Travel in London

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP's multidisciplinary travel offering acts for leading travel companies on cross-border projects where the team is supported by the firm's global network of experts. The team is noted for its support to technology-driven clients and acts for a range of airlines, hotel chains, online travel agents and metasearch engines. Commercial work, employment, trade mark enforcement, digital marketing, consumer work, franchising, competition, IP, data protection, GDPR compliance and regulatory advice are key focuses. The team also offers hospitality specialists who are engaged on transactions and business issues in the hotel sector. The team advises easyJet on a range of issues involving commercial contracts, competition and consumer law work; and it advised easyJet and its travel arm on a variety of payments related issues. Recently promoted partner Lucy England heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Lucy England

Other key lawyers:

Karen Friebe; Graeme Payne; Elizabeth Lang; Mark Abell; Gabriel Voisin; David Bintliff; Simon Phippard

Key clients

easyJet

Secret Escapes

Blablacar

Expedia

TripAdvisor

Isavia (Keflavik Airprot, Reykjavik), Iceland

Virgin Atlantic

Eurostar

Pret a Manger

Lego

Comptoir Libanais

Costa

Moto Hospitality

Banyan Tree Resorts

Marriott

Wyndham

Intercontinental Hotels Group

Accor

Work highlights

  • The team is advising Isavia (Keflavik Airport, Reykjavik), on the airport’s procurement process as part of its expansion programme.
  • Advised Cadogan Estates on a range of matters relating to the five star, luxury Belmond Cadogan Hotel in Sloane Square, which included advisng on the hotel management agreement.
  • The team is advising Lego on its retail presence in airports and other travel hubs across Europe and the Middle East.
  • The team acts as external counsel to a high-profile global travel business on all of its commercial and agreements across the EMEA region.
  • Continues to advise a leading global travel search site, on a number of regulatory issues relating to its business in Europe.  

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP has a 'solid team of practitioners with a wealth of experience in travel law'. The team handles a range of commercial, corporate, finance, regulatory and advisory work for airlines, travel management companies, leisure and tour operators, destination management companies and travel agents. Ian Skuse leads the commercial and regulatory offering and led advice for Air France on the establishment of a website offering flash sales of branded package holidays, fulfilled by Perfectstay. The travel personal injury department, which is led by Daniel Scognamiglio and features senior associate Eleanor Armstrong, acts for claimants and defendants on cross-border personal injury claims. It handles claims from across the globe but offers particular expertise in acting for cases in the USA and within the EU, and is involved in a number of high-value cases involving complex jurisdictional and evidential issues. The team recovered a high value sum for a claimant and his insurers in England, who suffered significant injuries in France while travelling in a Swiss vehicle.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Scognamiglio; Ian Skuse

Other key lawyers:

Stojan Essex; Michelle Davenport; Eleanor Armstrong; Katherine Ettridge

Testimonials

The lawyers are true specialists who leave no stone unturned for their clients.

Daniel Scognamiglio is an excellent lawyer with great attention-to-detail.

Daniel Scognamiglio is very client focused.

Katherine Ettridge is up and coming, very competent, and will be a future star.

Key clients

AXA Insurance/AXA Travel Insurance

Cigna (brands include AA Travel Insurance, RSA, MoreThan Travel Insurance)

DAS

Ageas

MAAF (French insurer)

Travelers

ERV previously ETI

Air France/KLM

Abbey Legal/ Markel Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Ovation Travel Group on the acquisition of Chartwell Travel.
  • Advised Altour International on a hosting agreement with another business travel agent, where bookins are made under the Altour licenses for shared commission.
  • Advised Essor on settling trading terms and conditions with new products to be available online.
  • Representing a claimant who sustained serious orthopaedic and psychological injuries following a motorcycle accident in France.
  • Representing a claimant who sustained significant orthopaedic injuries in a motorcycling accident in France.

