, airports, MROs and more in personal injury, fatal accident and debt recovery claims. Lorraine Wilson assists clients on coverage matters under all-risk hull policies, while Mark Gammon, who arrived from HFW in November 2022, focuses on dispute resolution, with a focus on cases involving issues of liability. Anna Anatolitou joined from Ince & Co in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Alex Stovold

Other key lawyers:

Lorraine Wilson; Mark Gammon; Dylan Jones; Sophie Allkins; Lara Bond; Anna Anatolitou


‘The team is focused, attentive to detail and analytical. They work well with each other and with outside counsel.’

‘Alex Stovold has excellent industry knowledge. An authoritative voice who can be relied on.’

‘The DACB aviation team is responsive, exceptionally knowledgeable and hard working. Working with them is a very collaborative experience and provides exactly the right level of support. The team is particularly strong on liability and coverage work. I have been most impressed with their handling of sensitive and difficult matters.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a manufacturer of aviation equipment for military use in relation to corporate restructuring and the provision of risk management advice in relation to use of corporate jets, among other instructions.
  • Acted for reinsurers providing coverage advice in relation to hull risks reinsurance of aircraft leased to Russian airlines.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP assists its clients with commercial and contentious matters, advising on M&A, and financing matters and increasingly ESG topics, including supporting airlines with the introduction of sustainable aviation fuel to airports. The firm is also advising lessors on aircraft and engine claims following the seizure of key assets in Russia. Leading the team are UK and EU competition specialist Kim Dietzel, who also assists with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) licensing matters, and Robert Moore, who specialises in M&A, including hostile public takeovers, joint ventures and shareholder disputes. Gregg Rowan represents clients in cross-border disputes, while also assisting with regulatory investigations and public enquiries. Of counsel Suzy Campbell and senior associate Clémence Barraud handle competition and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Kim Dietzel; Robert Moore

Other key lawyers:

Gregg Rowan; Suzy Campbell; Clémence Barraud


‘They have partners across the globe providing high-quality and consistent services.’

‘Very strong presence in Asia with a team based in Singapore, making it very convenient to work with on Asia-focused deals.’

Key clients

Virgin Atlantic




Gatwick Airport

London Luton Airport

Bain Capital

World Star Aviation

Bpifrance Assurance Export

Asia Aviation Capital

Aergo Capital


Ferrovial Airports

Work highlights

  • Advised Jet2 plc on various matters including on the refinancing of its unsecured revolving credit facility of up to £300m with Barclays Bank, HSBC UK Bank, Lloyds Bank and National Westminster Bank.
  • Advised Gatwick Airport Limited and London Luton Airport in respect of their respective development and expansion master plans.
  • Advised AerCap Ireland Ltd on various matters including in connection with claims under its aviation insurance policies relating to the loss of aircraft and engines in Ukraine and Russia.


The ‘highly collegiate team’ at Kennedys specialises in aviation insurance matters, acting for both airlines and insurers in hull damage and loss claims and fatal crashes in addition to providing regulatory and transactional support. Heading up the team is Simon Balls, an aviation liability specialist who advises on issues ranging from lost baggage to fatal accidents, with strong ties to clients in the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Mark Welbourn is an insurance expert, advising on liability, passenger, third party injury and hull claims, while also providing support on consumer regulatory matters. Alexandra Rodina focuses on insurance issues concerning Russian and other eastern European clients, while Noelia Mann acts for airlines on insurance claims in Spain and Latin America.

Practice head(s):

Simon Balls

Other key lawyers:

Mark Welbourn; Alexandra Rodina; Noelia Mann


‘A highly collegiate team structured to serve the clients’ best interests.’

‘The key difference with Kennedys is that the partners are not in competition with each other, but instead are all aligned around a common cause.’

‘Simon Balls who leads the team does so in a way that gets the best out of people.’

