Firms To Watch: Aviation

Alius Law was founded in early 2021 by Bree Taylor, the former head of dispute resolution at Fladgate LLP - the firm has a strong focus on contentious work for aircraft leasing companies.

Aviation in London

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co fields one of the largest aviation teams with international support from the firm’s network of offices in locations such as New York, Johannesburg, Singapore and Sydney. The practice, which is led by Kevin Sutherland, advises clients on the full range of contentious and non-contentious aviation issues including commercial, regulatory and insurance work. The firm has an impressive array of clients from budget operators to flag carriers in addition to insurers and brokers. Robert Lawson KC acts in  aviation disputes, while Maria Cetta is well-versed in disaster claims and major losses. Gareth Lewis represents insurers, John Samiotis handles contentious matters and Rob Ireland specialises in liability matters, while Craig Rooney and Tom Van De Wijngaart are experts in dispute resolution. Sonia Lopez focuses on complex personal injury and catastrophe work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kevin Sutherland

Autres avocats clés:

Robert Lawson KC; Maria Cetta; Gareth Lewis; John Samiotis; Rob Ireland; Craig Rooney; Tom Van De Wijngaart; Sonia Lopez; Patrick Slomski; Roger Whipp; Jahnavi Ramachandran

Les références

‘Fully understanding team, adapts to any new twists and tweaks very fast, is accessible even late at night.’

‘Excellent knowledge and always provide appropriate advice and assistance.’

‘Thomas van der Wijngaart, Patrick Slomski and Roger Whipp. Excellent aviation knowledge and experience. Highly recommend these individuals to assist with commercial discussions and they have been a trusted partner during some difficult negotiations.’

DLA Piper

The aviation practice at DLA Piper provides specialist commercial, regulatory and litigation services to a range of clients including international and domestic airlines, aviation insurers, airport operators, manufacturers and maintenance organisations. Much of the work involves cross-border elements, with the practice acting for airlines and insurers with respect to the Ukraine crisis. Tony Payne heads up the team and is an expert in regulatory matters with Mark Franklin. Kathryn Ward has expertise in post-accident liability issues, while associates Sophie Brophy and Tristan Thompson focus on contentious work including aircraft accidents. Camilla Bonfield advises stakeholders on aviation disputes and insolvency matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tony Payne

Autres avocats clés:

Mark Franklin; Kathryn Ward; Sophie Brophy; Tristan Thompson; Camilla Bonfield; Lucy Stevens

Les références

‘I have worked with Mark Franklin and Kathryn Ward for many years and will continue to do so.’

‘I work with DLA Piper London on aviation matters. I appreciate working with the team: they are aviation professionals, with extensive knowledge and customer oriented. The team adapts to customer’s need and are always available when needed.’

‘Excellent aviation knowledge and it is a pleasure to work with the people there. Mark Franklin is knowledgeable, available, trustworthy, listens to client’s needs and expectations. He and his team produce great deliverables.’

Principaux clients

Airbus Helicopters




Bristow Helicopters Limited

British Airways plc

CV Starr

Delta Air Lines



Etihad Airways



HDI Global Specialty SE

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

L3 Commercial Training Solutions Limited

Manchester Airport Group


Menzies Aviation plc

NetJets Inc

Northrop Grumman

Pratt & Whitney

Rolls Royce

United Airlines

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented PT JAS and its insurers in relation to an accident on 4 April 2016 involving a Batik Air Boeing 737-800.


HFW offers aviation advice across a range of areas including handling insurance, insolvency, commercial litigation, financing and leasing, commercial contract and regulatory mandates. The practice has a broad client base consisting of flag-carrying airlines, manufacturers, airfield service providers, leasing companies and smaller operators. The firm continues to diversify its offering beyond claims work for aviation insurers to advise on the restructuring of lease transactions and act in high-value disputes. Giles Kavanagh heads up the global aerospace team and Edward Spencer is excellent in aviation insurance and commercial litigation. Zohar Zik has expertise in financing mandates, while Paul Woodley is experienced in insurance work. Associates Mark Waters and Barbara Pansadoro handle regulatory and commercial aviation matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Giles Kavanagh

Autres avocats clés:

Paul Woodley; Edward Spencer; Zohar Zik; Mark Waters; Barbara Pansadoro; Victoria Cooper; Rebecca Quayle

Les références

‘HFW are clearly experts within the aviation field. I felt assured from the beginning of my relationship with them that they have a wealth of experience in dealing with complicated legal issues within this field. I am extremely grateful to have been recommended this practice.’

