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Specialist firm drydensfairfax solicitors focuses solely on debt recovery matters, assisting clients with volume debt recovery and debt litigation. The firm’s client roster includes lenders, debt purchasers, financial institutions and several government departments. Key team members include Philip Holden, who has notable expertise in litigation and insolvency matters; and Phil Harling, who handles possession sales and LPA receiver appointments. Jo Pearson is head of compliance. Peter Wordsworth left to establish his own company.

Optima Legal advises clients on secured and unsecured recoveries, repossession litigation, complex litigation and property-related matters. Team members include legal services director Craig Underwood, who has acted for clients in the insurance and financial services sectors; Scott Nodder, who is head of the complex litigation department; and principal solicitor Jonathan Preston, who sits within the firm’s recoveries and litigation division.

The ‘very reliable and trustworthy’ team at Clarion focuses primarily on B2B debt with an increasing presence in the consumer debt space. Daniel Carlton (who is ‘always willing to go the extra mile’) leads the practice, which advises a range of clients including SMEs, owner-managed businesses, asset backed lenders and insolvency practitioners. Key clients include Asics UK, Communicorp UK and Team Rock.

David Scottow leads the practice at DWF, which advises a variety of commercial, financial services and public sector clients, with a substantial focus on the retail, utilities and insurance sectors. Clients include Morrisons, Anglian Water Services and Sainsbury’s. The team also has a significant international collections operation. Kevin Feehan was promoted to director in 2015.

Gordons LLPgoes above and beyond for clients’ and focuses on B2B debt for blue-chip companies and owner-managed businesses. Clients include Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK), Myers Group and Safestyle UK. Graeme Davy leads the practice, which includes solicitor Sallyanne Phillips, who ‘provides superb support’, and debt recovery manager Lynne Ord, who is noted for her ‘great attention to detail’.

HLW Keeble Hawson’s ‘fantastic’ department is led by Rachel Crookes, and is noted for its combination of ‘excellent service across the board with a friendly approach and commerciality to match’. The team has substantial experience in the manufacturing sector. Debt recovery manager Charise Marsden is ‘positive and very efficient’.

Nigel Whitfield leads Lupton Fawcett Denison Till’s department, which is primarily based in the firm’s York office. The team acts for commercial clients, trustees and liquidators, and has notable experience recovering rent debt from students.

Wilkin Chapman LLP has a strong presence in the local government, utilities and financial services sectors. Key practitioners include Christopher Garwood, who specialises in the administration of bankruptcy estates, and Adam Marham.

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    The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act 2010, enacted on 18 March 2010, imposes a new US withholding tax and reporting regime, known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The FATCA regime applies generally to payments made after 31 December 2012, except on obligations (to be defined in future guidance) outstanding on 18 March 2012. Substantial effort is required by foreign entities to bring their worldwide operations and policies into compliance with the FATCA rules as of the effective date.

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