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Commercial litigation: Cambridge

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  1. Commercial litigation: Cambridge
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

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Birketts LLP¬†provides 'very pragmatic service, giving the best advice for clients, promptly with honest advice and sensible fees'. The firm has established itself as one of the leading litigation practices in Cambridge with a talented team that acts not only for some of the biggest regional clients, but also handles a growing stream of cases with international aspects. Practice head¬†Laurence Weeks¬†'always gives the best advice' and has a broad-ranging practice that includes cases involving fraud, banking, defamation and contract law. Senior associate Maria Peyman¬†¬†devotes much of her practice to contentious intellectual property matters, but her commercial litigation practice also encompasses¬†software disputes and breach of data protection rule claims. Also recommended is associate¬†Naomi Westcott¬†who worked with Weeks on a complex High Court fraud case for Powerscourt Services Limited, which included freezing orders, injunctions and strike-out applications. The case was successfully settled. They also worked together on a ¬£600,000 claim brought by¬†Roundshield Partners Limited concerning¬†deal fees for financing transactions. Harsco Metals, Wybract Limited and Just Recruitment are also among the firm's clients.  

Mills & Reeve LLP 'offers an excellent service to clients in commercial litigation matters, which are handled robustly on clients' behalf and the issues are always well thought through', says one barrister who notes that 'the calibre of the lawyers is high and they are always a pleasure to be instructed by'. Jamie Wheatley leads the practice and has 'a strong intellect coupled with sound commercial judgement, and he appears popular with clients and a real pleasure to work with'. The firm's other stars include Gary Attle who focuses on public law and clients note his 'exceptional experience and wisdom' adding that he is 'a delight to work with'; associate Lino Di Lorenzo , who handles corporate recovery and general commercial litigation, is 'incredibly capable, definitely one to watch for the future; his analysis is impressive and he provides clear, intelligible and practical advice'; 'capable litigator' and principal associate Douglas McDonald ; and principal associate Alison Garrett , who is known for 'strong commercial guidance during settlement negotiations'. Di Lorenzo helped Wheatley and principal associate Helen Prandy pursue a $7.6m breach of contract and misrepresentation claim for client 1st Class Legal Limited in Chicago, US. Another highlight saw Duncan Astill handle a £3m dispute for NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group. Consultant and head of the North America desk Graeme Menzies  is also recommended. Monika Sobiecki moved to Dentons.

At¬†Taylor Vinters¬†‚Äėvalue for money is strong and response times in litigation are good'.¬†Clients regard the practice as 'professional, responsive, effective and good value for money'. The firm's focus on entrepreneurial clients sees it frequently act for international technology companies, and its office in Singapore is generating a growing caseload from clients with business interests Asia. The litigation practice also has a large rural client base that includes some of the UK's largest agricultural businesses, and it also handles contentious matters for many Cambridge colleges. Practice heads¬†Luke Hibbert¬†is a highly regarded litigator with a caseload that encompasses regional, national and international matters involving companies in the technology sector. Highlights for partner¬†Gareth Dickson¬†included the defence of a $2m breach of contract claim brought by a multinational retailer against a Singapore-based¬†retail solutions technology business.¬†The firm's rising star associates include the 'responsive and business-minded'¬†Victoria Sandell¬†and the ‚Äėvery attentive and always helpful'¬†Beth Price.¬†Clients also praise 'client-friendly, realistic'¬†associate¬†Jonathan Davies¬†as 'a good communicator and an effective litigator with a¬†good appreciation for "the possible‚ÄĚ in litigation and a sensible approach to getting the best deal for a client'. A barrister notes that¬†'his candour is impressive, and I admire his ability to be frank with clients about not only the legal strengths and weaknesses of a case, but also the commercial realities'. Merz Pharma, Jockey Club Estates and¬†Speciality Produce Limited are among the firm's clients.

The litigation practice at Ashtons Legal is 'highly experienced and client-focused'. Practice head Michael Frape is described as 'a pragmatic and experienced solicitor who is not afraid to tell the client how it is'. One barrister notes that he is 'a tenacious litigator, robust in opposition and realistic in advice'. The Cambridge office plays a central role in a dispute resolution practice that works as a single team across the firm's many regional offices, and which is highly respected for its work in contract and partnership disputes and contentious financial services matters. Frape, who is a qualified mediator, specialises in complex and high-value commercial disputes for clients ranging from public companies to private individuals, with a particular focus on shareholder disputes and directors’ duties, as well as a strong practice for warranty claims, partnership disputes, contractual claims, and professional negligence. He recently handled a shareholder dispute involving a mobile phone advertising company, and assisted a company in its pursuit of a claim against an external adviser concerning fees.

