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Sophie Brophy

Sophie Brophy

Legal Director

Sophie is a Legal Director in the Aviation Team, with over 11 years litigation and regulatory experience, specialising in international commercial litigation, pre-action and alternative dispute resolution, investigations and aviation regulatory advice. Her clients include airlines, insurers, aircraft, engine and parts manufacturers, charterers, aircraft lessors, air navigation service providers, ground handling companies and airports.


Sophie’s experience includes:

  • Advising an engine manufacturer, its multinational joint venture partners and affiliated companies on the investigation into, and suitable resolution of, falsified engine parts sold into the international market by a UK supplier;
  • Advising an airline and its insurers in respect of an aircraft collision at Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Nigeria;
  • Advising an Unmanned Aerial System operator on regulatory requirements on dual-use items as part of the due diligence of a proposed sale;
  • Advising on the entry by a ground handler into a new fixed base operator licence at a London airport.
  • Advising a helicopter manufacturer and its insurers in respect of world-wide losses claimed as a result of a product defect and resultant grounding of the aircraft type;
  • Acting for US aircraft part manufacturer in respect of a multi-party, cross-border product liability dispute;
  • Acting for an aircraft manufacturer and its insurers in respect of a product liability claim following a heavy landing at an Italian airport;
  • Acting for a ground handling company in respect of disputes, indemnity issues and breach of representations arising from an acquisition of a competitor ground handler;
  • Acting for an airline and its insurers in respect of a collision with an aircraft at a Turkish airport;
  • Acting for an aircraft manufacturer in respect of a helicopter accident in Glasgow and subsequent Fatal Accident Inquiry;
  • Acting for an airline and its insurers in an arbitration concerning the sea-based loss of a passenger aircraft;
  • Acting for a UK helicopter operator in respect of expanding its business into the Persian Gulf;
  • Advising an airport management authority in respect of unpaid service charges from a long-term parked aircraft;
  • Acting for an UAE airline in respect of their passenger personal injury, property damage and delay claims under EU Regulation 261/2004 and the Montreal Convention 1999.


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