Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Aviation - UK-wide


Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Well-regarded team sought out for its understanding of aviation maintenance contracts, leasing agreements and commercial transactions. Acts for a broad range of clients including airlines and lessors.

Work highlights Advised LATAM Airlines Group on its engine procurement programme.

Represented Flybe in the negotiation of a high-value maintenance contract for the RAF's new fleet of Airbus A400M transport aircraft.

Notable practitioners  

With deep industry experience, Rory MacCarthy is a specialist who advises on a range of asset finance and regulatory matters for a large number of high-profile clients. He is described as "incredibly knowledgeable about aviation."

Significant clients British Airways, Vueling, EgyptAir, Wings Capital Partners, Flybe.

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 1 of counsel
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Well-established and highly regarded firm with strength across the board including aircraft financing, aviation, regulatory, insurance and dispute resolution. Acts on both contentious and non-contentious matters for airlines, aerospace clients and lessors.

Work highlights Advised on the restructuring and refinancing of Monarch Group, including advice on financing, aircraft lease negotiation and employment issues.

Acted for Virgin Atlantic Airways on litigation against a Japanese airline seat manufacturer.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Briggs regularly advises on leasing and aircraft finance matters. He typically acts for major airlines.

Annabelle Wheeler is a well-regarded associate at the firm. "She is a star, really worth watching," reports one source, adding: "She's very thorough and leaves no points untouched." She principally advises on dispute resolution.

The "extremely knowledgeable" Simon Chamberlain is regarded as "a very good lawyer with huge amounts of experience." His practice spans transactional, regulatory and commercial matters.

Peers in the market regard Robin Springthorpe as "outstanding - very clever, very easy to deal with and very good in acting for airlines." He specialises in aviation disputes and regulatory work.

Significant clients The Milestone Aviation Group, Alpstream, Virgin Atlantic Airways, WOW Air.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Niche aviation firm with an excellent reputation. Well regarded for the expertise of its senior partners.  

Notable practitioners  

The "extremely experienced" and "very capable" Robert Ricketts is recommended for his client service and aviation expertise. He advises on M&A deals in the aviation sector, as well as leasing and private aircraft acquisitions.

Interviewees say Timothy Murray is "a very switched-on lawyer" who "thinks around the topic a lot to make sure he is taking the case in the right direction." He specialises in litigation and regulatory work.

Ian Clark has a strong practice working for insured parties, as well as advisory, transactional and regulatory work. He often advises on aircraft accident litigation.

Basic facts about the department 
- 14 partners
- 45 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Leading firm with a full offering of aviation services and a global reach. Core strengths lie in insured liability and dispute resolution as well as regulatory, finance, corporate and commercial work.

Work highlights Assisted Cyprus Airways with the negotiation of slot exchange agreements.

Advised insurers regarding the loss of an aeroplane in Nigeria.

Notable practitioners  

Aviation litigator David Willcox typically acts for insurers on major catastrophe matters including total losses.

Maria Cetta has a wide-ranging practice in aviation insurance, including product liability and personal injury matters. Sources highlight her experience in high-value product liability matters.

Patrick Slomski handles a range of contentious and non-contentious aviation work, with a particular focus on insurance disputes. Sources describe him as "hugely experienced and often has good insights on cases and what is likely to happen. He has good instincts."

Experienced aviation practitioner Joseph Goodridge receives praise for his "good litigation tactics and insight." His practice is centred on insurance and liability matters.

Philip Bass focuses on liability matters, acting for airlines and insurers. He is a well-known figure in the aviation insurance market.  

Gareth Lewis has experience in disaster claims, security, policy coverage and war-related claims, among other issues. He is commended as a "technically sound and pragmatic lawyer."

Catherine West handles multi-jurisdictional claims for airlines and insurers. She is also an expert in cargo, baggage and personal injury claims.

Commentators note that John Samiotis "knows his stuff and is really enthusiastic." He acts for major South Asian and African carriers in relation to contentious aviation matters.

Significant clients Global Aerospace, Qantas Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Air France, ACE.

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Handles transactional mandates, regulatory work and aviation litigation, including accident aftermath. Particularly noted for insurance-led work. Also acts on high-value financings. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We chose them because they clearly had the knowledge and understanding of what we need."

Work highlights Represented Malaysia Airlines' reinsurers following the loss of flight MH17. The team advised on potential subrogation as well as the settlement and release agreement.

