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Johnny Champion

T: +44 20 7809 2358 Email Johnny | Vcard Office: London

Awards

Transport law firm of the year 2018

Transport law firm of the year 2018

Johnny Champion Associate

Contact details

Johnny Champion

Johnny Champion
Associate

T: +44 20 7809 2358 Email Johnny | Vcard Office: London

Johnny is a commercial litigation associate who advises on disputes across a number of sectors, with particular expertise in aviation litigation and regulation.
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He has advised airlines and operators, banks and financial institutions on contentious matters arising in the aviation sector, including in respect of the financing and leasing of aircraft, repossessions and redeliveries. Johnny has in-depth experience working on disputes concerning the return conditions of engines and works frequently with powerplant engineers, MROs, and engine experts. In addition, he has experience in advising airlines on regulatory developments at an international, EU and domestic level, including in relation to airport slots, passenger rights and state aid.

Johnny also advises and represents banks, corporates and high net worth individuals in relation to a range of matters involving arbitration and litigation.

Johnny is a fluent Cantonese speaker, and comprehends Mandarin, and written Chinese.

  • Aviation litigation and regulation
  • Commercial litigation

Lease and redelivery disputes

Represented a number of airlines and lessors on high-value disputes arising out of the operation of wet and dry leases, and the redelivery or repossession of leased aircraft and engines over a range of issues including compliance with return conditions, AOGs, C-Checks, engine shop visits, engine thrust increases, APUs, airframe structural repairs.

Repossessions

Advised a bank on steps to repossess two Boeing 777 aircraft following the borrower's threat of non-payment and flying the aircraft to another jurisdiction for unapproved cabin reconfiguration works.

Disputes with air navigation service providers

Represented Ryanair in challenging the interpretation of EC Regulation 391/2013 concerning the common charging scheme for air navigation charges in light of the Chicago Convention, ICAO Annex 8, ICAO's policies and guidance.

Disputes with airports

Represented several carriers on disputes with airports over airport fees and charges, ground handling services, discriminatory pricing, and State Aid.

Dispute with operational partners

Advised airlines on agreements with suppliers and codeshare agreements with other airlines.

Restructuring and insolvency

Advised trustee in bankruptcy on contractual rights following the bankruptcy of AS Estonia Air.

More: Aviation litigation and regulation

Chinese airline

Represented a Chinese airline in a US$22 million ICC arbitration arising out of the redelivery of two leased aircraft.

Cypriot banks

Acted for a number of Cypriot banks in defending allegations of mis-selling of foreign currency loans, and managing recovery proceedings against debtors.

Motorsport

Advised a circuit owner and a motorcycle chassis manufacturer on issues arising out of their respective contracts with suppliers.

More: Commercial litigation
  • Aviation

Lease and redelivery disputes

Represented a number of airlines and lessors on high-value disputes arising out of the operation of wet and dry leases, and the redelivery or repossession of leased aircraft and engines over a range of issues including compliance with return conditions, AOGs, C-Checks, engine shop visits, engine thrust increases, APUs, airframe structural repairs.

Repossessions

Advised a bank on steps to repossess two Boeing 777 aircraft following the borrower's threat of non-payment and flying the aircraft to another jurisdiction for unapproved cabin reconfiguration works.

Disputes with air navigation service providers

Represented Ryanair in challenging the interpretation of EC Regulation 391/2013 concerning the common charging scheme for air navigation charges in light of the Chicago Convention, ICAO Annex 8, ICAO's policies and guidance.

Disputes with airports

Represented several carriers on disputes with airports over airport fees and charges, ground handling services, discriminatory pricing, and State Aid.

Dispute with operational partners

Advised airlines on agreements with suppliers and codeshare agreements with other airlines.

Restructuring and insolvency

Advised trustee in bankruptcy on contractual rights following the bankruptcy of AS Estonia Air.

More: Aviation

Awards

Transport law firm of the year 2018

Transport law firm of the year 2018

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