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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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