‘My relationship with HFW was primarily through Edward Spencer and Victoria Cooper, both of whom were exceptional in every aspect.’

‘Paul Woodley is extremely approachable and very responsive to our needs, very thorough and has a wide range of knowledge right across the world.’

Principaux clients

Yuntian 10 Leasing Company Designated Activity Company


Iceland Air

Edward Dewhurst Limited

Confidentia Limited

Fly Jamaica


Booker Flying Club

Caribbean Airlines

Gulf Air

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Fly Jamaica Airways in a multi-jurisdictional, high-profile case.
  • Represented Yuntian 10 Leasing Company Designated Activity Company in English High Court proceedings in a claim against an aircraft lessee and guarantor for a substantial amount of unpaid rent for a B787 aircraft.
  • Acted for Goshawk Aviation Ltd in claims brought by several of its lessor entities in the English Commercial Court.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright advises on a range of areas including aircraft transaction disputes, competition issues, Brexit matters, data protection work and insurance claims. The team also advises on the risk within operating leases, deals with EC261 claims and works for a number of airlines on disputes arising out of aviation cyber attacks. Patrick Farrell leads the contentious aviation practice with support from Annabelle Wheeler, while global head Duncan Batchelor handles a variety of commercial matters. Robin Springthorpe and Charlotte Winter focus on litigation and international arbitration proceedings. Ian Giles has expertise in antitrust and competition work, while Dan Cowdy advises on all aspects of aircraft acquisition, ownership and operation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Duncan Batchelor; Patrick Farrell; Robin Springthorpe

Autres avocats clés:

Charlotte Winter; Ian Giles; Dan Cowdy; Annabelle Wheeler

Les références

‘The team is excellent. They provide great services for the aviation finance industry. They have an excellent team for helping clients to draft their negotiation efforts with theirs customers into legal words. The real value is the deep understanding of the aviation business itself.’

‘I am working with people instead of purely a company which is essential in the aviation industry; it is a people business. The team consists of great people I am pleased to work with them, besides the company’s name.’

‘Exceptional service levels, dedication and support.’

Principaux clients

777 Partners


Atoz Aviation Finance S.à r.l.

The Carlyle Group

British Airways


Delta Air Lines, Inc.


easyJet plc

flyadeal Airline Company


FTAI AirOpCo UK Limited

Gama Aviation PLC



Virgin Atlantic

Voyager Aviation Holdings

Wizz Air

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Delta on deepening its industry-leading partnership with Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic via the launch of a new combined long-term joint venture.
  • Acted for Delta opposing American Airlines’ appeal of a European Commission decision.
  • Acted for Flynas in relation to an aircraft leasing dispute being heard in the High Court.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP has ‘comprehensive knowledge of the aviation sector’ with experience in advising clients on the trends impacting the field such as OEM failures, Covid-19 and digitalisation. The team also advises airlines, lessors and financiers on sustainability, cybersecurity and data issues affecting the aviation industry. Leo Fattorini heads the aviation practice while Paul Briggs is now a consultant who continues to act for airlines and lessors. Sophie Eyre specialises in aviation disputes, while Stuart Cairns leads the international airports team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Leo Fattorini

Autres avocats clés:

Stuart Cairns; Sophie Eyre; Paul Briggs

Les références

‘Excellent work product and experts in their field.’

‘Solid understanding of current industry issues.’

‘Always takes the client’s position in a very pragmatic commercial approach. Ahead of the game in anticipating what the client wishes to achieve.’

Principaux clients

Air Arabia

Airbus Group

Aquila Air Traffic Management

Kuwait Airways

Bristow Helicopters

Centralny Port Komunikacyjny



Fiji Airways



Irish Aviation Authority


John Menzies Group

North Air

Qatar Airways



GHZ I Air Limited



Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Cathay Pacific in the case on contract interpretation and implied terms of good faith arising out of a long-term engine maintenance contract.
  • Advised Isavia Iceland on the airport’s $1-2bn expansion programme.
  • Advised Centralny Port Komunikcacjny (CPK) on the largest new airport development in mainland Europe, The Solidarity Transport Hub (STH).

