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At Blake Morgan LLP, Sadak Miah attracts praise for his ‘exceptional industry knowledge regarding motor finance’. The group is also renowned for its debt purchase work. It continues to act as a sole legal adviser to Mercedes Benz Financial Services.

The team at Brachers is led by Michael Oatham and specialises in consumer credit recoveries and portfolio management services. Robert Thompson is praised as ‘extremely knowledgeable’, particularly in the area of consumer credit agreements.

The ‘excellent’ group at Shoosmiths LLP is led by Waine Mannix, who took on the role from Richard Gwynne, who joined Spratt Endicott. The practice’s expertise ranges from business-to-business trade recoveries as well as secured and unsecured commercial lending recoveries.

The ‘outstanding’ team at Spratt Endicott provides ‘an excellent service’. Richard Gwynne joined the team from Shoosmiths LLP. Martin Hughes leads the practice.

Brethertons LLP’s practice is renowned for its work in the property management sector. Shaun Jardine and Debbie Phillips are key contacts. Karen Adams joined the team from Blake Morgan LLP.

Judge & Priestley LLP’s Mark Oakley is praised for his ‘excellent industry knowledge’. Rachel Addai and Mark Younger regularly act for local authorities and corporate entities, and the group specialises in recovering subrogated insurance claims.

Boyes Turner has been pursuing over £1m in claims for H Young. Senior associate Ally Tow is a key contact.

At Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, Stephen Burns has expertise in automotive claims and auction law. Clients include British Car Auctions and We Buy Any Car. Duncan Elson heads the practice.

Ed Weeks and Mike Scott lead the team at Cripps LLP, which continues to act for the Treasury Solicitor and Paye Stonework & Restoration.

The group at DMH Stallard LLP is led by Simon Elcock and is well versed in leasehold debt recovery. Clients include Moore Stephens, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and Medway Council.

Lovetts Ltd’s team is led by Michael Higgins and recorded collections comprising more than £40m in 2015.

The ‘responsive and commercial’ team at Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors has been assisting Publications International with many claims. The ‘knowledgeable and efficient’ Stephen Eccles is recommended.

Suzanne Brooker heads the ‘approachable’ and ‘responsive’ group at Pitmans LLP, which acts for commercial and corporate entities as well as regulatory and public bodies.

stevensdrake’s practice is led by the ‘excellent’ Marie Moffatt. In addition to handling business-to-business collections, the group is also highly active in the motor finance industry.

Graeme Weir heads the team at Thackray Williams LLP, which advises on personal and property debt, and specialises in misappropriation of equipment and the law of conversion in the baking industry.

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