Stage 2: Where should we bring the claim?

How our aviation investigations help

While our investigation helps our clients understand who is responsible for their injuries and loss, our job is also to obtain financial security for our clients’ future and compensation for their pain.

In most cases, we will determine that a number of people and companies contributed to the accident. These people and companies will give our clients a choice of countries in which we can pursue their claims for them.

Our expertise in the laws of different countries across the world

Every country has different laws on liability, a different court system, and a different way of valuing life and loss. The lawyers in our team speak multiple languages, are qualified in multiple jurisdictions and have experience of valuing claims all over the world. This allows us to identify the best country in which to pursue our clients’ claims.

Many manufacturers of aircraft and aircraft components are based in the US, and often this is a preferred country in which to bring a claim. There are risks with taking a non-US claim to the US as the courts often dismiss foreign matters as being better suited to litigation in another country.

One of the partners in the Aviation department is an Illinois (US) qualified attorney and has represented families in Illinois and other states of the US. We have worked with our chosen US counsel to win US jurisdiction in more foreign aviation cases than any other firm. We have the expertise to know which cases ought to be fought in the US and which should be settled. Fighting jurisdiction is a risk, and should only be fought when the facts are right.

Once a range of potential countries has been established and claim values have been determined under each of them, our job is to negotiate the best compensation for our clients.

Ultimately, it is the insurers of the different entities that pay compensation following an accident. The majority of those insurers are based in London and it is here that the decision-makers on our clients’ claims are based.

Our department has experience of working with the insurance market. We know the decision makers and their lawyers. Time and time again, this has resulted in speedy and smooth resolution of our clients’ claims for compensation packages that fairly reflect the risks to all parties.


Stage 3: What can be done by families after an accident?  The inquest

Stage 4: What can be done by others after an accident? Criminal prosecution


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Stage 1: What happened?  The accident investigation

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.

Julian Chamberlayne, Partner, Head of International Injury, Stewarts

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