Peter Jackson : Director CEO

Peter Jackson

Director CEO

+44 (0)7887 822686

Following a career in the police force in his native Newcastle, Peter studied law at Durham University before joining a leading marine liability mutual. He joined Thomas Miller in 1995 and became an Area Director of the UK P&I Club, before creating Thomas Miller Claims Management in 2007 and taking up the post of CEO. Peter led the development of TM Law as its CEO, overseeing its opening in 2015.

Patrick Bond : Director - Head of Legal

Patrick Bond

Director - Head of Legal

+44 (0)7889 654576

After an active career in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Patrick spent several years in the offshore supply sector before qualifying as a solicitor with a major UK marine firm. After working with a leading marine liability mutual, Patrick started a successful claims and casualty management company, handling caseloads for both the mutual and commercial markets and working on several high-profile casualties, before joining Thomas Miller in 2007. He is the Head of Legal Practice for TM Law and is also an accredited Mediator.

Andrew Fox : Solicitor – Legal Director

Andrew Fox

Solicitor – Legal Director

+44 (0)7710 251793

Andrew’s career in shipping started with several years in the operation and management of dry bulk, container and tanker vessels, taking him to Liverpool, London, Piraeus, Bermuda and the Isle of Man. After switching to law in 1991, Andrew qualified first as a barrister, and then as a solicitor with Davies Johnson in Plymouth. He has long experience of all classes of shipping work, particularly P&I, FD&D, collision and salvage work, as well as international trade. Andrew has acted successfully in the Supreme Court and has been involved in numerous high-profile arbitrations.

Charles Patterson : Solicitor – Legal Director

Charles Patterson

Solicitor – Legal Director

+44 (0)7843 280647

Having obtained his first degree, Charles spent five years working on square rig vessels and superyachts worldwide. Qualifying as a solicitor in 2003, Charles has built a broad practice of both contentious and non-contentious work. He has acted in major litigation and arbitration for leading P&I Clubs and commercial insurers, on behalf of shipowners, charterers and commodities traders, as well as handling sale, purchase and boatyard transactions for sailing and large yacht owners.

Simon Church : Solicitor

Simon Church


+44 (0)7919 576293

Simon is an experienced shipping and insurance litigator admitted in London and Hong Kong. He  qualified in England in 1994 and Hong Kong in 1996 with a major international marine firm, and has handled a variety of complex litigation in shipping, international trade and professional indemnity. Simon spent  a year studying at Beijing Normal University and a further year in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China, and speaks conversational Mandarin Chinese.

Nico Saunders : Solicitor

Nico Saunders


+44 (0)7771 335 196

Nico qualified with a leading London maritime and insurance firm in 2011, after spending two years working in Paris for a firm specialising in English maritime law. With particular expertise in P&I and FD&D matters, Nico has handled a broad range of maritime arbitration and litigation, and joined TM Law in 2015. He is a member of the French Maritime Law Association and speaks fluent French, as well as conversational Spanish.

Iain Butterworth : Solicitor

Iain Butterworth


+44 (0)7508 986735

Iain qualified as a solicitor in 2003, following a long career at sea which saw him rise to the rank of Chief Engineer. As one of very few Chief Engineers to move into legal practice, Iain is uniquely placed to guide ship owners and underwriters on casualties, equipment failures and other technical claims. He has attended several high-profile casualties and acts as an expert witness on marine technical matters.

Alan Storey : Solicitor

Alan Storey


+44 (0)7920 846532

Alan qualified as a solicitor in 1992, and has specialised in complex injury and occupational disease litigation for over twenty years.
Based in Newcastle, Alan leads our occupational disease team as well as providing legal advice on employer,public, travel and motor claims, and general commercial litigation.

Howard Quinlivan : Solicitor Advocate

Howard Quinlivan

Solicitor Advocate

+44 (0) 7827937270

Howard gained an LLB in Law, followed by an LLM in E-commerce and International Banking Law. He was admitted as a Solicitor in 2008 and as a Solicitor Advocate (Civil Higher Rights Qualification) in 2010 Howard is instructed by P&I Clubs and commercial insurers, concentrating on marine casulaties, injuries/fatalities and regulatory matters including MCA and HSE prosecutions. He also advises the fishing and yacht sectors in actions involving the MMO, MCA, MAIB, Defra and EA.

