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Aviation & Marine

Dispute resolution & distressed asset management

What is involved?

Our team is led by Lindsey Clegg, whose work in the aviation industry resulted in her being named as a Rising Star by AirFinance Journal in 2013. We advise lessors/finance companies, owners, and airlines in difficult situations. These typically involve issues of asset preservation and recovery, urgent interim relief and substantive monetary claims.

We have significant experience advising in connection with marine finance, admiralty proceedings and in general asset finance recovery work – particularly where there is a cross-border element or flight risk involved. The team also regularly advises on contractual disputes arising within aviation supply chains and in the aviation sector generally and is part of our wider specialist Airports and Aviation sector group.

As part of our commitment to working with you, we are happy to offer bespoke in-house training to your in-house and or commercial teams and regularly deliver training days to in-house teams on distressed asset and dispute management. Call our Dispute Resolution team to find out how we could help you.

Why choose Freeths?

  • Significant industry expertise obtained through acting for all parts of the industry: lessors and banks; airlines and private operators; airports; charterers; insurers; suppliers and manufacturers – we know your industry, speak your language and understand how you, and your opponent, might be thinking
  • Pragmatic, commercial solutions: our team gives you answers not options
  • We review situations quickly, often advising on an initial telephone call, to prevent potential issues escalating into fully blown disputes and neutralising potential flight risk
  • Where advice and assistance is required in other jurisdictions, we work with the best in breed specialist local law firms. We are not tied to branch offices or restricted networks who often lack the industry expertise required. We are also happy to work with your own local advisors in other jurisdictions

Key contacts

James Hartley

James Hartley
Partner & National Head of Dispute Resolution

0345 077 9581

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Meet the team

Aviation & Marine Lawyers

National Head of Team

James Hartley

James Hartley

0345 077 9581

Lindsey Clegg

Lindsey Clegg

0345 030 5793

James Hartley

James Hartley

0345 077 9581

Caroline Watson

0345 030 5789

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Notable Work
  • Representing a Turkish airline in Commercial Court proceedings commenced by a lessor, following the catastrophic failure of the leased asset during a commercial passenger flight.
  • Representing a holiday company in Commercial Court proceedings commenced following its failure to take delivery of two Boeing 767 aircraft.
  • Acting for the owner and lessor of a Dassault Falcon 7x aircraft to successfully resolve claims valued at US $33 million commenced in three jurisdictions by the French head-finance company following default by the Russian sub-lessee, securing a full indemnity for all losses and costs for her clients.
  • Advising finance companies and banks on a number of distressed aircraft leasing accounts, including in relation to early intervention and distressed asset management planning, securing, recovery and/or repossession of the aircraft, third party lien claims against the aircraft, asset sale and recovery of shortfalls following sales, securing their investments and minimising losses and risk in default situations
  • Advising an aircraft engine manufacturer in a variety of disputes arising out of the interpretation, implementation and renegotiation of long-term supply and partnering agreements with critical component supply partners.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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