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:
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.
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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David specialises in aircraft finance and transactional work and has extensive experience in handling deals involving business jets, commercial aircraft and helicopters.
He has acted for banks on cross-border aircraft finance transactions involving commercial aircraft and helicopters and has experience advising, drafting documents for and negotiating deals involving PDP’s, commercial and ECA-backed financings and loan portfolio sales. He has also acted for various lessors and airlines and has experience drafting and negotiating operating leases and sublease arrangements for commercial aircraft and helicopters.
He also acts for high net worth individuals and corporates on the acquisition, sale, finance, management and interior outfitting of business jets and typically advises on ownership structures, registration, escrow arrangements and all related documents. He has also acted for prominent business jet financiers on the drafting and negotiation of finance and security documentation as well as advising on structuring transactions, security arrangements and risk management.
David began his legal career in Zimbabwe in 1996, he moved to London in 2001 and was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2006. He speaks conversational Portuguese and is passionate about anything and everything to do with aircraft.
Prior to joining The Air Law Firm, he was a Senior Associate with Watson Farley & Williams LLP.
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Chris is admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales. He started his career at British Airways franchise carrier, GB Airways, holding various positions before moving into private practice with Gates and Partners LLP and, following a merger, with Kennedys Law LLP. Prior to joining The Air Law Firm, Chris was an Associate with Holman Fenwick Willan LLP.
Whilst recognised for his regulatory and dispute resolution work in the aviation and travel law sector, Chris also has a broad general commercial (non-contentious) practice. Coming from an industry background, Chris is familiar with the workings of an airline operation and is well placed to support a wide variety of business units across an airline operation. Chris also works for General Aviation and commercial operators, FBOs and pilots.
Recent work includes:
Chris has been independently nominated by his clients and peers for inclusion in a number of industry and legal guides for his work in aviation law, including:
“He has an excellent grasp of the law is attuned to the client’s commercial sensitivities”
Knows aviation law inside out, and is commercially minded”
Regularly invited to speak at international aviation and travel conferences and events, Chris is often interviewed for news and documentary programs and provides commentary for both mainstream and industry press.
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Rob was admitted as a Solicitor in 2003 and joined The Air Law Firm in 2017 from Knights Professional Services where he spent time drafting and reviewing aero engine contracts and engine support agreements for a leading aircraft engine manufacturer. He has much experience drafting and reviewing a wide range of aviation contracts. Previously, he spent over a decade as an adjuster and in-house lawyer with Charles Taylor aviation and at Airclaims. Here, he developed expertise in the adjustment, management and resolution of pre-litigated claims concerning airports, passenger and cargo operations, general and military aviation, aviation products, hull damage, ground handling, fuelling, catering, personal accident and business aviation.
Early on in his career, Rob also spent time in-house with Monarch Airlines and worked closely with the Group Lawyer on a wide variety of legal issues. He was involved in fuel purchase hedging, leasing, passenger complaints and the establishment of a protocol for handling disruptive passengers – as well as dealing with such cases.
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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.
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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.
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Before joining The Air Law Firm, Pam spent 22 years with American Airlines based at London Heathrow Airport. Prior to that she was a Police Officer and part of a specialist child protection unit involved with detection, investigation and prosecution in child abuse cases. She also acted as a family liaison officer in murder investigations.
Pam’s airline experience is wide ranging – much of it “hands on”. As a Safety and Claims specialist, she holds qualifications in the management of Accident Investigation and Health & Safety. From this perspective, she has expertise in all aspects of airside operations and has been a member of an Emergency Response Team – whilst also managing all aspects of the SMS for the airline’s UK operations; including the conducting of safety audits. Her experience also extends to managing cabin services, overseeing security and ensuring regulatory compliance.
With extensive practical knowledge and understanding of flight and airport operations, Pam has considerable experience investigating customer complaints, aircraft damage incidents, employee, contractor and third party ramp accidents – and handling subsequent claims. Given her background, she is particularly astute at fraud investigation and detection and her police and aviation background make her uniquely placed to assist with criminal investigations involving aviation operations.
Pam has written policies, procedures and risk assessments, safe systems at work documents and guidance notes on all aspects of Health & Safety. She has extensive training experience at all staff levels and is a gifted and passionate presenter. Currently, she is advising companies and individuals on ‘business traveller safety and security’.
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