The Association of Average Adjusters champions professional standards in ‘extraordinary year’

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Attendees at the recent Association of Average Adjusters AGM, heard this over-riding message from its chairman Michiel Starmans: “The association has continued vigorously to serve the marine market and support its members professionally in the face of a most extraordinary year with the pandemic putting nearly all association events on hold.”

He added: “The committee of management has continued to undertake the day-to-day business via virtual meetings hosted on Zoom. Although not as pleasant as meeting up in person, it has at least allowed us to all see each other and discuss ongoing matters.”

Other things discussed related to the Association’s representative on the Lloyd’s Salvage Group, Amy O’Neill, who was among signatories of a letter from the Group objecting to plans by Lloyd’s to phase out the Lloyd’s Salvage Arbitration Branch (LSAB). The letter insisted that the role of the LSAB was crucial to the independence and integrity of the Lloyd’s Open Form salvage contract, to ensure prompt provision of security, appointment of arbitrators, enforcement of awards and distribution of reports.

During the AGM Mr Starmans also said: “The level of organisation of the AAA examinations remains one of the pillars of strength of our association within the marine insurance market. That did not change during the Covid crisis.”

Mr Starman also thanked Mr Fisher, who had agreed to continue as the association’s vice-chairman, for his support and Mr Cornah, for producing a special of annual report commemorating the Association’s 150 years, greeted by messages of congratulation from marine and legal interests from around the world.
Further details of the discussion can be found at