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CTRL Marine Solutions

CTRL Marine Solutions Ltd is a law firm and marine consultancy which provides claims, technical, risk and legal services at favourable rates and on flexible terms.

We are an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) which is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and is wholly owned by the Shipowners P&I Club.  Our clients include both members and non members of the Shipowners Club.  We act for them whether or not their claims are covered by insurance.

Claims & Legal services include a full claims handling service, legal representation and advice on a wide range of shipping and commercial disputes including cargo claims, offshore disputes, charterparty disputes, ship sale and purchase disputes, personal injury, debt recovery, drafting and negotiation of contracts and in-depth contract reviews.

Our Claims & Legal team is led by Helen McCormick. Helen joined CTRL from a leading international shipping firm. After qualifying as a solicitor in 2008, Helen has specialised in shipping litigation, particularly disputes involving charterparties, cargo, shipbuilding contracts and MOAs. Helen is an experienced handler of London arbitrations, mediations and High Court litigation.

Personal injury claims are dealt with by Jane Ward. Jane has many years of experience as a personal injury solicitor in the maritime sector. She was a founding partner of specialist marine firm Davies Johnson & Co and its managing partner for 16 years, and undertakes primarily defendant personal injury work.

The rising cost and complexity of legal disputes means that in-house legal departments are overburdened and those without in-house expertise are forced to seek ever more costly external assistance. At CTRL, we recognise these difficulties and can offer claims and legal services at favourable rates.

We also understand the difficulties with keeping abreast of ever-changing marine regulations, especially when in-house technical teams are already over-stretched. In recognition of these challenges CTRL offers bespoke technical and risk services, allowing you to concentrate on the day to day running of your core business.  These include practical technical advice, development of safety management systems and secret shopper assessments.  Tech & Risk services are provided by Louise Hall, who is also Loss Prevention Director at the Shipowners P&I Club.




Back in 2008, the average age profile of the workforce at Cammell Laird was 47; so we recognised the need to address a potential skills gap up ahead. As a result of close collaboration with Mersey Maritime we‘ve committed to a long-term training programme that has seen our apprentice numbers rise from zero to more than 100. It’s put us in a much stronger position. We’re in better shape to plan for growth, we’re fulfilling a commitment to provide jobs for young people in this region and we’re revitalising the way we run our business.
John Syvret, CEO, Cammell Laird Group
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Jamie Gray, Associate Director, Royal HaskoningDHV
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John Bean, Managing Director, Geo Data Systems
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Tom Coyle, Managing Director, DT Engineering Limited
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