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Coltman Warner Cranston LLP specialises in commercial recovery for a wide range of major UK companies. The firm has been particularly active in relation to overpayment of salary claims, and remained busy in its stronghold of retention of title claims. Managing partner Larry Coltman’s team includes Stuart Cranston, who handled several high-value credit insurance cases.

Under the leadership of motor finance specialist Greg Standing, Gowling WLG’s team specialises in asset finance recoveries for clients such as HSBC and American Express. For some, the team is the ‘preferred legal choice for complex issues’, with Standing winning praise for his ‘knowledge in relation to consumer credit legislation’. Ian Weatherall is the other name to note.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s practice is led from Stratford by Alan Hamblett, who has ‘exceptional knowledge of the invoice finance industry’, and Jayne Gardner, who provides ‘rounded answers’. The team provides ‘specialists for different areas of expertise’ and has seen an increase in the number of foreign claims. Clients include Enterprise Inns, Marston Group and Monster Energy.

At Shoosmiths LLP, new arrival Roger Potgieter, who joined from DWF, advises motor finance lenders, leasing companies and banks on the recovery of financed assets. While the team is particularly known for recovery on behalf of lenders, it also acts for major public companies, utilities and public sector bodies. Northampton-based Waine Mannix heads the practice.

Providing ‘good value for money’, Wright Hassall LLP’s team is led by ‘ambassadorPhil Wilding and draws on the expertise of Sarah Perry and Emma Easton, both ‘impressive lawyers’. The team continued to build on its debt offering across a range of sectors, including construction, insurance, engineering, and logistics.

At Beswicks Legal, Richard Anderson’s team handles work relating to both secured and unsecured debt and has reported an increase in work this year. Clients range from individuals to large retailers and schools.

Gateley Plc’s practice focuses on recovery in the asset finance and leasing sector, but also covers unsecured lending and real estate secured lending. Areas of specialism include title investigations and fraud cases, often with a cross-border element. James Baird heads the team.

Knights Professional Services Limited’s team is led by Kerry Davies, who deals with a range of clients, from hospitals, private schools and universities to telecoms companies and breweries. The team handles claims that are up to and over £100,000.

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