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The travel industry is an agile and fast-moving sector. The internet, widespread use of technology and the impact of low-cost carriers have revolutionised the way in which travel is distributed. The door is open to new entrants and new business models, which have grown rapidly. Some of the biggest travel companies in the world did not exist 10 years ago and this trend looks set to continue.

The travel industry is a highly regulated sector. There is a body of travel-specific regulation for companies to get to grips with and, in some markets, a requirement to register or to obtain a licence to do business. The nature of a travel business also means that companies need to be particularly concerned about other areas of regulation, including laws relating to data protection, advertising and marketing and financial services.

The volume of regulation can seem overwhelming and so we understand the importance of offering commercial and practical advice. Our clients are not in the business of regulatory compliance, they are in the business of selling travel services. It is our role to help guide you through the regulations in a way which is sensible, user-friendly and pragmatic. As you will see from what the legal directories have to say about us, this ambition is very much reflected in feedback from our clients.

There are three main pillars to our travel practice

1. We help our clients to grow. This typically involves advising on the regulatory and commercial aspects involved in launching, selling and distributing travel services. We also help our clients enter new markets, working with like-minded travel experts in other jurisdictions to ensure that our clients comply with the specific local rules.

2. We help our clients acquire or dispose of businesses, where our deep industry expertise helps ensure that any stumbling blocks are identified and resolved at an early stage so that the transaction proceeds smoothly. We also ensure that change of control requirements are managed with organisations such as the Civil Aviation Authority, ABTA and IATA.

3. We resolve problems. It is inevitable that travel companies will suffer certain shocks from time to time, caused by unexpected events such as the failure of an airline, an ash cloud crisis, regulatory enforcement or commercial disputes with trade partners.


Recent news, articles and deals:

What about the employees of Thomas Cook? more
Package travel regulations: One year in, what did we learn?more
New payments rules to impact the travel industrymore
ATOL: procuring and facilitating - Rhys Griffiths writes in ABTA's Travel Law Todaymore
Airline failures: the confusing position of travel agentsmore


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Rhys Griffiths
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rgriffiths@foxwilliams.com


Accreditations

  • Top Ranked Chambers UK 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Ranked in Chambers Europe 2013 - Leading Individual
  • Ranked in Chambers Global 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Legal 500 - Leading Firm
  • The Lawyer UK 200 - Listed Firm
  • The Law Society Excellence Awards 2012 - Shortlisted
  • Investors in People - Bronze