Debt recovery in Wales

Capital Law Limited

Focused on providing a bespoke and client-oriented offering, as opposed to functioning as a commoditised systems-driven volume service, Capital Law Limited excels in providing 'strategic and technical' advice in relation to business to business debt. Led on a day-to-day basis by the 'very thorough and articulate' Guto Llewelyn and also able to draw from the broader resources and expertise within the firm's overarching commercial litigation offering, clients are well served by the firm in whatever strategy they deploy, including court proceedings, if necessary. Flexible fee structures are provided, including access to a no win no fee debt collection product, while clients can also potentially receive funding through the firm's own litigation fund, enabling, for example, those that lack the financial resources to pursue large debts owed by opponents with deep pockets.

Practice head(s):

Guto Llewelyn

Other key lawyers:

Philip Jones; Andrew Brown; Mark Dowds; Celine Jones


‘The firm provides strategic and technical advice.’

‘Guto Llewelyn is very thorough and articulate.’

Key clients

DS Smith

Cardiff City Football Club

CPS Group (UK) Limited

Skillcert Limited

MEWA Textil-Service AG & Co

Tangle Teezer

Sonovate Limited

Deloitte LLP

Menzies LLP

Development Bank of Wales

WestBridge Capital

The British Medical Association

The University of South Wales

The Royal Mint

Work highlights

  • Acted for Deloitte LLP (as liquidators) in a £25m claim against the former directors of Walsham Chalet Park Limited.
  • Acted for Menzies LLP (as liquidators) in various high-value claims against former directors and officeholders of companies.
  • Acted for the leading fashion brand, Tangle Teezer, in complex, cross-border litigation.

Harding Evans LLP

'Very personable, friendly and efficient' Newport-based firm Harding Evans LLP is 'incredibly knowledgeable' about debt recovery and provides 'balanced and informed advice' for regional and national clients, including many in the construction industry. Enforcement is a particular area of strength and this is a key consideration from the very outset, with clients benefiting from access to a number of qualified High Court baliffs, including team head William Watkins , who 'leaves no stone unturned to help recover monies owing'.

Practice head(s):

William Watkins

Other key lawyers:

Ben Jenkins


‘The friendly and approachable team is incredibly knowledgeable.’

Their advice is balanced and informed and takes into account the realistic success of debt recovery and the options available.’

‘Debt recovery was handled efficiently without delay. Updates are provided on a regular basis and nothing appeared too much trouble.’

‘William Watkins has a hands-on approach, very interested in dealing with the issue, friendly and quick to get moving. I feel he is putting effort in for me ’

‘William Watkins is incredibly knowledgeable in the debt recover arena, including international debt recovery. He leaves no stone unturned to help recover monies owing.’

Key clients

Wet and Forget Limited

Vale of Glamorgan Hotel Limited T/A The Vale Resort

Leekes Limited

Navy Army and Airforce Institutes

Sam Warburton (former British and Irish Lions Captain)

The NAAFI Pension Fund (administered by Capita)

The TJM Partnership PLC

BOGOD Group Limited (which includes BOGOD & Company Limited and DR Kitchen Appliances Limited)

Hughes Forrest Limited

Welsh Bros Foods Limited

FW Morgan Limited

Osborne Lodge Nursery

Protectahome Limited

William Graham and Co Chartered Surveyors

Euro Foods Group

Menzies LLP

M&J (Europe) Limited

Starlight Management Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Secured a large debt for a builder’s merchant client before the insolvency of the other side, ensuring 100% recovery for the client ahead of other creditors.
  • Pursuing a £1m judgment for Water Treatment Products Limited.
  • Pursuing a debt for a supplier of recyclable materials across multiple jurisdictions.

Berry Smith

Overseen by Iwan Doull  and run on a day-to-day basis by 'very proactive and commercial' associate Jane ReesBerry Smith advises small to mid-sized local businesses from a range of industry sectors, including construction, transportation and manufacturing, on the most appropriate and cost-effective method of securing outstanding debts. Rees also has significant contentious experience, enabling her to initiate court proceedings, if necessary, in relation to small claims, fast track or multi-track matters.

Practice head(s):

Iwan Doull; Jane Rees

Other key lawyers:

Rhodri Jones


‘Jane Rees is very proactive and commercial.’

‘Rhodri Jones and Jane Rees are very personable – this separates the service they provide from some of the other firms we have used.’

Work highlights

  • Continue to represent a multinational group of companies pursuing its debtors.
  • The sole legal firm instructed by governmental body to recover unpaid taxes throughout Wales.
  • Representing a national recruitment company in the pursuit of unpaid invoices relating to candidate placements.

Douglas-Jones Mercer

Supervised by Philip Graham and run on a day-to-day basis by associates Chloe Pridmore  and Caitlin JonesDouglas-Jones Mercer provides a cost-effective and responsive service to local businesses on the recovery of outstanding monies and is appreciated for its 'realistic approach to the risk/benefit balance for each projected dispute'. Notably, the team also continues to grow its public sector offering in the space and now handles a significant amount of work for the Welsh Government.

Practice head(s):

Philip Graham

Other key lawyers:

Chloe Pridmore; Caitlin Jones; Russell Price


The team has a realistic approach to the risk/benefit balance for each projected dispute.’

Key clients

MH Automation Limited

Mainstay Marine Solutions Limited

Players Industrial Estate LLP

South Wales Wood Recycling Limited


Welsh Government

Mirus Wales

Craigdam Limited

CAB Enterprises Limited

Cardiff Montessori School Limited

Exall Jones Limited

Fine & Country Homes by Dawsons

James Edwards Developments Limited

LAS Recycling Limited

Tablic Limited

The Treasury Solicitor

Work highlights

  • Continue to work with the Welsh Government on debt-related matters.
  • Representing Craigdam Limited on the recovery of monies due in in relation to insolvency-related debt.

JCP Solicitors

Headed by the 'efficient and thoroughSophie ThomasJCP Solicitors has a 'first-rate knowledge of debt recovery' and is consequently able to 'produce excellent outcomes' for south Wales-based SMEs and individuals, many of which have accessed the firm's recently established fixed fee commercial debt recovery package. Thomas also has a particular niche representing lenders in the recovery of secured and unsecured debt, while 'stand-out' associate David Owen regularly advises on debt recovery matters in an insolvency context.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Thomas

Other key lawyers:

David Owen


‘The firm has a first-rate knowledge of debt recovery. They are able to handle very difficult opponents, who are often acting in person, with ease and produce excellent outcomes for their clients.’

‘Sophie Thomas leads the team and there is no-one better in this field in south Wales or the South West. She is efficient but also thorough and provides an excellent service to clients.’

‘David Owen is a stand out associate in this team. He combines his work in this area well with his insolvency specialism and the interaction between the two allows the firm to provide a seamless debt recovery offering. ’