Anya Butler

Anya is a Senior Associate based in Kennedys’ London office. Anya qualified as a solicitor in 2015 in to the Kennedys London aviation team. Before that, Anya completed a two year training contract with Kennedys.

Anya has experience in managing a range of claims for major airlines and in general aviation.

Anya represents airlines in the defence of personal injury claims, third party claims, delay and baggage claims, also working with foreign correspondent lawyers predominately in Europe, and non-insured direct airline defence work, including hull damage claims.

Anya also handles “white label” pre-litigation insured claims on behalf of a major UK airline.

Market recognition

  • A Recommended Lawyer for 'Aviation (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2019/20

Work highlights

  • Assisted, to the successful conclusion of claims, with a major loss for a well-known carrier including the responses to, and handling of, passenger claims.
  • Successfully resolved and managed a high value and very commercially sensitive damaged wheelchair claim for a well-known carrier, including liaising with the carrier’s press office to assist with appropriate responses to the media/social media.
  • Managed and assisted with the negotiation of a very high value personal injury claim for a well-known carrier where a passenger was mishandled during a transfer from his wheelchair to his seat on board the aircraft by assistance service providers. Successfully recovered the indemnity from the service providers.
  • Assisted with the representation of British Airways as lead and sole counsel relating to liability and potential subrogation arising from an uncontained engine failure, resulting fire, and emergency evacuation of BA 2276 at Las Vegas. British Airways Flight 2276 was a scheduled passenger flight that caught fire during take-off from Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport on 8 September 2015, prompting an aborted take-off and the evacuation of all passengers and crew. The flight, bound for Gatwick Airport near London, had 157 passengers and 13 crew on board.
  • Advised well-known carriers on various regulatory issues, including: exposure to pay compensation and enforcement issues due to internal re-routing policy, including a CAA information request; the implications of consumer legislation regarding the provision of information displayed on customer facing websites; the operational implication arising from the decision in CS & Others Ceske Aerolinie a.s. CJEU C-502/18; and card charges and the provisions of S.75 Consumer Credit
Market recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2020