Recent, Notable & Leading Cases

Aviation insurance claims in the US arising out of Russian sanctions

Philip is instructed by several prominent US law firms to provide expert evidence on English law in cases brought by

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Philip Shepherd acts for Claimant’s against Leonardo in claim arising from fatal helicopter crash at Leicester City Football Ground.

Philip is instructed as lead counsel by Stewarts (Peter Neenan and Sarah Stewart) in a product liability claim against Leonardo, the manufacturers of the Agusta 169 that tragically crashed in 2018 shortly after take-off killing all on board

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Genesis v Spicejet

Philip Shepherd KC leading Erin Hitchins represented the operating lessor Genesis in the latest round of its successful claims against the lessee SpiceJet in the London Commercial Court in respect of the failure by SpiceJet to return a Boeing 737-800 in the stipulated redelivery condition.

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Qatar Airways and Airbus settle high profile legal action

Qatar Airways and Airbus have settled their legal dispute which was scheduled for a 9 week trial commencing in London in June 2023.

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Philip Shepherd KC features in The Lawyer’s top 20 cases for 2023

Philip was instructed by Pinsent Masons on behalf of Qatar Airways in a claim brought against Airbus involving contracts relating to the supply of defective A350’s, experiencing rapid degradation of the outer layers of the aircraft.

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Qatar Airways vs Airbus – Airbus loses bid to use French Blocking Statute

In the latest judgment from the High Court in the dispute between Qatar Airways and Airbus relating to premature surface degradation of a large number of Airbus A350s, the court rejected the attempt by Airbus to rely on the so called French Blocking Statute.

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Qatar Airways vs Airbus

Philip was instructed by Jim Cormack KC (Global Head of Litigation), Jacqueline Harris, Pamela McDonald and Lawrence Davies of Pinsent Masons on behalf of Qatar Airways to head a team of 5 leading and 4 junior counsel in its dispute with Airbus.

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Times Travel Limited v Pakistan International Airways Corporation [2021] UKSC 40

The Supreme Court has now established beyond challenge the existence of “lawful act” economic duress, rejecting the argument that acts that are lawful in themselves can never qualify as illegitimate pressure for the purpose of setting aside a contract for duress.

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NAS Air Company v Genesis Aviation Trading 3 Ltd 2020

Rejection of lessees attempts to introduce implied terms / collateral contract / estoppel into operating lease in dispute over responsibility for carrying out performance restoration shop visit.

Wallis Trading Inc v Air Tanzania and Tanzania 2020

Whether Tanzanian law was relevant to enforcing a settlement agreement relating to liabilities under an English law aircraft operating lease also guaranteed by the Government of Tanzania.

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