Key clients

Etihad Airways

British Airways Plc




Aer Lingus

Eastern Airways

easyJet Airline Company Ltd

Iberia & Iberia Express / Vueling / Air Nostrum


Ariana Afghan Airlines

Qanot Sharq


Sudan Airways

Fanjet Express Ltd

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood‘s ‘astute, commercial and focused’ team takes on the gamut of aviation matters, acting for airlines, lessors and banks in relation to asset financing, leases, regulatory issues and disputes. The practice is headed by Paul Phillips, an aviation litigation specialist, and Richard Parsons, who focuses on aviation finance. James Collins is noted for his aircraft and engine transactional work, including sale-and-leaseback arrangements. Of counsel Chloe Challinor, managing associate Johnny Champion and associate Patrick Bettle are aviation litigation specialists, representing clients in commercial and regulatory proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Paul Phillips; Richard Parsons

Other key lawyers:

James Collins; Chloe Challinor; Johnny Champion; Patrick Bettle


‘Communication by SH was very detailed and complete. Contact was very responsive.’

‘Contacts are knowledgeable and professional.’

‘The team at SH Legal is very good. They have good knowledge and experience of the subject matter.’

‘All worked very well and deserve full credit.’ 

‘Consistency of their approach is key.’

‘Excellent communicators and prompt with support.’

‘Very astute, commercial and focused. A lot of depth in the team with a wide range of complementary skills. Experts in their field, and absolutely the best litigation team in London.’

‘Paul Phillips is a luminary in his field – passionate about his cases and very commercially astute.’

Key clients

The Ryanair Group of airlines: Ryanair DAC, Ryanair UK, Buzz, Malta Air and Lauda Europe

The Lion Air Group of airlines: Lion Air, Batik Air, Wings Air, Malindo Air and Thai Lion Air


Air France

Avion Express

Buraq Air

China Southern Airlines

Gulf Air


Kuwait Airways Corporation

Norse Atlantic Airways

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Royal Jordanian Airlines

Royal Wings


Aircraft Engine Lease Finance

Aircraft Leasing and Management


Alterna Capital Partners

Archway Aviation

Avation| Plc Group

BBAM Aircraft Leasing & Management

DAE Capital

Deucalion Aviation

Engine Lease Finance Corporation

ICBC Leasing

International Airfinance Corporation

Jackson Square Aviation

Macquarie AirFinance

Macquarie Aircraft Leasing, Services (US) Inc

Rostrum Leasing

SMBC Leasing

Sky Leasing


Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)

BNP Paribas


Work highlights

  • Acted for Transportation Partners in multi-jurisdictional proceedings relating to unpaid aircraft rent during the Covid-19 pandemic and the restructuring of the Lion Air Group.
  • Acted for Ryanair in two high-value and complex claims brought by On The Beach Limited in the English High Court.
  • Represented Alterna Aircraft V B Limited in a claim for unpaid aircraft rent against the third-largest Indian airline, SpiceJet, worth over $11m. In March 2023 successfully obtained summary judgment against SpiceJet and defeated their request for a stay of execution.


Milbank assists airlines, lessors and financial institutions on the spectrum of commercial aviation matters, including restructuring and insolvency, and M&A. The team has also assisted lessors in regard to Russian sanctions matters and associated insurance claims, while also acting on a range of other disputes and arbitrations. Heading the team are James Cameron, who focuses on transport asset finance and portfolio transactions, and Nick Swinburne, a finance, leasing and restructuring specialist.

Practice head(s):

James Cameron; Nick Swinburne


‘The sheer breadth of knowledge and capability is highly impressive.’

‘A stand-out team in aviation on a global scale. James Cameron and Nick Swinburne have built an excellent team of intelligent and diligent associates.’

‘As a client, I have the confidence of knowing whoever is on the deal – they are good. It’s rare to have a large practice of such calibre.’

‘The Milbank transportation team are one of the best in the business. Nick Swinburne is at the top of his game – exceptionally bright, pragmatic, focused. He is a brilliant problem solver and trustworthy and highly respected lawyer.’

‘James Cameron is pragmatic and fantastic at getting the job done. Working through any complex issues and ensuring that teams are adequately resourced with an incredibly capable team of associates and trainees.’

‘Milbank possesses a team of partners and exceptional associates working to a consistently high standard. The best team in the market for complicated and high-value aviation finance transactions.’

‘James Cameron is an excellent negotiator and deal maker, and a great individual to have in your corner when a transaction needs to get done. He brings a wealth of experience and practical nous to any deal he works on. Nick Swinburne is a superb lawyer, offering clear-headed, technically astute but pragmatic advice. Great to have on highly complicated and structure transactions.’