BLM

The team at BLM specialises in claims brought under the Package Travel Regulations (PTR) for major tour operators and insurers; it is a 'very commercially-minded defence team with good knowledge of the industry and a strong record of defending claims'. Travel group head Matthew Ford leads the travel and tour operator liability team and is a 'capable and confident negotiator'. Ford defended a tour operator on a group claim for gastric illness. The team is 'astute to the commercial realities and requirements of the leisure and tourism market'; Emily List, who was promoted to partner in 2018, has a 'calm head under pressure'; and associate Deborah Sayers is 'excellent at case management, is engaging, and is adept at marshalling expert evidence'.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Ford; Sarah Hill

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Pearce; Greg MacDougall; Emily List; Arion Jones; Deborah Sayers; Sandeep Aujla; Helen Northwood; Alexandra Brigden

Testimonials

The team has a wide spread of talent at several centres and is able to accommodate a major case load without any compromise of quality.

Deborah Sayers is a very well-connected solicitor with a good market understanding and knowledge of her clients.

Deborah Sayers‘ instinct for the sources of additional evidence to add value to what is provided by her client is second-to-none.

One always feels in control of events when Deborah Sayers is holding the reins of a case.

Matthew Ford is accessible, easy to communicate with and always on top of events.

A good, solid defendant travel industry practice.

Matthew Ford is very well respected by his commercial clients and has a very good eye for the critical elements of each claim.

The attention-to-detail and preparation of the team’s work is meticulous.

Emily List is a pleasure to work with and provides great results for her clients.

Matthew Ford has an excellent relationship with tour operator clients.

Key clients

Thomas Cook Tour Operations

Sandals/Unique Vacations

Jet2 Holidays

Red Sea Holidays

Olympic Holidays

British Airways

Stena Line

Direct Line Group – Travel

Intercontinental Hotels Group

AXA Corporate Solutions

Ryanair

QBE

Allianz UK

Barry Nilsson

Audley Travel

Generali

Chubb

Work highlights

  • Defended a tour operator on a gastric illness claim brought by a large group who had travelled to Mexico.
  • Defended a tour operator on a claim brought as a result of a skiing injury.
  • Defended Red Sea Holidays in illness claims brought by five claimants who had visited a hotel in Egyps at various times during 2015.

Clyde & Co LLP

Able to tap into its extensive global footprint, Clyde & Co LLP is instructed by leading insurers, tour operators and hotels on international personal injury cases. The team, which is largely based across its Edinburgh and Manchester offices, is experienced in fatal and catastrophic injury claims, as well as multi-party actions, and is noted for its expertise in handling jurisdictional and applicable law issues.

Practice head(s):

Robert Muttock; Chris Murray; Mark Hemsted; Andrew Constable; Vikki Melville

Other key lawyers:

Craig Evans

Key clients

Divemaster Insurance

GJW

XL Catlin

InterEurope

MIB

DWF

DWF is engaged on international travel injury claims for insurer clients and is particularly noted for its expertise in jurisdiction and applicable law issues. The team represented a German insurer on complex applicable law arguments in the UK arising from a fatal road traffic accident in Germany. International insurance claims expert Sara-Jane Eaton and Claire Bowler, who is experienced in high-value claims involving motor accidents abroad, head the team.

Practice head(s):

Sara-Jane Eaton; Claire Bowler

Other key lawyers:

Graham Dickinson; Steven King; Rhys Sanchez

Key clients

Generali

Van Ameyde (UK)

MS Amlin

Hastings Direct

QBE

RSA

The Markerstudy Group

Travelers

LV=

HDI Global

Mannheimer Versicherung AG

Wuerttemburgische  Versicherung AG

Zurich Rechtschutzversicherung AG

Guardian General Insurance

Work highlights

  • Represented the insurers of an employer in a multi-million pound compensation claim following a helicopter crash in Peru.
  • Represented RSA in connection with complex applicable law arguments arising from a road traffic accident in France.
  • Represented a Spanish insurer in the defence of complex proceedings in the UK following a serious road traffic accident in Spain.
  • The team is representing UK and German insurers in the defence of a serious road traffic accident in Germany

