Soulez Larivière & Associés has developed particular expertise in aviation and a sound knowledge of the special features of the aeronautical sector.
Its work encompasses disputes relating to the certification, construction and operation of aircraft.
The firm handles commercial disputes — between buyers and suppliers or between competitors — and advises on all issues associated with civil or criminal liability. Litigation topics can range from product liability to major accidents, which receive a great deal of media coverage and for which clients can rely on the firm’s experience and proven methodology in crisis management and disasters.
Two such cases were the Airbus A320 Mont Sainte-Odile crash, which was tried on appeal in Autumn 2007 with all the defendants being acquitted on all counts, and the Concorde crash in July 2000, in which the firm obtained the acquittal of the civil aviation authority representative — a decision which was upheld by the Versailles Appeal Court on 29 November 2012, bringing the proceedings to an end.
The French Civil Aviation Authority (Direction générale de l’aviation civile, DGAC) and major manufacturers are long-standing clients. The firm is also instructed by numerous other French and foreign manufacturers in the aeronautical sector as well as airlines, aircraft lessors, airport operators and air traffic controllers.
Articles relating to this practice area (only available in French):
- « Comprendre ou juger ? »
- Des dangers de la pénalisation des accidents
- Vers une responsabilité illimitée de l’ingénieur ?
- Accidents aériens : une révolution juridique
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