Aviation - UK-wide


Band 1 | Clyde & Co LLP

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

What the team is known for Prolific, large team with a fantastic reputation for general aviation and airline insurance advice. Full-service offering encompasses dispute resolution, regulatory, corporate and commercial issues.

What's new? Alan Meneghetti has joined the aviation practice full-time following an internal move within the firm. He focuses on commercial and regulatory aviation within the EU.

Peter Macara has moved from London to the firm's Rio de Janeiro office, and will carry on his aviation regulatory work between these two locations.

Work highlights Advising TAROM in multimillion-pound proceedings brought by in the English Commercial Court regarding the termination of a long-term heavy maintenance contract, and on issues of wrongful repudiation and anticipatory breach.

Advised on all aspects of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Club's agreement with ARINC concerning the implementation of bag drops, check-in kiosks and IT infrastructure.

Notable practitioners  

A highly reputed figure in aviation insurance, Tim Brymer is highlighted as a top figure in the UK market. He provides ongoing advice to insurers regarding the Dana Airlines Flight 992 crash in Nigeria.

David Willcox remains a respected practitioner in aviation insurance disputes and liability claims, and is most recognised for his work concerning major aviation catastrophes.  

Licensed pilot Philip Bass is active advising on aviation liability claims. Clients emphasise his pragmatism and commerciality. 

Joseph Goodridge's broad-ranging practice covers airline industry issues, insurance, personal injury and catastrophe work.

Patrick Slomski is praised by market peers for his strong work in aviation. He frequently defends airlines and finance lessors against alleged breaches of leasing and finance documents, and is acting for TAROM in the aforementioned case.

Maria Cetta advises on a wide range of aviation matters, including general aviation, insurance and aviation liability.

Insurance-focused Gareth Lewis' work covers disaster claims and contractual disputes as well as general aviation.

Catherine West is noted for her work in general aviation issues as well as personal injury and catastrophe matters.

Up-and-coming lawyer John Samiotis represents insurers in litigation and is well respected in the aviation industry.  

Paul Freeman recently joined the firm from Kennedys. He advises both insurers and airlines on EU regulatory matters as well as multi-jurisdictional litigation.

Significant clients Allianz, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, easyJet, Emirates Airlines.

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 2 consultants
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Global firm with a strong and sizeable aerospace team displaying a commercially savvy approach. Noted for its work in aviation insurance mandates. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "A team of very good commercial people who show a strong business perspective on legal transactions."

What's new? Edward Spencer has been made up to partner. He focuses his practice on liability claims within aviation.

Work highlights Advising Qantas on regulatory and corporate issues involved in moving the administrative base for its European operations from Singapore to Dubai.

Notable practitioners  

Known for work in aviation insurance and liability, Nicholas Hughes recently advised CHC on the forced ditching of a heavy offshore helicopter into the North Sea, whilst transporting offshore workers.

Practice development partner Richard Gimblett receives warm praise from interviewees. He focuses on aviation regulatory and liability issues, and divides his time between the firm's London and Dubai offices. He recently advised Qantas on the relocation of its European operations administrative hub.

Department head Giles Kavanagh is viewed by impressed interviewees as "an excellent lawyer doing a lot of aviation insurance work. He is a commercial thinker who knows the industry very well." He has advised Italian airline Neos Air regarding a serious turbulence incident in November 2012 and the subsequent claims.  

Sue Barham is recognised in the market for her aviation insurance and regulatory work. Clients say: "We have always stayed with her. We are happy with her advice, which is practical and commercially focused. She displays a reasonably broad range of experience in not just aviation but also travel, which is a valuable resource."  

Significant clients AIG, Allianz, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Rolls-Royce.

Band 1 | Kennedys

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What the team is known for A leading, dedicated aviation firm covering the full range of industry topics. Displays particular strength in insurance work within the aviation field.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical knowledge: "The firm offers intellectual firepower, solid advice and breadth of experience."

