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Keeping the industry in the air

 

Aviation organisations and their insurers operate in a unique, heavily regulated industry, requiring specialist legal services. For more than 25 years, we’ve been working on behalf of aviation insurers, domestic and international airlines, airport authorities—and the industry’s regulators—to navigate this complex environment.

With strong expertise in aviation insurance claims, carrier’s liability claims and air accident litigation, we advise insurers on coverage issues. We also defend claims across the full range of risks facing owners and operators, including general aviation, charter and regular public transport sectors, repairers and flight training organisations.

Clients ask us to handle coverage issues and defence of injury and property claims within Australia and the Asia Pacific region, including involving hull loss, passenger and third party liabilities, hangar keeper's liabilities, aviation product liability, ground handling and subrogated recovery actions.

Clients trust us to develop and implement measures to achieve better claims outcomes and reduce overall claims costs.

We also advise operators and pilots on licensing and regulatory issues, defend prosecutions commenced by the regulator in the federal tribunals and courts, and offer advice and representation in coronial inquests and commissions of inquiry. Our air accident litigation expertise includes investigation, liaising with oversight authorities—including ATSB, Air Services Australia and state police—and advising on death, injury and property claims.

Beyond insurance matters, aviation clients ask for our advice in corporate governance, employment and operational activity, certification and regulatory requirements, aircraft acquisition and leasing, security and registration requirements, supplier and distribution agreements, construction and consultancy arrangements, and consumer law and trade practices.

Clients value our track record in the industry, international experience and network of contacts––and our commitment to delivering reliable, high quality, timely and cost effective legal services.

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Winner, Australasian Law Awards, Insurance Specialist Firm of the Year 2018, 2017 & 2016

 

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Kevin Bartlett
Kevin Bartlett
Consultant
t: +61 7 3016 5084+61 7 3016 5084
m: +61 401 887 799+61 401 887 799
o: Brisbane
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Aimee Dash
Aimee Dash
Senior Associate
t: +61 8 9288 8003+61 8 9288 8003
m: +61 473 738 084+61 473 738 084
o: Perth
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Kerri Thomas
Kerri Thomas
Partner
t: +61 3 9291 2305+61 3 9291 2305
m: +61 410 505 217+61 410 505 217
o: Melbourne
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