Debt recovery in North West


Bermans handles debt recovery and collection cases for high-net-worth individuals, liquidators and businesses. Nick Harvey heads the team, recognised for his work on cross-border debt recovery and complex multi-party claims. Jonathan Berkson bolsters the practice with experience in commercial recovery work for asset-based lenders.

Practice head(s):

Nick Harvey

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Berkson

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of 200+ HNW claimant investors in a claim for breach of contract and duty against HSBC Bank for compensation of circa £55m.
  • Acted 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 and £12m in value.
  • Acted 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 handles routine debt recovery as well as higher value, more complex and contested recoveries for banks, financial institutions and commercial clients. The practice work closely with the finance and commercial litigation departments and is recognised for pursuing debtors based outside the jurisdiction of England and Wales. Sharon Williamson, a commercial litigator with a portfolio of banking clients, heads the Manchester and Liverpool offices. Senior associate John Quicler deals with defended actions arising from debt recovery instructions. Senior associate Kate Steele is developing a niche in contentious data protection cases.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Williamson

Other key lawyers:

John Quicler; Kate Steele


‘Hill Dickinson has helped us recover debts that we thought were unrecoverable, they offer a superior service, and have various teams to help with all aspects of our business needs. I wouldn’t use any other firm. They have definitely delivered results which we are very impressed with.’

Key clients

Thomas Hardie Commercials Limited

Agilent Technologies Limited

Irwell Street Metal Company Limited

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance Limited

Metro Bank

Acuant UK Limited

Piccadilly Village Management Limited

Elior Group PLC

Bibby Commercial Finance Limited

Bibby Factors Limited

Bibby Factors Scotland Limited

Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Borgun hf

NHS Business Services Authority (Pensions)

VG Limited

MJ Birtwistle & Co Limited

The Delivery Group

KPT Solutions Limited

Bruton Lloyd LLP

UK Oil and Gas PLC

BTS European Limited

Bullimores Sand and Gravel Limited

Belvoir Farm Drinks Limited

VA Hutchinson Flooring Limited

Sweeney Todd Blades Limited

Work highlights

  • Recovered an outstanding debt of €179,087.75 against a debtor company based in Israel arising from a supply agreement in which our client supplied medical cannabis to the debtor company for medical distribution in Israel.
  • Achieved payment for a crypto currency investor based in China, who had invested BTC (Bitcoin) in two different crypto currency ventures facilitated by an UK Citizen, after debtor had defaulted on the terms of the settlement agreement.
  • Recovered full payment of an outstanding debt relating to the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).

The Keith Jones Partnership

The Keith Jones Partnership provides the full-spectrum of legal debt recovery services to clients and specialises in ‘business to business’ debt recovery. The practice advises on international matters across Europe, the US, South America and the Far East. The team is lead by Keith Jones, a renowned debt recovery expert. Co-heads Nicholas Brown and Brenda Li are other key members of the department, with the latter offering expertise on technology-based disputes. Associate Kris Minks deals with debt recovery relating to the recruitment agency sector.

Practice head(s):

Keith Jones; Nicholas Brown; Brenda Li

Other key lawyers:

Kris Minks; Alex Jones


‘Keith Jones and his team have outstanding client care – their approach is highly responsive and solution-driven, whilst also giving robust and practical advice where appropriate.’

‘Keith Jones is personable and approachable. He has a refreshingly no-nonsense style, and is always willing to collaborate with counsel to provide clients with a genuine team service.’

‘Brenda Li is professional, clear, intelligent and concise.’

Work highlights

  • Recovered full payment of the debt in excess of £25,000 for a client including costs and interest after hard negotiation efforts.
  • Recovered full payment of the debt in the region of £16,000 against the estate of a deceased debtor.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP handles debt recovery matters for clients across a range of industries, including utilities, local government and other public sectors. Practice head Andrew Cox  is renowned for providing solution-based and technology-led advice acts for clients in banking, utilities and transport. Co-head and consultant Mark Burch has particular expertise in dealing with complex defended actions and the use of insolvency procedures to assist in the collection of debt.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cox; Mark Burch

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Davies


‘We have always found the team very approachable at all times. They deal with our requirements as per our request and in a timely manner.’

