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Stewarts Law LLP, Sarah Stewart, London, ENGLAND

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Sarah Stewart

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Stewarts Law LLP

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Partner in the Aviation department. Sarah specialises in aviation related disputes resulting in death or injury claims in the UK and abroad. The claims she handles often involve jurisdictional arguments, issues of foreign law and the application of international conventions.

Sarah pursues individual and group actions to trial or settlement, acting in major air disasters, and fatal helicopter and light aircraft accidents in the UK, Europe and worldwide. She supports families through official accident investigations and coroner’s inquests (where relevant). She is fluent in French and represented French families in claims following the loss of Air France AF447 in 2009.

Sarah was instructed in the landmark case of Rogers v Hoyle [2014] EWCA Civ 257 [2014] 3 WLR 148, [2014] 3 All ER 550, in which the Court of Appeal held that air accident investigation reports produced by the Department of Transport are admissible in civil proceedings.

She also acted in Dusek v StormHarbour [2016] EWCA CIV 604, which established liability on the part of a UK employer for failing to adequately risk assess travel arrangements for its employee travelling abroad for his work.

Sarah is currently acting for families of victims of the Shoreham Airshow disaster as well as families of passengers on board AirAsia Flight QZ8501, which crashed into the sea off the coast of Indonesia on 28 December 2014.

Sarah is widely admired for her formidable work ethic and excellent client manner. Leading legal directories have commended for her "attention to detail and great commitment to the clients" and is described by her peers as “an irresistible force – a dominant force now in the air crash field”. She has been described as “a delight to work with” and “very diligent, dedicated and client-focused”. She has also been described by clients as “dynamic and knowledgeable” as well as “caring and compassionate” and has “great empathy with clients”.

Sarah presented as part of the MSc in Aviation Safety at Cranfield University in 2016 and has spoken at several events hosted by the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the European Air Law Association (EALA).


Trained Liverpool (Gregory Abrams); qualified 1997; solicitor Bolt Burdon Solicitors, Islington 1997-2002; solicitor Stewarts Law 2002 to date; partner 2007.




Sarah sits on the Air Law Committee at the Royal Aeronautical Society and is a member of the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers and the International Aviation Women’s Association.


St Mary’s RC High School, Hereford; Hereford Sixth Form College; University of Glamorgan (1994 LLB Hons 2(1); LPC Commendation).


Family, triathlon and skiing.

London: Transport


Within: Travel

Stewarts Law LLP is the ‘best in the business’ for complex, high-value cases for those who have been seriously injured abroad; it has the ‘technical skills, the know-how and the commitment to make a real difference to any serious case’ and is ‘sympathetic, realistic and pragmatic’. It is acting for a claimant, who was 19 when he suffered a massive brain injury as a result of a road traffic accident in Jersey; and is representing a claimant who suffered multiple orthopaedic, vascular and chest injuries in an accident at work in Austria. Head of international injury Julian Chamberlayne is a ‘tenacious litigator, who is confident in his creative use of the law who runs rings around most opponents’. The ‘effervescentScott Rigby’s ‘lively enthusiasm wins over clients and opponents alike, facilitating settlement where others might struggle’. Senior associate Christopher Deacon is a ‘superb travel lawyer; he is knowledgeable, tenacious, compassionate and intellectually astute’. Head of aviation James Healy-Pratt is ‘quite simply brilliant; his understanding of multi-jurisdictional law, his ability to deliver challenging issues in a kind and patient manner, his understanding of the coronial system and his brilliant strategic overview give his clients the confidence to know that he really is fighting their corner’. The aviation team acts for pilots and passengers, and their families, who are involved in aviation accidents and aviation disasters worldwide, often involving multi-jurisdictional litigation. Sarah Stewart is ‘extremely good with clients who have suffered losses in aviation disasters; they have complete confidence in her’; and Peter Neenan has an ‘incredible forensic mind and an eye for detail’ and is ‘fantastic on aviation-related cases’. Daniel Herman leads the Leeds-based personal injury team which also features Ben Townsend.

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