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Akhil Shah

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 3 departments
Ranked in : Aviation , Product Liability , Travel: Regulatory & Commercial
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Aviation - London (Bar)

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Akhil Shah QC
An in-demand silk who enjoys a reputation for providing clients with well-considered, first-rate legal counsel. Clients appreciate his cerebral and professional demeanour, which he applies to a multitude of aviation cases, including those relating to regulatory and commercial disputes. His expertise ranges from leasing matters to contentious insolvency-related issues.
Strengths: "Akhil is analytical, measured and hugely experienced in aviation disputes." "He's one of the best; he's technically excellent and a very good drafter." "Very responsive, commercial, astute, good with clients and you can trust his judgement."
Recent work: Instructed by the liquidators of Thomas Cook Airlines to assist in securing valuable slots at Gatwick, Manchester and other major airports.
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Product Liability - London (Bar)

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Akhil Shah QC
Specialises in highly technical product liability claims, particularly in the aviation sector. He offers significant expertise in cases concerning design and manufacturing defects in aircraft and helicopters. In addition, he is experienced in actions involving defective medical devices.
Strengths: "He's highly analytical, precise and thorough. He's also very professional and communicates clearly." "His drafting is absolutely excellent - it's technically very accurate and also very commercial and succinct."
Recent work: Continued to act for Airbus in a claim brought by Generali, the insurer of an airline, concerning the design and manufacture of the landing gear of the A320 aircraft.
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Travel: Regulatory & Commercial - London (Bar)

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Akhil Shah QC
Stands out in the market due to his expertise and proven track record in key travel cases concerning flight delay claims and passenger rights. Many of these cases have set new legal precedents. In addition, he advises on new market entries and questions arising from the Denied Boarding Regulations. He acts for airlines, tour operators and regulatory bodies.
Strengths: "A go-to silk for business-critical travel regulatory matters."
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Practice Areas

General commercial disputes including aviation, re/ insurance, arbitration and banking.

Expertise in aviation disputes including aircraft finance, aircraft leasing, product design, aviation insurance and reinsurance, regulatory work and carriage by air.

Notable cases include: Airbus v Generali (jurisdiction/title to sue); Re:Thomas Cook (in liquidation) (airline licensing); Re:Monarch Airways (in administration) (judicial review of airport slot allocation); LAIL and OTS v Maroil (joint venture/shareholder dispute concerning reflective loss) Petrosaudi v Novo Banco (banking / letter of credit); Alpstream v PK and GECAS (aircraft finance); Involnert v Aprilgrange and others (insurance moral hazard); Jet 2 v Huzar (CA) and Dawson v Thomson Airways (CA) (EC Reg 261 rights); Blue Sky v Chartis & Others (insurance dispute re: theft of Boeing 747 aircraft to Iran); PK v Mahan (arrest of aircraft and enforcement of judgment); Pindell v Air Asia (Aircraft lease dispute); DTVA v bmibaby (low cost airline dispute with airport); Kibris v SoS and Republic of Cyprus (review of right to fly from UK); HSH Nordbank v Air Astra (recovery of distressed aircraft); Airbus Industrie G.I.E v Patel (Jurisdiction; anti-suit injunction; product liability); acting in Bermuda Form and other international arbitration disputes.

Career

Called 1990; QC 2010; British Virgin Islands Bar 1999.

Professional Memberships

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Publications

Contributor to Bullen & Leak & Jacobs 'Precedents of Pleading' (19th ed) and 'Carriage by Air', editor of Halsbury’s Laws “Aviation” (2017, 5th ed).

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