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP acts for some of the largest UK-based airlines with recent highlights including advising Jet2plc on its placing on the AIM market and easyJet plc on its £1.2bn rights issuance. The firm is increasingly advising clients on ESG matters including sustainable aviation fuel in addition to matters resulting from the Ukraine crisis. The team is also at the forefront of advising on complex regulatory and structural issues resulting from Brexit. Competition law expert Kim Dietzel co-heads the practice with Robert Moore, who focuses on corporate M&A. Associate Clémence Barraud focuses on EU and UK competition law.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kim Dietzel; Robert Moore

Autres avocats clés:

Clémence Barraud

Les références

‘Very pragmatic and able with good industry knowledge.’

‘Bob Moore is pragmatic and responsive.’

‘Excellent individual lawyers.’

Principaux clients

Virgin Atlantic



Gatwick Airport


Bain Capital

World Star Aviation

Bpifrance Assurance Export

Asia Aviation Capital

Aergo Capital


Ferrovial Airports

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for easyJet on its £1.2bn rights issuance.
  • Advised Jet2 on the issuance of a convertible bond and two placings on AIM to existing shareholders and new investors.
  • Advised Virgin Atlantic on the Civil Aviation Authority’s 2022 interim price control and H7 price control reviews in relation to Heathrow Airport Limited’s airport charges.


Kennedys is best known for its extensive experience of working for the aviation insurance market and is instructed directly by airlines in relation to uninsured claims, regulatory issues and transactional work. These key clients include high-profile airlines such as British Airways, Etihad and Ryanair with AIG, Allianz and Global Aerospace on the insurer side. Simon Balls leads the team and has experience in liability and insurance issues, while Mark Welbourn has been involved in significant insured loss mandates. Alexandra Rodina is the main point of contact for CIS operators and Noelia Mann is a specialist in airline defence work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Simon Balls

Autres avocats clés:

Mark Welbourn; Alexandra Rodina; Noelia Mann

Les références

‘Kennedys are very responsive to questions and instructions and reports are thorough, detailed and to the point and are presented in a timely fashion. They have excellent worldwide coverage and an excellent network of local correspondents.’

‘Simon Balls and the team are extremely approachable and very responsive to our needs, very thorough and have a wide range of knowledge right across the world.’

Principaux clients

Etihad Airways

British Airways Plc




Aer Lingus

Eastern Airways

easyJet Airline Company Ltd

Iberia & Iberia Express


Air Nostrum

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Tatarstan Airlines and XL-Catlin as lead reinsurer in relation to all liability claims arising in the crash of a scheduled domestic passenger flight from Moscow to Kazan.
  • Represented Bhoja Air in relation to all issues arising from the crash of a domestic scheduled passenger flight in bad weather during its approach to Benazir Bhutto International Airport.
  • Represented British Airways as lead and sole counsel relating to liability from passenger claims arising from uncontained engine failure and resulting fire and emergency evacuation of BA 2276.

Stephenson Harwood

The aviation group at Stephenson Harwood has expertise in advising on aviation finance work, commercial transactions, arbitration proceedings and insurance-related claims. The team has an excellent client list and acts for Ryanair and China Southern on the airline side and transportation banks such as BNP Paribas and DVB. Co-head Paul Phillips is the primary contact for aircraft lessors, while other co-head Richard Parsons advises on financing and leasing transactions. Chloe Challinor is an experienced aviation litigator and regulatory lawyer, and Rebecca Garner is also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Phillips; Richard Parsons

Autres avocats clés:

Rebecca Gardner; Chloe Challinor

Les références

‘In depth coverage of the issues combined with the ability and readiness to proactively project manage a transaction to bring all aspects of it together to support a timely closing versus merely turning key documents.’

‘Richard Parsons is always very visible as a Partner and provides active support for associates to ensure an excellent set of documents and smooth closings.’

‘Responsive, diligent current market knowledge.’

