Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

United Kingdom > East Anglia > Dispute resolution > Debt recovery > Law firm and leading lawyer rankings

Editorial

Other

Index of tables

  1. Debt recovery
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Who Represents Who

Find out which law firms are representing which Debt recovery clients in East Anglia using The Legal 500's new comprehensive database of law firm/client relationships. Instantly search over 925,000 relationships, including over 83,000 Fortune 500, 46,000 FTSE350 and 13,000 DAX 30 relationships globally. Access is free for in-house lawyers, and by subscription for law firms. For more information, contact david.burgess@legal500.com.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE WHO REPRESENTS WHO SITE

Birketts LLP provides ‘an excellent level of service’. The ‘friendly and helpful’ team ‘is always available to deal with queries’. Litigation partner Matthew Atkins and 40-year veteran debt recovery manager Robert Howardalways know the best route to take with debtors’. They lead a team that includes associate Emma Albins and three debt recovery assistants, and which acts for private companies, professional partnerships and Plcs such as Greene King, Archant Community Media, Ford & Slater Leyland DAF and Haven Power Limited. In a key matter the firm acted for a company pursuing a customer for unpaid commercial utility bills. The matter, which involved complex issues around the partition of the premises in question, was settled at mediation.

Howes Percival LLP’s debt recovery practice is led by vastly experienced insolvency litigators Alison Kirby and Morris Peacock. The team is a vital part of the firm’s broad commercial litigation practice, which includes Gordon Simpson, who specialises in recovering debts arising from commercial and construction contracts. Trainee Leon Head and paralegal Kate Melton handle day-to-day uncontested debt recovery matters. New clients included Richardsons Leisure, professional services firm GCB Recruitment and Suggitt Farm Services. The team also acts for a number of well-known insolvency practitioners in pursuing outstanding debts following the liquidation of companies. Simpson recently recovered more than £80,000 for a construction company following a dispute over outstanding invoices.

Leathes Prior has long been considered one of the market leaders in debt recovery and is able to handle not only straightforward bulk claims, but also complex matters involving niche areas of law. The firm’s debt collection team has direct input from three partners, three solicitors and two paralegals, and it works closely with the real estate, commercial and employment practices. Litigators David Richards, Darren Bowen and Mike Barlow are highly respected. Associates Polly Langford and Ina Beurich are also recommended, as is credit control manager Dawn Lossau. In 2016, Beurich and Lossau assisted numerous sole traders and larger corporate clients including Just Regional Publishing, OSR Recruitment Services, Agentis Solutions Limited and MAG Group. In one case they recovered £40,000 for a local recruitment business and a similar amount for a local marine technology company.

Clients of Steeles Lawcannot find fault’ with chartered legal executive Denise Traube, who is ‘a safe pair of hands, efficient in all her dealingsand rates 10 out of 10’. Traube manages the firm’s debt recovery service and has been a part of the dispute resolution team for 15 years. Director and barrister Tom Bailey oversees high-value matters for both corporates and private individuals and is ‘an excellent litigator who balances a commercial attitude with compassion’. The firm advised Watson & Hillhouse Limited on numerous matters arising from unpaid invoices for plant and machinery hire, and Traube recovered £15,000 from a mechanical engineering company on behalf of local family business Preform Insulations Limited. Another highlight saw her act for Lewisham Homes in successfully recovering £10,000 from an employee who breached an employment agreement.

Mark Kermez leads the litigation team at Clapham & Collinge Solicitors, which comprises a further three assistants and four dedicated paralegals and which acts for clients not only locally in Norwich, but also across East Anglia and, in some cases, nationally. Michael Olmer is noted for his knowledge of Spanish and EU law and frequently handles cross-border work. He successfully recovered £104,000 for an ex-pat living in Spain. Kermez and Philip Lumb are acting to recover £300,000 a client who paid the sum under duress to bailiffs for the debt of a third party and are acting for the defendant and alleged debtor in linked proceedings to overturn a default judgment for the sum in question.

Fosters is ‘prompt, efficient and good value for money’. ‘Knowledgeable, clear and precise’ litigation partner Adrian Newborough leads the debt recovery team and ‘performs over and above expectations’. Litigator Chris Fielding is also recommended. The practice is known for recovering large sums in the aftermath of insolvency proceedings. The firm is active in the English and Welsh courts on behalf of clients from across the UK, Europe and the US. It often acts in cross-border enforcement proceedings for overseas companies and individuals.

Litigator Harriet Wells at Mills & Reeve LLP has a vast amount of experience in complex debt recovery matters as part of her broader commercial disputes practice. Chartered legal executive Lynne Lawn handles the majority of claims and has vital experience in enforcing County Court judgments. The firm’s clients include Showcard Print Limited, for which Lawn recovered over £10,000 from a debtor who failed to pay invoices, and Spenborough Abbatoir Limited, for which she obtained a settlement over proceedings for an outstanding £1,000 debt.

Key figures at Rogers and Norton include veteran litigator Peter Hastings, who has more than 25 years’ experience, specialist legal executive Maria Taylor, and solicitor Elizabeth Gibson. Taylor (who is singled out as ‘thorough and easy to talk to’) continues to handle bulk debt recovery mandates for a national finance company, including contract matters and return of goods orders. She also acts for a national franchised loans company that provides credit under fixed term agreements and bills of sale, and for a national home improvement company.


GC Diversity and Inclusion Report

In partnership with...

International comparative guides

Giving the in-house community greater insight to the law and regulations in different jurisdictions.

Select Practice Area

Press releases

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to

Legal Developments in East Anglia for Debt recovery

  • Finding the 
right words

    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‘in principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‘recorded in a suitably worded agreement'. 

    - Macfarlanes

Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to

Press Releases in the UK

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to