The Travel Law Seminar

    09 May 2022 - 10 May 2022
    9:30-16:30, with networking drinks
  • Venue:
    Deloitte, 2 New St Square, London, EC4A 3BZ
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ABTA’s annual two-day Travel Law Seminar returns in-person in May 2022 in central London. Listen to a range of travel and legal professionals discuss the changing landscape of travel regulation and get a complete update on all legal issues facing travel.

About the event

Now more than ever it is essential to stay on top of your legal responsibilities. Attend this popular event and hear from the leading experts in travel law, including ABTA, law firms and barristers, regulators and industry representatives as they examine the current legal considerations for travel businesses and look ahead to developments in 2022. The event will cover key topics including airline insolvency, employment, the Package Travel Regulations, and the ATOL Reform.

Don’t miss the industry’s biggest legal event tailored specifically for travel companies. Receive trusted advice and guidance from a comprehensive line up of industry leaders. Network with colleagues and take part in interactive sessions around industry issues.

Use this two-day event to contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development


  • An update on the Package Travel Regulations 
  • EU regulatory update
  • Airline Passenger Rights and consumer protection in aviation
  • Brexit implications and cross border selling
  • ATOL reforms
  • 2022 case law update
  • Managing financial risk and the future of financial protection
  • UK TOMS and travel VAT
  • Supplier contracting, claims and litigation 
  • Trade agreements and partnerships
  • UK data regulations and maintaining privacy and security
  • Section 75 Consumer Credit Act and chargebacks
  • UK employment law
  • Claims landscape
  • CMA and their future priorities


Speakers include:

  • Moderator: Simon Bunce, Director of Legal Affairs, ABTA
  • Paul Milford, Legal Director, Travelopia
  • Rich Simpson, Governance & Compliance Manager - Travel, Midcounties Co-operative
  • Georgina Hunt, Senior Executive, Legal Operations, Kuoni
  • Rachel Jordan, Director of Membership and Financial Protection, ABTA
  • Luke Petherbridge, Director of Public Affairs, ABTA
  • Iain Bird, Head of Bonds & Credit, Great American International Insurance
  • Charles Owen, Managing Director, European Pubs & Managing Director, Seasonal Businesses in Travel
  • Farina Azam, Partner, Deloitte Legal
  • Andrew Spencer, Barrister, 1 Chancery Lane
  • Alistair Mackenzie, Barrister, 2 Temple Gardens
  • Rebecca Thornley-Gibson, Partner, DMH Stallard
  • Debbie Venn, Partner, DMH Stallard
  • David Bennett, Director, Elman Wall Bennett
  • Frederick Lyon, Barrister, Farrar’s Building
  • Rhys Griffiths, Partner, Fox Willams
  • Alex Padfield, Director, Hextalls Law
  • Anna Anatolitou, Partner, Ince
  • Gareth Thomas, Partner, Kennedys
  • Neil Baylis, Partner, Mishcon de Reya
  • Joanna Kolatsis, Director, Themis Advisory
  • Stephen Mason, Senior Counsel, Travlaw
  • Matt Gatenby, Partner & Head of Litigation, Travlaw
  • Martin Alcock, Director, Travel Trade Consultancy
  • Paula Macfarlane, Senior Solicitor, ABTA

Additional speakers will be announced shortly including expert lawyers from ABTA Partner firms, industry case studies and regulatory experts.

Benefits of attending

  • Receive trusted advice and guidance from industry leaders and legal experts 
  • Gain clarity on regulatory issues that have arisen during the current crisis
  • Take part in interactive discussion groups around industry issues 
  • Listen to industry perspectives on updates to the Package Travel and ATOL Regulations
  • Network with colleagues and learn how your peers are dealing with the current challenges
  • Stay up to date and gain insight into future legal and regulatory issues impacting the travel industry

Who should attend?

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

  • Legal counsel and in-house legal teams
  • Risk, finance and commercial teams 
  • MDs and directors 
  • Law firms
  • Compliance and operations specialists
  • Those who have legal, governance or regulatory responsibilities as part of their role.

Event prices

ABTA Member/ABTA Partner rates*
Full two day rate – £395 plus VAT 
One day rate – £275 plus VAT 

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

This includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, networking drinks on day one, all delegate materials, presentations and an attendee certificate.

