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Commercial Dispute Resolution

The breadth of our aviation practice compliments our commercial disputes capabilities

Within our aviation practice we have a team of seasoned litigators with experience in a wide variety of jurisdictions. Our ability to call upon our wider dedicated aviation practice offerings often allows us to given added value and insight when dealing with aviation related disputes.

As part of one of the largest dispute resolution firms in the world we can also call upon the firm's wider experience, resources and capabilities when necessary.

This means that we can handle most, if not all, commercial disputes involving the aviation industry, wherever it may be, and whether it involves court proceedings, arbitration or mediation.

Our Commercial Dispute Resolution Work

  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • UK & Europe
  • Contaminated fuel claim in South America

    Representing an airport fuel services company in contaminated fuel claims by affected airlines

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    Commercial proceedings over allegations of 6 defective aircrafts

    Acting for Air France in defence of Commercial Court proceedings brought by an entity of DVB bank for alleged defects in aircraft subject of sale agreement for 6 B747s. Advising the client on the management of sale process during the dispute; defence of proceedings and the successful mediation...

    United Kingdom

    Main contractors terminal building construction arbitration

    Acting for a main contractor in defending claims from one of its sub-contractors in a consolidated arbitration, relating to the construction of one of the terminal buildings of an international airport

    United Kingdom

    Kingfisher Airlines maintenance disputes

    Acting on behalf of Kingfisher Airlines regarding various disputes concerning lease maintenance provisons and KFA's alleged non-compliance – English and foreign proceedings.

    United Kingdom

    Air France maintenance dispute

    Acting for Air France in a dispute with the purchaser of an aircraft, concerning disputed maintenance status of aircraft, including issues of modification and repair and historical scheduled maintenance issues to a fleet of Boeing 747.

    United Kingdom

    Corrosion damage dispute between an operator, manufacturer and maintainance company

    Acting for a maintenance company in a dispute between an operator, an original equipment manufacturer and maintenance, repair and operation company in relation to alleged defective maintenance (and other issues) surrounding corrosion damage to BAE146 aircraft.

    United Kingdom

Our Commercial Dispute Resolution team

Rob Lawson QC
Rob Lawson QC

Partner

Peter Coles
Peter Coles

Partner & Head of Aviation of APAC

Patrick Slomski
Patrick Slomski

Partner

Chris Burdett
Chris Burdett

Partner

Grégory Laville de la Plaigne
Grégory Laville de la Plaigne

Partner

Enrique Navarro
Enrique Navarro

Partner

Katie Sutherland
Katie Sutherland

Senior Associate

Peter Macara
Peter Macara

Partner

Michael Nelson
Michael Nelson

Partner

Maurice Thompson
Maurice Thompson

Partner

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