Aviation & Aerospace Conference

Aviation & Aerospace Conference

Heathrow Expansion – What Next?

The Implications of the Government’s Decision to Support a Third Runway at Heathrow Airport

Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2016, 2.30pm – 6.30pm

Venue: 39 Essex Chambers, 81 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1DD

With Guest Speakers:

  • Sir Gerald Howarth MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State 2010-2012
  • Martin Barraud, Chairman ‘Gatwick Obviously Not’

Speakers from 39 Essex Chambers include:

  • John Tackaberry QC
  • John Steel QC
  • Adrian Hughes QC
  • Thomas Hill QC
  • Fenella Morris QC
  • Adam Robb
  • Cleon Catsambis
  • Sarah Bousfield

Topics covered:

  • The decision – what now?
  • Airspace and other regulatory changes
  • The legal implications of airport expansion (across various practice areas)
  • The Parliamentary view
  • The Objectors’ experience of Judicial Review

Aims and objectives

To aquaint practitioners in Aviation and Aerospace Law and related subjects and areas as to the implications of the government’s decision concerning the third runway at Heathrow

Learning outcomes

  • Increased knowledge of Regulatory Law relating to airport expansion
  • Judicial review procedures
  • Planning and Environmental Law: Challenges and consequences for operators, developers and lawyers
  • Parliamentary and industry views concerning such matters



39 Essex Chambers
81 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1DD


2.30pm – 6.30pm
Followed by a drinks reception


Opening Remarks
John Steel QC

“Consultation requirements and other regulatory considerations”
Fenella Morris QC , Cleon Catsambis & Sarah Bousfield of the Public & Regulatory Group

“The decision – what now?”
John Steel QC & Thomas Hill QC of the Planning, Environment & Property Group

Tea/Coffee Break

“The implications” – Panel Discussions:

  • Commercial – Jonathan Bellamy
  • Construction, Infrastructure & International Arbitration/Dispute Resolution – John Tackaberry QC, Adrian Hughes QC & Adam Robb
  • Planning, Environment & Property – John Steel QC & Thomas Hill QC

Short Interval

Talks by our Guest Speakers:

“The Parliamentary View”
Sir Gerald Howarth MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State 2010-2012

“Aviation Noise in the 21st Century”
Martin Barraud, Chairman of ‘Gatwick Obviously Not’

Q&A session

Drinks Reception

(This programme is subject to change)

For any queries, please contact:

Charlie Leppington

Charlie Leppington, Head of Marketing charlie.leppington@39essex.com / 0207 832 1140

For further spaces, please contact Charlie.

39 Essex Chambers is accredited by the Law Society and the Bar Council to provide CPD accredited courses. This course is accredited for 3.5 CPD hours NB: This programme of speakers and talks is subject to change.

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Guest speakers


Sir Gerald Howarth

Sir Gerald Howarth MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State 2010-2012

Sir Gerald Howarth MP has been the Member of Parliament for Aldershot since 1997, having been the MP for Cannock and Burntwood from 1983 to 1992.

He was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence as Minister for International Security Strategy from May 2010 to September 2012.

He is a member of the National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) and has declared interests in aviation and aerospace. He is also a qualified private pilot.

Martin Barraud

Martin Barraud, Chairman of ‘Gatwick Obviously Not’

Martin Barraud is the chairman and founder of the campaign group “Gatwick Obviously Not” (the antithesis of “Gatwick Obviously”, the slogan of Gatwick Airport Limited). He and GON are engaged in Judicial Review proceedings against the Civil Aviation Authority, Department of Transport and NATS concerning changes in airspace and westerly arrival routes into Gatwick Airport, which have caused significant increases in noise and disturbance to local residents and others on the ground. He has been represented in this litigation by John Steel QC and James Potts of 39 Essex Chambers. He is a professional photographer and lives with his family in Penshurst, Kent.


