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Paul Phillips

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Commercial litigation.


Paul is a very experienced commercial litigation partner, who has represented clients across many sectors in most types of commercial and civil disputes over the last 25 plus years. Clients value his strategic and tactical advice in guiding them to a successful resolution of their disputes. He has particular expertise and experience in litigating and arbitrating disputes in the aviation, funds, and broader financial sectors. Paul heads up our international aviation litigation and regulation team and has been recognised for many years by the legal directories as one of the top specialist aviation litigators in the UK.

Paul has been involved in some of the highest profile reported court cases and investigations over the last 25 years, including the Lockerbie trial, the largest class action in the UK in the pharmaceutical sector, the Shard of Glass litigation, the Oil for Food Programme investigation, the BTA Bank v Ablyazov case, the split capital trust investment litigation, the worldwide deep vein thrombosis litigation, and some of the leading cases in the field of aviation law. He is a very experienced trial lawyer, and also has in-depth experience of international arbitration.

Paul has acted for foreign governments, sovereign wealth funds, financial regulators, hedge funds, the Jersey Financial Services Commission, local authorities, major corporates, banks, major airlines and high net worth individuals, and he has spent considerable time working for clients in Asia, the Middle East and Africa over the course of his career. Paul is a member of the firm’s Africa group and has particular experience of working in Libya, Nigeria and various other African countries.

Paul is also ranked as one of the leading specialist aviation litigators in the UK. He represents some of the world’s largest airlines, lessors and transportation banks. ​

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Stephenson Harwood has an ‘impressive team’ which is praised for the ‘depth of its knowledge and the speed with which it is imparted’; it is a ‘stand-out firm for commercial aviation disputes and regulatory problems.’ The team represented Ryanair on a €70m contractual dispute with Hertz Europe and also acted for Ryanair in a regulatory dispute with the UK's air traffic services provider, NATS. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company, Jordan Aviation, AirAsia and American Airlines are also clients. Aviation litigator Paul Phillips heads the team and is ‘meticulous in his preparation and leaves no stone unturned’.Senior associate Chloe Challinor is praised for her ‘in-depth knowledge’ and her ‘no-nonsense attitude’; and is noted for aviation disputes. Associate Johnny Champion  has an 'exceptional ability to understand and marshal complex technical detail.’ Richard Parsons is global head of aviation.

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