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Muckle LLP¬†is noted for its ‚Äėquick response times‚Äôand ‚Äėgood level of knowledge and advice‚Äô. Clients benefit from the team‚Äôs strong links with local enforcement officers and insolvency practitioners as well as its close co-operation with the firm‚Äôs robust dispute resolution, insolvency and property litigation departments. Team head and legal executive Beverley Oliver¬†is¬†experienced in debt recovery and enforcement procedures; she regularly acts for Wear Referrals on debt recovery matters relating to unpaid veterinary invoices. Anglia Telecoms and Tutti & Co are also clients.

The team at Ward Hadaway is led by Steven Petrie, who is adept at defending individuals and companies and particularly experienced in advising insolvency practitioners and accountants on a wide range of corporate and personal insolvency matters. Paralegal Debbie Bird regularly receives instructions from a broad range of clients including electrical and construction suppliers, property management companies, surveyors, private schools, nurseries, car dealerships and letting agents.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP covers the gamut of debt recovery from asset investigation and reporting, tracing absconder debtors, drafting and issuing claims and enforcement as well as corporate insolvency matters. The team is led by Bristol-based Stephen Dilley and includes senior debt manager Sue Pattie and legal executive Helen Vaughan, who are both key figures in the Newcastle office. Vaughan is well versed in guiding clients through mediation and negotiation proceedings, summary judgment applications and enforcement procedures. Clients include Tyneside Foodservice, A-One+ Integrated Highway Services, the Insolvency Service and British Gas Trading.

The team at BHP Law is led by associate Graham Tyler and works in close conjunction with the firm’s commercial litigation practice, which makes it well equipped to deal with contract agreements, credit management and contentious debt recovery matters. Besides its litigation capabilities, the department is also well versed in providing preventative compliance advice and mediation assistance. Landlords and companies frequently instruct the team to assist with the recovery of debts from tenants and guarantors, while Tyler is also adept at acting for insolvency practitioners. Recently, he assisted an insolvency practitioner with pursuing liabilities from debtors and for outstanding sums under insurance policies. Niven Architects and construction company Cedar Building Company are also among the clients. Associate Leigh Ferguson is another key individual of the team.

Jacksons Law’s client base includes individuals, public limited companies and utilities which frequently call upon the team to act in various debt recovery matters including possession and mortgage arrears recovery claims. Solicitor Michael Sproates has notable experience in handling commercial property-related work and recently represented a client in recovering outstanding rent under a commercial lease, while legal executive Alison Binns assisted a client with the recovery of payment from an outstanding invoice. Darlington Building Society appointed the team led by litigator Toby Joel to handle all mortgage possession and arrears recovery work.

Working in conjunction with the firm’s dispute resolution and insolvency practices, Short Richardson & Forth acts for firms of solicitors, recruitment agencies, construction hire and supply companies alongside letting agencies, private landlords and SMEs and predominately handles claimant instructions. In recent work, team head Tim Berg represented a law firm in pursuing outstanding invoices; he also advises on insolvency law matters. Associate Alexandra Withers  is another key member of the team.

The ‚Äėefficient and effective‚Äô team at Sintons LLP¬†is ‚Äėgood at keeping the client informed‚Äô and is adept at providing assistance to limited companies, individuals and partnerships, with pre-action letters, statutory demands, bankruptcy and winding-up petitions as well as county court claims. Its debt recovery expertise spans handling high volume debts, rent arrears, unpaid invoices, one-off debts and the over-payment of wages. ‚ÄėResponsive‚Äô team head Colin Churchward¬†‚Äėprovides straightforward and jargon-free advice‚Äô and receives regular support from colleagues in the dispute resolution department including Angus Ashman¬†and Graeme Ritzema.

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