Letter to the Clerk of the Committee from
the Admiralty Solicitors' Group (FUS 33)
THE FUTURE OF THE UK SHIPPING INDUSTRY
I write as Chairman of the Admiralty Solicitors'
Group, an informal grouping of the leading 22 solicitors' firms
specialising in admiralty work. Each of the firms, who are listed
on the attached schedule,
deals both with admiralty and with general maritime litigation.
Whether in court or in arbitration, solicitors rely upon expert
witnesses who are familiar with navigation, engineering and other
maritime specialities. The reduction of the UK fleet over the
years has meant that the number of these experts has steadily
diminished. We therefore support any policy, which would increase
the present level of employment of UK seafarers.
The second point that I would like to make on
behalf of all these firms is that we fully support any policy
which will sustain and develop onshore shipping services in the
UK. As British Invisibles have stated in their most recent report,
the contribution to UK exports from the insurance, legal, shipbroking,
banking and maritime consultancy fields is significant. Government
awareness of the importance of these areas, and Government support
and promotion, will we believe greatly help towards the continued
success of this sector.
Richard J Sayer
22 December 1998
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