Bird & Bird further strengthens Aviation & Aerospace group with the appointment of Hugh Garety

02 June 2009

Hugh joins Bird & Bird as a senior consultant from Addleshaw Goddard where he has been a partner since 1992 focusing on the aviation industry. Hugh has had an exciting career in the aviation industry including his time as Legal Director of British Caledonian Airways.

Hugh has brought with him an important new client for the firm - Dart Group PLC and its low cost airline subsidiary

Commenting on Hugh’s appointment, Paul Briggs, Joint-head of Aviation & Aerospace in Bird & Bird’s London office, said:

"Hugh joins at an exciting time for aviation at twobirds. Following our merger with Lane & Partners and our being joined by Simon Chamberlain and Thea Ward from Field Fisher Waterhouse, this establishes us as the law firm in Europe with the greatest depth and breadth of airline legal skills.

We all share a real passion for the industry and a very practical and commercial approach to legal solutions and providing value for money to our clients. No other firm in Europe now has the depth of practical - sector specific - experience covering regulation, aircraft asset trading and financing, disputes, intellectual property and employment that we offer”.

Commenting on his own appointment, Hugh Garety added: “Having spent over 30 years in the aviation industry, I know the type of team my clients want to have on call. It is exciting to be part of an international aviation team with energy and experience to grow even in this environment. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to build my practice and best support my clients.”

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Notes to Editors

Recent developments in the Aviation team include:

  • October 2008: Merger with Lane & Partners creating one of the most comprehensive aviation legal teams internationally

  • January 2009: Simon Chamberlain, Partner and Thea Ward, Senior Associate join from Field Fisher Waterhouse

  • May 2009: Anders Nilsson in Bird & Bird’s Stockholm office promoted to the partnership strengthening the Swedish Aviation team led by Jörgen Ekström

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