London Syndicate 1 is responsible for services to the Club's Members based in Japan, Brazil, Thailand, the Levant, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Eastern Europe, India, Pakistan and the Middle East.

Duty Executive Mobile: +44 7768 143878, +44 7768 143882
Fax no: +44 20 7549 4228, +44 20 7549 4226
Team mailbox: LS1.ukclub@thomasmiller.com

Please use the team mailbox for all case related matters so that they are dealt with centrally. Using the team mailbox ensures that in the absence of the claims handler there is no delay in retrieving your message.

Paul Sessions

Regional Director for Japan

Paul Sessions
work +44 20 7204 2211
cell + 44 7881 510160

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Paul is a barrister with a master's degree in maritime law. Before joining Thomas Miller in 1996, Paul spent five years working with Greek and Norwegian shipowners. Paul is a Director of Thomas Miller Defence and is the Area Director for Japan.


Sumit Madhu

Deputy Syndicate Manager

Sumit Madhu
work +44 20 7204 2114
cell + 44 7795883302

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Sumit Madhu is a qualified Master Mariner who joined Thomas Miller in 2012 following a career at sea primarily on tankers,LPG and LNG vessels. He has also served within the marine assurance division of an oil and gas major in their LNG marketing and trading team. In addition to his claims handing role he also provides technical support on tankers and LNG operations. Sumit is also a Quality Management Systems Lead Auditor with experience in TMSA,terminal and vessel audits. Sumit speaks Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and Malayalam. Sumit is Deputy Syndicate Manager for London Syndicate 1 and is also a director of Thomas Miller.


Aki Tsukui

Deputy Syndicate Manager

Aki Tsukui
work +44 20 7204 2136
cell +44 7824 456 658

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Aki joined Thomas Miller in 2004. She was on secondment to the New Jersey office and the Tokyo office before moving back to London in 2013. She is a qualified solicitor having worked for a major maritime law firm in London and is responsible for the handling of claims for Japanese Members. Aki speaks Japanese and is a director of Thomas Miller.


Lance Hebert

Senior Claims Director

Lance Hebert
work +44 20 7204 2490
cell + 44 7920 467172

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Lance joined Thomas Miller in August 1977 as a P&I claims handler. During his career he has worked extensively with Members based in the German, Greek, Turkish and South American markets. Lance has been a Senior Claims Director since 1997, he specialises in oil pollution and major casualty response, and speaks the Portuguese and Spanish languages.

Lance continues to hold responsibility for the Club’s long standing Brazilian business interests and relationships since 1985. This responsibility included a nine year spell working in the Club’s Miami office, where he enjoyed a period as office manager, and Lance has also overseen responsibility for the Club’s wider South American business interests for 20 years, until that office relocated to New Jersey in 2005.


Tony Fielder

Senior Claims Director

Tony Fielder
work +44 20 7204 2833
cell +44 7880 002710

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Tony joined Thomas Miller in 1990 from solicitors Elborne Mitchell where he spent fifteen years involved in ship finance, charterparty and sale and purchase disputes. He has also worked for shipbrokers in London and Tokyo and has also specialised in casualty investigations. Tony is now based in the London office as Senior Claims Director supporting both LS1 and Thomas Miller (Hellas) Ltd.


Mark Dawson

Senior Claims Director

Mark Dawson
work +44 20 7204 2284
cell +44 7920 458236

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Mark joined Thomas Miller in March 2014 after working as Admiralty Manager in a London law firm. He is a former mariner with experience on various types of vessels. After obtaining a Maritime Studies degree, Mark worked for another P&I club for 20 years, including time as a Syndicate Manager in support of Members in, the Far East and the Indian sub-continent.


Naoko Kaijo

Senior Claims Executive

Naoko Kaijo
work +44 20 7204 2138
cell + 44 7795883303

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Naoko is a qualified solicitor and joined Thomas Miller in 2012 after working for a number of leading London city law firms. Naoko is fluent in Japanese and French, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.


