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Kathryn Ward

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DLA Piper LLP (US)




Kathryn Ward has great knowledge in post accident legal liability and has particular experience in handling the legal aftermath of major air accidents.

Kathryn defends numerous carriers in passenger, cargo and baggage claims brought against them based on the Montreal Convention 1999, EU Regulation 261/04 and EU Regulation 1107/06. She also regularly represents operators, airports and ground handlers, as well as handling product liability claims against product manufacturers and MROs. In addition, Kathryn is regularly instructed in the field of general aviation and on insurance coverage. In a commercial context, Kathryn represents carriers in contractual disputes and advises on issues surrounding aircraft ownership and repossession.

Kathryn is a Spanish speaker and much of her work focuses on Latin America through DLA Piper's Air Law Alliance, including handling claims for Cubana de Aviación, Aerocaribbean, ENSA, and Cuban Airports and airside operations owned by ECASA.

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Kathryn Ward - DLA Piper

Within: Aviation

DLA Piper acts for leading airlines, maintenence organisations, manufacturers, service providers and major insurers on aviation litigation, regulatory and transactional matters; its 'excellent knowledge of the aviation industry allows the team to provide tailored advice within challenging timelines'. The team also works closely with its colleagues to advise on competition, employment, IP, technology, finance and projects work in the sector, and it is able to leverage the firm's extensive international footprint. Mark Franklin, who has 'exceptional experience and knowledge of the regulatory landscape and will find a route through a regulatory maze where others will get lost', continues to lead advice for Airbus Helicopters and its insurers in relation to the 2013 fatal helicopter crash at the Clutha Pub in Glasgow, which resulted in the loss of life of ten people and various injured parties. Of counsel Kathryn Ward, who is experienced in advising on major air accidents, and Tony Payne, who is 'very hands-on, has great commercial insight and will go the extra mile for his clients', are also key figures, as are senior associates Shereena Rai and Sophie Brophy.

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