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Keystone Law, Hugh O'Donovan, London, ENGLAND

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Hugh O'Donovan

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Commercial, Compeition & EU Law, Corporate, Mediation & ADR


Hugh is a barrister who has specialised in aviation regulatory, commercial and competition law for over thirty years and is recognised as one of the most experienced and highly respected aviation lawyers in the UK. Over this period he has gained extensive experience in private practice as a barrister, as well as heading the Aviation Regulatory and Commercial practices of three international law firms.   
He has acted for an extensive number of airlines, airports, regulators, governments, investors, financiers and travel companies. Hugh’s practice is international and he has acted for such clients around the world, including advising governments and regulators in Africa, Asia and elsewhere on the development of national civil aviation policy and regulation. He has advised on a number of airline start-ups, restructurings and strategic initiatives.

As a barrister Hugh has rights of audience in all national courts and tribunals and he has also appeared at hearings before the UK Civil Aviation Authority and the European Commission.

Hugh is a trained and experienced mediator and has sat as an arbitrator in aviation-related disputes.


Called to the Bar of England and Wales (Gray's Inn) 1975; Barristers' chambers in London 1975-85; Advocate and Counsel at Knapp-Fishers, 1985-87; Partner and Head of Aviation Regulatory and Commercial Law at Richards Butler (now Reed Smith), 1987-91; Partner and Head of Aviation Regulatory and Commercial Law at Dentons, 1991-2004; Quadrant Chambers, 2004-10; Counsel and Head of Commercial Aviation at Ince and Co, 2014-16; Keystone Law, 2016.

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