We specialise in winning aviation cases in complex and difficult circumstances. We do that in three ways:

Technical ability

Our partners and lawyers are qualified to fly helicopters and light aircraft. We also have advanced technical and aviation law related degrees. We independently investigate each aviation accident, using our team of training captains and engineers with current detailed experience of the specific type of aircraft and operational procedures. This combined expertise leads us to identify who is responsible for an accident.

Legal ability

Our team of partners and lawyers stands apart from all other aviation law firms. We have partners who are dual-qualified as English solicitors and US attorneys, and who have advanced degrees in aviation and space law. One of our partners is also an HM Assistant Coroner. This is invaluable when advising on coroner’s investigations and inquests in aviation accidents.

Our team has significant experience investigating aviation accidents around the globe and finding the best paths to resolving them. These legal abilities enable us to obtain the highest settlements for our clients in different legal jurisdictions across the globe.

As international aviation lawyers, we speak French, Spanish, German and Russian.

Insurance expertise

London is at the centre of the global aviation insurance market, where aviation claims are managed, negotiated and paid. Our head of department, James Healy-Pratt, has 15 years’ experience at the core of that insurance market, whilst in-house at Global Aerospace and Amlin plc. We know the individual decision makers and insurance companies that will be involved in your accident and your claim. This often delivers the benefit of a smoother resolution to your claim.

Our core focus is aviation accidents and aviation litigation. We also add our aviation expertise to commercial matters involving aircrew loss of licence and aircraft transactions. We have recently become specialists in the expanding area of drone and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) matters.

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Meet the Aviation team

Our team has unrivalled experience in dealing with aviation accident claims and aviation litigation. 

We are ranked No.1 in the UK by Chambers and The Legal 500 and are one of the top five firms worldwide for aviation accident litigation.

James Healy-Pratt, Partner, Head of Aviation, Stewarts