Bird & Bird boosts Aviation & Aerospace team with key hire

03 August 2004

Senior BAE lawyer recruited to lead firm’s UK operation

International law firm Bird & Bird has recruited Paul Briggs from BAE Systems to jointly head the firm’s International Aviation & Aerospace team. Based in the UK, Paul will be in charge of leading the UK team and will also help lead the overall direction of the international group. His appointment comes at a time when the firm’s activity in the Aviation & Aerospace sector is gathering pace.

With a varied career covering almost every aspect of the Aviation sector, Paul brings a wealth of experience to Bird & Bird. Starting his career in aircraft liabilities litigation in 1987, Paul specialised in aircraft leasing and financing on qualification - spending time on secondment with Guiness Peat Aviation in Ireland before moving to Hong Kong. Joining BAE in 1995, Paul led the aircraft leasing and financing legal team and spent time in the Middle East and with Airbus in Toulouse. Over the last four years Paul has worked on very large high profile transactions with the MoD for satellite financing, flight training and air to air re-fuelling and was the BAE Systems Legal Director - Finance and Treasury since 2002.

Paul will be jointly managing Bird & Bird’s International Aviation & Aerospace sector group along with partner Catherine Erkelens, based in Brussels. Commenting on Paul’s appointment, David Kerr said:

“I’m delighted that Paul is joining us. Paul’s wide ranging commercial experience complements the strengths of the firm and our existing aviation practice. Our new expanded aviation and aerospace team has the skills and knowledge of the sector to become a major player in this growing global business. Bird & Bird is committed to making this happen”.

Commenting on his appointment, Paul added:

“After 17 years working in the aviation and aerospace sector I am very excited by the challenge and opportunity for me at Bird & Bird. I was attracted by the youthful, modern and forward thinking approach of the firm and its commercial strength in high technology industry sectors. The application of technology is fundamental to the aviation and aerospace sector and the further development of this sector sits well with the firm’s experience and recognised leading position in technology sectors such as IT and Telecommunications”.

For more information, please contact Paul Briggs on +44 (0) 20 7415 6000 or Larry Cattle on + 44 (0) 20 7415 6156.