Aviation - UK-wide


Band 1 | Clyde & Co LLP

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Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 46 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acclaimed as one of the leading aviation firms in the UK market, recognised for its representation of airlines and their insurers in liability claims. Offers significant proficiency in regulatory matters, contractual disputes and airport slot exchanges.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Tough and know the industry well. Great on insurance."  

"An excellent aviation team." 

Work highlights Assisted Flybe with the sale of its Gatwick airport slot portfolio to easyJet.

Instructed by insurers regarding the fatal crash of Dana Airlines flight 992.

Notable practitioners  

The "incredibly gifted" John Samiotis is praised by market participants as "a very professional and able lawyer. He has an ability to handle complex cases and is always safeguarding his clients' best interests, but is also pragmatic in his approach." He regularly acts as an adviser for airlines on insurance concerns.

The "talented" Maria Cetta has cultivated a strong reputation as a "very able and talented" litigator.  She has experience in a variety of matters including insurance, subrogation and cargo disputes.

David Willcox is one of the most prominent lawyers in the UK aviation market and is particularly distinguished for his work in aviation liability claims. One commentator says: "David is very much on top of the legal framework, he is a very canny tactician and a good negotiator. I find him to be pragmatic and sensible and think he does an excellent job for his clients."

A notable aviation insurance litigator, Tim Brymer has earned a "great reputation" for his skills in dispute resolution. He is active on a multi-jurisdictional case acting as adviser for the insurers of an airline.

Joseph Goodridge is respected by peers for his personable manner and solid performance on complex commercial matters. He has experience in arbitration, litigation, subrogation and reinsurance.

Patrick Slomski is regarded by peers as "excellent; a very astute practitioner. A careful lawyer with a good instinct for what the client wants and what the court will be interested in." He has experience in insurance claims, dispute resolution.

Philip Bass has had significant experience addressing aviation incidents in Asia. He directs his practice towards addressing liability claims and has experience representing the interests of airlines in relation to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Gareth Lewis has cultivated a strong reputation as a general aviation lawyer and is noted for his expertise in contractual disputes and maintenance agreements. Commentators state that "he looks after client interests very well and is really easy to work with."

Catherine West is well regarded by the market and has experience in personal injury, subrogation and cargo disputes. Sources describe her as a "good, solid performer who is calm, gets on with task at hand and is liked by clients."

Paul Freeman joined Clyde & Co in September 2014 from Kennedys. He is described by sources as "extremely knowledgeable" about the aviation market. He offers significant experience in regulatory work and insurance matters.  

Significant clients AIG, Global Aerospace, Catlin, Air France, ACE.

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Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Particularly adept at acting for the interests of insurers in aviation liability claims. Also boasts proficiency in regulatory work, complex litigation and commercial matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A major aviation practice that deals with heavyweight insurance work."

What's new? New clients include Air Atlanta Icelandic, Copenhagen Airport and Swiftair.

Work highlights Aided Garuda Indonesia in obtaining the necessary permissions for its establishment of a new flight route between the UK and Indonesia.

Instructed by AIG on claims arising from the widely covered Vauxhall helicopter crash in 2013.

Notable practitioners  

Nicholas Hughes is a prominent aviation practitioner and his position as a "respected member of the aviation fraternity" is reinforced by sources, who cite the depth of his experience and knowledge. He is particularly active representing insurers in the aftermath of helicopter incidents.

Head of practice group Giles Kavanagh earns excellent praise for his work in aviation. "He is very able and highly regarded in the industry; very professional to deal with and does a good job representing the interests of his client," notes one impressed commentator. He is particularly recognised for his involvement in insurance matters and complex litigation.

Sue Barham is well regarded by peers and is highlighted as "extremely knowledgeable about the aviation industry and very proactive in keeping clients updated on developments in the industry." They add that "she is very practical and sensible; a safe pair of hands. She has depth in aviation law and is very experienced." Her substantial client base includes regulatory bodies and airlines.

Significant clients Amlin, Global Aerospace, Ace, QBE, BAE Systems.

