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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Claudia Hess is commended by peers for her first-rate aviation practice where she frequently represents major clients in and out of court as well as before administrative bodies.

Questions & Answers

Claudia Hess joined Urwantschky Dangel Borst in April 2007. She graduated from the law school of the University of Passau, and completed her legal and language education by studying English, French and Chinese law. She completed her legal traineeship at the Higher Regional Court of Nuremberg. She has also studied at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China; and has worked in Beijing for a German-Chinese law firm and a German automobile manufacturer, as well as for the Sichuan-American Chamber of Commerce in Chengdu.

What do you enjoy most about working in the aviation sector?

I am passionate about aviation and the airline world. The aviation law community is like a big family whose members regularly meet at conferences all around the world. I enjoy working in an international environment, and in an industry that is constantly developing and flourishing in many ways.

How has aviation practice evolved since you started your career?

Since I started my career in aviation law, there have been various changes concerning both the types of cases and their handling, as well as the legal framework.

In the field of passenger rights, the presence of claims companies with standardised procedures has led to an enormous increase in claims against airlines and also of court cases. The European Court of Justice is called upon very often to provide legal guidance in constellations that are not clarified in the Air Passenger Rights Regulation.

New technologies, such as unmanned aircraft and drones, are exciting opportunities that lead to new possibilities in the aviation sector, and to new laws and legal challenges.

In what ways has the growing concern over data protection and compliance issues affected the type of advice you now provide to clients in the sector?

The GDPR indeed plays an important role in the aviation industry. Data protection impacts on various activites of airlines – commercial mailings; collection; usage and saving of passenger data; forwarding of data to business partners; data processing contracts; data protection policies; website requirements, etc. Many projects for which I provide legal advice now also touch on aspects of data protection.

What impact has the increasing focus on the environmental impact of aviation had on the nature of client demands?

Many airlines are taking the environmental impact of aviation very seriously, and are developing ideas and possibilities to save and protect natural resources, enable recycling and reduce pollution as much as possible. The contributions of lawyers in this area include drafting and reviewing agreements, or the terms and conditions of sustainability projects; and assisting in fulfilling the requirements of the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Looking ahead, what do you believe will be the main legal challenges that new technologies such as unmanned aircraft and drones will pose?

At this rather early stage of the commercial use of unmanned aircraft and drones, legal approval/licensing and safety issues are currently a challenge; but liability is also a crucial aspect that will preoccupy lawmakers, lawyers and courts.

Where, in your opinion, does the future of aviation law lie?

In my opinion, consumer rights will always be a major topic in aviation law; but new technologies, such as unmanned aircraft/drones and space flights, will also be very significant.

What advice would you give to younger lawyers looking to pursue a career in aviation law?

Be open-minded, ambitious, diligent and sociable. Immerse yourself in the exciting world of aviation, and always do your best!

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Claudia Hess comes highly recommended for her top-tier contentious work in the sector, which involves assisting and representing clients in complex court proceedings.

Biography

Claudia Hess joined Urwantschky Dangel Borst in April 2007. She graduated from the law school of the University of Passau and completed a law and language education in English, French and Chinese law. She completed her legal traineeship at the Higher Regional Court Nuremberg. Moreover, she has studied at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, and has worked in Beijing for a German-Chinese law firm as well as for the Sichuan-American Chamber of Commerce in Chengdu, China. Furthermore, she regularly holds seminars on Chinese law.

Claudia Hess has been a partner in the firm since 2012. She handles cases for airlines and their insurers worldwide related to both German and EU law whereas she provides advice and assistance out of court and represents her clients in court proceedings and proceedings initiated by administrative bodies.

She deals with cases and queries involving liability and regulatory issues, compliance, commercial and contractual matters, consumer protection claims against airlines and companies as well as claims related to EU Regulations and international treaties. She drafts and reviews terms and conditions as well as data protection policies under German law, and assists airlines in complying with the requirements of ETS.

