Smart Legal Contracts: adding a living dimension to aviation finance documentation

    In our last post, we looked at how blockchain could be deployed by the aviation sector. We mentioned that when combined with a smart contract, routine events under aviation financing documentation could be automated. Today, we explore this potential more deeply to see how smart legal contracts (SLCs) can transform legal contracts into powerful 21st … Read more

    The Global Aircraft Trading System (GATS): some practical and documentary considerations

    The Global Aircraft Trading System (GATS) is a fully electronic system designed to facilitate certain aircraft trading and financing transactions. This system seeks to streamline these often time consuming processes while at the same time increasing transparency and confidence in trading through the use of standardised processes and by recording GATS transactions on a secure … Read more

    ENGLISH HIGH COURT STAYS COURT PROCEEDINGS IN FAVOUR OF ARBITRATION AND INTERPRETS CONFLICTING DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROVISIONS

    In Helice Leasing S.A.S v PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) TBK [2021] EWHC 99 (Comm), the English High Court interpreted seemingly conflicting dispute resolution provisions in an aircraft operating lease (the “Lease”). The Lease included an arbitration clause providing for “any dispute” to be resolved by the London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”) and gave the lessor an … Read more

    Blockchain: novel opportunities for improving efficiency in aviation

    Blockchain is seen by many as the most significant technological breakthrough since the advent of the internet. While digital currencies based on blockchain technology have monopolised many of the headlines, blockchain has far wider-reaching potential and new applications are capable of disrupting practices across many sectors, including aviation. Read more

    EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement – implications for Aviation

    The new trade and cooperation agreement between the EU and UK (the “Agreement”) contains a chapter governing the EU/UK aviation relationship, reflecting the EU’s intention to comprehensively address that relationship within the scope of the envisaged partnership between the EU and UK. A brief overview of the key provisions follows below. The Agreement also establishes … Read more

    Will COVID Frustrate an Aircraft Lease?

    The widespread disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has led to renewed interest in potential bases for avoiding contractual obligations. However, arguing in English law that an aircraft lease has been frustrated by the consequences of pandemic, may be unlikely to succeed. Read more