Following the merger of his law firm with Kennedys, Sean Gates is now available to consult on matters involving aviation liability, risk management, insurance, disaster preparedness and criminalisation through Gates Aviation.

Sean Gates has acted for airlines and their insurers as lead counsel in respect of a significant number of aviation disasters over the last 30 years.

Since 1998, Sean has been the Legal Adviser to the International Union of Aviation Insurers (IUAI), an organisation comprised of the world's leading aviation insurers.  Sean represented the IUAI at the diplomatic conference in Montreal for the Conventions on Surface Damage and was the principal observer on behalf of the IUAI at the diplomatic conference resulting in the Montreal Convention of 1999 on carrier liability to passengers.

Sean's Special Distinctions:

  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2014 London Aviation Law "Lawyer of the Year". 
  • Euromoney Best of the Best Expert Guides for 2011, 2009, 2005, 2004 and 2003: "Sean Gates received more individual nominations than any other aviation lawyer worldwide" and in 2011 received the accolade "Sean Gates knows everyone and everything, his is a leading aviation solicitor for more than 30 years.  He has enormous intellect and advocacy skills.  He is the world's No. 1 aviation lawyer and combines a strong commercial outlook with unparalleled experience.  He leaves the opposition in his wake.  He is a guru".
  • Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2009 edition - ranked in the "star individual" category for aviation insurance and litigation, which is "given to lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field." (Ranked "leading individual" in every edition from 1996).
  • Named by Who's Who Legal 2011 as one of the most highly nominated individuals.  The publication in 2009 comments that "The 'pre-eminent' founder Sean Gates is ... considered to be 'one of the key people around the globe.'
  • The International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers 2005 announced that "Sean Gates of Gates and Partners is the world's most highly nominated practitioner" for aviation legal expertise.



Gates Aviation are professionals with decades of practical experience gained from top management positions held within the aviation and services industries, senior figures from British government and armed forces, as well as leading aviation lawyers.   

Our Services

  • Aviation Safety
  • Security
  • Risk Management
  • Emergency Response Planning

We also provide expert advice on the following: 

  • Legal Support
  • Accident Investigation
  • Expert Witness
  • Aerospace Insurance
  • Aircraft Hull Damage/Uninsured Loss Recoveries
  • Aviation Asset Management
  • Human Factors Engineering and Analysis
  • Executive Recruitment


  Our Market

  We work with the following: 

  • Airlines
  • Business Operators
  • Insurers, brokers and underwriters
  • Trade Associations 

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Company News

Gates Aviation's Jo Gillespie with WFP in Nairobi

15th September 2014

Jo Gillespie was once again supporting the efforts of the World Food Programme last week as a major contributor to their latest Aviation Safety ... Read More

The Aviation Law Review 2nd Edition now available

15th September 2014

Sean Gates - Editor of the Aviation Law Review 2nd Edition - has made this book available on our publications section of the Gates Aviation ... Read More

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Our Services

Safety Management

A fundamental prerequisite of air carrier responsibility is the safe conduct of operations, which underpins the organisation’s reputation.

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Few people in business, especially within the aviation industry, would fail to recognise the importance and corporate value of having a sound security culture prevailing within the organisation.

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Risk Management

Management of risk is increasingly becoming an expectation of employees, shareholders and the general public.

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Crisis Management

No matter how well-managed, or safety-conscious an organisation may be, accidents will continue to happen. They may be the outcome of a technical malfunction, human error, or an act of a third party.

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Other Aviation Services

Gates Aviation provides an extensive range of other aviation services as follows:

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Strategic Partners

  • ERAA Kenyon International Services BATA