Paul CookPaul started work with Messrs. Francis & Arnold, London in 1967. At the time Francis & Arnold handled work for several London based Greek shipowners and this was an excellent introduction to the Greek shipping business. By the mid 1970s Paul was working on all manner of claims, particularly General Average and Collision recoveries for the company’s most respected clients.

In 1976 Paul accepted an offer from the then biggest firm of Average Adjusters in the Far East, Messrs. Stevens, Elmslie & Co to work in their Hong Kong head office. The Adjusting business in Hong Kong was fast-paced and Paul was working closely with some of the most reputable shipowners and innovative managers. Paul also handled all the claims for Pertamina, the Indonesian state-owned petroleum company as well as the Sabah state-owned logging business.

Paul acquired knowledge of an array of shipping trades, including Malaysian LNG business and Japanese importation of logs and general bulk trade into/out of China.

Major cases handled included the longest towage of a loaded bulk carrier from South America to Japan as well as serious casualties arising from severe weather conditions during the Japanese winter.

In 1990 Paul relocated to Greece and until 1997 worked as a senior Adjuster with Messrs. Manley Hopkins Son & Cookes.

In 1997 Paul teamed up with John and Mike to form Independent Average Adjusters and has since dealt with a wide variety of claims on nearly every conceivable type of vessel. Recently Paul has been instructed and prepared an adjustment following the capture of a vessel by Somali pirates.

Paul has also been called upon to provide advice to various parties requiring a second opinion on matters ranging from General Average allowances to distribution of recoveries.

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