Hewitsons is 'an excellent firm with a very pragmatic and effective approach to litigation'. 'It ranks high amongst provincial firms of a similar size and nature, offering a full range of services, whilst retaining an individual and responsive approach to clients' remarks one barrister. Simon Biggin, whose litigation experience spans more than 30 years, and senior solicitor Stewart Morrison are 'skilled litigators who are delightful to work with and have sound tactical judgment; they are very approachable and remain calm under pressure'. The dispute resolution practice not only has a long-standing reputation in the Cambridge market, but also acts for clients from across the UK and in Europe, Africa, Israel and the US. A key highlight for Biggin and Morrison was their work for a landed estate in a judicial review test case concerning a decision of the Secretary of State for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs relating to a substantial penalty imposed for alleged breaches of the Cross Compliance Requirements of the Common Agricultural Policy. They also handled a complex dispute for a farming partnership arising from the importation of vegetable plants into the United Kingdom from Holland.

Howes Percival LLP recruited a new litigation partner to build up its commercial litigation offering in Cambridge. Michael Green, who was previously head of the London disputes team and national head of restructuring and insolvency at Weightmans LLP, has more than 20 years' experience in commercial disputes. His practice has an emphasis on company and shareholder disputes, warranty claims, partnership advice, restraint of trade matters, technology claims and contract disputes, alongside his insolvency litigation work. His growing caseload included acting for motor industry franchise Bowker BMW in a £1.4m compensation claim against against a utility company arising from statutory works. He is currently advising Frampton Worldwide Ltd on a £500,000 technology claim against a large bakery customer relating to the design, manufacture and supply of an industrial food line.

At Tees Law, 'the commercial litigation team is comprehensively excellent', according to one barrister who adds that 'the lawyers' instructions are always precise and thorough, and they provide counsel with a complete and proper understanding of the case; their conduct is always highly professional and measured'. Senior associate Sara Stabler leads the team and she 'always impresses with her understanding of a case, and her judgment on litigation strategy is stellar'. One client remarks that she is 'extremely knowledgeable, thorough, timely, efficient and courteous; I would also highlight her tenacity'. Stabler has 20 years' experience in commercial litigation and her caseload includes complex contract disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, alongside her contentious trusts and probate practice. A recent contract dispute involved a client who had purchased an historic racing car from an estate, with a connected contract with a mechanic to rebuild the vehicle but who did not complete the work satisfactorily.

Woodfines LLP¬†is recommended by clients for ‚Äėthe breadth of its team, response times, commercial awareness and expertise‚Äė. Newly promoted partner Maria Koureas-Jones, who moved to Cambridge from the firm's Bedford office, is ‚Äėvery positive in her approach‚Äė and is the new head of commercial litigation for East Anglia. She is praised for being 'great with clients; sensible but tough when needed' and leads a team of three fee earners. She is regularly instructed by a company in the storage industry to handle disputes involving High Court Enforcement Officer or bailiffs, and she is currently pursuing a cross-border claim for a client who lost money to potentially fraudulent investment advisors.


Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia

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  1. Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

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'A pragmatic firm with a willingness to help' is how one client describes Ashtons Legal in Bury St Edmunds. The office plays a key role in the broader litigation practice that acts as a single unit across the firm's many regional offices. Mark Merriam is the key contact and has more than 30 years' experience in commercial disputes. He recently acted for a company in the defence of a breach of contract claim in which the plaintiff sought substantial damages. He also advised a long-standing corporate client in a high-value claim relating to a share purchase agreement. Associate Annabel Mayer leads a niche practice that handles contentious matters on behalf of the owners and operators of care homes, which includes numerous instructions relating to regulatory compliance issues. Her recent work includes a high-value breach of contract claim, and a case arising from the transfer of company shares.

Buckles Solicitors LLP has one of the most highly respected litigation practices in Peterborough, but through its office in London and its relationship with Paris and Milan-based firm CastaldiPartners it has a growing caseload of work for clients with national and international disputes, which complement its work for SME clients in East Anglia. Leading light and practice head James Maxey is a solicitor advocate and CEDR-accredited mediator who specialises in company and partnership disputes, breach of commercial trading agreements, claims arising out of corporate warranties, shareholder disputes and breach of director’s duties matters. Last year, he represented a client in the transport sector in a high-value claim arising from the purchase of equipment that was deemed not fit for purpose. Alejandro Verdu de Haro, who is dual-qualified in both English and Spanish law, has been practising in the UK for more than ten years. He acts for British clients with interests in Spain and for Spanish banks, companies and individuals in enforcement proceedings in the UK. Senior associate Nick Porter, who focuses mainly on insolvency disputes, is also recommended for general commercial litigation.

