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Akhil Shah QC

Tel:
Work 020 7583 3335
Email:
Fountain Court Chambers (Fountain Court Chambers)

Position

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: 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).

Career

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’ (2016, 18th edition), Halsbury’s Laws “Aviation” (2017, 5th ed) and ‘Commercial Court Procedure’.

Languages

Working French, basic German.


London Bar

Aviation

Within: Aviation – Leading silks

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is frighteningly intelligent, and very forensic and thorough in his approach.

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersHighly recommended in relation to letters of credit.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersReal quality – immediately becomes part of the team to get the best position for the client.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery bright and analytical in his approach, while also having a sensible approach to any dispute.

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Product liability

Within: Product liability – Leading silks

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersExcellent commercial experience, measured advice.

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

Within: Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading silks

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is very familiar with aviation industry issues and provides advice on technical issues in a clear and understandable manner.

Within: Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

Fountain Court Chambers travel law expertise focuses on aviation and regulatory claims, and the relationships between travel businesses and consumers in the European Union. Akhil Shah QC acted for Manchester Airport, an intervenor, in a judicial review which challenged a decision by ACL to refuse to allocate summer 2018 airport slots (worth £65m) to Monarch Airlines (in administration).

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