2019 Plenary Session
Brendan Lumb opened the 2019 Legal & Claims Session by providing the traditional Major Loss Update, which included a look at airline fatal accident statistics and an overview of major airline losses from the past decade.
This was followed by Giles Kavanagh, who commented on some recent decisions in Superior Courts across a number of jurisdictions around the world and their possible impact on the protections traditionally afforded to airlines (and their insurers) under current Conventions.
Sharon Holahan then provided an in-depth study of helicopter losses, and Kerry Porter then made the final presentation prior to lunch, looking at policy language, specifically the possible gaps between underwriters’ intentions on coverage and Courts’ interpretations as to the meanings.
Sébastien Saillard opened the Tuesday afternoon sessions by looking at some of the peculiarities of the French litigation system. This was followed by the LCSG Chairman, Natsuyuki Furumai, who outlined to Delegates some changes in the Japanese legal regime dealing with the investigation of, and compensation for, damage arising from objects falling from aircraft.
The final presentation from the LCSG was by Guest speaker David Hitchen of McLarens Aviation. In a complementary presentation to Simon Abbott’s item during the MPASG session, David made a comprehensive review of grounding issues from a wider industry perspective, including looking at some of the reasons why grounding is becoming more prevalent, some of the root causes behind the increase in both occurrence and non-occurrence groundings and possible short and long-term impacts of these events.