Andrew Fox : Solicitor – Legal Director

Andrew Fox

Solicitor – Legal Director

+44 (0)7710 251793

  • Experience: All classes P&I/Defence work including Collisions and Salvage (except Personal Injury); International Trade
  • Education: LLB London University (external)
  • Admitted as Solicitor: 1994
  • Previously with: Leading Ship Management Group (12 years)

Andrew started his shipping career on the Traffic Department of a Liverpool based container line and after a brief spell with a Ro/Ro Operator in London moved to Piraeus where he worked in the Operations Department of a charter operator. After two years in Greece he joined a ship management company with whom he spent 6 years in Bermuda and 6 years in the Isle of Man. He is experienced in the crew and commercial management of a varied fleet of bulk carriers, gas tankers and oil tankers.

He gained his Law degree as an external student with London University and on leaving ship management in 1991 spent 12 months at the Inns of Court School of Law. He joined what is now Davies Johnson as an employed Barrister and in 1994 sat the qualified lawyers transfer test and became a solicitor.

Charles Patterson : Solicitor – Legal Director

Charles Patterson

Solicitor – Legal Director

+44 (0)7843 280647

  • Experience: All classes of P&I / FDD, International Trade, Sale & Purchase, Marine Insurance
  • Education: BSc; PGDip Law; LPC
  • Admitted as Solicitor: 2003
  • Previously with: Square Rig and Superyachts Worldwide (1994-1999);

Having obtained a BSc (Hons) degree and worked on square rigged ships and superyachts for 5 years Charles took a degree in Law at the University of the West of England.

Charles is instructed by the major P&I Clubs and private shipping and trade companies. He has comprehensive experience of litigation (High Court and arbitration) in a wide variety of shipping and trade matters including: Charterparty disputes, Bills of Lading, International Commodity Trade, Commercial Agents, ship build, repair and yacht disputes.

Charles also has significant non-contentious experience in matters such as sale and purchase, storage and employment contracts.

Patrick Bond : Director - Head of Legal

Patrick Bond

Director - Head of Legal

+44 (0)7889 654576

After an active career in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Patrick spent several years in the offshore supply sector before qualifying as a solicitor with a major UK marine firm. He went on to join a leading marine mutual insurer. Patrick worked independently for ten years as as a claims and emergency response consultant to the marine industry, working on several major casualties and coordinating litigation defence worldwide . A marine solicitor for over twenty five years , he is also an accredited Mediator and Member of the Law Society and the Nautical Institute.

Simon Church : Solicitor

Simon Church


+44 (0)7919 576293

Simon is an experienced shipping and insurance litigator admitted in London and Hong Kong. Formerly employed as a solicitor with a well known & respected international marine law firm he handled a varied case-load of shipping matters, insurance, international sale of goods and professional indemnity litigation in London and Hong Kong. He also has extensive arbitration experience.
He was admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales in 1994 and as a Solicitor of Hong Kong in 1996. As well as his native English he also speaks conversational Mandarin Chinese; the result of spending a year studying at Beijing Normal University and a further year in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China.

Nico Saunders : Solicitor

Nico Saunders


+44 (0)7771 335 196

Nico works in our Plymouth office as a solicitor. Prior to joining he worked seven years  for a leading shipping and insurance law firm in London, where he handled a broad range of arbitration and court cases for international and domestic clients. During that time, Nico received instructions from P&I clubs, overseas lawyers and other shipping industry clients. Prior to that, Nico worked in Paris for 2 years at a law firm specialising in English shipping law.

Nico was admitted as a Solicitor of England & Wales in 2011, he is also a member of the French Maritime Law Association and speaks fluent French and conversational Spanish . In 2013, Nico attended the renowned Maritime Law Short Course at Southampton Institute of Maritime Law.

Iain Butterworth : Solicitor

Iain Butterworth


+44 (0)7508 986735

Iain, a former Chief Engineer in the Merchant Navy also qualified as a lawyer in 2003. His dual qualifications and extensive practical experience in both disciplines allow him to provide in-depth advice and guidance to clients from all sectors of the international marine industry. Iain undertakes a broad range of shipping related claims; including but not limited to marine casualty investigation, ship repair/machine damage disputes working for marine underwriters, ship- owners, charterers, ship building/repair companies etc.

Howard Quinlivan : Solicitor Advocate

Howard Quinlivan

Solicitor Advocate

+44 (0) 7827937270

Howard joined Thomas Miller Law in 2017. Admitted as a Solicitor (litigation) in 2008 and as a Solicitor Advocate (Civil Higher Rights Qualification) in 2010 following an Undergraduate degree in Law and a Masters Degree in E-commerce and International Banking Law.  He works mainly for IG P&I Clubs, marine insurers, ship owners, brokers, harbour authorities in respect of both international &  national commercial shipping, leisure yachting and fishing matters such as; Marine fatalities, Collisions, Pollution, Regulatory matters and HSE prosecutions, Personal Injury and Contract claims as well as acting in an advisory capacity to a number of fishing and maritime communities in respect of actions involving the MMO, MCA, MAIB, Defra and EA.   A keen sailor,  surfer &  volunteer crew for the Disabled Sailing Association. He has completed the RYA / MCA Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore (Theory) and New Entrant Fishing Qualifications, Safety at Sea and First Aid courses. He also attended the 41st International Maritime Law Short Course at Southampton University.

