Directors

Our directors are drawn from a range of backgrounds, all of whom have developed their careers over many years – progressing through the ranks and taking their knowledge into different areas of the business.

Andrew Bass

Managing Director

Email: andybass@pequodassociates.com
Direct Dial: +44 (0)20 7953 8430
Mobile: +44 (0)7714 340046
Location: London

Andy is a founder and managing director of Pequod. He has over 30 years experience in both prosecuting and defending maritime claims having worked at Lloyd’s of London, GARD P&I Club and latterly in the subrogation arena. He has considerable experience in dealing with a wide range of challenging issues, including cargo claims, salvage and GA, pollution, crew and stowaway issues, and ports & terminals disputes.
Over the years he has worked closely with a number of global trading groups and has particular knowledge of recovering on commodity claims ranging from bulk foodstuffs, through oil and chemicals, steel and project cargo.

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Andy Hearn

Chief Operating Officer

Email: andyhearn@pequodassociates.com
Direct Dial: +44 (0) 20 7953 7733
Mobile: +44 (0) 7711 066889
Location: London

Andy has worked as an agent with hundreds of insurers and has particular expertise in the account management of global cargo programmes.
As Chief Operating Officer for the Pequod Group, he has overall responsibility for the daily operation of the company.
Andy has worked as an agent with hundreds of different insurers globally and has particular expertise in account managing TPA programmes for global cargo accounts and has travelled extensively, in close liaison with insurers, brokers and assureds, in the development of various client based online claims systems.

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Andrew Fairfield

Director

Email: andyfairfield@pequodassociates.com
Direct Dial: +44 (0)20 7953 8492
Mobile: +44 (0)7900 210238
Location: London

Andrew has 40 years experience in the shipping business, starting with a seafaring career; sailing as 3rd - Chief Officer on both foreign going and short sea vessels; with experience on; tankers, general cargo, reefers and bulkers. Following completion of a Maritime Studies degree, he joined Steamship Mutual P&I Club and then the Ocean Marine, where he was a Syndicate Head and Director. After consulting at leading international lawfirm, Norton Rose, he became the P&I claims manager at Markel Syndicate 329 (J. L. Jones & Others) fixed premium P&I facility at Lloyd's.

Andrew's speciality is marine liability claims; H&M, P&I, FD&D and related matters, with particular emphasis on collision, GA, marine cargo and marine liability policy disputes. He has spoken at seminars in London, Singapore, Turkey and the Philippines on marine liability claims and recoveries. His clients include; Lloyd’s Syndicates, H&M insurers, P&I Clubs and fixed premium P&I insurers, Shipowners and Charterers.

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David Green

Director - Recoveries

Email: davidgreen@pequodassociates.com
Direct Dial: +44 (0)20 7953 8475
Mobile: +44 (0)7792 804063
Location: London

David has worked in the recoveries business since 1986, rising to senior roles at both Willis and a leading London recovery agent, before becoming a co-founder of Pequod. He has experience in all facets of recovery work whether marine, haulage, airfreight or warehousing.
His depth of understanding and knowledge of application of various international conventions, including the Hague-Visby Rules, Warsaw Convention (and all subsequent protocols) and CMR, makes him a leader in his field.

This expertise has served a number of major underwriting and broking clients in London, Continental Europe, Japan, South East Asia and Africa. His expertise encompasses recoveries on steel, reefer goods, bulk and break bulk foodstuffs and much more.

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John Clark

Director

Email: johnclark@pequodassociates.com
Direct Dial: +44 (0) 20 7953 7905
Mobile: +44 (0) 7970 823 589
Location: London

John has over 20 years experience in the London Insurance Market. After obtaining a degree in Marine Business with Maritime Law from the University of Plymouth, John gained experience at a Marine Insurance broking firm specialising in cargo and liability defence claims for freight companies carrying under CMR/RHA/UKWA and BIFA terms. John subsequently worked for a leading London recovery agent for approximately 10 years, dealing with complex subrogation recovery issues for the Lloyd’s and IUA (International Underwriters Association) markets prior to joining Pequod Associates in August 2006. He has extensive knowledge of the various international conventions and domestic legislation in relation to the carriage of goods by air, sea and road, including Hague-Visby Rules, CMR, Warsaw Convention and USCOGSA. John has broad experience of subrogation claims for all types of cargo.

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Rob Sweeting

Director

Email: robsweeting@pequodassociates.com
Direct Dial: +44 (0)20 7953 8468
Mobile: +44 (0)7799 158432
Location: London

Rob has worked in the marine insurance field since 1989 having started work as a marine claims adjuster for a global claims and recovery agent and then transferred to their casualty department dealing with GA and Salvage claims. In 1992 he moved to GARD P&I, London as a case handler dealing with all aspects of P&I claims worldwide. After 10 years at GARD P&I, Rob joined a London based recovery agent before then moving to Xchanging Claims Services in 2007 handling recoveries for the Lloyd’s and IUA (International Underwriters Association) markets. He joined the team at Pequod Associates in 2008 and handles all types of recovery claims arising throughout the world, but with a focus on maritime losses, collisions, dock damage, GA and salvage claims.
Rob completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law from Lloyd’s Maritime Academy / London University in 2009.

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David Clark

Director

Email: davidclark@pequodassociates.com
Direct Dial: +44 (0)20 7953 7988
Mobile: +44 (0) 7710 541556
Location: London

David qualified as a solicitor in the 1990s. As a result of having previously worked as in-house counsel for one of the largest independent oil traders, he now specializes in petroleum shipping and trading claims. He also handles cargo recovery claims involving both petroleum and other commodities, as well as port and terminal disputes.

Besides acting for the cargo insurance market, his clients include refiners, oil traders and oil majors whom he assists with their sale contract and charter party disputes (principally demurrage and additional freight claims). He also provides guidance on the drafting of tanker charter party additional terms.

David is a regular speaker on matters such as laytime and demurrage, interim port and STS clauses, petroleum loss and sale contract terms. David is a fluent French speaker.

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