David Manknell acting for Air Accident Investigation Branch and Martin Downs acting for the Police, today received judgment on the Shoreham Air Accident Investigation.

The High Court handed down its judgement in the case between the Chief Constable of Sussex Police and the Secretary of State of Transport. Police have been refused access to Shoreham Pilot interviews and statements from witnesses. Footage of film on board the Hawker Hunter place has been handed over.

The case breaks new legal ground in aviation law and accident investigation generally. It’s the first case in England & Wales concerning the public interest balance governing such disclosure under the Chicago Convention and the applicable EU and UK Regulations. The case was heard by a Divisional Court including the Lord Chief Justice.