Aviation in London

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP’s large, multi-pronged aviation team of 'subject matter experts' is instructed by an assortment of leading airlines, insurers, and brokers, advising on contentious and non-contentious matters spanning the commercial, regulatory and insurance fields. As a full-service firm, the group also collaborates with other departments, specifically the insolvency, real estate and employment teams. Practice head Robert Lawson QC and Maria Cetta are noted for their expertise across the entire spectrum of aviation work, while John Samiotis and Gareth Lewis focus on aviation claims. Elsewhere, aviation finance practice head Mark Bisset leads on an increasing number of finance-related instructions following the COVID-19 crisis, while Rob Ireland, Craig Rooney and legal director Adam Baker are all experienced in aviation liability work; and legal director Sonia Lopez is frequently instructed in airline catastrophe work and multi-jurisdictional litigation. Tom van der Wijngaart handles regulatory and commercial mandates.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lawson QC

Testimonials

The aviation team at Clyde & Co London are the best solicitors I have worked with. They are the gold standard and many are keen to be introduced to this team.

Craig Rooney is not only extremely knowledgeable but he is client focused, always understanding what a particular client needs and pursuing or willing to pursue difficult costs arguments to endeavour and often obtain maximum recovery of client costs.

They are subject matter experts, with a worldwide reach. They understand our needs and provide balanced advice on which we can make informed decisions.

Work highlights

  • Represented GFG 737 Ltd, the prospective purchaser, in a dispute over the purchase of a Boeing 737 business jet in relation to entitlement to the return of the deposit upon abortion of the transaction in the Commercial Court, acting as advocate in the two hearings.

DLA Piper

The full-service aviation practice at DLA Piper is 'comfortable handling all levels of aviation work from EC26T1 claims up to major air disasters'. This includes being instructed on a mix of litigation, regulatory and transactional matters for a variety of clients, including international and domestic airlines, airports, maintenance organisations and manufacturers, aviation service providers and insurers. Led by Tony Payne, Mark Franklin and of counsel Kathryn Ward, the group acts in high-profile disputes and inquiries, navigates clients through European slots allocation regulations, assists with crisis management work, and provides on-the-ground support to insured parties following plane crashes and accidents. The team works closely with fee earners in various departments and offices across the firm's 'broad global network', assisting clients with commercial aviation issues, competition matters, employment disputes, intellectual property work, technology advice, and finance and projects transactions. Other names to note are senior associate Sophie Brophy and 'top-class litigator' Camilla Bonfield, who was recently promoted to senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Tony Payne

Testimonials

‘Industry experts in Aviation with a broad global network of lawyers.’

‘Camilla Bonfield (Senior Associate) – Not afraid to think outside the box in tackling unprecedented questions. A top-class litigator that leaves no page unturned.’

‘The DLA Piper Transportation – Aviation practice offers a unique full legal service support for an airline. Stand out qualities are experience, industry know-how and market awareness to bring a commercial market practise view to legal negotiations.’

‘Mark Franklin is a leader in the field of aviation regulation.’

‘Mark Franklin. Knowledgeable, easy to deal with and understands the commercial dimension.’

‘The team is enthusiastic and capable, comfortably handling all levels of aviation work from EC26t1 claims up to major air disasters. Although not as large as the aviation teams in some other practices, DLA do not rest on their laurels and always put the work in.’

‘Kathryn Ward and Mark Franklin have a wealth of experience at all levels of aviation. Kathryn will always go the extra mile for clients and has a realistic and down to earth approach to cases.’

Key clients

Airbus Helicopters

Allianz

AMLIN

Amazon

AXA XL

Bristow Helicopters Limited

British Airways plc

Cincinnati Global Underwriting Limited

CityJet

CV Starr

Delta Air Lines

easyJet

Emirates

Enstar

Etihad Airways

HDI Global Specialty SE

Jet2.com

KLM Royal Ditch Airlines

Manchester Airport Group

Menzies Aviation plc

Virgin Atlantic

United Airlines

Work highlights

  • Acted for Bristol Airport Limited in respect of the detention of Thomas Cook aircraft at Bristol airport on the grounds of unpaid airport charges.
  • Representing ground handler, PT JAS, and its insurers in relation to an accident on the runway at Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport, Jakarta, causing extensive damage to both aircraft.

