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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's two-partner team excels at handling big-ticket debt recovery for large corporates and financial institutions. Housed within the firm’s wider financial litigation offering, the team stands out for its ability to handle complex matters, often involving consumer credit issues, for a wide variety of financial institutions including challenger banks and mortgage banks. Nick Rundle excels at handling complex mortgage-related disputes and co-heads the team alongside Anthony Davies, whose expertise encompasses mortgage enforcement litigation and unsecured debt recovery matters.

Practice head(s):Nick Rundle; Anthony Davies

Other key lawyers:Gareth Vowles; Tom Black; Lindsey Caddy; Amy Earlam

Testimonials

The team is vast and dwarves the competition in the region

Key Clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander UK Plc

North View Group

Western Power Distribution

Severn Trent Water Plc

Legal & General Insurance

MD Insurance

Clydesdale Bank

TSB Bank

HSBC Bank

Virgin Money

Arrow Global

GCI Network Solutions

Metro Bank

Enra Group

SPXflow

Tesco Bank

FSCS

DXC Technology

The Forestry Commission

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Santander UK Plc in an appeal to the High Court on an important point of principle for conveyancers and mortgage lenders.
  • Success at trial in mortgage repossession proceedings where the transfer of the mortgage to Elderbridge was challenged.
  • Success at trial and appeal, in obtaining a judgment for Western Power Distribution for the full balance sought plus full Part 36 consequences on an infrastructure recovery claim.
  • Advising TSB Bank Plc in a complex mortgage claim against a barrister defendant determined at a three-day trial.
  • Advising Castle Trust Capital Plc on a complex mortgage claim proceeding to trial based on issues as to whether the mortgage was regulated, unfair relationships and overriding interests.

Led by 'personable and pragmatic' senior associate Guto Llewelyn, Capital Law Limited's six-strong team handles debt recovery work for corporate clients of the firm, as well as receiving regular referral work from accountants, insolvency practitioners and membership organisations. The team is praised for its 'transparent and commercial debt recovery offering' which sees matters handled on a case-by-case basis and not through an automated system managed by a paralegal. Clients seeking the recovery of larger debts can also potentially access the firm's own litigation fund - Capital Dispute Finance.

Practice head(s):Guto Llewelyn

Other key lawyers:Philip Jones; Andrew Brown; Stephen Meade

Key Clients

Cardiff City Football Club

Cardiff Blues RFC

MSS Group

Smart Solutions (Recruitment) Limited

Sonovate Limited

Menzies LLP

Doyle Davies Limited

Skillcert Limited

The Westdale Press Limited

MEWA Textil-Service AG & Co

Work highlights

  • Represents MSS Group on its debt recovery work.
  • Retained by Menzies LLP, a national firm of insolvency practitioners, to deal with its book debt collection in the insolvencies that it manages.
  • Represents the Development Bank of Wales to deal with all of its statutory demands.
  • Retained by MEWA Textil-Service AG & Co to provide vital advice on debt recovery matters originating from breach of contract by customers in England and Wales.
  • Retained by Sonovate Limited to recover debts from its customers.

Led on a day-to-day basis by 'extremely knowledgeable and considered' associate Jane Rees  and also aided by lawyers from the firm's broader commercial litigation offering, Berry Smith has a strong reputation in the market for handling debt recovery work for local clients from a range of industry sectors including manufacturing, transportation, construction and financial services. As well as being able to stave off any potential litigation through pre-action debt recovery, Rees is also noted for her contentious work, from small claims track up to multi-track matters.

Practice head(s):Iwan Doull; Jane Rees

Testimonials

'Extremely professional, helpful and most importantly available when needed.'

'The team provides well considered and balanced advice, and always explains the potential courses of action and risks associated.'

'Jane Rees applies a forward thinking, consultative approach to each case, highlighting holes in our business policies/terms so that we do not leave ourselves exposed in the future.'

Headed by senior legal executive Stephen Fitzgerald, as well as being able to tap into the resources of the firm's broader commercial litigation offering, Douglas-Jones Mercer has a strong reputation in the market for providing a 'cost-effective and commercial service' to clients seeking debt recovery solutions, both in the pre-litigation and litigation phases.

