Sean Gates, Senior Partner in Gates and Partners, specialises in aerospace insurance, reinsurance and liability issues including disaster management and preparedness, and insurance coverage and policy issues. He has acted for airlines and their insurers as lead counsel in respect of several of the most important aviation disasters of the past 30 years. Sean is currently directing the disaster management of the aftermath of the Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 loss which occurred in Brazil in September 2006, and the Helios Airways Boeing 737 crash outside Athens in August 2005.
Sean has been closely involved in defending airlines in the DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) litigation worldwide. By a unanimous decision in the House of Lords, he led the British Airways defence team to a landmark victory which put a stop to all DVT claims in the UK. He has also been involved in advising airlines and their insurers in respect of DVT litigation in Australia, the USA, and a number of other countries in Europe and South America.
Since 1998, Sean has been the Legal Adviser to the International Union of Aviation Insurers, an organisation comprised of the world’s leading aviation insurers, whose members write 90% of the worldwide aerospace insurance. Sean represents the IUAI at meetings for the proposed replacement for the Rome Convention on Surface Damage; and was the principal Observer at the Montreal Convention in 1999. As Legal Adviser, Sean is in the unique position to report on developments in the insurance world for the benefit of his airline clients.
Sean qualified as an English solicitor in 1972. He was senior partner at Beaumont and Son from 1997 until 2003; where he worked as a solicitor from 1974. Sean is fluent in German.
(Last updated June 2009)