Nicolas Damnjanovic

Nicolas Damnjanovic

Call 2016

"Nicolas is an outstanding lawyer and real star to watch. He has a mature understanding of the aviation industry and brings razor-sharp analysis to any problem."


The Legal 500

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Expertise

Notable Administrative & Public Law Cases


R (on the application of Manchester Airports Holdings Ltd) v Secretary of State for Transport [2021] EWHC 2031 (Admin)

Acting as sole counsel for Ryanair as interested party in judicial review proceedings challenging the lawfulness of decisions in relation to the “traffic light system” for international travel.


R (on the application of Jet2.com Ltd) v Civil Aviation Authority [2020] EWCA Civ 35; [2018] EWHC 3364 (Admin); [2019] EWHC 336 (Admin)

Acting in proceedings seeking judicial review of decisions taken by the CAA to publicly criticise Jet2, led by Charles Béar QC.


R (on the application of Monarch Airlines Ltd (In Administration)) v Airport Coordination Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 1892 and [2017] EWHC 2896 (Admin)

Acting for the regulator at first instance and on appeal in judicial review proceedings concerning the allocation of take-off and landing slots to an insolvent airline, led by Michael Crane QC and Alexander Milner.


Thomas Cook Plc in Liquidation

Acting (led by Akhil Shah QC) for the liquidator following the insolvency of Thomas Cook in expedited judicial review proceedings threatened by an airport.


R (on the application of Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales) v Lord Chancellor [2019] EWHC 461 (Admin)

Representing the Legal Services Board as interested party.


Acting (led by Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Robin Barclay QC), in judicial review proceedings challenging decisions taken by the Secretary of State in relation to international requests for mutual legal assistance and search warrants obtained by the NCA.

Notable Aviation & Travel Cases


R (on the application of Jet2.com Ltd) v Civil Aviation Authority [2020] EWCA Civ 35; [2018] EWHC 3364 (Admin); [2019] EWHC 336 (Admin)

Seeking judicial review of decisions taken by the CAA to publicly criticise Jet2, including applications for specific disclosure raising important issues of legal professional privilege, led by Charles Béar QC.


R (on the application of Manchester Airports Holdings Ltd) v Secretary of State for Transport [2021] EWHC 2031 (Admin)

Acting as sole counsel for Ryanair as interested party in judicial review proceedings challenging the lawfulness of decisions in relation to the “traffic light system” for international travel.


Lipton v BA City Flyer [2021] 1 WLR 2545; [2021] EWCA Civ 454

Led by Akhil Shah QC in the Court of Appeal, having successfully defended a first appeal as sole counsel. The claim is for compensation for flight cancellation / delay under Regulation 261/2004 and the Court of Appeal judgment is the leading case on the interpretation and application of retained EU law.


Odyssey Aviation Ltd v GFG 737 Ltd [2019] EWHC 1927 (Comm); [2019] EWHC 1980 (Comm)

Acting in a dispute over the failed sale of an aircraft in which summary judgment was successfully obtained, led by Michael McLaren QC.


R (on the application of Monarch Airlines Ltd (In Administration)) v Airport Coordination Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 1892 and [2017] EWHC 2896 (Admin)

Acting for the regulator at first instance and on appeal in judicial review proceedings concerning the allocation of take-off and landing slots to an insolvent airline, led by Michael Crane QC and Alexander Milner (see also Thomas Cook in liquidation under Administrative & Public Law).


Acting (led by Akhil Shah QC) for a private jet operator in a CAA panel hearing relating to the continuing airworthiness regulation (Regulation 1321/2014) as it applies to parting out aircraft.


Instructed as sole English counsel in relation to a multi-jurisdictional dispute concerning an agent’s commission on the sale of aircraft.


Acting for an international airline in a dispute over aircraft maintenance charges (initially as sole counsel and then led by Akhil Shah QC).


Acting as sole counsel defending a claim against a private jet charter company for breach of contract and breach of confidence in relation to a flight which the passengers were unable to board in Saudi Arabia because they lacked the necessary travel permits.


Regularly appearing as sole counsel for airlines in the County Court in claims by passengers for compensation under Regulation 261/2004, the Montreal Convention and the common law.

Notable Banking & Finance Cases


Led by Nicholas Medcroft QC, acting for solicitors’ firms, who were victims of ‘vishing’ frauds, in claims against banks for failure to refund unauthorised payments and breach of the Quincecare.


