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.
12 August 2015
James Healy-Pratt tells Wall Street Journal that the discovery of aircraft debris from MH370 is unlikely to affect negotiations over insurance payments to families.
22 July 2015
TIME Magazine article - An investigation remains stymied one year after a plane with almost 300 people on board was shot down
01 July 2015
On 30th June Lufthansa made a formal offer of final compensation to the families. However this falls woefully short and all families are expected to reject this offer.
29 May 2015
Our Aviation team have extended the multi-jurisdictional support for the families affected by tragic Germanwings Flight 4U-9525 accident by partnering with KA Legal S.L. (Spain) and Kanzlei Zuhorn und Partner (Germany)
22 April 2015
James Healy-Pratt has appeared in the documentary 'Terror in the skies: AirAsia and Beyond' discussing the importance of establishing the facts following aircraft disasters.