Debt recovery in North West


Bermans represents high net-worth individuals, liquidators, and businesses in high-value debt recovery and collection cases, including matters relating to contractual disputes, supply agreements, and director malfeasance. The team, led by Nick Harvey, also has notable capabilities in handling cross-border debt recovery and complex multi-party claims.

Practice head(s):

Nick Harvey

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of 200+ HNW claimant investors in a claim for breach of contract and duty against HSBC Bank for compensation of circa £55m.
  • Acting on behalf of 4 HNW Individuals in claims for damages for malicious prosecution and / or misfeasance in a public office each claim worth between £3m-12m.
  • Acting on behalf of a liquidator in a claim for misfeasance against a former director for the sale of one of its principal assets [a company based in the USA] at an undervalue. A claim valued at circa £1.5m involving restraint of assets in the USA.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP‘s debt recovery team works closely with its banking and commercial litigation departments, representing banks and financial institutions as well as commercial clients in debt recovery proceedings, including routine recoveries through to complex, contested recoveries. The team, led by the highly experienced Sharon Williamson, has particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional claims, particularly in the US and Mexico. The firm also regularly acts as an in-house debt recovery team for a number of major clients. Senior associate John Quicler is noted for his leading work on behalf of banking clients, and fellow senior associate Kate Steele has a growing niche in data protection-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Williamson

Other key lawyers:

John Quicler; Kate Steele

Key clients

Thomas Hardie Commercials Limited

Agilent Technologies Limited

Irwell Street Metal Company Limited

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance Limited

Metro Bank

Soda Softwear Labs Limited

Piccadilly Village Management Limited

Halewood International Limited

Elior Group PLC

Bibby Commercial Finance Limited

Bibby Factors Limited

Bibby Factors Scotland Limited

Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS

Borgun hf

NHS Business Services Authority (Pensions)

Iconic Pets Limited

MJ Birtwistle & Co Limited

The Delivery Group

KPT Solutions Limited

Tower College

Work highlights

  • Representing the Bibby Group in obtaining payment of overdue invoices which have been assigned to them.
  • Representing The Delivery Group Limited in debt recovery claims and winding up proceedings.
  • Representing Soda Softwear Labs Limited in the recovery of licence fees from their clients, which has included proceedings in various jurisdictions, including the US and Mexico.

Pannone Corporate LLP

Pannone Corporate LLP offers a senior-led team with strong expertise in acting on high-level debt recovery matters. The practice regularly works with national companies on complex, business-critical collection matters. Practice head Karl Williams is highly experienced, with a portfolio of major clients, including international brands. Other key team members include associate Denise Lamb and director Simon Fitzgerald.

Practice head(s):

Karl Williams

Other key lawyers:

Denise Lamb; Simon Fitzgerald


‘We have worked with the Debt Recovery team for many years and have always been pleased with the excellent service and advice they provide.’

‘The knowledge and support provided by the staff is excellent. ’

‘An engaging, tenacious team who are practical and efficient in what they do. They have worked with us and our functions to provide a seamless recovery service to suit our business needs. ’

‘Karl Williams is first-class and a pleasure to work with. ’

‘Pannone’s debt recovery department is commendable in every aspect of their duties. Their highly experienced team is always ready to go the extra mile, despite only charging fixed recoverable costs, so also represent superb value for money too. ’

‘Karl Williams has always provided an exemplary level of advice and guidance wherever needed. His support over many years has been invaluable. He is highly experience in his field and is focused on maintaining an excellent relationship with his clients.’


Key clients

Exertis (UK) Limited

Hilti (GB) Limited

L’Oreal (UK)) Limited

Kellan Group Limited

Ryder Limited

PPL PRS Limited

Bolton School

Edmundson Electrical Limited

DHL International (UK) Limited

The Keith Jones Partnership

The Keith Jones Partnership specialises in business-to-business debt recovery and accompanying commercial litigation, with strong capabilities across debt recovery matters in England and Wales, as well as in foreign jurisdictions. Of particular note is the firm's expertise in post-Brexit EU debt pursuance, as well as its work in Africa and the Far East. Clients include individuals through to global businesses, and the firm is regularly referred work by major national firms. The team is led by managing partner Keith Jones, a nationally-renowned debt recovery specialist with high court litigation experience, commercial litigator Nicholas Brown, and Brenda Li, who acts for a number of noted technology clients.

