Aviation Lawyers

Reaching new heights…


From lost luggage to public liability claims, here at Smith Partnership our team of aviation law experts are on hand to handle your legal issue.

Aviation law covers a wide range of issues and as such requires specialist legal advice and guidance to ensure the best possible outcome. Our Aviation Department boasts decades of experience and can support clients involved at all levels within the aviation industry.

Our clients include insurers and brokers, international airlines, regional carriers, low-cost airlines, travel agents, tour operators and ground handling agents. The team also successfully represent third parties, including passengers with reduced mobility, agents and airport authorities.

With a passion and enthusiasm for this area of law, the team offer a responsive and comprehensive service, supporting clients through what is a heavily regulated and often complex industry.

Our team of aviation lawyers have particular expertise in handling aviation compensation claims on behalf of airlines, including claims brought under the Montreal Convention 1999. 

The team also deals with claims issued using the European Small Claims Court Procedure, as well as claims issued in the small claims court. Alongside supporting large organisations, the team also handle cases brought by individuals relating to denied boarding, flight cancellation and long delays.

The team can deal with a wide range of aviation-related issues, including:

  • Accidents on board aircraft or during the course of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Denied boarding claims
  • Delay and cancellation of flight claims
  • EC Regulation 261/2004 claims
  • Delayed and damaged baggage claims
  • Employers’ and public liability claims on behalf of airlines, PRM companies and ground handling agents
  • Indemnity/subrogation claims
  • Breach of contract/negligence claims
  • Montreal and Warsaw Convention claims

The expertise of our Aviation team has seen the department feature in the Legal 500, which states that:

“The aviation law specialists at Smith Partnership act for domestic and international airlines, tour operators, handling agents and aviation insurers, with a particular focus on passenger and third-party indemnity claims. The group is also able to assist with employer’s and public liability, claims in relation to lost, delayed and damaged baggage, denied boarding and negligence claims. Derby-based practice head and litigator Bally Atwal's key strengths include personal injury claims and compensation claims pursuant to EC regulation 261/2004. The practice has experienced an increase in compensation claims for delayed or cancelled flights which the practice handles for multiple clients.”

To find out more and to discuss your specific requirements, contact us.

The Team


Smith Partnership's team of dedicated aviation lawyers offers a wealth of experience dealing with a diverse range of legal matters relating to aviation. The team consists of:

  • Bally Atwal
    Bally Atwal
  • Rachel Fernie
    Rachel Fernie
  • Katie Bullimore
    Katie Bullimore

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