Group Board

Group Board & Company Structure

The W.E. Cox Claims Group remains 100% family owned, and despite the growth since it’s humble beginning, retains a small but strong Group Board; assisted by Directors of the individual Group companies:

David Cox
Chairman W.E. Cox Claims Group

David joined the Group in March 1981 having previously worked in the Underwriting room at Lloyd’s of London for 2 years working on Beckett’s box, syndicate 483.

David has always worked in the recoveries division of the Group, negotiating claims with opponents both in “face to face” meetings and in correspondence using his knowledge and experience to try and secure the highest possible recovery from responsible third parties on behalf of cargo owners/insurers.

In addition to managing a full case load for the past 35 years, building on the solid foundations laid by his Father, W. E. Cox, the founder of the company, David has actively been involved in expanding and diversifying both the services offered by the Group, to provide knowledge, expertise and assistance in all matters relating to cargo/marine insurance and opening offices manned by their own expert staff in strategic parts of the world including, Hong Kong, Singapore, mainland Europe, Australia and the U.S.A.

David has been at the “helm” since his father’s retirement in 1998 and thoroughly enjoys the challenge of jointly managing the business with his son Michael, maintaining a case load and continuing to travel around the world to maintain and establish new relationships with clients and opponents around the world.

Michael Cox
Managing Director

Michael joined W.E. Cox & Co. (Recoveries) Ltd in 2003 and is now Managing Director of W.E. Cox Claims Group Limited.

Michael has extensive knowledge of all cargo matters and the various national and international conventions covering movements by sea, air, road and rail, working on behalf of Insurers and brokers, as well as directly on behalf of large cargo owners. Michael is a confident negotiator and regularly attends settlement meetings with Carriers/P&I Clubs whilst also assisting clients with contract negotiations, loss control and data capture.

Michael travels extensively around world to meet the needs of international clients whilst maintaining a significant presence in the London Market.

Sue Smith
Group Director

Sue joined PCL Claims Ltd in August 2014 and is now Group Director of W E Cox Claims Group Limited.

Having spent 31 years working in the marine insurance industry, Sue is recognised as being a leading expert in the field of Marine Cargo and Freight Liability, handling all types of claims across all modes of transport.

Over the years, having dealt with many varied, high profile and complex cases, Sue has built up an extensive knowledge of international transport and cargo, as well as a sound understanding of the many varied international legal conventions which apply. She has participated in Arbitrations, Mediation’s and court cases requiring litigation overseas and in the UK. Sue has extensive knowledge of the UK and European Insurance market resulting in strong client relationships throughout.

In addition to her claims expertise, Sue has knowledge in subrogation, General Average and Salvage, marine policy consideration and technical auditing.

Sue provides support and assistance in the managing of the business to meet our clients needs.

Della Watts
Company Secretary

Della joined the W.E. Cox Claims Group in 2015 having previously worked in the Accounts team of an International Training Company and has shown great ability and leadership of the Accounts and Administration team.

Della continues to study to develop her skills and is now in charge of the Accounts Team globally whilst also reporting directly to the Board of Directors in relation to high level and confidential information.

The W.E. Cox Claims Group continues to be considered as one of the leading claims providers in the marine Insurance industry, resulting in continued growth.

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