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James is an international aviation lawyer, with 30 years’ experience of resolving high-profile aviation accidents worldwide. He is a triple-qualified lawyer in England & Wales, Ireland and New York and is a licensed helicopter pilot.

James has unrivalled experience and understanding of the aviation insurance market based on his 15 years of working at its heart in London. He has represented families and pilots/crew, as well as aviation insurers in aviation accidents on six continents (including even Antarctica and Hawaii). Airline, helicopter and business jet accidents are his particular expertise, as are catastrophic / burns-related and high-net-worth injuries. He has a track record of achieving swift settlements at record levels.

James sits part-time as HM Coroner in Sussex, hearing a wide range of Inquests, often of a complex nature and with juries. He is also an accredited mediator and arbitrator with the Royal Aeronautical Society and JAMS (US Judicial and Arbitration Mediation Services).

In addition, James has extensive first-hand knowledge of the following: Helicopters – Agusta 109, Airbus 120, 125, 130, MD 500/600/900 (Notar), Bell 206, Leonardo AW 139, Robinson R22/44; Fixed Wing – Airbus A310, A320 & A330, Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767 & 777, Cessna 172, 205, 208, Hawker Hunter T7 (Jet Fighter), Extra 300 (Aerobatic), Tiger Moth.


James qualified as a barrister in 1991, a New York Attorney in 1998 and a solicitor in 2006. He was admitted to the Irish Law Society in 2018. Prior to joining Keystone Law in 2021, he worked at Stewarts Law, Amlin plc and Global Aerospace. He sits part-time as HM Coroner in Sussex on a wide range of complex jury inquests.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Transport > Travel

(Hall of Fame)

James Healy-PrattKeystone Law

Keystone Law‘s team is adept at advising on commercial and regulatory matters, including high-value cases relating to the aviation and charter sectors of transport. In aviation, which is James Healy-Pratt‘s area of specialism, the team advises on corporate and employment-related issues, as well as consumer litigation. Its charter-related work ranges from assisting in issues with cargo vehicles, to advising on claims against charter employers. Trevor Sears – a highly experienced consultant solicitor and specialist in dispute resolution, travel, aviation and insolvency – is a further key name to note.

London > Transport > Aviation

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.

London > Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Keystone Law is well-placed to handle all manner of contentious insurance and reinsurance matters – particularly across the marine, life sciences and aviation sectors – with coverage disputes being a particular strong point. The practice continued to grow in partner-level expertise with the addition of Ruth Hite from Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, who comes equipped with a strong UK and EU regulatory background. James Crabtree and Jason Kallis are among the key names to note, with other recommended individuals including James Healy-Pratt, Antony Colman and Elaine Chan.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Litigating on behalf of both SMEs and global organisations, Keystone Law has a mouth-watering court success rate in the UK. Within the firm’s lawyer ranks, Alex Ferrari is ‘a top-notch litigator‘; James Healy-Pratt acts in relation to aviation accidents; Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs assists with commercial disputes, contentious insolvency-related claims, and fraud cases; Louise Abbott specialises in civil fraud, cryptocurrency and asset recovery work; and Elaine Chan is ‘a very senior, effective solicitor‘. Also key to the firm’s litigation credentials, Lara Robson represents both high-net-worth (HNW) individuals and companies in disputes; Patrick Elliott is a corporate recovery and insolvency expert; Gagan Ranu focuses on India and Middle East-related disputes; Patrick Pennal has a wide-ranging international litigation practice; and Dharmendra Nair specialises in shipping, commodities and commercial litigation. In 2022, Tracy Sell-Peters joined as partner from DWF, while former partners Matthew Reach and Robert Lawrie departed for Fox Williams LLP and Grosvenor Law, respectively.