Acted for Flybe on an agreement with SAS Group to provide white-label flying using four aircraft.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Franklin advises on regulatory matters and aviation litigation, including insurance work. Clients say that he "has the deepest and broadest knowledge of aviation regulation in the UK."

The "excellent" Kathryn Ward acts for a number of airlines and is recommended for her litigation and insurance practice. She advises on all aspects of major accident cases, including crisis management, insurance coverage and passenger claims.

Significant clients Atrium Underwriters, Airbus Helicopters, Etihad Airways, China Southern Airlines.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Offers a full service in aviation regulation and competition, aircraft finance and commercial disputes. Acts for a number of well-known airlines as well as insurers and aviation services companies.

Work highlights Represented Swiss International Air Lines in a judicial review and preliminary reference to the European Court of Justice on the application of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme to the aviation industry. The airline contends that the scheme is discriminatory and contrary to the fundamental principles of the EU.

Acted for Marshalls of Cambridge on an air charter agreement, advising on matters of liability and indemnity.

Notable practitioners 

Sources describe Saleema Brohi as "pragmatic, sensible and easy to deal with." She works extensively for large insurance companies on aviation litigation, as well as advising on aircraft purchase and leasing.

Significant clients Flybe, flydubai, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Monarch Airlines, European Regions Airlines Association.

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 2 consultants
- 30 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Leading contentious aviation practice acting for insurance companies, airlines and aircraft operators on serious accident cases. Also provides regulatory counsel and advice on competition law matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Hugely strong, very experienced, great strength and depth." 

Work highlights Advised CHC Helicopter and its insurers AIG on the loss of the CHC Super Puma L2.

Acted for Swiftair on litigation arising out of the total loss of an MD-83 mid-range airliner in July 2014, which resulted in the loss of 116 lives.

Notable practitioners  

Nicholas Hughes is regarded as "a market leader" who is "excellent in aircraft insurance." He has a leading helicopter insurance practice.

Giles Kavanagh is described as "well respected and knowledgeable." He leads the firm's worldwide aerospace team and focuses on representing airlines and insurers in accident litigation.

Clients say Sue Barham is "extremely knowledgeable" and "an absolute expert in the industry." She specialises in regulatory, commercial and contentious travel law matters, acting for a range of clients including airlines, product manufacturers and industry associations.

Significant clients Rolls-Royce, British Airways, Allianz, AIG, Amlin.

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Advises on asset finance, regulatory matters, commercial disputes and liability claims. Particularly noted for representing airlines in commercial litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have done very well. They are very pragmatic and offer a quick response."  

"We think they are good indeed, they give clear advice."

Work highlights Acted for Golden Myanmar Airlines on the leasing of two ATR 72 aircraft.

Advised Norwegian Air on passenger claims under EC Regulation 261/2004.

Notable practitioners  

Clients say Hugh O'Donovan is "an outstanding lawyer in his field with a tremendous track record and experience. He is extremely intelligent and always gets straight to the point." He specialises in commercial, regulatory and competition law.

The "excellent" Gillie Belsham leads the firm's aviation practice. She acts for aviation sector clients on a range of complex commercial disputes, as well as liability claims.

Significant clients Air New Zealand, Global Aerospace, Ryanair, Virgin Atlantic, Delta Air Lines.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Birmingham 

What the team is known for Represents passengers and their families and dependants in aircraft crashes. Long-established claimant-side practice with a strong reputation for handling the largest and most high-profile accident cases. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have broad experience and the resources and depth to address the most complex legal issues."

"I am impressed with them on a number of fronts. They are highly efficient, very organised and always respond to communication."

Notable practitioners  

Clive Garner leads the firm's international travel litigation group. He is "a senior lawyer with extraordinary skills," according to one source, who adds: "He knows foreign legal systems like the back of his hand. He does cases in Europe and Asia and he knows who to contact there if their help is needed."

Qualified military pilot Jim Morris provides both legal and technical advice on fatal accident claims and aviation personal injury cases. One source reports: "He has flown large aircraft and so he knows what can go wrong and what to look for."

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Well-regarded insurance-focused firm with an established aviation practice. Enviable client list includes major insurers and reinsurers in the sector, as well as airline operators.

Work highlights Acted for Bhoja Air on claims arising out of the total loss of Flight 213 in Islamabad, Pakistan in April 2012.

Advised Malaysia Airlines on all of its EC Regulation 261/2004 claims. 

Notable practitioners  

Simon Balls acts for operators, insurers and reinsurers on loss cases and other insurance disputes. He also handles EC Regulation 261/2004 claims for airlines.

