Keystone’s Aviation offering encompasses a detailed knowledge and understanding of the aviation industry derived from its members’ long experience of acting for a myriad of aviation businesses. These include airlines, airports, ground handlers, MROs, aircraft and engine manufacturers, leasing companies, banks and financiers, aviation insurers and brokers, tour operators, travel agents and trade associations. Some members of the team have gained practical experience from working directly in areas such as aviation underwriting or as in-house counsel. As a result, the team has a real insiders’ understanding of the industry’s challenges around the world, including those arising from how it is regulated.
Having advised many major international airlines around the world, airports, governments and aviation regulators and industry bodies such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Federation of General Sales Agents (FEDAGSA), the team can offer not only expertise but also significant experience in all the areas of aviation legal practice: aviation liabilities, air transport regulation and fleet procurement, and aviation finance, as well as all relevant areas of commercial, corporate and competition law.
In addition, the team supports UKTI-backed aerospace ‘start-ups’ relocating to the UK from overseas and has developed a niche practice in acting for service providers to the aviation industry, including commercial aircraft spares companies and aviation consultancy businesses involved in both the ‘start up’ and restructuring of airlines.
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Liabilities, claims and contentious matters
Fleet procurement, financing and maintenance
Air transport regulation and commercial
Alex has a diverse litigation practice derived from his practical underwriting experience in the City and commercial background in retail prior to qualifying as a solicitor. His practice covers various sectors and encompasses both domestic and international disputes.
Leigh is an experienced international lawyer. Having spent many years as a leader and partner in leading international law firms, as well as in-house, his client portfolio comprises governments, companies and high-net-worth individuals on matters involving international development and project finance, production supply ventures, and commercial and compliance issues.
Simon is an experienced banking and finance (particularly asset and project finance) lawyer with significant expertise in the aviation, marine and shipping sectors gained while working in the UK, Europe and Asia.
Hugh is a barrister who has specialised in aviation regulatory, corporate, commercial and competition law for over thirty years and is recognised as one of the most experienced and highly respected aviation lawyers in the UK.
Philippe is a leading specialist in EU and UK competition law, trade law and data (GDPR) issues. He is a dual Swiss and British national and works in English and French.
Trevor has over 40 years’ experience in the fields of dispute resolution, travel and aviation, and insolvency.
Susannah advises on all aspects of EU and UK competition law and has regulatory expertise in technology, travel, air transport, financial services and telecommunications.