We are well respected in the aviation field, having had a major involvement in the landmark Kuwait Airways case. We have experience of acting in a significant number of casualties and losses involving jurisdictions worldwide and have handled the liability claims arising, including product liability for aircraft and component manufacturers, and personal injury or death in respect of passengers and crew. We have advised on coverage issues for hull, all risks, war risks and liabilities. We also have experience in handling air cargo claims under the Warsaw and Montreal conventions.  On the non-contentious side, we have carried out reviews and negotiations of aircraft sale and purchase contracts, including financing arrangements.

Members of our team have been involved in many aviation losses worldwide, usually on behalf of underwriters, including the following:-

  • Acting for the insured in respect of the aircraft and spares involved in the Kuwait Airways matter.
  • Acting for all risks underwriters in relation to the loss of a helicopter in Scandinavia, including death and personal injury claims.
  • Representing liability underwriters in product liability claims for helicopter manufacturers in South America.
  • Representing underwriters in relation to a collision on the ground between two aircraft in Brazil.
  • Representing war risks underwriters in relation to a hangar fire.
  • Representing war risks underwriters in relation to the confiscation of an aircraft in West Africa.
  • Acting for liability underwriters following the loss of a helicopter offshore in Latin America, including death claims.
  • Representing cargo insurers in relation to shortage claims in Venezuela.
  • Representing liability underwriters following loss of life in a helicopter accident in South East Asia.
  • Acting for reinsureds in airline retro-penalty premium reinsurance disputes.

For further information, or for aviation reinsurance issues, please contact Tim Brentnall.

The aviation practice area is coordinated by our shipping, marine insurance, energy and aviation group. See links to Shipping and Energy.