Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


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,[83] 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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