HFW

Diversifying beyond insurer work, HFW’s aerospace department specialises in complex claims and disputes and is also regularly instructed on commercial, regulatory, competition, and aircraft finance and leasing matters. Praised for its 'good team depth', it advises clients on everything from major losses and commercial litigation to insolvencies, which is an area of growth for the practice due to the COVID-19 aviation shutdown. Giles Kavanagh is the firm’s global aerospace leader; his recent mandates include advising 30 airlines on a commercial agreement with Heathrow Airport Limited. Commercial expert Nicholas Hughes and travel specialist Zohar Zik are key practitioners, while senior associates Mark Waters and Barbara Pansadoro  (who is an aviation finance expert) are also noted in this space. Sue Barham retired in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Giles Kavanagh

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable, good team depth and very user friendly.’

‘Ed Spencer is a good team leader and very client focused. Zohar Zik brings his in house knowledge to the team. Mark Waters is a stand out associate.’

‘Giles Kavanagh and Mark Waters stand out. Both are practical, astute and no nonsense. Pierre Fruhling is also excellent.’

‘I deal with Giles Kavanagh, Pierre Fruhling and Mark Waters – I find them very good and practical in litigation and regulatory matters. Both Giles and Pierre as Partner-level contacts at HFW are always very responsive.’

‘They are experts within the aviation sector, and always keep me up to date on any issues.’

Key clients

American Airlines

British Airways

BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products)/Rotax

Bulgaria Air

Gipps Aero

IAG (International Airlines Group)

Leonardo S.p.A.

Montenegro Airlines

Nippon Cargo Airlines

Plus Ultra Lineas Aereas

Work highlights

  • Acted for 30 IATA member airlines in relation to commercial agreements with Heathrow Airport Limited.
  • Advised The Official Receiver and its Special Managers on  discrete aviation, operational, regulatory and transactional matters.
  • Advised Fly Jamaica Airways on all liability aspects arising out of an incident, including supervision and resolution of all outstanding claims and legal proceedings globally.

Norton Rose Fulbright

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright has 'unparalleled expertise in aviation' and handles a variety of instructions in the sector including matters that arise in the commercial, corporate, competition, antitrust, regulatory spaces, with particular expertise in aviation disputes. Airline business and operations expert Simon Chamberlain covers advice on matters including engineering and maintenance agreements, slot exchange arrangements, route rights and airline distribution arrangements. Elsewhere, Patrick Farrell spearheads the contentious aviation practice, which includes 'tough litigator' Robin Springthorpe, who is acting for Jet2.com in a judicial review claim against the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Charlotte Winter deals primarily with High Court actions and international arbitration proceedings as well as advising airlines, lessors and financiers on a range of contractual issues. Another name to note is senior associate Annabelle Wheeler, who is a dispute resolution specialist. Duncan Batchelor is global head of the firm's aviation practice. The team's 'international reach in the industry' also allows it to advise on Brexit, cyber-risk management, data protection and passenger claims.

Testimonials

‘Robin Springthorpe – very tough litigator, pushes for the best results.’

‘Ian Giles – very clear and prepared to articulate his views.’

‘Norton Rose Fulbright have unparalleled expertise in Aviation, as well as international reach in the industry.’

‘Apart from their expertise, the team at Norton Rose Fulbright provide invaluable pragmatic and prompt support which is always appreciated.’

Key clients

Amedeo + Voyager Aviation

AirTanker

The Carlyle Group (formerly Apollo Aviation)

British Airways

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

easyJet

Gama Aviation PLC

Jet2.com

NAS Holding

Standard Chartered Aviation Finance

SAS

Tui

Virgin Atlantic

Volga Dnepr Group

WOW Air

Work highlights

  • Acting for Jet2.com in a judicial review claim it has made against the UK Civil Aviation Authority, in which Jet2.com claims that the CAA has acted outside of its powers in seeking to apply unlawful pressure to compel Jet2.com to participate in the CAA’s voluntary ADR (alternative dispute resolution) scheme.
  • Advised Virgin Atlantic Airways on negotiating a Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 Total Care Agreement, Product Agreement and Supplementary Financial Assistance Agreement.
  • Acting for various airlines including British Airways in all phases of EC261 passenger claims, including pre-action correspondence, litigated claims, alternative dispute resolution, responses to National Enforcement Bodies complaints, and advising on strategy and processes.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

