Akhil Shah KC > Fountain Court Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Fountain Court Chambers


Barrister specialising in commercial litigation with an emphasis in aviation, trade finance, banking, insurance and arbitration. In aviation regularly represents manufacturers, airlines, insurers, financiers and leasing parties in a wide range of aviation matters dealing with: aircraft leasing, jurisdiction and air disaster, aviation insurance/reinsurance and regulatory work. 

Notable cases include: aircraft finance: Alpstream v PK (2013); aircraft leasing: Wilmington Trust v SpiceJet (2021) (frustration of aircraft lease) Pindell v AirAsia [2011] 2 All ER (Comm) 296; Sunrock v SAS [2007] 2 Lloyds 612 (CA); airline and airport dispute: DTVA v bmibaby [2011] 1 Lloyds 68; regulatory: Kibris v Secretary of State and Republic of Cyprus [2011] 1 Lloyds 274 (CA) and IHRC v CAA (2007 ACDS); jurisdiction and mass disaster/product liability: Amiri Flight v BAE Systems Plc [2003] 2 Lloyds 767 (CA); Airbus v Patel [1999] 1AC 119; carriage by air: Huzar v Jet 2 (2014); Western Digital v BA [2001] QB 733 (CA). 

Other areas of practice include commercial litigation, Banking (Petrosaudi v Novo Banco (2017)), re/insurance (Involnert v Aprilgrange and others (insurance moral hazard) and Blue Sky v Chartis and others (2010)); and arbitration (Bermuda form and petroleum and telecoms joint venture disputes).


Called 1990; Inner Temple; called to the British Virgin Islands Bar 1999; Silk 2010.

Publications: contributor to ‘Carriage by Air’ (2000); Bullen and Leake and Jacob’s ‘Precedents of Pleadings’ (19th edition), Halsbury’s Laws “Aviation” (2017, 5th edition) and ‘Commercial Court Procedure’.


Working French, basic German.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Akhil Shah KCFountain Court Chambers

London Bar > Product liability

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Akhil Shah KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Akhil is well-prepared, well-learned, and effective advocate.  He possesses a breadth of knowledge across a wide scope of law.’

Fountain Court Chambers has a wide range of expertise across different levels of seniority. In particular, the set has experience with large pharmaceuticals, consumer product group actions and complex claims in the insurance and aviation sectors; the latter is an area of focus for Akhil Shah KC. Leigh-Ann Mulcahy KC is regularly instructed by the government and has a wide range of advocacy and appeal experience.

London Bar > Aviation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Akhil Shah KCFountain Court Chambers ‘He is a very convincing advocate and has the ability to put key points across in a clear and persuasive way.’

Fountain Court Chambers is regarded as ‘an impressive set and a go-to for aviation’ with expertise in a range of commercial disputes including redelivery, leasing and aircraft purchase agreements. The set is also experienced in aviation claims involving disaster, catastrophic loss and damage. Akhil Shah KC acted for Goshawk in relation to leasing disputes concerning a Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Michael McLaren KC has acted for Olympic Council of Asia in a claim for damages arising from a purchase agreement for an executive jet. Bankim Thanki KC and Rosalind Phelps KC are frequently instructed by major airlines and regulators while John Taylor KC is acting for Ryanair in a Commercial Court action. Giles Robertson  focuses on civil fraud and banking matters in this space.

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Akhil Shah KCFountain Court ChambersAkhil is a great team player. He has an understated style but is a good strategic thinker.’

Fountain Court Chambers acts for regulators, such as the CAA, and the regulated, such as airlines and tour operators. This year they have been increasingly providing advice around topics including flight delays, cancellations, regulatory issues and Brexit-related issues among others. Akhil Shah KC has been instructed by the liquidators of Thomas Cook Airlines to assist in securing its slots at Gatwick, Manchester and other leading airports in an expedited judicial review application brought by Manchester Airport against the Civil Aviation Authority and Thomas Cook – the matter settled.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Akhil Shah KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Akhil is calmness personified. A quietly persuasive advocate with huge experience in the field.’

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Akhil Shah KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Akhil is a great team player. A good strategic thinker solicitors would trust on on any case.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 6

Akhil Shah KCFountain Court Chambers ‘He is incredibly calm at all times and his softly spoken manner really helps to cut through and restore order whenever matters are particularly chaotic.’