West of England expands New York office

West of England Club’s senior claims manager Emily McCulloch transferred to West of England’s New York office from London at the beginning of the year and will be joined by Alton Peralta, a locally-qualified claims adjuster with extensive experience of dealing with US liabilities, particularly crew claims under the Jones Act.

The Club opened its New York office in 2017.

McCulloch, a qualified lawyer, has significant experience of both P&I and Defence claims, having previously worked at Steamship Mutual as a Syndicate Manager. Before that she worked as in-house counsel for Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd.

Since joining the Club McCulloch has been dealing with Members in both North and South America.

Alton Peralta has had a 20-year career in all aspects of marine risk management and claims handling, both at the operational level for a leading tug and barge operator and with marine insurance companies, where he was latterly the Marine Claims Manager for the east coast and Gulf regions for Crum & Forster. A licensed adjuster in many states, he has managed a wide variety of marine claims including extensive experience in Jones Act crew claims from first notification through to arbitration, settlement or trial where necessary.

McCulloch and Peralta will be providing a localized claims service to the Club’s Members in the USA, Canada and South America.

West of England Head of Claims Suzanne Byrne said that “North and South America are important markets for the West. This announcement marks a significant milestone in delivering the high quality service for which the Club is renowned to those Members and supporting Paul Barnes in his marketing role in the region.”