Fox Williams LLP

Bolstered by the arrival of Rhys Griffiths and associate Phyllis Acheampong from Fieldfisher, Fox Williams LLP's multidisciplinary team is instructed by leading travel sector clients. Its expertise spans regulatory and commercial work in the sector, and the team is also engaged on transactional work as well as disputes. Clients include airlines, travel agents, travel operators and online travel platforms. Griffiths has a 'strong following in the travel sector' and is advising a well-known airline on its Brexit contingency planning.

Practice head(s):

Rhys Griffiths

Other key lawyers:

Phyllis Acheampong

Key clients

loveholidays

On The Beach

Priceline

The Travel Network Group

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading online travel agent on its expansion into 19 other countries.
  • Advised a well-known retail website on the launch of a new travel business.
  • Advising a leading online travel agent on its airline failure planning.
  • Defending a leading online travel agency on a dispute with an airline.
  • Advising a leading retail discount website on a white label arrangement with a travel company.

Hextalls LTD

Hextalls LTD is instructed by a range of tour operators, travel agents, hotel chains and insurers on personal injury matters. Sports-related personal injury claims are a key focus. Alex Padfield is recommended.

HFW

HFW's multidisciplinary offering stands out for its leisure, aviation and cruise sector expertise. It is instructed by airlines, cruise lines, ferry companies, holiday companies, tour operators, industry bodies and insurers, and it handles a raft of regulatory, disputes and commercial work. Health and safety issues, crisis management, IT, IP and data protection work are also key focuses. Consultant Sue Barham handles regulatory and disputes for travel sector clients and is noted for her expertise across EU consumer, travel and passenger regulation. Recently promoted partner William MacLachlan has experience in advising clients across the commercial shipping, cruise, ferry and yachting sectors.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP's cross-practice travel and leisure team handles a range of work in the sector including defendant personal injury work as well as crisis management, employment, commercial, corporate, brand protection, data protection, EU, regulatory, tax, asset management and finance mandates. With a broad base of clients, the team acts for industry bodies, cruise and ferry operators, tour operators, hotels, ports and terminals, destination management companies; it is instructed by an array of clients operating in the rail, aviation, port, terminals, road and shipping sectors. John Caddies, who is a personal injury and disease specialist, heads the travel and leisure team. Caddies led advice for Silverseas Cruises on the implementation of GDPR. Lucy Schofield has joined Miles Fanning Legal Services Limited.

Practice head(s):

John Caddies

Other key lawyers:

Javed Ali; Sarah Barnes

Key clients

Wexas Ltd

Silverseas Cruises

Louis Hotels Plc

Royal Air Maroc

Steamship

Disney Cruise Lines

Carnival UK

Royal Caribbean Cruises

MS Amlin

Unipolsai Assicurazioni Spa

Celestyal Cruises

Cruise and Maritime Voyages

AIG Europe (Cyprus) Limited

P&O Cruises

Mundy Cruises

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

ST & H Limited

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust Ltd

West of England P&I Insurance

UK P&I Club UK P&I Club

Work highlights

  • Advised Wexas Ltd on the intricate drafting of commercial contracts for business-to-business agreements with its clients.
  • The team is drafting and reviewing intricate commercial contracts for Louis Hotels.
  • Acting for clients in a fatal accident claim as a result of the deceased slipping on a shower tray.
  • Defended a client in a high-value personal injury claim which involved complicated jurisdictional issues.
  • Defending clients in a high-value and high-profile personal injury claim, which included serious brand and reputation protection issues.

