Alastair J. Coles
Alastair has been involved in insurance claims throughout his career, starting in the provincial office of a mutual insurer, NFU Mutual in 1971, before becoming the deputy claims manager of a Lloyd’s insurance broker who, at that time, were nominated brokers for the Road Haulage Association.
From there, he moved to an international firm of chartered loss adjusters, Toplis & Harding, where he learned how to investigate and report on a wide variety of mainly non-marine commercial fire, CAR and liability losses. In 1994, he set up his own loss adjusting practice specialising in marine cargo and transit risks, where he remained until 2005 when he joined Amlin Transit (Syndicate 2001) as their resident marine adjuster, dealing with a variety of property and liability claims arising from marine cargo and freight liability insurances underwritten by them.
In 2009 Alastair moved to Brit Syndicate (2987) where he handled and adjusted worldwide claims falling under marine cargo, freight liability, plant & machinery and ports & terminals policies underwritten by them.
He has acted as an expert witness in the High Court on marine cargo and goods in transit disputes. In addition to this he is also a co-author of the Cargo and Goods in Transit text book as well as a Fellow of and an examiner for the Chartered Insurance Institute, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters, a Fellow of the International Federation of Adjusting Associations and a member of the European Federation of Loss Adjusting Experts.
We are delighted that Alastair has joined the EC3 Marine team as our in house chartered claims adjuster.