Steven has a well-established practice in aviation law and is recognised as an experienced practitioner in this field. The 2018 edition of Legal 500 succinctly describes him just as ‘brilliant‘. He has acted in many pieces of high-value litigation both for and against major operators, maintenance organisations, manufacturers, owners, airports and air traffic control system engineers. He has developed a particular reputation for his understanding of technical maintenance issues in cases which hinge on the condition of aircraft and the nature of maintenance and repair work.

He has experience in dealing with disputes concerning the sale of aircraft, aircraft leasing, return conditions and repossession. He has also appeared in contractual disputes, product liability cases and negligence actions against maintenance organisations, often following catastrophic failures in flight. He has been instructed for operators in high-profile coroners’ inquests.  Steven’s first degree in science means that he is comfortable dealing with the complex technical expert issues which often arise in this field.

Steven’s experience in insolvency means he is regularly instructed to advise and act in aviation industry insolvency cases and he has developed a reputation for dealing with the aviation industry’s financial problems on behalf of creditors and debtors.

His recent cases include:

Jet2.com v Tarom [2012] EWHC 622 (QB) [2014] EWCA Civ 87: a dispute involving the rights under a long-term maintenance contract for a low-cost airline. Steven acted for the airline at the trial and in the Court of Appeal.

Corporate Oil & Gas v Hawker Beechcraft / Marshall Aviation (2009-2016): Steven acted for the MRO in this dispute which started as a dispute as to ownership of aircraft, but led into a dispute about the works undertaken.

BOC Aviation v Kingfisher Airlines (2014-2018): Steven acted for a lessor seeking recovery of unpaid debts and damages from a defunct Indian airline.

Re Monarch Airlines (2017): Steven was instructed by airports in relation to unpaid charges owing on the insolvency of Monarch Airlines.

National Air Services v HiFly Transportes Aeros (2015-2018): Steven was instructed by a Saudi airline in a dispute with a Portuguese lessor of several aircraft.

Cathay Pacific v Lufthansa (2018 – ongoing): Steven is instructed by Cathay Pacific in a dispute over a 10 year jet engine maintenance agreement

Testimonials

Widely regarded by peers and instructing solicitors for his excellent paperwork and his manner in court. Aviation cases form a significant part of his broader commercial practice, with disputed leases and maintenance contracts forming the core of his workload. Having a scientific background, he is lauded for his expertise in handling complex technical matters.”A seasoned practitioner with an unrivalled specialism in aviation law.”

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