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

Aviation litigation has always formed a substantial part of Edward’s practice, and he is familiar both with a wide-range of technical matters as well as the complexities and nuances of issues relating to aircraft maintenance regimes and the regulation of aviation more broadly.  During the course of his career, he has been retained by many of the largest airlines and airport operators and has appeared in some of the leading aviation cases, including the first case to consider the meaning of ‘airworthiness’ of an aircraft, Olympic Airlines (in special liquidation) v ACG Acquisition XX LLC [2013] EWCA 369 and [2012] EWHC 1070 (Comm), which was also the first case in which a court has refused summary judgment for rent despite the lessee having signed a certificate of acceptance.

Highlights of his most recent work include:

  • Optimares v Qatar Airways (ongoing) – Edward acts for Qatar Airways in these ongoing Commercial Court proceedings, in which more than US$100m is in dispute, regarding the airline’s decision to terminate orders for new seats and associated equipment for a significant proportion of its fleet.
  • LCIA arbitration (ongoing) – Edward acts for an airport that is a leading international hub in a EUR35m dispute with a leading budget airline.
  • Toerama v Odyssey Aviation (2020) – Edward acted for the vendor in this US$30m dispute concerning the abortive sale of a B737-72U aircraft.
  • Edward has long advised Heathrow Airport on a variety of contractual issues with airlines and third party service providers.
  • Aldersey Aviation Ltd v Murray – Edward represents an experienced pilot in this claim by his former employer for damages allegedly resulting from a collision which took place as the pilot landed a Gulfstream Commander at Chester Airport.

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