Anthony Phillips BA, ACA
Chartered Accountant

Anthony joined the company in the summer of 1985. After reading English Language and Literature at Durham University he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) in Newcastle upon Tyne before returning south to the family business. He took over the helm in 1993 following the death of his father.

In addition to being the owner and managing director of the business, Anthony is the company’s primary client contact, developing and maintaining the company’s understanding of P&I culture, mutuality and risk appetite; while exploring and nurturing the interface between the mutual and commercial sectors.

Over the last five years he has broadened the company’s client base into the UK ports sector and related maritime industries.

His particular interests are:

  • Understanding the contractual and international convention matrix within which shipowners and charterers operate; assessing the extent to which the risks inherent in the matrix are met by P&I cover; and, where gaps are identified, creating risk transfer solutions
  • Advising on P&I Club Rule changes, designing new P&I Club product terms & conditions, and drafting terms for additional coverages
  • Reviewing contract and insurance wordings, particularly legacy port property and liability wordings
  • Modelling data to support business analysis and placing
  • Placing a comprehensive range of whole account and individual, non-poolable (re)insurances, predominantly in the Lloyd’s Market

In addition to the above, Anthony has been a director of The Griffin Insurance Association Limited E&O mutual since 2001 and is currently Chair of its Audit Committee, both roles providing first-hand experience of regulatory, compliance and solvency matters relating to the operation of a mutual and insurance carrier.

John Scotchmer ACII
Chartered Insurance Practitioner

John joined the company in the summer of 1985. He graduated from the South Bank in 1982 where he read Business Studies which he followed with three years in hull underwriting at Andrew Weir. He has the ACII qualification and is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner. He became a director in 1999.

John has both client and market-facing responsibilities and is involved in technical, placing and claims roles. Typical insurances with which he has been involved include:

  • Extended cargo cover
  • Contracts of affreightment outside acceptable convention regimes
  • Bailee liability
  • Charterers’ liabilities
  • Onerous charterparty terms
  • Specialist operations
  • Extended contractual liabilities
  • Loss of hire
  • Maritime lien insurances
  • LNG Terminal Conditions of Use (outside Pooling Agreement)
  • Indemnities
  • UK Ports and terminals
  • Freight insurance
  • Kidnap and ransom

John’s claims work has involved a wide range of interests but more recently has concentrated on:

  • Charterers’ liabilities (P&I / Damage to Hull)
  • Syndicate excess of loss contracts

Iain Young LLB, LLM, ACII, AKC
Chartered Insurance Practitioner

Iain joined the company in the summer of 1985. He graduated from King’s College London where he read law and subsequently obtained his LLM in Maritime Law from University College London. He has the ACII qualification and is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner. He became a director in 1999.

Iain has both client and market-facing responsibilities. As the company’s in-house lawyer, Iain:

  • Provides general advice on matters of and developments in maritime and shipping law
  • Considers recent case law developments in shipping and marine insurance law
  • Assesses the effect of maritime conventions (and the inter-relationship of conventions) on insurance market coverage
  • Supports technical/placing activities in explaining underlying exposures and potential liabilities faced by clients
  • Identifies gaps or deficiencies in cover
  • Reviews and advises on contract and policy wordings
  • Comments on the suitability of proposed insurance solutions/contracts
  • Considers issues of contract certainty.

As the company’s principal claims handler, Iain:

  • Engages proactively with clients in the notification of claims to insurers (all claims are handled on a bespoke rather than bordereau basis)
  • Provides support and guidance to ensure that available defences and claim mitigation steps are considered
  • Ensures optimum presentation of claims and speed of recovery from insurers.