Syndicate L1 is responsible for services to Members based in Germany.

Duty Executive Mobile: +44 7768 143884
Team mailbox: L1.ukclub@thomasmiller.com

Please note: Team mail addresses are not regularly monitored out of hours – if you have an emergency after hours or if you have not received a response to a message sent to the team mail address please contact the duty executive.

Alison McClure

Syndicate Manager

Alison McClure
work +44 207 204 2320
cell +44 7876 503572

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Alison is a qualified South African solicitor. She specialised in Maritime Law at a leading South African law firm for four years, during which time she was seconded to Thomas Miller. Alison returned to Thomas Miller in 2007, handling P&I and Defence claims. In November 2013, Alison assumed the role of Deputy Syndicate Manager and subsequently made Syndicate Manager in 2017. Alison now heads up the team responsible for the Club’s German Members.


Adam Russ

Senior Claims Director

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.


Michael Cox

Senior Claims Director - UK Defence

Michael Cox
work +44 20 7204 2123
cell +44 7717 727521

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Michael is a qualified solicitor with 25 years experience of working in maritime claims, initially with a leading law firm before joining another P&I Club. He moved to Thomas Miller in 2012 where he has overall responsibility for the management of Defence Club claims for Members serviced by Syndicate LS2.


Ursula Whittaker

Senior Claims Executive

Ursula Whittaker
work +44 20 7204 2313
cell +44 7717 733951

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Ursula joined Thomas Miller in 1990, working at that time with the Far East team. Over the intervening years, Ursula has worked with the Russian, Belgian, Dutch and Italian Members, handling both P&I and FDD claims, for owners and charterers in the tanker, bulker and container markets. Ursula now supports the Club's German Membership.


Neil Beckwith

Senior Claims Executive

Neil Beckwith
work +44 207 204 2935
cell +44 7876 131610

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Neil joined Thomas Miller in 1992 having completed his studies in Business and Finance.  He initially worked in underwriting before transferring to the personal injury syndicate where he handled a variety of people related claims with a particular focus on Members based in Turkey.  He was also responsible for the account management of a large UK based crew manager.  

In 2003, Neil transferred to the IT department to manage projects associated with the Club’s award winning electronic claims management system.  He then left Thomas Miller to work as an IT project manager for some of the leading London Market insurers.  

Neil returned to P&I in 2011 joining the personal injury team of another London based P&I Club before re-joining Thomas Miller in November 2013 where he continues to handle a broad range of people related claims concentrating on Members based in Germany.


Alexander Gray

Senior Claims Executive

Alexander Gray
work +30 210 4585 214
cell +30 6957 507 026

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Alex joined Thomas Miller as a Claims Executive in December 2016 from Ince & Co.’s office in Monaco, where he worked for two years as a Solicitor specialising in shipping and corporate litigation. Prior to this, Alex worked as a Claims Executive at the Standard P&I Club in London. Whilst there, he worked on all types of P&I, FD&D, DTH and TT claims for Turkish, Italian and Monegasque ship owners and operators. Alex joined the Standard Club having graduated from studying Law and Jurisprudence at the University of Southampton.

Alex was made Senior Claims Executive in May 2017 and handles claims for both the UK P&I Club and the UK Defence Club, predominantly focusing on the German Team (L1) in the London office.

He is currently on secondment at the Piraeus office.


Laura Grant

Claims Executive

Laura Grant
work +44 20 7204 2281
cell +44 7920 298310

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Laura has been with Thomas Miller since 2012 and in her current role as a claims executive since 2014.  Laura has since worked exclusively with the German membership and handles a variety of P&I Claims.  In particular, Laura specialises in handling container claims, and has expanded her knowledge through a structured training programme particularly focusing on speciality reefer containers.


Amanda Hastings

Claims Executive

Amanda Hastings
work +44 20 7204 2161
cell +44 7827 258207

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Amanda joined Thomas Miller as a claims handler in January 2015 from HFW, where she worked in shipping litigation. Prior to this she worked in supply chain management for an international retailer. Amanda has recently joined LS2 from the Club’s People Claims Syndicate and now deals primarily with the German membership.  A  fluent German speaker, Amanda read Law at Sheffield University and Trier University. She is currently studying for the postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) and is about to complete the International Group’s P&I Qualification. Amanda is actively involved with the London Shipping community and sits on the Young Maritime Professionals Committee for the London Shipping Law Centre.


Filip Koscielecki

Claims Executive

Filip Koscielecki
work +44 20 7204 2667
cell +44 7901 227869

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Filip qualified as a solicitor in 2015 at one of the leading London shipping law firms where, prior to his legal training, he was a senior Risk & Compliance officer.  He joined Thomas Miller in December 2015 and is handling a variety of defence and P&I cases.


Sarah Valentine

Claims Executive

Sarah Valentine
work +1 201 557 7335
cell +1 201 208 9763

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Sarah is a qualified lawyer in England and worked for a major maritime law firm in London specialising in shipping and international trade. Sarah will handle P&I and Defence claims.


Carole Vinicombe

Secretarial Support

Carole Vinicombe
work +44 20 7204 2129

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Carole provides secretarial support to Syndicates L1 & J1.


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.