Practice head(s):

Keith Jones; Nicholas Brown; Brenda Li

Other key lawyers:

Alex Jones


‘Keith Jones – the Managing Partner, is one of the most charming and approachable lawyers in the business. His genuine warmth is a huge asset, although his sharp, legal mind is just as impressive.

‘On top of delivering the most professional, faultless, exemplary service. Keith Jones is a gentleman and a pleasure to do business with. As such we have had no hesitation in recommending his services to a number of our business networking partners, we were also suffering the same fate.’

‘They have a very personal approach which gives us added comfort when passing on any debts over to them, they always give us honest feedback even if it means that they don’t gain financially. Their communication and approachability is excellent and we couldn’t be happier service.’

‘I have worked with Nick Brown on some debt recovery actions. He is approachable, personable and incredibly commercial. ’

‘Nick Brown is excellent. He provides practical, sensible and comprehensible advice and is a really straight talker. ’

‘Very personal services with a single named contact. Fair charges. Incredibly efficient, speedy responses. Thoroughly decent people who I would recommend without hesitation.’

‘Both Keith and Alex are excellent no nonsense lawyers, highly knowledgeable and skilled in dispute resolution. Working with them feels like a true partnership and they strive to achieve the best outcome for their clients. ’

‘KJP were at all times clear in their advise and wholly reactive to all agreed courses of actions. It was this helpful and professional approach that secured for us a fair and equitable outcome. We hope to continue our relationship with The Keith Jones Partnership.’


Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP represents a diverse range of corporate clients in debt recovery proceedings, with expertise in handling routine repeat recoveries, defended proceedings, and ADR such as mediation and arbitration in contested cases. The firm has also expanded its share of public sector clients, with practice co-head and consultant Mark Burch particularly capable in this regard. Andrew Cox is the other key name in the team, and is an experienced litigator with a wide range of clients in the banking, utilities, and transport sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cox; Mark Burch

Other key lawyers:

Emma Caunce; Ben Davies


‘Strong, very capable team with a good knowledge of relevant legislation.’

‘Mark Burch and Emma Caunce are always willing to assist and happy to provide advice when required.’

‘The teams strength is its knowledge of the subjects that it deals with and that they treat each debt individually rather than as a route to earning fees.’

‘Again its knowledge of the subjects that it deals with and that they fully understand our business, our product and the way that we work.’

‘Weightmans always respond to any queries raised in a very time manner. They also have good technological set ups and bill us at the end of each month any provide us with a complete breakdown of time spent on the relevant cases and their charges. If ever there is a query on the financial front, this is resolved normally within a few hours.’

‘Most of our dealings are with Ben Davies. He is very approachable, very efficient and knowledgeable. He has dealt with all our cases without any delay and has always offered the best way to proceed. he is very open and truthful when he thinks that some of the cases would not be financially viable to pursue or if they may attract unwanted media exposure. Ben is very friendly and almost in all cases he will respond to any queries raised by the end of the same day with a full explanation and his advice.’


Key clients

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Johnsons Textile Services Limited

Hillfoot Steel Limited

Maersk Line A/S

Murray Metals Group

Quadient Group (including Neopost Limited)

NWF Agriculture Limited

Specific & General Services Limited

Radius Group (including UK Fuels Limited)

NWF Fuels Limited

Davis Coffer Lyons

Work highlights

  • Representing the MIB in recovering monies (paid out under the Uninsured Drivers Agreement) from uninsured motorists.
  • Advising Murray Metals on all debt recovery matters.
  • Advising Quadient Group on all debt recovery matters.


Fieldfisher represents a wide range of regional and national clients, including insurance and pension providers, estate managers, and technology suppliers in debt collection and insolvency and liquidation-related matters, acting for claimants and defendants. Cases include high-value rent claims, contractual disputes, and proceedings against publicly-known bodies. The team is led by Barry Sharples, a specialist debt recovery practitioner with a strong reputation in the market.

Practice head(s):

Barry Sharples

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Flowers


‘Competent staff, listens and gives recommendations with no pressure.’

‘Personally I have dealt solely with Barry Sharples and find him to be a competent personable individual.’

‘Barry Sharples, Head of Debt Recovery has provided a fantastic service during a very difficult period. His team have adapted and been able to provide an efficient and slick service.’

‘Fieldfisher are truly a team. They all have vision on our cases and are all there to provide support as and when needed. They have a very personal and professional touch that is much higher than other law firms we have worked with at the same level.’