Practice head(s):Stephen Fitzgerald

Key Clients

Estateways

F-Corp Ltd

Hafod Car Sales Limited

Knightsbridge Property Development Corporation (UK) Limited

Langland Fitness Limited t/a Anytime Fitness Swansea

MH Automation Limited

Mainstay Marine Solutions Limited

Mirus-Wales

Players Industrial Estate LLP

Slabcrest Limited

South Wales Wood Recycling Limited

Pobl Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the Welsh Government in dealing with recovery of outstanding service charges on leasehold properties/premises owned by the Welsh Government throughout the whole of Wales.
  • Assisted Craigdam Limited with the recovery of monies owing to the appointed administrators for the companies that have fallen into administration.
  • Handling numerous matters for Creditsafe Business Solutions in respect of the non-payment of invoices for the services provided, pursuant to the terms of the contract.
  • Advised Exall Jones Limited on the most appropriate course of action to take in recovering monies due and owing in respect of non-payment of invoices pursuant to the terms of the contract.
  • Advised Mainstay Marine Solutions Limited on the most appropriate course of action to take in recovering monies due and owing in respect of non-payment of invoices pursuant to the terms of the contract.

Led on a day-to-day basis by the vastly experienced Christine Sharpe , as well as being able to call upon the services of members of the wider commercial litigation team, Geldards LLP's debt recovery team provides a 'responsive service' to standalone and existing clients of the firm.

Practice head(s):Christine Sharpe

Other key lawyers:Paul Hopkins; Michael Evans

Key Clients

GE Capital Equipment Finance Limited

Cardiff University

Henry Howard Finance Limited

Jardine Norton Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Henry Howard Finance Group Plc in the handling of legal action against commercial lease debts.
  • Advising Cardiff University on the enforcement of a judgment debt.  
  • Handled various commercial lease debts for GE Capital Equipment Finance Limited.
  • Debt recovery for Jardine Norton Limited.

The 'very approachable' team at Newport-based Harding Evans LLP has a strong reputation on debt recovery matters for individuals, partnerships and SMEs, both locally and beyond. Although the team is active for clients across a spectrum of industries, it has developed a particularly strong reputation dealing with construction debt, both on behalf of building merchants and builders/building companies pursuing debt from customers. Associate William Watkins  handles the day-to-day running of the debt recovery group (with assistance from the broader commercial litigation team) and is appreciated by clients for his 'pragmatic and balanced advice'.

Practice head(s):Ben Jenkins

Other key lawyers:William Watkins

Testimonials

Very approachable team, which can be relied upon to undertake all tasks efficiently and professionally

Friendly and informative

William Watkins' explanation of the steps required to secure a successful outcome of debt recovery was well presented and highly informative

Key Clients

Cardiff City Football Club

Vale of Glamorgan Hotel Limited T/A The Vale Resort

Leekes Limited

Navy Army and Airforce Institutes

The NAAFI Pension Fund (administered by Capita)

GD Environmental Services Limited

The TJM Partnership Plc

BOGOD Group Limited (which includes BOGOD & Company Limited and DR Kitchen Appliances Limited)

Hughes Forrest Limited

Welsh Bros Foods Limited

Island Steel (UK) Limited

FW Morgan Limited

Work highlights

  • Pursuing a debt for a high-net-worth individual in respect of loan agreements and various other agreements.
  • Represented Welsh Bros Foods Limited in respect of a substantial outstanding debt owed for goods purchased.
  • Advising a company providing professional services on pursuing professional fees owed.
  • Recovery of fees on behalf of Leekes Limited from a sub-contractor
  • Recovery of service charges and rent pursuant to a lease agreement for a high-profile landlord.

The 'very experienced and knowledgeable' team at JCP Solicitors provides an 'effective and efficient service' on debt recovery matters to local individuals and SMEs, as well as regional and national banks and building societies. Led by the 'very practical' Sophie Thomas, the team's particular sweet-spot lies in recovering debts secured by properties for banks and fixed charge receivers.

Practice head(s):Sophie Thomas

Other key lawyers:David Owen

Testimonials

The first-class team provides very efficient advice

Sophie Thomas has a no-nonsense approach which gets to the heart of any issues

Sophie Thomas is truly a credit to the team

Work highlights

  • Acted for bank and receivers in possession proceedings and subsequent disposal of commercial property.
  • Acted for client in securing debt by way of charging order over property unknown to other creditor.
  • Advised bank on a settlement deal where customer proposed voluntary sale of security property.
  • Acted for bank and receivers in rectification of title and subsequent sale of portfolios of flats.

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