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Shoosmiths LLP

THE LAKES, NORTHAMPTON, NN4 7SH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 03700 863000
Fax:
Fax 0870 086 3001
DX:
712280 NORTHAMPTON 12
Email:
Web:
www.shoosmiths.co.uk

Melanie Chell

Tel:
Work 03700 863606
Email:
Shoosmiths LLP

Work Department

Recoveries services group.

Position

Melanie is a Partner and national head of asset finance with over 12 years’ experience acting for finance houses, leasing companies and banks. Melanie specialises in complex asset finance recoveries, including title disputes, satisfactory quality issues, liens, consumer credit defences and fraud. She has a particular specialism in complex and urgent asset recovery, including emergency injunctive relief, cross-border recovery and committal proceedings. Melanie prides herself and her team on their commerciality and user friendly, robust advice.

Career

Trained Shoosmiths; qualified 2000; solicitor Shoosmiths 2000-04; associate Lester Aldridge 2004-07; partner HBJ Gateley Wareing 2007-10; partner Shoosmiths 2011-todate.

Member

FLA; CCTA; Leasing Foundation.

Education

Weavers School; Warwick University (LLB); Leicester Law School (LPC).

Leisure

open water swimming, gastronomy.


East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

Shoosmiths LLP is a ‘market leader’ with an ‘extremely reliable’ team, combining ‘second-to-none’ service with ‘exceptional knowledge, engagement and work ethic’. It assists major banks, institutional lenders, debt purchasers and corporates with collecting unsecured and secured debt across the UK; the client roster includes Moneybarn, Arrow Global, ABN Amro Lease and Cabot Credit Management. Waine Mannix leads the practice, Stuart Montgomery handles both consumer and commercial debt, and Melanie Chell is recommended for asset-based lending recoveries. The ‘approachableJim Taylor has ‘great knowledge of unsecured debt recovery and litigation’; he and senior associate Lisa Keating are providing strategic debt collection and recovery advice to Tesco Bank.

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London: Dispute resolution

Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

Punching well above its weight in this area’, Shoosmiths LLP’s recoveries services group is ‘extremely reliable in what can be testing and fraught situations’. The group handles the full-range of recoveries and has dedicated partners handling recovery in each of its key areas: asset-based lending, secured and unsecured consumer lending, secured and unsecured commercial and corporate lending, mortgage shortfall and B2B debt. As an example of the group’s work, Melanie Chell acts for Avelo Limited on the management of the run-off of a large portfolio of sub-prime motor finance agreements, containing over 4,000 accounts. Additional clients include Tesco Bank, Ormsby Street and Close Brothers Motor Finance. The department has seen a number of new arrivals at partner level in 2016; David Farnell, a recoveries litigator, joined from Addleshaw Goddard, David Pacey joined from the FCA whileKaren Savage and Paula Swain both joined from Lester Aldridge LLP. Waine Mannix heads the recoveries services group.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation

Within: Banking litigation

Shoosmiths LLP’s practice is ‘good at answering difficult questions and is generally extremely reliable in what can be testing and fraught situations’. The team sits within the firm’s recoveries services group, which acts for a wide range of clearing banks, other retail banks, building societies, credit card issuers and motor finance houses. Names to note include head of asset finance litigation Melanie Chell, who divides her time between Birmingham and Northampton; Roger Potgieter, whose work straddles advice to lenders on the recovery of financed assets and bringing claims against lenders under the Consumer Credit Act; and senior associate Martin Ward, who focuses on asset and motor finance. In 2016, the team acted for Close Brothers Motor Finance on a number of matters, including the recovery of £300,000 following the termination of a wholesale funding facility with a motor dealer; and in another example of work, it defended Lombard North Central Bank in a credit finance dispute over whether a coach was of satisfactory quality, following the supplier’s liquidation.

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Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

Shoosmiths LLP’s team ‘really believes in providing advice rather than just marking up documents and always makes itself available at short notice’. The practice focuses on advising motor finance lenders, leasing companies and banks on the recovery of financed assets. In recent work examples, Roger Potgieter represented Close Brother Motor Finance in various matters, including recovering money under a vehicle stocking agreement, and also recovery following the termination of a wholesale funding facility with a motor dealer. Head of asset finance litigation Melanie Chell divides her time between Birmingham and Northampton and acts for clients such as ABN Amro Lease and Tesco Bank.

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