Richard Davis

Richard is a Partner in the Transport Group and is head of the firm’s Airports Group.

For over 30 years Richard has advised airports, as well as international, domestic & regional airlines, as well as a variety of government and privately owned air operators.

Richard has a unique Australian and international experience covering the full spectrum of regulatory, commercial, corporate and operational requirements of the industry.

During 2007 – 2010 Richard was Head of Legal and Head of Procurement for a domestic Australian airline and an international airline, based in Singapore.

Richard has developed a special expertise in managing legal teams across a wide variety of practice group areas for long running major projects.

Richard has been named in Best Lawyers™ Australia for Aviation Law and Transportation Law. He is also named in the latest edition of Who’s Who Legal – Australia and Doyle’s Guide as a leading lawyer for Aviation Law in Australia. Richard is also named in the latest edition of Expert Guides as a world leading lawyer for aviation.

Richard specialises in all aspects of the aviation industry including:

  • Regulation and operation of airports and air operators;
  • Commercial arrangements between airports and airlines;
  • Airport design and master planning, including all planning and environmental issues for airport operations & developments;
  • Protection of airspace;
  • Arrangements between airports, airlines, governments and tourism agencies;
  • RPT, GA, FiFo & all other AOC holder operations at airports;
  • Greenfield airport developments;
  • Purchase & leasing of aircraft (fixed wing and rotary);
  • Jet fuel supply; and
  • Compliance with civil aviation legislation and safety regulations.

Experience

Richard’s recent experience includes:

  • Agreements between airlines and every capital city airport and most regional airports;
  • Significant greenfield property development for a major Australian airport;
  • Establishing infrastructure for international operations at Australian airports including all arrangements with Home Affairs;
  • Advising airport on arrangements with airline for commencement of international services at that airport;
  • Independent review of the operation of the statutory Sydney Airport Slot Management Scheme (required for the Minister);
  • Advising airports on protection of their airspace and the entire “controlled activities regime” under the Airports (Protection of Airspace) Regulation;
  • Advising airports on environmental regulatory compliance including the preparation of a comprehensive environmental regulatory compliance manual;
  • Commercial contracts for airports with a wide variety of partners & service providers;
  • Partnerships between airports, airlines, governments and tourism agencies;
  • Advising airports, airlines and service providers on CASA investigations and prosecutions;
  • Jet fuel supply to airports (including JUHIs) & fuel supply procurement by airlines;
  • Advising on regulation of drones and counter drone technology by airport operators;
  • Advising airports on issues arising from PFAS contamination; and
  • Advising airports on the new “Airport-Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM)” arrangements with Airservices Australia.

Richard advises the following airports:

  • Sydney Airport;
  • Newcastle Airport;
  • Western Sydney Airport;
  • Perth Airport;
  • Hobart Airport
  • Darwin Airport;
  • Brisbane Airport;
  • Gold Coast Airport;
  • Ayers Rock Airport;
  • Wellcamp (Toowoomba) Airport; and
  • Broome Airport.

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