Bird & Bird boosts Aviation group with team hire

10 October 2005

International law firm Bird & Bird has just recruited a team of lawyers to launch a new Aviation practice in its office in Paris. Partner Vonnick le Guillou, who was previously at law firm Clyde & Co, will be taking the lead on developing the firm’s Paris Aviation practice. This is the latest in a series of developments for Bird & Bird’s International Aviation & Aerospace Group which has in the past year grown in the UK with the arrival of Paul Briggs from BAE Systems. The firm has also highly developed practices in Brussels and Stockholm.

Vonnick le Guillou brings over 20 years experience of industrial risk and product liability issues and has specialised in the aviation & aerospace sector in the last 12 years. She joined Clyde & Co in 1984 (then known as HPMBC). Her highlight cases have involved advising on both civil and criminal issues as a result of the Concorde crash in July 2000. She is also handling complex international product liability cases, a number of which relate to major aviation incidents across the globe. Examples include Kenya Airways in Abidjan, Gulf Air in Bahrain, Thai Airways in Thailand, Aeroflot in Siberia and PIA in Katmandu. Vonnick has joined the firm with an assistant, Marie Bresson.

Commenting on her appointment, Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol, managing partner of the firm’s Paris office said:

“I’m delighted that Vonnick has joined us. Not only will her arrival help develop our Aviation activities in France but her practice very neatly complements our regulatory expertise in Brussels and our leasing and financing capabilities in the UK and Sweden. She will be an invaluable asset for our international team which is jointly led by Catherine Erkelens in Brussels and Paul Briggs in the UK”.

Vonnick added:

“Bird & Bird has a first class aviation & aerospace sector group with some excellent specialists. I’m delighted to be joining them”.

For more information on this please contact Vonnick le Guillou on +33 (0)1 42 68 6000. For more information on Bird & Bird, please contact Larry Cattle on + 44 (0) 20 7415 6156.