Problem solving: "It does an excellent job. The team offers a practical, problem-solving approach that is not too legalistic."

Market standing: "A very large and focused team. They come out on top."

What's new? Kennedys took over Gates & Co, a specialist aviation practice, in June 2013.

Work highlights Representing the defendant in commercial aviation litigation over a contractual dispute regarding a Global 5000 aircraft. It is a cross-border mandate as the client was in India and the claimant was a company in Jersey.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Balls is becoming a more visible presence in aviation liability. Previously rated as an up-and-coming lawyer in this market, commentators say Balls has firmly established his practice. 

Significant clients British Airways, easyJet, American Airlines, Iberia.

Band 2 | Bird & Bird

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

What the team is known for Offers a comprehensive service for airlines on all aviation-related issues. Represents a range of aviation fuel suppliers, corporate aircraft owners and manufacturers. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "My impression of the firm is that it is excellent uniformly, which is quite rare. All of its lawyers are really knowledgeable and commercially minded, and work with us to keep costs down and achieve a practical and sensible result."

What's new? Brett Hailey recently joined Bird & Bird's London office and international aviation group.

Work highlights Acted for National Reserve on a USD50 million claim against PK Airfinance and GECAS regarding improper means of security enforcement in connection with an aircraft owned by the companies.

Advised Atlas Corporate Services on the development of VAT schemes and structures for owning and operating corporate aircrafts in compliance with the change to UK VAT regulations in January 2011.

Notable practitioners  

Strong market feedback sees Robin Springthorpe move up to the top tier for dispute resolution in aviation. He impresses sources as being "very user-friendly and very willing to roll up his sleeves at short notice and get the job done." He acted for National Reserve in the aforementioned case.

A leading figure in commercial aviation, Paul Briggs continues to impress clients: "Paul is very well connected in the industry, has good industry knowledge, is pragmatic and doesn't overlawyer. He goes above and beyond the pieces of work we give him, provides training for our staff and brings us up to speed on the latest developments to help us be fully informed." He recently advised Virgin Atlantic on maintenance contracts for a 747 fleet.

Simon Chamberlain is known for his work on commercial and transactional matters in aviation. Sources emphasise his high-ranking position in the market, and clients highlight his background in the aviation industry as an asset to his practice: "He is extremely intelligent and has a really broad view of the aviation industry; I found his background very helpful, as he has a good understanding of the commercial aviation space." Chamberlain recently advised Tronos Canada on the lease of BAe 146-200 aircraft converted for an air tanker operation.

Peers describe associate Annabelle Wheeler as "junior but acquiring experience fast and showing she has the capability." Focusing on contractual disputes, aircraft repossessions and leasing and financing matters, she was part of the team advising Jet2 on a claim against Romanian maintenance facility TAROM.

Significant clients Dart Group/Jet2, Monarch Airlines, NRC Holding, Virgin Atlantic, Tronos Group.

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 10 associates

What the team is known for Offers aviation clients a comprehensive service, but is especially recognised for its regulatory work. Acts for a range of leading airlines, aviation insurers and service providers. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of service: "I regard the DLA aviation group as being a worthy opponent – they compete in regulatory, finance and liability. A compact group but highly thought of."

What's new? 2012 saw the firm appointed as British Airways' new global legal panel for aviation regulation and litigation, commercial law and data protection, as well as TMT, IP, property and employment.

Work highlights Acted as principal adviser to Etihad Airways relating to an investment in shares of Air Berlin, concerning control regulatory issues.

Advising Eurocopter and its insurers on liability issues of the forced ditchings of two EC225 Super Puma helicopters in the North Sea.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Franklin heads the firm's London-based aviation group and continues to receive high praise for his experience and extensive knowledge of aviation regulation. Sources say: "Mark tends to deal with the regulatory side of things. He is a peer in this market without equal: he's incredibly knowledgeable and very tenacious, and has very good insight."

