Aviation Legal Counsel

Brussels, Brussels Capital, Belgium Global Business Services req45738 06/03/2019

Who We Are:

We are Deutsche Post DHL, one of the largest, and the most international, logistics companies in the World, offering a comprehensive range of postal, express, freight, e-commerce and supply chain solutions. We are active in over 225 countries, supported by over 500,000 dedicated employees.

The DHL Express group of businesses operates a global air network by leveraging a fleet of over 250 dedicated aircraft, both through airlines located in multiple jurisdictions and by a comprehensive web of third party air suppliers.


The Global Aviation Legal Team is dedicated to providing efficient legal support to all of DHL’s worldwide airline operations, and those companies that provide or procure air transportation for the DHL network.


The role demands the following skills:

  • to be able to quickly understand and become commercially aware of the clients’ goals, and to respond accordingly;

  • ability to appropriately deal with all levels of management, working in close liaison with the commercial management team;

  • grasping and explaining complex legal structures and issues in a straightforward manner;

  • problem identification and solving skills, suggesting and implementing realistic, pragmatic solutions;

  • sufficient gravitas to engender the confidence of colleagues, excellent interpersonal relationship skills and cross cultural sensitivity;

  • extensive negotiation skills, and be equally capable of exercising diplomacy in dealings with colleagues where necessary;

  • self-motivation, comfortable working with minimal supervision after any necessary training, whilst at the same time supporting a collegiate atmosphere that values team players;

  • multi-tasking, providing direct legal support on day to day matters, whilst simultaneously supporting high value, business critical transactions;

  • project management skills, and a demonstrable ability to work under pressure according to tight timescales; and

  • an excellent grasp of written and spoken English.

    Principle Activities:

    The workload will encompass all aspects of aviation law insofar as it affects DHL’s aviation network operations. The Team seeks to retain all legal work in-house wherever possible, so the candidate must be comfortable with the quality of his/her own advice. Areas of activity conventionally encompass the negotiation and drafting of arrangements for and advice in relation to:

  • the acquisition and disposal of new and used aircraft, engines and other major asset items;

  • aircraft and asset operating/dry leases, sub-leases, wet leases, charters, and block space arrangements etc.;

  • the establishment of air networks through joint ventures, “ACMI” commitments, code share relationships and alterative innovative structures;

  • aircraft conversion arrangements, including facilitating the introduction of new aircraft types to the market;

  • maintenance and all other technical support agreements for engine, aircraft and related equipment;

  • setting up new airline operations and supporting operating agreements;

  • facilitating the leasing of DHL aircraft assets to DHL’s preferred airline suppliers;

  • ground handling, pilot secondment and fuel supply agreements, whether bespoke or based on industry accepted documentation; and

  • supporting the Group’s aviation capacity sales teams (Sales Agency Agreements, Block Space and Interline relationships).

    The individual will also advise upon, or be the principal point of contact for queries relating to, risk and insurance, taxation, customs and finance related queries, and will coordinate the analysis and response to these disciplines in the context of the transactions the individual will be required to manage.

    The role will also demand that the individual assist auditors, manage external advisers where necessary, and frequently deal with the organisations business suppliers and customers, whilst anticipating future industry developments in order to identify risks and opportunities. When time permits, the individual will also deliver training on legal matters to business colleagues.


  • a qualified lawyer with between 2 and 6 years post-qualification experience (candidates with greater PQE will not be discounted), ideally from a common law jurisdiction with an extensive international workload and aviation law background; and

  • proven expertise in executing complex projects.

    Reporting & Location:

    Initially based in Brussels, Belgium. Reporting to Senior Aviation Legal Counsel and/or Global Aviation Legal Director. Flexibility to travel is an advantage.

Facts and Figures

  • Business Unit

    DHL Global Business Services EMEA

  • Travel Required

    Below 25%

  • Employment Type

    Permanent Full-Time

  • Work Permit Required


  • Shift Requirement

    Day time only