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 – both in court and arbitration – makes up a growing and exciting part of Edward’s practice. He has extensive experience of conducting cases both as sole counsel and as junior to a silk, dealing with commercial disputes relating to the purchase, lease and maintenance of aircraft as well as international carriage claims, accident claims and regulatory work. Solicitors favour him both for his “superb advocacy skills” and because “he is very bright and understands the technical details of a case“.

Edward’s expertise in aviation litigation is recognised by both the leading directories. Legal 500 has long recommended him as a leading aviation junior, describing him as “one to watch for the future“. Legal 500 (2015) says that “He has fantastic knowledge and is very user friendly“. Chambers and Partners (2016) also recommends him as a leading aviation junior, with sources describing him as “making a name for himself in aviation cases” and saying that “He’s absolutely one to watch; if his star hasn’t risen already, it’s certainly rising quickly“.

Previous editions have said of him: “Enormously user-friendly and punches well above his weight – a real star“; “A very promising and bright young junior doing commercial litigation“; and that he is “incredibly enthusiastic even when working 22 hour days“.

He has recently acted as sole counsel in Boulevard Two v Air Italy, a multi-million pound dispute in the High Court regarding the redelivery of a Boeing 737-300 that raised interesting questions regarding the application of the rules against penalties in the context of ‘holdover rent’; and inSmartLynx v Air Nigeria (formerly Virgin Nigeria), a substantial dispute arising from the early termination of a lease of a Boeing 737-200, in which he successfully obtained summary judgment for more than US$15 million on behalfof the Latvian airline.

Prior to this, from 2011 to 2013, he appeared in Olympic Airlines SA (in special liquidation) v ACG Acquisition XX LLC [2013] EWCA 369 and [2012] EWHC 1070 (Comm), the first case to consider the meaning of ‘airworthiness’ of an aircraft. Edward, led by Philip Shepherd QC, represented Olympic Airlines both in the Court of Appeal and in the Commercial Court trial of this US$17million dispute over a Boeing 737-700 which was found to have been unairworthy at the time that it was delivered to the Greek flag carrier airline. Hamblen J’s judgment on the Claimant’s summary judgment application, in ACG Acquisition XX LLC v Olympic Airlines SA [2010] EWHC 923, was the first reported decision in which a court has refused summary judgment for rent in spite of the lessee signing a certificate of acceptance. The case garnered considerable industry attention and Teare J’s decision at trial (upheld in the Court of Appeal by Rix LJ, Tomlinson LJ and Kitchin LJ albeit, importantly, on different grounds) has important implications for both lessees and lessors.

Throughout 2010 and 2011 Edward advised a leading Icelandic airline, as sole counsel, in relation to a multi-million dollar contractual dispute arising from wet leases of 2 Boeing 747-300 aircraft and, in late 2011, he appeared on its behalf in a related and substantial LCIA arbitration.

In the past year Edward has also been retained by a major airline to represent it in a variety of ongoing disputes with other airlines: one concerns a significant claim for the inadequate maintenance of an Airbus A320 and another concerns multi-million pound sums due under wet leases of 2 Boeing 737-400 aircraft.

Edward represented Air France as part of a team of counsel from XXIV Old Buildings (led by Steven Thompson) in Eagle Aircraft Leasing v Air France (2009-10), a large Commercial Court dispute, with an expedited trial timetable, concerning the delivery condition and documentation of 6 Boeing 747-400s pursuant to agreements for their sale and purchase.

He has also successfully obtained summary judgment in an air charter claim and assisted Philip Shepherd QC and Bajul Shah in the trial of a claim for for delivery up of various aircraft.