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drydensfairfax solicitors’ clients include lenders, financial institutions and debt purchasers, which it advises on volume unsecured collections and litigation, as well as secured recoveries. Key names include Philip Holden, Nahed Ali and Richard Senior.

Waine Mannix leads the sizeable team at Shoosmiths LLP, which is experienced in handling asset finance recoveries, unsecured consumer lending recoveries and receivables recoveries, among other areas. The firm’s national footprint was further strengthened by the arrival of Karen Savage, Paula Swain and three members of their team from Lester Aldridge LLP in May 2016 to establish a practice in the firm’s Southampton office.

Clarke Willmott LLP’s team provides ‘a high-quality service’. In an illustration of its strength in the insolvency sector, the practice recently acted for Menzies Business Recovery as the trustee in bankruptcy on recovering monies owed by the bankrupt following a default on an income payment agreement. Jane Dunlop (who is ‘always available and approachable’) and Kat Quinton are the key partners.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP advised fine food importer and distributor Vincenzo on recovering debt owed by a high-profile chef. Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs’s team also receives regular instructions from Kone and was re-appointed to Sodexo’s debt recovery panel.

At Irwin Mitchell, practice head Barry Hogg advised PayPoint Retail Solutions on recovering monies owed following the early termination of an ATM contract. Jane Begley is another name to note.

Frances Paulton’s team at Moon Beever has notable expertise in the utilities sector, where it counts British Gas, DONG Energy and iSupplyEnergy as clients. Recent highlights include advising on the recovery of a fraudulently incurred debt.

DWF’s ‘excellent’ team is led by David Scottow, who is valued for his knowledge in this area. James Perry has ‘an excellent understanding of civil litigation in the arena of debt recovery’ and Kevin Feehangoes the extra mile’. Neil Jinks is also recommended. The group acts for retailers, insurers, local authorities and water utilities companies.

Lovetts Ltd provides ‘excellent’ response times and is ‘very competitive on costs’. The firm has established itself as an authority on the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998. Managing director Michael Higgins has ‘a great knowledge of debt recovery’.

Optima Legal secured a two-year contract to recover late filing penalties from UK-listed companies on behalf of Companies House. Craig Underwood, Jonathan Preston and Scott Nodder are the key contacts.

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