My flight was delayed 6 years ago. Back then, I had no idea that I could get compensated for that. Can I still get a compensation for that flight delay?

This is what many passengers who have only recently been made aware of their air passenger rights wonder.

Well, yes, you can probably still claim your cancelled or delayed flight compensation – but there is a time limit. How far back you can claim varies from one country to the next.

If your flight was cancelled or delayed by at least 3 hours, you can get up to 600€ in compensation from the airline. Check if you’re eligible by filling out your flight information here – it takes only 3 minutes!

You might get compensation for that old flight delay after all!

How Far Back Can I Claim Compensation In Each Country?

So you can claim for flight disruptions which happened years ago. But how many years exactly?

The time-limit depends on the legislation of the country you bring the claim to.

Here is an extensive list of countries in Europe, with how far back you can claim for each of them:

As you can see, there is no harmonization at the European level: each country has their own legislation on the matter.

For instance, in France, you can claim up to 5 years after the flight – but only 3 years in Germany and 3 in Italy. But you can still claim up to 6 years after the flight disruption in the United Kingdom.

However, keep in mind that to this day, no passengers on a flight disrupted over 6 years before got compensated. Even though it is possible, in theory.

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In which country should you claim compensation?

If you let ClaimCompass do all the work for you, then you don’t need to worry about that. Our legal experts will get in touch with the airline and the appropriate legal body.

Submit your claim now, it takes less than 3 minutes!

Now, if you decide to take the matter in your own hands, I suggest you first read this guide on flight delay compensation or this one on compensation for cancelled flight. They’re packed with everything you need to know about flight disruptions and how to claim compensation.

Should you need to escalate your claim to a legal body such as a National Enforcement Body (NEB) or an Alternative Resolution Dispute (ADR) scheme, know that you can bring the case to the country of the departure airport or the arrival airport.

Whenever you have a choice, contact the legal body of the country where the legislation is most favorable to you: for example, in the case of a flight between the UK and Germany, contact the British NEB, since their statute of limitation is 6 years, versus 3 for Germany.

Can I Claim if My Flight Wasn’t in Europe?

When the EU Regulation 261/2004 isn’t applicable, can you still get money for your delayed, cancelled, or overbooked flight?

For international flights, the Montreal Convention acts as reference for your passenger rights – and it sets a time limit of 2 years to claim:

“The right to damages shall be extinguished if an action is not brought within a period of two years, reckoned from the date of arrival at the destination, or from the date on which the aircraft ought to have arrived, or from the date on which the carriage stopped” – Article 35, Montreal Convention

When the EC 261 isn’t applicable, you can still hope to be compensated under the Montreal Convention. Do not, however, that the time limit is shorter than in most European countries.

Plus, keep in mind that with the Montreal Convention, you are “only” eligible to compensation for damages incurred by the flight disruption. “Just” being delayed isn’t enough for you to get any money from the airline.

Whenever you have the choice, claim compensation under the EU Regulation instead.

This article by Thomas Busson was originally published on ClaimCompass

About the Author:

Thomas Busson is the SEO and Content Strategist at ClaimCompass. Frequent traveller, he loves sharing tips and news about the industry in a simple way.

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This article by Maniti Barot was previously published on Blogs Thomson Reuters

When I joined Pangea3 12 years ago, it was just a start-up. Little did I realize the scale of the forces of disruption being brought to the legal industry. Today, Thomson Reuters Legal Managed Services and fellow alternative legal services providers (ALSPs) – part of an $8.4bn ALSP industry – are hired by the world’s largest, highly regulated and demanding corporate law departments and the law firms supporting them through their most complex matters.

This is one of the main findings of a major study released last week by the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute, in partnership with the Georgetown University Law Centre for the Study of the Legal Profession and the University of Oxford Saïd Business School: ‘The 2017 Alternative Legal Service Study – understanding the growth and benefits of these new legal providers’. It’s eye-catching that this is a truly global industry report; more than 800 law firms and corporate law departments from all over the globe participated in the study which helped to explore the use cases for ALSPs, as well as what the future is likely to have in store.

Some 51 per cent of law firms and 60 per cent of law departments already use ALSPs in at least one service category, dispelling the image of ALSPs as start-up newcomers. As confirmed by this study, as an ALSP we gained momentum by providing support for high-volume transactional tasks such as contract management, compliance and regulatory requirements, litigation-related tasks like e-discovery, document review and investigative support. As GCs became familiar with ALSP models, law firms viewed us as complementary (not competitive), and as law tech continues to evolve, we provide increasingly complex services and tasks, support process design and provide tech-enabled services. Growth is likely to continue over the coming years from those end-users yet to make use of an ALSP, with 21 per cent of law firms and 14 per cent of law departments planning to engage with an ALSP in the next year. But why?


“ALSPs are not just about lower cost, but also about access to specialized expertise and alternative modes of delivery,” says report co-author Mari Sako, Professor of Management Studies at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, in a press release. “Our study indicates that some corporate legal departments and law firms are responding by setting up, or considering setting up, ALSPs themselves.”

In 2005, it was purely about the cost savings and the labour arbitrage. While that still remains a driver, this study confirms how ALSPs are disaggregating legal processes, providing legal expertise (which is otherwise not available in-house) and helping enable lawtech. The opportunity here is not only for the ALSP but also for the law firms, who can be consumers of specialized legal services and offer cost-effective models for their clients. Given that most in-house legal departments are looking to insource, thereby forcing their law firm panels to reduce cost, partnerships (where traditional law firm services are combined with innovation-as-a-service offered by ALSPs) will now be seen more than ever before.

Building this specialized legal expertise involves gathering internal expertise that reflects well on external partners. Timing, perseverance and decades of really hard work eventually make ALSPs look like an overnight success, but as this report shows, ALSPs are ingrained in the legal workflow and set to improve service levels for clients for the years to come.

This article by Maniti Barot was previously published on Blogs Thomson Reuters

About The Author:

Maniti is the Director of Thomson Reuters Legal Managed Services, based in London. She helps customize legal solutions, working with corporate law departments and law firms on a wide range of engagements, leveraging her hands-on expertise in offshore project management. Her experience in practice as an attorney allows her to provide consultative project guidance to clients across industries, helping to take advantage of time and cost-saving legal services and solutions.

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