Bally Atwal

What I do

I’m a Partner in the Dispute Resolution department specialising in general commercial and property related litigation.

I also head up the Aviation department at Smith Partnership, who deal with all aspects of aviation liability claims for and on behalf of domestic and international airlines, as well as their insurers. Matters handled by the department include the defence of passenger claims brought under the Montreal Convention 1999 in respect of personal injury and associated claims and EC Regulation 261/2004 in respect of delay/cancelled flights.

Case highlights in the last 12 months include the negotiated settlement of a claim brought by a passenger who claimed a fall and the consequent injuries, which he suffered whilst disembarking the airline client’s flight, preventing him from returning to his career as an international model. The claim was valued by the claimant’s legal team in excess of £7 million, this being the sum claimed on the court documents made up of a substantial claim for loss of earnings. With the assistance of medical and employment experts, to undermine the claimant’s expert evidence, the claim recently settled with claimant accepting a Part 36 offer of £250,000 out of time, resulting in the airline client being entitled to have its costs from the date the Part 36 offer expired, met by the claimant.

A sense of purpose… failing that, fees.

Away from work, I enjoy spending time with the family. 

Armchair football fan - weak arches and a lack of ability putting paid to any aspirations of a career as a professional footballer.

Gym, yoga and fair golfer.


Bally - Thank You for all your hard work getting this matter resolved. You have truly been a rock in this whole process.

- PP

Dear Bally, please may I take this opportunity to thank you for all your advice and actions bringing this case to closure. This has been a long and most difficult time for me, and to know that you have the utmost confidence in your solicitor has made it all so much better for me. I would have no hesitance in recommending you to any of my friends, should they have to go through a similar ordeal, thank you again.

- Client, Dispute Resolution

Thank you very much for your assistance in this case. It was quite a challenge from time to time, but I have really appreciated your efforts, patience, kindness and expertise!

- Anon