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Gillie Belsham

Global Head of Aviation, Joint Head of Energy & Infrastructure, Partner London T +44 (0) 20 7481 0010
gilliebelsham@incegd.com

Department Aviation & travel, Energy & infrastructure, Commercial Disputes

Gillie Belsham

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Gillie heads the firm’s global Aviation practice. She advises a range of clients from airlines, financiers, manufacturers and their insurers with regard to a broad range of their disputes in contract and tort, under the various liability regimes and usually dealing with complex international problems.

Most recently she has been advising a leading finance interest in relation to their hull claim for US$100 million in respect of two missing Boeing 747s including preparing their claim for English High Court litigation very successfully before the matter was concluded in mediation. She is known for her formidable case handling and strategic direction skills in relation to very large and complex cases. 

Gillie is recognised as one of the world's leading practitioners for Aviation Contentious by Who's Who Legal: Transport 2015. Gillie is also named as a Super Lawyer for Aviation law by London Super Lawyers magazine, part of Thomson Reuters, for the third consecutive year (since it began in 2013).

"GILLIE BELSHAM IS A "'VERY PROFESSIONAL, VERY THOROUGH AND CONSTRUCTIVE LITIGATOR'," ACCORDING TO CLIENTS, WHO ADD THAT SHE IS "VERY GOOD AT WORKING OUT COMPLEX LEGAL PROBLEMS." SHE HANDLES AVIATION DISPUTE RESOLUTION STEMMING FROM AIRCRAFT ACCIDENTS AND PASSENGER CLAIMS, INCLUDING INSURANCE CASES."
- CHAMBERS

 

 "MASTERFUL, TACTICALLY ASTUTE AND COMMERCIALLY SAVVY" 

LEGAL 500 UK

Aviation

Gillie heads Ince & Co’s Aviation team. Her expertise in dispute resolution and the management of crises, including reputational issues, extends to the aviation industry.

 "...HAS BRILLIANT TACTICAL SKILLS AND SUPERB COMMERCIAL JUDGEMENT" 

LEGAL 500

Gillie is recognised as one of the world's leading practitioners for Aviation by leading industry publications including Who's Who Legal: Transport 2015, London Super Lawyers magazine (2013 and 2014), part of Thomson Reuters, Legal 500 UK and Chambers and Partners.

 "SINGLED OUT BY SOURCES FOR HER STRAIGHTFORWARD ADVICE" AND "ALWAYS GETS THE RESULTS HER CLIENTS WANT"

CHAMBERS & PARTNERS 

Energy

In the energy sector, Gillie advises on English and multi-jurisdictional disputes.

A member of the firm's international emergency response team, she has specialist expertise in defendant personal injury cases, and is also well versed in matters of reputation, a subject on which she has published.

Commercial Disputes

As a specialist in dispute resolution and a key member of the non-marine international emergency response team, Gillie is frequently consulted in a strategic role for a variety of clients, acting for organisations involved in the hotel and transport industries.

 

Accolades:
Legal 500, Leading Individual

My recent publications

News / Update on the impact of the Coronavirus on the Aviation Industry

06-03-2020 / Aviation & Travel

Impact The COVID-19 outbreak has already had a severe impact on the aviation sector. “Air traffic has collapsed on key Asian routes and it is rippling throughout the air transport network globally, even between countries without major outbreaks of COVID-19.”[1] Flybe yesterday announced its collapse, in part it says due to the effect of coronavirus upon bookings. Airlines are experiencing a serious decline in demand: “one carrier has taken a 26% reduction in passenger numbers across its entire operation and a major carrier has reported booking to Italy collapsing to zero with customers demanding refunds. Many carriers are reporting 50% no-shows across several markets, future bookings are softening and carriers are reacting with flight cancellation, crew being given unpaid leave, freezing of pay increases and plans for aircraft to be grounded.”[2]

Update on the impact of the Coronavirus on the Aviation Industry

News / Are liquidated damages payable post-termination?

28-06-2019 / Energy & Infrastructure

In Triple Point Technology, Inc. v PTT Public Company Limited [2019] EWCA Civ 230, the Court of Appeal has clarified a line of conflicting authorities on the question of whether liquidated damages can be claimed following the termination of a contract. The Court of Appeal held that the relevant provision did not, on its wording, apply where the contract was terminated and the original contractor failed to complete the works. It is a salient reminder of the need to construe liquidated damages clauses using ordinary principles of interpretation, rather than proceeding on the assumption that liquidated damages will be payable post-termination.

Are liquidated damages payable post-termination?

News / Brexit and aviation

04-08-2016 / Aviation & Travel

The UK’s referendum vote to leave the European Union is likely to have a far-reaching impact on the UK aviation industry. From a constitutional standpoint, the “Brexit” referendum is considered an expression of the electorate’s opinion; it is not by itself legally binding. Nevertheless, the ruling Conservative government has committed itself politically to put it into practice and to set in motion the process for the UK to withdraw from membership of the EU.

Brexit and aviation

News / Future impact of EU legislation affecting the aviation industry

04-08-2016 / Aviation & Travel

The EU has produced a large body of regulations affecting the aviation industry, including rules concerning workers’ rights, data protection, competition law, safety, security, environmental protection, airline insolvency. and passenger rights.

Future impact of EU legislation affecting the aviation industry

News / Brexit and aviation: Possible solutions for UK carriers

04-08-2016 / Aviation & Travel

One solution for a UK carrier would be to restructure operations so as to meet the conditions of Regulation 1008. This would involve changes to the location of the airline’s principal place of business from the UK to a place in the EU and changes of its ownership structure to ensure that more than 50% of effective control is held by EU nationals.

Brexit and aviation: Possible solutions for UK carriers

News / Status of UK Carriers after Brexit

04-08-2016 / Aviation & Travel

Under EU Parliament and Council Regulation 1008/2008 (“Regulation 1008”) no undertaking established in the Community is permitted to carry by air passengers, mail, and/or cargo for remuneration and or/hire unless it has been granted an operating licence. It confers the status of “Community carrier” to any airline that meets the conditions of the Regulation, which include:

Status of UK Carriers after Brexit