Steven has a well-established practice in aviation law and is recognised as an experienced practitioner in this field. He has acted in many pieces of high-value litigation both for and against major operators, maintenance organisations, owners, airports and air traffic control system engineers. Steven 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.
Steven has a wealth of experience dealing with disputes concerning the sale of aircraft, aircraft leasing, return conditions and repossession of aircraft. 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.
Steven has advised clients from all over the world on numerous English-law leases and agreements over the years, on matters which proceeded to arbitration or which settled before they came into the public domain. They are therefore confidential.
However, the following is a list of some of Steven’s recent public litigation cases:
- Jet2.com v Tarom  EWHC 622 (QB)  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 Airways v Lufthansa Technik (2018-ongoing): Steven acts for Cathay Pacific in a dispute with Lufthansa Technik concerning a 10 year engine maintenance agreement for P&W engines which powered their B747 freighter fleet.
- Abbotswood v Air Pacific (2018-ongoing): Steven acts for Cathay Pacific in a dispute with Lufthansa Technik concerning a 10 year engine maintenance agreement for P&W engines which powered their B747 freighter fleet.
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.”