You may attend one day and nominate a colleague to attend the other day. Please register your place for both days then email with the name and job title of your colleague, and which day they would like to attend.

View our booking terms and conditions here.

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.

Attendance at this event can be used by practising solicitor’s to demonstrate continuing competence as defined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), further details here. For Barristers, attendance at this event can be used towards your CPD as defined by the Bar Standard Board, further details here. 


Event sponsorship

Venue partner

Deloitte Legal combines market-leading lawyers, consultants and technology experts to provide clients with new solutions to legal problems. Whether that be legal advice delivered in a more effective way, assistance in harnessing the considerable benefits created by advancements in legal technology, or advice on how to create a best-in-class in-house legal function, we have the breadth and depth of expertise to advise on the challenges that our clients face.

Event partners

1 Chancery Lane is recognised as the pre-eminent travel law set, offering some of the leading silks and juniors at the travel law Bar. They specialise in claims concerning private internal law disputes, package holidays, international carriage conventions and contractual recovery. They are particularly known for their expertise in package travel claims and issues concerning liability, jurisdiction and applicable law. They are described by the directories as being ‘at the forefront of cross-border high value personal injury claims’ and ‘one of the leading chambers for cross-border personal injury work’. Matthew Chapman QC, Sarah Prager and Jack Harding co-author the leading practitioners’ textbook in the field, Saggerson on Travel Law.


2TG are a leading set in Travel and International Claims with great strength in depth. We are recognised as experts in jurisdiction and choice of law in cross-border personal injury claims, having been involved in most of the leading cases over the years including recent cases in the Supreme Court of Roberts v SSAFA and Brownlie v FS Cairo. The core of our practice is dealing with high-value personal injury claims arising from accidents abroad, especially involving catastrophic injuries or fatalities. 2TG continues to deal with a wide range of travel cases including claims involving holiday sickness and medical tourism. 
Described by Legal 500 as “the chambers of choice for cross-border claims” and “consistently involved in the most influential travel cases”

DMH Stallard is an award-winning, independent law firm with offices across Sussex, Surrey and London that works in partnership with some of the most successful organisations in the country. We are able to provide multi-disciplinary legal teams with extensive technical knowledge to deliver high quality, tailored legal services to both companies and individuals. DMH Stallard has significant expertise in the travel sector, working with tour operators, travel agents, destination management companies and suppliers, advising on a wide range of commercial matters including package travel and ATOL regulations, booking conditions, agency agreements, supplier contracts and indemnities, as well as employment and corporate issues. We have particular experience in managing international and multi-jurisdictional transactions, with many of our clients operating worldwide.


Elman Wall Bennett is a consultancy focused on travel VAT run by David Bennett. David is a VAT consultant specialising in the travel sector. David advises a broad range of tour operators and travel agents on TOMS and other matters such as the VAT place of supply rules. David has represented ABTA on the Fiscal Committee of ECTAA since 2000.  This has involved extensive work on issues such as the Commission’s proposals for reform of TOMS. David has been instrumental in the establishment of TTL Net, a network of VAT advisors specialising in the travel sector.  TTL Net now has consultants in 19 member states plus Switzerland and Iceland.


Farrar’s Building’s Travel & Tourism Law team are specialists in a variety of cross-border litigation, including claims involving the PTRs, product liability, foreign employer’s liability, fatal and road traffic accidents abroad, the Montreal and Athens Conventions. We act for both claimants and defendants across the full spectrum of claims from county court trials to cases concerning catastrophic injuries in the High Court and appellate courts. Our work includes cases involving disputes as to jurisdiction or choice of law.  

“A first-class set” (Chambers UK)
“the complete package” (Legal 500) 


Fox Williams LLP is a City law firm with a leading reputation in specific industry sectors and practice areas, known for its good sense and ability to deliver effective solutions. Fox Williams undertakes complex legal and regulatory work. Fox Williams advises in a number of sectors including travel, where we are top ranked by the legal directories. Our clients are not in the business of regulatory compliance, they are in the business of selling travel services. We help guide clients through the regulations in a way which is sensible, user-friendly and pragmatic. Fox Williams also advises on financial services, corporate, employment, mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution, corporate crime and business investigations, business immigration, intellectual property, international trade, partnership, real estate and tax, and we provide legal advice on responding commercially to topical issues including Brexit and Covid-19.