Hudgell Solicitors

Hudgell Solicitors' travel litigation team largely acts for claimants on illness and catastrophic injury claims that occur abroad. Its broad experience covers road traffic accidents claims, against foreign motor insurers and the Motor Insurers' Bureau; accident and illness claims and group action claims following international disasters and illness outbreaks. The team also offers expertise in aviation claims, cruise and boating accidents. Department head Paul McClorry has 'flair and expertise' and is leading advice for a claimant who was seriously injured when he was taking part in a private motorbike track day event in Spain.

Practice head(s):

Paul McClorry

Testimonials

An up-and-coming entrant to the market led by a very experienced partner.

Paul McClorry is an experienced and safe lawyer in the field.

Work highlights

  • Advising the claimants who suffered multiple, severe orthopaedic injuries in a road traffic accident in Belgium.
  • The team is instructed by the Spanish insurer of a motorbike after an accident in Spain, where a professional athlete suffered life changing injuries.
  • Acting for the claimant who felt unwell at the end of his holiday in Turkey and was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease on his return home to England.
  • Advising a group of claimants who were taken ill after an outbreak of illness at a hotel in Egypt.
  • Advising a claimant who suffered an anaphylactic shock due to her allergy to sesame seeds, which she ate when given an unlabelled chicken wrap on a British Airways flight, which she believed would be safe to eat as it had no allergy warnings.

Hugh James

Based across its London and Cardiff offices, Hugh James' overseas accidents team represents claimants in travel litigation.  Katherine Allen is a 'well respected and likeable practitioner in the field of travel law and international injury' and handles a range of matters including package holiday claims, aviation accidents and cruise ship accidents. Allen is also noted for her expertise in serious brain and spinal injury claims and is experienced in jurisdiction and applicable law issues. Senior associate Rebecca Gilmore is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Allen

Other key lawyers:

Mark Harvey; Rebecca Gilmore

Testimonials

Responses are always speedy.

Katherine Allen is prepared to go the extra mile.

Ince

Ince's lawyers are 'willing to take the extra step and get involved in understanding the client's business' and the team handles large travel sector projects, often involving multi-jurisdictional issues. The aviation and marine sectors are key focuses and the multidisciplinary team handles regulatory, M&A, dispute resolution, commercial and employment mandates. It advises Emirates Group on litigation, regulatory and commercial matters. The firm's recent merger with Gordon Dadds LLP has brought wider travel industry expertise into the firm, adding hotels, leisure, gambling, property, licensing and tax specialists. Anna Anatolitou heads the travel law practice and stands out for her 'strong industry knowledge'.

Practice head(s):

Anna Anatolitou

Testimonials

The team is knowledgeable and accessible.

The team balances legal advice with commercial needs.

Anna Anatolitou provides sound commercial advice.

Key clients

Amadeus IT Services (UK) Limited

Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)

Emirates Group  (Emirates Airline and Emirates Holidays)

Virgin Atlantic

Norwegian Air

Sri Lankan Airlines

Gulf Air

Jet2.com

Work highlights

  • Advises ABTA – Association of British Travel Agents, on employment matters.
  • Provided employment support to Amadeus IT Services (UK) relating to the merger of two Amadeus travel technology companies.
  • Advises Vueling Airlines on significant UK passenger claims.
  • Advises Norwegian Airlines (includes Norwegian Air Shuttle, Norwegian Air International and Norwegian Air UK) on Brexit, passenger and baggage claims, denied boarding, cancellation of flights and carriage of animals issues.
  • Advising several air carriers on GDPR policies and continued compliance matters.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is home to a 'strong travel law team' which is based across the London, Birmingham and Manchester offices. The sizeable team is instructed by claimants in international personal injury claims and specialises in acting for claimants who have suffered catastrophic injuries and acting for the families of individuals who have been killed in incidents around the world.  Among the team, which has an 'outstanding reputation', Clive Garner, who operates across the Birmingham and London offices, handles fatal accident claims, and also represents individual clients who have suffered serious injuries. Garner also has experience of complex group action claims and is leading on claims for the families of the British and Spanish passengers who were killed in the 2015 Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps. Philip Banks heads the accident sub-team within the international personal injury teams in Birmingham and Manchester, while Demetrius Danas heads the London international personal injury team and specialises in complex, and high-value claims. Jennifer Lund, who is also based in London, handles a range of cross-border claims.