A keen sailor, surfer & volunteer crew for the Disabled Sailing Association, he has completed the RYA / MCA Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore (Theory) and New Entrant Fishing Qualifications, Safety at Sea and First Aid courses.

Fiona Chapman : Chartered Legal Executive

Fiona Chapman

Chartered Legal Executive

+44 (0)7342 055310

Fiona is a Chartered legal executive, specialising in injury and occupational disease claims. Based in Newcastle, Fiona handles caseloads for EL and PL insurers, run-off vehicles facing long-tailed legacy liabilities, and commercial operators in the industrial, transport and logistics sectors. Fiona also specialises in cross-border claims, handling matters in Scotland and Northern Ireland at the pre-litigation level.

Stephen Hunt : Operations Director

Stephen Hunt

Operations Director

+44 (0)7919 101485

A Maritime Studies graduate from Cardiff University, Stephen worked in engineering and telecoms in the UK and Australia before joining Thomas Miller in in 2003. After six years with the UK P&I Club, Stephen joined Thomas Miller Claims Management in 2008 and was appointed Director in 2013.  He has been a Director of TM Law since 2015.


Alistair Sullivan : Marine & Transport Lawyer

Alistair Sullivan

Marine & Transport Lawyer

+612 8262 5859

Alistair was admitted in 2015 following completion of a Masters of Laws in Maritime Law and admission to the Dean’s Roll of Honour. Alistair has  worked in both the Australian and international markets, including two years with leading transport and logistics insurers and major commercial law firms in London. Alistair is a member of Young Shipping Australia, the Australian Insurance Law Association and the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and had his work published in the Australian and New Zealand Maritime Law Journal .

Alexis Cahalan : Principal Lawyer (Director)

Alexis Cahalan

Principal Lawyer (Director)

+61 (0)468 944066

Alexis has been a shipping and transport lawyer since 1987, and is qualified in both Australia and England. After several years with Australia’s two leading maritime and transport law firms, reaching partnership level, Alexis has worked as in-house counsel for international offshore resources and engineering companies and most recently has been a legal and claims specialist for the TT Club, handling litigation and claims for some of Thomas Miller’s biggest insurance clients, as well as providing emergency advice and response for ship owners as a legal correspondent to the UK P&I Club.

Danella Wilmshurst : Principal Lawyer

Danella Wilmshurst

Principal Lawyer

+61 (0)438 012733

Danella has been advising the shipping and insurance industry on maritime and transport law for over twenty years, having been a partner at two of Australia’s leading maritime and transport firms. An expert on wet and dry shipping, freight forwarding and logistics, transport contracts and transactional work, Danella is a Director of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and a Member of the Australian Federation of International Forwarders. She has taken several complex cases through litigation or arbitration, ranging from charter party disputes to oil pollution, and has an international reputation for her expertise and sound guidance to the industry.

Hamish Cotton : Aviation & Marine Lawyer

Hamish Cotton

Aviation & Marine Lawyer

+61(2) 82625800

Hamish joined TM Law’s Sydney office in 2017 with over twenty years of experience in insurance claims, initially employed in private practice as a solicitor in Australia then England before moving to in-house management roles. Working for and on behalf of international insurers based in the City of London including Lloyds, dealing with Aviation, Marine , Financial, Casualty, Professional Indemnity, Construction & General Insurance matters. Hamish is admitted as a solicitor in Queensland, New South Wales and England and Wales. A qualified commercial pilot he is also a member of the Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand.

Timothy Rout : Marine Lawyer

Timothy Rout

Marine Lawyer

+61 (2) 8262 5800

Timothy has specialised in general maritime and admiralty law with some of the leading shipping firms in Australia since being admitted in 2013. He has handled international arbitration, commercial litigation and dispute resolution work involving charterparty and bill of lading disputes, admiralty claims, ship arrest and general cargo and personal injury claims. He has also prepared and negotiated shipbuilding contracts, and has advised domestic and international clients on a variety of other regulatory, compliance and administrative law issues. He joined TM Law’s Sydney office in 2017 and is a member of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand.


Cyrus Siassi : Lawyer

Cyrus Siassi


+41 22 597 88 30

Cyrus is admitted in England and Switzerland, and has over twenty years’ experience of representing major insurance, financial and institutional clients in complex and high-profile matters. Cyrus handles litigation, arbitration, mediation and other dispute resolution work in England and Switzerland, specialising in cross-border transactional matters, shipping, international trade, aviation, construction, finance, insolvency, fraud and debt-collection. He has particular experience in the metals, energy and commodities sectors, and is an authority on international sanctions and embargoes. Cyrus also advises clients on regulatory, compliance and criminal liability, white collar crime, judicial investigations in Switzerland and anti- money-laundering and terrorist financing worldwide.

