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Aviation & Aerospace

Chambers’ aviation and aerospace group includes leading experts who advise and represent clients on issues across the aviation and aerospace sector in the UK and internationally. This includes the planning and development of airports, heliports and aviation related infrastructure, environmental, commercial, construction, civil liability and regulatory disputes, advice on compulsory purchase, surface access, noise and emission controls, AAIB inquiries and air accidents, air traffic services, the effects of wind turbines on radar and ATC, lease finance, airport, aircraft, pilot and crew licensing, engineering and management, taxation, aircraft leasing and sales, passenger claims, cases involving UK and foreign governments, ICAO, EASA and the CAA, competition, European and international law.

Members act for the full range of clients in the aviation and aerospace sector including international airlines, operators of private, domestic, regional and international airports varying in size from major UK airports to private farm strips and helipads, passenger carriers and freight forwarders, owners of single aircraft and fleets of aircraft, leasing companies, flight training schools, business aviation operators, aviation industry representative bodies, aero engine manufacturers and suppliers, aircraft and aerospace manufacturers and engineering companies, the UK Civil Aviation Authority, Department of Transport, Ministry of Defence, Treasury, Home Office and Border Control, other public bodies and local authorities, as well as private individuals and objector groups.

The aviation and aerospace group’s members have represented clients in commercial and construction law disputes, judicial review challenges, civil liability and AAIB investigations and inquiries, and regularly appear in the High Court and Court of Appeal, public inquiries, DCO inquiries and before Parliamentary Bill Committees, as well as appearing in dispute resolution hearings and arbitrations in the UK and internationally in particular in the Middle East and Asia as mediators, arbitrators and counsel.

Chambers is unique in the UK in being able to offer, within one set of chambers, expertise in all aspects of aviation and aerospace matters that are likely to arise within civil law.

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Who to contact

Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan is the Senior Clerk for the Aviation & Aerospace team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


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Call: +44 (0)20 7634 9076


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Matthew Horton QC

Matthew Horton QC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1989

Brian Ash QC

Brian Ash QC

Call: 1975 Silk: 1990

John Steel QC

John Steel QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 1993

William Norris QC

William Norris QC

Call: 1974 Silk: 1997

Peter Village QC

Peter Village QC

Call: 1983 Silk: 2002

Stephen Tromans QC

Stephen Tromans QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2009

Thomas Hill QC

Thomas Hill QC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Sean Wilken QC

Sean Wilken QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2010

Paul Stinchcombe QC

Paul Stinchcombe QC

Call: 1985 Silk: 2011

Fenella Morris QC

Fenella Morris QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2012

Richard Harwood OBE QC

Richard Harwood OBE QC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2013

James Strachan QC

James Strachan QC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2013

Justine Thornton QC

Justine Thornton QC

Call: 1994 Silk: 2016

Andrew Tabachnik QC

Andrew Tabachnik QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2017

Karim Ghaly QC

Karim Ghaly QC

Call: 2001 Silk: 2017

John Pugh-Smith

John Pugh-Smith

Call: 1977

Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy

Call: 1986

Bernard Doherty

Bernard Doherty

Call: 1990

Christiaan Zwart

Christiaan Zwart

Call: 1997

Richard Wald

Richard Wald

Call: 1997

Jess Connors

Jess Connors

Call: 2000

James Burton

James Burton

Call: 2001

Christopher Staker
Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

Call: 2005

Ned Helme

Ned Helme

Call: 2006

James Potts

James Potts

Call: 2011

Yash Bheeroo

Yash Bheeroo

Call: 2011

Cleon Catsambis

Cleon Catsambis

Call: 2011

Sarah Bousfield

Sarah Bousfield

Call: 2013

Patrick Lane SC

Patrick Lane SC

Call: 1977

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