Australia: Aviation 2018

In this section we highlight 24 outstanding practitioners in the aviation space. They are noted for their excellence in advising on financial, regulatory and transactional matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Simon Liddy HWL Ebsworth, Sydney
2. Mark Mackrell Norton White, Sydney
3. Benjamin G Martin Norton White, Sydney
4. John Canning King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney

HWL Ebsworth stands out as one of the strongest firms in the aviation field, with three practitioners recognised this year.
Simon Liddy stands out as the foremost aviation lawyer in the country. He is a “well-known litigator” with “great expertise in aviation” and is praised for his “efficient and pragmatic claims handling”.
Richard Davis is an aviation commercial expert and is well regarded for his ability to provide “advice tailored to the specific circumstances of the matter”. One source notes he is “always available and delivers”.
Matthew Brooks also stands out in the Australian aviation market for his first-rate contentious practice. One peer comments, “He is a very well-recognised aviation litigation lawyer.”

MinterEllison also gains three listings in this chapter.
Russell Miller AM is a "very experienced aviation competition lawyer" who has significant experience advising public and private entities on sector-related matters.
Olivia Warwick is widely recognised by market sources who commend her strong aviation and insurance knowledge as well as her ability to provide in-depth advice to clients regarding contentious aviation issues.
James Mok is an aviation finance specialist who comes highly recommended for his top-tier work advising clients on sector-related transactional matters.

Norton White is a significant player in the market and boasts two of the highest regarded practitioners in the space.
Mark Mackrell is well regarded in the Australian market where sources consider him a “leading solicitor in Sydney in this field, especially in litigation”. He has strong expertise in contentious aviation matters, as well as providing a range of other legal services, including liability claims, insurance and regulatory issues.  
Benjamin Martin is an expert in aviation-related regulatory and liability issues and boasts strong experience advising clients on competition, financial and transactional matters.

King & Wood Mallesons sees two standout individuals listed here.
John Canning is a finance expert, who boasts 30 years of experience in the field. He is internationally esteemed for his work in finance transactions and is an authority in this area.
Hal Bolitho also has a strong background in aviation finance and is able to advise effectively on issues that include leasing and structuring of transactions.

Ashurst also achieves two listings in this chapter.
John Field specialises in the financial elements of aviation matters and is highly regarded for his work in the area, with one peer noting that he is “excellent on aircraft finance”.
Jock O’Shea is highly thought of for his strong expertise in the aviation space. His impressive practice spans a range of areas including leasing transactions and financings.  

Herbert Smith Freehills is another strong firm in the field and achieves two listings.
John Angus is recognised as a “great aviation finance lawyer” who is known for his strong experience in international and domestic leadings, restructurings and acquisitions.
Amanda Wales has extensive experience advising in equipment finance and leasing matters, an area in which she stands out as a top name in the domestic market.

At Colin Biggers & Paisley, Andrew Tulloch wins praise as a highly respected transport lawyer who is highly sought after for his leading expertise in both marine and aviation insurance matters.

Richard Burn at Richard Burn & Associates is “great on the commercial side”, according to sources who commend his top-tier aviation practice.  

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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