Hextalls is a specialist law firm offering a wide-range of advice to the travel industry. It can help with regulatory queries, contract drafting, dispute resolution including defending personal injury and other claims, debt recovery and employment law. It can also advise on health and safety and risk management. Hextalls is recognised as a leader in travel law and for its commercial awareness. Its philosophy is to understand its clients business so that it can offer practical legal advice at the right price. It has a dedicated team of specialists and acts for a number of travel agents, tour operators and other travel related organisations.



Kennedys is an international law firm with expertise in litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in the insurance/reinsurance and liability industries. With over 1,500 people worldwide across 26 offices in the UK and Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and the Americas, we have some of the most respected legal minds in their fields.We act for insurers, reinsurers, Lloyd’s Syndicates, public bodies and corporates. Our deep sector knowledge means that we understand the impact of proposed regulations and advise our clients on the implications this will have on their business. Every day we make a difference for our clients. We provide answers, recommendations, strategy and tactics. We deliver these in plain English and it’s what we call Legal advice in black and white.

Themis Advisory was founded by Joanna Kolatsis, a former partner in City law firm, following over 20 years providing legal services to the travel and aviation industries. Following her decision to leave private practice, she founded Themis Advisory which was born out of a desire to provide current, pragmatic legal and business solutions for the modern business world. Joanna began her legal career as group head of legal for a vertically integrated tour operator in 1998. In 2008 she joined the boutique aviation practice, Gates and Partners, before joining Hill Dickinson as partner and head of aviation and travel in 2014 until July 2018. Since qualification Joanna has specialised in the aviation and travel industries and her advice covers all aspects including airlines, tour operators, destination management companies, distribution and accommodation. Her expertise includes aviation and travel law, commercial and regulatory matters including the Package Travel Directive and ATOL compliance, aviation regulatory issues including passenger rights and general company commercial and contractual matters including booking terms and conditions, website compliance, charter agreements and complaints handling. Joanna has specific expertise in risk management, crisis management and criminalisation in air and travel incidents and she speaks frequently on this topic.

ABTA Partner+ Travlaw Legal Services Limited are 100% committed to serving the travel and leisure industry – from tour operators and travel agents to airlines, hotel groups, event management companies and their insurers. We pride ourselves on being one of the top travel law firms in the UK. We are a large, experienced team of highly professional yet approachable lawyers who are tried and tested specialists in advising.



For over 12 years, we’ve been supporting travel businesses with pragmatic solutions to a range of complex regulatory, finance and strategic problems. We help them manage regulatory and bonding issues with ATOL, ABTA and IATA. We also help model and monitor their finances, develop business plans, raise money, and find investors. Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, we've been providing our clients with up-to-the-minute guidance and recommendations for common issues arising around cash flow management and regulatory responsibilities. We have also supported them through several successful CBILS and furlough processes since those schemes were launched and have helped them manage their relationships with regulators, merchant acquirers, insurers and other stakeholders. We are assisting with their future planning by advising on a range of other areas, including insurance, bonding, trust accounts, M&A and complex regulatory and financial issues. If you would like to get in touch, please drop us an email at, and we'd be happy to arrange a chat.

Networking sponsor

First Underwriting is one of the UK’s leading underwriters of tour operators’ and travel agents’ insurance.  For over 20 years their underwriters have been providing Tour Operators’ Liability insurance and due to newly acquired A-rated capacity, they can cater to a more diverse array of client needs, as well as enabling quicker decisions and more bespoke solutions. 
With their first-class service, their team of dedicated and experienced underwriters and quick quote turnaround times… it makes sense to ask your broker for a First Underwriting policy!


Badge sponsor

Cork Bays & Fisher is one of the UK’s most experienced providers of bonds and liability insurance for tour operators and travel agents.  For over 40 years they have built a reputation for providing a great range of insurance products specifically for the travel industry; underpinned by their excellent levels of service. There are many insurance brokers out there, but few of them understand the needs of an ABTA member, like Cork Bays & Fisher. Through their understanding of ABTA members’ needs, Cork Bays & Fisher can deliver insurance products to meet the specific needs of each travel business owner.

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"A great informative event and good interaction in the workshop attended. I have made some great connections today. Well done ABTA, a great day."
Tracy Cray
"Well presented, informative and covering relevant topics."
Martin Murray
Alan Rogers Travel limited
"High quality speakers. Very effective coverage of many complex subjects in a short time. Impressed."
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