Alan Storey : Solicitor

Alan Storey


+44 (0)7920 846532

Alan qualified as a solicitor in 1992, and has specialised in complex injury and occupational illness litigation for over twenty years . Alan leads our occupational disease team as well as providing legal advice on employer, public,  travel liability claims and general commercial litigation. Prior to joining  the firm in 2015 he was employed  as a senior legal advisor for a leading world- wide provider of insurance services,  working as a member of  their  international marine claims team.

Karolina Bieganska : Solicitor

Karolina Bieganska


+44 (0)7787 697825

  • Experience: Deck cadet and navigating officer
  • Education:
    MA in Law, University of Bristol (2010-2012)
    BSc (Hons) Marine Studies (Merchant Shipping), qualified as Merchant Navy Deck Officer of the Watch Unlimited, University of Plymouth (2005-2009)
  • Previously with: Avon and Bristol Law Centre as an assistant caseworker
  • Ship Safe Training Group serving as a Deck Cadet on variety of cargo and passenger ships worldwide
  • Languages: Polish (native) German (basic)
Fiona Chapman : Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer

Fiona Chapman

Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer

+44 (0)7342 055310

Fiona is qualified as a Chartered legal executive lawyer . She specialises in Defendant litigation in relation to occupational disease and employer/public liability accident claims She has worked at several international law firms including an Anglo Scottish Defendant firm for clients including P&I clubs, ship-owners, corporate and insurance clients. Fiona is based in the firm's  Newcastle office.


Specialist Advisors

Adèle Warchester : Consultant Compliance Director

Adèle Warchester

Consultant Compliance Director

+44 (0)1752 226020

Adèle qualified as a solicitor in 1977 and brings with her a wealth of experience in risk and professional compliance.  As a former Managing Partner, she has, in the past, taken responsibility for quality, client care and business/risk management and now advises Davies Johnson on all these aspects.

She has lectured widely to the profession and is also a consultant for the Law Society's Risk and Compliance Service and a Lexcel accredited consultant.

She also advise firms on the optimum structure for their development and future growth and undertakes regulatory due diligence checks for those involved in the legal sector.

Liang Kay : Chinese Law Advisor

Liang Kay

Chinese Law Advisor

+44 (0)7796 940756

Liang gained a Masters Degree in Maritime Law from Dalian Maritime University and worked with a leading marine claims adjuster before moving to the United Kingdom.

After reading English Law at Northumbria University, Liang worked with a leading UK law firm before moving into marine insurance.

Liang is our principal advisor on Chinese Law, as well as assisting the legal team on marine matters.

Stephen Mooney : Director

Stephen Mooney


+44 (0)7543 301070

Stephen has over thirty years shipping experience which started in the dry bulk sector. Ten years ago he moved onto the commercial desk of a British shipowner dealing with a wide variety of matters including charter party, bill of lading and cargo issues. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in 2002 and more recently read for a degree in Maritime Law, followed by a Master's degree in International Trade Law at Northumbria University.

Guillermo Mendía : Spanish Law Adviser

Guillermo Mendía

Spanish Law Adviser

+44 (0)1661 864521

Guillermo holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Vigo and a Master in Maritime Law from the University of Southampton. Guillermo has worked as maritime lawyer at one the most important Spanish law firms specialised in the matter and as legal advisor of the Spanish Shipowners Association. Guillermo speaks Spanish and English.

Alexis Cahalan : Australian Law Advisor

Alexis Cahalan

Australian Law Advisor

+44 (0)1752 226020

Alexis has been a shipping and transport lawyer since 1987, and is qualified in both Australia and England. After several years with Australia’s two leading maritime and transport law firms, reaching partnership level, Alexis has worked as in-house counsel for international offshore resources, marine insurance and engineering companies.


Finance and Administration

Stephen Armstrong : Financial Controller

Stephen Armstrong

Financial Controller

+44 (0)1661 864 521

Stephen qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2009. After working in a leading Newcastle accountancy practice, Stephen joined Davies Johnson in 2017.

Sue Rowley : Practice Manager

Sue Rowley

Practice Manager

+44 (0)1752 226020

Katherine Pulley : Administrator

Katherine Pulley


+44 (0)1752 226020

Kathy Lingard : Administrator

Kathy Lingard


+44 (0)1752 226020