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The team at Newcastle powerhouse Muckle LLP handles debt recovery matters alongside local and national enforcement officers and insolvency practitioners, utilising a state-of-the-art debt collection case management system which allows clients to track the progress of their matters. The team is led by Beverley Oliver, who is an expert in procedures for both commercial and consumer debts. The firm's panel appointments include the National Higher Education Procurement Consortia and the Crown Commercial Service. Kelly Jordan, who was promoted to partner in 2018, is another key name.

Practice head(s):Beverley Oliver

Other key lawyers:Kelly Jordan; Katie Barrett

Testimonials

'Beverley Oliver is fantastic to work with; she deals with matters quickly and in a no-nonsense manner'

'The collection team responds very quickly to queries and use multiple methods of chasing the customer offering regular updates'

'Always helpful'

Key Clients

Soil Environmental Services

Smith Marston

Anglia Telecom Centres

Kaefer

CC Recovery Solutions

Work highlights

  • The team was instructed to collect a debt.
  • The team was was instructed to collect a debt.
  • The team was was instructed to collect a debt.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's multi-disciplinary team includes lawyers, project managers, technologists, data analysts, knowledge managers and operation professionals, providing creditor clients with a wide range of tools to collect their debts. The team handles asset investigations and reporting, tracing of debtors, drafting and issuing claims and enforcement matters. Team leader and senior debt manager Sue Pattie is instructed by a wide variety of public and private sector clients, including charities.

Practice head(s):Sue Pattie

Other key lawyers:Helen Vaughan; Lorna Casford

Testimonials

'Very proactive and commercially aware'

'Sue Pattie is able to offer a number of solutions, clearly defining the benefits and pitfalls of each'

'Our work was handled swiftly and smoothly, and the team's specialist knowledge is evident'

The Newcastle offices of Scottish firm Aberdein Considine house a strong debt recovery practice, which is active across the North East. The group is most noted for its expertise in secured and unsecured debt recovery, with clients including national banks and financial institutions. The group is co-led by Myra Scott (who is based in Glasgow) and Newcastle-based Thomas Lillie, while the volume debt recovery offering is led by Darren Sanders, who was appointed specialist operations manager in 2018.

Practice head(s):Myra Scott; Thomas Lillie

Other key lawyers:Darren Sanders; Isabel Clough; Olwyn Rice; Victoria Chatterton

Key Clients

Computershare

Charter Court Financial Services

Atom Bank

Admiral

Royal Bank of Scotland

Virgin Money plc

Work highlights

  • Computershare is a longstanding and major client of Aberdein Considine, with a relationship established approximately twenty-five years.
  • Aberdein Considine is carrying out unsecured litigation on behalf of Admiral plc
  • Aberdein Considine was instructed on behalf of Atom Bank plc in relation to unsecured debt.
  • Acting for Santander UK plc in cross-border commercial banking litigation

Debt collection specialisms at Short Richardson & Forth include unpaid invoices, rent and service charge arrears, accelerated residential repossessions and commercial forfeitures. The group acts for a range of clients, including self-employed people, SMEs and well-established private limited companies. The team is led by experienced litigator Tim Berg, who has a strong track record in recovering substantial sums in liquidation cases where HM Revenue & Customs is the creditor.

Practice head(s):Tim Berg

Other key lawyers:Alexandra Withers; Sarah Farish

Work highlights

  • Advising a client in relation to unpaid invoices in respect of milk purchased by milk round owners. The average debt value is around £10,000.
  • The firm represents this client in relation to unpaid invoices in respect of timber purchased by various SME and sole trader businesses. This client uses a mixture of insolvency and county court proceedings to achieve resolutions to their matters.
  • The firm represents this client in relation to rent arrears and repossession proceedings in respect of the properties that the client manages for their landlords. The firm prepares the applications on behalf of the client and represents them in contested hearings.

Sintons LLP's practice is enhanced by an in-house debt recovery IT system, enabling the team to react quickly to client instructions. The group is experienced in both volume and one-off high-value recovery, and has developed a niche in assisting energy brokers in the North East with debt collection issues.

Work highlights

  • Volume recoveries - 9,000 instructions in seven months.
  • Recovery of overpayment of commission.
  • Collection of debts that become due from a credit facility.

At Ward Hadaway, Steven Petrie takes the lead on debt recovery matters, advising insolvency practitioners and accountants on corporate and personal insolvency issues. In addition to collecting debts, the group has extensive experience in defending debtors. The team is on a number of institutional panels, including Crown Commercial Services and NHS Commercial Solutions.

Practice head(s):Steven Petrie

Key Clients

Crown Commercial Services

NHS Commercial Solutions

The Darlington-based team at BHP Law advises businesses and individuals on contract agreements, credit management and debt recovery issues, drawing on strong relationships with commercial landlords and insolvency practitioners. In addition to litigation expertise, the group also has a strong grounding in mediation. Associate Phil Masters, who was promoted to dispute resolution team leader in October 2018, is the contact to note.

Practice head(s):Phil Masters

Other key lawyers:Rosie Woodward

Key Clients

Apollo Doors

Industrial Cleaning Equipment (Southampton)

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing debt recovery for a company who specialise in the servicing and repairs of commercial doors.
  • Providing ongoing debt recovery services for a industrial cleaning equipment specialist.

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