The department’s core focus is assisting non-aviation entities; those without the means and the army of lawyers to get their own way. We have never acted for airlines or manufacturers of aircraft, ensuring that we are conflict free.

We frequently represent pilots and small aircraft operators, often in conjunction with our Employment or Commercial Litigation departments, in relation to a variety of commercial issues including:

  • Employment related issues
  • Loss of licence insurance litigation
  • Aircraft purchase disputes
  • Aircraft maintenance disputes

Since 2016, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has been developing a new framework for the regulation of commercial drone activity (also known as UAVs, UASs, and RPASs). Commercial drone technology is likely to see huge growth over the next 10 years, particularly in the energy, agriculture, construction and delivery and logistics sectors.

Our commercial clients (ie, non-aviation businesses working in these sectors) will be utilising this technology. Our commitment to our clients has driven our department to develop expertise in this area, ensuring that our clients’ interests are protected.

Our team is uniquely qualified to advise on technological and operational issues: the partners have advanced technical degrees and can fly helicopters, aircraft and drones.

Most firms capable of advising in this area already work for operators or manufacturers of drone technology. We are conflict free and specialist in the following drone-related matters:

  • Regulatory disputes
  • Product defect litigation
  • Operator disputes
  • General commercial disputes

If you require assistance, please contact us or request a call from one of our lawyers.

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.

Peter Neenan, Partner, Aviation, Stewarts