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Accidents will happen: developing a framework for UAV claims handling and risk management

Clyde & Co LLP


From military uses, agricultural practices and delivery methods to emergency responses and maritime matters, drones are being used in all aspects of commerce. However, with opportunity comes risk, leaving regulators, risk managers and insurers playing catch up with technology.

No one really knows how drones will be regulated in the coming years; regulators are still struggling with operating restrictions, means of enforcement and potential risks. The greater the uncertainty who is liable and what the standards for liability are, the more litigation there will be.

This webinar will discuss a number of key concepts in this regard, including:

  • whether there should be uniform rules for drone operations and, if so, how they should be established;
  • who is liable in the event of an incident and the scope of such liability; and
  • whether the loss is covered by insurance.


Patrick Slomski, Partner

Patrick Slomski's principal areas of practice relate to aviation and aerospace and involve contentious and non-contentious work.

His contentious work has involved airlines, aviation catastrophe work, insurance coverage (particularly in connection with aircraft manufacture and space systems), products, major commercial disputes, reinsurance disputes, aerospace and subrogation and various cases involving English and multi-jurisdictional litigation or international arbitration.

Mr Slomski became a partner in 2000. He is a past examiner for the Chartered Insurance Institute and a fellow of, and the honorary solicitor to, the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Jeffrey Ellis, Partner

Jeffrey Ellis’s practice focuses on aviation, insurance, product liability, commercial, litigation and appellate matters. He represents airline carriers in connection with the various liability and regulatory issues confronting the aviation industry on both the domestic and international fronts. In this regard, he consults with airlines, manufacturers, insurers and industry groups to analyse the legal and regulatory implications of issues relating to the federal or international pre-emption of aviation safety and security standards, code share and alliance relationships, connecting carrier relationships, the Montreal/Warsaw system, the Chicago Convention and drone regulation.

Mr Ellis represented the interests of United Airlines in the litigation arising from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He also represented the interests of Delta Air Lines regarding the Swissair/Delta Flight 111 crash, Continental Airlines regarding the Air France Concorde crash, Delta/Northwest in the litigation arising from the so-called ‘underwear bomber’ incident, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in product pre-emption litigation and the Consumer Technology Association and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International in drone pre-emption litigation.


Patrick Slomski
Jeffrey Ellis


30 January 2020
16:00 - 16:55 UTC
55 min