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 Court of Appeal 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.

Paul Hughes : Head of Personal Injury Litigation

Paul Hughes

Head of Personal Injury Litigation

+44 (0)7388 852607

Paul joined TM Law in 2018 to lead the personal injury litigation team, bringing over 25 years’ experience of handling personal injury claims and insurance disputes on behalf of insurers, corporate clients, government agencies and local authorities. His experience includes EL, PL, transport., logistics, motor and industrial disease claims, as well as policy coverage issues. He has handled a number of high-profile matters including complex, catastrophic and psychiatric injury, and costs disputes. He is a qualified Mediator and was a member of the Law Society’s Civil Justice Committee.

Noe Reiff : Senior Lawyer

Noe Reiff

Senior Lawyer

+44 (0)7786 664 232

Noé joined TM Law in 2021 and handles P&I and FD&D matters. Having qualified as a lawyer in France (Avocat since 2016), Noé ‘s experience includes working with a leading marine mutual liability insurer specialising in cargo, admiralty and pollution matters. He also has asset finance experience gained at a London-based law firm and in-house claims handling experience gained at a major container carrier. A native French speaker,  Noé  is also fluent in Greek. He holds a LLM in Maritime Law from the University of Southampton.

Tristan Harwood : Barrister

Tristan Harwood


+44 (0)7938 533 272

Tristan joined TM Law’s Marine Team in 2020, and handles a range of contentious, technical and regulatory work, as well as marine mortgages and high-value sale and purchase.

As well as advising vessel owners, charterers, P&I Clubs and commercial insurers, Tristan handles corporate criminal matters involving maritime and port safety, environmental damage and fisheries regulation. As a Barrister, Tristan has represented clients at the Admiralty Court, The High Court, Coroners’ Inquests and prosecutions brought by the MCA, HSE, EA, IFCA and MMO. He holds an MSc in Marine Safety, completed partially at the IMO.

A keen sailor, with RYA Yacht Masters and Powerboat certificate and an International Certificate of Competence, he has owned and refitted a number of yachts and provides technical advice on building and management disputes.  He is a board member and legal adviser of Dartmouth Harbour Authority, and a member of the RYA standing committee for the South West region.

Paul Lyons : Senior Solicitor

Paul Lyons

Senior Solicitor

+61 (0)423 402 550

Paul has been a solicitor since 2006 and is qualified in both England and Australia (New South Wales). He joined TM Law in 2018 having been Owner-Principal of a firm in England and Practice Manager of a specialist transport firm in Australia. His main focus has been on employer liability, road traffic, transport demurrage and insurance litigation. Paul has significant experience of complex and high value litigation in both jurisdictions.

Fiona Chapman : Chartered Legal Executive

Fiona Chapman

Chartered Legal Executive

+44 (0)7717 498373

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.

Robert Compton : Chartered Legal Executive

Robert Compton

Chartered Legal Executive

+44 (0) 7717 150575

A Chartered Legal Executive, Robert has over 15 years’ experience in Legal 500 law firms and the insurance industry. He has specialised in injury and occupational illness claims and advises on all aspects of employer, public and travel liability.

Francesca Koenders : Solicitor (NZ Qualified)

Francesca Koenders

Solicitor (NZ Qualified)

+44 (0) 7385 468771

Francesca joined TM Law in 2021 and is based with our marine team in Plymouth.  A holder of degrees in both Law and Commerce in her native New Zealand,  Francesca was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2020 and will shortly become a Solicitor in England under the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme. Her experience to date includes litigation and legal publishing.

Simon Church : Consultant Solicitor

Simon Church

Consultant Solicitor

+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.

Iain Butterworth : Consultant Solicitor

Iain Butterworth

Consultant Solicitor

+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.

Guy Walker : Consultant Solicitor

Guy Walker

Consultant Solicitor

+44 (0) 7831 195438

Guy joined TM Law in 2020 as a consultant, bringing more than 30 years’ experience with him and having previously been Senior Partner at a leading UK regional firm. Guy is a commercial litigator who deals with marine and fisheries cases as well as professional negligence and a wide variety of civil claims. He is regularly instructed by both UK and international clients and specialises in regulatory matters, defending enforcement action taken by the MMO, IFCA's, MCA and local authorities against vessel owners.

Guy is an RYA/MCA Yachtmaster (Offshore) and Member of British Marine (Insurance Financial and Legal Services Association

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.