The aviation insurance market faces a period of ‘unchartered skies’. Insurers require a firm that can adapt to and anticipate emerging opportunities and threats.

Our dynamic team of market leading specialists are based in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the Americas. Having worked across the aerospace industry as private pilots, aero engineers, ex-airline employees and counsel with experience of operations, aero engine issues, reservation and IT systems, they are well equipped to understand the commercial aims and challenges facing the industry.


Our depth of industry knowledge, and history of working in-house at a number of airlines, means we understand our insurer and insured clients’ culture and key brand issues, in addition to the business of all players within the industry. We have lawyers in the team fluent in a range of major languages (Malay, Mandarin, Spanish, German, Indonesian, French, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic, Greek, Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil and Serbian).

We are instructed on some of the industry’s most high profile and complex claims. Our specialist lawyers have experience in multi-jurisdictional claims, major losses and disputes. We have experience in handling volume cases for a number of airlines, including passenger, employee, third party and baggage claims, and claims and regulatory issues relating to drones.

Our clients include insurers, airlines and air operators, airports and aerodromes, aircraft leasing companies, the general, business and sport aviation community, maintenance organisations, product manufacturers, tour and travel operators and high net worth and private individuals.

We provide crisis management support in the event of a major incident. This includes 24/7 support, assistance with handling messaging, media, witness statements and communicating with those affected in the aftermath of a major incident.

Aviation insurance expertise

  • Major losses
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Baggage and cargo claims
  • Property damage
  • Bodily injury
  • Claims for breach of contract
  • Claims in tort and/or bailment
  • Occupiers’ liability
  • Denied boarding, delay or cancellation of flights
  • Airport liability
  • Ground handler liability
  • MRO liability
  • Regulatory and compliance
  • Risk management
  • Hull recoveries
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Consumer claims
  • Prosecution against crew
  • Product liability
  • Subrogation
  • Defamation.
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Market recognition
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    Leading Firm

    The Legal 500 UK 2021

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    Leading Firm

    The Legal 500 LATAM 2021

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    Top Tier Firm

    The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

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    Leading Firm

    The Legal 500 EMEA 2019

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    Top Tier

    The Legal 500 EMEA 2019