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Daniel James

Partner
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Daniel James

Partner

Daniel is a Partner in the Aviation team.

He advises on and drafts transactional and operational agreements for aircraft, including wet and dry leases, charters and sale and purchase agreements.  These include complex ownership agreements with financing and security, as well as long-term, short-term and emergency leases.

Daniel acts for numerous parts companies in the aircraft supply chain and negotiates agreements for sale, lease, exchange, repair or power-by-the-hour.

After a secondment within the aviation team of a leading logistics company and having spent many years in aviation litigation, Daniel is familiar with the aircraft industry, its risk profile and potential triggers for commercial disputes.  He understands market standards and industry norms which helps companies ensure they do not take on risk which is outside of their control or “off-market”.

Daniel acts for private owners; aircraft, engine or parts lessors and lessees; brokers, airlines, and charter companies; parts supply and repair businesses; and any business involved in aviation finance or operations.  Private clients include ultra-high-net-worth individuals.  Commercial clients include Royal Aero GmbH, LHI Leasing GmbH, Eirtrade Aviation Ireland Limited, Avtrade Limited, AJW Group, Air Charter Service and Texel Air.

Recent examples of how Daniel has helped clients include:

  • conducting the purchase and finance of an AW139 helicopter for a wealthy individual, liaising with counsel in the Isle of Man in relation to ownership structure and aircraft management;
  • negotiating a contract for the bespoke design and fit-out of an Airbus private jet, in circumstances where quality, security and confidentiality were critical;
  • advising a parts supply company on a multi-million-pound airline component supply, logistics and support contract;
  • completing all stages of the purchase and transfer of ownership of the lease of a passenger aircraft and consecutive conversion agreements, before the aircraft was sent to USA for conversion to a freighter and leased to a cargo airline; and
  • advising on the consignment and teardown contract for the third A380 coming out of service and to be torn down for spares, as covered in The Irish Times.
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Tim Brymer

Consultant
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Tim Brymer

Consultant

Tim is a Consultant specialising in aviation and aerospace law.  He has represented aviation insurers, airlines and manufacturers through his international practice encompassing Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America.

Among other accomplishments, he was responsible for pioneering the use of the common law injunction to restrain forum shopping following aviation disasters.

Tim is heavily involved in high-profile aviation disaster work, regularly acting for aircraft operators and multi-national aviation product manufacturers. Examples of how Tim has helped clients include::

  • Acting for the Government of Malta and their Insurers in relation to the criminal investigation and subsequent civil litigation arising from the Lockerbie disaster in 1988.
  • Participating in the investigation into the Concorde loss in Paris in 2000 and subsequently handling the parallel criminal and civil proceedings on behalf of Goodyear and their Insurers.
  • Handling the aftermath of the mid-air collision over Uberlingen, Southern Germany between a DHL Boeing 757 and a Baskirian Airlines TU-154 in 2000, together with criminal proceedings brought by the Public Prosecutor in Zurich against Skyguide, on behalf of the Russian and London insurance markets involved.
  • Representing Dana Airlines and their Insurers in relation to the total loss of their MD82 aircraft in the suburbs of Lagos, Nigeria in 2012, including handling the civil and criminal proceedings associated with those who perished in the aircraft and on the ground.
  • Appointment as an expert by the European Parliamentary Assembly to advise on the civil and criminal liability issues arising from the accident at Smolensk involving the death of President Kaczynski and other members of the Polish Government in 2010 and participating in and presenting papers at hearings in Paris in 2016 convened by PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe)

Tim originally trained as a commercial pilot at BOAC. He is one of the founding members of the Lawyers Flying Association and maintains a current pilot's license and instrument rating. Tim is also a member of the Guild of Pilots and Air Navigators.

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Humphrey Dawson

Consultant
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Humphrey Dawson

Consultant

Humphrey is a Consultant in the Commercial team.

He has dealt with the sale, purchase and lease of large aircraft around the globe, as well as with engines and aircraft parts, maintenance and overhaul contracts. He has also advised on general aviation matters including international route designation into the UK, immigration, fares and agreements with tour operators and travel agencies.

Humphrey has extensive experience in aviation related litigation around the world, including the seizure and release of impounded aircraft, arbitration and mediation hearings and acting for the owners of aircraft on major insurance claims including appearing before the Canadian Air Safety Board in respect of a major fatal DC8 accident.

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Simon Amos

Senior Associate
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Simon Amos

Senior Associate

Simon is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team.

He advises on commercial disputes and litigation, arising out of breach of contract, as well as shareholder and director disputes.

He specialises in commercial disputes within the aviation sector including cross-border debt recovery, and multi-jurisdictional ownership issues, aviation contract and leasing disputes and product liability issues following accidents that involve subrogated claims for insurers.

Disputes often involve High Court litigation in England and abroad, or arbitration under London Court of International Arbitration and International Chamber of Commerce rules.

Simon acts for aviation manufacturers, lessors, operators and insurers, parts suppliers, charter brokers, flying clubs and aircraft owners, as well as travel and construction companies.

Recent examples of how Simon has helped clients include:

  • achieving a financial settlement for the lessor of a Boeing 737 in a multi-million-dollar claim against an airline and its government guarantor following lease defaults and abandonment of the aircraft;
  • securing payment of a multi-million-dollar debt to an aircraft parts company from an overseas state-owned airline through LCIA arbitration;
  • successfully claiming on behalf of an overseas aircraft operator in a multi-million-dollar LCIA arbitration concerning a dispute over fractional ownership of an executive jet; and
  • securing injunctive relief in the High Court for travel company director-shareholders seeking disclosure of company information, and subsequently settling the dispute.
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Hannah Lunn

Associate
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Hannah Lunn

Associate

Hannah is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution team.

Hannah advises on the resolution of breach of contract claims, shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of directors’ duties, failure to observe post-employment restrictive covenants and disputes over high-value contested debts.

Hannah is an experienced litigator and is also used to supporting clients through arbitration.

Hannah acts for large and medium sized businesses, and for private individuals with commercial interests.  She has specialist knowledge of the telecoms industry.

Recent examples of how Hannah has helped clients include:

  • negotiating a settlement in a breach of contract claim for a telecoms company in relation to the operation of an artificially inflated call traffic scheme;
  • resolving a breach of contract claim for an electronics manufacturer in relation to a consignment of modified LCD screens, where a dispute over the nature of the modifications that had been requested arose; and
  • overturning an injunction for a client who had been accused of defamation and harassment by a company following a workplace dispute, in circumstances where the company had not shown the required candour when the injunction was sought.