UK Bar: Aviation & Travel 2019

In this chapter we recognise 21 silks and 15 juniors for their exceptional work handling a range of travel matters, including personal injury claims, and all aspects of contentious aviation.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Robert Weir QC Devereux Chambers 
2. Marie Louise Kinsler QC  2 Temple Gardens 
3. Akhil Shah QC  Fountain Court Chambers 
4. Matthew Chapman QC  1 Chancery Lane 
1. Tim Marland  Quadrant Chambers 
2. Bernard Doherty  39 Essex Chambers 
3. Sarah Prager  1 Chancery Lane


Fountain Court Chambers performs well this year with five silks recognised for their expertise in the area.
Akhil Shah QC is “at the top of the tree” according to sources who commend his “great” work on high-value insurance claims, as well as financial and contractual disputes.
Stephen Moriarty QC is “amazingly clever” and “really effective in court” say peers who praise his adept handling of aviation-related financial and insurance disputes.
Michael McLaren QC is highly respected by sources who “really rate his advocacy”. They consider him “a top opponent” who is “really resilient” and say, “When other people would be throwing in the towel, Michael doesn’t.”

2 Temple Gardens sees three silks listed in this chapter.
Marie Louise Kinsler QC draws high praise from peers for her work on cross-border insurance and personal injury claims. They say she “knows her subject inside out and gives sensible commercial advice”.
Charles Dougherty QC is a “very thorough” advocate with “a really good reputation” for his work on high-profile travel disputes and aviation-related insurance claims.
Howard Palmer QC has “a razor-sharp brain” say sources who consider him a leading silk for international jurisdiction matters relating to aviation incidents and disputes.

Robert Weir QC at Devereux Chambers wins recognition from sources who note he is “very clever and really knows the law” when it comes to personal injury and catastrophe work. One peer effuses: “He’s a total class act.”

At 1 Chancery Lane, Matthew Chapman QC is “extremely knowledgeable and vastly experienced” on complex jurisdictional disputes. His first-rate practice encompasses a range of sector-related matters including insurance and liability claims.

William Audland QC at 12 King’s Bench Walk is highlighted by peers as “a personal injury specialist” who stands out for his excellent work across the international and travel law market.
Michael Rawlinson QC is recognised for his leading expertise in aviation law, where he is known for his strong expertise in related health and safety and regulatory matters.

3 Hare Court’s Howard Stevens QC is “an extremely impressive advocate with real attention to detail” who stands out for his “calm and measured approach to dealing with the court”. Sources say Stevens is “analytical and forensic in his case preparation and leaves no document unturned”.

Hugh Mercer QC at Essex Court Chambers “definitely deserves to be included” according to peers who praise his “excellent” work on appellate level travel disputes.


At 1 Chancery Lane, Sarah Prager always “has a firm grasp of the issues” and is “well liked by clients who really trust her judgement”. She is praised for her “market-leading reputation” when it comes to cross-border personal injury and travel law claims.
Jack Harding is a well-recognised junior at the Bar, and commended for his “top-drawer” handling of complex passenger injury claims.

At Quadrant Chambers, Tim Marland is a distinguished figure who is highly rated for his deep knowledge of travel regulation and finance-related aviation claims.

Bernard Doherty at 39 Essex Chambers is “a class act” say market commentators who highlight his “brilliant” work on cross-border personal injury claims. One source says, “Bernard is a leader in this area.”

Bajul Shah at XXIV Old Buildings “really is a star” say peers who praise his “fantastic technical understanding as well as his amazing legal ability”.

Rupert Allen at Fountain Court Chambers is a “seriously impressive” advocate who stands out among peers for his superb regulatory knowledge of the aviation sector.
Alexander Milner is “a very gifted and intelligent lawyer” say market commentators who commend his “incredible attention to detail”.

At 12 King’s Bench Walk, Philip Mead is “a star in this field” and “a class act” say sources who note that he is “an absolute encyclopaedic fount of knowledge on European law”.

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