Gillie heads the firm’s global Aviation practice and is a leading disputes lawyer highly respected for her intellectual strength, client care and results focus to the Aviation sector.
As a disputes and advisory lawyer, she advises a range of clients from the industry including airlines, operators, financiers, insurers, OEMs and MROs on commercial and insured matters.
Most of the cases in which Gillie is instructed deal with aviation liability or coverage issues with complex international problems, and usually on matters of very considerable importance, both financial and reputational to the clients involved. She is first choice for some of the most difficult cases the industry faces and is known for her thoughtful and authoritative consideration of all the angles. She has just finished an extremely confidential, difficult and high value matter within the industry. She is also very much the ‘go to’ choice for large ‘bet the company’ commercial disputes in the aviation sector where she is often brought in to strengthen a client’s negotiating hand at which she has an excellent track record.
She is known for her formidable case handling and strategic direction skills in relation particularly to large and complex cases whether in litigation/arbitration, or at the earlier stages, and her relentless focus on getting her clients the best deal. At present many large cases do not actually litigate or arbitrate as the stakes are simply too high to allow them do so; nonetheless they require consummate skill to get them to the stage where the parties can commercially settle their differences in private. For this reason much of Gillie’s work is confidential. Clients frequently describe her as ‘absolutely at the top of her game’.
Energy & Infrastructure
Gillie acts for clients on a number of topics, most particularly heavyweight complex litigation, international arbitration and mediation in pursuit of their strategic commercial and contractual objectives at which she has an excellent record of achieving success over the years. She advises clients in the energy and offshore sector, mainly in the US Gulf, and particularly those in the offshore marine and construction sectors.
Gillie always concentrates on where the money is for client - defending it or getting it - and is often brought in to strengthen the client’s hand in the commercial negotiations which are chosen in preference to litigation or arbitration at which she also has a considerable reputation.
Over the last few years Gillie’s offshore work has focused mainly on working with clients on their termination problems and assisting them in finding appropriate solutions, be that commercial negotiated settlements or arbitration/litigation.
Gillie is recognised as one of the world's leading practitioners for Aviation by leading industry publications including Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, Who's Who Legal: Transport 2015, London Super Lawyers magazine (2013 and 2014), part of Thomson Reuters. Gillie has also been nominated as one of the Top Aviation Practitioners in UK in the 2020 Aviation Expert Guide.