Syndicate EMEA 2 is led by Lisa Clarke and provides P&I and Defence claims and advisory services to Members based in Southern Europe, the Middle East and the UK.

Duty Executive Mobile: +44 7768 143884
Fax no: +44 20 7549 4221/4
Team mailbox: london.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.

Lisa Clarke

Syndicate Manager

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

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Lisa is a qualified lawyer and the Syndicate Manager of the EMEA 2 team.


Jim Roberts

Senior Claims Director- Defence

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

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Jim qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and has been involved in maritime law for almost the whole of his subsequent career. He has previously been a partner in a London niche shipping law firm, and has also worked in the Piraeus office of a major law firm, mainly advising Greek owners. Jim is a Senior Claims Director in the UK Defence Club, and in addition to management of his own claims advises junior colleagues on claims strategy in FD&D disputes. 


Richard Case

Senior Claims Director

Richard Case
work +44 20 7204 2402
cell +44 7768 555963

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Richard joined Thomas Miller in 1985 having previously worked with solicitors. His work has been with South American, London-based Greek, Monegasque, Italian and Spanish Members.


Alan Speed

Senior Claims Director

Alan Speed
work + 44 20 7204 2338
cell +44 7818 014636

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Alan is a qualified solicitor with 20 years experience at an international law firm specialising in shipping. He has a degree in maritime business and law and 14 years experience at sea up to the rank of Chief Officer working on a wide variety of ship types.


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.


Alec Kyrle-Pope (AKP)

Charterers Risk Specialist

Alec Kyrle-Pope (AKP)
work +44 207 204 2255
cell 07557426921

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Alec joined Thomas Miller in November 2010 having completed an LLM in Maritime & Commercial law. Prior to law school he studied Economics & Spanish. In London, he worked with a wide variety of EU and Swiss based Members, ranging from conventional Owners through to large Charterers and trading houses, handling all types of P&I and FDD disputes. In November 2014 he moved to Athens to service the UK Club’s Greek membership and returned to London in January 2018 to develop further & expand the UK Club’s Charterers book of business and product ranges.

Along with strong commercial and operational expertise, Alec has extensive experience resolving issues concerning the shipment of agricultural commodities as well as a proven track record in casualty management and salvage operations.

Alec is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and holds various trade association, including GAFTA, qualifications. He is a regular speaker & presenter at seminars, industry events and courses.


Senior Claims Executive

Patrick Ryan
work +44 207 204 2491

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Stephen Michaels

Senior Claims Executive

Stephen Michaels
work +44 20 7204 2518
cell +44 7795 684923

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Stephen joined Thomas Miller in 2009 having spent 18 years with another London based P&I Club. He handles a wide variety of people related claims with a focus on Members based in Greece, Italy and the UK. Stephen qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in 2003.


Hannah Charles

Senior Claims Executive

Hannah Charles
work +44 20 7204 2399
cell +44 7826 896 718

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Hannah is a qualified solicitor, specialising in shipping law. Hannah trained and then worked with a London firm focused in the maritime sector for 18 months post qualification before joining another International Group Club, where she worked for 4 years handling both P&I and defence matters for members in the UK, the Americas and Northern Europe. Hannah holds a degree in French and Spanish.


Ben Johnson

Senior Claims Executive

Ben Johnson
work +44 20 7204 2696
cell +44 7917 615 929

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Ben started in early 2015 having previously worked as a claims executive at another IG P&I Club. Prior to that he was a marine claims adjuster advising on H&M and General Average claims at a leading average adjusting firm. He has a degree in International History and Politics and completed both the Graduate Diploma in Law course and LPC.


Nick Milner

Senior Claims Executive

Nick Milner
work +44 20 7204 2128
cell +44 7880 087856

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Nick is a Senior Claims Executive in Syndicate EMEA 2, which is responsible for providing P&I and Defence claims and advisory services from London to Members based in Southern Europe, the Middle East and the UK .

Nick was called to the Bar in 1994.  After a short period of practice in a Common Law set he joined Thomas Miller in Piraeus in 1999 having previously worked in a local bulk ship operating company and the Greek office of a well-known marine litigation firm.  He handled P&I and Defence matters for the Greek and Cypriot membership and became the Deputy Syndicate Manager of the Piraeus office in September 2014.  He transferred to London in June 2015.  Nick is fluent in English and Greek and has conversational French.


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 as a Senior Claims Executive in January 2016 after 12 years in private practice. Handling both P&I and Defence cases, Laura assists all Members within EMEA 2.


George Huxley

Claims Executive

George Huxley
work +44 20 7204 2718
cell +44 (0) 7824 695 325

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George joined Thomas Miller as a claims handler in 2015 having previously obtained a First Class Honours LLB as an undergraduate in London. He handles an increasingly diverse range of P&I and some FD&D matters for the Greek, Italian and UK based Members 


Karolina Bieganska

Claims Executive

Karolina Bieganska
work + 44 207 204 2170
cell +44 7787 697825

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Karolina joined the UK Club in January 2017. She handles P&I and FD&D claims for Syndicate EMEA 2. She is a qualified English solicitor and Merchant Navy Deck Officer of the Watch Unlimited. She served as a Deck Cadet on variety of cargo and passenger ships worldwide. She speaks fluent Polish and basic German.


Robert Ferry

Claims Executive

Robert Ferry
work +44 20 7204 2306
cell +44 7825 029 098

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Robert joined Thomas Miller in June 2018 and is handling P&I cases in the EMEA 2 team as a Claims Executive. Previously he spent 10 years in ship operations and vetting roles. Before this Robert was at sea for 13 years sailing on a range of ship and cargo types. He has experience on a variety of product and crude tankers along with LNG carriers undertaking roles up to the rank of Chief Officer and holds a Master Mariners certificate.


Trainee Claims Executive

Rebecca Rowe
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Rebecca joined the UK Club as a Trainee Cliams Executive in 2018. Rebecca is currently in Syndicate EMEA 2.


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