The multi-disciplinary team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has a track record in acting for clients in competition, M&A and regulatory matters in the aviation sector. Working closely with its litigation, real estate and corporate departments, the group also generates work from large airports on planning and infrastructure mandates. Dispute resolution is another area of strength; its experience in bet-the-company litigation led to an influx of mandates following the aviation shutdown which emerged in 2020. Clients include airlines, aircraft manufacturers, airport operators, infrastructure funds, finance providers and government bodies. M&A specialist and group co-head Robert Moore has a strong reputation in the sector, while fellow co-head Kim Dietzel specialises in regulatory and competition instructions.

Practice head(s):

Kim Dietzel; Robert Moore

Other key lawyers:

Rex Rosales; Suzy Campbell

Testimonials

‘Good pragmatic advice from experts in the aviation field.’

Key clients

Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited

Deutsche Lufthansa

TUI AG

Heathrow Airport Holdings

Thomson Airways

Gatwick Airport

London Luton Airport

UK Civil Aviation Authority

TAG Farnborough Airport

Dart / Jet 2

Work highlights

  • Advising Virgin Atlantic Airways on its consortium takeover of Flybe, potential Government bail-out and administration.
  • Advised Lufthansa Group on the sale of the European business of LSG Group to Swiss airline caterer, gategroup.
  • Advising Gatwick Airport on its consultation on the new masterplan for the airport, including potential plans to obtain a development consent order to authorise a £500m airport reconfiguration project to turn the emergency runway into a second operational runway.

Ince

Led by the 'commercially astute' Gillie Belsham, the aviation team at Ince handles major disputes, aviation insurance issues, regulatory work, commercial contracts, aircraft acquisition and finance work, and leasing mandates. Considered a 'leading choice in the sector', the department also fields a dedicated team, which acts in thousands of passenger claims on behalf of international airlines concerning Regulation (EC) No. 261/2004. Key practitioners in the team include Richard Elliott, who focuses on corporate and commercial matters, and Anna Anatolitou, who is 'an intelligent and thorough lawyer' with a wide-ranging practice, which includes advising on major loss issues, fuel agreements and regulatory compliance mandates.

Practice head(s):

Gillie Belsham

Testimonials

‘Their aviation team has uniquely good contacts within the market. Their online visibility is very high compared to competitors too – and none higher than Anna Anatolitou. They are prepared to throw full resources, when required, to support the clients where necessary.’

‘Anna Anatolitou and the head of department Gillie Belsham. Both are personable, highly experienced and very thorough. They have put their heart and soul into servicing the client.’

‘Tenacious and thorough. Able to stand firm but also negotiate well when the time is right.’

‘Anna Anatolitou is an intelligent and thorough lawyer. She sees the big picture and provides clear strategy but also recognises the devil in the detail.’

‘Finely tuned to the commercial needs of aviation sector.’

‘Gillie Belsham – very calm and capable. Excellent crisis management. Great at assembling a team with the skill sets required for complex litigation.’

‘Excellent knowledge base and experience in commercial litigation generally and aviation litigation in particular Built up excellent working relationships with clients and insurers Leading choice in this sector.’

‘Gillie Belsham – a true market leader, hugely knowledgeable and experienced, commercially astute and loved by clients, great tactician. Daniel Boden – very clever lawyer, diligent with remarkable attention to detail, technologically knowledgeable.’

‘Anna Anatolitou: Experienced practitioner. Approachable and personable with good commercial judgment.’

Key clients

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)

Global Aerospace and the London insurance market

Nexus Flight Operations Services

HDI Specialty

Gulf Air

Norwegian Air

Emirates Group

XChanging

Elseco

Canopius

Work highlights

  • Acted in a major and exceptionally difficult dispute between leading parties in the aviation industry: amount in dispute, in excess of $500m.
  • Acting in a high-profile loss for a lead party where claims will likely be made in the hundreds of millions.
  • Instructed by liability insurers to represent the estate of deceased pilot, Lewis Tonkinson, in litigation arising from a fatal air crash at Popham in January 2015, which killed Mr Tonkinson and his wife.