Kathryn Ward is praised for her commercial approach to work. One interviewee states: "She is very determined, with great client skills. I am always impressed by her strategic thinking." A recent highlight saw Ward represent bmi in a breach of contract claim brought by Durham Tees Valley Airport against British Midland Airways and bmibaby.

Significant clients easyJet,, Virgin Atlantic, Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

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

What the team is known for Broad practice covering asset finance and commercial litigation for airlines, as well as regulatory and competition work. Highlighted for its commerciality and solution-focused approach.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Delivery: "We continue to be impressed with the team. They are very pleasant people to work with but also diligent in terms of getting things done on time and pragmatic. I like the hands-on approach that they have; they keep a project very tight and deliver good value as a result."

Work highlights Advised Pembrook Capital on the leases of two aircraft valued in excess of USD80 million to Kingfisher Airlines of India, and on their successful repossession.  

Advised Amentum Capital and HSH Nordbank on claims in excess of USD100 million against Air Comet and Astra. The matter involved repossession of five aircraft from Spanish low-cost airline Air Comet.

Notable practitioners  

Highlighted by market observers for his prowess in both aviation dispute resolution and regulation, head of aviation disputes Patrick Farrell led the group acting for Pembrook Capital, Amentum Capital and HSH Nordbank. One impressed client states: "I would say Patrick is at the top of his game! He is very pleasant to work with, quite understated but very knowledgeable. There is a depth of experience there."

Significant clients Air Tanker Services, easyJet, Emirates Airline, Flybe, United/Continental Airlines.

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What the team is known for Dedicated aviation law firm. Offers clients a full-service approach in aviation, advising on commercial, financial, litigation and regulatory issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "This firm knows the aviation business extremely well. It has probably been doing this work longer than anyone else."

Notable practitioners  

Sources say Timothy Murray does "excellent regulatory work – he's one of the rising stars in the regulatory world." His clients in the field include airlines, tour operators and other travel industry companies. 

A former pilot and flying instructor in the RAF, Ian Clark often advises on aviation insurance coverage questions.

Band 3 | Ince & Co

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 2 consultants
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent work on the insurance side of aviation, often covering claims with a multi-jurisdictional aspect.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "The team understands its business very well. The lawyers are responsive and perform in a timely manner. I only have good things to say about the group."

Work highlights Acting for Credit Suisse's aviation department on numerous loan workout and enforcement cases.

Notable practitioners  

Head of aviation Gillie Belsham is kept busy advising the aviation industry; her clients include financiers, airlines, manufacturers and their insurers.

Significant clients Global Aerospace, Ingosstrakh Insurance Company, Sumisho Aircraft Asset Management, Surinam Airways.

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Basic facts about the department 
- 8 partners
- 16 associates

What the team is known for Highlighted for the strength of its litigation work in aviation. Commended for providing additional information to clients in the form of industry newsletters and bulletins.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The team keeps abreast of developments and a finger on the pulse at a European level. The lawyers are responsive and offer timely advice, keeping to the times agreed. They are very consultative and have their antennae out to alert us to things they think are coming. Quite proactive in keeping clients informed." 

Responsiveness: "The lawyers have a very methodical approach, which is what I really value about them. When I send something for them to look at or I need a second opinion, they get back to me very quickly."

What's new? New client wins and panel appointments include Ryanair (claims handling), Flybe (regulatory), Macquarie Aviation Capital Finance and VuelingOne.

Work highlights Advising liquidators of Ghana cargo airline MK Airlines on losses arising from crashes in South Africa and Canada. Advised DVB Bank on the financing of two new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. 

Notable practitioners  

Sources appreciate Paul Phillips' commerciality: "Paul is a very clever litigator and a very good strategic thinker, and fights his clients' corner very hard whilst having a commercial outlook." One interviewee added: "I have the utmost respect for him – he has a fine strategic brain and is someone who will always go a million miles for his clients. He has a solid aviation practice and strong practical knowledge. He is great." Phillips heads the aviation disputes regulatory and risk group, and advised the joint liquidators of MK Airlines on the matter listed above.

