Bird & Bird

Aviation Department

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What the team is known for Extensive experience handling a broad range of aviation law concerns, including aircraft financing, insurance, regulatory matters and competition. Regularly instructed by major UK and global airlines, as well as banks. Advises on a range of commercial concerns, including data protection, IP and supply agreements. Expert in the emerging field of UASs and drones.

Strengths"They give a really excellent service on aviation matters," a source says.

Another says: "They are always very timely, responsive and helpful."

Work highlights Advised Air Arabia on its USD14 billion purchase of 120 Airbus A320neo aircraft.

Notable practitioners

Lucy England
advises airlines and aerospace companies on concession agreements and service and maintenance arrangements. She also advises on leasing and liability issues and is lauded by clients for her "practical, commercial and valued advice."

Paul Briggs
frequently acts for major international airlines and lessors on a range of matters, including aircraft purchase and leasing agreements. One commentator notes: "He's very approachable and knowledgeable."