Top Lawyer Joins As Legal And Regulatory Head

One of the UK’s leading aviation lawyers is to join British Airways to head its legal and regulatory activities, with the appointment of Robert Webb QC as the airline’s General Counsel with effect from September 1.

Reporting directly to Bob Ayling, the company’s Chief Executive, his position substantially expands that of Ken Walder, who announced last month that he would be moving to the British Aviation Insurance Group as Director of Operations and Chief Legal Adviser on September 6.

Chambers Directory of the legal profession describes Robert Webb as “considered well ahead of the rest in terms of specialist knowledge of so many aviation matters.” The Legal 500 directory says: “Robert Webb QC’s chambers are in a class of their own. Robert Webb QC is the acknowledged guru of aviation actions.”

Announcing the appointment, Bob Ayling said: “I couldn’t be happier than to have attracted Robert Webb to British Airways. With competition, regulatory and legal issues now at the forefront of virtually everything we do, he will play a central role in helping shape and implement our future strategy.”

Robert Webb said: “After 25 years as a practising commercial lawyer and ten years as a QC, the chance to join British Airways in this exciting new position is beyond temptation. I very much look forward to joining the team - and being an action man instead of an adviser.”