Next Generation Partners

Debt recovery in South West

Clarke Willmott LLP

Acting for a client roster of government departments and local authorities, utility companies, insurers and other commercial businesses, Clarke Willmott LLP handles the full range of debt collection work from payment agreements and enforcement issues to litigation and insolvency actions. Philip Roberts leads the national team and is also active on insurance, commercial and residential agent and landlord work. Senior associate Stuart Hoysted and associate Kayleigh Cullis also contribute to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Philip Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Hoysted; Kayleigh Cullis


‘The team at Clarke Willmott is extremely knowledgeable and have been able to provide us with excellent support for a number of years now.’

‘Kayleigh Cullis has outstanding skills and knowledge. She has helped me understand all legal technicalities, processes and advised on our best course of action. She has spent the time and effort with our team.’

‘Great communication, keep us informed all the time, clearly explain all the options available in order that the client may make an informed decision.’

‘Friendly, approachable and extremely knowledgeable.’

Key clients


Thames Water Utilities Ltd

Premier Training International Ltd

Hyde Housing

London Borough of Enfield

The FA Group/ Wembley National Stadium

Ministry of Defence

TT2 Ltd

Hunts Foodservice

University of Reading

Berry Telecom Ltd

Greenslade Taylor Hunt

Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency

Joma Sport

Shearwood Housing Co-operative

Waters & Gate

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Hyde Housing in the recovery of unpaid service charge and major works arrears.
  • Appointed to the FCA’s panel for debt recovery services.
  • Advised Corona Energy on the recovery of gas and electricity arrears accrued due to the pandemic.


TLT’s substantial banking and lending services group fields a mortgage enforcement team, which acts for a range of clearing banks, building societies and specialist lenders, and a secured recoveries practice, and also assists with the sale of repossessed properties. The practice is led by Graham Walters, and Heff Heathcote is also a name to note for secured lending issues.

Practice head(s):

Graham Walters

Other key lawyers:

Heff Heathcote


‘Flexible whilst being totally compliant with any regulatory measures they need to be compliant with and always there for technical advice if we need it.’

‘Nothing is too much trouble, either to explain or provide advice.’

‘Throughout the Covid situation, they have kept us informed and walked through the restart process. They are influencers across many bodies and cover many disciplines, leading us to believe they are one of the key firms in this sector.’

‘Graham Walters in particular is an excellent representative of the business.’

Key clients


Work highlights

    Ashfords LLP

    The asset recovery team at Ashfords LLP sits within the firm’s wider restructuring and insolvency department and is supported by practitioners in the dispute resolution group. The practice is active in the recovery of invoice and statutory debts and also assists cross-border clients with the recovery of debt from foreign debtors as well as regional clients with foreign assets. Clients encompass professional services businesses, local authorities and SMEs. Key names include solicitor Holly Ransley.

    Other key lawyers:

    Holly Ransley


    ‘The firm has a committed focus on the client’s objectives and are very good at identifying the issues and engaging as part of a team when preparing a case for court. The team are adept at assisting clients with remote and in-person hearings, and ensuring that case presentation is equally effective in both settings. This is not a firm which shies away from tackling the harder issues which a case might raise.’

    ‘The team are very approachable. No query is too small and I never feel that I am taking up their time unnecessarily. I am always made to feel that I am their most valued client.’

    ‘Holly Ransley is the individual that I work most closely with, and I couldn’t ask for a more knowledgeable, patient person. She keeps me updated and gives me enough time to respond when there are deadlines.’

    Work highlights

    • Recovered significant five-figure debt for a professional services client including costs of the proceedings.
    • Enforced judgment against an overseas debtor on assets located in the UK leading to payment in full.
    • Argued for a client to be awarded its full costs pursuant to a contractual entitlement in a small claims matter.

    Thrings LLP

    Under the leadership of ‘very competent litigatorRamona Derbyshire, the recoveries team at Thrings LLP sits as part of the firm's broader dispute resolution practice and handles the full range of domestic and cross-border work for regional and national clients. The group is also on the Bar Council Affinity Panel, which assists with the recovery of barrister fees.

    Practice head(s):

    Ramona Derbyshire


    ‘This team work very well together. I have found they provide excellent cover for each other and when advice is given you know all aspects have been considered by experts in their field. They are very good at providing support.’

    ‘Ramona Derbyshire is a very competent litigator.’

    ‘Thrings were recommended to me as specialists in debt recovery and they have lived up to their reputation!’

    Key clients

    Citipost Group

    Wilson Tool International (Europe) Limited

    UTAX (UK) Limited

    Marks & Clerk LLP

    SLR Consulting Ltd

    The Bar Council

    Openwork Limited

    Stanley Security Solutions Limited

    Three New Square Chambers

    3 Paper Buildings Ltd

    Radcliffe Chambers

    CH Flats (No 3) Wootton Bassett Ltd

    T Quality Ltd

    Maitland Chambers

    Fourteen Chambers

    Pyper Medical Limited

    Work highlights

    • Assisted a family member and representative of a deceased barrister and the probate solicitors to collate, examine and recover outstanding balances in the barrister’s business.
    • Acting for a business and engineering consultation company upon volume instructions to recover small to large debts under terms against companies and individuals.
    • Advising a pensions administrator on multiple instructions to recover rent arrears from tenants of properties administered by the client under self-invested personal pensions and personal pensions for private funds.