Aoife specialises in private, corporate and commercial aviation, military aircraft and civil aerospace. She advises clients on aircraft finance and regulatory issues, including corporate structures, aircraft acquisitions and airline start-ups. She is internationally renowned for her work in aircraft finance. Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine named her as one of the top 10 leaders in business aviation in Europe. She is a member of the Board of Aerion Corporation Inc. which is developing a supersonic business jet and was a founding member of IIBN, a network of Irish entrepreneurs. She has acted as Chair of the European Business Aviation Association finance and leasing group.

Aoife has been independently nominated by her clients, contacts and peers for inclusion in all exclusive industry and legal guides for her work in aviation law and her contribution to the industry, including:

  • Chambers: notable and trusted practitioner in Aviation Finance
  • Legal 500: Finance
  • Euromoney’s “Women in Business”, and Expert Guides – Aviation
  • International Who’s Who of Aviation Finance Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers
  • Who’s Who Legal
  • Lawyers World – Leading Lawyer Awards

Aoife is regularly invited to speak at international aviation conferences and events. She writes for and has been quoted in all major leading publications including the Financial Times, BART, Fly Corporate, Airfinance Journal and Altitudes.

Aoife was admitted as a Solicitor in Ireland in 1997, England and Wales in 1997 and admitted to the Supreme Court of the Cayman Islands in 2002. Previous experience includes senior associate at Clifford Chance LLP and subsequently Head of Aircraft Finance at Gates and Partners LLP until merger with Kennedys Law LLP where she was head of Aircraft Finance. Aoife is one of the founding partners of The Air Law Firm LLP.
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John was called to the Bar in 1990, admitted as an English Solicitor in 1992 and to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in the British Virgin Islands in 2000. Previously, he was Leader of the London Aviation Litigation Team at Kennedys Law LLP and, prior its merger with Kennedys, one of the senior partners at Gates and Partners LLP, a leading aviation law practice.

Since qualifying, John has acted for airlines, general and regional aviation operators, airports, aviation authorities and regulators and the wider aviation industry and their insurers globally, but particularly in the UK, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. He has extensive experience handling and managing the simplest to the most complex and multi-jurisdictional aviation claims and disputes in mediation, arbitration and litigation – ranging from sport aviation injuries sustained in ballooning, parachuting, hang gliding, microlighting and paragliding accidents to major losses involving a diverse range of personal injuries, catastrophic permanent damage or fatality. John also handles commercial litigation and has led the successful defence of aviation clients in multiple foreign jurisdictions. He also advises on aviation insurance coverage issues as well as providing counsel on regulatory and European aviation law matters including EC261 claims.

  • Listed in Best Lawyers International;
  • Listed in the Euromoney Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers;
  • Ranked in The International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers 2011 – Present: “always responds promptly to client’s requests, he is extremely professional and knowledgeable in International Aviation Law, very proficient and courteous”.

John presents routinely on aviation law and litigation practice to the international aviation community.
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Diego has considerable aviation finance experience handling aircraft purchase and sale transactions for airlines, lenders, high net worth individuals and operators and project managing aircraft and fleet acquisitions from contract negotiation to delivery. He advises on ownership structures and has expertise in the negotiation and drafting of loan, lease and purchase agreements, security documentation and all ancillary documentation, including registration applications, legal opinions and conditions precedent for delivery, insurance and escrow arrangements. In addition, he has experience in employment and corporate law and commercial agreements, including airline operating and maintenance contracts.

Diego qualified as a Spanish Abogado in 2000 and as an English Solicitor in 2009. He trained and spent 5 years at Iberia, as legal counsel where he gained considerable experience with the airline in multijurisdictional litigation.

He managed a varied caseload on behalf of Iberia and gained extensive advocacy experience representing the airline in the Spanish Civil, Criminal and Mercantile Courts both at first instance and on appeal and involving passenger injury claims, EC261 delay and cancellation claims and criminal proceedings against passengers and crew. He was also involved in the response and management of several of the airline’s major incidents.

Diego’s litigation experience also extends to commercial dispute resolution acting for airlines, general aviation operators and owners.

Previously, Diego was a partner at Kennedys Law LLP and a Senior Associate at Gates and Partners LLP.
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Marc is a barrister, having been called to the English Bar in 1999 and subsequently admitted as a solicitor in 2004. Initially, he practiced in-house, forming and leading the Advocacy Unit at DWF Solicitors for nearly a decade. From 2009, he was in private practice at Kenworthy’s Chambers in Manchester before joining the aviation department at Kennedys Law LLP in 2013.

Marc has significant expertise in handling a wide range of personal injury claims – from simple to catastrophic and including brain injury, industrial injury and disease, employers’ and public liability and sporting injuries. As an advocate, he has appeared in excess of 3000 applications, hearings, inquests and trials in the County, Higher and Magistrates Courts and he is an expert on civil procedure and legal cost claims as well as focusing on fraud.

Marc’s aviation law expertise extends to the Montreal Convention, ramp claims, ballooning, gliding and recreational aviation claims as well as EC261 delay and cancellation claims.

Currently, he is Chairman and was formerly Insurance Officer of the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. He is also Vice President and former Chairman of the Royal Aero Club and sits on various committees concerned with recreational aviation. Marc is a Private Pilot on Fixed Wing aircraft and gliders as well as being an accomplished paraglider pilot.
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Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Yoli is a US qualified Loss Adjuster with significant airline liability experience gained during her 15 years service with the American Airlines’ claims department and subsequently at Gates and Partners and Kennedys Law LLP. As a Senior Analyst with American, she was a member of the “Go Team” and heavily involved in the events of 9/11 and the Queens’ accident.

Yoli has very extensive customer relations experience and specializes in the handling and processing of passenger and baggage claims in the US, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Maureen is a French law graduate of the University of Paris Nanterre and holds a Masters Degree in International Business Law. She was admitted to the French Bar early 2016. As part of her legal training, Maureen spent time at Dassault Falcon Jet in New York and in the Latin American Sales Department at Airbus Miami. Maureen also spent some time in several law firms in Paris and at the Courthouse of Toulouse (France).

Maureen is a member of the firm’s commercial team. Her practice is focused on cross border aircraft transactions and finance acting for airlines, lenders, high net worth individuals and operators. As well as being a native French speaker, she is fluent in English and Spanish.