Partner and Head of the Aviation Department, Stewarts Law LLP
James is head of the Aviation and Travel department and specialises in airline disasters and aviation accidents worldwide, including those involving commercial jet airliners, business jets, helicopters, small general aviation aircraft, micro-lights and para-gliders. He also specialises in Space Law catastrophes involving satellites and satellite launches. His work and reputation are recognised by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, the two pre-eminent independently researched guides to the legal profession:
James is Top Ranked in Chamber & Partners 2015 and a Leading Individual in Legal 500 2014
James Healy-Pratt is the market leader for claimant work in the aviation field. He is lauded by sources as "very smart, an exceptional intellect and very creative," is also singled out as being "dedicated to his clients - he really goes the extra mile." and being "tactically adept" (Chambers & Partner 2015)
"James has been an absolute marvel in that firm, a great deal maker and a fantastic negotiator. He understands entirely what is important to claimants but also understands what will get insurers going. A winning combination." (Chambers & Partners 2014)
"James Healy-Pratt is praised for his excellent commitment to client care and deep understanding of the insurance market." "He is the go-to guy for claimants," one peer commented. (Chambers & Partners 2013).
James is described as "a true legal brain" in the Legal 500 2013 and as "formidable" in the Legal 500 2014.
James is an active qualified helicopter pilot and makes regular media appearances on TV, Radio and the National and International Press on matters of air safety. He has also been a regular Speaker at International Aviation Law Conferences around the globe for over fifteen years, including guest speaker on Air Safety and Inquests at the Society of Coroners AGM in 2012. James is also an Aviation Law Arbitrator and Mediator for the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Air Law Committee, Royal Aeronautical Society;
Honourable Society of Gray's Inn;
Law Society of England & Wales;
New York Bar;
American Association for Justice
Attorney (New York), Solicitor (England & Wales) BA Hons, LLM, Cert Air & Space Law, MRAeS.
BA Hons in Law Educated from Durham University. (BA Hons in Law).
Master of Laws Degree from University College London in International Air & Space Law.
Called to the Bar 1991 and pupillage at Temple Chambers, then in-house lawyer in the City and Lloyd's of London specialising in international aerospace.
Born 1st March 1968
Flying helicopters and vintage jets.
Surfing and fly-fishing when possible, preferably in the West of Ireland.
Married to Paula with two sons, Niall and Lorcan.
Resides in Forest Row, Sussex and sometimes Co. Mayo in Eire.
26 March 2015
It remains possible that the pilots were too busy wrestling with the controls to respond to their radio. James said: "You are taught to aviate, navigate and communicate, in that order."
24 March 2015
An Airbus A320 operated by Germanwings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, has crashed in the southern French Alps between Barcelona and Digne with 150 people on board
09 March 2015
James Healy-Pratt, Partner and Head of Aviation, appears in 'Missing: MH370 One Year On' on Channel 5
29 January 2015
The Malaysian government today released a formal accident declaration
19 January 2015
High Court in London have ruled in favour of the family of Tomas Dusek who was killed in a helicopter crash in the Andes Mountains in Peru on 6 June 2012.