GTDT Aviation Law News will host its second annual conference on 4 October at Clyde & Co’s London offices.

Chaired by Clydes’ global aviation chair Rob Lawson QC and sponsored by London’s Quadrant Chambers, ALN Live 2018 will focus on the international legal environment for passengers with reduced mobility (PRMs).

The half-day event, taking place over the afternoon of 4 October, will kick off with a video address by Parliamentary Under-secretary at the Department for Transport Baroness Sugg and a speech by Sharon Goodsell, the department’s head of consumer policy, aviation strategy and consumers.

The event will also feature contributions from private practice lawyers, regulators, and representatives from airlines and aviation rights groups, who will take part in panel discussions on PRM law in theory and practice as well as an interactive debate on PRM issues modelled on the BBC’s “Question Time” format.

The conference will take place at Clyde & Co’s office in London at The St Botolph Building on 4 October 2018 between 1.30pm and 6pm.

Registration is complimentary for in-house lawyers, members of aviation rights groups and  government representatives. Private practice lawyers can purchase tickets for £250.

2nd Annual GTDT Aviation Law News Conference

“PRMs – Now and the Future”

Date: Thursday, 4th October 2018

Chaired by

Rob Lawson QCClyde & Co

Baroness Sugg CBEParliamentary Under-secretary at the Department for Transport Sharon GoodsellHead of Aviation Consumer Policy at the Department for Transport James FreemantleSenior Consumer Policy AdviserCivil Aviation Authority Andrew HarakasClyde & Co Sergi Giménez BinderAugusta Abogados Jonathan ChambersQuadrant Chambers Geraldine LundyPassenger Accessibility Manager, Virgin Atlantic Linda RistagnoManager, External Affairs, IATA Tom van der WijngaartClyde & Co Chris WoodFounder, Flying Disabled Robert Williams, Commercial Operations Manager, London Gatwick Airport


13.30 – Welcome coffee and registration

14.00 – Keynote video address and speech

Baroness Sugg CBE (via video) Sharon Goodsell

14.30 – PRMs and the Law

  • What is the current state of PRM law in Europe, the UK and the US?
  • What important precedents have been set by the courts? And what gaps remain to be filled?
  • What tensions exist between PRM legislation and international instruments such as the Montreal Convention?

Panel: Tom van der Wijngaart, Clyde & Co Andrew Harakas, Clyde & Co Sergi Giménez Binder, Augusta Abogados Jonathan Chambers, Quadrant Chambers

15.30 – Coffee break

16.00 – PRM law in practice: recent experiences and implications for the future

  • How have changes to the law affected the experiences of disabled passengers in recent years?
  • What actions are airlines, regulators, airports and industry groups taking to improve PRMs’ experiences of flying? What barriers still stand in the way?

Panel: Chris Wood Geraldine Lundy James Freemantle Linda Ristagno Robert Williams

17.00 – ALN’s “Question Time”

  • An interactive discussion of key issues pertaining to PRM and disabled rights in the aviation sector, modelled on the BBC’s “Question Time” format, featuring all of the day’s panellists.

Moderator: Rob Lawson QC, Clyde & Co