Arshad’s aviation expertise can be viewed below.  Please refer to his main profile for details of his expertise in other areas of law.

Arshad is consistently recognised as a leading aviation junior by both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. He has particular expertise in issues of ownership, leasing and financing. He has lectured on the Capetown Convention to specialist aviation solicitors and has been involved in a number of aircraft financing and leasing disputes. He was asked to be a speaker for the IBA Aviation Law Sub-Committee at the Annual IBA Conference in Madrid 2009 on security and repossession rights and has most recently spoken at the Aviation Committee’s session on legal and commercial issues relating to drones at the IBA Annual Conference in Washington DC, 2016.

He has advised on injunctions over aircraft in support of non-payments of lease rentals; has been retained in a major case for an airline against a premiere engine manufacturer, raising significant and novel issues about duty of care and aviation safety policy; and has assisted in drafting and advising on various other aviation related transactions, including an $80m purchase of helicopters by the Royal Oman Police. He has also given advice on the pension scheme of an airline. He is frequently instructed in cases involving air charters and seat sale agreements. Other experience includes various Fatal Accident Act claims involving aircraft crashes; disputes over brokers’ commissions; advice to a major rail freight operator on emergency timetables following the Hatfield disaster as well as on track access agreements; and a large number of CMR and carriage by road disputes.

Some of Arshad’s case references in this field are:

  • Al Kharafi Aviation 200 Ltd v Liza Transport International [on-going]
  • PAFCO v National Air Services [on-going]
  • London 28 v Eimskip
  • London 28 v Air Atlanta
  • Celtic Capital v Air Tanzania
  • Emerald Airways v Rolls-Royce Plc and ors [2006]
  • XL v New Horizons [2007]
  • Excel v GM Tours [2002]
  • Aviation accidents: AAIB Bulletins 11/2006, 4/2004, 1/2003 and 1/2001
  • Indian Airlines v GIA [2003 All England Official Transcripts];
  • Case C-64/99 Pace Airline Services v Aerotrans.

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