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XXIV Old Buildings

Aviation

4 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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XXIV Old Buildings deploys a wealth of expertise across a broad range of aviation matters. The set's strong silks and juniors are recognised for their handling of complex product liability, negligence and insurance claims in the industry. Members here regularly handle high-value litigation both for and against major operators, airports and owners in matters pertaining to aircraft leases, repossessions and contractual disputes. Barristers at the set are particularly adept at advising airlines on compensation claims and other insolvency issues.

Client service:

"Paul Horsfield, head of the clerking team, is very good and understands what we need." "The clerks are very efficient and appreciate that clients need urgent advice." "The clerks are very service-focused."

Strengths:

Bajul Shah
Bajul Shah is an experienced junior whose strong market profile is built out of his broad experience in the aviation sphere. He is regularly instructed to handle cases related to leasing, contractual and insolvency disputes, a number of which involve difficult points of law. An impressive client roster includes bodies from across the spectrum of the industry, including lessors, lessees and airlines.
"Bajul is one of the leading juniors at the Bar, with great knowledge of aviation. He has a calming presence that sets the courtroom at ease and makes him utterly credible and compelling."
Recent work: Acted for Wallis Trading in its USD30 million claim against Air Tanzania and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Strengths:

Erin Hitchens
Erin Hitchens is increasingly sought out as junior counsel in difficult commercial disputes. She has notable experience in complex leasing and insurance matters and is often instructed in significant cases in the aviation sector by aircraft leasing and airline clients.
"She is both knowledgeable and user-friendly." "Calm, a clear communicator with a clear and sensible delivery in court."

Strengths:

Steven Thompson QC
Steven Thompson QC acts in aviation cases as a significant part of his broader commercial practice, with disputed leases and maintenance contracts forming the core of his workload. He has a wealth of knowledge in relation to insolvency cases in the aviation sector and has notable expertise in handling complex technical matters.
"Steven has a scientific degree, which really helps when you're dealing with technical points."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute on behalf of Cathay Pacific Airlines which concerned a USD43 million long-term maintenance contract for 27 of Cathay Pacific’s jet engines used on its freighter fleet.

Strengths:

Tom Stewart Coats
Tom Stewart Coats handles a range of complex disputes in the aviation industry. He is noted for his work defending airlines in claims for compensation for delays and cancellations under EU regulations.
"He is enjoyable to work with and a first-choice junior for airline work."

Aviation

XXIV Old Buildings

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Location

24 Old Buildings

Lincoln's Inn

London

Greater London

UK

WC2A 3UP

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Aviation


Steven Thompson QC
Band 3

Juniors

London (Bar)

Aviation


Bajul Shah
Band 2
Erin Hitchens
Band 3
Tom Stewart Coats
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