Gallagher invests in aerospace expertise with legal specialist Nick Hughes

Posted on 12 August, 2021 by Advance 

Gallagher has engaged legal specialist Nick Hughes as a Consultant within its global aerospace practice.

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In his new role, Nick (above) will be responsible for supporting client-facing teams with legal input to complex insurance coverage, claims and contractual issues, as well as helping to grow Gallagher’s aerospace client base.

Until his retirement in June 2020, Nick was a Solicitor and Partner in law firm Holman Fenwick Willan’s (HFW) aviation practice team, before which he was a Partner at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. During his legal career, he was mainly London-based, with periods spent in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Nick is a prominent legal aerospace specialist who brings considerable international legal experience in all aspects of aviation and space insurance, having provided legal representation in claims resolution and disputes arising from loss events in over 130 countries. He also has extensive experience advising on regulatory and commercial matters.

Nick serves on a variety of aerospace industry committees and boards, including as a longstanding Director and Secretary of Airmic Limited, the representative organisation in the UK for risk managers and insurance professionals, as well as the Aviation Insurance Clauses Group (AICG), which publishes non-binding standard wordings and clauses to be used in aviation insurance policies.  Additionally, he is a Vice President of the Aviation Committee of the Insurance Institute of London (IIL) and past Chairman of the Aviation Committee.

Additionally, Nick is a Court Member and past Master of the Worshipful Company of Solicitors, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Insurers, and a past President of the City of London Law Society.

Gallagher is one of the leading providers of insurance, reinsurance and risk management solutions to the aerospace industry through its 370-strong global team of specialists, with a client portfolio that covers all aspects of aerospace risk, from international airlines to spacecraft.

Nick commented: “The aerospace industry has had an unprecedented 18 months, and businesses in the sector are facing complex contractual and operational risks as they look to get back to more normal levels of operation.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with a business with significant experience in aerospace and an extensive global footprint, and look forward to supporting the team with legal and contractual expertise that will help clients mitigate the risks they are facing as we emerge from the pandemic.”

Peter Elson, CEO of Gallagher’s aerospace practice, said: “Nick brings with him a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise that will undoubtedly enhance the offering our team is able to provide to our global client base. We’re looking forward to working with Nick, whose support will be invaluable as we continue our commitment to providing excellent service to our clients.”