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Mark Franklin

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Litigation and regulatory – aviation.


Mark’s practice is devoted exclusively to aviation, with primary focus on regulatory issues, drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts, and handling of post-accident liabilities. Over a 30-year period as an aviation specialist, Mark has been involved in multiple high profiles matters and has handled hundreds of aviation assignments for airlines, corporate jet operators, product manufacturers, aviation service providers and aviation insurers. Recent high profile matters handled by Mark include: representing the Republic of Cyprus in successful judicial review proceedings brought by a Turkish airline against the UK Secretary of State concerning traffic rights between the UK and the northern part of Cyprus occupied by Turkey; representing Pakistan International Airways in securing its timely removal from the list of airlines subject to a partial operating ban in the EU; representing multiple UK, EMEA and US airlines in relation to contracts concerning the purchase, sale or leasing of landing and take-off slots at London-Heathrow Airport; and representing Etihad Airways in its recent investments in multiple airlines including, most recently, Alitalia (which includes a 49% shareholding and commercial cooperation between the two airlines).


Trained Stafford Clark & Co; qualified 1984; Frere Cholmeley 1984-1997; partner DLA Piper UK LLP 1997 to date. Member of the editorial board of Air & Space Law Journal published by Kluwer. Publications of note: ‘Civil Aviation’ and ‘Carriage by Air’ sections of Butterworth’s Encyclopaedia of Forms & Precedents published in 2002 and 2009 respectively.


Royal Aeronautical Society.


Bishop’s Stortford College; Southampton University: LLB (Hons).


Sailing, Royal Southern Yacht Club, Hamble, Hampshire.

London: Transport


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Mark Franklin - 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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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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