Principaux clients

The Ryanair Group of airlines

The Lion Air Group of airlines


Air France


Royal Jordanian Airlines

China Southern Airlines

Gulf Air

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Royal Wings

Kuwait Airways Corporation


Buraq Air



Aircraft Engine Lease Finance

Aircraft Leasing and Management


Alterna Capital Partners

Archway Aviation

Avation Plc Group

BBAM Aircraft Leasing & Management

Castlelake Aviation

Deucalion Aviation

Engine Lease Finance Corporation

ICBC Leasing

International Airfinance Corporation

Jackson Square Aviation

Macquarie AirFinance

Orix Group

Rostrum Leasing

SMBC Leasing

SKY Leasing

Standard Chartered


Transportation Partners

DVB Bank

BNP Paribas

Société Générale (SocGen)


Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for the Lion Air Group in defending proceedings brought in the English Commercial Court.
  • Acted for Ryanair in a judicial review brought by a group of the most significant members of the UK aviation industry against the Secretaries of State for Transport and for Health and Social Care.
  • Acted for Ryanair in the latest chapter of its ongoing battle with On The Beach Limited, one of the UK’s largest online travel agents.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The aviation practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP advises on the regulation of the industry and the development, financing and acquisition of airports in addition to competition matters affecting airlines. The firm is also specialised in defence and ITAR regulation matters. Infrastructure finance expert Andrew Gallagher co-heads the team with Charles Ford who has a strong presence in the airports sector and recently worked on various acquisitions throughout Europe.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Gallagher; Charles Ford

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted on a £1.6bn refinancing transaction involving replacing the existing complex whole business securitisation structure with a more typical investment grade unsecured borrowing structure.
  • Advised Aeroports de Paris on all aspects of its acquisition and investments in GMR Airports Limited.

Holland & Knight (UK) LLP

Holland & Knight LLP provides counsel on the full spectrum of aviation finance matters such as advising leasing companies, airlines and banks on structures for aircraft leases, and issues relating to the purchase and financing of aircraft, engines and helicopter assets. Phillip Durham co-heads the team with Robert Ricketts who has a diverse client base of companies, banks and airlines. Gwyn O’Flynn focuses on aviation transactional work, while Victoria Koob handles finance matters. Tim Murray advises on a range of regulatory issues including matters before the CAA.

Responsables de la pratique:

Robert Ricketts; Phillip Durham

Autres avocats clés:

Gwyn O’Finn; Tim Murray; Victoria Koob

Les références

‘Small but excellent. Very experienced in aviation matters.’

‘Tim Murray is someone I have worked with on aviation matters for 20 years. He is an excellent solicitor who knows an awful lot about the sector, and is incredibly diligent and thorough. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Outstanding expertise of the commercial and regulatory legal frameworks of the aviation industry.’

Principaux clients

Oman Air



Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited

BBAM Aircraft Management LP

HEH Hamburger EmissionsHaus GmbH & Cle. KG

Aircastle Limited

SMBC Aviation Capital Limited

Sloane Helicopters

Orix Aviation

Merx Aviation

Engine Lease Finance Corporation



Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for AerSale in a multi-million dollar aircraft leasing dispute involving proceedings in the Commercial Court arising out of the leasing of an aircraft to a Pakistani airline.
  • Represented Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited and FGL Ireland Limited in respect of Chapter 11 restructurings for both Aerovias del Continente Americano S.A., Avianca and Aerovías de México, S.A. de C.V.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law has an extensive client base consisting of airlines, airports, MROS, leasing companies, banks and financiers. The team undertakes both contentious and transactional work with experience in competition law and merger regulation issues. James Healy-Pratt is experienced in resolving issues arising from international aviation accidents. Alex Ferrari is well versed in acting for international and domestic airlines. Hugh O’Donovan  has left the firm.

Autres avocats clés:

James Healy-Pratt; Alex Ferrari

Les références

‘An up and coming firm for aviation matters with some great personnel including the formidable James Healey-Pratt. One to watch.’

‘James Healey-Pratt is massively experienced in this field.’

‘We work with Alex Ferrari who has a well proven track record in this. Our members know they don’t have to “teach” him about the industry and that he “gets it” straight away.’

Principaux clients

Wizz Air

Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority

Virgin Atlantic


ASL Airline Group

Blue Air

Jazeera Airways

Blue Islands Ltd


Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited

CFS Aeroproducts Limited

Channel Islands Jet Services Limited

Airport Coordination Limited

Airbridge International Agencies Limited

CMBC International Holdings Limited

CHC Group Ltd

Blue Bear Systems Research Ltd

Eastgate Investments Limited

Laboratoire ASL SNC

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited on securing a $200m investment commitment from GEM Global Yield LLC SCS (GEM) as it pursues a public listing.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard advises numerous airports in the UK such as Manchester Airports Group, London Luton Airport and Edinburgh Airport across areas such as aircraft financings, transactions and regulatory matters. The firm has an increasing focus on aviation’s sustainable future advising on current challenges such as recovering from the pandemic. Co-head David Shaw provides key expertise in the construction and environment areas, while Paul Hirst heads up the transport sector group. Andrew Smith is experienced in joint ventures, outsourcings and sponsorship arrangements.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Shaw; Paul Hirst

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Smith

Les références

‘Very commercially minded. Making things work for their client, not simply regurgitating the letter of the law.’

