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Led by the ‘brilliant’ Nick Harvey, the team at Bermans is noted for its ‘timely assistance’, ‘practical advice’ and ‘expansive’ debt recovery expertise. Jonathan Berkson has a strong asset based lender client base.

The team at Hill Dickinson LLP is ‘professional, approachable and knowledgeable’. It advises Bibby Factors on a range of matters, and also acts for clients such as NHS Business Services Authority and Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance. Newly promoted partner Phil Sheard heads the team, which includes legal director Sharon Williamson.

The team at Shoosmiths LLP attracts praise for its ‘good industry knowledge’ and ‘great manner with clients’. Sean Adams heads the recoveries team, and Harold Brako leads the receivables finance and litigation practices. Miriam Scott joined the firm as a consultant in December 2015, while Darren Shaw joined TLT in 2015.

Clients of the ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘professional’ team at Weightmans LLP include Cabot Financial, HSBC, The Motor Insurers’ Bureau, The Cabinet Office and Murray Metals Group. Consultant Mark Burch is ‘vastly experienced, knowledgeable, commercially aware, proactive, and approachable’, and ‘is always client focused’. National team head Andrew Cox is also recommended.

At Brabners LLP, legal executive Tony Foley and Jacqui Lloyd are recommended in Liverpool, and Stuart Irons is the key contact in Preston.

Chandler Harris LLP is noted for its ‘very efficient, organised and professional service’. Simon Stopher and Philip Boulton are singled out at associate level.

The ‘excellent’ team at Gorvins Solicitors is led by Mark Deverell and includes the ‘remarkable’ Michael Morris. Associate Mark Fairclough is developing a reputation for property-related debt recovery matters.

Clients of the ‘approachable’ team at Greenhalgh Kerr cite its ‘outstanding’ service. Richard Kerr is ‘a true professional’.

Jolliffe & Co LLP is advising an increasing number of letting agents and block management companies. Andrew Bartley is the key contact.

The ‘experienced’ Marcus Hayes is recommended at niche outfit Mason Hayes.

Pannone Corporate LLP advises on both commercial and consumer debt recovery and acts for a blue-chip client base. Karl Williams heads the practice.

Key figures at The Keith Jones Partnership include Keith Jones and Brenda Li, who is ‘very fluent and organised’ and ‘excellent with clients’.

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