Francois has been a legal executive in the aviation liability team in our London office since 2018. His practice consists of mainly contentious aviation matters.
Francois manages a large caseload for several major airlines and their respective insurers in defending personal injury, baggage and cargo claims. Francois has also assisted with the handling of several major losses. Due to the international nature of Francois’ caseload, he has experience with litigation in a number of jurisdictions with a focus on Africa, Europe and French speaking jurisdictions.
Francois has extensive and specialist expertise in Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 litigation.
Francois gained experience working in-house whilst being on secondment with a UK based airline, which led to the firm securing work.
Francois also has experience in general aviation and regulatory matters.
Francois co-drafted an article on the Court of Appeal decision in Blanche v. easyJet (which confirms Air Traffic Control decisions amount to “extraordinary circumstances”). The article was published internally as well as on Travel Law, Quarterly, Lexology and Mondaq.
Assisting with the handling of the multi-faceted Yemenia Airlines major loss in Comoros in 2009 involving the death of 152 passengers.
Assisting with the defence and settlement of Chadian proceedings arising out of the Egyptair major loss in 2016.
Defending proceedings in Comoros following the seizure and purported sale of a Jetstream 41 aircraft belonging to a South African client.
Assisting the Tunisian Aviation & Airport Authority and its insurers with the defence of multimillion USD proceedings in Tunisia for damage to a Boeing 737-300QC aircraft belonging to a Tunisian cargo carrier.