Leading Individuals

Debt recovery in East Anglia

Birketts LLP

The Ipswich office at Birketts LLP houses an active debt recovery practice led by commercial litigation partner Josh Ripman, who is noted as going above and beyond’ for his clients. Vastly experienced debt recovery manager Philip Wink and team are well-equipped to handle County Court Litigation, as well as High Court cases. The team is well-regarded for its provision of ‘fair and objective advice’. The practice also has significant experience in issuing claims against foreign debtors.

Practice head(s):

Josh Ripman

Other key lawyers:

Philip Wink; Bethany Kent


‘Birketts continue to support their clients in making the right decisions around claims. Their collaboration skills are second-to-none. The debt recovery team continues to support us with our claims and are very efficient with their responses and in provision of updates on our open cases.’

‘Josh Ripman gets stuck in to all of our claims and it’s clear that he is genuinely passionate about achieving the right results for his clients at a reasonable cost.’

‘Josh Ripman helps us to make decisions that are right for our company.’

‘Bethany Kent helps us with complex claims and her efforts do not go unnoticed.’

‘They make an effort to get to know your business and understand its complexities and intricacies in order to give you the best advice for your situation.’

‘The team at Birketts are good at keeping me up-to-date on cases, providing fair and objective advice and I feel that I am in good hands when they are involved.’

‘Josh Ripman is helpful in providing a personal service. If I had any concerns or issues, Josh would go above and beyond in order to try and help resolve them.’

Howes Percival LLP

The ‘professional, polite and efficient‘ debt recovery team at Howes Percival LLP handles high-value and complex matters, partly through its role on the Crown Commercial Services Panel, which sees it act for The Insolvency Service. Morris Peacock, the ‘very helpful, informative' Norwich-based Gordon Simpson, and Cambridge-based litigation specialist Michael Green are the practice heads. Peacock acted for The Insolvency Service in the investigation into the failure of BHS Limited and connected companies whilst Simpson notably assisted Bures Farm Partners in contentious debt recovery matters to secure £250,000. William Shirley in Norwich also plays a key role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Simpson; Morris Peacock; Michael Green

Other key lawyers:

William Shirley


‘All communications have been professional, polite and efficient.’

‘Gordon Simpson is very helpful, informative and replies to emails and queries quickly and efficiently.’

Key clients

Pure Resourcing Solutions Limited

Bussey & Sabberton Bros. Limited

Wicksteed Leisure Limited

Bures Farm Partners

Clearance and Logistics Limited

The Insolvency Service

Work highlights

  • Assisting Bures Farm Partners in contentious debt recovery in relation to two six-figure debts; recoveries were made in both matters.
  • Assisting Pure Resourcing Solutions with the recovery of unpaid invoices – the largest single recovery was £20,592.
  • Assisting Bussey & Sabberton Bros with the recovery of unpaid invoices which have been made through pre-action processes, court proceedings and service of Statutory Demands.


Fosters in Norwich operates a debt recovery practice as part of its commercial litigation offering, which is known for its ‘empathetic and caring responses, and its provision of pragmatic advice'. Partner Chris Fielding and senior associate Gurpal Singh are the main contacts in the team, alongside business and commercial-focused associate Charlotte Darkins. The firm frequently advises Tingdene Holiday Parks Limited on the recovery of debts, principally arrears and service charge sums arising from tenants’ breach or breaches of contract.

Practice head(s):

Chris Fielding

Other key lawyers:

Gurpal Singh; Charlotte Darkins


‘Easy access to staff – timely response to queries – excellent client advice.’

‘Empathetic and caring responses, and its provision of pragmatic advice and management are notable as well as its appropriate understanding of issues.’

‘The team at Fosters was absolutely great. They spent time initially developing a full understanding of the outstanding debt at hand, and also about those who owed the debt.’

Key clients

Tingdene Holiday Parks Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Tingdene Holiday Parks Ltd on recovery of debts, principally arrears and service charge sums, arising from tenants’ breach or breaches of contract.
  • Advising the client on the recovery of a debt of c. £150,000 in a business-to-business contract for the supply of goods.
  • Advising and assisting on the recovery of a debt of c. £450,000 in a business-to-business contract for the supply of services.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has an outstanding debt recovery lawyer in legal executive Lynne Lawn, who leads the Norwich team. The firm operates a fixed-fee collection service and also handles the drafting and issuing of court proceedings. The team frequently advises on disputes regarding outstanding debts and is adept to settle via negotiation or court proceedings, where necessary.

Practice head(s):

Lynne Lawn