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Edward Spencer



Friary Court
65 Crutched Friars
London EC3N 2AE
United Kingdom

Office Telephone: +44 (0)20 7264 8000
Office Fax: +44 (0)20 7264 8888

Direct Dial (London): +44 (0)20 7264 8314

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Edward is a partner in the aerospace team.

Edward specialises in handling liability claims across the whole spectrum of the aviation sector but with particular focus on airlines, corporate jets, light aircraft and helicopters. He has been regularly involved in disaster response management and major accident litigation both at home and abroad, with notable examples including the Shoreham air crash in August 2015, the Vauxhall helicopter accident in January 2013 and the crash of a Swiftair MD83 aircraft over Mali in July 2014 with the loss of 116 lives. He also has considerable experience of insurance coverage disputes, including instructions arising out of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the loss of AirAsia flight QZ8501 on 31 December 2014 and also the destruction of Metrojet flight 9268 over the Sinai Peninsula in October 2015.

Edward began his career as a general insurance lawyer but he developed a specialism in aviation when he was seconded to British Airports Authority to assist on the Terminal 5 Public Enquiry in the late 1990s. Edward has contributed articles to the aviation and insurance press and speaks on aviation-related topics at conferences. He is a member of the Guild of Air Pilots and qualified for his private pilot's licence in both the USA and Europe in 2001.

Edward is also a CEDR-accredited mediator and is adept at helping parties resolve their disputes whatever the subject-matter.


The London office is the firm's largest, with over 250 lawyers.

It offers the full range of services that HFW provides globally, with partners from the London office working closely with all the other HFW offices, as well as in many jurisdictions around the world. HFW moved to its current premises in September 2008, having previously been in nearby Lloyds Avenue for almost 100 years.

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