Premier Motor Auctions v Lloyds Bank

Acting for Lloyds Bank in the defence of a £40 million+ claim for conspiracy to defraud and breach of contract (led by Stephen Rubin QC and Adam Zellick QC), which settled before trial.


Acting as sole counsel for retail banks in a variety of matters, including claims to rescind loan agreements and guarantees, claims in respect of fraudulently induced bank payments, and claims under the Consumer Credit Act 1974.


As sole counsel, advising on and defending claims relating to the sale of PPI policies.


During pupillage, Nic assisted a number of members of chambers in banking and finance matters, including defending banks against claims in negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, unjust enrichment and unlawful means conspiracy.

Notable Civil Fraud & Commercial Crime Cases


PJSC Tatneft v Gennady Bogolyubov & Ors [2021] EWHC 411 (Comm)

Acting for the claimant in a complex fraud claim against four Ukrainian oligarchs, in a team led by David Railton QC and Henry King QC. The claim concerned the misappropriation of some $300 million relating to oil deliveries from Russia to the Ukraine and was determined at a 12-week, fully remote trial.


Renova Industries Limited & Ors v Emmerson International Corporation & Ors

Acting in the BVI Commercial Court (led by Stephen Rubin QC) for certain defendants in a $1 billion+, long-running fraud claim by Russian energy sector interests. One of the largest cases currently litigating in the BVI.


Nopporn Suppipat & Ors v Nop Narongdej & Ors

Acting for two of seventeen defendants in a high-value claim alleging unlawful means conspiracy, misrepresentation, breach of contract and other causes of action in relation to the sale of shares in a Thai wind energy business, led by John Taylor QC.


Led by Robin Barclay QC and Richard Lissack QC, for claimants in a multi-jurisdictional civil fraud claim, including obtaining worldwide freezing injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal and Bankers’ Trust


Initially led by Robin Barclay QC and now acting as sole English counsel for claimants in multi-jurisdictional civil fraud proceedings in Guernsey.


Led by Nicholas Medcroft QC, for victims of ‘vishing’ frauds (see below in Banking and Finance).


Acting (led by Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Robin Barclay QC), in judicial review proceedings challenging decisions taken by the Secretary of State in relation to international requests for mutual legal assistance and search warrants obtained by the NCA.

Notable Commercial Disputes Cases


PJSC Tatneft v Gennady Bogolyubov & Ors [2021] EWHC 411 (Comm)

Acting for the claimant in a complex fraud claim against four Ukrainian oligarchs, in a team led by David Railton QC and Henry King QC. The claim concerned the misappropriation of some $300 million relating to oil deliveries from Russia to the Ukraine and was determined at a 12-week, fully remote trial.


Renova Industries Limited & Ors v Emmerson International Corporation & Ors

Acting in the BVI Commercial Court (led by Stephen Rubin QC) for certain defendants in a $1 billion+, long-running fraud claim by Russian energy sector interests. One of the largest cases currently litigating in the BVI.


Nopporn Suppipat & Ors v Nop Narongdej & Ors

Acting for two of seventeen defendants in a high-value claim alleging unlawful means conspiracy, misrepresentation, breach of contract and other causes of action in relation to the sale of shares in a Thai wind energy business, led by John Taylor QC.


Odyssey Aviation Ltd v GFG 737 Ltd [2019] EWHC 1927 (Comm); [2019] EWHC 1980 (Comm)

Acting in a dispute over the failed sale of an aircraft in which summary judgment was successfully obtained, led by Michael McLaren QC.


Acting in relation to multiple disputes arising from a £2 billion PFI contract for the repair and maintenance of the Birmingham road network (led by Anneliese Day QC and George McDonald).


Acting (led by Henry King QC) to advise in relation to the enforcement of an English judgment for $86 million in Greece.


Acting (led by Ben Lynch QC) to seek and hold injunctive relief and bring claims in relation to the alleged theft of high value classic motor cars.


Regularly instructed as sole counsel to advise and draft pleadings in commercial disputes including finance leasing, telecommunications agreements, share sale agreements, guarantees and indemnities, provision of pre-paid debit cards and unfair prejudice petitions.


Acting as sole counsel in relation to winding-up and bankruptcy petitions, possession orders, and in interlocutory applications, including seeking Norwich Pharmacal / Bankers’ Trust orders.


