Rhys Griffiths is a partner and head of the Travel Group at Fieldfisher.
He is a versatile and experienced partner and he acts for a range of clients in the travel industry including tour operators, online travel agents, airlines and innovative and exciting growth companies.
His background is in dispute resolution and acting for clients in commercial disputes with their business partners. He has recently acted on a significant contractual claim for a tour operator against a large hotel group, which following a successful trial on the issue of liability ultimately settled for a multi-million pound payment to his client. He has also acted in commercial disputes between travel companies and payments processors, sales agents and trade competitors to name but a few.
He also advises clients on compliance with travel regulation, particularly in relation to the Package Travel Regulations, ATOL Regulations and consumer protection legislation. Most typically this involves advising on the regulatory issues involved in the sale of travel arrangements to consumers, the structuring of website sales, as well as the content of consumer facing material. This experience extends beyond the UK, whereby he has managed the instruction of local lawyers to ensure compliance in each jurisdiction to which sales are made.
He also has significant experience advising clients regarding compliance with health and safety laws and setting up systems to ensure compliance. He has also defended clients in criminal investigations and proceedings following a health and safety incident, both in the UK and overseas.
He regularly publishes client briefings and articles. He is also a regular speaker at internal and external conferences on the issues above.
In his spare time he is an avid follower of sport, particularly football and rugby, and he also enjoy running and playing cricket for his local village.
He can be contacted at: Rhys. Griffiths@Fieldfisher.com
[Last updated February 2017]