Associate-to-watch Russell Binch is impressing clients and peers alike, with interviewees stating that "he is absolutely great" and "very, very bright – he has a tremendous eye for detail and good legal analysis." He has supported Paul Phillips in a number of the practice's work highlights in recent times.

Significant clients American Airlines, Air Asia, TAP Portugal, Buraq Air, ICON Capital.

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

What the team is known for Cross-practice group recognised for its long history of aircraft transactional work. Demonstrates strong focus on commercial work and litigation in aviation. Industry clients include airports, airlines and manufacturers, as well as banks and leasing companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "It is a very good commercial firm. The lawyers are very good with clients and very keen to help and get a good relationship going. Probably one of the firms that is coming up and improving, from the commercial side of things." 

Market standing: "A thoroughly professional outfit with great emphasis on air finance litigation."

Work highlights Advised LATAM Airlines Group on its contract with Contour Aerospace for the supply of seats for installation in its Boeing 787 aircraft.

Advising British Airways on various aviation-related matters, including the revision and updating of its pro forma maintenance agreements.

Notable practitioners

Head of the firm's aviation group, Rory MacCarthy focuses his practice on commercial transactional work. Commentators are impressed with his solid industry knowledge: "He is extremely knowledgeable on everything to do with aircraft leasing. His knowledge on the commercial side is also very impressive."

Significant clients Rolls-Royce, AirAsia, American Airlines, Flybe, Aviation Capital Group.

Band 4 | asb law LLP

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Basic facts about the department 
- 7 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Crawley

What the team is known for Practice emphasis on transactional work. Branching out into more complex mandates in aviation such as competition disputes and aircraft repossessions.

What's new? New client wins include Aersale, Bristow Helicopters, Hayward & Green, Temco and Leki Aviation. 

Work highlights Advised global component services provider Avtrade on supply agreements with Air France regarding the supply of components to support the Airbus A320 aircraft. 

Acted for CASCO on the sale of seven Honeywell aircraft engines, including the drafting of sale and purchase agreement and negotiating terms of the agreement.

Notable practitioners

Alina Nosek heads the team.

Significant clients Thomson Airways, easyJet, Royal Aero Group, LHI Leasing, Transaero.

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London, Crawley

What the team is known for Commercial aviation is the team's key strength. Displays prominent expertise advising on aviation in Africa, receiving instructions from African aircraft owners and operators. Clients highlight the depth of the firm's efforts to develop a broad understanding of their business. 

Notable practitioners 

Steven Clifford is a key contact for this practice. 

Significant clients ArikAir, FastJet, Fly 540 (Ghana, Angola, Tanzania), Safi Airways, Bahrain Air.

Since publication, Oliver Mayes has left this practice.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Saleema Brohi also joined Hill Dickinson LLP from Kennedys. She enters the rankings this year after receiving stellar feedback from interviewees. Sources say: "She is starting to emerge as a solicitor of great charm and determination." Her broad range of expertise covers insurance and reinsurance disputes, product liability and regulatory issues.

Neil McGilchrist recently joined Hill Dickinson LLP from Kennedys. He remains a revered figure in the aviation industry, advising on all areas of aviation liability.

Trevor Sears recently joined Keystone Law from Davenport Lyons. He focuses on aviation and travel fraud, and has 40 years' experience in advising airlines.

Christopher Boresjo heads Simmons & Simmons LLP's aviation practice. He recently advised on the documentation for Finnair's sublease of 12 E190 aircraft to Flybe Finland.

Daniel James joined Stevens & Bolton LLP from asb law in 2013. His commercial aviation work is focused on the leasing and trading of aircrafts and engines. He is also noted for his disputes expertise.

Richard Mumford recently joined Stevens & Bolton LLP in Guildford from asb law, and continues his work in aviation dispute resolution.

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