Significant clients American Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Etihad, AIG, Allianz.

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Leading aviation asset finance practice regularly representing lenders and borrowers on high-value financings. Also advises on regulatory matters and competition law issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very practical and good to deal with. We're happy with the service we have received."

"They are really outstanding, and think about problems before they appear."

Notable practitioners  

Aviation disputes lawyer Patrick Farrell is "very experienced, commercially savvy and astute about litigation tactics," reports one source. Clients say: "Patrick is absolutely brilliant. He has a huge wealth of experience in aviation finance litigation and he's a very quick thinker on his feet. All round, very impressive."

Significant clients Air Tanker Services, Apollo Aviation Management, HSH Nordbank, Delta Air Lines, Monarch.

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 33 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Regularly acts on commercial litigation, asset finance and leasing matters for a range of aviation industry players including carriers, banks and aircraft owners. Particularly highlighted for international arbitration work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a lot of offices around the world and provide very efficient services."

Work highlights Advised Jordan Aviation on rental arrears and the redelivery of an Airbus A330 on lease from AWAS.

Acted for Hana Asset Management and Noor Bank on two aircraft financings for Boeing 777 aircraft. The aircraft will be leased to Emirates Airline by Dubai Aerospace Enterprises. 

Notable practitioners  

Paul Phillips is "incredibly experienced, understands what is required and is very easy to deal with," notes one source. A specialist in aviation litigation, he regularly handles high-value commercial disputes and complex accident cases.

Russell Binch acts for carriers, banks, aircraft owners and insurers on aviation disputes. "He is very familiar with arbitration procedures and is easy to work with," clients report.

Significant clients Ryanair, American Airlines, Macquarie Aircraft Leasing, CHC Helicopters, China Southern.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Litigation boutique firm with a strong reputation for representing claimants in high-profile litigation, including aviation cases. Regularly acts for passengers and their families on fatal accident claims worldwide.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The work quality, the staff and response rates are all superlative."

"They are efficient and always seem to be on top of the details."

"They are absolutely excellent, first class in every aspect."

Work highlights Represented the family of Royal Marines Captain Orlando Rogers, who was killed in a crash involving a Tiger Moth aircraft in Dorset. This case sets a precedent that Air Accidents Investigation Board reports can be admitted as evidence in civil proceedings.

Acted for the families of those killed on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed near Donetsk, Ukraine in July 2014.

Notable practitioners

James Healy-Pratt is described as a "standout negotiator" who "knows as much about aviation as anybody in the field." He leads the aviation and travel team at Stewarts Law and regularly acts on airline crash cases across the world.

Peter Neenan is involved in many of the firm's key matters. Sources say he is "an exceptional lawyer" and also "a delight to work with."

Sarah Stewart gains praise for her client relationship skills on difficult cases. One client says: "I was very quickly able to build up a rapport where if she made a recommendation about an aspect of the case I was able to trust her decision-making."

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

The "excellent" Trevor Sears of Keystone Law has decades of experience in the aviation sector. He advises carriers and industry bodies on a range of regulatory and litigation matters.

Christopher Boresjo of Simmons & Simmons LLP predominantly acts on aircraft finance and leasing, airport slot trading and commercial dispute resolution. He also advises on airline restructurings.

Daniel James is an associate at Stevens & Bolton LLP, handling aircraft and engine sales and purchases as well as aircraft leasing. Clients say: "His drafting is fantastic and he has business experience, which is great. He is able to offer practical advice."

Richard Mumford of Stevens & Bolton LLP is a highly regarded lawyer who focuses on contentious aviation, regulatory and transactional work. Clients state that "he is very smart and really great to work with, he doesn't belabour points that don't make a difference. He is a great resource for us."

Foreign Experts

Foreign Experts are individuals with expertise in a different jurisdiction to the one they are based in. These individuals are particularly highly regarded for international and cross-border work. Usually, they will be identified in the jurisdiction in which they are based and in their country of expertise.

Senior Statesman

A 'Senior Statesman' is a lawyer who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm’s success.

Eminent Practitioners

'Eminent Practitioners' are highly influential lawyers in a particular practice area who, due to managerial or client relationship commitments, are less active in day-to-day work but remain key players in the team.

Other Noted Practitioners

Other Noted Practitioners are individuals who have not yet been ranked but are seen to be active and accomplished in this area of law.

Other Noted Firms

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