Aircraft Leasing and Finance Seminar

Quadrant is holding the next seminar in its Aviation Series on 20 March. 

This Seminar will address topical issues in Aircraft Finance and Leasing, including Termination, Contractual Estoppel, Illegality and Entire Agreements and Anti-Variation Clauses.  The collection of talks will draw widely on our experience of these issues across Chambers and our speakers include John Russell QC, Tim Marland, Claudia Wilmot-Smith and Koye Akoni.  These selected topics provide a platform for discussion of recent cases and developments, including the Aquila WSA, Rock Advertising and Air Purchase Fleet cases.

The programme for the event will be as follows:

17:45pm - Arrival and Registration

18:00pm - Seminar

19:15pm - Reception and Networking

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John Russell QC

John is an experienced and determined commercial advocate and has acted as lead Counsel in numerous Commercial Court trials, international and marine arbitrations and appellate cases, including in the Supreme Court. He has also appeared as counsel in inquests and public enquiries.John was originally a tenant at 5 Bell Yard, the then leading aviation set.  He is regularly instructed in all aspects of aviation work, including carriers’ liability, fatal accidents, aircraft leases and financing. 

John is instructed by the leading tour operators and cruise ship owners/ operators and their insurers, in particular in relation to large scale group litigation and recovery/ indemnity claims against hoteliers.  He has particular experience of costs capping and other costs issues arising in such case.

A significant part of John’s practice has involved appearing at inquests and other public enquiries.  These have included inquests arising out of light aircraft and balloon crashes, holiday accidents, and a major public enquiry into the secure hospital sector. 

To view John Russell QC full website profile, please click here.

Tim Marland

Tim is consistently recommended as a leading junior by the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 legal directories where he is praised as: "the epitome of what we look for in a modern barrister; he doesn't just sit in chambers, but gets involved in cases and sees clients with you…”"He's good at giving strong, commercial, practical and down-to-earth advice..” and “is able to guide a court through complex case law in a very simplistic way and convey technical points that would otherwise take days at trial". Tim is currently the only practising junior listed in Who’s Who Legal: Transport 2017 and recommended in the Insurance & Reinsurance Barristers Guide 2017.

Tim has particular expertise in insurance, travel regulation and aviation, including aviation-related finance. Prior to joining Chambers, Tim worked for a number of years at Lloyd's, specialising in contentious insurance and reinsurance matters, predominantly in the field of aviation. Tim's experience includes handling excess of loss problems and direct insurance coverage issues arising out of the September 11th terrorist attacks and liability issues arising in multi-jurisdictional aviation disasters. Tim's industry experience has given him invaluable knowledge of the workings of the London insurance market and the commercial aspects of case handling.

Tim's practice continues to be aviation and insurance-focused, but embraces all aspects of commercial law and he appears regularly in the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as in arbitration and mediation.

Tim is co-editor of Margo on Aviation Insurance (4th Edition).

To view Tim Marland full website profile, please click here.

Claudia Wilmot-Smith

Claudia has a broad and international commercial practice, covering banking and finance, international trade, professional negligence, cross-border insolvency, shipping, and insurance and reinsurance. 

She has appeared as sole and junior counsel in the Court of Appeal, High Court (primarily in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division), and before arbitral tribunals under the rules of a range of international organization rules.  Many of her cases raise conflict of laws issues, and she is experienced in obtaining, and resisting applications for, anti-suit and anti-enforcement injunctions. 

She has represented the Civil Aviation Authority in disputes involving services performed by the CAA in its capacity as Aviation Regulator. 

To view Claudia Wilmot-Smith full website profile, please click here.

Koye Akoni

Koye has an international commercial practice which encompasses shipping, international trade, energy, insurance, and aviation. He also has a particular interest in issues engaging equitable principles and unjust enrichment. He regularly appears in the High Court and has also appeared in the Court of Appeal and Privy Council. He has also appeared in the Belgrade Special Court as a representative of the Cypriot holding company of Miroslav Miskovic in ongoing criminal proceedings against Mr Miskovic and others. 

Koye has a broad aviation practice which covers aircraft sales, finance and leasing, as well as product liability cases arising in the context of aircraft.  In addition, he regularly advises and appears in court on behalf of airlines on wide-ranging issues, including in the context of Warsaw/Montreal Convention regime, error fares, and consumer protection legislation.

He recently appeared in the Privy Council in Bahamasair Holdings Ltd v Messier Dowty Inc [2018] UKPC 25 (led by Tim Marland) for landing gear manufacturers in an appeal from the Bahamian Court of Appeal. The appeal arose in the context of a claim for damages by Bahamasair on the ground that the landing gear manufacturers failed in their duty to warn Bahamasair of certain alleged design defects in the shock strut apparatus of the Bombardier Dash-8 300 models. The appeal raised question of causation, and the standard of burden of proof

To view Koye Akoni full website profile, please click here.