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Aviation is a highly specialized and complex area of law that requires a deep understanding of the industry.

We have extensive experience in the area of aviation law and have, for decades, helped clients with liability claims, TSB investigations, and business law matters.

Aviation disputes are complex.  Our clients rely on us to assist them in navigating the unique challenges they face drawing on our solid understanding of the sensitive issues that may be in play, our in-depth knowledge of regional considerations and our ability to access the right experts.

We have significant experience advising insurers and their insureds on a variety of issues including liability and coverage disputes.  We work closely with local adjusters and respected experts to assess the legal risks faced by underwriters and operators and provide them with strategic options and solutions that best meet their needs.

We have also advised municipalities and other public bodies with respect to federal aviation regulations and governmental compliance.

We are counsel to:

  • Aviation insurers and brokers
  • Aviation syndicates
  • Aircraft owners and operators
  • Aircraft maintenance and repair facilities
  • Airlines
  • Airports
  • Charter operators
  • Flying clubs and flight schools

Our aviation lawyers are active members of the following organizations:

  • Air Transportation Association of Canada – ATAC
  • Aviation Insurance Association – AIA
  • Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch, Air Law Subection
  • Helicopter Association of Canada – HAC
  • Helicopter Association International – HAI


  • Passenger claims including loss of life, loss of property and bodily injury.
  • Major claims such as total loss of aircraft, hull damage and fire damage.
  • Equipment damage claims.
  • Lease negotiations.
  • Product liability for parts and equipment such as propellers, rotors, tires, and finely-engineered instruments.
  • Enforcement of foreign letters rogatory.
  • Regulatory and administrative proceedings including: Transportation Safety Board of Canada hearings, representation before the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada, representation at Coroners' Inquests.

19 Harper Grey lawyers recognized for litigation expertise by Benchmark Canada®, 2018

Benchmark Canada®

Harper Grey receives highest firm ranking as a “Highly Recommended” local litigation law firm in British Columbia from Benchmark Canada® 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Benchmark Canada®

24 Harper Grey lawyers recognized across 15 specialty areas by Best Lawyers® in Canada, 2017

Best Lawyers® in Canada

24 Harper Grey lawyers recognized as “Leading Practitioners” by Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory®, 2018

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory®

Harper Grey recognized as a "Leading Law Firm" regionally in the area of Dispute Resolution by Chambers Canada®, 2017

Chambers Canada®

Martindale Hubbell® recognizes 13 Harper Grey lawyers across 27 practice areas

Martindale Hubbell®

Harper Grey receives the TAGLaw Membership Award of Distinction acknowledging 15 years of outstanding service


Harper Grey recognized as a Top 10 Regional Firm in British Columbia, Alberta and the Territories by Canadian Lawyer Magazine, 2012 and 2014

Canadian Lawyer Magazine

“They dominate the medical practice, insurance, and product liability and even have more specialties like bankruptcy, aviation, defamation, securities, even environmental.”

Benchmark Canada® 2018

“Excellent response time, good talent from junior and intermediate to senior levels and reasonable service costs.”

Benchmark Canada® 2018

"Harper Grey is primarily championed for its insurance capacity, which is said to ‘rival that of anyone else’s in Vancouver’ as well as its aviation niche."

Benchmark Canada® 2012

“Bryan Baynham exemplifies the ways in which this firm has set itself apart. He attends to a variety of practice areas that he has really cornered a market on, like aviation and also defamation and media law.”

Benchmark Canada® 2017

"Harper Grey lawyers are ‘dedicated to their clients and focused on finding and implementing practical solutions for them. The lawyers are prompt, intelligent and insightful, and provide a high level of customer service’."

2012 Canadian Lawyer Magazine - Embracing Regionalism - Canadian Lawyer’s Top 10 firms from B.C., Alberta, and the Territories are in the Sweet Spot Right Now, October 1, 2012

“Peers vouch for Bryan Baynham’s acumen, addressing him as “a worthy opponent, good on his feet, very skilled and seasoned.”

Benchmark Canada® 2012

“Harper Grey is one of the best firms in Vancouver. They have excellent service, knowledge and their cost structure is excellent.”

Benchmark Canada® 2017

“Bryan Baynham has a strong presence and remains active and upbeat. I always seem to have something going with him, confirms one peer.”

Benchmark Canada® 2016

“A Vancouver staple, Harper Grey is perhaps the most BC-centric of the “highly recommended” firms, owing largely to the firm’s bench strength in several key areas.”

Benchmark Canada® 2018

“They are historically known more for insurance but there’s a lot more there than meets the eye.”

Benchmark Canada® 2015

“Recognition remains vibrant for firm figurehead Bryan Baynham, a veteran of commercial law as well as niche areas such as real estate, defamation, media and privacy.”

Benchmark Canada® 2017

"They exceeded all my expectations. I am very satisfied with their work and very happy to recommend them."

Chambers Canada® 2017

“Every day it seems like I am dealing with someone at Harper Grey, and I always find them professional, courteous and effective.”

Benchmark Canada® 2017

"A lawyer who refers work to Harper Grey wrote it has ‘great service, a breadth of practice and I have never received a negative comment from referrals to the firm’."

2014 Canadian Lawyer Magazine Stronger than Ever - Top Western & Northern Firms, September 1, 2014

"Harper has niches, and in those niches they are the best of the best."

Benchmark Canada® 2017

"The firm has real quality people, and they’ve put three people on the bench there in six years."

Benchmark Canada® 2015

"Harper Grey is a trial lawyer’s firm, and they’ve got a big deep bench of well-trained litigators."

Benchmark Canada® 2017

"Harper Grey has a stellar pedigree as a litigation firm, and they’ve put a ton of people on the bench, observes one peer."

Benchmark Canada® 2014

"Clients are comforted by the firm’s long history in BC. We’re steeped in the region. Our connection is such that we have knowledge of not only the issue itself, but the history of the issue in the province." - Richard Bereti

2012 Canadian Lawyer Magazine Embracing Regionalism - Canadian Lawyer’s Top 10 firms from B.C., Alberta, and the Territories are in the Sweet Spot Right Now, October 1, 2012


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