‘The individuals stand out as they are 100% available at all times to discuss our cases. I never feel i have to chase them for any updates as they are provided constantly. We work with Rachel Flower for our cases and Rachel is always at the end of the phone for any questions we might have, support, advise and genuinely a joy to speak with.’

‘Always available to give advice and takes time to understand our business needs.’

‘The team at Fieldfisher are very efficient with a high recovery rate’

‘Barry Sharples the head of the team has a clear understanding of commercial realities to reach sensible and cost effective solutions for his clients.’


Key clients

Estates & Management Limited

Firstport Limited

JLA Limited


Interstate Hotels

Fleximize Limited

Lignum Recruitment


UD Group


Work highlights

  • Represented in the setting aside of a Company Voluntary Arrangement (“CVA”) where insolvency practitioners approved an arrangement where creditors contrived to vote through a proposal.
  • Representing in a debt recovery claim issued against a high street retailer. There will be considerable press arising from the judgment in light of the celebrity status of one of the funders of the retailer.
  • Representing a major management agency on the bulk collection of ground rents.

Gorvins Solicitors

Gorvins Solicitors regularly works with insolvency practitioners  to collect debts on behalf of liquidators and administrators and recovery of monies due under guarantees, handling regional, national, and cross-border matters. Of particular note is the firm's work on national supply-related claims. The team is led by senior practitioner Mark Deverell, with David Guest also a key player in the team. Senior associate Danielle Clements is noted for her work on complex estate and probate matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark Deverell

Other key lawyers:

David Guest; Danielle Clements


‘I asked the firm to help with debt recovery a couple of years ago. They did an outstanding job. Before I contacted them I had had great difficulty recovering outstanding debts. I was involved in medico-legal practice & these debts were from lawyers who had instructed me but then did not pay for the work.’

‘The individuals who worked with me kept me constantly informed as to their progress & achieved the job in good time.’

‘Gorvins is a long established, client focused firm that competes in all service delivery categories with other leading debt recovery firms. Efficient in its approach and desire to arrive at a sensible/commercial outcome gives it an edge amongst many larger competitors based in the cities of the NW. The team is very approachable and pragmatic. Instructions to counsel are always clear, concise and with a view to securing the best commercial outcome.’

‘The team is lead by Senior Partner Mark Deverell who’s calm, relaxed approach belies his tenacity and the clear wealth of experience he possesses provides clients with the confidence they often need in dealing with large, involved disputes. As a whole, the team appears to effortlessly provide clients with a cost effective yet high standard of professional service.’

Greenhalgh Kerr

Specialist debt recovery firm Greenhalgh Kerr represents lenders, financiers, business owners, and insolvency practitioners in recovery proceedings, enforcement matters, and asset tracking, regularly litigating against debtors. The firm has particular expertise in business rate recovery for local authorities, representing city and borough councils across the UK from its Wigan office. The team is headed up by Richard KerrDaniel Tate, and Steven Owens, who established the firm's defended litigation department in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Tate; Steven Owens; Richard Kerr


‘Greenhalgh Kerr have exceptional knowledge of the indsutry sector and are very commercial in their approach, able to deliver outcomes and at highly competitive fee rates.’

‘I have complete confidence in the ability, knowledge and innovation of this team. Other teams I have worked with react much slower and seem to have more limited breadth of knowledge.’

‘GK work closely with both our Legal and non-Legal functions to ensure they are as plugged in to the details of both our business and particular cases as we are. They are responsive, diligent and commercial in their dealings, and have developed a strong track record of success with their handling of our caseload.’


Key clients

Asset Advantage

Renaissance Asset Finance

Preston City Council

Bradford City Council

Durham City Council

Zuto Car Finance

Mobile Money

Work highlights

  • Represented a banking client against a claim of misdirection upon entering into a foundation.
  • Represented student accomodation providers on the renegotiation of tenancy agreements and rent claims during the Covid-19 pandemic,
  • Represented a local authority in securing a winding up order against a debtor.

Shoosmiths LLP

During 2021 Shoosmiths LLP teamed up with national collections, recoveries and enforcement company Chartsbridge to create a new debt recovery joint venture, Equivo, which aims to provide a ‘one-stop shop’ multi-disciplinary recoveries service for clients, operating from bases in Bracknell, Northampton, London and Manchester. Former Shoosmiths partner Sean Adams is now head of secured litigation at the new venture; he remains based in Manchester.

Practice head(s):

Sean Adams