Aviation is a key practice area for 7KBW, where our skills in commercial litigation and arbitration run hand-in-hand with considerable international and national experience of aviation disputes. Members have acted for aircraft owners, operators, financiers, lessors and lesees, engineers, airports, airport concessions, ground handling staff, as well as insurers and reinsurers.
They have acted in commercial disputes across all aspects of the industry, where our deep experience of the law of contract is invaluable, in claims ranging from aircraft sale and purchase disputes, leasing disputes, and aircraft financing claims, as well as aviation insurance and reinsurance disputes.
Members have also been appointed as arbitrators in cases of intense interest to the aviation industry and international aviation regulators. Our experience spans major industry events such as the Malaysia Airlines MH370 incident, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Air France Concorde 100 crash, and many others, including air accidents, total loss claims, product liability disputes, and the like.
Members have acted in cases involving a number of well-known airlines and aviation companies, both at trial and on appeal, as well as in arbitral institutions globally, while our advisory practice is commercial and pragmatic. Both are equally valued by all the leading firms in this area.
Areas covered include (but are not limited to)
Members appear in cutting edge cases in this area. A selection of examples include:
Gavin Kealey QC
Dominic Kendrick QC
Alistair Schaff QC
Stephen Hofmeyr QC
Adam Fenton QC
Stephen Kenny QC
Robert Bright QC
S J Phillips QC
James Drake QC
Andrew Wales QC
Richard Waller QC
Jawdat Khurshid QC
N G Casey
Aircraft Purchase Fleet Limited v Compagnia Aerea Italiana SPA  EWHC 3315 (Comm) Gavin Kealey QC, Andrew Wales QC, Anna Gotts and Harry Wright have successfully defended a $260m claim for damages by Aircraft Purchase Fleet Limited (“APFL”) on behalf of Compagnia Aerea Italiana SPA (“CAI”), the former operator of the Alitalia airline. APFL claimed […]