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Matthew Atkins’ team at Birketts LLP is ‘in a league of its own in the region’. 40-year veteran Robert Howardstays one jump ahead of debtors’ and acts for a loyal client base that includes Greene King plc, publishing group Archant and Ford & Slater Leyland Daf.

Fosters is ‘highly rated and delivers good value’. Litigation partner Adrian Newborough and associate Mark Harris recovered £70,000 through insolvency proceedings against a limited company, and secured judgment on a debt owed to a client based in the US.

At Leathes Prior, newly promoted partner David Richards oversees debt recovery as part of his wider litigation practice, supported by chartered legal executive Darren Bowen and associate Polly Langford. Clients include Intelligas and Norfolk Farm Produce Ltd.

Tom Bailey’s team at Steeles Law handles debt recovery for SMEs, large commercial clients, local authorities and overseas clients. Chartered legal executive Denise Traube recovered £60,000 from a major motorsports company and also handles bulk debt recovery for Lewisham Homes.

At Clapham & Collinge Solicitors, Mark Kermez advised an expat client in Spain on recovery of a six-figure commercial debt despite the defendant’s attempt to conceal assets. He also handled the enforcement of a Spanish judgment against a defendant who fled to England.

At Howes Percival LLP, litigator Alison Kirby and insolvency partner Morris Peacock handle contested debt recovery, while paralegal Leon Head leads on uncontested matters. Clients include Larking Gowen and Busseys. Gillian Scott retired.

Harriet Wells at Mills & Reeve LLP handles complex matters while chartered legal executive Lynne Lawn handles the majority of debt instructions. Lawn recovered £18,000 for a local SME.

Veteran litigator Peter Hastings oversees a team at Rogers and Norton that provides ‘reliable advice and service’. The ‘hardworking’ Maria Taylor handles bulk instructions from a national finance company.

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