Practice head(s):

Neil Whiteley

Other key lawyers:

Clive Garner; Demetrius Danas; Jennifer Lund; Philip Banks; Suki Chhokar; Amandeep Dhillon; Elizabeth Tetzner; Rebecca Smith; Kylie Hutchison; Leane Shanks; Rachael Pavey; Cheryl Palmer-Hughes; Jatinder Paul; Clare Comiskey; Simon Prew; Clare Pearson; Amandeep Samra

Testimonials

Jennifer Lund is a standout lawyer.

Demetrius Danas and Leane Shanks are of top-quality.

Work highlights

  • The team is acting for more than 70 clients, including claims for the families of 22 people who were killed, on claims relating to a terrorist attack at a hotel in Sousse, Tunisia.
  • The team is advising on a claim for a tetraplegic client, and others, following a high profile bus crash in Malta.
  • The team represents the families of 26 passengers killed in a plane crash in Nigeria.
  • The team advised an individual on a catastrophic injury claim relating to a road accident in Portugal.
  • The team is advising an individual who suffered a brain injury in Tenerife.

Kemp Little LLP

With a TMT focus, Kemp Little LLP acts for a number of travel sector clients on regulatory, commercial, technology, IP, employment and corporate instructions. It stands out for its experience covering the contractual and regulatory aspects of digital services and also advises on content and technology development matters.

Kennedys

Kennedys' travel and tourism team stands out for its 'breadth and depth of experience'. Aided by the firm's international footprint, the team defends a raft of claims for travel industry clients and it is a 'go-to firm for tour operators, travel agents and their insurers'. Claire Mulligan gives 'commercially astute advice' and is experienced in handling high-profile and sensitive cases, and handles inquests following deaths overseas, catastrophic injury claims and class action cases. Mulligan is instructed by ABTA to seek leave to intervene on its behalf in the Supreme Court case, X v Kuoni Travel, which involves an allegation of sexual assault against a hotel employee. Justin Collins handles complex travel claims; he is a 'top litigator with one eye on the detail, and the other on the prize'. Senior associates Kiran BirdiZoe Hurley and Gareth Thomas are also key figures for travel injury claims. The team has also advised travel sector clients on GDPR and Brexit-related matters, and handles broader claims for travel industry clients.

Practice head(s):

Claire Mulligan

Other key lawyers:

Justin Collins; Kiran Birdi; Gareth Thomas; Zoe Hurley; Milena Iyer; Madeline Bertrand

Testimonials

Clare Mulligan is praised for her very good client care, and her ability to see the bigger picture.

A very helpful, friendly team.

Clare Mulligan is an excellent communicator and manages to put anyone she interacts with at immediate ease.

Experts in all aspects of travel law.

Clare Mulligan knows everything and is a great team leader.

Key clients

TUI UK

ABTA – Association Of British Travel Agents

Touchstone Underwriting (Scheme Covering 450 Tour Operators Such As The Holiday Place, Co-op Travel, Balkan Holidays)

Balkan Holidays Limited (Direct Non Insurance Instructions)

Mark Warner Holidays

Saga Holidays/AXA Corporate Solutions

ABTOI– Association Of British Operators To Italy

Kuoni

Travelopia (Incorporating Brands Such As Exodus)

Virgin Holidays

Chubb/Hilton International Hotels

The Walt Disney Company

XL Catlin (International Team)

AIG Travel

Allianz Insurance Egypt (Hotel Accounts)

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

All Leisure Group

No School Travel Forum

Scott Dunn

Southall Travel

Olympic Holidays

Jumbo Tours

Affinity Villas

Steigenberger Hotels

Work highlights

  • The team is advising Aqua Magic Hotel following the deaths of a couple at the hotel in August 2018.

