James specialises in international and UK aviation accidents, helping claimants and their families worldwide. He is the lawyer of choice for high-value aviation claims.



James has a track record of winning major settlements for claimants in high-profile aviation accidents worldwide, as well as business jet, helicopter and light aircraft accidents. Has been involved in most of the major aviation accidents worldwide over the past 25 years.


James is Top Ranked in Chambers 2019 and a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 2018.

Chambers 2019 James as offering “an unparalleled depth of knowledge to survivors, families and dependants”

The Legal 500 2018 praises James as “quite simply brilliant; his understanding of multi-jurisdictional law, his ability to deliver challenging issues in a kind and patient manner, his understanding of the coronial system and his brilliant strategic overview give his clients the confidence to know that he really is fighting their corner”

In Chambers 2018 a source commented: “I think James is one of the finest lawyers I’ve ever met anywhere.”

Chambers 2015 said: “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’, and is also singled out as ‘being dedicated to his clients – he really goes the extra mile’, and being ‘tactically adept’.”

The Legal 500 2017 commented he is “one of the leading aviation lawyers of his generation; his charisma belies a fantastic tactical brain and a spine made of steel when it comes to negotiation.”

The Legal 500 2016  commented: “Aviation expert James Healy-Pratt pursues his claims with grit and realism.”

James has been highlighted as a Leading Individual in Who’s Who Legal: Aviation 2018.


HM Assistant Coroner for East Sussex (current part time), Group General Counsel at Amlin plc. Senior Legal Adviser at Global Aerospace. LLM in Aviation & Space Law.

Accreditations and Memberships

  • Solicitor, New York Attorney
  • HM Assistant Coroner for East Sussex
  • Sometime Lecturer in Aviation Law at Cranfield University
  • MRAeS, Licensed turbine helicopter pilot



James appears frequently on BBC, ITV, Sky, CNN etc and in the national and international press as an aviation legal expert. He has been the keynote speaker at many aviation conferences worldwide.


James’s interests include flying, fishing, football and motorcycles.