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What the team is known for

Clayton Utz maintains a practice with longstanding experience in the aviation industry offering a comprehensive service to international and domestic airports throughout Australia. Expertise encompasses domestic and international air services agreements, as well as terminal services agreements, airline pricing agreements and airport conditions of use. Also advises on land access issues in relation to the development of aviation infrastructure. Other major clients include Commonwealth and state government departments, which it advises on aviation services and airport construction and infrastructure matters, including environmental and planning aspects.

Strengths

Clayton Utz wins praise for the high level of service it provides, a client noting: "Clayton Utz's strengths are their understanding of the aviation environment in Australia, their responsiveness and their ability to provide timely concise advice."

Another interviewee lauds the team's commercial-minded approach, commenting: "I would say that the firm are the most, or among the most, proactive and commercially minded of the firms we deal with."

Work highlights

Clayton Utz was engaged by Hobart Airport to draft bespoke international airline pricing agreements to facilitate the re-introduction of international services at the airport in anticipation of COVID-19 travel bubbles.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Leece is a pre-eminent practitioner who represents airlines and government bodies as well as both domestic and international airports. He demonstrates a wealth of experience advising on a wide range of issues, encompassing terminal services agreements, airline pricing agreements and various airport infrastructure-related issues, including land access questions. A client comments: "His knowledge of airport-related law is second to none. He's got a strong knowledge base, has worked in-house before, so understands how businesses operate, and has a sharp commercial mind."

James Kendal advises a range of airports on property, pricing and services agreements as well as construction and regulatory matters. His other clients include airlines and state governments. One client describes him as an "excellent commercial lawyer who is very responsive to client requests," going on to note: "He has a great depth of knowledge in property and construction issues which are adjacent to aviation matters."

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