‘Global depth, yet genuine client focus.’

Key clients





Air France



Bank of China (Aviation)




BNP Paribas


CDB Leasing



CMB Financial Leasing

Credit Suisse

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank


Deutsche Bank

Embraer N

Export Development Canada



JP Morgan


M&G Investments



Morgan Stanley



Novus Aviation Capital






SNB Capital

Standard Chartered

Strategic Value Partners




volofin Capital Management Ltd

Genesis Leasing Limited

Carlyle Aviation Partners


China Development Bank


Deutsche Bank


Société Générale

Work highlights

  • Advised Fortress Investment Group LLC and certain of its managed funds on the $855m sale to Chorus Aviation Inc. of Falko Regional Aircraft Limited.
  • Advised SMBC Aviation Capital in relation to its acquisition of Goshawk Management Limited, which included a portfolio of approximately 160 owned and 15 managed aircraft.
  • Advised Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, as placement agents, in connection with British Airways’ private placement of $299.6m for the financing of two new A320neo and two new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP has strengthened its aviation practice with the arrivals of co-head Sidanth Rajagopal and Manuela Krach from K&L Gates LLP in October 2022 and March 2023 respectively, with both specialising in aviation financing. In addition to working ‘like a Swiss watch’ on matters of financing, restructuring and bankruptcy, Peter Sharp, who jointly leads the team, acts for clients engaged in disputes, including commercial, post-disaster and insurance matters. Solicitor advocate David Waldron represents clients in restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy matters, as well as commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Peter Sharp; Sidanth Rajagopal

Other key lawyers:

David Waldron; Manuela Krach


‘This is a very strong team, working together like a Swiss watch, resulting in super quick turnarounds.’

‘They are always focused, commercially minded whilst crossing the Ts and dotting the Is from a legal perspective, what I call very safe hands to be in.’

‘Sidanth Rajagopal is always willing and able to assist with practical advice, which suits his client and the situation.’

‘Sidanth Rajagopal is very good at managing and motivating his team. The resulting teamwork is what makes him strong and reliable for his clients. He is absolutely committed.’

Key clients

ACIA Aero Leasing (Ireland) Limited

Dubai Aviation Corporation

Kayan Aircraft Holdings

SpiceJet Limited



Qatar Airways

MUFG Securities Americas Inc.

JLPS Ireland Limited

Pulsar Aero

P Capital Partners III AB

Empire Aviation

Al Sharqiya Aviation

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

Work highlights

  • Advised ACIA Aero Leasing (Ireland) Ltd as borrower on their new revolving facility with Investec, secured by a pool of assets in various jurisdictions to support the continued growth of ACIA‘s portfolio.
  • Assisted Avenue Capital Group on the restructuring of their leases with Air Asia X and their financing for three A330 aircraft with Deutsche Bank, Nedbank and NEC Capital.
  • Assisted MUFG Securities Americas Inc. as arranger in the refinancing of senior secured equipment notes due August 2027, which are secured by a portfolio of 13 mid-to-end of life A320-200s on lease to a US operator.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP offers clients ‘extraordinarily broad experience’ in the aviation sector, advising on the spectrum of commercial issues, restructuring and insolvency and regulatory matters in addition to handling major disputes. The firm has also acted for clients in relation to Russian aircraft seizures and sanctions. Jim Bell heads the practice, acting for financiers, lessors and operators on structured finance transactions, while Andrew Ward, who co-heads the dispute resolution team, acts for banks, investors, airlines and lessors. Patrick Moore focuses on restructuring matters, handling matters ranging from lease arrangements to Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. A number of arrivals have augmented the practice, with Jeffrey Wool, on secondment as secretary general of the Aviation Working Group, arriving from Holland & Knight LLP as a senior global advisor in January 2023 and aviation disputes specialist Tim Murray following in June. Alison Weal arrived from Winston & Strawn LLP in May 2022, taking up a position as head of aviation knowledge management.

Practice head(s):

Jim Bell

Other key lawyers:

Robert Fidoe; Andrew Ward; Chris Mitchell; Patrick Moore; Dominic Pearson; Jeffrey Wool; Tim Murray; Alison Weal; Simon Jennings; Liam Clozier


‘The aviation team at Watson Farley has extraordinarily broad experience in all aircraft finance and lease topics.’