Leigh Day

Acting exclusively for claimants, Leigh Day handles a range of complex international injury claims. It advised the families of two girls who drowned in the sea whilst volunteering for an English company in South Africa. It also stands out for its expertise in cross-border claims involving cycling accidents. Manchester-based Clare Campbell is a 'very experienced partner'.

Practice head(s):

Clare Campbell; Sally Moore

Other key lawyers:

Colin Murphy; Joseph Dawson

Testimonials

Sally Moore is an absolutely top-quality lawyer and a delight to work with.

Clare Campbell has excellent knowledge of the industry and is really prepared to fight for her clients.

Colin Murphy is an up and coming associate with a razor sharp intellect.

Work highlights

  • Represented a client who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in a collision with a car in Italy.
  • Acted for the husband and executor of the deceased who drowned whilst on a cruise holiday.
  • Advised a journalist who suffered serious injuries as a result of a road traffic collision whilst working at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
  • The team is advising a client who suffered a significant back injury whilst working for her employer at an exhibition in Turkey.
  • Representing the father of a young man who died as a result of head injuries sustained in a fall whilst on holiday in Cyprus.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP established its presence in the travel sector with the hire of Neil Baylis from K&L Gates LLP. Baylis is a UK and EU competition specialist and handles a range of commercial, regulatory and procurement mandates for travel sector clients. The team is also able to utilise the firm's wider commercial team to advise on agreements and terms and conditions with suppliers and consumers; including complex hotel franchising and management agreements. In a recent highlight, Baylis led advice for International Cruise and Excursions on implementing pan-European terms and conditions for distance selling.

Practice head(s):

Neil Baylis

Other key lawyers:

Elena Barklem

Key clients

International Cruise & Excursions Inc

Nordic Tourism Collective

European Tour Operators Association (“ETOA”)

ABTA

Affinion International

Africa Exclusive

Australia Pacific Touring

CruiseCo

EnterAir

GTA Travel

Inspiring Vacations

JTB/Tumlare  Corporation

Red Savannah

Secret Escapes

Ski Club

Trafalgar

Work highlights

  • Advising International Cruise and Excursions on terms and conditions for 12 different European States and on regulatory issues surrounding the sale of package holidays in each of those countries.
  • Advising The Travel Corporation on agency terms of business.  
  • Advising Southall Travel on issues surrounding insolvency of Jet Airways.
  • Advised Affinion International on ATOL regulations.
  • The team is advising Antognolla Spa, the owners of the Antognolla Resort, Residences and Golf Course on its franchise, hotel management, services, marketing, residences licence and marketing and related agreements with a well-known luxury hotel brand.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Following the merger of Thomas Cooper LLP and Penningtons Manches LLP to create Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, the team now features marine and commercial litigation group head John Strange, who has a strong following in the shipping and ferry industries. The team is adept at handling complex and high-value cross-border personal injury claims for claimants and defendants and is instructed by a number of insurers. It is particularly noted for its specialist brain injury expertise. Team head Mark Lee is leading advice for an individual who suffered life changing injuries, and his family, following a catastrophic road traffic accident in France.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lee

Other key lawyers:

Warren Collins; John Strange; James Severn; Keith Dean; Joanna Wylie

Key clients

Allianz Legal Protection

UK General Insurance Group

Vitality Health

Travel Insurance Facilities

Canopius Underwriting Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a minor who sustained a severe brain injury when he fell through a damaged skylight in Spain.
  • The team continues to act for a former NATO and US army official who was brain injured while visiting a London hotel.
  • Acting for three Claimants involved in a serious RTA in Romania.
  • Representing an English national who suffered serious injuries in an RTA in Spain.
  • The team is representing an individual who suffered life changing injuries caused by quad bike accident in Cyprus.

