Aerospace and Space Disputes

Our lawyers have acted in substantial aerospace and space disputes in both litigation and arbitration. Our lawyers have acted for include major defence contractors, aerospace and airframe manufacturers and maintainers, telecommunication companies, air carriers (cargo and passenger), charterers and lessees. We advise on the leading international treaties including the Montreal Convention 1999, the Outer Space Treaty 1967, the Rescue Agreement 1968 and the Space Liability Convention 1972. Our lawyers’ interests also include the legal and liability implications of aerospace and space travel and of so-called “space elevators”.

Examples of cases in which our lawyers have acted include:

  • instructed by a major US defence contractor in a dispute with a sub-contractor arising out of a multi-billion dollar defence procurement programme;
  • acted for a leading airframe manufacturer in a dispute with a customer concerning non-payment for repair and refurbishment works;
  • engaged by one of the world’s largest air carriage companies in numerous disputes concerning non-delivery, loss and delay in the carriage of goods by air, against both consignors and consignees;
  • instructed by a major telecommunications company in a dispute with a customer regarding allegations of failure of service provision;
  • acted for a leading aircraft operator in a dispute with a charterer over the charter of certain aircraft; and
  • engaged by one of the world’s largest maintenance providers for aircraft in a dispute with a customer concerning maintenance of a fleet of aircraft.