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drydensfairfax solicitors is a boutique debt recovery firm and as such, is well positioned to provide volume debt recovery and debt litigation services to major lenders, debt purchasers, financial institutions and key government departments. The group, led by Philip Holden, utilises innovative pre-litigation technological debt recovery practices and analytics to determine the cases in which litigation is an appropriate recovery option or method of enforcement; including outbound dialler-based calling, using voice recognition, and SMS text messaging to encourage contact and payment. The firm has also developed a digital portal to simplify customer repayments. Tim Pope continues to develop the firm's a high value insolvency service. Steve Heighway handles pre-litigation services; and Jo Pearson leads on conduct risk and customer experience and has particular expertise in Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) compliance.

The debt recovery team at DWF is noted for its 'efficiency' and 'delivering the service required'. Leeds-based department head David Scottow has significant experience in debt litigation and focuses on the recovery of volume consumer and commercial debt. James Perry has particular expertise in the regulatory aspects of debt collection and is advising a multinational insurance company with respect to enforcement matters; he continues to assist LGSS with the recovery of £1m in social care costs associated with the client's large share services on behalf of two local authorities. Possessing 'a drive to deliver', Kevin Feehan specialises in debt collection and civil recovery work pertaining to theft, fraud, non-payment, shop-lifting and over-payment of salaries. Clients include Morrisons, Anglian Water Services, Sainsbury's and Fleetcor.

'A safe pair of hands', the team at Shoosmiths LLP 'combines volume capacity with the breadth of technical capability of a full-service law firm'. It provides debt recovery services to major banks, lenders, debt purchasers and corporates across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The department is divided into specialist teams, dealing with asset finance, consumer secured and unsecured lending, commercial and corporate secured and unsecured lending, invoice finance, mortgage shortfall and B2B trade debt. The group also handles FCA permissions for debt administration, debt collection and mortgage administration. In a mandate led by asset-based lending recoveries expert Melanie Chell, the firm was instructed by Oodle Financial Services to undertake live portfolio management and collections work to deal with all customers who fall more than two months into arrears. Waine Mannix leads the recovery services group, which includes Stuart Montgomery, Jim Taylor and Jenny Ogden. Gillian Crotty joined from Wilson Nesbitt in June 2018.

Noted for providing 'an excellent debt recovery service', Clarke Willmott LLP handles issues for local councils, government departments, corporates, financial institutions and managing agents. The group continues to assist The Insolvency Service with the collection of income payment agreements (IPAs), book debts and antecedent/specialist recoveries. It is also instructed by Viridor Waste Management on the recovery of its commercial waste management debts and debts incurred in employee salary over-payments; and longstanding client Thames Water Utilities on water rates collection.  Kathryn Quinton and Philip Roberts co-lead the team, which includes 'superb' pre-litigation debt specialist Karen Hellier and insolvency expert Stuart Hoysted.

The established team at Devonshires Solicitors LLP handles all forms of debt recovery for clients that include City SMEs, banks, financial institutions, local authorities and government agencies, providing 'an excellent level of service'. The group, which sits within the wider commercial litigation and dispute resolution department, is led by Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs, who is instructed by Michael Page International on a variety of debt recovery matters arising out of its UAE operations. He also assisted Sodexo with the recovery of £156,000 for the provision of services from a joint venture which included Carillion. Other key contacts include Jim Varley and Robert Edge, both of whom are veterans of the area.

Irwin Mitchell's team is recognised for its 'reliable service' and 'an excellent debt collection ratio', handling all stages of the debt collection process. The experienced team is supplemented by a bespoke case management system, which is available to clients that include corporates and major government departments. Highly experienced debt recovery manager Barry Hogg was instructed by Harrods to recover £500,000 for jewellery a customer had asked to be reserved in his name, but neither paid all the monies due nor took possession of the items, leading to an amicable settlement. Alongside solicitor Jane Begley and Laura Rook, he assisted Crown Record Management with the successful recovery of £100,000 owed by a major mobile telephone company who had multiple accounts with the client, following the issuance of separate proceedings for each account. Other clients include PayPoint Network and BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory and Property Management.

Moon Beever's debt recovery team has 'second to none industry knowledge' and for a team structure and IT capability that enables 'cost-effective' recovery work for low-value debts. The group acts for a number of debt collection agencies, a government department and several local authorities, as well as a number of utilities companies, including Centrica, Orsted Energy Sales UK and iSupply Energy. Frances Coulson leads the insolvency and business recovery group and specialises in contentious insolvency matters. With a 'forensic eye for detail', Charles Robinson  is instructed by British Gas Trading on a number of debt recovery issues, including claims for non-payment of electricity charges.

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