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Claire Womersley

Partner and Master Mariner

Claire's practice encompasses all aspects of crisis response and ensuing "wet" litigation arising from marine casualties, including jurisdiction, limitation and apportionment of liability, with a particular focus on collisions, groundings and salvage. She also advises shipowners and financial institutions on their emergency response procedures for physical trading, including planning and conducting table-top exercises.

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Claire's practice encompasses all aspects of crisis response and ensuing "wet" litigation arising from marine casualties, including jurisdiction, limitation and apportionment of liability, with a particular focus on collisions, groundings and salvage. She also advises shipowners and financial institutions on their emergency response procedures for physical trading, including planning and conducting table-top exercises.

Claire has supported clients with large scale casualty management for a number of the firm's high profile cases, particularly those involving mass fatalities and natural disasters.

As one of the firm's casualty investigators, Claire regularly travels overseas to attend vessels/companies in the immediate aftermath of an incident to collect evidence and provide logistical support.

Prior to joining the firm, Claire spent nine years at sea with P&O/Princess Cruises, obtaining her Master Mariner qualification. As such, Claire is a subject matter expert on the navigation, stability and safety management of large cruise vessels and is a core member of HFW's Travel and Leisure Team. She has also completed a secondment to an International Group P&I Club.

London

Friary Court
65 Crutched Friars
London EC3N 2AE
United Kingdom

Office Telephone: +44 (0)20 7264 8000
Office Fax: +44 (0)20 7264 8888

Direct Dial (London): +44 (0)20 7264 8023

Mobile: +44 (0)7766 741307

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