Suzanne Byrne is the Club’s Group Head of Claims. She
joined the West of England in 1993 after qualifying as a barrister in 1991 and
practising criminal law. Suzanne worked in the European/Eastern European
syndicate for both P&I and FD&D claims, and in 1997 she transferred to
the North/South American syndicate, where she also handled US Jones Act and
cruise/passenger claims. In 2007 Suzanne left the Club to be in-house
Counsel/Risk Manager at a shipowner where she was responsible for all
insurances and claims matters, including management of a Class 2 Captive, sale
and purchase of vessels, and drafting and reviewing commercial contracts.
Suzanne re-joined the Club in 2015 and in addition to having overall
responsibility for claims worldwide, she also sits on the BIMCO Documentary
Committee and the IG committee for Salvage.