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Pre-eminent in the field in Wales’, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a ‘first-class’ two-partner team with the strength-in-depth to handle a tremendous volume of debt collection matters, both secured and unsecured, for financial institutions, insurance companies and major corporates such as Lloyds Bank, RBS, MD Insurance and Western Power Distribution. Nick Rundle (an ‘impressive all-rounder’) leads the secured recoveries team and specialises in mortgage-related disputes and regulatory advice. The ‘unflappable’ and ‘enormously effectiveAnthony Davies leads the mortgage enforcement litigation and unsecured debt recoveries teams; he is the relationship partner for Arrow Global, for which it is handling litigation in relation to recently acquired debt portfolios. ‘Commercially focused’ principal associate Gareth Vowles is ‘very experienced in dealing with the technical side of consumer credit and mortgage debt collection’. Senior associate Tom Black is a ‘rising star’ and attracts praise for his ‘valuable specialist expertise in secured lending’. ‘Tenacious and effective’ senior associate Helen Marriott is also recommended.

Sitting within its broader litigation group and praised for its ‘real depth of service’, Capital Law LLP’s debt recovery offering, which falls under the firm’s "Capital Collect" service, provides a ‘bespoke and personal’ service. ‘Canny but charming litigator’ Guto Llewelyn heads the team, which is praised for its ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ service and ‘no-nonsense and logical advice’. Llewelyn worked alongside Andrew Brown for Fix Training on the successful recovery of £4m in unpaid invoices owed by the Welsh government. Other clients include Enterprise Rent a Car, The European Petroleum Refiners’ Association and Cardiff Blues RFC.

Overseen on a day-to-day level by ‘absolutely superb’ legal executive Jane Rees, Berry Smith’s debt recovery team provides a ‘very responsive’ service to clients from a range of industries including manufacturing, recruitment and financial services. Rees is particularly adept at handling fast track and small claim cases and recently successfully represented Master Concrete (Liverpool) on retrieving its unpaid invoices (and costs) relating to the supply of concrete.

At Douglas-Jones Mercer, legal executive Stephen Fitzgerald has successfully built up the firm’s debt recovery capabilities since his arrival in May 2014. As well as standalone instructions, the team also regularly works alongside the broader commercial litigation team on a range of issues, including the enforcement of judgments and costs orders. The firm receives regular repeat work for local businesses including Gravells, LAS Recycling and Dawsons, and has attracted a steady stream of new instructions form Credit Safe Business Solutions.

Christine Sharpe heads the firm’s debt recovery team at Geldards LLP, and has experience across a range of debt types. GE Capital Equipment Finance is a major client.

Now headed by ‘leading light’ Sophie Thomas following the retirement in December 2016 of Gareth Llewellyn Williams, JCP Solicitors’ commercial lending recoveries team provides a ‘well-prepared and efficient service’ to a range of clients including individuals and SMEs, as well as regional and national banks and building societies. ‘Never afraid to speak her mind’, Thomas ‘always has the facts of the case committed to memory’ and is ‘willing to work to the tight timescales that are often required’. Recent highlights include successfully representing a national lender regarding the recovery of an unsecured liability in respect of a former solicitors’ practice, and representing a lender in successfully bringing possession proceedings against borrowers in respect of security over a poultry farm.

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