As a lawyer in Western Australia, acting as junior counsel (led by Peter Quinlan SC) for the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia defending a claim in private nuisance: Shogunn Investments Pty Ltd v Public Transport Authority of Western Australia [2016] WASC 42.


As a lawyer in Western Australia, acting as sole counsel defending the Department of Education of Western Australia in a civil claim for assault and battery.


As a lawyer in Western Australia, acting as instructing solicitor with day-to-day conduct of a construction arbitration claiming A$15 million.

Notable International Arbitration Cases


Acting as Tribunal Secretary with Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC in five related LCIA arbitrations in a European banking context and is currently instructed as counsel in three related LCIA arbitrations in the aviation context.

Notable Professional Discipline & Professional Negligence Cases


Defending (led by Nicholas Medcroft QC) a multi-million-pound solicitor’s negligence claim in relation to the conduct of proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.


Instructed by the Financial Reporting Council as junior counsel on several disciplinary investigations and proceedings against accountants and auditors, including the auditors of a bank.


Defending (led by Michael McLaren QC) a solicitor in proceedings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in relation to multiple allegations of misconduct.


SRA v Mansoor Ali

(During pupillage) assisting Marianne Butler acting for the Solicitors Regulation Authority in a disciplinary hearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

"Outstanding talent, with a deep understanding of the regulatory framework of the aviation and travel industries."


The Legal 500

The Legal 500
  • Aviation (Rising Star)

  • Bachelor of Civil Law (Distinction), Wadham College, Oxford University
  • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), University of Western Australia
  • PhD (Philosophy), Australian National University
  • MA (Philosophy), University of Western Australia
  • BA (Philosophy, First Class Honours), University of Western Australia

  • Called to the Bar of the British Virgin Islands

  • Hackney BCL Scholarship, Wadham College, Oxford University
  • King & Wood Mallesons Prize (Highest Mark for Honours Thesis in Law), University of Western Australia
  • C.F Keall Prize in Law, University of Western Australia
  • Jean Rogerson Honours Studentship in Law, University of Western Australia
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, PhD Scholarship, Australian National University
  • Jean Rogerson Postgraduate Scholarship, University of Western Australia
  • University Postgraduate Award, MA Scholarship, University of Western Australia
  • A. Grave Prize in Philosophy (best 3rd year Philosophy student, University of Western Australia)

  • With Sir Marcus Smith, Henry King QC and Nico Leslie, ‘Restitution’ in Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Precedents of Pleadings
  • ‘Criminal Responsibility & Psychopathy in Western Australia’, University of Western Australia Law Review 35(2), 2011: 265-86
  • Nic has also published numerous articles and chapters in leading philosophy journals and books

For enquiries please contact

Richard Evans

Richard Evans
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3771
Click here to email

Katie Palmer

Katie Palmer
Team Leader's Assistant
+44 (0)20 7842 3709
Click here to email

"Outstanding talent, with a deep understanding of the regulatory framework of the aviation and travel industries."


The Legal 500

The Legal 500
  • Aviation (Rising Star)

  • Bachelor of Civil Law (Distinction), Wadham College, Oxford University
  • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), University of Western Australia
  • PhD (Philosophy), Australian National University
  • MA (Philosophy), University of Western Australia
  • BA (Philosophy, First Class Honours), University of Western Australia

  • Called to the Bar of the British Virgin Islands

  • Hackney BCL Scholarship, Wadham College, Oxford University
  • King & Wood Mallesons Prize (Highest Mark for Honours Thesis in Law), University of Western Australia
  • C.F Keall Prize in Law, University of Western Australia
  • Jean Rogerson Honours Studentship in Law, University of Western Australia
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, PhD Scholarship, Australian National University
  • Jean Rogerson Postgraduate Scholarship, University of Western Australia
  • University Postgraduate Award, MA Scholarship, University of Western Australia
  • A. Grave Prize in Philosophy (best 3rd year Philosophy student, University of Western Australia)

  • With Sir Marcus Smith, Henry King QC and Nico Leslie, ‘Restitution’ in Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Precedents of Pleadings
  • ‘Criminal Responsibility & Psychopathy in Western Australia’, University of Western Australia Law Review 35(2), 2011: 265-86
  • Nic has also published numerous articles and chapters in leading philosophy journals and books

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