Kennedys

The team at Kennedys is best known for its expertise in the aviation insurance market, acting on behalf of major airlines under the instruction of a variety of large insurers. The team also acts for a raft of international and domestic airline clients in uninsured defence cases, consumer regulatory advice and transactional work, as well as offering assistance on a number of high-profile loss claims. Simon Balls heads up the aviation liability team, which also includes Mark Welbourn, who is the principal point of contact for British Airways' insured claims and a leading name in uninsured passenger litigation for other international airlines. Alexandra Rodina is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Simon Balls

Testimonials

‘They are incredibly attentive and knowledgeable. A decent commercial attitude and some stand-out individuals.’

‘Lisa Williams – Exceptional work capacity and commercial thinker. Mark Welbourn – Full of ideas, cuts through to a solution.’

‘The team is very collegial with an impressive degree of mentorship from partner-level downwards. The whole team has a deep knowledge and interest in the industry which is reflected in the quality of the work delivered for clients.’

‘Mark Welbourn is a fount of knowledge on all matters aviation-related, with a deep knowledge of in the industry.’

Key clients

Etihad Airways

British Airways Plc

Ryanair

AIG

Allianz

Aer Lingus

Eastern Airways

easyJet Airline Company Ltd

Iberia & Iberia Express / Vueling / Air Nostrum

Work highlights

  • Representing Tatarstan Airlines, and XL-Catlin as lead reinsurer, in relation to all liability claims arising from a 2013 air crash.
  • Representing Bhoja Air in relation to all issues arising from the Bhoja Air Flight 213 crash in 2012.
  • Representing British Airways as lead and sole counsel relating to liability from passenger claims arising from uncontained engine failure and resulting fire and an emergency evacuation of BA 2276 at Las Vegas.

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood stands out for its aviation litigation expertise, and has recently undertaken some of the UK’s most high-profile and complex aviation litigation and arbitration cases. It attracts praise for utilising its 'extensive industry knowledge' in order to 'achieve successful outcomes for its clients'. Tapping into the firm’s global network of aviation specialists, the team is regularly sought out by household international airlines, which instructed the department in large numbers in 2020 regarding leasebacks to resolve COVID-19-induced cash flow issues. The team is headed up by Paul Phillips, an 'exceptionally skilled litigator' who is acting for Ryanair in the Civil Aviation Authority’s enforcement proceedings against the airline arising out of flight cancellations in 2019 across Europe caused by striking pilots. Fellow co-head Richard Parsons is a key contact for aviation leasing and finance work. Another name to note is of counsel Chloe Challinor, who is developing her regulatory-focused practice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Phillips; Richard Parsons

Testimonials

‘Paul Phillips runs a talented, hard working and fun team.’

‘Paul Phillips is a first class partner. He has a wealth of knowledge of the aviation sector and is great fun to work with.’

‘Paul Phillips is extremely switched on, across the legal issues and great with clients.’

‘Patrick Bettle is very competent, efficient and responsive.’

‘Paul Phillips leads a first rate team at this firm, including Johnny Champion and Patrick Bettle; they all have real expertise in aviation law as well as great commercial nous and judgement and it is a pleasure working with them.’

‘Johnny Champion – meticulous and hardworking, leaves no stone unturned.’

‘An exceptional team which combines extensive industry knowledge, with considerable intellect, an unmatched eye for detail, and an ability to achieve successful outcomes for their clients.’

‘Paul Phillips: Exceptionally skilled litigator, who combines a deep insight of the industry with, crystal clear analysis and a focused strategic awareness. Chloe Challinor: Considerable understanding of the industry and a fearless litigator. Johnny Champion: A rising star who is able to master the most complex of problems so as to allow the client to achieve its objectives. Patrick Bettle: A highly efficient litigator.’

‘Stephenson Harwood’s aviation practice is committed, knowledgeable and very pragmatic. They are our go-to lawyers for almost all our aviation law issues due to their experience and expertise in this area. Paul Philips is dedicated and always ready to offer pragmatic solutions to complex issues.’

