Commercial Litigation

Industry Spotlight: Commercial Drones

The travel chaos caused by the rogue drone disruption at both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports over the Christmas period brought the fast-developing drone industry to the front pages. Forum’s Darragh Connell commented in the Law Gazette.

The recent pace of growth in the commercial drone industry has been dramatic. Over the past decade, advances in technology have seen rapid development in the range of commercial activities undertaken by drones: from construction to environmental monitoring, from visual asset management to search & rescue, from submarine surveying to stunning aerial photography.

Those operating in the commercial drone industry work within in a highly regulated sector dealing with very specific, business critical risks. The high-profile travel disruption at Heathrow and Gatwick highlights the increasing presence and impact of drones in modern society. It also throws into the wider public domain the regulatory regime surrounding drones and how it has to develop to remain fit for purpose.

A fast-changing regulatory framework makes for an uncertain legal landscape. With considerable expertise advising and representing entrepreneurs and developing businesses, Forum Chambers has the legal expertise and experience to keep pace. We are adept at finding the right solution for the most technical legal problems in highly regulated industries.

Forum Chambers can provide you with advice on all aspects of the commercial use of drones and other UAV technology: both in the UK market with the impact of the Air Navigation (Amendment) Orders 2018 (SI 2018 No. 623) and 2019 (SI 2019 No. 261) and the high level aviation safety standards across Europe as set by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) following the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139.

Please contact to arrange a consultation to discuss your drone related legal and regulatory issues.

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