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Shoosmiths LLP is a ‘market leader’ with an ‘extremely reliable’ team, combining ‘second-to-none’ service with ‘exceptional knowledge, engagement and work ethic’. It assists major banks, institutional lenders, debt purchasers and corporates with collecting unsecured and secured debt across the UK; the client roster includes Moneybarn, Arrow Global, ABN Amro Lease and Cabot Credit Management. Waine Mannix leads the practice, Stuart Montgomery handles both consumer and commercial debt, and Melanie Chell is recommended for asset-based lending recoveries. The ‘approachableJim Taylor has ‘great knowledge of unsecured debt recovery and litigation’; he and senior associate Lisa Keating are providing strategic debt collection and recovery advice to Tesco Bank.

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s ‘strong, innovative and experienced’ team handles commercial and consumer debt recoveries. Through several new client wins, it strengthened its local authority, credit union and utilities following. Chris Grocock has an ‘in-depth understanding of council debt collection and working within public sector constraints’, and Grocock and Matthew Dix are assisting London Borough of Haringey with local taxation recoveries, including volume charging orders and bankruptcy proceedings. Mark Taylor is leading the panel advice for the University of East London, managing tuition, accommodation and library fees recoveries. Other recent work included handling UK-based debt recovery work for Western Union; recovering license and mooring fees nationally for Canal & River Trust; advising Transave Credit Union on recovery of unsecured loans; and developing unsecured debt recovery strategies for new client NHS Credit Union. Extra Energy Supply, Better Energy Supply and Commsave Credit Union are other new client wins.

Flint Bishop LLP’s expertise ranges from pre-legal collection services to designing national debt collection strategies for major corporate clients. The team is handling debt recoveries across the UK and Ireland for Office Depot and Viking, and acting for LexisNexis in uncontested and contested debt recovery. It is also assisting Atos with recovering debt arising from its Worldline card services such as corporate hospitality schemes. Qamer Ghafoor heads the practice and Nick Wells is also recommended.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s ‘excellent’ team has a strong track record of recovering international debts for UK companies with business abroad as well as foreign corporations trading in the UK. The group is best known for commercial debt recovery, for clients such as Tokio Marine HCC. It also assists residential landlords through several letting agents across the region, and other clients include insurers, manufacturers and educational institutions. Associate Simon Key is recommended.

Acting for a mix of large corporates, small businesses and sole traders, clients of Smith Partnership include nurseries, educational institutions, banks and companies in the brewery sector. Acting for builders’ merchants and fast-moving consumer goods companies is another area of specialism. Team head Claire Twells pursued the recovery of debt from a company based in Indianapolis for the University of Leeds and handled a case pertaining to substantial outstanding nursery fees for Busy Bees Nurseries. The group also advised Smartroof on recovering outstanding debt from Jewson, handled a debt recovery matter against an individual for a haulage company, and assisted Alfie Salad with the recovery of invoices for the supply of vegetables. Associate Jak Ward is another name to note.

Actons’ diverse client base spans multiple sectors and includes real estate developers, professional services companies, private schools and nurseries. Clients include FHP, Bates Westor, Maber Associates, Killarney Homes and Clearmark Solutions. Practice head Victoria Dunstall acted for a trustee in bankruptcy to recover a court award arising from an undervalue transaction. Recent work also included recovering liabilities from UK-based companies for a German corporate client and handling debt recovery for an IT software business based in the UK.

Brady Solicitors’s group specialises in property management debt recovery such as residential service charges, rent matters and commercial arrears. Jonathan Watts leads the practice and recently represented a freeholder in proceedings against a leaseholder who had outstanding service charge debt following a mortgage fraud. Other work included filing an application for a determination of the reasonableness of service charge for a leaseholder. Clare Brady and Harpreet Lehal are also recommended.


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