Ken Norman

I am sorry to report that Ken Norman died peacefully in his sleep on 17th April 2019.   Ken had joined us in 2001 upon his retirement from the West of England where he had spent his entire working life; starting in the post room and ending as a senior manager....

Changes in the MECO Claims Department

Richard Bokszczanin our Claims Director retired on 28 March 2019. Over the last few years under Richards guidance MECO have invested heavily in our claims team and by scale of operation we have one of the most well-resourced claims teams operating in the market today....

Our Friend Alex South

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of our friend Alex South. Alex worked in the Lloyds market, initially with QBE and latterly with the Munich Re Syndicate, we had an association with him throughout his career. Alex came from P&I stock, his...

Richard Bokszczanin – Retirement

A personal note from  Chris Else, CEO of MECO Group   Friday 29 March marked Richard Bokszczanin’s last day at the MECO Group. I well remember his first, but that was over 20 years ago. I could roll out the usual platitudes and clichéd statements about a...

Resolution procedures

Stephen Mann talks about how True North can help shipping clients maximise the recovery of small claims when considering new charter fixtures.


The grounding of the CMA CGM Libra container vessel and the Admiralty court’s ruling based around the unseaworthiness defence to the General Average claim.

The Pacific Voyager

An important judgement is handed down by the Court of Appeal in the case of the Pacific Voyager, and why this case is of particular interest to Charterers.

Four Island tanker case

Chris Ward discusses the latest ruling by the English High Court regarding the Four Island tanker arbitration. He believes that common sense has finally prevailed.

Sanctions and Venezuela

In late January 2019 the US Government strengthened sanctions against Venezuela; this followed disputed elections in the country where the opposition party was thought to have won a majority, but the incumbent party did not relinquish power. The following outlines the...

The Shanghai Office

Ashley Xu from the Shanghai office talks about the territories they cover, and also the Truth North brand that offers legal consultancy services to the marine sector.

The Shanghai Office (in Chinese)

Ashley Xu 介绍了上海办公室的服务范围和价值理念,她同时介绍了公司针对各类海商法律纠纷,提供法律咨询、法律意见和仲裁服务的True North品牌。