Band 2 | Bird & Bird

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
-11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Industry-centric practice particularly recognised for its representation of airlines. Offers a high level of proficiency on a spectrum of aviation matters including commercial regulatory work, leasing and commercial litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"Monumentally proactive, 110% accommodating and they do everything they can to adapt their style to the client's interests."

"Very active and very good." 

What's new? Insurance specialist Simon Phippard has joined the team. He previously worked in-house at Rolls-Royce.

Work highlights Acted for Virgin Atlantic Airways on a dispute with Koito and Mitsubishi in relation to a supply of seats that were unsuitable for purpose.

Instructed by to defend against passenger compensation claims linked to EU Regulation 261/2004.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Briggs uses his industry experience to provide "business-oriented" and pragmatic expertise in the aviation space. Sources commend him for his proactive style and knowledge of both civilian and military aviation.

Robin Springthorpe is well regarded for his work in aviation disputes and regulatory knowledge, with commentators describing him as an "extremely talented litigator, good on details and experienced."

Annabelle Wheeler is commended by peers as a "diligent and smart" associate. She has notable experience in assisting on product liability and lease disputes.

Simon Chamberlain is recognised by sources for having a "huge amount of experience" in aviation matters and for his strong rapport with clients. His areas of expertise include maintenance matters and contract terminations. 

Significant clients Alba Star, Sudan Airways, Titan Airways, Milestone Group, WOW Air.

Band 2 | DLA Piper LLP

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned in the market for the quality of its regulatory work. Also offers proficiency in dispute resolution, insurance and commercial contracts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"What is exceptional with DLA Piper is that they make it simple; they always explain UK law and the consequences of it, and how to adapt the strategy and defence in response to it. The associates are extremely brilliant, very nice, very gentle and very clever; a pleasure to work with this team."

Work highlights Represented Eurocopter and its insurers in handling claims arising out of the fatal crash of an EC 135 helicopter in Glasgow in 2013.

Instructed by Allianz regarding the crash of an ATR 72 regional airliner which resulted in the deaths of 68 people.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Franklin is lauded as "the pre-eminent practitioner" for aviation regulatory work in the UK market. He also earns significant praise from peers and clients for his expertise in insurance-related matters.

Kathryn Ward is noted by commentators as "extremely knowledgeable" about aviation regulations and is also singled out as "very pragmatic in her approach, and she always gives solid advice." She offers particular expertise in liability claims.

Significant clients NATS, Civil Aviation Authority, British Airways, Bristow Helicopters, China Southern Airlines.

Band 2 | Kennedys

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Maintains a high level of visibility in the aviation market and is noted for representing airlines on insurance matters. Also active in regulatory and maintenance work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a good network of lawyers, both cross-country and across the continent. They can be flexible and upfront with fees and the quality of their advice is good."

"Partners have established good regional contacts from years of experience within the aviation sector."

What's new? New clients include Thomas Cook and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Work highlights Provided assistance to British Airways with a dispute arising from allegations of discrimination when the claimant attempted to board a flight in Denmark.

Represented the interests of Malaysian Airlines in litigation that arose when a passenger received medical treatment during a flight.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Balls is "well regarded by people in the market; insurers like him and use him." He is also noted for his representation of airlines in civil litigation.

Significant clients Air France, Ryanair, easyJet, Monarch Airlines, Etihad.

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Widely recognised in the market for the quality of its experience in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Boasts a high level of proficiency on regulatory matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a good understanding of the wider perspective." 

"They offer a flexible service." 

What's new? New clients include Ansett Worldwide Aviation Services and Abu Dhabi Airports Company. 

Work highlights Acted for the interests of HSH Nordbank in a claim brought against it by OH Avion.

Advised CAE Oxford Aviation Academy on the possibility of a claim being brought against it by Sim Industries

Notable practitioners  

Patrick Farrell has cultivated a strong reputation in the aviation market and is described as "pragmatic, helpful and knowledgeable." He is noted for his dispute resolution skills and frequently represents defendants in litigation.

