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Aviation and Shipping Litigation

Allen & Overy has a wealth of experience in aviation and shipping litigation.

We regularly act for aircraft lessors and financiers in the repossession of aircraft in the UK, Europe, Asia and the U.S. and advise on repossession strategies, including self-help remedies, court orders, cross-border enforcement strategies and arbitration.

We handle all areas of shipping litigation globally, whatever the type of vessel, cargo or commodity.

We are experienced in advising on Eurocontrol detention risk in Europe, particularly in the UK. We liaise with the Civil Aviation Authority and other national aviation authorities on the registration and deregistration of aircraft and advise on obtaining flight or ferry permits in a variety of jurisdictions. Our extensive global reach sees us acting in recoveries and repossessions all over the world, including the UK, India, Turkey and West Africa. 

We work closely with our non-contentious Aviation and Shipping practices to deliver deep expertise to clients. We frequently act for aircraft lessors and financiers in relation to leasing and other aviation disputes, with claims for damages arising out of the failure to return in redelivery condition and loss of future rent.

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Publications: 10 JUNE 2021

‘Without prejudice’ mediation materials admissible to uphold settlement agreement

This Court of Appeal ruling considers the ambit of existing exceptions to the ‘without prejudice’ rule. The defendant was successful in getting statements made in ‘without prejudice’ mediation…

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Glass building

Publications: 10 MAY 2021

Claim against parent company in tort for inducing breach of contract by subsidiary has no real prospect of success

A claim for inducing breach of contract had no real prospect of success, despite the fact that a subsidiary’s breach of contract was the known and inevitable result of its parent company’s decision to…

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Publications: 10 MAY 2021

Liquidated damages clause in aircraft purchase agreement not an unenforceable penalty

The claimant aircraft manufacturer claimed damages under an aircraft purchase agreement for the non-payment of pre-delivery payments (PDPs) following the defendant’s failure to pay the PDPs and to…

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Publications: 25 JUNE 2019

Economic duress for lawful threats limited to bad faith demands

The Court of Appeal has held that there is no economic duress in commercial situations where a party uses lawful pressure or threats to achieve a result to which it genuinely believes itself to be…

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