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Irwin Mitchell Aviation Law

Over the last four decades Irwin Mitchell Aviation Law has developed extensive experience in handling aviation claims for passengers and crew involved in aviation accidents around the world, including international airliner disasters, business jet, light aircraft, helicopter and military accidents.

We are specialists in aviation accident and disaster claims, helping victims and their families to claim compensation. We are a leading aviation law firm in terms of our pedigree, aviation expertise, legal expertise and resources.


Irwin Mitchell was established in 1912 and has been a leading personal injury firm for decades. The aviation practice was founded in the 1980s and we have vast experience in dealing with international aviation disasters.  

"I just felt that they were very competent and that I could trust them, which is very important in a case like this. It’s hard to explain – I have nothing but praise about how we were treated." Peter, London

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We have particular expertise in US product liability claims against US aircraft and component manufacturers. We have also been pioneers in the “Mid Atlantic Settlement” process - this is the approach where non-US victims of international aviation disasters may settle their cases at a level that is between very high US compensation levels and the much lower compensation available in their own country.

Irwin Mitchell is rated in the top tier in the Legal 500, Chambers and other independent legal directories. Clive Garner, who has over 25 years' experience in international and aviation claims, heads the Aviation team that continues to achieve, and exceed, the high standards that have earned us our excellent reputation in this area.

Professional Aviation Expertise

The aviation expertise of our team is unrivalled, and allows early investigation of the causes of an accident so that the best tactics for progressing the case can be determined as soon as possible.

This expertise combined with the use of certified flight simulators and leading avionics and flight engineer experts is used to determine where fault lies, be it with the operator, the aircraft manufacturer, the manufacturer of aircraft components or other parties.

Our approach allows us to help our clients to recover the best possible compensation settlement, particularly if a US manufactured component has contributed to the accident. It also assists by promptly identifying flight safety issues and credible theories about the cause of the accident, which is of great benefit to the victims and their families who often have to wait several years before the official accident report is published.

Legal Expertise

Our aviation lawyers deliver the highest standards in terms of legal ability, and have many years of successful trial and aviation claims experience.  The team specialise in acting for the victims of disasters or accidents, giving us unsurpassed expertise and experience in terms of claims for those injured or affected by air accidents.

Our depth of experience can be seen in the list of current and previous cases where we have helped the victims of air accidents.  Our experience in this area of law also means that we know how to deal with the global aviation insurance market, and its lawyers, which are based in London, to achieve the best results for our clients.


Irwin Mitchell is one of the largest personal injury firms in Europe with more than 2,300 staff working from offices throughout the UK. 

We are an international practice with lawyers qualified in a number of countries, including the UK and the US. We have lawyers fluent in a number of languages and have experience of dealing with claims arising all over the world. This, coupled with long-established working relationships with leading law firms worldwide, means that we have the resources to act in all types of aviation cases around the world, from light aircraft accidents to major airline disasters. 

Choose us and you will enjoy the reassurance that you will receive exceptional one-to-one service and that we have the resources to fearlessly fight your case to successful settlement or, if necessary, all the way to judge or jury verdict at trial.


"Irwin Mitchell is a top-rate firm for aviation compensation claims." - Chambers & Partners

The above information relates to the law in England and Wales.

* Subject to entering into a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement in conjunction with our Allianz Litigate insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.

All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you will receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.

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