Significant clients Amentum Capital, Apollo Aviation, LOT Polish Airlines, Orix Aviation Systems, Flybe.

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Aviation-centric firm that offers expertise in a broad range of areas including multi-jurisdictional aviation litigation, aircraft purchase and lease restructuring.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are incredibly responsive and commercially brilliant."  

"A very good niche firm that doesn't waste time." 

Work highlights Represented Haughey Air in its dispute against AgustaWestland, an Italian helicopter manufacturer.

Assisted flydubai in the sub-lease of four aircraft to airlines for a seasonal period.

Notable practitioners  

Characterised as a "tenacious litigator," Timothy Murray is well regarded by peers for his expertise in commercial aviation litigation. He represents a broad array of clients including aircraft operators, lessors and airports.

Ian Clark is recognised as a strong practitioner for aviation concerns. He offers proficiency in a variety of matters including domestic regulatory work and commercial litigation.

Robert Ricketts is a "well-regarded finance lawyer" who has cultivated a solid reputation for his commercial aviation work. He is commended for his industry knowledge and has notable experience in aircraft leasing and acquisition.

Significant clients SpiceJet, Eastern SkyJets, Gulf Air, Sloane Helicopters, British Helicopter Association Board.

Band 3 | Ince & Co

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice that is noted for its experience in complex commercial litigation and product liability. Active in the representation of insurers and also adept at regulatory work.

What's new? Hugh O'Donovan joined the firm from Quadrant Chambers in 2014.

Notable practitioners  

A new addition to the firm and head of commercial aviation, Hugh O'Donovan is noted for his "enormous amount of experience" in the aviation arena and is regarded as a "real regulatory guru," according to commentators. He also offers significant experience in arbitration.

Gillie Belsham is recognised by commentators for her tenacious and dogged approach to matters and charming demeanour. Sources also highlight her negotiating skills.

Significant clients Credit Suisse, Global Aerospace, Surinam Airways.

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Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm that is particularly recognised for its dispute resolution work. Continues to enjoy a fine track record for its work with lessors and airlines.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very honest; they don't tell you what you want to hear, they give their genuine view. They're very honest in identifying strengths and weaknesses and improving on weaknesses; they don't keep silent when there are potential difficulties and don't pretend that there aren't any pitfalls or that only the good outcome will happen. It is actually very strengthening; no surprises appear down the road."

"Capable and pleasant to deal with." 

What's new? New clients include Ingosstrakh Insurance, AXA, Constellium-Sabart and Vietnam Airlines.

Work highlights Represented the interests of Sky Lounge Services SAL on claims related to the crash of a private jet in 2011.

Assisted the liquidators of MK Airlines with claims arising out of a collision between two aircraft at Johannesburg airport.

Notable practitioners  

"Superstar" Paul Phillips is "always readily available, willing to respond with a quick assessment and follow up with comprehensive briefing." Commentators also praise his ability to keep "abreast of aviation legislation and regulatory developments and speak authoritatively on them." He has a particular depth of experience in contract litigation. 

Russell Binch is admired by clients, one of whom notes: "We get excellent service from him. He's the most energetic and enthusiastic associate. He is good at supplementing his initial advice with new information when he has read up on the specifics; he instils confidence."

Significant clients XL Airways, ELFAA, Blue Wing Airlines, Jazeera Airways, JAT Airways.

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Distinguished practice group that offers counsel on a variety of aviation matters including litigation, regulatory and maintenance work. Represents a broad range of clients including airlines, airports and lessors.

Work highlights Assisted Air Canada with gaining approval for its maintenance programme, including the procurement of all necessary UK certifications.

Advised British Airways on issues of subcontracted maintenance.

Notable practitioners  

Head of practice group Rory MacCarthy maintains a strong visibility in the aviation market and is "highly regarded" by commentators for his "superbly analytical mind." He has experience representing lessors, manufacturers and airlines on transactional matters.

Significant clients LATAM Airlines Group, EgyptAir, Servisair, Air Asia, Flybe.

