Rhys is a partner and the head of the travel group at Fox Williams. He is a travel sector specialist, with in-depth knowledge of the industry and how it works. Rhys is listed as a leading individual for Travel: Regulatory and Commercial in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.
Rhys advises clients on compliance with the complex web of laws and regulation which apply to the sale of travel services in Europe. This includes advising on compliance with the Package Travel Directive, the ATOL Regulations, Consumer Rights Directive, insolvency protection requirements and the local rules which require registration and/or licensing of activity in certain European markets. Rhys typically undertakes this work for tour operators, travel agents, online booking platforms and airlines.
Rhys has significant experience of helping clients launch new products and enter new markets. He acts for well-known brands intending to launch or expand their own travel business, both domestically and internationally. Rhys uses his expertise of the regulation and the market to help clients structure their business efficiently and to negotiate the myriad of commercial and consumer contracts which are needed to operate.
Rhys frequently represents clients in response to investigations and proceedings by regulators and industry trade associations. Most recently, Rhys has represented clients in response to investigations by the Competition and Markets Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority concerning compliance by various travel companies with the relevant travel regulation. Rhys also has experience of negotiating tailored regulatory solutions with the regulators on behalf of his clients.
Rhys is a regular attendee and speaker at industry events, including ABTA Conventions and Seminars, the ITT Convention, TTNG Convention and Travel Weekly Business Breakfasts. Rhys is also a regular contributor to industry publications such as ABTA Travel Law Today and Travel Law Quarterly. Rhys also hosts and publishes his own events and materials.
Airline failures: The confusing position of travel agents
Adding travel services to a package – Does it make you an organiser?
Reforming ATOL: The New Consultation
New ATOL bill paves the way for reform
The new Package Travel Directive: Pre-departure changes to the Package
The proposed revision to the EU Denied Boarding Regulations