The Travel Law Seminar – London

    22 May 2019 - 23 May 2019
  • Venue:
    Cavendish Conference Centre
  • Location:
    22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT
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ABTA's Travel Law Seminar is a must-attend event for anyone with a legal responsibility in travel. 

Now in its 21st year, ABTA's flagship legal event will deliver the latest developments in travel law. Join over 150 travel industry leaders and senior legal representatives and hear from a wide range of legal, government and travel industry speakers. 

About the event

A specially selected speaker line-up of travel and legal professionals will guide you through the changing landscape of travel regulation. You will hear crucial presentations on topics such as what Brexit will actually look like, the current issues with the Package Travel Regulations post implementation and the upcoming changes to the ATOL Regulations. 

You will have the opportunity to question the experts on key regulatory issues such as Linked Travel Arrangements, data management and cyber security following GDPR, working with PRMs and VAT-TOMS. There will also be a focus on risk management and handling complaints under the new PTRs.  


  • The ATOL Regulations – standard terms, consumer protection law and agency agreements 
  • Are you making available flights or facilitating making available flights?
  • The Package Travel Regulations – where we are now and understanding the definitions in detail
  • The implications of Linked Travel Arrangements for airlines, car hire companies and travel agents
  • How should you handle pre-departure and in-destination complaints
  • Post-Brexit reality – what’s changed and what happens now 
  • Employment law update including how Brexit will impact your employment obligations 
  • VAT-TOMS update – what happens post-Brexit? 
  • An update from the Competition and Markets Authority on unfair terms 
  • The Equality Act, discrimination and passenger rights at home and abroad
  • Agency, tax and the Package Travel Regulations  


  • Moderated by: Simon Bunce, Director of Legal Affairs, ABTA
  • Sarah Prager, Barrister, 1 Chancery Lane
  • Meghann McTague, Barrister, 2 Temple Gardens
  • Michael Ellis, Group General Counsel, Abercrombie & Kent
  • John de Vial, Director of Financial Protection, ABTA
  • Luke Petherbridge, Head of Public Affairs, ABTA
  • Susan Deer, Senior Solicitor, ABTA 
  • Paula Macfarlane, Senior Solicitor, ABTA
  • Narinder Sanotra, Legal Director UK & I, Legal and Compliance, CWT
  • David Bourne, CMG Head of Regulation and Governance, Civil Aviation Authority
  • Andrew Hadley, Assistant Director Consumer Policy, Competition and Markets Authority
  • Niki Sharp, Assistant Project Director, Competition and Markets Authority
  • Debbie Venn, Partner, DMH Stallard
  • David Bennett, VAT Consultant, Elman Wall Bennett
  • Rhys Griffiths, Partner and Head of Travel Group, Fox Williams
  • Alexandra Cooke, Commercial, IP and Technology Associate, Hamlins LLP 
  • Alex Padfield, Director, Hextalls Law
  • Zohar Zik, Partner, HFW
  • Javed Ali, Legal Consultant, Hill Dickinson LLP
  • Rebecca Thornley-Gibson, Employment Partner, Ince Gordon Dadds LLP
  • Claire Mulligan, Partner, Kennedys
  • Neil Baylis, Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
  • Claire Scargill, Associate Partner, Plexus Law
  • Damon Wright, Head of Travel and Leisure - Indirect Tax, PwC
  • Joanna Kolatsis, Director, Themis Advisory
  • Stephen Mason, Senior Counsel, Travlaw
  • Matt Gatenby, Senior Partner, Travlaw
  • Kim Daplyn, Customer Resolution Manger, Travel Republic
  • Hilary Kett, Senior Legal Counsel, TUI

Additional speakers will be announced shortly.

Benefits of attending

  • Get the latest developments in travel law to help plan for the future
  • The most informed forum for discussion and debate
  • The widest range of legal, government and travel industry speakers
  • Hear the essential case law update
  • Network with peers from the travel industry
  • Claim an equivalent of up to five hours CPD points per day

Who should attend?

The event is ideal for anyone working in the travel industry including large and SME firms, including:

  • Compliance and operations specialists
  • Legal counsel and solicitors
  • Those who have legal responsibilities as part of their role.

Event prices

ABTA Member/ABTA Partner rates*
Full two day rate – £389 plus VAT 
One day rate– £269 plus VAT 

Non-Member rates
Full two day rate – £599 plus VAT 
One day rate– £399 plus VAT 

Group bookings:
If you are interested in sending a group, please contact for a bespoke cost.

*To qualify for the ABTA Member/Partner discount you must have a current ABTA Member/Partner number or your application must be in progress when the event takes place.

Non-Members are welcome to attend ABTA Conferences and Events. For information about becoming a Member click here.

View our booking terms and conditions here.

Event sponsorship

Networking sponsor

Described by the Legal 500 2016 as “the chambers of choice for cross-border claims” 2TG is recognised as a leader in claims arising out of accidents abroad. Its longstanding expertise in choice of law and jurisdiction makes it ideally placed to advise in the ever expanding area of travel-related claims.
As a result of its expertise, members of the 2TG Travel Team have been involved in most of the leading cases involving issues of jurisdiction and applicable law in a personal injury context in recent years. 2TG act for claimants and defendants and for and against insurers (domestic and foreign), tour operators, travel agents, hoteliers, cruise operators and airlines.
In a cross-border context, 2TG advise on insurance, product liability, employer’s liability, employment and commercial and contractual disputes. They are involved in all the related intricate and hotly argued jurisdictional issues and aspects of private international law.


1 Chancery Lane is recognised by the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as the pre-eminent travel law set, offering some of the leading silks and juniors at the travel law Bar. The Legal 500 describes the set as being ‘particularly good on travel law’, having ‘no weak links’ and being ‘strong throughout’, whilst Chambers and Partners refers to the clerks as being ‘extremely deft when it comes to working out what their customers need, and they provide a very seamless service. They take a completely relaxed, no-nonsense, guaranteed delivery type of approach.’ Matthew Chapman QC, Sarah Prager and Jack Harding co-author the leading practitioners’ textbook in the field, Saggerson on Travel Law.


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