Aviation Criminal Defence Costs

After several years of effort, Gates Aviation has succeeded in obtaining support from a prominent Insurer in London for legal expenses insurance in respect of criminal investigations arising out of aircraft accidents and incidents.  The coverage provides between Euros 500,00 and Euros 1 million by way of defence costs . The policy can be for Airlines wishing to insure their employees and for employee associations such as pilots and engineers associations.  We believe the increase in the number of criminal prosecutions following aircraft accidents makes this an important contribution to risk management and disaster response.

Please contact us if you would like any more information.

Gates Aviation Chairman - Sean Gates

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. He is also a member of the International Arbitrators Panel of the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre.

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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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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Legal Services

Gates Aviation's Chairman, Sean Gates, is highly regarded in the aviation world having been rated as the premier aviation lawyer worldwide and in the UK in a number of prestigious reviews including th

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