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Clyde & Co LLP, David Willcox, London, ENGLAND

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David Willcox

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Clyde & Co LLP


David undertakes major aviation catastrophe work, including the management of complex multi-jurisdictional claims, litigation arising from ground and mid-air collisions and has pursued a number of high profile subrogation actions against aircraft or component manufacturers. He acts for insurers with regard to policy interpretation and coverage disputes.

David is a previous examiner in aviation law for the Chartered Insurance Institute.


David is a partner in the aviation and aerospace group. He has been at Beaumont and Son since 1979 and with Clyde & Co since 2005. His area of practice comprises the handling of all types of aviation liability claims and insurance disputes.


  • Aeroflot Nord, accident to Boeing 737 near Perm
  • Georgian Airlines accident to CRJ-100 at Kinshasa
  • Bristow Helicopters Limited v Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

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David Willcox - Clyde & Co LLP

Within: Aviation

The ’exceptional’ team at Clyde & Co LLP is commended for its ability to ‘understand the client’s perspective.’ It stands out for its expertise in insured liability claims for airlines, and also handles a range of regulatory, corporate and commercial work in the sector. AIG, Allianz, Chubb, XL Catlin, Global Aerospace and Emirates Airlines are clients. Alex Stovold is advising Tokio Marine Kiln on the loss of an aircraft, which crashed before landing in Medellín, Colombia and was carrying the Brazilian Chapecoense football team, and resulted in the deaths of 64 passengers. Robert Lawson QC and legal director Thomas van de Wijngaart are acting for British Airways on its acquisition of the entire portfolio of landing and take-off slots at London Gatwick Airport held by Monarch Airlines. Mark Bisset provided regulatory advice in relation to the investment in VistaJet by Rhône Capital. Key figures in the ‘brilliant’ team include Philip Bass, who has a ‘wealth of knowledge’; the ‘fantastic’ Maria Cetta; the highly regarded Catherine West; consultant David Willcox, who has the ‘most incredible memory and always digs very deep before offering an opinion or solution’; the ‘very approachable and tactical’ Craig Rooney; Robert Ireland; the 'very able' John Samiotis; and the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Gareth Lewis. Austin Barham specialises in aviation personal injury, and Simon Potter is experienced in major catastrophe work. Patrick Slomski is regularly instructed by airlines. Legal director Adam Baker handles a range of aviation-related claims and consultant Joseph Goodridge is ‘very user-friendly’. Senior legal manager Louise High is also noted, as are senior associates Andrew Krausz and Elizabeth Lambert-James.

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