Key clients

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Johnsons Textile Services Limited

Hillfoot Steel Limited

Maersk Line A/S

Murray Metals Group

Liverpool City Council

NWF Agriculture Limited

Specific & General Services Limited

Radius Group (including UK Fuels Limited)

NWF Fuels Limited

Alphabet (GB) Ltd

Davis Coffer Lyons

Work highlights

  • Acted for the MIB in recovering monies (paid out under the Uninsured Drivers Agreement) from uninsured drivers.
  • Provided Murray Metals with all of its debt recovery requirements.
  • Acted for Alphabet in England and Wales in recovering monies owed under vehicle finance agreements and providing regulatory advice.


Fieldfisher‘s debt recovery team acts for a diverse range of clients, including insurers and pension providers, digital equipment suppliers and financial services. The practice specialises in the recovery of bulk debts. David Robinson leads the team, dealing with the recovery of both disputed and undisputed debt for clients in the service sector, landlords and commercial lenders. Barry Sharples departed the firm in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

David Robinson

Work highlights

  • Acted for a supplier of medical equipment on debt recovery matters with a number of six figure settlements for this client with total recoveries in excess of £1.1 million.

Gorvins Solicitors

Gorvins Solicitors often acts for insolvency practitioners to collect debts on behalf of liquidators and administrators and recovery of monies due under guarantees. Mark Deverell heads the team, handling debts relating to the provision of bulk chemical supplies. David Guest is a name to note, specialising in both corporate and personal insolvency. Senior associate Danielle Clements offers expertise in contentious probate matters, whilst associate Sunita Patel has experience dealing with multi-track claims and debt collection out of jurisdiction.

Practice head(s):

Mark Deverell

Other key lawyers:

David Guest; Danielle Clements; Sunita Patel

Work highlights

    Greenhalgh Kerr

    Greenhalgh Kerr, a Wigan-based boutique debt recovery firm, advises clients within the asset finance and leasing finance sectors. The firm is particularly recognised for its niche expertise in recovering non-domestic business rates for UK local authorities. Co-heads Daniel Tate and Steven Owens lead the team. Richard Kerr is noted as another key team member.

    Practice head(s):

    Daniel Tate; Steven Owens


    ‘They have a fabulous knowledge of the asset finance industry, coupled with short communication lines and commerciality.’

    ‘Daniel Tate has always been superb over many years. Contactable and attenitve, he manages to deal with us and our cases in a business-like manner as opposed to a lawyer-like manner.’

    ‘There is a multitude of firms operating in the debt recovery sector and many of them are well established. There are few however who have such a pragmatic implementation of their knowledge resulting in swift successful recoveries as opposed to long-drawn-out action/trials where the only real beneficiaries appear to be the lawyers.’

    Work highlights

    • Issued Proceedings for return of goods and/or monetary judgment on unrepresented debtor who was in arrears and refused to return the financed asset to the client, PCF Bank.
    • Advised Asset Advantaged, who had a debtor with unpaid Hire Agreements, and successfully negotiated a repayment schedule to ensure recovery of the debt in full.
    • Overcame complex legal arguments at a 4-day trial, then liquidated the debtor’s assets to recover over £800k in debt for the client, Asset Advantage.

    Pannone Corporate LLP

    Pannone Corporate LLP's experienced team advises high-profile clients, including international brands, on ‘business to business’ debt recovery matters. Karl Williams has considerable experience in the sector and heads the practice. Associate Denise Lamb handles all aspects of commercial debt recovery. Fellow associate Simon Fitzgerald is another other key contact.

    Practice head(s):

    Karl Williams

    Other key lawyers:

    Denise Lamb; Simon Fitzgerald


    ‘The team is exceptional value for money, experienced and provides timely advice.’

    ‘Karl Williams is pragmatic, highly experienced and sensitive to our business risks.’

    ‘Karl Williams will always go the extra mile for his clients and is always willing to share his wealth of experience.’

    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

    Work highlights