UK P&I Club appoints senior claims executive

UK P&I Club has named Tom Starr as a Senior Claims Executive, to be based in the Thomas Miller London offices.  Starr is a solicitor and Master Mariner. He joins the UK Club from Reed Smith, where he practised in dispute resolution arising out of marine casualties and related contractual disputes, managing cases in court and in international arbitration.

The Club said that Starr had investigated and handled a wide variety of marine incidents, including collisions, groundings, fire and explosions, crew injuries, as well as contractual claims such as those under charterparties and bills of lading.

His new role will also focus on administering advice on wider shipping legal matters, including compliance with marine regulations, ship management, bunker disputes and marine insurance.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Starr spent a decade at sea, sailing as Chief Officer on large passenger vessels and freight ro-ro cargo vessels, and also on some of the world’s largest superyachts. He subsequently spent four years ashore as a marine superintendent as part of a team managing a worldwide fleet of 60 ships and superyachts.

Andrew Taylor, CEO, UK P&I Club, says: “Tom Starr is an experienced marine lawyer and his extensive knowledge of the industry and the legal issues it faces makes him ideally placed for this position. The Club will undoubtedly benefit from Tom joining and our Members will welcome the expertise he brings.”