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2nd Annual GTDT Aviation Law News Conference

PRMs – Now and the Future

Thursday, 4 October 2018. Time: 13:30 - 18:00

Getting the Deal Through is delighted to present the 2nd annual Aviation Law News (ALN) conference, in cooperation with Clyde & Co.

This year’s half-day event, to be held at Clyde & Co, St Botolph Building, London, EC3A 7AR, on the afternoon of Thursday 4 October, will focus on the international legal environment for aviation passengers with reduced mobility (PRMs).

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2nd Annual GTDT Aviation Law News Conference: PRMs now and the future

News – 12 October 2018

The 2nd annual GTDT Aviation Law News conference got underway in London last week with an address by Baroness Sugg, the UK’s parliamentary under secretary of state for transport, who outlined the government’s future aviation policy agenda and its strategy for making air travel more accessible to passengers with reduced mobility (PRMs).

2nd Annual GTDT Aviation Law News Conference: in pictures

News – 12 October 2018

GTDT’s 2nd annual Aviation Law News conference took place at Clyde & Co’s London offices on 4 October and focused on the international legal environment for aviation passengers with reduced mobility (PRMs).

Chaired by

Rob Lawson QCClyde & Co

Baroness Elizabeth Sugg CBEDepartment for Transport
Sharon GoodsellDepartment for Transport
James FremantleCivil Aviation Authority
Andrew HarakasClyde & Co
Sergi Giménez Binder, Augusta Abogados
Jonathan ChambersQuadrant Chambers
Geraldine LundyVirgin Atlantic
Linda RistagnoInternational Air Transport Association
Tom van der WijngaartClyde & Co
Christopher WoodFlying Disabled
Robert Williams, London Gatwick Airport


13.30 – Welcome coffee and registration

14.00 – Keynote video address and speech

Baroness Elizabeth Sugg CBE, Department for Transport
Sharon Goodsell, Department for Transport

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?

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?

Christopher Wood, Flying Disabled

Geraldine Lundy, Virgin Atlantic
James Fremantle, Civil Aviation Authority
Linda Ristagno, International Air Transport Association
Robert Williams, London Gatwick Airport

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.

Rob Lawson QC, Clyde & Co

18.00 onwards – All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Clyde & Co


St Botolph Building, 138 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7AR

Venue and cocktail reception host

Clyde & Co

Conference Supporter

Quadrant Chambers

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