Travel and Leisure

Our travel and leisure team provides specialist advice to businesses and insurers operating within these challenging sectors. We act on behalf of a full spectrum of travel and leisure operators including tour operators, travel agents and leisure venues such as nightclubs and hotel chains.

We are an ABTA travel industry partner and are recommended in Chambers as a leading firm in this area. Alex Padfield is recognised as a leading individual in travel law.

We are well known for our particular strength in advising insurers and are noted for our “impressive expertise” in this area, as well as our “keen commercial perspective.” We have acted for travel and leisure insurers for many years and built up a wealth of knowledge and experience, allowing us to advise upon the wide range of issues that arise.

We also handle a wide range of sports liability claims and have represented a number of professional football clubs and their insurers over the past few years. We are regularly instructed in relation to disputes arising out of amatuer sporting contests. We have also advised insurers and professional sports clubs on the application and interpretation of personal accident policies for individual players.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Tour operators’ professional indemnity
  • Personal accident schemes
  • Policy wording disputes
  • Tour operators liability claims
  • Sports liability claims
  • Defence of personal injury claims including catastrophic claims
  • Class actions
  • Subrogated recoveries
  • Private medical and hospital income plans
  • Contractual advice on booking conditions and supplier contracts
  • Regulatory advice in relation to ATOL and the Package Travel Regulations
  • Trading Standards advice and defence of prosecutions

We have a number of well-known tour operators as clients and regularly complement our services by offering seminars and training programmes, especially to tour operators or insurers in-house. Our team leader, Alex Padfield, is a member of the Institute of Travel and Tourism and the team are all members of the Travel and Tourism Lawyers’ Association.

Contact: Alex Padfield or Emma Bond