The litigation practice at Greene & Greene is 'very good, very effective and good value for money'. The firm has a 125-year history and remains one of the market leaders in Bury St Edmunds for advice to companies and high-net-worth individuals. It has a large and diverse client base of  large and small businesses across a range of industry sectors, for which it handles disputes both nationally and internationally. Practice head Michael Batty  has 'a good manner and is an astute and effective mediator and negotiator'. He recently defended shareholders who had sold their company against a multimillion-pound warranty claim brought by the purchaser. He also acted for a home improvement company in a high-value case concerning the supply of allegedly defective materials to a property developer. The firm recently hired Rob Adam from Ashtons Legal, who has a reputation as one of the regions big-hitters and has a broad practice that encompasses  commercial litigation, contentious trusts and probate claims, insolvency litigation, claims against professionals and property disputes. Experienced solicitor Andrea Nicholls  is also recommended for commercial litigation.

Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough is known for 'good responses and clear knowledge of English Law in relation to litigation', according to one client. The firm handles a large caseload of regional work as well as a growing number of high-calibre cross-border matters. 'First-class dispute-resolution lawyer' Greenwoods GRM leads the litigation practice and works across the firm's network of offices in London, Peterborough and Cambridge. In Peterborough, the firm has strong associates in Adele Whaley, who has ten years' experience in commercial disputes, and Jamie McConnell, who regularly handles cases for clients in the financial services sector. The practice's varied workload from 2017 includes cases in sectors such as financial services, food, marine, insurance and property. McConnell handled a £2m claim for the purchaser of marine assets which focused on unpaid royalties. Whaley acted for a company seeking £800,000 in unpaid invoices, which subsequently involved defending a counterclaim for alleged defects in equipment sold to a customer in the US.

Hunt & Coombs LLP has a highly experienced litigator in legal executive Lesley Milne who leads the commercial litigation team and has 'vast dispute resolution experience that enables her to put clients at their ease; she never loses sight of the commercial realities of a dispute and the outcomes her clients desire'. Milne and personal injury partner Naina Tilney recently acted for a client who alleged that overseas companies had failed to honour contracts under a distribution agreement for the supply of heavy equipment. The same team also acted for a company director and shareholder in a claim concerning prejudicial treatment by other board members that resulted in a winding up order being issued. The case was settled favourable at mediation. Former in-house barrister Davide Corbino joined Chambers of Paul Hollow in Cambridge.

Hegarty LLP in Peterborough has a strong dispute resolution practice that provides litigation and mediation services to a both regional and national clients. Matthew Sidebottom leads the family, dispute resolution and criminal practices and has more than 30 years' experience. His broad commercial litigation practice includes a niche in contentious agricultural matters. Kally Singh's practice encompasses contentious contract disputes and business matters, partnership disputes, injunctions and IT litigation. Andrew Hornsby is also recommended.

Shears Law is a relatively young firm, having been founded in 2013, that provides advisory and advocacy services in the field of business disputes. Its work encompasses claims arising from commercial contracts, debt recovery, corporate insolvency and cross-border matters. The firm is best known for its work in the recruitment sector, and in matters relating to confidentiality and restrictive covenants. Principal Richard Shears recently pursued a claim on behalf of an employment agency to enforce a non-solicitation provision against a defendant surveying company. The case was settled before trial. SThree plc, Roc Search Limited, NonStop Recruitment Limited and Hydrogen Group Limited are among his clients.


Commercial litigation: Ipswich

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  1. Commercial litigation: Ipswich
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

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Birketts LLP¬†‚Äėprovides timely and commercially astute advice that responds to the direction that we want to pursue with the litigation‚Äė, remarks one client. ‚ÄėPragmatic, experienced and logical‚Äė practice head Matthew Atkins¬†is ‚Äėa highly skilled lawyer who is able to quickly cut to the pertinent issues, and his advice is always delivered with an appropriate sense of humour‚Äė. The practice handles a broad range of¬†matters including tortious and contractual claims, commercial fraud, shareholder disputes, breach of restrictive covenant agreements, partnership disputes and claims arising from sale and purchase of companies. Associate Emma Albins¬†is an experienced litigator and advocate who handles both litigation and ADR. The firm's stellar client base of local businesses includes Greene King Plc, Archant Community Media Limited and Forfarmers UK Limited.

