The Ashfords Aviation Team has unrivalled in-house expertise in military aircraft operations, military law and military air accidents. Jim Morris, who heads the Aviation Team, was a pilot in the RAF for 12 years, then qualified as a Barrister in the RAF and prosecuted court martial jury trials, specializing in military aviation cases. Having spent 16 years in the RAF then specialising in representing the victims of air accidents as a civilian practitioner, his expertise as a UK claimant aviation lawyer is unique.
Due to the nature of military aircraft operations, the military flight crew of the RAF, Army and Navy are provided with (and have to pass) world leading flight training to ensure that they can safely and effectively operate military aircraft to their absolute limits in very challenging environments around the world. Needless to say, these military air operations carry additional risk due to the demands on the aircrew and on the aircraft and their components/ systems.
When accidents do occur, the military personnel injured and families who lose loved ones can benefit from specialist assistance and advice. The Ashfords Aviation Team, who understand the military community and aircraft operations from direct experience, are able to provide this service. The team's military expertise is used to analyse all circumstances and military issues surrounding the accident to determine the full chain of events. This expert knowledge is then used to advise victims and families in relation to their rights against the military via the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and/ or a civil legal claim. For a civil claim, in addition to a potential action against the Ministry of Defence ("MoD"), the team will consider the options of pursuing civilian contractors or corporations that have contributed to an accident.
In addition, the team will advise on the air accident investigation by the military, the Court Martial process if charges are brought and the Inquest. For fatal accidents, our team can conduct the inquest advocacy on behalf of the families to ensure that the military aviation experts and witnesses are properly questioned to obtain a full and transparent picture of the full chain of events that led to the tragedy.