Key clients

Ryanair DAC

Norwegian Air Shuttle

LaudaMotion GmbH

Royal Jordanian Airlines

Avation

Macquarie Aircraft Leasing

Lion Air

Vueling Airlines SA and Anisec Luftfahrt GmbH

Kuwait Airways Corporation

DO & CO

DVB Bank

Gulf Air

China Southern Airlines

Malta Air (new subsidiary of Ryanair DAC)

Ryanair UK (new subsidiary of Ryanair DAC)

Ryanair Sun (renamed Buzz) new subsidiary Polish airline set up in 2018

Jackson Square Aviation (Lessor)

Jordan Aviation PSC

Work highlights

  • Acting for Ryanair DAC in the Civil Aviation Authority’s enforcement proceedings against the airline arising out of flight cancellations across Europe caused by union-led pilots.
  • Represented Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA in appealing a substantial financial sanction issued by Airport Coordination Limited.
  • Acting for Austrian airline LaudaMotion in a highly publicised aircraft leasing dispute with Lufthansa in the English Commercial Court.

Bird & Bird LLP

While Bird & Bird LLP specialises in commercial work, it also provides advice on a myriad of aviation issues to its client roster, which includes international airlines, aerospace companies, financiers, aircraft lessors and travel companies. Recently, it has acted for a number of airlines on COVID-19 issues and the resultant aviation shutdown. The practice folds together expertise in competition, state aid, commercial, data protection, technology, digital, regulatory and contentious matters. Sophie Eyre leads the aviation disputes team, while Paul Briggs leads on most of the department’s most significant commercial matters. Lucy England is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Paul Briggs

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Eyre; Lucy England

Testimonials

‘A grasp of the detail across multiple domains, applied well to individual issues, allied to innovation in driving change in aviation.’

‘Compared to others, Bird & Bird showed greater diligence in getting to the bottom of some legal issues across national, regional and global levels.’

‘We have valued their timely delivery of quality inputs, applied to the problem (rather than merely repeating past material).’

Key clients

Air Arabia

Airbus Group

Aquila Air Traffic Management

AVIC Group

Bristow Helicopters

dnata

easyJet

Emirates

Fiji Airways

Flybe Limited

Flynas

Goshawk

Irish Aviation Authority

Isavia

John Menzies Group

Luton Airport

Marshall of Cambridge Aerospace Group

North Air

Qatar Airways

Seraph

Travelport

Vistajet

Work highlights

  • Advising Fosun Tourism Group on its purchase of the Thomas Cook brand, the Casa Cook and Cook’s Club brands, and resort/hotel brands under the Thomas Cook brand for £11m.
  • Supporting the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) as it looks to further grow its international offerings, maximise it use of data and data producing assets, and support its investments across Europe.
  • Advising EasyJet, and a number of other airlines, on various payments regulatory issues, including PSD2 and SEPA Regulation.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, the group has a track record in advising aviation clients on industry regulations, infrastructure matters and project financing work. The work primarily encompasses advising on airport acquisitions and refinancing mandates, as well as competition matters affecting airlines and slot allocation issues. Located in the firm’s wider infrastructure practice, the aviation team includes specialist regulatory, infrastructure, planning and permitting, competition, finance, real estate and disputes lawyers. Andrew Gallagher and Charles Ford are the two key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Gallagher; Charles Ford

Key clients

Aeroports de Paris

St Helena Government

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA and CCB Leasing (International) Corporation DAC

Minsheng Commercial Aviation Ireland

TrueNoord

Icelandair

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Bahamasair

Work highlights

  • Advising Aeroports de Paris on all aspects of its proposed $1.5bn equity investment to acquire 49% of GMR Airports Limited, the owner and operator of a portfolio of global airports.
  • Advised Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on the establishment of a joint venture with CCB Leasing (International) Corporation DAC (CCBLI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Construction Bank Corporation, to finance, own and lease aircraft that Norwegian has on order.
  • Advising Minsheng Commercial Aviation (Ireland) Limited on the sale of six aircraft to Goshawk Aviation Limited.

