Debt recovery in East Anglia

Ashtons Legal

Ashtons Legal ‘provides an approachable and informative service‘. The firm handles complex and high-value cases for listed and non-listed companies, individuals and public bodies, among which are high-value debt recovery matters. Tom Bailey in Norwich leads the dispute resolution practice, in which solicitor Alice Trainor, who joined from Fosters, and legal executive Leah Newcombe handle debt recovery.

Practice head(s):

Tom Bailey

Other key lawyers:

Alice Trainor; Leah Newcombe; Nicki Frearson; Damian Pitts; Denise Traube


‘I am new to legal debt recovery processes, and Ashtons provided an approachable and informative service, helping me with explanations and advice when needed. ’

‘I worked with Nicki Frearson and Leah Newcombe, and would recommend both for the great service they have provided.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a landlord to recover in excess of £100,000 due under a commercial lease.
  • Ongoing support to a client in the construction sector in recovering customer debts in excess of £55,000.

Birketts LLP

In the Ipswich office of Birketts LLP, 'the team has the strength in depth to be able to respond quickly to a range of issues, including more complex cross-border matters'. Debt recovery manager Robert Howard acts for a wide range of clients, from professional partnerships to large public and private companies. The practice is overseen by litigation partner Josh Ripman, who is experienced in the application of insolvency proceedings to the debt recovery process.

Practice head(s):

Josh Ripman

Other key lawyers:

Robert Howard; Sophie Clarke


‘The team has the strength in depth to be able to respond quickly to a range of issues, including more complex cross-border issues. There is clearly a strong team ethic given that support remains constantly available.’

‘Sophie Clarke is my regular point of contact and is a great ambassador for the firm. I particularly value her case management and ability to turn work round efficiently. It does feel like we have another team member.’

‘The services seem more effective than others we have used before. Very well organised with great communication.

‘The team are excellent at communicating and updating us on progress. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience across the team and each member is incredibly efficient in their given roles.’

‘Robert Howard is always on hand to offer his expertise and we really value his experience. He puts forward a number of scenarios and is pragmatic in his approach. He truly understands what is important for our business and sees the issues from our point of view. Sophie Clarke has helped us on a number of occasions to navigate potentially tricky scenarios and has always done so successfully. She has kept us up to date throughout and has always presented us with a number of options and advised us on how best to proceed. We really value her expertise and the hard work she has put in on our behalf.’

‘Birketts has always given a complete package to our business. From initial correspondence through to court hearing every step of the way has been documented fully and we have been kept up to date with every action. I have been using Birketts for the past 25 years and would not hesitate to recommend them to any organisation.’

‘The stand out person within Birketts is Robert Howard. His knowledge is unlimited and I can always rely on him to advise the right action for the circumstances. He is backed up by a great team too.’

Key clients

Greene King Plc

Archant Community Media Limited

Ford & Slater Leyland DAF

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP acts for government departments, including the Insolvency Service, in high-value debt recovery matters. The firm also handles work for clients in the education, professional services, agriculture, retail, automotive, construction, energy and tourism sectors. Michael Green in Cambridge, who has more than 20 years’ experience in large complex insolvency and recovery matters including the FSA-led winding up of a mutual insurance company and provisional liquidations, and insolvency partner Morris Peacock in Norwich are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Michael Green; Morris Peacock

Key clients

The Insolvency Service

Credo Capital Finance Ltd

Quattro Recruitment Limited

Pure Resourcing Solutions Limited

Select Franchising Limited

Marine & Industrial LLP

M&K (UK) Ltd t/a Anglia Access Platforms

Bussey & Sabberton Bros. Limited

Ben Burgess & Co Limited

Collease Truck and Trailer Rentals Limited

Archimedean Limited

Wicksteed Leisure Limited

Clapham & Collinge Solicitors

Clapham & Collinge Solicitors in Norwich frequently acts for companies in Norfolk in the recovery of their debts thanks to the in-depth experience of its litigation practice. Managing partner Mark Kermez leads the debt recovery group, in which litigator Philip Lumb and legal executive Katie Smith  play key roles. 'She totally knew her subject and I felt confident trusting her advice', says a client of Smith.

Practice head(s):

Mark Kermez

Other key lawyers:

Katie Smith; Philip Lumb


‘Kate Smith is professional – she always gets back to me timely and is always willing to help.’

‘They take the time to explain what is probably obvious to any solicitor in layman’s terms. To carry out what they say they will do when they say they will To keep me informed of any developments in the most cost-effective way, be it a call, or even a very short e mail.’

‘I dealt with Kate Smith who chased an old unpaid debt, she was very good,, totally knew her subject and i felt confident trusting her advice, even when i had to hold my nerve as costs mounted up’

‘My action against a troublesome tenant was complicated. The firm have a well established and experienced team who were able to deal with the complexities.’

‘Always helpful and available to answer my questions.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a guarantor-based loan company in over 250 matters involving recovery of unpaid loan debt.
  • Advised on the recovery of a substantial unpaid invoice.
  • Advising the father of a debtor who had disappeared, having failed to repay a substantial loan.


Fosters advises both corporate clients and individuals on debt recovery, and it is a partner to Escalate Disputes, which provide alternative solutions to debt matters. The practice works closely with the insolvency and restructuring team, led by head of litigation Chris Fielding, who handles a broad range of commercial debt matters for businesses of varying sizes. He frequently representing clients in County Court and High Court cases.

Practice head(s):

Chris Fielding

Key clients

Tingdene Holiday Parks Limited

Lowestoft Electrical Co Limited

Escalate Disputes

Anson Timberworks Ltd

Barry & Hardingham Building Consultants

Work highlights

  • Advising a company on a number of matters pertaining to non-payment on commercial construction contracts, including developments.
  • Advising Tingdene Holiday Parks Limited with the recovery of its debts arising from tenants’ breach of contracts.
  • Instructed to advise a building consultancy on a claim for non-payment by an LLP in the construction industry.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP provides a fixed-fee debt collection service for both public and private sector clients. Senior associate Harriet Wells oversees the debt recovery practice, in which Lynne Lawn is the key practitioner, assisted by paralegal Kirt Wilkinson. Their work ranges from pre-litigation letters to the the drafting and issue of court proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Harriet Wells

Other key lawyers:

Lynne Lawn



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