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36 Commercial boasts market-leading expertise across the aviation and aerospace sector in the UK and internationally. Our members are well-placed to advise on and act in relation to the planning and development of airports and associated infrastructure, as well as in relation to environmental, commercial, construction, and regulatory disputes. 

We have leading expertise in aviation regulatory matters (e.g. documentation of agreements underpinned by regulatory issues, such as slots exchange agreements, code shares; air traffic light issues under bilateral air services agreements, bonding and licensing rules applicable to travel providers; domestic UK/Irish and European regulatory regime; undertaking regulatory reviews for clients, established carriers and start-ups etc), and also Aviation commercial issues, particularly in relation to aircraft finance and leasing and re-delivery return conditions; aircraft acquisition; cross border loan and lease agreements.

Our aviation barristers represent diverse clients in disputes at all levels, whether in litigation, arbitrations, mediations, inquests, regulatory hearings and public inquiries.

Our Members regularly provide specialist advice on:

  • Disputes relating to aircraft finance, leasing, recovery and liens, as well as title to aircraft
  • Sector-specific commercial litigation
  • Aviation and maintenance disputes, including fatal accidents and serious personal injury
  • Tour operator liability
  • Air carrier liability (both in relation to individual claims and group litigation)
  • Insurance and reinsurance coverage issues
  • Private international law issues
  • Regulatory issues

Our team acts for the full range of clients in the aviation and aerospace sector including: international airlines, operators of private, domestic, regional and international airports, owners of single aircraft and fleets of aircraft, leasing companies, business aviation operators, aviation industry representative bodies, aero engine manufacturers and suppliers, and aircraft and aerospace manufacturers.

We also have considerable expertise in the law relating to drones and autonomous technology. We advise on all civil regulatory and criminal issues relating to drone use, including in relation to associated areas, such as privacy, data protection, trespass, and property law. 

With over 140 barristers, mediators and arbitrators (including 18 Queen's Counsel, 3 Senior Counsel from Ireland and South Africa, and a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India), as well as operations in Singapore and Hong Kong, The 36 Group a truly international multi-specialist set. We are uniquely placed to provide advice and representation on aviation matters before English and international courts at all levels.

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