UK Bar: Aviation & Travel 2018

Nineteen silks and 11 juniors are recommended this year for their expertise across travel matters, including personal injury claims, and all aspects of contentious aviation.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Philip Shepherd QC XXIV Old Buildings
2. Akhil Shah QC Fountain Court Chambers
3. Matthew Chapman QC 1 Chancery Lane
4. John Kimbell QC Quadrant Chambers
1. Tim Marland Quadrant Chambers
2. Matthew Reeve Quadrant Chambers
3. Sarah Prager 1 Chancery Lane
4. Katherine Deal 3 Hare Court


Two silks from XXIV OLD BUILDINGS are recognised.
Philip Shepherd QC tops our research this year for his international law practice, which features exceptional depth of expertise in aviation matters. Sources describe him as “very popular with airlines”.
Steven Thompson QC is described as a “leader” and “an excellent barrister” by sources, with a practice covering leasing and sale disputes as well as product liability matters.

QUADRANT CHAMBERS impresses with three barristers listed this year.
John Kimbell QC is a respected name whose “punchy, aggressive” advocacy makes him popular on difficult cases, including aircraft security and financing matters.
Michael McParland QC is “rated very highly on aviation and technical personal injury” by sources for experience in litigation and international arbitration.
John Russell QC is another travel and transport expert at the set with experience in fatal accident and leasing matters, among others. Sources say: “He hides a lot of intelligence and practical skill behind being a nice guy!”

At FOUNTAIN COURT CHAMBERS, Akhil Shah QC is “excellent on paper” and “very good on detail”, and “a barrister who really knows his stuff”. He is described as “the most important person at the Fountain Court for aviation matters”.

Matthew Chapman QC at 1 CHANCERY LANE is a “definite inclusion” according to sources, who describe him as “probably the best young travel practitioner there is”. He is particularly well regarded for his cross-border personal injury experience, including package holiday claims and jurisdictional disputes.

At ESSEX COURT CHAMBERS, Hugh Mercer QC is lauded as a “class act” by interviewees and is particularly well known for his expertise in European law and jurisdictional issues. He is described as “very clear and very, very hardworking” by impressed peers.

Robert Weir QC of DEVEREUX CHAMBERS is a “calm, unflappable” name whose expertise in personal injury and travel issues draws admiring comments from commentators.

Marie Louise Kinsler QC of 2 TEMPLE GARDENS has “made a big name for herself” as a “powerful” figure in the private international law field, including personal injury cases.
Also recommended at the set is Charles Dougherty QC, who is “really good on the domestic-European intersection” in travel and private international law matters.

William Audland QC at 12 KING’S BENCH WALK is a travel and personal injury expert who is “very good on technical procedural matters” and “not frightened by lots of detail”, according to sources.


Two excellent juniors from QUADRANT CHAMBERS are featured.
Tim Marland is “really rated” by sources for his aviation expertise. He is “very much an airline man”, according to peers, who also note his previous experience as a solicitor as beneficial to his practice.
Matthew Reeve is an “underrated name for his claimant practice” but is “so good” and “well known for his aviation expertise”. He has long-standing experience in complex international aviation matters.

1 CHANCERY LANE is home to two strong juniors.
Sarah Prager is “a fluid, engaging and persuasive advocate” who is “excellent in cross-examination” according to instructing solicitors, while sources also comment, “She combines great knowledge of travel law with a firm but friendly style of dealing with people.”
Jack Harding is “rated very highly” by sources who consider him an “extremely bright” barrister with superb expertise acting for both claimants and defendants in international travel personal injury cases.

Katherine Deal of 3 HARE COURT is “a very good claimants’ lawyer” who is well thought of for her expertise in personal injury cases, including travel matters.

The “extremely bright” and “excellent” Bernard Doherty at 39 ESSEX CHAMBERS is a noted authority on international travel matters. One source comments: “What he doesn’t know about accidents abroad, you don’t need to know!”

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