Principaux clients

Highland and Island Airports Limited

London Luton Airport Limited

International Airlines Group

Manchester Airport Group

Dundee Airport Limited

Edinburgh Airport

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised London Luton Airport Limited on challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting complexities.
  • Advising HIAL on environmental law, planning and surface access and across its operational assets.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP‘s aviation team draws on multi-disciplinary expertise from across its aviation finance, corporate, regulatory, planning and restructuring practices. Among the clients which the team represents are easyJet, Heathrow Airport and EY. Solicitor advocate Clare Reeve Curatola specialises in commercial litigation, regulatory investigations and corporate risk. Andrew Hockley, the firm's practice group leader for white collar, antitrust and international trade, is a key name for competition matters; he is now primarily based in Sydney.

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Hockley; Clare Reeve Curatola

Les références

‘Very efficient and client focused, but pragmatic and good value for money.’

‘Patient, practical, pragmatic and great performance.’

‘Able to provide a full breadth of service in my experiences with them, including cross border (Europe and US). Very proactive when operating under tight and stressful deadlines.’

Principaux clients


Falko Regional Aircraft Limited

ICBCIL Aviation Company Limited

Seraph Aviation



Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Seraph Aviation on all aspects of the operating lease transaction for one B737-800 aircraft with Joy Air of China.
  • Advised Heathrow Airport Limited regarding its Expansion Project since 2013 and defending the challenges brought against the Government’s Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS).
  • Advised Heathrow Airport in relation to Crossrail.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for airlines, general aviation operators, airports and MROs with a particular focus on providing advice to the insurance industry. Alex Stovold heads up the practice and specialises in providing aviation-focused advice to insurers, reinsurers and the wider aviation industry on risk management, major losses and debt recoveries. Lorraine Wilson handles subrograted recovery actions in addition to liability defence work, and the team has grown with the arrival of Dylan Jones from Clyde & Co.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alex Stovold

Autres avocats clés:

Lorraine Wilson; Dylan Jones

Les références

‘DAC Beachcroft is a very dynamic and professional team that allows other law firms of different jurisdictions to work with them, since they listen and comprehend the local knowledge that is being transmitted to them.’

‘Alex Stovold is a great team leader, particularly in our work experience with him, he has been able to understand our points of view from our jurisdiction without trying to impose his view, but rather sharing his experience to enrich ours.’

‘The team we deal with is led by the correct person with the right people under him.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted on behalf of reinsurers in relation to the Lamia major loss.
  • Advised aviation industry clients on risks arising from the use of a corporate aircraft by a third party entity.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP advises airlines and a range of other clients in the aviation sector, with a strong focus on disputes and finance work, ‘combining industry knowledge with well honed dispute resolution skills’. The key names in the team include Peter Morton, who is a practice group coordinator for the firm’s international arbitration group, and aviation finance expert Philip Perrotta.

Autres avocats clés:

Peter Morton; Philip Perrotta; Tim Fox

Les références

‘The team attract some of the best aviation litigation in the market, are hard-working, diligent, commercially astute, bright, and enjoyable to work with.’

‘The personal touch is what distinguishes this team. You never feel like your one of 20 clients and no matter how much is going on with the firm, you feel like your project is the one getting the team’s full attention. This is vital for us as a client as a lot of our deals are complex and require a lot of hands-on attention from our external counsel.’

‘Very effective problem solvers, combining industry knowledge with well honed dispute resolution skills. The firm provides an efficient and well resourced service for its clients in complex litigation.’