Holland & Knight (UK) LLP

The 'small yet high-calibre' team at Holland & Knight (UK) LLP has regulatory and litigation capabilities and is primarily focused on aviation finance and leasing matters. Led by Robert Ricketts, the group assists with all elements of the industry, advising on the lease, sale, purchase and financing of aircraft, engines and helicopter assets; it also acts on large transactions including portfolio sales, securitisations and fleet financings. From a leasing perspective, it handles fixed-wing and helicopter leasings, sales and investments. Insurance coverage and regulatory work for private and business aviation clients are other strands of work. Commercial and leasing expert Gwyn O’Flynn, 'terrific' regulatory specialist Tim Murray and aviation finance adviser Victoria Koob are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Robert Ricketts

Testimonials

‘Tim Murray is a brilliant litigator and very knowledgeable about aviation. He has a lot of experience and is extremely diligent.’

‘The team is small yet high-calibre and reasonably priced compared to larger and often less efficient competitors.’

‘Tim Murray knows the market inside out and has an exceptional amount of experience of all kinds of aviation disputes. He is a terrific lawyer who immediately sees all sides of a case and gives very well thought out and practical advice.’

‘The team are exceptional litigators and are finely tuned to a client’s needs in any given case.’

Key clients

SMBC Aviation Capital Limited

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise Ltd.

Investec Bank PLC

The Milestone Aviation Group

AerSale

AerCap Holdings, N.V.

GE Capital Aviation Services Limited

Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited

BBAM Aircraft Management LP

Work highlights

  • Advised BBAM Aircraft Management LP on the acquisition and financing of three new B787-9 aircraft to be leased to WestJet via a Japanese operating lease.
  • Acting 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.
  • Acted for AerCap on its only secured portfolio financing for 2019, involving the financing and delivery of 11 aircraft to eight different airlines in seven countries.

Dentons

Dentons advises airlines, charter companies, private operators, manufacturers, aircraft leasing companies, financial institutions, airports and governmental agencies on a range of aviation work, including matters relating to asset-based financings, M&A, aircraft leasings, regulatory issues, litigation, commercial work and intellectual property mandates. The practice is headed in London by Nick Chandler.

Practice head(s):

Nick Chandler

Keystone Law

Keystone Law is instructed on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters for major airlines, airports, ground handlers, aircraft and engine manufacturers, leasing companies, financiers and insurers. It has experience advising on UK and EU competition law, state aid issues, UK and EU merger regulation, and IATA regulatory issues. Hugh O’Donovan is best known for his regulatory capabilities, Alex Ferrari handles insurance disputes, and Simon Murfitt is skilled in aviation finance. Susannah Sheppard focuses on competition mandates.

Other key lawyers:

Simon Murfitt

Key clients

Virgin Atlantic

Delta Air Lines

Wizz Air

Jazeera Airways

Blue Islands

Airport Coordination Limited

Star Capital

CFS Aeroproducts Limited

Coventry Gliding Club Limited

Causeway Aero Group Limited

Airbridge International Agencies Limited

Browne Craine & Co

Star Capital Partnership LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised CFS Aeroproducts Limited on various bilateral FAA DER development funding and ongoing licence agreements.
  • Advising European fund manager STAR Capital Partnership LLP on crucial air transport regulatory issues and approvals relating to its acquisition of global aviation group, ASL Aviation Holdings DAC.
  • Acting for Browne Craine & Co, the liquidator of Citywing, in a claim against Van Air, a Czech airline, arising under an Aircraft lease agreement, under which Van Air was to provide and operate various aircraft for Citywing’s services to and from the Isle of Man.

Knights plc

Knights plc (formerly asb law LLP) handles a diverse range of aviation matters. The team is headed up by Daniel James, who primarily advises on transactional and operational agreements for aircraft, including leases, charters, and sale and purchase agreements. Senior associate Simon Amos acts in a variety of commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Daniel James

Other key lawyers:

Simon Amos

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard specialises in aviation finance and leasing mandates, acting for airlines, aircraft lessors, financial institutions and aircraft funds. Headed up by Rebecca Garner, the department has extensive experience advising on operating and finance leases for new and used aircraft; it also has a track record of advising on transactional, regulatory and contentious issues.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Garner

Key clients

TATA SIA Airlines Limited (trading as Vistara)

Hero Inc, B.V.

