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A significant proportion of the expertise in the Managers’ offices around the world resides in our lawyers who advise Members on P&I related legal and contractual issues. The legal department consists of Dr Chao Wu, Jacqueline Tan, Ioana Gonciari, supported by a virtual team of 20 contract reviewers, the majority of whom are experienced shipping lawyers.

The Legal Department's main responsibilities consist of:

  • The drafting and review of the UK P&I Club’s Rules, legal documentations and reinsurance contracts
  • The review of Members’ contracts in the context of the insurances that the Club provides 
  • The production of legal publications (legal briefings, QCRs, articles, updates, etc.) on topical legal issues to share the Club’s legal expertise with our Members, and to keep our Members updated on shipping related legal developments worldwide.
Dr Chao Wu

Legal Director

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

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After completing her master and Ph.D in law in Paris University (Sorbonne), Dr WU Chao joined Thomas Miller P&I Ltd (UK P&I Club) in 1994. Holding the position of Legal Director, she is responsible for the Club's general legal advice, legal aspects of cover for Members' contractual arrangements, the legal aspects of P&I Club documentation, and the Rules and Bye-Laws of the Club, as well as the Pooling Agreement and the legal aspects of the Club’s reinsurance contracts.

Chao has been a member of the Senior Management Team since 2003 and represents the UK Club on various subcommittees and working groups of the International Group, including those on Pooling Agreement, Pollution, P&I War Risks, Confirmation of Entry, IOPC Fund and Pro-rating, and others. Chao has chaired the IG Pooling Agreement Subcommittee since 2009, and the Co-Assured subcommittee since 2017.

Chao has been a frequent speaker at 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, UK and by the Institut Economique du Droit de la Mer, Monaco.  She is also a recognized authority on international marine pollution liability law, and formerly worked for Thomas Miller (Americas), where she also became an authority on US environmental law.


Jacqueline Tan

Legal Services Manager

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

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Jacqueline is a qualified barrister and solicitor handling FDD and P&I cases for many years. She is Legal Services Manager at Thomas Miller, editor of the Club’s legal publications and also a member of Thomas Miller’s Legal and Environmental Team. Jacqueline speaks Malay, French and Hokkien.


Contract Review Team

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.


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.


Richard Offord

Senior Claims Executive

Richard Offord
work +44 20 7204 2486
cell +44 7917 614068

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Richard joined Thomas Miller in 1997 and has a wealth of experience in handling a wide variety of P&I and FDD claims across all sectors of the shipping industry.  Richard has assisted the majority of the Members across the European region in his time with Thomas Miller, but now predominantly focuses on those based in Northern Europe.


Helena Biggs

Senior Claims Executive

Helena Biggs
work 0207 204 2414
cell 07827 552 977

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Helena qualified as a solicitor with a leading London maritime firm in 1999 and spent two years working as a UK qualified solicitor in Sydney, Australia before returning to private practice in London. Helena moved in-house to another IG P&I Club in 2004 where she dealt with a wide range of FD&D and P&I claims before joining Thomas Miller in 2018.


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.


Masaaki Hishiki

Claims Executive

Masaaki Hishiki
work +81 3 5442 6106
cell +81 90 4374 2215

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Masaaki Hishiki joined UK Club’s Japan Branch in October 2017, having completed 9 years in the service of the Club’s correspondents, ISS P&I Japan. Before joining ISS, he worked in South Korea for cargo export business. He speaks Japanese and Korean.


Aki Tsukui

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.


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.


Alexander Geoghegan

Claims Executive

Alexander Geoghegan
work +81 70 2269 4002

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Alexander joined Thomas Miller in October 2016 shortly after completing his degree in History. He is currently working as a Claims Executive in Syndicate J1.


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. 


Amy Lovseth

Senior Claims Director

Amy Lovseth
work +852 2832 4492
cell +852 9025 1530

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Amy Lovseth joined Thomas Miller (Americas) as a claims executive in June 2004 after completing a LL.M. in Maritime Law from the University of Oslo in Norway. While in Norway, Amy worked as a trainee at Wiikborg Rein and in the law department at Norsk Hydro.

Amy was made Vice president in 2010 and handles claims for both the UK P&I Club and the UK Defence Club. She joined LS2 from New Jersey and has recently reloacted to our Hong Kong office.


Luke Lane

Syndicate Manager

Luke Lane
work +81 70 3769 1660

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Luke trained as a barrister and in 2013 he joined Thomas Miller, after working for a number of finance and shipping companies based in Singapore and South East Asia.


Yiah Soon Ng (YSN)

Director

Yiah Soon Ng (YSN)
work +65 6309 9681
cell +65 9755 2415

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YS joined Thomas Miller from Spica Services, the Club's Singapore claims correspondents. Before joining Spica in 1990 he was a deck officer, followed by five years with the Port of Singapore Authority as a Port Safety Inspector.


Julia M. Moore

Senior Claims Executive

Julia M. Moore
work 201-557-7433
cell 201-912-7170

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Julia joined Thomas Miller in October 2015 after 25 years with various US litigation firms specialising in maritime matters. Julia is a member of the Bodily Injury team.


Susan Lee

Senior Claims Executive

Susan Lee
work 1+ 201 557 7338
cell + 1 551 227 1334

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Susan Lee is a Claims Executive for P&I and FD&D. Susan is an attorney and  came to TMA from a New York maritime law firm.  She handles cargo claims, arbitrations and charter party disputes.


Debbie Bronis (DB)

Claims Manager & Environmental Specialist

Debbie Bronis (DB)
work +1 415 343 0105
cell +1 415 815 9438

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Debbie joined TMA in 2000 from a global carrier. She handles all types of P&I claims and is the San Francisco pollution specialist.


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 P&I.


Eva Ioannidou

Senior Claims Executive

Eva Ioannidou
work + 30 210 45 85 226
cell + 30 6944 842 429

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Eva joined TM(H) in February 2016 prior to which she gained 14 years of working experience in ship owning and ship management companies based in Greece. She has a BSc(Hons) in Shipping, an MBA and MSc in International Banking and Finance, as well as a LLM in Maritime Law . In her present role in Syndicate H1, she handles people related claims.


Christos Aporellis

Senior Claims Executive

Christos Aporellis
work +30 210 4585217
cell +30 6948 010000

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Christos joined TM(H) in February, 2015 prior to which time he was with a ship management company based in Greece. Christos is a qualified lawyer both in England and in Greece. He handles all types of P&I claims and FD&D disputes.


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