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Operating through a single global practice group, Clyde & Co is widely acknowledged to be the world’s premier aviation law firm.

Extensive industry knowledge across the whole sector

To reflect the international nature of the sector, we have a network of experienced aviation lawyers in our offices across the globe. This means we can be on hand when and where our clients need us.

Our aviation team strives to ensure we have an unmatched awareness of developments in the industry. We are alert and nimble, meaning we can respond to market innovations and incidents swiftly and constructively.

We are airline focused. We understand the challenges and opportunities these organisations face, and our advice reflects the realities of this complex sector.

Our advice covers the full range of aviation issues including major loss, emergency response and liability, as well as non-contentious work including regulation, finance and employment.

Beyond traditional aviation we are at the forefront of practice in the space and satellite insurance market, and we have established ourselves as the leading authority on the regulation of drones.

We are regularly asked to contribute to the development of aviation law and regulation across the globe – a testament to our standing in this sector.

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Our Aviation Work

  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • UK & Europe
  • Yemenia Airways flight 626 accident

    Advising insurers in respect of over 2500 passenger claims following Yemenia Airways Airbus accident on approach to runway, causing one fatality.

    Comoros

    Allied Air Flight 111 crash

    Advising insurers on an Allied Air Boeing 727 cargo plane which overran the runway on landing and broke through the airport perimeter fence causing fatalities and multiple ground injuries.

    Ghana

    Repair claim regarding helicopter accident

    Acting for Insurers in respect of a repair claim arising from a helicopter accident in Ghana (2010)

    Ghana

    Kenya Airways flight KQ507 accident

    Dealing with the legal liability claims arising out of an accident to Kenya Airways flight KQ507 which crashed immediately after takeoff from Douala International Airport.

    Kenya

    The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Common-use Terminal.

    Advising the Airport's Local User Board on its agreement for the provision of Common Use Terminal equipment and the provision of Common Use Self-Service kiosks at Kenya's main airport.

    Kenya

    Financing the sale and leaseback of 20 aircraft

    Acting on the financing of 20 E190 aircraft for Kenya Airways by way of sale/leaseback from a range of operating lessors.

    Kenya

    Nairobi total loss

    Acting for insurers on Nairobi total loss of aircraft on departure from Jomo Kenyatta Airport (2014)

    Kenya

    Afriqiyah Airways accident in Tripoli

    Advising Afriqiyah Airways and its insurers and reinsurers following the accident on flight from Johannesburg to Tripoli where aircraft touched down short of the runway, broke up and caught fire.

    Libya

    Dana Airlines disaster in Lagos

    Advising insurers regarding Dana Airlines flight 992 which crashed on its approach to Lagos, destroying the aircraft. All passengers and crew perished.

    Nigeria

    Intellectual Property issues during purchase

    Advising an African airline on the IP aspects of a purchase of a fleet of aircraft from Airbus.

    Nigeria
  • Acklins Blue Cessna 402 crash

    Advising insurers regarding the Cessna 402 aircraft accident which crashed into Lake Killarney shortly after take-off from Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS), Bahamas on a flight to San Salvador causing multiple fatalities.

    Bahamas

    Air France flight 447 crash

    Advising insurers on Air France accident in the Atlantic Ocean between Rio de Janeiro and Paris, resulting in the deaths of all passengers and crew.

    Brazil

    Reinsurance issues

    Advising reinsurers on issues arising from Mexican helicopter loss (2014)

    Mexico

    Asiana Airlines San Francisco Airport accident

    Boeing 777-200ER accident flying from Seoul, crashed on landing at San Francisco International Airport injuring 181 people and killing three others.

    United States

    Virgin America aircraft acquisition

    Acting for the lenders, financing the acquisition of two A319-100s by way of operating lease.

    United States

    USD 4.2 billion airport expansion project construction contracts

    Reviewing and amending a suite of construction contracts for an airport expansion project valued at USD 4.2 billion.

    United States

    Wage and hour class action

    Managing multi-state wage and hour class action litigation and coordinating nationwide HR wage and hour compliance audits for newly merged ground handling service company

    United States

    USD 21 million dollar fire defense

    Representing an airport fuel farm services provider in defense of a USD 21 million dollar claim related to airline disruptions

    United States

    Part 91 operations for Thai-owned Gulfstream 550

    Managed the stock sale, purchase agreement and formation of a new Florida corporation to operate multiple international aircraft management and aviation service agreements for a foreign owner of a Part 91 operation for a Gulfstream 550 in Thailand

    United States

    B-707 cargo crash

    Representing and securing a dismissal for US cargo airline in a crash of a B-707 in Ecuador, causing over 35 deaths, over 100 burn victims and over 5,000 separate claims

    United States
  • Catering company contamination claim

    Representing the Australian arm of a multi-national catering company in connection with an alleged listeria contamination, involving an indemnity claim by the carrier in respect of 180 plus claims pursued in Australia, and an investigation into the downstream supply chain.

