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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Index of tables

  1. Debt recovery
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Leading individuals

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Rising stars

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    • James Stephenson - Brabners LLP

Bermans is adept at handling a range of litigation and recoveries matters for clients including SMEs, family businesses, entrepreneurs and management teams. Key sectors include publishing, finance, construction, leisure, professional services and retail. Nick Harvey heads the collection and recoveries team.

Practice head(s):Nick Harvey

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Berkson; Andrew Koffman; Michael Smeaton; Gareth Farrelly; Claire McDonnell

Brabners LLP's Liverpool debt recovery offering secured a major boost during 2018 with the hire of Phil Sheard and associate James Stephenson from Hill Dickinson LLP. Sheard and his team brought over a significant amount of work on their arrival, and have also since secured multiple instructions from the firm's existing clients, which come from a range of sectors including financial services, professional services and recruitment.

Practice head(s):Phil Sheard

Other key lawyers:James Stephenson; Jacqui Lloyd; Tony Foley

Key Clients

4Syte Construction Finance Ltd (formerly Cirrus 4Syte Funding Ltd)

4Syte Funding Ltd

Battlefield Machinery Ltd

Bibby Factors Bristol Ltd

Bibby Factors Leicester Ltd

Bibby Factors Manchester Ltd

Bibby Factors Northeast Ltd

Bibby Factors Northwest Ltd

Bibby Factors Slough Ltd

Bibby Factors Sussex Ltd

Bibby Factors Yorkshire Ltd

Bibby Invoice Finance Discounting Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting in relation to a claim for the sum of £262,606 in respect of unpaid invoices assigned to Bibby by AMP. The invoices are for the supply to Office Depot International (UK) Limited of TK Maxx Carrier bags and gift sacks for its UK and European stores.
  • Handling regular instructions for Kingsway Asset Finance Limited to deal with the recovery of monies due under loan agreements, hire agreements, hire purchase agreements and personal guarantees.
  • Acting for Bibby Factors Slough Limited in relation to a number of claims for unpaid invoices where the debtors are refusing to pay due to a dispute over who is entitled to payment for goods supplied.
  • Instructed by 4Syte Funding Limited to pursue debtors for invoices assigned to our client by Pro Delta Limited and to also pursue the personal guarantor of Pro Delta Limited for any shortfall.

Pannone Corporate LLP advises on various debt recovery matters including collection of business-to-business debts. The firm concentrates on high volume instructions and handles cases from the letter before action stage through to judgment and enforcement as well as insolvency proceedings. Karl Williams heads the team and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.

Practice head(s):Karl Williams

Other key lawyers:Denise Lamb; Simon Fitzgerald; Darren Judge


A unique combination of many years of experience in the debt recovery sector, along with a highly competitive pricing structure’.

Denise Lamb and Karl Williams offer a superb level of service - both are highly experienced in their fields, always willing to go the extra mile, and with excellent communication and guidance’.

Key Clients

Exertis (UK) Limited

Hilti (GB) Limited

L’Oreal (UK) Limited

Kellan Group

Ryder Limited

PPL PRS Limited

Bolton School

Edmundson Electrical

DHL International (UK) Limited

Weightmans LLP’s has recently seen an increase in work from corporate and owner-managed business clients  in relation to litigation and winding-up Petitions. Team co-head Andrew Cox has experience of ADR and advises clients in the banking, utilities and transport sectors, while fellow co-head Mark Burch focuses on secured and unsecured public and private sector debt recovery.

Practice head(s):Andrew Cox; Mark Burch

Key Clients

Cabot Financial (UK) Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

The Cabinet Office

Neopost Limited

UK Fuels Limited

Murray Metals Group

Indigo Footwear UK Limited

NWF Fuels Limited

The King’s School

Davis Cotter Lyons

Johnsons Apparelmaster Limited

Specific & General Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Motor Insurers' Bureau in recovering monies from uninsured motorists.
  • Handling thousands of consumer credit accounts for Cabot Financial.

Chandler Harris LLP focuses on recovering service charge and ground rent arrears; it acts for large management companies and freeholders in England and Wales. The firm also advises on company and partnership disputes, breach of contract, insolvency law, land actions and professional negligence claims. David Harris heads the team.

Practice head(s):David Harris

Other key lawyers:Simon Stopher

Gorvins Solicitors advises on the collection of debts on behalf of liquidators and administrators and the recovery of monies due under guarantees. Other areas of expertise include defended work and enforcement, fast track and multi-track claims and debt collection out of jurisdiction. Other clients include finance houses, businesses and professional clients. Mark Deverell heads the team.

