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Our team of acknowledged leading practitioners and highly talented aviation lawyers bring to the table a genuine in-depth knowledge and understanding of the aviation industry, which, when combined with a practical hands-on approach and high levels of legal expertise, enables us to deliver the commercial outcome our clients are looking for, effectively and cost efficiently.
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In our team, we have decades of accumulated experience acting for:

  • airlines
  • lessors
  • financiers and the major transportation banks
  • insurers
  • maintenance repair and overhaul organisations
  • airports
  • airline associations.

This experience means our aviation specialist lawyers have a 360 degree understanding of how the aviation industry works, and can leverage that knowledge and experience to the benefit of clients without any re-invention of wheels or cost inefficiencies. Our approach is driven by listening to our clients’ commercial objectives, making sure we understand what it is that they want to achieve, within what timeframe, at what cost, and resourcing the job with the right team.

We are ranked amongst the top firms by leading legal directories for aviation finance and leasing. Our award-winning team has a well-established reputation for excellence. We have extensive experience in all areas of aviation finance and leasing, regularly advising international financiers and lessors on financing and leasing transactions and portfolio management activities.

We also have extensive experience of aviation litigation including all forms of dispute resolution, disputes arising out of operating and finance leases and disputes arising out of termination of leases. We provide regulatory advice and compliance, competition and state aid investigations, merger advice and act on all forms of accidents and incidents.

As well as our core team of aviation specialist lawyers, we offer wider services to our aviation clients through our corporate and commercial, restructuring, IP, employment, pensions, tax, and real estate specialist teams.

"They are commercially astute and have taken the effort to understand our business." Chambers UK 2015

Landmark Commercial Court case - loss of onward sale contract

Acted in the landmark Commercial Court case of Pindell and BBAM v Air Asia concerning claims brought by lessor for the loss of an onward sale contract arising from the late redelivery of the aircraft.

Deep vein thrombosis - worldwide litigation

Acted for airlines in the worldwide deep vein thrombosis litigation brought by claimants in the UK, US and Australia.

Major air disaster investigations

Acted on numerous accident investigations, major air disasters including the Lockerbie investigation and trial, and other high profile accidents and incidents.

Acted for numerous lessors and airlines in redelivery disputes litigated in the High Court in London and in international arbitrations and acted for both lessors and airlines on repossessions, restructuring and insolvency claims.

Aviation regulation

Acted for numerous airlines advising them on regulatory issues, and claims of both regulatory and commercial nature including EC 261 claims, advice on compliance with various EU Regulations including ETS, EC Reg 1008/2008, the PRM Regulation, state aid, consumer protection legislation, competition cartel and alliance issues, price fixing investigations, disputes with airports, slots advice and transfers, EU blacklist work and regulatory safety compliance, ground handling disputes, and commercial disputes acting for airlines against all manner of suppliers and manufacturers.

Altavair (formerly Guggenheim Aviation Partners)

Advising Altavair (formerly Guggenheim Aviation Partners) on the acquisition, financing and leasing of more than 50 new and used aircraft. 

Aircraft portfolio disposal

Advising a major operating lessor on the sale of a portfolio of 37 aircraft. 

Transportation Partners

Advising Transportation Partners on the ECA-supported financing of 10 ATR 72-600 aircraft with a capital markets take-out option. 

Financing of new and used aircraft

Advising DVB, BNP Paribas, BTMU and other leading financial institutions on multiple financings of new and used aircraft for large operating leasing companies. 

PDP aircraft financing

Advising a leading bank on the PDP financing of multiple A320neo and A330 aircraft.

Lawyer

Edward Campbell Partner

T:  +33 1 44 15 80 03
M:  +33 6 10 51 65 46 Email Edward | Vcard Office:  Paris

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Richard Parsons Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2651
M:  +44 7825 625 906 Email Richard | Vcard Office:  London

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Paul Phillips Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2302
M:  +44 7734 135 401 Email Paul | Vcard Office:  London

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Simon Wong Partner

T:  +852 2533 2885
M:  +852 6102 0511 Email Simon | Vcard Office:  Hong Kong

Latest news & insights

05 Sep 2016

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Airfinance Journal ranks Guy Espitalier-Noel as a rising star in aviation finance

Guy Espitalier-Noel, a senior associate in Stephenson Harwood's aviation finance practice, has been recognised as a rising star by leading industry publication, Airfin..

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03 Feb 2016

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Stephenson Harwood leads on £182 million cross border acquisition

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised longstanding client AIM Group Ltd (AIM Group) on its £182 million cross border sale to Liberty Hall Capital Partners (Liber..

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11 Jan 2016

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Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance advises on landmark aviation finance transaction

Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance has advised Transportation Partners on the world's first-ever Coface guaranteed bond transaction financing ATR aircraft.

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06 Jul 2015

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1 November 2015 – Effective date for Cape Town Convention in the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey and the UK

We outline some of the significant points that will affect the application of English law to aircraft finance transactions.

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10 Nov 2014

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Winter 2014 Aviation LegalEye

We provide an overview of recent legal and regulatory developments, including an update on the Huzar v Jet2.com and Dawson v Thompson Airways cases, and the implicatio..

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05 Oct 2014

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EC 261: Court confirms English passengers may claim within 6 years of flight

In James Dawson v Thomson Airways, the Court of Appeal has confirmed that the limitation period within which passengers may bring EC 261 claims in England & Wales is s..

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12 Jun 2014

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English Court clamps down on extraordinary circumstances in passenger claims

We on the Court of Appeal judgment in Huzar v Jet2 affecting airline passengers rights to compensation payments for delay or cancellation.

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13 Jan 2014

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Stephenson Harwood advised Vietjet Air in aircraft engine purchase

International law firm Stephenson Harwood has advised VietJet Air, on the purchase of aircraft engines for up to 46 CFM 56 aircraft engines

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18 Dec 2013

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Aviation LegalEye - Autumn/Winter 2013

An overview of recent developments in aviation.

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