    Australia

    Australian Airlines acquiring an aircraft on an operating lease

    Acting for the lenders financing the acquisition of an A34-300 on operating lease.

    Australia

    Hong Kong Airlines aircraft acquisition

    Acting for the lender, financing the acquisition of two new 737-800s subject to Hong Kong Airlines operating leases.

    Hong Kong

    Nepal Airlines chartered flight crash

    Advising insurers in respect of the chartered flight to Jomsom from Pokhara which crashed on the banks of Kaligandaki river near the airport after it skidded off the runway while making a turn.

    Nepal

    Air New Zealand aircraft damage recovery claim

    Acting for Air New Zealand against Manchester Airport’s handling company in respect of damage to one of its aircraft, resulting in a rare successful recovery against a handling company.

    New Zealand

    Qatar dispute

    Representing an AOC holder in a regulatory dispute with the Civil Aviation Authority in Qatar.

    Qatar

    Sri Lankan Airlines finance lease structure

    Advising on the financing of an A320 simulator for Sri Lankan Airlines by way of a finance lease structure from a Dutch credit provider.

    Sri Lanka

    High profile Turkish aircraft loss

    Working on claim issues deriving from high profile Turkish aircraft loss at sea (2012)

    Turkey
  • National airlines restructuring in the GCC

    Advising a national airline in the GCC area on the restructuring of its workforce and the resulting redundancies.

    Saudi Arabia

    UAE Airport Free Zone

    Advising a regional airport free zone in conducting a market and financial feasibility study for a planned airport city, including an industrial hub. The study included conducting a detail demand and supply analysis based upon direct and indirect demand.

    United Arab Emirates
  • Long term contract frustration and ICC proceedings

    Acting for JAT in ICC proceedings on a dispute concerning frustration of a long term contract, arising out of sanctions and return of maintenance reserves.

    France

    Aircraft financing through an operating lease

    Acting on the financing of an A330 and E1790 aircraft for Air France by way of a Japanese Operating Lease.

    France

    Airport Fuel Supply Agreements

    Advising an international oil company on its fuel supply agreements with different European airports.

    Germany

    English primary proceedings and Injunction enforcement

    Acting for Gamit Ltd in claims for breach of contract for VVIP maintenance of Royal Flight B747. Advising on and securing interim seizure injunctions over engines in Germany, culminating in obtaining a multi-million pound judgment for our client.

    Germany

    Terminating a long term maintenance contract

    Acting for Romanian flag carrier airline (TAROM) defending proceedings brought by Jet 2 in the English Commercial Court for a multi million pound claim for termination of a long-term heavy maintenance contract. Issues include alleged anticipatory breach, wrongful repudiation, and complex...

    Romania

    Aeroflot financing agreement

    Acting on the ECA financing of three A330 aircraft, the first ECA financing for Aeroflot since the ratification by Russia of the Cape Town Convention.

    Russian Federation

    Spanair Flight 5022 accident

    Advising Insurers on accident to Spanair scheduled flight from Madrid to Gran Canaria which crashed on take off resulting in multiple fatalities.

    Spain

    Advising AENA on large third party liability claims

    Acting on behalf of the Aeropuertos Espanoles y Navegacion Aerea (AENA) in respect of large third party liability claims including aircraft damage, ATC disputes, property damage and significant personal injury claims.

    Spain

    Acquisition and Delivery of New Aircraft

    Advising an airline on aircraft procurement, from drafting responses to manufacturers for proposals, sourcing and acquisition of aircraft, drafting specifications on the fitting out of aircraft, delivery issues, taking delivery of the aircraft, and advising on contracts with providers of...

    United Kingdom

    Aircraft Supplier Contract Arrangements

    Advising a supplier of aircraft seats and galley equipment on all aspects of its contractual arrangements with its customers.

    United Kingdom

Our Aviation team

Rob Lawson QC
Rob Lawson QC

Partner

Peter Coles
Peter Coles

Partner & Head of Aviation of APAC

Maria Cetta
Maria Cetta

Partner

Peter Macara
Peter Macara

Partner

Mark Bisset
Mark Bisset

Partner

Enrique Navarro
Enrique Navarro

Partner

Gareth Lewis
Gareth Lewis

Partner

Kevin Sutherland
Kevin Sutherland

Partner

Michael Nelson
Michael Nelson

Partner

John Samiotis
John Samiotis

Partner

Andrew Harakas
Andrew Harakas

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