The aviation sector is currently facing unprecedented challenges, with disruption caused by the closure of borders and quarantine restrictions, and with potential repercussions affecting the industry for years to come.
Our international multi-disciplinary team will advise you on the full breadth of aviation industry related work including corporate, commercial, intellectual property, employment, dispute resolution, real estate and competition issues.
For decades, we have worked and continue to work with major players in the sector, including national and regional airlines, government ministries, airport operators, aircraft, engine and component manufacturers, training providers, cargo and ground services suppliers.
The diversity of our client base means we understand the commercial pressures that different organisations in this industry face and tailor our advice and approach to meet your business needs and objectives.
Read more below about our work with Airlines and Airports.
Airlines are currently dealing with a myriad of pressures. With travel restrictions constantly changing and reduced passenger numbers, airlines are also juggling their normal operations and day-to-day issues such as staffing, commercial relationships, brand recognition and sponsorships.
We can support your business needs by advising on corporate and commercial matters, resolving disputes, intellectual property matters, sponsorship agreements, employment and pension law. We know that each airline has its own unique business goals and pressures so we will tailor our advice to ensure your business continues to thrive and grow.
Key contact: Patrick Gearon
Airport operators and owners are facing an unprecedented business environment due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reduced passenger numbers are causing real concern for airports together with the related staffing and employment issues. Airports may also face complex and frequent renegotiation or disputes through their commercial relationships with airlines and service providers.
We will work closely with you and your suppliers to help address a broad range of employment law and HR issues, dispute negotiations, airport infrastructure contracts, procurement and tendering processes and any contractual disputes that may arise. If your ambitions are to grow and develop, we can work alongside you to help expand and modernise the services you offer.
Key contact: Paula Boast
Click here to read more about the Aviation sector clients we work with.
If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, please feel free to contact Patrick Gearon or any other contact listed below.
Meet the team
Some of our clients
Charles Russell Speechlys advises on the sale of No.1 Lounges Ltd to SwissportALD
SwissportALD will run nine No.1 Lounge properties at the UK’s London Heathrow, London Gatwick, and Birmingham airports.
Up, up and dismay: Airlines bring judicial review challenge to the government's traffic light system for holiday destinations
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Apollo Aerospace Components on acquisition of NYK Component Solutions
Apollo is an aerospace and defence supplier.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Avation plc on £7.5m secondary placing
Headquartered in Singapore, Avation plc manages a fleet of aircraft which it leases to airlines across the world.
Travelling to the UK anytime soon? Don’t forget your (negative) COVID-19 test
ICO issues British Airways with a ground-breaking fine
On 16 October 2020, The Information Commissioner’s Office (the “ICO”) imposed a monetary penalty notice fining British Airways .
Turbulent Times for Virgin Atlantic!
Hannah looks at Virgin Atlantic's plans for a private-only solvent recapitalisation
Turbulent Times for Virgin Atlantic!
Fight or Flight time for Virgin Atlantic... is a restructure on the horizon?
Jessica looks at whether a formal insolvency process is on the horizon for the struggling Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic - not out of the (Necker the) woods yet...
Jessica looks at the news that Virgin Atlantic is the latest airline to apply for a government loan to continue to support its operations