#PAW2023 – Aviation and Aerospace – why the disputes runway is clear for take-off

Panel Discussion
Event Details
Date & Time
30 March 2023 15:30 - 17:30 CET

Napoleon Hotel, 40 avenue de Friedland, 75008, Paris, France


In-person event – Thursday 30 March 2023
Napoleon Hotel, 40 avenue de Friedland, 75008, Paris, France (Friedland Room)

As a partner of Paris Arbitration Week 2023, HKA is pleased to be hosting this session.

  • Aviation post covid recovery, new issues compared to pre-covid times?
  • Operational risk assessment and safety and how they can translate to damages/losses?
  • Aviation and aerospace technology employed in daily business – drones and monitoring of sites etc


15.30 – 16.00 Registration
16.00 – 17.00 Panel discussion
17.00 – 17.30 Q&A and Networking


Roula Harfouche, Partner – HKA (Panel Moderator)

Roula has testified in both English and French and has worked on matters before the UK High Court, the UK Family Division, the Patents Court, the French Commercial Court and the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC), and in mediation. Her vast international arbitration experience spans numerous forums including the LCIA, ICC, SCC, HKIAC, PCA, Cairo Regional Centre For International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), SCIA, and ICSID, and under the UNCITRAL rules.

Roula has worked as a damages and contentious valuation expert at Accuracy, FTI Consulting and Ernst & Young. She was formerly a member of the forensic accounting group at Clifford Chance, an equity analyst at Morgan Stanley, and a member of the economic and financial consulting division of Arthur Andersen. As a consultant, she has supported clients across a diverse range of sectors including telecoms, professional services, utilities, energy, industrial, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and transport.

Roula specialises in the assessment of damages and complex valuation issues in litigation and international arbitration contexts. She is experienced in matters involving breaches of contract, investment treaty claims, transaction-related disputes and intellectual property infringements. She has been valuing companies, listed and unlisted securities, and intellectual property rights in commercial and contentious contexts since 2000.

Lloyd Watson, Technical Director, HKA

Lloyd Watson is a licensed pilot with 40 years of experience. He has been appointed as an aviation technical expert on more than 40 occasions.

Lloyd has been cross-examined in litigation on three occasions regarding various aviation operations, inflight incidents, and accidents. He provides expert evidence and reports regarding the root cause and contributory factors of the accident to provide a narrow focus on liability.

Lloyd is a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot, having spent more than 20 years flying offshore operations around the world. He has also flown for commercial airlines and acted as an operations director responsible for efficient and safe day-to-day operations. He subsequently qualified as an instructor and examiner and has also worked as an aviation advisor.

Lloyd specialises in accident analysis and the management of aviation risks. He is an expert in human factors analysis, as applied to the accident, and draws on a global network of experienced aviation experts as needed for further analysis and dispute resolution. His expertise as an air transport pilot incorporates both fixed wing and rotary aircraft.

Kate Gonzales, Senior Legal Counsel, Commercial Disputes, Airbus

Kate is a dual qualified lawyer (admitted to the Paris Bar as an Avocate and also a Solicitor of England & Wales) specialising in international dispute resolution (arbitration, litigation and mediation) with experience of disputes involving aviation, space, telecommunications, mining, oil spills, toxic waste, construction and general commercial matters before a number of jurisdictions in Europe, Africa, North America and the Middle East.

Karolina Rozycka, Counsel, Clifford Chance

Karolina’s practice focuses on international commercial arbitration as well as annulment proceedings and enforcement actions in France. Karolina’s experience encompasses a range of dispute types and business sectors, including commodities and mining, energy, aerospace, construction, electronics and general commercial disputes.

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Event Details
Date & Time
30 March 2023 15:30 - 17:30 CET

Napoleon Hotel, 40 avenue de Friedland, 75008, Paris, France


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