‘They are able to apply their knowledge perfectly in line with the economic needs of an airline and provide perfect, fast and reliable services.’

‘Chris Mitchell is an excellent partner for every aircraft-related transaction on the side of an in-house legal counsel. He is able to structure complex legal projects and gives excellent guidance so that every transaction becomes a success! He is extremely fast and on the spot with advice. The same applies for his associate Liam Clozier.’

‘Tim Murray has tonnes of experience in aviation. He has been involved in every kind of aviation dispute and has a massive amount of experience and knowledge.’

‘Tim Murray is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Tim Murray is a brilliantly clever lawyer: he is always thinking at least two moves ahead of his opponents. His analysis of the law is always spot-on, and he gives very clear and commercial advice.’

‘Tim Murray: a brilliant source of knowledge in the aviation industry.’

‘Tim Murray achieves great solutions for his client. He combines his knowledge with a keen strategic insight and ability to master complex materials.’

Key clients

Air Seychelles


Apollo Global Management

JP Morgan Asset Management


Minsheng Financial Leasing

Wilmington Trust

Aviation Working Group


SDH Wings

Work highlights

  • Advised Air Seychelles in regard to its restructuring negotiations relating to its ongoing participation and obligations under a securitisation of loans to various Etihad Alliance partner airlines, with an aggregate value of $1.2bn.
  • Advised Apollo Global Management as special aviation counsel on the $700m debtor-in-possession financing for Scandinavian Airlines as part of the airline’s Chapter 11 restructuring.
  • Advised the Aviation Working Group (AWG) as its primary international advisors on five important areas including the development of the AWG’s sustainability and ESG framework, the design and build of the Global Aircraft Trading System (GATS), the continued development and support in relation to the Cape Town Convention, the development of a new approach to political risk for investors in aviation and specific actions relation to Russia and insurance.

Weightmans LLP

Specialising in aviation insurance matters, Weightmans LLP acts for underwriters in complex coverage claims, including a number of insurers facing claims from lessors whose aircraft were seized by Russia. Leading the team is Andrew Krausz, an experienced litigator noted for his work defending claims of carrier liability and coverage issues, while Adam Baker has a broad practice encompassing commercial claims and those concerning general aviation. Sonia Lopez joined the team from Clyde & Co in September 2022, adding expertise in catastrophic loss and passenger claims, while principal associate Lisa Williams‘ arrival from Kennedys in March 2023 further strengthens the team.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Krausz

Other key lawyers:

Adam Baker; Sonia Lopez; Lisa Williams


‘Deep knowledge of their field, which delivers considerable comfort to their clients.’

‘They typically ‘spool up’ very quickly, identifying the key issues and getting to grips with them swiftly and to best advantage.’

‘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.’

‘Their rates are very competitive compared to other firms in the sector, which is also backed by knowing that a case is being handled by individuals with aviation experience.’

‘We have worked with Andrew Krausz and Sonia Lopez predominantly. We have found them both to be very knowledgeable, friendly, professional and 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, Andrew Krausz has a great relationship with clients and will always go the extra mile to fight our corner as a team.’

‘Andrew Krausz 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.’

Key clients

Wizz Air


Lancashire Syndicate

Global Aerospace Underwriting



CV Starr/Starr Underwriting




Work highlights

  • Advised Global Aerospace Underwriting on coverage and coverage claims relating to Russia and Ukraine involving multiple commercial aircraft and assets under multiple policies of reinsurance.
  • Advised AIG on coverage and coverage claims relating to Russia and Ukraine involving multiple commercial aircraft and assets under multiple policies of reinsurance.
  • Instructed to defend the owners of the Piper Malibu aircraft carrying footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson from France to Wales.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner advises both lessors and, increasingly, airlines on aircraft and engine financing and leasing arrangements, including sale-and-leaseback transactions, while also acting for a number of banks and other lenders. Leading the team are Anton Chambers, an asset finance specialist who also assists with restructuring measures, and Russell Clifford, a structured asset finance expert. Associate Ricardo de Oliveira handles both financing and leasing transactions, in addition to advising on regulatory matters and representing clients in aviation and insurance disputes. Former practice co-head Rebecca Quayle moved to HFW in September 2022, with Alana Checksfield following in October.