Bob McCunn : Lawyer

Bob McCunn


+41 22 310 9767

Bob was admitted in 1986, and worked with two leading London shipping and international trade firms, including a period in Greece. He has vast experience in marine insurance, reinsurance and general shipping, and has specialised further in oil and commodity trading, fraud and asset tracing. He has represented international commercial clients in several high-profile matters, including recovering for the insurers of Brinks Mat following the infamous Heathrow robbery, and secondment to a major Kuwaiti oil and tanker company following the Iraqi invasion in 1990. A non-executive Director of various major trading companies, Bob has been based in Geneva since 2008.

Specialist Advisers

Liang Kay : China

Liang Kay


+44 (0)7796 940756

Liang gained a Masters Degree in Maritime Law from Dalian Maritime University and worked with a leading marine claims adjuster before moving to the United Kingdom.

After reading English Law at Northumbria University, Liang worked with a leading UK law firm before moving into marine insurance.

Liang is our principal advisor on Chinese Law, as well as assisting the legal team on marine matters.

Guillermo Mendía : Spain & Latin America

Guillermo Mendía

Spain & Latin America

+44 (0)1661 864521

Guillermo holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Vigo and a Master in Maritime Law from the University of Southampton. Guillermo  has worked as maritime lawyer at one the most important Spanish law firms specialised in the matter and as legal advisor of the Spanish Shipowners Association. Guillermo speaks Spanish and English.

Stephen Mooney : Maritime Operations

Stephen Mooney

Maritime Operations

+44 (0)7543 301070

Stephen has over thirty years shipping experience which started in the dry bulk sector. Ten years ago he moved onto the commercial desk of a British shipowner dealing with a wide variety of matters including charter party, bill of lading and cargo issues. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in 2002 and more recently read for a degree in Maritime Law, followed by a Master's degree in International Trade Law at Northumbria University.

Adèle Warchester : Consultant Compliance Director

Adèle Warchester

Consultant Compliance Director

+44 (0)7709 404519

Adèle qualified as a solicitor in 1977 and brings with her a wealth of experience in risk and professional compliance.  As a former Managing Partner, she has, in the past, taken responsibility for quality, client care and business/risk management and now advises Thomas Miller Law on all these aspects.

She has lectured widely to the profession and is also a consultant for the Law Society's Risk and Compliance Service and a Lexcel accredited consultant.

She also advise firms on the optimum structure for their development and future growth and undertakes regulatory due diligence checks for those involved in the legal sector.


Dr Nicholas Wilkes : Medico-Legal

Dr Nicholas Wilkes


+44 (0)7920 181724

Nick studied medicine at London University and, after qualifying, spent 10 years as a junior hospital doctor, predominantly in the North East of England, before reading law at Newcastle University. Admitted as a solicitor in 1998 he practised for 15 years in the field of clinical negligence at two leading law firms in Newcastle. Nicholas is a member of The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and the Newcastle upon Tyne Incorporated Law Society.

Finance & Support

Stephen Armstrong : Financial Controller - UK

Stephen Armstrong

Financial Controller - UK

+44 (0)1661 864 521

Stephen qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2009. After working in a leading Newcastle accountancy practice, Stephen joined Thomas Miller in 2017 and became Financial Controller of TM Law in July 2017.

He is registered with the SRA in England as TM Law's HOFA.

Nicky Cowans : Financial Controller – Australia

Nicky Cowans

Financial Controller – Australia

+61 (0) 2 8262 5800

Nicky qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a Big Four accounting firm before joining an asset management firm as a Senior Analyst. He was involved in the sale of the business to Thomas Miller Investment in London, where he became Financial Controller of the wealth management division before moving to Australia and joining the Sydney team in 2017. He holds a first class degree from Newcastle University and a Diploma in Corporate Finance from the ICAEW.

Sue Rowley : Practice Manager

Sue Rowley

Practice Manager

+44 (0)1752 226020

Katherine Pulley : Administrator

Katherine Pulley


+44 (0)1752 226020

Kathy Lingard : Administrator

Kathy Lingard


+44 (0)1752 226020