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 HM Assistant Coroner for East Sussex, 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.
12 October 2016
James recently addressed over 100 attendees at the Flight Global Insurance briefing at Lloyds of London, in his personal rather than official judicial capacity, regarding the role coroner's inquests in air accidents
05 October 2016
We have successfully resolved more than 97% of the cases in a US lawsuit brought on behalf of passengers and crew arising out of an incident involving a British Airways Boeing 777 aircraft at Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport.
28 September 2016
International Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has today reported that the missile launcher involved was transported across the border from Russia.
28 September 2016
The Lord Chief Justice has today granted police access to cockpit footage from the Shoreham air disaster.
22 August 2016
The 22nd August marks the first anniversary of the Shoreham Air Disaster. The families who lost loved ones in the disaster still await the final AAIB report which will give some answers on what happened.