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  1. Debt recovery
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

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    • Charise Marsden - Keebles

Debt recovery specialist firm drydensfairfax solicitors has expertise across the full breadth of matters including unsecured and secured recoveries, high-volume litigation, and asset-based, insolvency and defended claims. The high-value insolvency team is jointly led by Philip Holden, who focuses on high-value litigation, and insolvency expert Tim Pope. The group also benefits from the addition of associate John-Paul Murphy, who joined from Cohen Cramer and heads up the unsecured litigation team.

Practice head(s):Philip Holden; Tim Pope

Other key lawyers:Sue Nickson; John-Paul Murphy

Testimonials

'drydensfairfax solicitors has a wide range of capabilities in the field of debt recovery, offering deep experience across all practice areas. The group is exceptionally professional and diligent in client delivery and provides commercial, pragmatic and practical advice.'

'drydensfairfax solicitors has a great range and depth of people across the organisation, and is very flexible to client requirements.'

'Philip Holden is well regarded as an expert in his field.'

Clarion is instructed by a range of corporate clients to handle high-value debt collection and credit control services. Practice head Daniel Carlton has particular expertise in the leisure, construction, manufacturing and property sectors, while corporate insolvency specialist Ryan Millmore is noted for his retail, manufacturing and waste sector specialisms. Associate Dale Fawcett is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Daniel Carlton

Other key lawyers:Ryan Millmore; Dale Fawcett; Dominic Blakely; Kayleigh Fantoni

Key Clients

Shred-It Limited

SRCL Limited

Encon Insulation Limited

Bruntwood Investments PLC

Sanderson Weatherall LLP

Asics UK Limited

Admiral Taverns PLC

Communicorp UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Encon Insulation to collect substantial outstanding debts.
  • Assisting SRCL-ERS Medical with debt collection.
  • Acting for Bruntwood Investments on the collection of commercial rents from tenants.
  • Acted for Tunstall Healthcare on the recovery of two aged debts, which had been outstanding for years.
  • Assisted a client with the recovery of £350,000 of debt, where the debts were over 4 years old.

The recoveries team at DWF handles a range of debt collection work, focusing on business to business debts, for its impressive client roster, which includes large corporates, blue-chip companies and local authorities. The team is jointly led by national head of recoveries David Scottow, civil recoveries expert Kevin Feehan and James Perry, who heads up the recoveries technical team and focuses on non-standard cases.

Practice head(s):David Scottow; Kevin Feehan; James Perry

Key Clients

Anglian Water Services Ltd

Fleetcor UK

Sainsburys Supermarkets Ltd

High Court Enforcement Officers Association

Controlaccount PLC

Hirestation Ltd

DX Network Services Limited

Marks And Spencer Plc

Asda Stores Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising the High Court Enforcement Officers Association on various complaints made against High Court enforcement officers.
  • Assisting Hillsborough Steelstock with the recovery of unpaid invoices, interest and late payments for the supply of 20 tonnes of steel.
  • Acted for Chester Wharfe in a contractual dispute regarding the recovery of recruitment fees, which was eventually settled through negotiation.
  • Representing a large healthcare provider in the recovery of care home fees and defending a clinical negligence counterclaim.
  • Assisting a technology sector client with a £350,000 claim for the recovery of unpaid invoices concerning the supply of Sim cards.

The debt recovery team at Gordons LLP has the capacity to handle a range of business to business debt collection instructions, with particular experience in the manufacturing, retail and food and drink sectors. Graeme Davy, who has experience in a range of complex and defended debt recovery matters, heads up the practice, which includes the Bradford-based Sallyanne Phillips.

Practice head(s):Graeme Davy

Other key lawyers:Sallyanne Phillips

Testimonials

'Gordons has an excellent balance between commerciality and objectivity, and takes a customer-focused approach.'

'The team is approachable and easy to deal with, and speaks in plain English!'

Key Clients

Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK) Limited

Core Communications

Safestyle UK

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Molson Coors Brewing Company as the company's sole debt recovery provider.

The debt recovery team at Keebles handles a range of claims from fast-track matters to contractual disputes and issues involving emergency injunction relief and breaches of restrictive covenants. Rachel Crookes, who has particular experience assisting clients in the manufacturing and engineering sectors, jointly heads up the team with Charise Marsden.

Practice head(s):Rachel Crookes; Charise Marsden

Testimonials

'Keebles provides a proactive service giving practical assistance wherever possible, and it has a strong and helpful team.'

'Keebles' debt collection solution takes a personal approach and always has the clients best interests at heart. Rather than just trying to chase for a fee, it will look at the best opportunities for collection.'

'Keebles offer an exemplary service for a price below the market average.'

Key Clients

Actavo (UK) Ltd

Aggregate Industries UK Ltd

Kettlewell Fuels Ltd

Vink UK Ltd

Brown McLeod Ltd

Eyre & Elliston Ltd

Galaxy Insulation and Dry Lining (Holdings) Ltd

Menzies Distribution Ltd

Sheffield Credit Union

Synseal Extrusions Ltd

Oak Tyres UK Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for several clients across multiple sectors on the recovery of outstanding invoices.
  • Assisted a client with the recovery of an over-payment from an ex-employee.
  • Acted for a client in the real estate sector on the recovery of an outstanding deposit.

Lupton Fawcett's team handles a variety of private and contentious corporate matters ranging from advice on terms and conditions and credit control procedures to enforcement matters and claims. Practice head Nigel Whitfield, who splits his time between York and Leeds, has a broad range of experience with particular expertise in insolvency-related work.

Practice head(s):Nigel Whitfield

Testimonials

'Lupton Fawcett's debt recovery team provides a quick, friendly and polite service.'

'The team at Lupton Fawcett is very polite, prompt and informative.'

The commercial business debt recovery team at LCF Law assists its client roster, which ranges from SMEs to large plcs, with a range of claims, from commencement of collection proceedings to the enforcement of judgments and insolvency issues. It has particular experience advising on the recovery of debt arising from contracts in the construction industry. Andrew Langton heads up the team from Bradford.

Practice head(s):Andrew Langton

Key Clients

VP PLC

MKM Building Supplies Limited

Mabey Hire Ltd

Andrew Page 1917 Ltd

PTSG Plc

NWG Business

Ameuri Ltd

Lyreco UK Ltd

Smiths News Trading Limited

Woodhead Investments

Adler and Allan Ltd

Abacus Express Ltd

JP Distribution Ltd

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Mabey Hire to review and consult on it’s internal risk and collection strategies.

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