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Hong Kong formally establishes an independent Air Accident Investigation Authority and appoints a chief inspector of accidents
Historically, responsibility for the conduct of aviation safety investigations in Hong Kong lay within the Accident Investigation Division of the Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) and the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), who reported to the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). As the HKCAD is also the regulatory body for civil aviation activities in Hong Kong, the impartiality of investigations had the potential of being perceived to be compromised notwithstanding internal mechanisms put in place to address this.
Case review 17/10/2018
On 12 October 2018, judgment was handed down in the High Court in a case concerning whether insurers under a marine policy could rely on a sanctions clause to avoid payment of a first party claim.
Following the Commission’s previous recommendation on collective redress measures which had limited impact, the Commission proposed a package for a “New Deal for Consumers” intended to improve mechanisms available at national level for compensatory relief in “mass harm” situations.
Dubai aviation partner, Nick Humphrey, discusses the aviation economy above the clouds called “Flyland” on Dubai Eye business breakfast radio show.
In May 2015, the International Carriage by Air Act, B.E. 2558 (‘ICAA’) came into effect in Thailand, applying to international as well as domestic carriage by air from the effective date. Its provisions largely mirror those of the Montreal Convention (‘MC99’), which subsequently came into force on 2 October 2017.
Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of Kennedys’ core values; being approachable, supportive, straightforward and distinctive. It’s something that is very important to us.
We are very pleased to confirm that, in addition to the firm’s gold level global partnership, we are a local sponsor of this year’s Inclusion@Lloyd’s Dive In Festival in four US cities – Chicago, Miami, New York and Philadelphia.
Our global expansion has been supported by a 20% increase in headcount worldwide to over 1900 personnel, with lateral partner hires and mergers across our offices boosting the partnership to 277 – representing a rise of 37%.
The rapidly developing autonomous vehicle and drone technology has been embraced by the cargo and freight markets, presenting the opportunity to substantially reduce the costs and remove some of the risks inherent in human intervention. However, it also introduces some of its own risks and problems.
On 30 May 2018, the UK government published amendments to the Air Navigation Order 2016 regarding small unmanned aircraft, also known to as drones. Changes to be brought in include height restrictions on smaller drones which were previously exempt, and compulsory registration and demonstrations of competency for all those operating drones.