Practice head(s):Mark Deverell

Other key lawyers:Danielle Clements; Sunita Patel; David Guest; Kimberley Daley

Greenhalgh Kerr has a particular focus on representing local authorities, collecting millions of pounds in outstanding council tax and business rates to be returned to the public purse. Richard Kerr co-heads the team and deals with debt recovery and commercial litigation; he works alongside Daniel Tate, who handles finance and leasing work.

Practice head(s):Richard Kerr; Daniel Tate

Other key lawyers:Steven Owens;


Fast, efficient and proactive’.

Daniel Tate is excellent and presents matters practically, using common sense rather than legal jargon.

Key Clients

PCF Bank

Asset Advantage

Advantedge Commercial Finance

Ignition Credit

Kingsley Asset Finance

Renaissance Asset Finance

Preston City Council

Bradford City Council

Durham County Council

Dudley Council

Zuto Car Finance

Camden Council

Work highlights

  • Successfully obtained a liability order for Ipswich Council, and successfully defended an appeal of the decision in the High Court, against a charity engaged in rates avoidance.
  • Represented Cheshire East Borough Council in a case concerning business rates avoidance by the granting of questionable leases.
  • Represented Trafford Council in a case involving widespread attempts to avoid business rates liability.
  • Represented Walsall Council on summonses for two liability orders for unpaid business rates.
  • Represented Southend On Sea Council in respect of three disputed summonses for liability orders in respect of unpaid business rates.

Hill Dickinson LLP carries out routine debt recovery work, while also fielding litigation specialists to deal with complex and contested recoveries. Areas of expertise include enforcement of judgments and costs orders, Norwich Pharmacal Applications, vehicle finance disputes and restitution claims for NHS clients. Client sectors include agriculture, leisure, retail, estate agency, engineering and construction companies, professional education institutes and high-net-worth individuals. Legal director Sharon Williamson leads the Manchester-based team.

Practice head(s):Sharon Williamson

Other key lawyers:John Quicler; Kate Steele; Paul Twigg

Key Clients

Bibby Financial Services

Thomas Hardie Commercials Limited

Agilent Technologies LDA UK Limited

Wirral Teaching Hospitals

Borgun HF

MJ Quinn Integrated Services Limited

Anexys Limited

Irwell Street Metal Company Limited

Broder Metals Group Limited

Urban Bubble

Work highlights

  • Successfully recovered £76,000 from a local authority in relation to care services provided by client to a vulnerable adult.
  • Successfully recovered monies in the sum of £33,000 held in the claimant’s various bank and pension accounts following third party debt order applications.
  • Regular instructions to recover payment of invoices assigned to Bibby Factors Manchester and to issue their daily letters of demand which in the last calendar year totalled in excess of 200.
  • Regularly acting for NHS Business Services Authority to recover overpayment of pensions and other benefits.

The team at Mason Hayes Solicitors, which is led by firm founder Marcus Hayes, handles general dispute resolution and debt collection work, primarily acting for clients in the telecoms sector. Hayes was awarded an MBE for services to the law and to education in 2019.

Practice head(s):Marcus Hayes

Stripes Solicitors deals with various insolvency and commercial debt recovery matters including summary judgments and winding-up petitions. The firm has recently seen an increasing amount instructions for claims against other lawyers. Andrew Stripes, Ian Hughes, and Leigh Sunter head the team.

Practice head(s):Andrew Stripe; Ian Hughes; Leigh Sunter

Other key lawyers:Tracey McIver

The Keith Jones Partnership advises clients on business-to-business debt recovery, tenancy eviction, and service charge and rent recovery. The team is headed by three partners; Keith Jones, who advises well-known companies and corporations and is a qualified mediator; Nicholas Brown, who focuses on construction litigation, and Brenda Li, who specialises in technology disputes.

Practice head(s):Keith Jones; Nicholas Brown; Brenda Li

Other key lawyers:Kris Minks; Stuart Thomas


Their intricate knowledge is phenomenal.

Keith Jones is very approachable and has a wealth of knowledge.

Highly professional and good manners; most importantly they understand businesses and provide efficient advice.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented KCEG Limited in opposing set-aside application in relation to a £4,000 judgment debt; costs sought against client of £30,000 dismissed.

TLT advises on the recovery of outstanding mortgage arrears and property for a variety of clients, including financial institutions and banks. Other areas of expertise include recovery of ground rent and service charge arrears for property management companies, landlords and developers. Legal director Darren Shaw heads the team.

Practice head(s):Darren Shaw

Other key lawyers:James Chadwick; David Robinson

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