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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.

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London > Transport > Travel

(Hall of Fame)

James Healy-PrattKeystone Law

Servicing both omestic and international clients, the travel experts at Keystone Law have considerable experience in the aviation and cruise industries, deadling witgh regulatory, contractual and financial issues. Trevor Sears brings over 50 years’ travel law experience, recently focusing on multi-jurisdictional regulatory insolvency and restructuring issues, while James Healy-Pratt is a highly experienced aviation lawyer. Simon Murfitt has left the firm.

London > Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Keystone Law‘s bench of specialists are active across the active in marine, life sciences and aviation sectors. James Crabtree and Jason Kallis are among the key names; they were recently joined by James Healy-Pratt, formerly of Stewarts Law LLP, an experienced aviation litigator with a history representing families and pilots/crew, as well as aviation insurers in aviation accidents. Antony Colman and Elaine Chan advise insurers and manufacturers in product liability claims.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Between them, Keystone Law‘s bench of disputes lawyers a strong track record in litigation on behalf of both SMEs and major global organisations. Among the firm’s numerous litigators, Alex Ferrari acts in both domestic and international disputes; Elaine Chan is a commercial and insurance litigator; Matthew Reach is ‘a standout litigator‘; and Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs acts in commercial disputes and fraud cases. Other highly rated litigators are: Joanna Mckenzie, who assists with debt recovery, and professional negligence and breach of contract claims; media litigator Lawrence Abramson; Patrick Elliott, a corporate recovery and insolvency specialist; and Gagan Ranu, who is ‘a formidable and unflappable opponent‘. Growth during 2021 included the recruitment of: Louise Abbott, Howard Kennedy LLP‘s former commercial litigation and civil fraud head; Middle East disputes expert Joseph Kosky from Greenwoods GRM ; and aviation litigator James Healy-Pratt from Stewarts Law LLP.

London > Transport > Aviation

Keystone Law has an extensive client base consisting of airlines, airports, MROS, leasing companies, banks and financiers. The team undertakes both contentious and transactional work with experience in competition law and merger regulation issues. James Healy-Pratt is experienced in resolving issues arising from international aviation accidents. Alex Ferrari is well versed in acting for international and domestic airlines. Hugh O’Donovan  has left the firm.