Philippa Langton

Senior Claims Executive

Philippa Langton
work +44 20 7204 2524
cell +44 7920 587 430

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Philippa joined Thomas Miller in 2014.  She previously practised as a solicitor for 8 years at an international shipping law firm based in London. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she studied Mandarin at undergraduate degree level and she has also spent 3 years working as a solicitor in Shanghai.


David Perks

Senior Claims Executive

David Perks
work +44 20 7204 2209
cell + 44 7795 883319

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David joined Thomas Miller in 1990 from a commercial background, and has worked with the Japanese team since 2000, after a long career working with the Club's Greek Membership. In addition to his claims handing role, David also has specific responsibility for the development of the Club's Logistics Claims Handling systems and special service projects.


Jim Roberts

Senior Claims Executive - UK Defence

Jim Roberts
work +44 20 7204 2208
cell + 44 783 304 5934

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Jim is a qualified solicitor and has joined Thomas Miller from private practice having worked for a number of leading London city law firms, including a posting in Greece. Jim is also a French and Arabic speaker and has a knowledge of the Levant and Middle East region.


Laura Starr

Senior Claims Executive

Laura Starr
work + 44 20 7204 2707
cell +44 7771 345 079

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Laura is a qualified solicitor and joined Thomas Miller in 2016 after 12 years in private practice. She previously practised as a Senior Associate solicitor with a leading London shipping law firm, gaining extensive experience in international trade, charter party and shipbuilding disputes. This included a 3 year posting to Shanghai, during which she also studied Mandarin and developed a particular understanding of the Far East region and business.


Jacqueline Tan

Senior Claims Executive

Jacqueline Tan
work +44 20 7204 2118
cell + 44 7917 265966

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Jacqueline qualified as a barrister and later as a solicitor. She joined Thomas Miller in 1996 and now works exclusively with the Club's Members in Japan. She speaks Malay, French and Chinese. Jacqueline is a director with Thomas Miller.


Lisa Clarke

Senior Claims Executive

Lisa Clarke
work +44 20 7204 2607
cell +44 7880 471 649

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Lisa Clarke joined Thomas Miller in 2014 from one of Africa’s largest law firms where she practised law in the Durban Shipping and Logistics department for 3 years.


Caroline Coutts

Claims Executive

Caroline Coutts
work +44 20 7204 2240
cell + 44 7795 883268

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Caroline joined Thomas Miller in 1999 and is now a full time claims handler for the Club's Members in Japan. Caroline also manages and is responsible for the Club's Logistics Claims Handling System and the performance of the Regional Claims Centres.


John Savignon

Claims Executive

John Savignon
work +44 20 7204 2419
cell + 44 7795 883337

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John Savignon joined Thomas Miller in 1993 and has been a front line claims handler since 1997. He is responsible for the handling of claims for the Members based in Japan.


Kevin Hoffland

Claims Processor

Kevin Hoffland
work +44 7204 2305

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Debbie Wood

Administrator

Debbie Wood
work +44 20 7204 2517

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Debbie has been working for Thomas Miller for 26 years. She previously worked in Personal Injury but now works as a team administrator.  She also has responsibility for the enhancement and development of the Club’s Claims Handling systems and special service projects.


Carole Vinicombe

Secretarial Support

Carole Vinicombe
work +44 20 7204 2129

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Carole provides secretarial support.


People Claims

All  P&I/Defence matters relating to crew, stevedores, passengers, stowaways, refugees and third party visitors are  exclusively handled by the dedicated People Claims team.

Duty Executive Mobile:
+44 7768 143888
Fax no:
+44 20 7549 4223,
+44 20 7549 4225
Team mailbox:
peopleclaims.ukclub@thomasmiller.com

Emergency Contacts


If you need to call our offices out of hours and at weekends, click After Office hours for a up to date list of the names of the Duty Executives and their mobile phone numbers. 

Ship Finder


This Ship Finder is updated on a daily basis. Members who need to advise the Club of updates to their recorded ships' details should advise their usual underwriting contact.