Sharing expertise

A significant proportion of the expertise in the Managers’ offices around the world consists of lawyers who can advise Members on general P&I related legal and contractual and issues.

The legal group participates in a virtual team, meeting regularly to discuss Members’ contracts under the leadership of our Legal Director, Chao Wu. The team’s aim is to provide for best quality service and advice to Members on contract review. 

This team also produces legal briefings on topical issues to share the legal expertise within the Club with our Members. Previous copies of legal briefings can be found here.

Dr Chao Wu

Legal Director

Dr Chao Wu
work +44 20 7204 2157
cell +44 7776 483182

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Dr WU Chao has a PH. D in law from Paris University (Sorbonne). She is based in London as Legal director for Thomas Miller P&I Ltd (UK P&I Club), where she is responsible for giving general legal advice, the legal aspects of P&I Club documentation, legal aspects of cover for Members' contractual arrangements, and the Rules and Bye-Laws of the Club.

She is a recognized authority on international marine pollution law, and formerly worked for Thomas Miller (Americas), where she also became an authority on US environmental law.

She currently represents the UK Club on various subcommittees and working groups of the International group of P&I Clubs, including those on Pooling Agreement (Chairman), Pollution, P&I War Risks, Confirmation of Entry, IOPC Fund and Pro-rating, and others.

Chao has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences and seminars worldwide over the past 22 years, and is the author of many publications, including two books for which she was awarded prizes by the British Insurance Law Association and by the Institut Economique du Droit de la Mer, Monaco.


Alexandra Couvadelli

Senior Claims Director

Alexandra Couvadelli
work +30 210 458 5215
cell +30 6944 96 54 11

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Alexandra joined Thomas Miller in 1994. She is a qualified Greek and English solicitor. She joined TM(H) in 1998 and handles all types of P&I claims and FD&D disputes. Alexandra is a Senior Claims Director for Thomas Miller Defence and speaks French, Greek and some Italian.


Marina Gaglias

Claims Executive

Marina Gaglias
work + 1 201 557 7426
cell + 1 201 208 7913

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Marina is an attorney and a graduate of the Massachusetts  Maritime Academy.  She has a US CG licence as a Third Mate . She  worked for a Shipowner in operations on tankers / bulkers and has also worked for ABS . She was in the Coast Guard reserve as a marine inspector. 


Ioana Gonciari

Senior Claims Executive

Ioana Gonciari
work +44 20 7204 2117
cell +44 7920 028779

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Ioana joined Thomas Miller in 2009 after spending four years working in another International Group P&I Club, where she handled P&I and Defence claims mainly for Greek shipowners. She is dual-qualified as a lawyer in both England & Wales and Romania and holds Master's degrees in Maritime Law from Southampton University and European Law from Paris. Ioana is fluent in French and Romanian.


Martin Hinde

Claims Executive

Martin Hinde
work +44 20 7204 2403
cell +44 7833 294975

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Martin is a solicitor having qualified at a shipping law firm in the City. In addition he has an L.L.M in Maritime Law from the University of Southampton. He joined Thomas Miller in April 2014.


Helen Huang (HH)

Senior Claims Executive

Helen Huang (HH)
work +852 2832 4436
cell +852 9032 2577

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Helen joined Thomas Miller in April 2005 from a Hong Kong shipping company. She worked for a P&I correspondent in North America and an insurance company in China before relocating to Hong Kong. Helen is a graduate of Dalian Maritime University, and has an LLM from Southampton University. 


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.


Felix Lai (FC)

Senior Claims Executive

Felix Lai (FC)
work +852 2832 4442
cell +852 9183 8578

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Felix spent ten years handling claims for shipowners, a charterer and a freight forwarder in Hong Kong before joining Thomas Miller. He holds a degree and a diploma in transport management, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Transport. 


Kenneth Lie (KL)

Director

Kenneth Lie (KL)
work +65 6309 9682
work +65 6323 6277
cell +65 9646 6318

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Kenneth Lie joined Thomas Miller (South East Asia) Pte. Ltd in September 2007 as a Director. Kenneth qualified as a solicitor in England and as an advocate & solicitor in Singapore. He has practised as a commercial litigator in England, in the Singapore office of an English international shipping law firm, and in a Singapore shipping law firm.


Markus McMillin (MWM)

Markus McMillin (MWM)
work +1 415 343 0113

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Markus is a Claims Executive in Thomas Miller's San Francisco office. He manages TT Club claims involving cargo damage, ship and terminal damage, and bodily injury cases primarily on the West Coast of the United States.


Tony Nicholson

Senior Claims Director

Tony Nicholson
work +44 20 7204 2564
cell +44 7917 265938

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Tony has specialised in handling people related claims and enquiries within the P&I environment since 1989. He joined Thomas Miller in April 2004 and was promoted to the role of Senior Claims Director in 2011. 

Tony has gained a significant understanding and knowledge in this specialised and increasingly complex area, handling a wide variety of people related claims and enquiries, including contract review work, whilst he also attends and has presented at various industry conferences and seminars. In particular, Tony works closely with our Members in Japan, Greece, Croatia, Scandinavia and UK.

He represents the Club on the International Group Personal Injury Sub-Committee (IGPISC), having first joined this Sub-Committee in 1999, when working for another London based P&I Club.

Tony has also gained significant knowledge and understanding of the Philippine legal system and the handling of Philippine crew claims, and has been the Chairman of the IGPISC’s Philippine Working Group, since its formation in October 2007, and acts as the main conduit between our correspondents; the Manning Industry; Employers’ Representative Bodies; and the IGPISC. He has regularly travelled to the Philippines since 2008, on behalf of the Club and International Group. Tony is also a member of the IGPISC’s Contracts Working Group.


Adam Russ

Senior Claims Executive

Adam Russ
work +44 20 7204 2109
cell +44 7795 494506

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Adam is a qualified as a solicitor. After working for another P&I Club, Adam headed the legal and insurance department of a leading ship operating company for 7 years before joining Thomas Miller.


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.


John Turner

Senior Claims Director

John Turner
work +44 20 7204 2507
cell +44 7768 143887

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John worked for a ship agent, a shipowner and as Club correspondent in Ireland before joining Thomas Miller P&I in 1987.  He currently manages London Syndicate 3, the people claims syndicate, and is responsible for the team’s operational performance and service delivery.  He also sits on the Senior Claims Directors’ team, a team of senior claims executives who have the task of working alongside case executives on the resolution of major claims which account for 70 per cent of the Club’s claims payments.  

Throughout his career at Thomas Miller, John has worked closely with Members involved in the cruise and ferry sectors and has particular expertise in handling passenger ship casualties and cruise curtailment claims.


Luke Zadkovich

Senior Claims Executive

Luke Zadkovich
work +1 201 557 7335
cell +1 201 208 9763

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Luke is a qualified lawyer in both Australia and England and worked for a major shipping law firm in London specialising in shipping and international trade before joining TMA in January 2015 . He handles P&I and Defence claims.


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