The aviation team advises banks, financial institutions, flag carriers and private individuals on the financing, leasing, chartering, acquisition and disposal of aircraft, helicopters and engines and ground handling equipment in the UK and cross-border transactions, as well as all aspects of dispute resolution.

We advise on aviation finance and leasing transactions from the financing of private aircraft, helicopters and engines to the leasing of commercial aircraft, including advising on standard form and bespoke aviation loans, mortgages and security agreements.

Our corporate jet experts routinely act for established and challenger banks seeking to enforce their security, including arrest and judicial sale, through to shortfall recoveries. We advise on all aspects of aviation insurance from policy wording to acting for underwriters on coverage and liability disputes and claims generally. 

Recent experience includes:

  • advising a Finnish bank on the sale of a Eurocopter to an Irish reseller of commercial aircraft and helicopters for export to the US
    protecting and enforcing registered and unregistered trade mark rights in one of Europe’s pre-eminent airline brands

  • advising a flag carrier on the purchase of an Airbus A320 from a global aircraft lessor

  • advising a flag carrier on the sale of a fleet of 10 Avro RJ100s to a Canadian jet maintenance company

  • advising an education institution on the leasing of an aircraft from a government entity for the purposes of carrying out atmospheric research, including operating lease and maintenance arrangements

  • advising on a lease and maintenance services agreement with a major airline for the provision of all of its business critical airside ground handling equipment (aircraft steps, etc) for the airline’s operations at London Gatwick Airport and related multi-party agreements including the head lease finance house.

To learn more about how Shoosmiths can help you, contact Elliot Bishop for aviation disputes or Sarah Fairweather for non-contentious work.


Aviation is part of Shoosmiths’ wider litigation offering. If you would like help finding the right team or lawyer please contact us on +44 (0)3700 863 000 or contact us by email to [email protected].

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