Peter is a Partner and Head of our Aviation Practice in APAC at Clyde & Co. He is recognised as a leading individual specialising in aviation law across multiple jurisdictions. Peter is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Peter has over 29 years’ experience working for the aviation industry, including working for a Hong Kong airline in the early 1990s and working for legal practices in London, Singapore and Hong Kong over the last 26 years, 23 years of which have been Asia.
Peter advises on a range of legal issues in the lifecycle of the aviation industry, including ownership and control, licensing of aircraft and operations, market entry, crew employment, commercial contracts, sanctions, data privacy, contingency planning, emergency response, government investigations and prosecutions, civil liability claims, uninsured commercial disputes, corporate restructurings, enforcement against assets and insolvency. Examples of his work in the last 3 years includes advising on the termination of Boeing MAX 737 contracts, the restructuring of Cathay Pacific Airways, emergency humanitarian flights to/from China, the licensing of Greater Bay Airlines, numerous aircraft accidents and incidents around the world and the grand aircraft theft in Russia.
Peter is consistently recommended by legal directories such as Chambers Asia Pacific, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.
Peter qualified in England and Wales in 1996 and Hong Kong in 2003.
Peter Coles is singled out for his focus on the aviation industry. He has extensive experience when it comes to aviation-related insurance claims, and has worked on mandates across the Asia-Pacific region.
Chambers Asia Pacific 2020
Peter Coles attracts praise from clients for the "excellent advice" he offers in relation to aviation-related insurance claims. His counsel is sought by major international insurers and companies within the aviation sector to act on high-value cross-border claims across the Asia-Pacific region.
Chambers Asia Pacific 2019
Peter is described as “a bright and well-known aviation lawyer”, highly sought after by clients for his strong expertise on regulatory and liability matters.
Whos’ Who Legal: Aviation 2018
Insurance & Reinsurance
Trade & Commodities
Insolvency & Reorganisation
Regulatory & Investigations