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One of few firms able to provide dedicated aviation regulatory advice

We have a dedicated aviation regulatory practice, an area that is of growing importance to the industry. Our lawyers have a deep understanding of complex aviation regulations and of the airline business, and can advise clients on the commercial implications and consequences.

We act for airlines in relation to all aspects of aviation safety, security and economic regulation, and market access, pursuant to both international and national law. We have particular expertise in advising airlines on the issue of Air Operator Certificates and licensing, as well as on EU Regulation 261/2004 in connection with denied boarding, cancellations and delay.

We advise on competition law in the aviation sector, including on alliances and on mergers & acquisitions State aid rules. We also advise on code sharing, frequent flyer participation, bilateral air service agreements, international aviation conventions, and the ever-increasing volume of EU law affecting aviation.

Due to our extensive international footprint, we can provide advice on a multi-jurisdictional basis.

Our Regulatory Work

  • Royaume-Uni & Europe
  • Airport operator issues

    Acting for a London airport operator regarding slots, ground handling issues and charging regulations

    United Kingdom

    Flybe Slots Sale

    Advising on more than 50 slot sales, purchases and other transactions, including acting for Flybe in the sale of its slot portfolio at Gatwick to easyJet, and acting for British Airways in the landmark High Court case which confirmed that slots may be traded.

    United Kingdom

    Regulatory Advice

    Advising numerous airlines and other stakeholders on aviation regulatory issues including EU nationality of ownership and control rules,  EU ETS, air passenger rights (including under Regulation (EC) 261/2004), ATOL and package travel rules, Air Passenger Duty, passengers with reduced mobility...

    United Kingdom

    Airport Operators

    Advising airport operators regarding slots, airport charges, groundhandling, liability and international standards, emergency planning;

    United Kingdom

    Unmanned Aircraft Systems

    Advising UAS operator regarding access to airspace, airworthiness and radio spectrum usage; advising European Commission on liability and insurance aspects of a UAS study

    United Kingdom

    Hazardous Goods

    Advising stakeholders on the carriage of hazardous goods by air and land; advising carrier regarding handling of mercury spillage

    United Kingdom

    EU External Aviation Relations

    Advising various airlines, investors and the European Commission regarding EU external relations, horizontal agreements, open skies agreements and bilateral air services agreements; Advising a non-EU airline and its government in its negotiations with the European Commission on an EU horizontal...

    United Kingdom

    Aircraft Charter Agreements

    Advising numerous operators regarding aircraft charter, wet lease and dry lease agreements

    United Kingdom

    Airworthiness and Type Design

    Advice regarding airworthiness and type design compliance demonstration and certification for civil and military platforms

    United Kingdom

Our Regulatory team

Rob Lawson QC
Rob Lawson QC

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Tom van der Wijngaart
Tom van der Wijngaart

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