Helix Advisory Services Ltd

Union Bancaire Privée (UBP)

Stobart Group Plc

Philippine Airlines

Fladgate LLP

Led by Bree Taylor, Fladgate LLP focuses on contentious aviation work, with considerable experience acting in disputes for leasing companies against aircraft lessees in situations of distress or insolvency. The 'efficient and technically strong' practice also has particular expertise in advising clients on the enforcement of leases against non-paying airlines.

Practice head(s):

Bree Taylor

Testimonials

‘Communicated in a clear and efficient manner. Kept the client informed at all times. Took our concerns and considerations into account with all actions and proceeded in-line with our goals.’

‘Bree is a fantastic individual to work with and gave us the time and direction on all actions taken. She provided all details and actions in a clear and concise manner. Bree inspired confidence in all actions taken.’

‘Efficient and technically strong aviation disputes team.’

‘Excellent solicitors acting for aircraft lessors with access to top barristers as well.’

Key clients

Gate Group

Aercap

CHC

ILFC

Genesis

WNG

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Genesis, in relation to a claim brought by the budget airline of Saudi Arabia, FlyNas.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG primarily acts for airlines, airports and aircraft component manufacturers. Key areas of strength in aviation include handling matters relating to IP, outsourcing, competition, dispute resolution, employment, pensions and technology issues.

The Air Law Firm LLP

Boutique firm The Air Law Firm LLP is instructed on a range of aviation matters including insurance, dispute resolution and regulatory work. It also routinely handles transactional and commercial work, acting for individuals and large airlines.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's multidisciplinary team advises airlines, airports, insurers, lessors and security providers on a variety of matters. Encompassing the firm’s commercial litigation, corporate, commercial property, and banking and finance departments, the aviation offering acts across contentious and non-contentious mandates. From a disputes perspective, the workload comprises passenger delay injury and baggage claims, and cargo, insurance coverage, procurement and maintenance disputes. Real estate-specific matters include airport property-related transactions, as well as planning, construction and development work. Kathryn Insall leads the group.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Insall

Testimonials

‘Trowers are, in my view, a very level headed firm that take and digest complicated cases and then just get on with the litigation without game playing, without endless litigation by correspondence, without fuss.’

Key clients

TAG Farnborough Airport Limited

Bahrain Airport Company S P C

AAL Group Limited

KAL Leasing & Chartering FZE

Work highlights

  • Acting for TAG Farnborough Airport in a judicial review challenge by Lasham Gliding Society to a decision by the Civil Aviation Authority to approve TAG’s airspace change proposal for the airspace above Farnborough Airport.
  • Acting for KAL Leasing & Chartering FZE (KAL), a UAE company, in a claim arising out of the total loss of a Boeing 737 aircraft following a heavy landing at Lahore airport.
  • Advised AAL Group on the enforcement of circa $20m LCIA arbitration award, which was obtained against a Colombian helicopter lessee.

Weightmans LLP

Launched in late 2018, the expanding aviation team at Weightmans LLP is headed up by Andrew Krausz, formerly of Clyde & Co LLP, and includes aviation lawyers recruited from private practice and in-house positions. Krausz primarily handles international and domestic aviation-related liability work, and occasionally deals with regulatory issues and broader contentious commercial mandates.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Krausz

Key clients

Goodwood Road Racing Limited

Wizz Air

Flybe

National Police Aviation Service

Classic Air

Execujet Aviation Group / Execujet Aviation Nigeria

Helicopter Services Limited

Retrotec Limited

B17 Preservation Trust

RAS Completions Ltd

Electra Airways

PLM Dollar Group

S J Contracting Services Limited

Dreamballoons

Flying Legends

Air Leasing Limited

LFV

ABM

QBE Insurance

Work highlights

  • Acted for ExecuJet Aviation Nigeria in multi-party litigation in the Lagos Division of the Nigerian High Court regarding the alleged damage and total loss of a Bombardier Challenger Business Jet by defective works undertaken by the client.
  • Acted for Wizz Air in a subrogated claim against a ground-handler for damage to aircraft during a tow bar incident at Luton Airport.
  • Acted for Goodwood Road Racing Limited in claims for damage to various aircraft following a temporary hangar collapse on account of storm weather.

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP advises on aviation finance and regulatory issues, and has experience in handling acquisition, financing and leasing transactions. The team also deals with complex commercial transactions involving all types of aircraft, engines and spare parts. Mark Moody is the name to note.