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Travel Law – Company compliance and regulations to avoid liability


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The range of sector specific laws and regulations applicable to the travel industry in addition to the universal legislation applicable to all types of businesses means that travel firms face a considerable amount of liability. In order to operate legally and provide safe and adequate services, companies must be aware of all aspects of travel law and ensure the company complies with the relevant legislation and guidelines.

There are numerous types of businesses operating within in the industry. Travel agents, airlines, engineering firms and manufacturers all require varying legal services and are subject to different travel law regulations. It’s essential that any business operating within the industry commissions the services of an experienced travel law firm who is familiar with the nuances of the travel sector and understands the way the industry operates. In order to work effectively on behalf of the business, it’s vital that a lawyer appreciates the commercial objectives of the firm and where the company stands within the industry. An experienced travel lawyer can not only ensure the company complies with all relevant travel law, but assist in the company in gaining a competitive advantage and meeting its objectives.

Whilst many of the issues travel companies face are sector specific, they must also deal with generic issues relevant to all businesses. For example, many companies have numerous employees. The employment relationship is governed by legislation and certain guidelines must be observed in order to avoid complaints or employment disputes. Specialist lawyers recognise the issues faced by travel companies and their staff and can assist in drafting contracts, reducing employment risks, undertake negotiations on behalf of the firm and ensure all company employment policies are effective and appropriate. Similarly, travel lawyers can provide corporate support and restructuring services.

Travel companies must also satisfy the additional responsibilities of increasing regulation and compliance. For example, when the Package Travel Regulations were introduced many businesses required expert advice from specialist travel lawyers in order to determine how the Regulations would affect the functioning of their businesses and whether they needed to make any changes to operational processes in order to comply. Regulation is never likely to diminish, and travel companies will probably become more reliant on specialist travel lawyers due to the increasing amounts of liability they face.

The scale of technology used within the travel industry often requires specialist knowledge, advice and support relating to issues such as data protection, patents, intellectual property, IT infrastructure and e-commerce. As technology develops further and new technologies are used within the industry it’s likely that even more legislation will be introduced and travel law will expand significantly. For example, as our commitment to space travel increases, a new area of law is introduced. New technologies and methods of travel will lead to an increase in law, regulation and liabilities. It is essential, therefore, that travel companies obtain specialist advice from a lawyer to ensure they are complying with all relevant areas of travel law and prepared for the introduction of new legislation. By engaging the services of an experienced travel lawyers, companies can ensure they are operating as efficiently and as effectively as possibly in order to achieve company objectives and increase overall profitability.

ASB Law are legal experts in travel law and are accredited as an ABTA travel industry partner. Their expertise in the sector goes far beyond a good grounding in all things legal. Every member of the ASB travel law team is immersed in the industry.

For further information or advice, please visit: http://www.asb-law.com/what-we-do/sectors/travel/what-we-do

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