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Growing practice that has significant expertise in aircraft transactions, regulatory matters and commercial litigation. Represents a broad range of clientele with a particular emphasis on airlines and private individuals. 

What's new? Saleema Brohi joined the team from Kennedys in 2014. In addition, partners Joanna Kolatsis and Ping Cairns also join from Kennedys.

Work highlights Assisted Air Malta with the application of the Consumer Rights Directive to its contractual obligation to passengers.

Advising flydubai on its duties and obligations in regard to data protection issues concerning the joint venture with Ascendify/ValueManage for the production of a ‘white label’ recruitment website for the client.

Notable practitioners

A new addition to the firm, Saleema Brohi is frequently active on aviation matters including contract disputes, arbitrations and insurance matters. "She has a keen ear for the concerns of her clients and has now gained the seniority to carry real weight in court," reports one impressed source.

Significant clients Marshall of Cambridge Aerospace, Hawker Beechcraft, Monarch Travel.

Aviation: Claimant - UK-wide


Band 1 | Irwin Mitchell

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established claimant firm that is frequently commended for the quality of its client service. Recognised for its involvement in matters that have a military facet.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very organised and efficient firm. They do not lose sight of the fact that their clients' needs and wishes are paramount and they seem to strive to satisfy them. I believe the service provided by Irwin Mitchell is second to none. They always seem to have a very practical approach to problems and always keep their clients' best interests in mind."

"Attentive, clear and straightforward." 

What's new? Geraldine McCool joined the department from MPH Solicitors, offering particular experience in military aviation matters.

Notable practitioners  

Jim Morris is described by clients as a "total professional" who adds value to his legal skills with his background as a former military pilot. He is noted for his significant experience in pursuing litigation in international territories, with sources highlighting that he is "always happy to do multi-jurisdictional work and is not limited to whether cases can be run in the UK."

Practice head Clive Garner is commended for his empathetic manner when engaging with clients. He is very active in the representation of the families of those killed in aviation incidents.

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for High-profile firm offering expertise in civil litigation resulting from aviation incidents. Particularly noted for its multi-jurisdictional expertise in areas such as Western Europe, Australasia, North America and South-East Asia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Always responsive, always very clear, and they've been very quick in reacting and telling the client what the next step is."

"They are way ahead of everyone else; they've transformed the litigation market."

Work highlights Represented the family and dependants of Charles Stisted following his death in a helicopter crash. This has led to litigation being pursued in both the UK and the USA.

Acted for those affected by the crash of Manx 2 flight NM7100 which led to the death of six people and varying degrees of injury to the surviving six passengers.

Notable practitioners  

James Healy-Pratt is the market leader for claimant work in the aviation field. He is lauded by sources as "very smart, an exceptional intellect and very creative," and is also singled out as being "dedicated to his clients - he really goes the extra mile."

Sarah Stewart is an increasingly prominent figure in the aviation market and one source reports that "she has managed to combine this sense of empathy with clients with a ruthlessly clinical approach to litigation; she is becoming an irresistible force - a dominant force now in the air crash field." Another lauded her for being "compassionate and very focused in terms of doing a good job for her clients."

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Keystone Law's Trevor Sears maintains a strong connection with the IATA and frequently advises it on a wide array of matters, including fund management and liquidation. He also assists airlines on regulatory issues arising from the closure of internet-based travel agencies, and elicits particular praise for his responsiveness.

Christopher Boresjo of Simmons & Simmons LLP is noted by commentators for his "very pragmatic" approach to commercial aviation matters. He is noted for his expertise in a variety of areas including insolvency, joint ventures, leasing agreements and asset repossession. 

Daniel James is a recent addition to the team at Stevens & Bolton LLP and is particularly noted for his work in commercial aviation matters. He offers experience in non-contentious transactions related to the sale and leasing of aircraft.

Richard Mumford of Stevens & Bolton LLP is well regarded by sources who commend him as a "good litigator who understands what a court will want." He is active in dispute resolution matters and also offers expertise on the leasing and sale of aircraft.

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