Aviation in South East

Shoosmiths LLP

At Shoosmiths LLP, Sarah Fairweather (who was promoted to legal director in May 2021) leads the team in Southampton, which is embedded into a larger national practice. It provides a comprehensive range of services to a wide range of stakeholders in the aviation industry, including airlines, travel companies, cargo handlers and aircraft lessors and lessees. Fairweather has commercial and asset finance expertise, putting her on a strong footing to advise on sales and acquisitions of aircraft, manufacturing and supply agreements, leases and finance arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Fairweather


‘The Shoosmiths team have consistently provided a high level of professional legal advice, mixed with real world commerciality and delivered in a clear, concise manner and with a light touch of humour.’

Key clients

Swiss International Air Lines Ltd

National Air Traffic Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a new to market aviation company on the financing of a Pilatus PC-12 NGX Aircraft, with financing provided by a well known UK aviation finance provider. The firm advised on and negotiated the Aircraft Loan, Aircraft Mortgage and Cape Town Security Agreement and ancillary security documents with the lender and advised generally on the completion mechanics for an aircraft being delivered in Switzerland.
  • Acted for the lender on the financing of the acquisition of a Rolls Royce Trent turbo engine by a borrower. The firm advised on and negotiated the Engine Loan, Engine Mortgage and Cape Town Security Agreement and ancillary security documents. The engine was leased to an airline in Turkey and our advice included advising on an assignment of the engine lease. The firm worked with Turkish counsel in relation to the delivery of the engine in Turkey and its use as a spare engine for a Turkish airline.
  • Advising the investor, as mortgagee under an aircraft mortgage, on its security interests in a Boeing 737 Aircraft, including advice on an aircraft sale agreement and release of security and subsequent amendment to the aircraft sale agreement to accommodate a deferred payment instalments.

Machins Solicitors LLP

Machins Solicitors LLP undertakes a significant amount of work for clients such as airlines, institutional investors and private individuals. Active in both domestic and cross-border mandates, the team handles the financing, leasing, charter, acquisition and disposal of aircraft (private and commercial), helicopters and engines. In addition, aviation disputes are another area of strength. Mark Pelopida is recommended.