A market-leading expert known for his thoroughgoing sector focus and formidable courtroom demeanour"

- Legal 500
Philip Shepherd QC


As leading legal directories acknowledge, Philip probably has the most in depth experience of aviation litigation and arbitration of anyone in practice.

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Most of Philip’s cases have international content. He has a particular interest in disputes concerning the application of foreign laws and tribunals in different jurisdictions.

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Philip has over 15 years experience of partnership, quasi partnership and LLP disputes, including alleged breach of fiduciary duty, valuation of partnership shares and expert determination.

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Philip is an expert in civil claims concerning fraud, illegal conduct, fraudulent misrepresentation, duress and restitution.

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Philip has a long standing interest in the law relating to provenance of and title to works of art and high value objects.

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He has a natural gravitas combined with an instinctive sense of the commercial realities of a dispute."

- Legal 500

Recent & Notable Cases

Qatar Airways vs Airbus – Airbus loses bid to use French Blocking Statute

In the latest judgment from the High Court in the dispute between Qatar Airways and Airbus relating to premature surface

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Qatar Airways vs Airbus

Philip has been instructed by Robert Weekes, Nicola Phillips and Gordon McAllister of Crowell & Moring’s London office on behalf

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Times Travel Limited v Pakistan International Airways Corporation [2021] UKSC 40

The Supreme Court has now established beyond challenge the existence of “lawful act” economic duress, rejecting the argument that acts that are lawful in themselves can never qualify as illegitimate pressure for the purpose of setting aside a contract for duress.

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Gregor Fisken Limited v Bernard Carl 2021

A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, considered one of the most desirable cars ever built and sold for a record $44m is the subject of an appeal to the Court of Appeal that was featured by The Lawyer as one of the top 15 appeals of 2021 on 3 March 2021.

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Re Satfinance Investments Limited

Litigation concerning the fraud allegedly committed by modern art dealer Inigo Philbrick relating to a painting done by a contemporary artist, whose paintings typically sell for millions of pounds

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Wallis Trading Inc v Air Tanzania and Tanzania 2020

Whether Tanzanian law was relevant to enforcing a settlement agreement relating to liabilities under an English law aircraft operating lease also guaranteed by the Government of Tanzania.

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Emmott v Michael Wilson & Partners Limited 2018

A BVI quasi partnership dispute between former partners in a law firm operating in Kazakhstan described by the Court of Appeal as having “a long history of hard fought litigation over more than 10 years in several jurisdictions, including Australia, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands and England.”

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Islamic Republic of Iran v Barakat Gallery 2007

This case concerned the question of the ownership of a collection of antiquities dating from the period 3000 BC to 2000 BC that originated in Jiroft Iran that were allegedly illicitly exported and was ultimately resolved in the Court of Appeal.

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Treasure of the San Jose 2018

Dispute over the ownership of arguably the most valuable treasure ever discovered on the wreck of the Spanish treasure ship, San Jose. The wreck was found in Colombian waters by the Ocean Infinity Corporation giving rise to claims by a number of Governments and other claimants.

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