The dispute resolution practice at Gotelee Solicitors  has a highly respected practice for commercial contract and partnership disputes, and judicial reviews as well as contentious matters arising from online trading and data protection issues. It also has niched expertise in the litigation in the transport sector thanks to the vastly experienced Howard Catherall, who also handles a wider portfolio of high-value commercial disputes, some of which are cross-border in nature. The practice is led by Victoria Spellman, whose excels in matters relating to the technology sector, including e-commerce, and is a recognised expert in data protection law. Legal executive Laura Reed also plays a key role in the firm's commercial litigation and debt recovery practice. The firm recently acted for overseas investors in a group action claim for mis-selling against parties in England and France.

At Blocks¬†‚Äėthe level of service is first class and, compared to other companies, excellent value for money‚Äô, according to one client. Practice head Graham Mead¬†has ‚Äėa straightforward and realistic approach at all times; he¬†acts quickly, tells you what you need to know, and remains calm and calculated at all times'. Mead is a solicitor advocate with more than 20 years' experience in dispute resolution, including complex breach of contract claims. He recently represented client in a dispute with a contractor over expensive house renovations, obtaining full recission against the contractor.

Kerseys Solicitors has a highly experienced head of dispute resolution in veteran litigator Anthony Wooding who has more than 20 years’ experience in commercial litigation. Associate Ross Burkitt left the litigation team to focus on private client work, but the arrival of Kate Barnes from Bates Wells & Braithwaite added experience in a diverse range of claims in venues from the Small Claims Court to the Court of Appeal. She brought with her a loyal client base from North Essex and Suffolk. Since her arrival she has handled a range of work including a contractual dispute concerning building works, and a dispute arising from over-payment of fees by a commercial client.

Prettys Solicitors LLP has a highly experienced practice head in partner Peter Blake, who has more than 30 years' experience in both domestic and international litigation as well as arbitration. Consultant Roland Sharp, who also has more than 30 years' experience in dispute resolution, is also recommended for shareholder and company disputes, warranty claims and cases involving financial products. His recent work highlights include acting for a large provider of care homes and medical treatment centres in a compensation claim relating to contracts with advertisers that had an unfavourable impact on the client's reputation. The case was successfully settled after complex negotiations. Associate Ian Seeley moved to Ellisons Solicitors, but the firm recruited solicitor Michael Booth to help with the growing caseload.


Commercial litigation: Norwich

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  1. Commercial litigation: Norwich
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

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Mills & Reeve LLP is 'excellent, it is in the top tier of firms in the region', according to one barrister. One client reports 'an excellent level of service, pragmatic and helpful advice, and excellent value for money'. 'Very high-class litigator' and head of dispute resolution Rachel Higgs is 'highly experienced and competent, and gives very direct and realistic advice to clients; she is user-friendly and has superb judgment'. She recently acted for litigation funder 1st Class Legal Limited, which is now in liquidation, in an $7.6m action proceeding in Chicago, US, for breach of contract and misrepresentation. The claim was successfully settled. Another highlight from 2017 was her work for The One Group, which was threatened with injunctive proceedings by a competitor, Brand Recruitment Limited, following the loss of four its employees to the client. The acrimonious dispute was successfully settled, with no proceedings for breach of covenant and breach of confidentiality pursued. Higgs and experienced associate Jenny Williams also acted for Able UK Limited and NWG UK Limited, and their shareholders, in a £46m claim against a firm of accountants. Senior associate Harriet Wells, who has specialised in commercial dispute resolution since 1980, is also recommended.

Birketts LLP's pre-eminent litigation practice in Norwich handles cases up to and including the Supreme Court level, as well as representing clients in mediations, arbitrations and expert determinations. Practice head Paul Matthews and partner Max Roessler are the leading lights of the practice and have broad experience in commercial contract disputes, partnership disputes and many other contentious matters. Senior associate Robert Tiffen 'has a strong eye for detail and makes considered decisions; his actions are both proactive and robust'. Among Matthews' highlights was his defence of a client in Commercial Court proceedings against a claim by Capita Insurance Services PLC for an indemnity provided under a sale and purchase agreement by which the client sold his interest in insurance broker Sureterm Direct Limited. At appeal the claim was unanimously dismissed. Among the firm's clients are Norwich City FC, Norwich Airport, Norfolk & Norwich Hospital and offshore energy services company Sembmarine SLP.

