John focuses on contentious aviation matters acting for airlines and other aviation entities and their insurers across a wide range of instructions including personal injury, cargo, subrogations and major catastrophe work. He also conducts commercial non-insurance litigation before the High Court in England.
The "incredibly gifted" John Samiotis is praised by market participants as "a very professional and able lawyer. He has an ability to handle complex cases and is always safeguarding his clients' best interests, but is also pragmatic in his approach". He regularly acts as an adviser for airlines on insurance concerns.
He has particular experience in Africa, India, Pakistan and various European jurisdictions and he regularly presents to aviation clients on various topics of interest.
- LaMia Airlines, charter flight of an Avro RJ85 that crashed in Colombia that was carrying members of the Brazilian Chapecoense football squad
- Germanwings, major loss of an Airbus A320-211 at Prads-Haute-Bléone, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France
- Bellview Airline - loss of a Boeing 737-200 in Nigeria
- Sri Lankan Airlines - terrorist attack at Bandaranaika International Airport
- Vnukovo Airlines - loss of Tupoler TU.154 crashed during approach to Svalbard Airport, Norway
- Air India Express, accident involving a Boeing 737-800 aircraft that overshot the runway on landing, fell over a cliff, and caught fire
- Acting for a major South Asian carrier and its insurers in a multi-fatality loss
- Acting for a major Asian carrier in a serious mid-flight medical emergency case
- Acting for an African carrier in a multi-fatality loss
- Acting for a major South Asian carrier in commercial litigation in the High Court involving claims for non-payment of travel agent commissio