Norton White has the leading aviation practice in Australia.  We advise clients globally and act throughout Australia, the Pacific and Asia for the aviation industry and its insurers on liability, regulatory and commercial matters. We have been described as the premier aviation law practice in Australia.  Clients include aviation underwriters and brokers, airlines, and aircraft and helicopter operators. We also have a significant aircraft financing practice, acting for both financiers and operators.  Members of the group are experienced in all aspects of aircraft finance, from operating leases to mortgage finance.

Norton White exclusively acts for airlines, operators and related companies such as insurance companies.  We do not accept instructions to act against airlines for plaintiffs on passenger or cargo claims.

Norton White lawyers are well known in the industry for providing the following services:

  • defending and handling major aviation litigation and claims arising from aircraft accidents
  • defence of cargo and passenger liability claims
  • advising on and defending product liability claims
  • advising and representing airlines and aircraft operators in relation to regulatory and administrative law issues involving International Conventions, the Civil Aviation Act, Regulations and Orders, the Air Navigation Act and other legislation affecting airlines and aircraft operators in Australia
  • advising on and representing airlines and aircraft operators in negotiations with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the Department of Transport and Regional Services and other government departments and agencies, in defence of regulatory prosecutions, and in administrative actions against relevant government departments
  • advising industry committees involved in the formulation of legislative controls for the aviation industry
  • advising and representing international, national and regional airlines and aircraft operators in general commercial transactions for the acquisition, leasing, charter and operation of aircraft and in relation to carrying on business as national or international passenger and cargo carriers, including the whole range of operating agreements from Ground Handling Agreements to Code Share Agreements
  • risk management for the minimisation of liability of airlines and aircraft operators
  • acting and advising in relation to competition law issues
  • advising and acting for financiers and operators in relation to all forms of aircraft finance
  • purchase/sale of aviation businesses
  • due diligence
  • acquisition of aircraft worldwide - both purchase and leasing
  • aviation specific contracts
  • aircraft financing



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