Howes Percival LLP¬†is known for¬†‚Äėgreat customer service‚Äė from a ‚Äėknowledgable and experienced team‚Äė. The firm has 'excellent commercial litigators who are particularly well experienced in handling large and complex government litigation; they are tactically astute and very commercial in their approach'.¬†Alison Kirby¬†leads the practice in Norwich and is recommended for her¬†‚Äėattention to detail, clarity, speed of response and reliability‚Äė. The firm handles high-value, urgent, complex and high-profile regional, national and cross-border commercial disputes, as well as acting for¬† government departments in high-stakes litigation. Kirby recently handled a multimillion-pound case in the financial services sector, which involved a longstanding fraud by financial advisors. She also acted for the operator of a hotel in a dispute arising from contracts negotiated without authority by a former employee.¬†Director¬†Gordon Simpson¬†has more than 20 years' experience in contentious matters, particularly in the energy sector.

The dispute resolution practice at Fosters has an experienced bench of talent. Veteran litigator Adrian Newborough, who has more than 25 years' experience, has a busy caseload in the County Court and High Court, and frequently appears before public inquiries and tribunals. Chris Fielding has a strong track record in pursuing and defending claims in the High Court and County Court in relation to financial matters, goods and services, insolvency, intellectual property rights, land cases and contentious probate.

The litigation and dispute resolution department at Leathes Prior has extensive experience in court, as well as in alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation, conciliation, expert adjudication and negotiation. Mike Barlow leads the practice, which acts for small and large businesses based in Norfolk, as well as companies with a national scope, including those in sectors such as healthcare, accounting, haulage, offshore oil and gas, and construction. Barlow has been a litigator for more than 20 years' and he calls upon an experienced team that includes Darren Bowen, David Richards and talented associate Polly Langford. Martin Plowman is a leading light for mediation and has more than 30 years' experience as a litigator. He runs the firm's national mediation practice, mediation1st, which is among the market leaders in the UK.

Rogers and Norton¬†is ‚Äėvery good indeed; the team always responds promptly,¬†demonstrates great commercial awareness and is value for money‚Äė. Key partners include ‚Äėexpert commercial¬†litigator‚Äė Peter Hastings¬†and Phil Kerridge. The firm recently won a case in the High Court that allowed a company to continue trading after its alcohol licence had been revoked. Another High Court case saw the practice win an injunction against an individual on behalf of a major regional business following defamation of its brand on social media. The firm is also seeing a growing flow of work from HMRC, which includes cases arising from duty on imported goods seized at the UK border. Other cases saw the firm obtain a civil restraint order for a national business and successfully settle a ¬£3.4m shareholder's claim at mediation.  

At Clapham & Collinge Solicitors¬†‚Äėthe service is very good, the advice is sound and the lawyers know what they are doing‚Äė. Norwich is the main hub for litigation, though the practice serves clients through all four of the firm's offices in East Anglia.¬†Mark Kermez¬†leads the litigation team and handles a broad range of complex matters including¬†tax disputes, commercial disputes, consumer rights cases and trustee litigation.¬†'Very professional and enthusiastic' consultant Philip Lumb¬†is ‚Äėvery supportive, clear about the options and which path we clients can follow; he ¬†is prompt, fair and honest'.¬†'His guidance was exemplary and he is so obviously a person with competence in legal matters', says a client of the 'courteous and punctual'¬†Michael Olmer. One significant case from 2017 saw Kermez advise Diamond Services EA Limited on proceedings brought by Norwich City Council for the display of advertisements without permission.

Steeles Law¬†is¬†‚Äėexcellent ‚Äď very professional but approachable and very efficient‚Äė. The firm lost practice head and barrister Tom Bailey¬†to local rival¬†Ashtons Legal, but it still retains a three-lawyer disputes practice led by legal executive and Resolution member¬†Denise Traube. Traube focuses mainly on debt recovery matters, but her commercial litigation practice is now expanding. Last year, the firm handled a ¬£225,000 case against¬†a leading energy company, subsequent to which extensive costs proceedings were pursued on behalf of the client.