Plexus Law

Plexus Law acts for defendant tour operators, travel agents, accommodation suppliers, airlines, airports and insurers on complex, cross-border accident and illness claims. It is experienced in advising on class actions, inquests and disability discrimination claims, as well as overseas recoveries and catastrophic injury claims. It also defends claims brought against individuals facing claims following accidents abroad. Group head Michael Gwilliam is experienced in jurisdictional issues and is regularly engaged on multi-party and group claims against tour operators. Gwilliam is instructed by a UK tour operator following an accident involving one of its clients in Mallorca.

Practice head(s):

Michael Gwilliam

Other key lawyers:

Julian Morris; Claire Scargill

Key clients

Jet2 Holidays

Tokio Marine HHC Insurance Tour Operator’s Liability Scheme

Virgin Holidays

easyJet Holidays

On the Beach

Mapfre Middlesea

PGL Travel

Hotelbeds

Gatwick, Manchester, Standstead, London City, Leeds-Bradford Airports

Work highlights

  • Instructed to act on behalf of TUI UK to defend a claim pursued by an employee, the claimant.
  • It is advising one of the UK’s largest tour operators in matters relating to the drowning of a child whilst on a package holiday with her family in Cyprus.
  • The team is acting for a ski company following a significant injury to a pupil during a skiing lesson, resulting in paralysis.
  • Acting on behalf of the organisers of a charity fund-raising trek in the hills of Vietnam where two participants became acutely ill at short notice with symptoms of heat stroke and required emergency evacuation from an inaccessible location.
  • Acting on behalf of Great Rail Journeys, on the instructions of its liability insurers, following the derailment of a train in India.

Slater and Gordon

The Manchester-based travel litigation team at Slater and Gordon acts for claimants and defendants in personal injury claims that occur abroad. It is an 'experienced team with a good mixture of fee earners and a strong and well-established volume of cases'; it has broad experience in a range of accident and illness claims and is advising a claimant who suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of an accident in Spain. Senior associate Stephen Goodman leads the Manchester travel litigation team and Nicola Rostron, who is also a senior associate, has particular experience in cross-border road traffic accident claims. Kieran Mitchell has joined DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Practice head(s):

Madelene Holdsworth

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Goodman; Nicola Rostron; Nicola Simpson; Michael Hagan; Victoria Cox; Philip Cooper

Testimonials

Michael Hagan is a truly exceptional associate, who is adored by his clients and well respected by firms acting for opposing parties.

Work highlights

  • Advising an individual who suffered a brain injury as a result of a road traffic accident in Spain.
  • Acted for three claimants in a fatal accident claim as a result of a road traffic accident in Portugal.
  • Advising on a case relating to a child who lost his life when he drowned in a hotel swimming pool.
  • Advising an  individual who was injured whilst boarding a train in Italy.
  • Advising a client who suffered necrotising fasciitis after having cosmetic surgery in the Czech Republic.

Stewarts Law LLP

'Leading claimant travel team' Stewarts Law LLP specialises in complex aviation and international personal injury claims. Based across the firm's London and Leeds offices, the team acts for claimants who have suffered serious and catastrophic injuries abroad and handles complex fatal accident claims. International injury team head Julian Chamberlayne is 'second-to-none at keeping on top of legal developments and knowledge in the sector'. Scott Rigby, who handles international catastrophic injury cases, is a 'calm head on strong shoulders, and a match for the fiercest of opponents'. Recently promoted partner Christopher Deacon has a 'huge future ahead; he is a brilliant lawyer and delightful human being'. James Healy-Pratt heads the aviation team, which also features Sarah Stewart. The team of 'aviation experts' acts for victims and families in aviation accident claims and is representing the families of 189 passengers who were killed in the Lion Air Boeing 737-800 accident in October 2018. Owen Hanna has joined Keystone Law.

Practice head(s):

Julian Chamberlayne; James Healy-Pratt

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Stewart; Scott Rigby; Peter Neenan; Frank Pinch; Christopher Deacon; Rebecca Huxford

Testimonials

Julian Chamberlayne, Scott Rigby and Christopher Deacon are superb.

