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Led by the ‚Äėvery impressive'Nick Rundle, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's¬†‚Äėwell-resourced'¬†team¬†has the strength-in-depth to handle a tremendous volume of secured and unsecured debt recovery matters for financial institutions, insurance companies and major corporates including Lloyds, RBS, Western Power Distribution and Legal & General Insurance. Housed within the firm‚Äôs wider financial litigation offering, the team stands out for its ability to handle complex matters, often involving consumer credit issues, for a wide variety of financial institutions including challenger banks and mortgage banks. The ‚Äėvery experienced'¬†Anthony Davies¬†is a ‚Äėsafe pair of hands'¬†across a broad array of contentious debt matters and heads up the firm‚Äôs mortgage enforcement team which handles residential mortgage repossession claims for an impressive roster of UK and Irish lenders. Davies continues to provide debt recovery services to challenger bank, Metro Bank, relating to personal guarantee, asset finance debts and complex property receivership instructions. Senior associate Tom Black¬†has ‚Äėexcellent client relationships'¬†and is noted, in particular, for his secured lending debt recovery expertise.¬†Gareth Vowles¬†and¬†Helen Marriott¬†are also recommended.

Housed within the its broader commercial litigation offering, Capital Law Limited's 'responsive and thorough' debt recovery practice is appreciated by clients for its 'commerciality' which sees matters handled on a case-by-case basis and not through an automated system managed by paralegals.  Led by the 'very clever' Guto Llewelyn and managed under the framework of "Capital Collect" - which operates a "no-win-no-fee" service - the team provides a 'transparent debt recovery offering which keeps costs proportionate'. Llewelyn has a 'knack of unlocking disputes quickly' and regularly handles work for MSS Group on the recovery of debts owed to it by contractors. Other clients include Cardiff Blues RFC, Freshwater plc, Skillcert and Enterprise Rent a Car.

Overseen on a daily basis by 'tenacious and extremely professional' associate  Jane Rees , Berry Smith provides an 'excellent service' to local clients from a range of industry sectors including manufacturing, transportation, construction and financial services. Noted for its 'responsive approach', the team is able to provide a cost-effective and practical service by virtue of the recent introduction of an internet-based bespoke service where clients do not require full legal representation and permits them to view the progress of their cases. Rees has significant experience of handling small claims and multi-track matters; she recently successfully represented south Wales-based company Triumph Furniture in a defended debt recovery case for unpaid invoices and enforced on the subsequent judgment.

Led by legal executive Stephen Fitzgerald, Douglas-Jones Mercer has established a strong and loyal following among local clients including Gravells, Dawsons, John Francis and LAS Recycling, for the recovery of debts. As well as standalone instructions, the team also regularly works alongside the broader commercial litigation team on a range of issues, including the enforcement of judgments and costs orders.

Led on a day-to-day basis by the vastly experienced Christine Sharpe and also able to call upon the services of members of the wider commercial litigation team, including the 'approachable and knowledgeable' Paul Hopkins, Geldards LLP's debt recovery team provides a 'responsive and helpful service' to standalone as well as existing clients of the firm including GE Capital Equipment Finance, Henry Howard Finance Group and Cardiff University.

JCP Solicitors provides a 'first-class service' on debt recovery matters to local individuals and SMEs, as well as regional and national banks and building societies. The 'extremely efficient' Sophie Thomas has a 'very thorough knowledge of her cases' and provides 'sound advice' to banks seeking recovery of commercial loans made to individuals and businesses in the region, as well as handling an increasing volume of work for fixed charge receivers. Recent highlights include representing a high street bank in defended court proceedings for the recovery of commercial lending facilities advanced to two failed solicitors’ practices.

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