Contentious Aviation Disputes

Ireland has a long and successful tradition in the aviation sector which spans over forty years. It occupies a leading role in global aviation and is a location of choice for lessors, with 9 of the top 10 global aircraft lessors having a significant presence in Ireland managing over 50% of the world’s commercial aircraft. 

The Irish aviation industry has benefited from continued government support, favourable tax treatment for finance and leasing companies and an extensive network of double taxation treaties.

Our lawyers have broad experience in the areas of civil aviation regulation and enforcement, aircraft competition law and antitrust, airline mergers and acquisitions, aircraft detention, arrest and seizure, aircraft accident litigation, aviation environmental issues, repossession strategies, including self-help remedies, court orders, cross-border enforcement strategies and arbitration as well as aviation company bankruptcy, reorganisation, and restructuring issues.

Appropriately, the international registry established pursuant to The Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment is located in Ireland. The Irish High Court is designated as the relevant court for the purposes of the Convention with any proceedings involving the international registry normally issued in the Irish Commercial Court.

William Fry offers a fully integrated and multi-disciplined approach to our international and domestic clients on all forms of aviation matters including litigation, dispute resolution and disputes relating to the Convention.

Our aviation litigation experience includes advising on:

  • Mediation and Arbitration;
  • Dispute Resolution;
  • Regulatory matters;
  • Competition Law;
  • Aircraft arrest and detention;
  • Irish Aviation Authority regulations;
  • Insurance;
  • Enforcement;
  • Accident Litigation;
  • Insolvency;
  • The Cape Town Convention;
  • Repossessions;
  • The Groundhandling Directive;
  • The Slots Regulation and common rules for the allocation of slots at Community Airports;
  • Price Regulation of Airport Assets.

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Key Contacts

Garrett Breen Partner

David Maughan Partner

Sarah Twohig Senior Associate

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