Stephen Armstrong : Financial Controller

Stephen Armstrong

Financial Controller

+44 (0)1661 864 521

stephen.armstrong@tmlawltd.com

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.

Peter Jackson : Director CEO

Peter Jackson

Director CEO

+44 (0)7887 822686

peter.jackson@tmlawltd.com

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

patrick.bond@tmlawltd.com

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.fox@tmlawltd.com

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

charles.patterson@tmlawltd.com

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

Solicitor

+44 (0)7919 576293

simon.church@tmlawltd.com

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

Solicitor

+44 (0)7771 335 196

nico.saunders@tmlawltd.com

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

Solicitor

+44 (0)7508 986735

iain.butterworth@tmlawltd.com

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

Solicitor

+44 (0)7920 846532

alan.storey@tmlawltd.com

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.

Karolina Bieganska : Solicitor

Karolina Bieganska

Solicitor

+44 (0)7787 697825

karolina.bieganska@tmlawltd.com

Karolina is an experienced Deck cadet and navigating officer serving as a Deck Cadet on variety of cargo and passenger ships worldwide. Karolina qualified as Merchant Navy Deck Officer of the Watch Unlimited, University of Plymouth and holds  a MA in Law, University of Bristol , BSc (Hons) Marine Studies (Merchant Shipping, she also  speaks English, Polish and German.

Howard Quinlivan : Solicitor Advocate

Howard Quinlivan

Solicitor Advocate

+44 (0) 7827937270

howard.quinlivan@tmlawltd.com

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.chapman@tmlawltd.com

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

stephen.hunt@tmlawltd.com

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.