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Coltman Warner Cranston LLP provides ‘excellent levels of service, good advice and speedy responses’. Larry Coltman heads the practice, which handles a range of work including winding-up petitions, retention of title claims and Insolvency Act clawback matters. Clients recommend legal executive manager Darren Daviole. Also legal executives, Graham Bates has insolvency expertise and Stuart Cranston is a name of note for litigation. Clients include several leading names in retail, the public sector, utilities and logistics.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s team provides ‘effective and consistent service – the small claims process is efficient, and larger value claims are also progressed effectively, with good commercial advice given’. The firm acts for public bodies, industrial clients, consumer-facing businesses and utilities providers, but has a number of strong education clients too; Jayne Gardner continues to advise the University of Warwick on cross-border recovery of student debt from non-paying international alumni; she also assists the Edgbaston High School for Girls on recovering unpaid school fees. Alan Hamblett  is ‘very diligent, keeping to the relevant facts and asking the right questions - he is very successful for his clients’ – he handles various debt recovery litigation matters for public and private sector clients.

At Beswicks Legal , Richard Anderson continues to advise South Lee School on dealing with non-payment of school fees, as well as handling various matters regarding student accommodation and tuition fees for degree-awarding institutions. Other work concerns unpaid invoices in a range of sectors, including sports industry related matters.

Gowling WLG handles a range of work in the debt recovery space, much of it cross-border. Andrew Nugent Smith and Ian Weatherall are key partners in the team, with principal associate Turon Miah also a name of note. Royal Bank of Canada is a client, as is American Express. Greg Standing has retired.

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) is ‘excellent overall and quick and effective – it just gets on with it and gets the job done, rather than constantly asking for instructions on every point’. Dee Kundi heads the practice, which handles a number of cross-border cases, including matters involving foreign creditors and debtors. The firm is on the Bar Council's panel for debt recovery, and handles work for members of leading sets of chambers concerning solicitors’ failure to pay fees. Other clients include energy providers, insolvency practitioners, independent schools and recruitment companies.

Wright Hassall LLP ‘provides an excellent level of service and support throughout the debt recovery process – there is a good team which is focused on delivering an excellent level of service’. Phil Wilding ‘heads the debt recovery team and ensures that clients are provided with an excellent level of service’. The firm has a particular strength in work for the private parking industry, and handled a cross-border case involving the enforcement of parking charge notices (as distinct from local authority-issued penalty charge notices) issued by the operator of a Scottish hospital car park in England. Other clients include Cabot Credit Management, Loans2Go and Everyday Loans.

At FBC Manby Bowdler LLP , Gareth Ruddock  acts for a range of SMEs (including construction and software companies), as well as insolvency practitioners, which the firm advises on collecting book debts.

In Birmingham, Gateley Plc’s James Baird handles cases, many of which concerning vehicle hire and finance, some of which with fraud elements. Clients include Scania Finance Great Britain, Henry Howard Finance and Kennet Equipment Leasing.

Lanyon Bowdler is ‘very good, even for complex cases’. In Telford, legal executive Sian Samuel heads her own work, some of which concerning non-payment for industrial equipment, food and farming-related invoicing matters, as well as matters in the care sector. Andrew Pegg , who heads the firm’s broader dispute resolution practice, is another name of note.

Shoosmiths LLP’s debt recovery caseload in Birmingham features a number of more technical matters, often concerning motor finance. Roger Potgiegter advised a manufacturer-owned car finance provider in a three-party dispute concerning a bailiff company and the customer concerning the beneficial ownership held by a consumer in possessions of goods acquired under hire purchase. Julie Peel is an associate of note.

Sydney Mitchell LLP ’s workload includes a number of matters acting for finance providers concerning lending secured on residential property, plus matters concerning social care fees, vehicle finance and unpaid invoices. Kam Majevadia  heads the practice, with solicitor Hayley-Jo Lockley  a name of note below partner level. Gemma Parker is a key legal executive. Clients include West Bromwich Commercial.

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