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. 


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.


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.


Aki Tsukui

Claims Director

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.


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.


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.


Patrick Ryan

Senior Claims Executive

Patrick Ryan
work +44 20 7204 2491
cell +44 7824 820829

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Yvonne Vail

Senior Claims Executive

Yvonne Vail
work +44 20 7204 2501
cell +44 7917 614066

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Yvonne joined Thomas Miller in 1985 having completed a Diploma in Business Studies and the Chartered Insurance Institute Diploma in Insurance Business and Marine and Aviation Insurance. She began her career in the Finance Department before transferring to claims.  She has been a member of the personal injury syndicate since 1991 handling all types of people related claims for a wide selection of the Club’s Members. Yvonne specialises in handling occupational disease claims and is a member of the International Group Personal Injury Occupational Disease Sub-Committee. She has organised a number Occupational Disease seminars for the Club’s members and claims handlers from other P&I clubs.


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.


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.


Rebecca Rowe

Claims Executive

Rebecca Rowe
work 02072042165

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


Eleni Nomikou

Claims Executive

Eleni Nomikou
work +44 20 7204 2163
cell +44 74 683 60062

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Eleni joined Thomas Miller in 2013. She is a Greek qualified lawyer and has an LLM in Maritime Law. Before joining London Syndicate 3 as a trainee Claims Executive, Eleni gained work experience in a Greek law office specialising in maritime law. In her previous role in Syndicate H1, she handled people related claims. She has recently moved to London and is currently a claims handler for Syndicate J1. Eleni speaks Greek and Spanish.


Debbie Wood

Claims Executive

Debbie Wood
work +44 20 7204 2517

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Debbie has been working for Thomas Miller for 30 years. She previously worked in Personal Injury but now works within the J1 team as a Claims Executive.  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 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.

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