Practice head(s):

Russell Clifford; Anton Chambers

Other key lawyers:

Ricardo de Oliveira


‘BCLP’s global reach and cross-functional practices have ensured that we could close multiple aviation deals with ease and confidence.’

‘BCLP has been exceptional at finding creative solutions for us.’

‘Access and knowledge exceeds most firms we work with.’

‘The team at BCLP consistently delivers on our complex investments and always provides creative, competent solutions.’

‘Especially good when working across jurisdictions.’

Key clients


Falko Regional Aircraft

ICBCIL Aviation Company

Milestone Aviation Group

Condor Flugdienst

Green Africa Airways

Fosun Investment Holdings

ACR Capital Research


CMS‘ aviation team supports airlines, manufacturers and financial institutions on a broad range of matters, advising on finance and leasing arrangements, the sale and purchase of aircraft and engines and repossession proceedings. On the contentious front, the firm acts for clients in insurance coverage, liability and hull claims. Practice head Gwen Edwards is a debt financing expert, and advises on cross-border M&A, and asset disposals, while solicitor advocate Alaina Wadsworth and of counsel Kate Murphy handle insurance and reinsurance disputes. Saskia Hayes acts for insureds in coverage disputes and also defends personal injury claims. Sam Silver and Nadia Omar are noted for their coverage disputes practices.

Practice head(s):

Gwen Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Alaina Wadsworth; Kate Murphy; Saskia Hayes; Sam Silver; Nadia Omar


‘CMS’ aviation team is a very well run operation.’

‘They carry a phenomenal amount of expertise that justifies their level of authority on aviation and aviation insurance matters.’

‘They are well resourced to pull in associates and other lawyers when necessary. However, the largely overwhelming reason why we appoint CMS, is their friendly and human approach.’

Key clients





Tokio Marine Kiln

HDI Global

Holland & Knight (UK) LLP

The ‘real aviation specialists’ at Holland & Knight LLP provide clients with a full-service aviation offering, assisting with aircraft sales, financing and leasing, regulatory issues and dispute resolution. The firm also advises on aviation insurance matters, acting for lessors seeking coverage for aircraft seized in Russia and also advising on sanctions issues. Leading the team are Robert Ricketts, who acts for airlines, lessors and banks on aircraft financing matters, and Phillip Durham, who splits his time between New York and Chicago. Victoria Koob advises on aviation asset financing and leasing and Gwyn O’Flynn departed the practice for an in-house role at Milestone Aviation Group in April 2022, while Jeffrey Wool and Tim Murray moved to Watson Farley & Williams LLP in January and June 2023 respectively.

Practice head(s):

Robert Ricketts; Phillip Durham (New York/Chicago)

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Koob


‘They are one of only a small number of firms that have genuine expertise across the full range of aviation-related disputes.’

‘They are a niche team of real aviation specialists in a very professional full-service law firm.’

‘Great understanding of and expertise in the aircraft leasing industry and the aviation regulatory field.’

‘The team at Holland & Knight LLP is well experienced in a variety of issues, providing a balance of legal advice to clients and ultimately providing sound solutions to clients\’ problems.’

‘They understand the needs of clients and provide counsel tailored to their clients’ specific needs.’

‘They are also very responsive and handle every matter with utmost seriousness, dedication and professionalism.’

‘Robert Ricketts is very engaged and solution-driven. With his vast experience in aviation law, he is well-rounded and nothing takes him by surprise.’

‘Robert Ricketts is also the most responsive of all and wouldn’t mind interrupting his weekend, evening or holiday to attend to pressing matters.’

Key clients

Oman Air


AerCap Holdings N.V.

Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited

BBAM Aircraft Management LP

HEH Hamburger EmissionsHaus GmbH & Cle. KG

Aircastle Limited

SMBC Aviation Capital Limited

Sloane Helicopters

Sky Aero Leasing

Work highlights

  • Acting as creditors’ counsel to a substantial part of SAS Airline’s leased fleet of aircraft in its Chapter 11 Bankruptcy proceeding.
  • Acted for AerSale in a multi-million dollar aircraft leasing dispute involving proceedings in the Commercial Court arising out of the leasing of aircraft to a Pakistani airline.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP acts for airlines and lessors on a range of transactions, including sales, purchases and leases, with contentious matters including issues of non-payment and aircraft seized in Russia also forming part of the practice’s capabilities. Heading the group are aviation financing specialists Philip Perrotta and Peter O’Hare, with Peter Morton co-ordinating the firm’s international arbitration practice and taking the lead on aviation sector disputes. Former practice heads Sidanth Rajagopal and Manuela Krach moved to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP in October 2022 and March 2023 respectively.

Practice head(s):

Philip Perrotta; Peter O’Hare; Peter Morton


‘They have a significant number of partners with deep expertise in aviation and transport-related disputes, including financing and leasing, regulatory and technical matters.’

‘As a client, we value the professionalism of the team as well as high communication skills and responsiveness.’

‘The whole team is supportive, including but not limited to partners, paralegals and the financial department etc.’

‘Philip Perrotta has a unique skill of providing high-quality legal advice and is one of the best knowledgeable legal professionals in the aviation field.’

‘Philip Perrotta has the best understanding of business needs and finds the best solutions to meet the customer’s needs.’

‘Peter Morton is a highly qualified legal professional, very responsive and a true expert in his field.’

Key clients

Abelo Capital Aviation Management Limited

JLPS Ireland Limited

Lease Corporation International (LCI)


Avation PLC

China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited (CALC)

AMRA Leasing

Work highlights

  • Represented AMRA Leasing in obtaining a default judgment for over $10m in respect of sums due under an aircraft lease, and thereafter in 2022 successfully defeating an application to set aside the judgment.
  • Acted for aircraft lessor China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited (CALC) in parallel Commercial Court proceedings against defendants Asia Aviation Capital Limited and AirAsia Berhad, leading to a successful resolution of the dispute in 2022.
  • Acted for a leading provider of air cargo services in ICC arbitration proceedings with an Asian national flag carrier airline regarding a long term hard block cargo capacity agreement.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law acts on instructions from airlines, airports, lessors and more, advising them on UK and EU competition and state aid rules in addition to IATA regulations, M&A, joint ventures and a range of other commercial agreements and financing arrangements. The firm also advises a number of start-up clients providing goods and services to the aviation sector. Key contacts include James Healy-Pratt, an insurance and accident specialist, and Owen Hanna, who represents the victims of air accidents and their families in personal injury claims. Alex Ferrari acts for airlines and other operators in insurance disputes.

Other key lawyers:

James Healy-Pratt; Owen Hanna; Alex Ferrari


‘The team are very good at what they do, particularly with their in depth knowledge of Aviation.’

‘I have worked with them for almost four years, and their understanding of your personal feelings in difficult times has been excellent.’

‘I have worked with Owen Hanna, what can I say Owen’s understanding and commitment to me has been without question superb. He has helped me with my case, but more than that, he has supported me through difficult and emotional times.’

Key clients

Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited

Vitruvius Management Services Ltd

Allanson Consulting Limited

CFS Aeroproducts Limited

Elate Holdings Limited

Spairliners GmbH

Heather Ashley

Animal Aircare Company Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised the board of Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited on corporate and commercial matters.
  • Advised Vitruvius Management Services Ltd on a number of their projects including runway upgrade works for Gloucestershire Airport.
  • Advising Spairliners GmbH with regard to the negotiation of a major Embraer aircraft component support agreement with its new client, SAS Link AB.

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s aviation practice specialises in litigation in the aviation sector, while also offering advice on commercial and regulatory matters, covering restructuring and insolvency, including Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and M&A. Mark Moody leads the team, representing airlines, lessors and financial institutions in disputes and also providing asset financing assistance. Ben Bruton and Daniel Meagher are noted for their international disputes and arbitration work.

Practice head(s):

Mark Moody

Other key lawyers:

Ben Bruton; Daniel Meagher


‘The team has a strong presence in the aviation market.’

‘They are familiar with the way the market operates.’

‘Daniel Meagher is a great aviation lawyer with tons of litigation experience.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

European Export Agencies