Debt recovery in South West

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP is praised for its ‘exceptional speed and efficiency‘; the group is regularly involved in pre-legal and legal collection, payment agreements, insolvency actions, and providing general debt recovery advice. Practice head Philip Roberts is an established counsel to commercial clients and residential landlords. Kathryn Quinton is now the head of information security and data protection at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Philip Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Kayleigh Cullis


‘Very personable, yet still professional and puts things in layman terms, they are efficient and quick response to queries (no matter how small).’

‘The team at Clarke Willmott give an excellent customer service. Me and my team feel valued and know that any questions or problems we may have will be resolved right away. The team have taken the time to understand the utilities industry which can be very complex.’ 

‘Everyone we have worked with at Clarke Willmott is professional and friendly and always take the time to explain all options.’

‘Kayleigh Cullis is excellent’

‘The Team are always helpful and supportive. Regardless of who you speak to they are always professional and informative.’

‘The speed and efficiency in which Clarke Willmott dealt with my case was exceptional. I was recommended one of their team for a legal matter regarding pay from a company I had previously worked for but were withholding payment. I’ve never used another law firm but I would absolutely recommend CW LLP without hesitation’

‘Kayleigh Cullis was outstanding in her work. She made the whole process seamless and easy. I was told from the outset the prices that I would pay for the work to be undertaken, she was understanding of my position and took swift and effective action. I couldn’t have asked for better. ’

‘Great communication, a dedicated point of contact and a helpful service.’

Key clients

Hyde Housing Group

The Insolvency Service

Wembley National Stadium Ltd

Highways England

Viridor Waste Management

Wireless Logic

Plymouth Block Management

Fresh Property Management Ltd

Premier Training International Ltd

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Corona Energy

The Financial Conduct Authority

Workman LLP


Hunts Food Service

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Hyde Housing in the recovery of unpaid service charge and major works arrears.
  • Collecting unpaid regulatory fees from FCA registered firms.
  • Acted for Corona Energy to recover unpaid sums due to our client for the provision of commercial gas supply.


TLT is an 'excellent source of knowledge'; the group is strong in advising clearing banks, building societies, new market entrants and specialist lenders. Its speciality is secured recoveries. Graham Walters leads the team and represents UK lenders and receivers in related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Graham Walters


‘Strong culture of collaboration and understanding of our needs. Technology and workflow is excellent and can be changed quickly. Very agile when requirements change. ’

‘Some of the partners are industry experts. Speaking at trade body meetings to share their acquired knowledge in improving outcomes for firms and customers. Regular updates on relevant matters throughout the pandemic, excellent source of knowledge and always happy to provide information.’

‘I have always found them to be very accommodating of requests and also very proactive in supporting with interpretation of guidelines and emerging practice. They are very client focussed and on hand to support in a variety of ways.’

‘The proactive nature of their support. Compared to other firms, they are always first to approach with guidance and support. Through Covid, they have been a dependable source of support through changes to practices and regulations.

‘Graham Walters has always been a great support in particular.’

‘Knowledge and availability to answer questions.’

Key clients


Ashfords LLP

The team at Ashfords LLP is led by legal director Katie Farmer, 'who injects energy and enthusiasm into everything she does.' It works closely with the firm's insolvency and commercial litigation practices, and has experience in the recovery of invoice and statutory debts, enforcement of personal guarantees and cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Katie Farmer

Other key lawyers:

Holly Ransley


‘Ashfords are a big firm with a customer care focus of a small family business. The team I work with are very personable, and they make me feel that I am an important client.’

‘Holly Ransley and Katie Farmer are both very approachable, are up to date on all the various cases, and can give me updates when I request them. I feel I can call them with any number of queries, and they are happy to spend time with me – even when I ask seemingly obvious questions.’

‘The team is lead by Katie Farmer who injects energy and enthusiasm into everything she does as well as great technical skill. As a result the team has a great reputation for getting results efficiently.’

‘Katie Farmer leads this practice and is highly effective at doing so. Katie deserves to be recognised as a stand out individual.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted Kirks with the enforcement of a PG supported by an equitable charge over land resulting in recovery of 50% of the outstanding debt.
  • Acted for a professional services firm in a re-action recovery of a significant proportion of a disputed invoice debt.
  • Assisted the former liquidator of a company in the recovery of sums due to the company, including making an application for restoration and re-appointment of the liquidator, resulting in recovery in full.

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP fields a team of experienced litigators, who assist regional and national clients with debt and asset recovery. The scope encompasses pre-action protocol compliance, risk and credit control advice, enforcement, and disputed debts. Practice head Ramona Derbyshire also acts in financial services litigation. Recoveries manager Amanda Richardson is 'first class.'

Practice head(s):

Ramona Derbyshire

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Richardson 


‘Amanda Richardson and the Team at Thrings LLP are always extremely helpful, polite, diligent & quick to respond to our enquiries. With Thrings LLP and assistance we have recovered a significant amount of debt.’

‘Good communication and quick to respond.’

‘Quick to respond and gives good advice on what options are open and available to any problem.’

‘Amanda Richardson is absolutely first class. ’


Key clients

Honda Finance Europe Plc

Citipost Group

Mannings Facilities Management Ltd

Wilson Tool International (Europe) Limited

UTAX (UK) Limited

Marks & Clerk LLP

Tavistock Financial Limited

SLR Consulting Ltd

Smiths Roofing Contractors Limited

The Bar Council

Openwork Limited

Stanley Security Solutions Limited

Three New Square Chambers

3 Paper Buildings Ltd

Civitas Ltd

Radcliffe Chambers

CH Flats (No 3) Wootton Bassett Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Openwork Limited in the recovery of £40k clawback of commission debt from defaulting financial advisors under the Openwork financial advisor network.
  • Acting for a global manufacturer of beauty products upon volume instructions to recover small to mid-sized debts under trade account terms against companies and individuals to include under personal guarantees.
  • Assisted 3 London chambers with multiple instructing barristers with the recovery of £300k fee debt under issue of statutory demand against a London-based law firm.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP handles a wide range of debt recovery work for national and international clients. Practice head and litigator Stephen Dilley  as well as managing associate Andrew Wilson are the names to note.

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Dilley; Andrew Wilson