Principaux clients

Spicejet Limited


Arconic Inc

Howmet Aerospace Inc

Tokyo Century Aviation

ACIA Leasing (Ireland) Limited

AMRA Leasing Limited

Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Trust

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing a major materials supplier in three inter-related but unconsolidated ICC arbitrations (seated in London, Paris and Geneva) in successfully defending claims brought against it by a major manufacturer of commercial passenger and military aircraft at over US$1bn.
  • Advising Indian airline SpiceJet in Commercial Court and subsequent Court of Appeal proceedings regarding claim commenced by the De Havilland Aircraft Company regarding the alleged breach of a purchase agreement for the sale and purchase of 25Q400 Aircraft, with claims quantified at over $42m.
  • Acted for Aercap in obtaining Commercial Court judgment for over $10m against a Malaysian airline.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The aviation team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP handles dispute arising from the financing and leasing of commercial and jet aircrafts, and passenger personal injury, delay and baggage claims. Asset finance and real estate are also strong areas for the firm, as the practice deals with airport property transactions. Practice head Sam Folley acts for tenants, occupiers and institutional investors, and Alex Burton has extensive experience in commercial disputes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sam Folley

Autres avocats clés:

Alex Burton

Les références

‘Sensible and pragmatic. Good at expectation management.’

‘Alex Burton: uber commercial – realistic, good eye on the bottom line.’

Principaux clients

Gulf Air Group Holding BSC(c)

AAL Group Limited

Farnborough Airport Limited

Liverpool Airport Limited

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP's aviation sector group is led frm London by co-head Jim Bell, an 'excellent problem solver' who works in tandem with fellow co-head Charles Viggers in Singapore. The team has strong track record of work on high-stakes restructuring work, routinely advising creditor groups, lenders and lessors. The team also has notable expertise on the contentious side, with London disputes co-head Andrew Ward a key name.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jim Bell; Charles Viggers

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Ward; Simon Ovenden; Patrick Moore; Dominic Pearson; Mark Tooke

Les références

‘The team, and in particular Jim Bell, assisted on some particularly involved and convoluted negotiations in which creative solutions needed to be developed in order to break several impasses.’

‘Our interaction and levels of service from WFW has always been excellent and we enjoy the service we receive from them on all the transactions we have worked on.’

‘Particularly strong in terms of diversity of skills they bring. We were working on aircraft leasing simultaneously with administration and it was useful having the same firm doing both.’

Principaux clients

Aviation Working Group

Air Seychelles





Minsheng Financial Leasing


Principaux dossiers

  • Advised, amongst other creditor groups, the bondholders in relation to Virgin Atlantic Airways’ £1.2bn restructuring and recapitalisation plan.
  • Advising NordLB (and other creditors) on both the proposed second restructuring of Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) and the restructuring of HNA Group.
  • Advising Air Seychelles’ on its restructuring negotiations (pre and post creditors’ insolvency petition) relating to its ongoing participation and obligations under a securitisation of loans to various Etihad Alliance partner airlines (including Air Seychelles) with an aggregate value of $1.2bn.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP sits on several aviation underwriter panels and acts for airlines such as Wizz Air, Condor Airlines, Flybe and Jet2. Practice head Andrew Krausz specialises in aviation litigation work and handles a broad range of related claims. Adam Baker strengthened the practice with his arrival from Clyde & Co.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Krausz

Autres avocats clés:

Adam Baker

Les références

‘A big advantage of the Weightmans aviation team is their knowledge of the aviation industry, which is second to none. The industry is not easy to understand and it is always a great benefit that the lawyers have a first-rate understanding of the complexities involved.’

‘I have worked with Andrew Krausz at Weightmans. I have always found him to be totally professional in his dealings with me.’

‘We have always found the firm to be very efficient, professional and all the team have a vast amount of knowledge and expertise in aviation. We would definitely consider using the firm on any new instructions’

Principaux clients

Wizz Air

Condor Airlines

PDG Helicopters

National Police Aviation Service

Flying Time Limited

ExecuJet Aviation Group / ExecuJet Aviation Nigeria

Virgin Balloons

Multiflight Limited


Helicopter Services Limited

Winston & Strawn LLP

The aviation team at Winston & Strawn LLP focuses on high-profile and high-margin disputes in addition to regulatory and commercial matters. The firm advises on key developments impacting the industry including the Russian sanctions, grounded fleet and the LIBOR transition. International aviation disputes expert Mark Moody leads the practice with support from Ben Bruton.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Moody

Autres avocats clés:

Ben Bruton; Dan Meagher

Les références

‘The team is skilled in all commercial aviation disputes particularly involving finance, manufacturing and maintenance, and particularly in multi-jurisdictional disputes.’

‘Dan Meagher stands out in a team which can also draw on huge US expertise. Dan is quietly brilliant. Understated but also incisive and on the ball.’

Principaux clients

Aviation Capital Group

Broadstone Acquisition Corp.