Claudia is a member of the European Air Law Association (EALA), the International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA) and the French Society of Air and Space Law (SFDAS).

Claudia Hess is fluent in German, English, French and Chinese (Mandarin).

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Claudia Hess gains international recognition for her outstanding work across a range of aviation financing matters.

Biography

Claudia Hess joined Urwantschky Dangel Borst in April 2007. She graduated from the law school of the University of Passau and completed a law and language education in English, French and Chinese law. She completed her legal traineeship at the Higher Regional Court Nuremberg. Moreover, she has studied at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, and has worked in Beijing for a German-Chinese law firm as well as for the Sichuan-American Chamber of Commerce in Chengdu, China. Furthermore, she regularly holds seminars on Chinese law.

Claudia Hess has been a partner in the firm since 2012. She handles cases for airlines and their insurers worldwide related to both German and EU law whereas she provides advice and assistance out of court and represents her clients in court proceedings and proceedings initiated by administrative bodies.

She deals with cases and queries involving liability and regulatory issues, compliance, commercial and contractual matters, consumer protection claims against airlines and companies as well as claims related to EU Regulations and international treaties. She drafts and reviews terms and conditions as well as data protection policies under German law, and assists airlines in complying with the requirements of ETS.

Claudia is a member of the European Air Law Association (EALA), the International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA) and the French Society of Air and Space Law (SFDAS).

Claudia Hess is fluent in German, English, French and Chinese (Mandarin).

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Claudia Hess comes highly recommended for her aviation regulatory work, which includes advising airlines in complying with ETS regulation.

Biography

Claudia Hess joined Urwantschky Dangel Borst in April 2007. She graduated from the law school of the University of Passau and completed a law and language education in English, French and Chinese law. She completed her legal traineeship at the Higher Regional Court Nuremberg. Moreover, she has studied at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, and has worked in Beijing for a German-Chinese law firm as well as for the Sichuan-American Chamber of Commerce in Chengdu, China. Furthermore, she regularly holds seminars on Chinese law.

Claudia Hess has been a partner in the firm since 2012. She handles cases for airlines and their insurers worldwide related to both German and EU law whereas she provides advice and assistance out of court and represents her clients in court proceedings and proceedings initiated by administrative bodies.

She deals with cases and queries involving liability and regulatory issues, compliance, commercial and contractual matters, consumer protection claims against airlines and companies as well as claims related to EU Regulations and international treaties. She drafts and reviews terms and conditions as well as data protection policies under German law, and assists airlines in complying with the requirements of ETS.

Claudia is a member of the European Air Law Association (EALA), the International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA) and the French Society of Air and Space Law (SFDAS).

Claudia Hess is fluent in German, English, French and Chinese (Mandarin).

National Leader

Germany - Aviation 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Claudia Hess is commended by peers for her first-rate aviation practice where she frequently represents major clients in and out of court as well as before administrative bodies.

Biography

Claudia Hess joined Urwantschky Dangel Borst in April 2007. She graduated from the law school of the University of Passau and completed a law and language education in English, French and Chinese law. She completed her legal traineeship at the Higher Regional Court Nuremberg. She has also studied at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, and has worked in Beijing for a German-Chinese law firm as well as for the Sichuan-American Chamber of Commerce in Chengdu, China. Furthermore, she regularly holds seminars on Chinese law.

Claudia Hess has been a partner in the firm since 2012. She handles cases for airlines and their insurers worldwide related to both German and EU law. She provides advice and assistance out of court and represents her clients in court proceedings and proceedings initiated by administrative bodies.

She deals with cases and queries involving liability and regulatory issues, compliance, commercial and contractual matters, consumer protection claims against airlines and companies as well as claims related to EU Regulations and international treaties. She drafts and reviews terms and conditions as well as data protection policies under German law, and assists airlines in complying with the requirements of ETS.

Claudia is a member of the European Air Law Association (EALA), the International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA) and the French Society of Air and Space Law (SFDAS).

Claudia Hess is fluent in German, English, French and Chinese (Mandarin).

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