The winning combination of two leading teams in travel and cross-border claims and a pre-eminent aviation team, which work closely together, gives the firm a clear edge.

Inspiring leadership from Julian Chamberlayne.

All the lawyers in the team are very, very able indeed, and leave no stone unturned.

Julian Chamberlayne is a lawyer of the very highest intellect and ability.

The firm provides professionalism, compassion and empathy in equal amounts.

Sarah Stewart is flexible to client’s needs.

Julian Chamberlayne and his team are amazing; the team leaves no stone unturned and you know that the team are doing everything they can for the client’s benefit.

Key clients

The families of 189 passengers killed in the Lion Air Boeing 737-800 accident on 29 October 2018.

The families of four British passengers killed in the Papillon Airways helicopter accident in the Grand Canyon on 10 February 2018.

Passengers on board Emirates Flight EK-521 which crashed during landing at Dubai International Airport  on 3 August 2016

Families of crew onboard Turkish Airlines/ACT Airlines Flight 6491, a Boeing 747-400 freighter which crashed in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic in January 2017.

Work highlights

  • The team is acting for a claimant in a high value compensation claim in Jersey, arising from a road traffic accident in which he suffered a very severe brain injury.
  • The team is representing a claimant in his £5m compensation claim in England, arising from an accident at work in Germany, in which he suffered a very severe brain injury.
  • The team is acting for the claimant in his £5m compensation claim in England, arising from a road traffic accident in Cyprus, as a result of which he suffered a very severe brain injury.
  • The team represents a claimant in his $3m compensation claim in England, arising from a boating accident in Bermuda, in which he suffered a brain injury and his wife was tragically killed.
  • The team represents the families of four deceased British passengers, and the only surviving passenger, who were on board a Papillon Airways helicopter when it crashed during a pleasure flight over the Grand Canyon, USA in 2018.

The Air Law Firm LLP

Boutique aviation outfit The Air Law Firm LLP handles commercial and regulatory matters for aviation industry clients. Christopher Smith handles regulatory, commercial and dispute resolution work for clients in the travel and aviation sectors.

Travlaw LLP

Leeds-based travel firm Travlaw LLP handles a raft of work for travel sector clients. Its expertise spans regulatory, data protection, health and safety, dispute resolution, commercial, employment, personal injury and IP mandates. The team acts for an array of tour operators, travel agents, airlines, hotel groups and insurers. Stephen Mason is a notable practitioner for travel work.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The travel, tourism and insurance team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP acts for claimants and defendants on international personal injury mandates. The Exeter-based team is instructed by a raft of insurers and is noted for its expertise in accident claims; it is particularly strong in ski and winter sports accident claims, and claims involving foreign road traffic accidents. Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp heads the team which is 'always willing to take the time to explain the situation and possible outcomes in plain English'.

Practice head(s):

Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp

Other key lawyers:

Ian Brown; Charlotte Reavey; Kathryn Insall; Tom Sampford

Key clients

Arc Legal Assistance

Collinson Group

Avid Insurance Services

Millstream Underwriting

Allianz

Aegus

Bupa

Claims Settlement Agencies

White Horse Insurance Services

CEGA

Admiral

Direct Line

Weightmans LLP

With specialists across Glasgow, Liverpool and London, Weightmans LLP's cross-border litigation team is experienced in personal injury claims. It has particular expertise in injury claims involving road traffic accidents; via its lead advisor role with the Motor Insurers' Bureau and its work for other insurers, the team has handled a number of cases relating to application of law in claims arising out of European road traffic accidents. London-based Nick Richards heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Nick Richards

Other key lawyers:

David Holt; Rob Williams

Key clients

AIG Europe

Ageas

Generali Assicurazioni

Dekra Claims Services

Van Ameyde Group

Waberers Biztosito

MIB