Reaching new heights

Confidently navigating the complexities of aviation law requires the specialist knowledge and expertise of a legal adviser you can trust. From handling a variety of aviation claims, including accidents on board aircraft, in the process of embarkation/disembarkation, airside, delayed/cancelled flights, lost luggage and public liability claims, right through to up-to-date advice on industry regulations, our dedicated team of aviation lawyers are always on hand to help airlines, caterers, aviation service providers and their insurers. Please note, we do not represent passengers.

To find out how we can help you, contact us today.

Our services

With years of experience in this specialist area of law, the team is highly-skilled and well-equipped to assist you with any legal issue you are facing. Our services include: 

  • Accidents on board an aircraft, or during the course of embarkation / disembarkation 
  • Denied boarding claims 
  • Delay and cancellation of flight claims 
  • EC Regulation 261/2004 claims 
  • Delayed and damaged baggage claims 
  • Employer and public liability claims on behalf of airlines, PRM companies and ground handling agents 
  • Indemnity / subrogation claims 
  • Breach of contract / negligence claims 
  • Montreal and Warsaw Convention claims 

Whatever your situation may be, our team draws from their experience to tailor a bespoke approach and resolve your issue, ensuring your best interests are protected at all times. 

Our clients

Our knowledge and expertise have helped a wealth of clients across all levels and functions of the aviation industry. We regularly act for:

  • Insurers and brokers 
  • International airlines 
  • Regional carriers
  • Low-cost / budget airlines 
  • Travel agents 
  • Tour operators 
  • Ground handling agents 
  • Third parties, including passengers with reduced mobility, agents and airport authorities

Straightforward support when you need it most

With a passion and enthusiasm for this area of law, our team offers a straightforward and comprehensive service to support clients through what is a heavily regulated and often complex industry. 

Smith Partnership’s legal services are built on being straight-talking and free of any legal jargon. Combining this approach with the team’s expertise within the aviation industry, we provide practical and pragmatic advice to simplify the many technicalities of the field, which our clients receive real value from.

Don’t just take our word for it…

The expertise of our aviation team has seen the department feature in the Legal 500, which states: 

The aviation law specialists at Smith Partnership act for domestic and international airlines, tour operators, handling agents and aviation insurers, with a particular focus on passenger and third-party indemnity claims. The group is also able to assist with employer’s and public liability claims in relation to lost, delayed and damaged baggage, denied boarding and negligence claims.

Derby-based practice head and litigator Bally Atwal's key strengths include personal injury claims and compensation claims pursuant to EC regulation 261/2004. The practice has experienced an increase in compensation claims for delayed or cancelled flights which the practice handles for multiple clients.

The Legal 500

How we can help you

No matter what your case relates to, whether it be defending a claim for denied boarding or an aviation accident, lawyers in our specialist team are on hand to provide you with robust representation and advice to reach the best possible outcome.

We understand the value of accessible and responsive support, which is why we offer just that from our offices in Derby, Leicester, Burton Upon Trent, Stoke-on-Trent and Swadlincote. Offering face-to-face meetings and regular telephone and email updates, we can work in a way that best suits you and your needs to achieve the most efficient and effective results.  

Please note, we do not represent passengers.

Contact our team today

To find out how our expert team of solicitors can help you, contact us today on 0330 123 1229, send us an email via or complete our contact form.