Welcome to the Intermediary, in this the Club’s 75th year. This is the first of the new-look annual editions which is also the first to be published in both hard copy and electronically (on the Club's website)
There is a lot to report in this issue. Debt collection was the subject of our interview in the last issue of the Intermediary and this year we have the benefit of advice from Mike Hawkins of Signum, the Club's private investigators. Fraud will always be an issue and we bring to Members attention recent attempts to secure illegal entry visas to the USA. The law affecting shipbroking commission will shortly be more fundamentally changed than at any time during the last 150 years. These changes will enable us to provide a more effective service to those Members who ask us to recover unpaid commission. We hope that you will find the articles both informative and interesting.