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Bermans  is a 'fantastic choice' for debt recovery and handles a ‘full range’ of work, with niche expertise in the specialist asset and invoice finance sectors. The team advised a US finance company in a recovery action against a London-based guarantor and advised on a £12m claim by an US investment broker against a UK-based claims management firm. The ‘brilliant’ Nick Harvey heads the firm’s collections and recoveries department and Jonathan Berkson heads the invoice finance litigation team.

Brabners LLP is noted for its expertise in high-value, complex debt recovery matters, and recently bolstered its debt recovery capability with the recruitment of Phil sheard, former Liverpool team head at Hill Dickinson LLP, and James Stephenson , also from Hill Dickinson LLP. They join a team which includes the 'excellent' Jacqui Lloyd in Liverpool, who has an extensive track record, and Preston-based Stuart Irons, who regularly acts for banks, building societies and other financial institutions in secured and unsecured lending matters. Senior legal executive Tony Foley, also based in Liverpool, is another key member of the department.

Pannone Corporate LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team is ‘professionally sound’ and is commended for its ‘vast knowledge base’. It handles commercial debt recovery and has specific expertise in pursuing debt via insolvency proceedings. The team regularly handles bulk instructions from a range of clients including Exertis (UK), Bargain Booze, L’Oreal (UK) and Performing Right Society. Department head Karl Williams is ‘excellent’ and ‘always available’ and associate Denise Lamb is ‘hardworking and very experienced’. Legal executive Simon Fitzgerald and executive Darren Judge are also key members of the department.

The ‘first-class’ team at Weightmans LLP assists clients across the banking, debt purchaser, utilities and transport sectors and is also active for clients in the public sector. The team is advising The Cabinet Office in the recovery of pension overpayments and recently advised on improvements to its entire recoveries process. Names such as Cabot Financial (UK), The Motor Insurers’ Bureau, Credit Collections UK and UK Fuels are clients. ‘Experienced’ national debt recovery head Andrew Cox is ‘fantastic’; he is ably supported by 'very professional' consultant Mark Burch, who handles secured and unsecured debt recovery matters across the public and private sectors.

Chandler Harris LLP delivers an ‘excellent service’ and handles the collection of service charge and ground rent arrears, via Chandler Harris Property LLP, for clients throughout England and Wales. Associate Simon Stopher regularly ‘goes above and beyond his duties’ and ‘gets results’ for clients. David Harris heads the team.

Gorvins Solicitors is commended by clients for its ‘brilliant service’. The team handles debt and asset recovery for finance houses, in addition to claims on behalf of liquidators and administrators, and the collection of rent arrears and service charges. Oldham Credit Union, Thorne Credit Union, Bibby Leasing and Bibby Asset Finance are clients. Dispute resolution team head Mark Deverell acts for insolvency practitioners in relation to debt collection on behalf of liquidators and administrators, and on the recovery of monies due under guarantees. Also recommended are senior associate Danielle Clements and associate solicitor Sunita Patel, whose ‘advice is well thought out’. Michael Morris recently retired.

Greenhalgh Kerr's ‘highly skilled and knowledgeable’ team delivers an ‘efficient’ service and is noted for its work on behalf of local authorities, as well as asset finance providers and leading clients. Clients include Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, Crawley Borough Council York City Council and Renaissance Asset Finance, as well as a number of student accommodation providers. Managing partner Richard Kerr heads the team, which includes asset based finance specialist Daniel Tate, who ‘explains the issues in layman’s terms and is very practical in his advice’. Steven Owens and Warren Usden are also recommended.

Hill Dickinson LLP delivers a ‘very quick and efficient service’ and offers ‘creative solutions’. It handles routine debt recovery and regularly advises on high-value and complex contested recoveries, including factoring disputes and recoveries, restitution claims, enforcement proceedings, and vehicle finance disputes. Clients include Bibby Factors, Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance, Korean Development Insurance Corporation, European Commission and 4Syte Funding and 4Syte.Legal director Sharon Williamson leads the Manchester-based team. Phil Sheard  and James Stephenson joined Brabners LLP.

Jolliffe & Co LLP ‘actions any requests promptly and always provides feedback on progress’ and acts for various SMEs, estate agents, auctioneers and private landlords throughout the region and internationally. The team also acts for letting agents and block management companies on the collection of rent and service charge arrears. The ‘first-rate’ Andrew Bartley heads the team, which includes senior debt recovery executive Kerry Davies.

Mason Hayes Solicitors’ ‘response times are excellent, and its industry knowledge and business acumen are first class’. The team acts as sole provider for commercial debt recovery for a UK-based telecommunication reseller company. Marcus Hayes has a ‘calming presence’.

Shoosmiths LLP is active across asset finance, consumer secured and unsecured lending, commercial and corporate secured and unsecured lending, invoice finance, mortgage shortfall, and B2B trade debt and also handles the recovery of service charge and ground rent arrears; the team is the sole provider of ground rent recoveries for Peel Holdings. It acts for major lenders, debt purchasers and other business creditors and the team operates closely with its national network of offices. Sean Adams heads the recoveries team, which includes senior associate Georgina Kenny.

Specialist dispute resolution outfit Stripes Solicitors provides a ‘professional and efficient service’. The team continues to act for a number of insolvency practitioners on debt collection, in addition to acting for law firms and management companies. Consultant and debt and insolvency executive Ian Hughes ‘understands the needs of the client’ and heads the team with Tracey McIver. Managing director Andrew Stripe is ‘fantastic’.

The Keith Jones Partnership is praised for its ‘hands-on approach’ and for providing ‘regular updates’ to clients. It handles business-to-business debt recovery, commercial litigation, enforcement, insolvency proceedings, tenancy eviction and rent recovery, service charge and ground rent recovery. It also regularly pursues debts outside England and Wales. Managing director Keith Jones heads the team, which includes Brenda Li, who is ‘approachable and explains legal implications clearly’, and Nicholas Brown, who is ‘quick to respond to queries’ and has ‘excellent knowledge’.

Operating closely with its Bristol and London offices, TLT handles secured recoveries, mortgage enforcements and provides a specialist payment recoveries service to financial institutions. Lloyds Banking Group, RBS, The Co-operative Bank and Santander are clients. Legal director Darren Shaw specialises in the recovery of outstanding mortgage arrears and property for financial institutions and banks, is also active in the recovery of ground rent and service charge arrears for property management companies, landlords and developers; and heads the mortgage enforcement and payment recoveries department in Manchester. Banking and financial services litigator James Chadwick is also recommended, as is associate David Robinson who ‘tailors his advice to the needs of the client’.

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