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Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Biography

Claudia Hess joined Urwantschky Dangel Borst in April 2007 and 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 also provides advice and assistance out of court and represents her clients in court proceedings and proceedings initiated by administrative bodies. 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). she is fluent in German, English, French and Chinese (Mandarin).

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO A CAREER IN THE LAW?

Actually, when considering which subject to study at university, I was very interested in languages. Of all the different universities in Germany I compared, the University of Passau in Bavaria offered the most interesting degree programme of law and languages in which you study regular German law but also – in a less comprehensive way – the legal system of other jurisdictions in the relevant local languages. During my studies, I focused on EU and international law. The university encouraged me to spend a year abroad and it was a fascinating experience for me to live, study, work and travel in China. It is thus my passion for languages and foreign cultures that led me to a career in law.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO SPECIALISE IN AVIATION?

After my graduation, I wanted to work in the international field and chose to join Urwantschky Dangel Borst. I was given the opportunity by Dr Peter Urwantschky to practise in aviation and immediately enjoyed this very unique field of law. The legal challenges and developments are extremely interesting and it is inspiring and delightful to connect with clients and colleagues all over the world.

WHAT DO CLIENTS LOOK FOR IN AN EFFECTIVE AVIATION LAWYER?

Clients look for clear, practical and comprehensive advice. They appreciate a lawyer who is easily reachable in case of urgent requests.

HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR PRACTICE DEVELOPING OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

The aviation field is very dynamic with constantly developing case law and new or changing (EU) regulations. Also, consumer protection organisations are very active in Germany – they scrutinise the practices of airlines in various respects as well as their terms and conditions. It is a positive challenge for lawyers to keep up with these developments and to design and create strategies and advice for the clients.

The aviation law department in my firm is growing and we welcome passionate and committed lawyers to join our practice.

WHAT MAKES URWANTSCHKY DANGEL BORST STAND OUT FROM ITS COMPETITORS IN THE MARKET?

The aviation practice of Urwantschky Dangel Borst emerged in 1955, which makes us one of the oldest aviation firms in Germany. Our contacts and cooperations with airlines, insurers and aviation law firms worldwide have intensified and developed since then. Although we are a rather small firm compared to other international law firms in the market, we are an aviation boutique offering tailor-made services and training to our clients. Our aviation team is part of a full-service law firm and we are therefore able to assist our clients also in other fields of law such as labour law, corporate law, criminal law, administrative law and corporate immigration law.

LOOKING BACK OVER YOUR CAREER, WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST INTERESTING CASE YOU HAVE BEEN A PART OF?

I must admit that I cannot specify “the most interesting case”. My career has so far been filled with a variety of challenging and interesting cases, each of them or each type having its own special features from which I could learn and benefit from both a professional and a personal point of view.

WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?

A very fond friend of mine from the aviation industry, who is now more than 90 years old but still very open-minded and attentive, gave me the advice “be visible”. This includes close contact with clients and colleagues worldwide but also a dedicated and convincing working attitude.

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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