Debt recovery

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Birketts LLP has a dedicated debt recovery team that includes highly experienced litigators in contact partner Matthew Atkins, practice head and 40-year veteran of debt recovery Robert Howard and associate Emma Albins. The practice acts for local and national private companies, professional partnerships and major Plcs in wide range of industry sectors including shipping and construction. Atkins recently assisted an overseas company with a substantial debt claim for unpaid invoices for the supply of goods to a UK customer. Albins, who handles more complex contested cases, acted for a leasing company in a claim seeking unpaid excess mileage charges under a commercial leasing contract. Greene King Plc, Archant Community Media and Ford & Slater Leyland DAF are among the firm's clients.

The debt recovery practice at Howes Percival LLP is led by Alison Kirby, who has more than 20 years' experience in commercial litigation and insolvency, and who frequently acts on behalf of the Crown. Insolvency partner Morris Peacock and director Gordon Simpson, whose litigation practice includes many cases of debt recovery arising from commercial and construction contracts, also play key roles. Recent highlights for the practice include many cases for Larking Gowen and Lovewell Blake on the collection of outstanding book debts following the liquidation of companies, for Easton & Otley College and independent school Langley School Limited on the recovery of unpaid term fees and invoices, and for Bussey & Sabberton Bros Limited on the recovery of unpaid hire purchase agreements. The firm now offers reviews of clients' internal procedures and debtor lists to maximise recoveries.

Mills & Reeve LLP has an experienced debt recovery practice that provides a fixed fee service for undefended claims to a broad client base of companies in both the private and public sectors. Senior solicitor Harriet Wells, who has more than 35 years' experience in commercial litigation, oversees the practice in which legal executive Lynne Lawn is the lead practitioner for undefended matters. Wells acted for Aspenden Hall Farm Limited in the recovery of £45,000 in unpaid invoices. When no action was taken in response to a pre-litigation letter the firm issued court proceedings against the debtor, who failed to file a defence. The case is on-going. She also acted for Spenborough Abattoir Ltd in the recovery of a £6,500 debt.

Steeles Law¬†has ‚Äėa great team that is easy to deal with and has an excellent track record of results; the clarity of service is very good‚Äė, according to one client. The firm has an outstanding practitioner in legal executive and debt recovery specialist Denise Traube¬†who is 'always efficient and provides and excellent service'. Traube manages the practice, which counts Preform Insulations Limited, Animax Limited, Lowestoft College and Cucina among its clients. A recent highlight for the practice was its work for equipment sales and hire business Watson & Hillhouse Limited in recovering money from clients who failed to pay their invoices. This work included¬†sending letters before action and issuing court proceedings. Traube recently recovered ¬£20,000 owed to Cucina by a multinational telecoms company for overpayment of line rental.  

Litigation partner Mark Kermez leads the debt recovery practice at Clapham & Collinge Solicitors, which acts for clients in Norwich and further afield East Anglia, as well as assisting national clients based throughout the UK. Philip Lumb is a key name in the practice and he worked with Kermez on a client's application for the return of a sum in excess of £350,000 after it was obtained under duress by bailiffs to settle a third party's debt. Consultant Michael Olmer regularly deals with cross-border matters, and he recently recovered a substantial sum for an expat living in Spain. Another highlight for the practice was its work for Armstrong Brookes Limited in the collection of unpaid rent from a charity tenant.

At Fraser Dawbarns 'the overall level of service is very good, with fast response times and good knowledge'. Head of litigation Neil John and litigation executive Derek Shores in Wisbech are 'very knowledgeable and easy to approach with regard to advice'. Shores has more than 40 years' experience at the firm and has 'encyclopaedic knowledge and a legendary reputation for chasing money'.

Leathes Prior¬†has a well-established reputation as a proficient debt collection practice for both bulk claims and complex, high-value cases and matters involving niche areas of law. The firm provides a well-regarded service for undisputed debt with a value of less than ¬£10,000, known as debtcollector, though the department led by credit control manager¬†Dawn Lossau¬†also handles litigation and mediation for larger debts. Partner¬†David Richards, whose primary focus is contentious construction matters, is also heavily involved in the practice.  

Rogers and Norton¬†has¬†‚Äėan excellent team that provides reliable advice and service at all times‚Äė. Vastly experienced litigator Peter Hastings¬†leads the practice and with legal executive Maria Taylor¬†provides 'valued advice'. The firm receives bulk instructions from a national finance company including¬†general litigation, contract matters and securing Return of Goods Orders throughout the UK. Taylor, who is 'thorough and easy to talk to',¬†is instructed by a¬†national franchised loans company, and the firm also handles debt collection for a national home improvement company.


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