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Quadrant Chambers

Aviation

4 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Quadrant Chambers wields considerable expertise in aviation law, with a strong track record acting in high-profile and complex disputes. The set demonstrates notable strength when it comes to personal injury claims, often on behalf of claimants following fatal accidents. Barristers at Quadrant act for major international airlines and individuals in complex insurance matters, criminal investigations and in CAA and AAIB inquiries. Members of the set are also well versed in a range of regulatory disputes. Matthew Reeve's advice to the family of Emiliano Sala following the footballer's death in a light aircraft crash is one of many challenging instructions handled by the Quadrant barristers.

Client service:

Gary Ventura and Simon Slattery are the joint senior clerks.

Strengths:

John Kimbell QC
Well-regarded silk, known in the market for his intellect and in-depth expertise on issues such as quantum. He is active particularly in matters pertaining to air accidents, personal injury and a host of related claims. Also a qualified lawyer in Germany, he specialises in advising clients on international and cross-jurisdictional disputes.
"He always tries to find the resolutions in an argument. He's really good with clients and at handling domestic UK High Court cases. He's very knowledgeable in aviation cases and is a tenacious lawyer."
Recent work: Acted in Hogg v Qatar Airways, a £1.5 million compensation claim for leg injuries suffered as a consequence of a venomous spider bite which allegedly occurred during a flight.

Strengths:

Matthew Reeve
Widely acclaimed junior barrister with a tremendous degree of experience at the Aviation Bar, particularly with respect to cases involving executive aircraft. He is also sought after for his liability, insurance and reinsurance practice, and is well known for his extraordinary attention to detail. Reeve is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
"Easy to work with, pragmatic and approachable. He is detailed but with an eye on the big picture and economics. He's good on paper and in court."
Recent work: Instructed to handle all matters regarding the death of Emiliano Sala on behalf of the footballer's family, including the inquest and possible offences regarding the failure of the AAIB to raise the wreckage and the news that Sala’s blood was contaminated with carbon monoxide to a potentially lethal level.

Strengths:

Timothy Marland
Regarded by peers and clients as a standout junior, who has an intimate and market-leading knowledge of the insurance landscape. He employs his insurance industry background when representing clients in cases connected with aircraft finance, disaster liability and loss-related matters. He additionally enjoys a healthy diet of high-value leasing disputes.
"A standout in aviation and in a league of his own. He's exceptionally good, excellent on his feet and in his written work. He's very bright, thinks of commercial strategy and is really good on the details."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute concerning allegations of faulty design in relation to various components of the Agusta AW139 helicopter, following the fatal crash of an offshore support helicopter in Brazil.

Strengths:

Tom Bird
A junior barrister with a growing portfolio of aviation matters, who is admired for his approachable manner, intelligence and commercial nous. His cases range from personal injury and delay claims to disputes over damaged equipment and defective maintenance work. He has particular expertise in matters pertaining to the Montreal Convention.
"A safe pair of hands for civil aviation work." "Very good on international carriage by air conventions."
Recent work: Acted for an aircraft manufacturer in a £4.5 million claim arising from a fatal accident involving a kit aircraft on a flight from the Isle of Wight to Warwickshire.

Aviation Department

Quadrant Chambers

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Quadrant House

10 Fleet Street

London

Greater London

UK

EC4Y 1AU

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Aviation


John Kimbell QC
Band 2

Juniors

London (Bar)

Aviation


Matthew Reeve
Band 1
Timothy Marland
Star Individuals
Tom Bird
Band 3