The UK P&I Club, a provider of protection and indemnity (P&I) insurance and other services to the international shipping community, has appointed Tom Starr as a Senior Claims Executive.
Starr joins the UK Club from Reed Smith, where he worked as a solicitor and Master Mariner.
At Reed Smith, he practised in dispute resolution arising out of marine casualties and related contractual disputes, managing cases in court and in international arbitration.
His new role will ocus on administering advice on wider shipping legal matters, including compliance with marine regulations, ship management, bunker disputes and marine insurance.
“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,” said Andrew Taylor, CEO of the UK P&I Club.
“The Club will undoubtedly benefit from Tom joining and our Members will welcome the expertise he brings.”
Starr has experience investigating and handling a 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.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Starr served as Chief Officer on commercial vessels and on large superyachts. He also spent time as a marine superintendent, as part of a team managing a worldwide fleet of 60 ships and superyachts.
“The UK Club is renowned in the marine sector for its all-round expertise,” Starr commented.
“I look forward to the challenge of joining the team and bringing my own skillset and knowledge of international legal matters to the Club.”