Welcome to AERIAL Aviation - Education, Resource & Information for African Lawyers

On this site you will find overviews of aviation laws in the various African countries where our members are based, details of members and news of upcoming AERIAL events.


Aerial Resolution

With members drawn from experienced practitioners across Africa and beyond, AERIAL can assist in resolving African aviation disputes promptly, impartially and cost effectively.

Whether your dispute relates to aviation insurance, finance, leasing, sale and purchase, passenger, ground handling or cargo claims, AERIAL can help you find an independent arbitrator, expert or mediator.

For assistance or enquiries on this service, please use the “contact” form at top right of the AERIAL homepage. In the subject field state “AERIAL RESOLUTION” and in the main body of the message, provide brief details of (1) the nature of the dispute (2) the parties and any lawyers involved and (3) whether you wish to find an arbitrator, expert or mediator

2016 AERIAL Nairobi

Another record attendance, from all across Africa, for AERIAL’s 2016 Training & Development Conference in Nairobi.

A selection of conference materials, in four pdf files, is available free of charge for download here: Day 1 AM Session | Day 1 AM Workshop | Day 1 PM Session | Day 2

Day 1- morning: Introduction to Aviation Law and Practice (GECAS and Clifford Chance)
Day 1 morning: Workshop sessions (Allen & Overy and Clyde & Co).
Day 1 afternoon: recent legal decisions, a technical briefing for lawyers on aircraft flight and maintenance, subleasing and engine pooling and aviation accidents
Day 2 full day: Overview, Aviation Regulation, Helicopters, Cape Town Convention and more!

As always, many thanks to attendees for their active participation, questions and enthusiasm; to our speakers from Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Clyde & Co, Duga & Co. GECAS, Hajji & Associes, Kaplan & Stratton, Norton Rose Fulbright, Udom & Udom, (plus making their AERIAL debuts) Holland & Knight and Watson Farley & Williams.

Thanks too to Kenya Airways for their ongoing support of AERIAL, to Kaplan & Stratton, founding member firm in Kenya for helping with arrangements and hosting us all to a lovely dinner on the first night; to Ole Sereni for the “conference facility by the game park” and to GECAS for its organisation and sponsorship of the event.

2014 AERIAL Training & Development Conference

Members gathered in Lanzerac, South Africa in September for the 2014 AERIAL Training & Development Conference. AERIAL’s biggest gathering to date with an excellent mix of representatives from airlines, financiers, lessors, manufacturers and law firms. The sessions included two interactive and very practical workshops involving (i) sale, financing and lease of aircraft engines and (ii) issues and liabilities arising from an aircraft accident.

Delegates were treated to briefings on the latest developments in the African aviation industry, the opportunities and challenges involved for lawyers and training presentations on a diverse range of topical issues including: The International Aviation Conventions, Conflicts of Laws, Finance and Lease of Aircraft and Helicopters, Aviation Industry Litigation, Unmanned Aerial Systems and Laws & Regulations Affecting African Airlines. Without overlooking our sociable side, with annual dinner, winery tour and a challenging but fun, team quiz.

A huge “Thank You” from all our members to the speakers and presenters involved from Allen & Overy, Bombardier, Clifford Chance, Clyde & Co, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, DLA Piper, IATA, Norton Rose Fulbright and to GECAS for its speakers, organisation and sponsorship of this unique learning and networking event. A selection of the key training materials, in pdf form, from both days is available free of charge for download here Day One | Day Two.

2013 Aerial Conference

AERIAL welcomed members from law firms, financiers, airlines, manufacturers and IATA to its two day Training and Development Conference in Morocco. We were also delighted to have representatives from the Moroccan DGAC participating as guests.

Particular thanks go to our speakers for their hard work and preparation, to GECAS for sponsoring the event and special mention also for local founding member firm, Hajji & Associes, who handled the logistics at the venue so smoothly and for treating members to a delicious Moroccan banquet to round off a memorable first day.

The conference and discussion topics over the two days included how aircraft are financed, leased, sub-leased and insured; regulatory issues facing airlines; passenger rights, claims and aviation accidents; the Cape Town Convention; and enforcement of security over aircraft in Africa.

A selection of the conference material is available for reference Day One | Day Two although nothing compares to being there in person; meeting fellow members and participating in the sessions, including our new practical interactive workshop.

This year that involved teams negotiating an aircraft sale and purchase transaction - informative and also good natured competition! The conference concluded with “News from the Front Line” in which members from across Africa gave briefings on new laws, developments and aviation matters which they had been involved with over the last 12 months.

All in all, a very worthwhile event, with no shortage of members’ excellent suggestions for good and suitable African venues for a similar repeat event in 2014.

Inaugural AERIAL Training and Development Conference

AERIAL hosted its inaugural training and development conference in South Africa in January at the Lanzerac Hotel in Stellenbosch.

We were pleased to welcome lawyers from members firms and airlines from countries across Africa and also would like, in particular, to recognise the support and speakers from Clifford Chance, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, GECAS and Norton Rose who provided such a valuable expert insight into legal aspects of the aviation industry.

The presentation and discussion topics over the two days included: ways to finance aircraft, aircraft sale and purchases, operating leases, legal opinions in aircraft transactions, events of default, export credit, what you really need to know about the Cape Town Convention and aviation claims, insurance and liability.

The key presentation material from the two days is available here for reference and download in pdf format Day One | Day Two

Aside from the formal training and development sessions, members took the opportunity to expand their legal contacts and socialise with other members over lunches and dinners and to enjoy an interesting private tour and wine tasting event at Lanzerac's vineyard at the end of day 1.

A big thank you to all members and supporters for making this event such a success.

Linked-in group for Aerial members.

AERIAL now has a Linked-In" group open to members only, which can be used to raise matters of interest and seek input or assistance from other members. If would like to participate in that communication group, please send a request to us via the contact section of the website or ask to join via the "linked in" page located here.

New Aerial Members

AERIAL is pleased to welcome new member law firms covering Cameroon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Madagascar, Mauritius, Niger and Sao Tome & Principe and to announce that membership is in process for firms in other countries.

AERIAL law firm membership coverage as of 1st October 2014 is shown below.

Keep an eye on the website and /or the AERIAL “linked in” group for further updates.