Speakers from 39 Essex Chambers

John Tackaberry QC

John Tackaberry QC

Call:1967 / Silk:1982

During his career at the Bar, John undertook a large range of work before specialising as a silk initially in arbitration but subsequently including work in other capacities – for example as a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Governance Tribunal. As well as work in the UK, he has a great deal of expertise in international disputes throughout Europe, the USA, The Middle East, the West Indies, Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India and South America. He is a member of, or has been admitted to the Bars of California, Ireland, Hong Kong (ad hoc), Malaysia (ad hoc) and New South Wales and has been heavily involved in ICC arbitrations. He sat as a recorder for 17 years and was appointed to the United Nations Compensation Commission for a five year term as chair of a construction panel. He has been appointed to panels resolving aircraft licensing disputes, and maintenance and construction disputes. He has written and contributed widely, including in particular as Principal Editor of Bernstein’s Handbook of Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice. He principally undertakes work as an arbitrator, dispute board resolver, and adjudicator.

John Steel QC

John Steel QC

Call 1978/Silk 1993

John’s practice has been concerned with aviation and aerospace for over 30 years. This has involved the UK government, CAA, NATS, airport operators, airlines, pilots and operators in all aspects of Aviation Law, aerospace and airport development. John is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, honorary legal adviser to The Air League, and a qualified instrument rated pilot. He has represented claimants in Judicial Review challenges concerning noise and pollution controls, the statutory duties of the CAA in relation to the use by civilian aircraft of military aerodromes, airspace changes and airport design and safety. He has recently advised Newham LBC concerning the expansion of London City Airport and has successfully obtained planning permission for the expansion of Farnborough Airport. He has advised local objector groups concerning arrival routes to Gatwick Airport. He is legal adviser to a number of airport operators and London Heliport. John is an international arbitrator appointed in a claim concerning offshore helicopters in Malaysia.

Adrain Hughes QC

Adrian Hughes QC

Call 1984 / Silk 2006

Adrian Hughes QC has practised commercial and construction law at the Bar, since leaving the Royal Navy in 1984. His practice focuses on complex commercial contract work. His main areas of expertise lie within the commercial and the construction and engineering fields, but span a broad area including airports, rail, energy, project finance, insurance, shipping, international trade, environmental law, information technology and professional negligence. His recent cases have included a number of prominent international arbitration and court cases in the UK and Far East including China. He regularly sits as Arbitrator, Mediator and Adjudicator in international and domestic disputes. He also acts as chairman and member of Dispute Boards for international construction projects.

Thomas Hill QC

Thomas Hill QC

Call 1988 / Silk 2009

Thomas Hill QC has been advising on all aspects of airport related development for over 25 years. He is the only practising Member of the Bar of England and Wales to have advised on the promotion of a new full length runway in the UK from inception to completion (Manchester Airport’s Second Runway). Tom has represented airport operators, local authorities and resident groups concerning airport development and use, involving London Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, Coventry Airports among others.


Fenella Morris QC

Call 1990 / Silk 2012

Fenella Morris QC specialises in public, regulatory and human rights law, and is recommended by the directories. She has advised in a number of substantial aviation matters concerning airspace changes, public consultation and passenger compensation schemes. Her wide experience of acting for and against regulators enables her to bring a host of legal and practical perspectives to bear on any such case.

Adam Robb

Adam Robb

Call 1995

Adam Robb specialises in the litigation and arbitration of large construction, engineering and infrastructure disputes, often involving professional negligence and insurance issues. He has experience of disputes arising out of the major UK and international forms of contract and a wide range of development projects including airports, roads, rail and other transport areas. Adam has particular expertise in relation to disputes arising out of PFI and similar projects, including payment mechanism, funding and construction disputes.


Cleon Catsambis

Call 2011

Cleon Catsambis has a broad and successful commercial and regulatory practice with particular experience in the aviation sector. He has recently been involved in the litigation concerning Ryanair’s minority shareholding in Aer Lingus and whether it complies with EU and domestic merger regimes. Cleon is currently acting for the CAA in judicial review proceedings concerning the CAA’s duty to consult in respect of alterations to air traffic control patterns on the Westerly approach to Gatwick Airport (led by Gordon Nardell QC).

Sarah Bousfield

Sarah Bousfield

Call 2013

Sarah has been instructed on commercial, regulatory and public law matters within the aviation sector. She has been involved with airspace regulation including a technical understanding of RNAV (area navigation) systems and their interaction with noise preferential routes (NPRS), as well as consultation issues arising in the context of airspace change processes (ACPs). Most recently, Sarah advised the Civil Aviation Authority with Fenella Morris QC on the Post Implementation Review of changes to Departure Routes at Gatwick Airport. She has also advised, as sole counsel, on the impact of Environmental Information Regulations on requests for information/disclosure.

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