About Me

I offer our clients over 35 years' experience in aviation & aerospace, covering almost every aspect of the sector.

Since the start of my career in 1987, I have worked as a lawyer and commercial director negotiating thousands of aviation commercial deals. After 17 years of being Joint Head of the International Aviation & Aerospace Sector Group at Bird & Bird LLP, I am now a Consultant, enthusiastically supporting Leo Fattorini (who I recruited from Virgin Atlantic) as head.

I still enjoy working in the aviation & aerospace sector and each year I get a new "hobby" to keep me fascinated, current and relevant (I hope).

5 years ago, I had a focus on how the industry is being transformed by technology and the digital world, OEM services and the after-market. Assisting clients to embrace disruption.

I fought hard to help my clients survive these often, existential threats and how to emerge from each crisis as a winner.

I have always been interested in the 'metal', and I still love the excitement of structuring a new deal.

I am leading the firm efforts in the sector in sustainability. This covers everything from SAFa and policy to eVTOL and new business models.

Having worked in GPA, BAE and Airbus I remain well connected across the global industry and I frequently moderate panels or make presentations at Airline Economics, AfJ, Ishka, MTO Network and Royal Aeronautical Society.

I still love doing aircraft deals but now largely focus more on strategic issues with much of the detailed lawyering done by more junior lawyers.

I am well known for a friendly, no-nonsense, direct approach to business and my enthusiastic passion for the sector.

As I am no longer a partner, I am free to act as a non-executive director or strategy director of clients and projects that interest me.
  • Airbus: A400M and many commercial aerospace deals
  • DVB: leasing and asset management deals over many years
  • easyJet: commercial and leasing matters
  • Nordic Aviation Capital: commercial and leasing matters
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways: advising on the purchase of a fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft and operating leases with three global lessors
  • Emirates: advising on the sale-and-leaseback on the 100th Airbus A380-842 aircraft delivered into its fleet. This involved financing arranged by Investec
  • Smartwings: Boeing 737MAX grounding
  • Marshall Aerospace: disputes and commercial deals over many years
  • Montrose: Twin Otter financings around the world


  • Stowe School, Leeds Metropolitan University. College of Law, Guildford.


  • Law Society of England & Wales, 1989
  • Royal Aeronautical Society
  • Airlines UK
  • Board of Airline Representatives
  • International Society of Transport Aircraft Traders
  • ADS Group - Aerospace, Defence, Security & Space
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His responsiveness, commercial awareness and knowledge of the industry are unparalleled.

Chambers UK, 2018

The 'very commercial' Paul Briggs is noted for his 'strong advice on the practical aspects of operating leases'.

Legal 500 UK, 2017

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