Beaumont Named Lecture 2016

21 April 2016

Royal Aeronautical Society


The Air Law Group will be holding the Beaumont Named Lecture on 21st April 2016 and will be presented by Rick Ward, Senior Vice President - Legal, Emirates.

Much has been written and said over the past 12 months about open skies, state ownership of airlines, subsidies and support, and the impact of Gulf carrier competition on the US and European aviation markets. The discussion kicked-off in the US in January 2015 with the US legacy carrier white paper accusing the three Gulf carriers of unfair state subsidies, and then has expanded into subway billboards, celebrity advertisements and a multi-department public consultation process and is now colouring some of the discussion on a new international aviation strategy for the EU.  Rick will provide an Emirates perspective on open skies and competition and look at some of the factual and legal arguments underpinning the ongoing debate.

This Named Lecture honours Major Kenneth Beaumont CBE, DSO, MA (Oxon), AFRAeS. Beaumont was the UK’s most prominent name in air law in his age, after starting as technical advisor to Imperial Airways in the mid-1920s. For many years his firm, Beaumont and Son, was one of the leading aviation practices in the world. He was also a founding editor of Shawcross and Beaumont on Air Law, which was first published in 1945 and remains the leading textbook to this day. 


This lecture is kindly sponsored by:



Speaker Details

Rick Ward, Senior Vice President - Legal, Emirates

Rick is Senior Vice President - Legal for the Emirates Group, responsible for the management of all legal support to Emirates and dnata and their associated companies. Rick first worked as in-house counsel for the Emirates Group in the late 90s to early 2000s and returned in 2007, being appointed to his current position in February 2012. Rick also worked in private practice with DLA Piper in Australia and has held Australian, Asia-Pacific and Global in-house counsel roles for Deloitte Consulting and Deloitte based in Sydney and New York. Rick is qualified to practice law in Victoria and New South Wales (Australia) and New York (USA) and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.


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