Debt recovery in West Midlands

Coltman Warner Cranston LLP

Debt recovery boutique Coltman Warner Cranston LLP has a first-rate reputation among clients ranging in size from SMEs to multinational companies. With the firm being notably strong in the business-to-business space, it acts for entities from a wide range of sectors. Larry Coltman's expertise includes insolvency-related proceedings (including freezing orders against directors and partners of insolvent businesses), retention of title claims and policy disputes in the credit insurance industry. Debt recovery manager Darren Davoile is another key figure. Senior associate Helen Yeaman was a notable arrival at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Larry Coltman


The best legal firm I have used since we began trading 10 years ago. Very informative, finger on the pulse of the market and so far all cases have been won. They are so much more communicative and approachable than most other firms. Also very pragmatic, they don’t jump straight in with two feet, more of a measured approach than most companies would take

Stuart Cranston has been my main point of contact. He is always approachable and has always got time to bring me up to date with the status of any legal case we are working with. He provides a balanced overview of the situation, provides advice and guidance throughout the process and is genuine throughout

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP covers the full spectrum of debt recovery work on a regulated and unregulated basis. Led by practice head Jayne Gardner, the team advises on matters governed by the Consumer Credit Act and Financial Conduct Authority, as well as credit management and property-related work. Gardner works with Alan Hamblett and Eddie Flanagan; the three partners collectively have more than 73 years of debt recovery experience. The team acts for clients operating in sectors such as food, financial services, energy and automotive.

Practice head(s):

Jayne Gardner

Other key lawyers:

Alan Hamblett; Eddie Flanagan


I have worked with the debt recovery team at Shakespeare Martineau now for three years, they have always gained great results in all our cases and always given us great advice. They are extremely professional and I would recommend them to anyone looking for this service.

Alan Hamblett: Very prompt support and consultation to finding a pragmatic cost effective solution. Martin Noble: Always available (even out of hours) and has handled complex contract amendments in a very timely manner. Commercially-minded and sound advice.

The team reacts quickly to any matter presented, responding with sound advice and analysis. Always happy to go the extra mile. Demonstrates a sound knowledge of insolvency, realisation of security, and court process. Costs are very reasonable compared to other firms.

Eddie Flanagan leads the team from the front, yet remains permanently available for calls and discussion. He has broad experience in asset finance and commercial finance. Grace Strawford is very competent in consumer credit and dispute resolution, and provides clear and comprehensive explanations of her reasoning.

Key clients

National Grid

Marston Group

Hook Norton Brewery


Newriver Retail Ltd

University of Warwick

Bournemouth University



Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales

McIntyre Hudson

Work highlights

  • Ongoing assistance to the University of Warwick with the recovery of former student debts. These are primarily related to tuition and accommodation fees, but also include sundry debits, such as nursery and library expenses.
  • Ongoing assistance to Edgbaston High School for Girls with the recovery of unpaid school fees from parents after the school’s own internal credit control processes have not resulted in their payment.
  • Ongoing assistance to a client with the recovery of goods.

Beswicks Legal

Beswicks Legal's debt recovery practice is led by Richard Anderson, who has expertise in credit control, personal and business insolvencies, and late payment of interest claims, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Anderson

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc handles a significant amount of work for banks, building societies and other finance providers; the practice is highlighted for its combined strengths in litigation and related financial services regulatory issues. Team head James Baird has over 20 years of experience advising funders on the cross-border recovery of debt and assets, where there is a fraud-related component. Senior associate John Williams handles a wide range of cases for financial institutions, such as security enforcement (including mortgage possession proceedings) and asset recovery.

Practice head(s):

James Baird

Other key lawyers:

John Williams


Industry experts and easy/fun to work with.

James Baird is technically an extremely good litigator.

Key clients

Macquarie Corporate and Asset Finance 1 Limited

Propel Finance Plc

Scania Finance Great Britain Limited

Arkle Finance Limited

Tower Leasing Limited

Grenke Leasing Limited

Kennet Equipment Leasing Limited

CIAC Corporation Inc

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

CUA Finance Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented a debt purchaser in a claim against a major UK clearing bank.
  • Represented a client in a claim over a breach of warranty of authority.
  • Assisted a client with the collection of unsecured regulated loan debt.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's Birmingham team is a core part of the firm’s highly regarded UK-wide operation, which advises on asset-based lending litigation and recoveries, consumer finance litigation and recoveries and commercial recoveries, among other areas. The main contact in Birmingham is Roger Potgieter, who leads a team handling high-value, complex and disputed cases for asset finance, motor finance, marine finance, banking and leasing clients. Potgieter is particularly experienced in recoveries involving a fraud component, as well as particularly technical matters connected with the Consumer Credit Act.

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Healey; Julie Peel


Thorough and detailed advice

Personable and efficient. Always happy to take calls and deal with matters urgently

Shoosmiths LLP are different to the rest because they manage cases promptly from the beginning to end, you aren’t having to chase for a resolution because you are provided with a time frame for resolution and given frequent updates where necessary to give you confidence that the case is progressing

Charlotte Healey has managed all of our return of goods, letter of claims, storage liens and many other asset finance disputes for a number of years. Charlotte acts with the utmost professionalism when handling our cases and takes prompt action which, in turn, has produced very satisfactory outcomes

Key clients

JBR Capital Limited

Hampshire Trust Bank Plc

Vauxhall Finance

MAN Financial Services

Volvo Financial Services

Oodle Car Finance

Propel Finance Plc

Arkle Finance Limited

LeasePlan UK Limited

Societe Generale Equipment Finance

Aldermore Invoice Finance

Azzuro Associates Limited

Paragon Car Finance

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in recovery of a debt resulting from a multi-party dispute relating to the introduction and supply of goods under finance agreements.
  • Represented client in a dispute involving goods supplied under a finance agreement.
  • Provides an outsourced portfolio management service to Oodle Car Finance, which includes late stage collections, recoveries, litigation and enforcement, and also manages all voluntary terminations and assists with vulnerable customers.

Wright Hassall LLP

Wright Hassall LLP assists clients with pre-legal debt collections, mediation, arbitration and court litigation. Practice head Phil Wilding has expertise in asset finance recoveries, residential mortgage shortfalls, payday loans and consumer and commercial debt.

Practice head(s):

Phil Wilding

Band Hatton Button LLP

At Band Hatton Button LLP, practice head Jonathan Wilby has over 30 years of debt recovery and enforcement experience, with notable expertise in property and insolvency-related matters. Wilby acts for commercial clients in a wide range of industries, including charities, healthcare, leisure and retail. He also advises SIPP landlords and private investors.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Wilby

Work highlights

  • Assisted a commercial landlord with recovering in excess of £100,000 from personal guarantors following tenant insolvency.
  • Assisted a motor trade company with a fixed-fee debt recovery, which resulted in a winding up petition being presented for over £25,000.
  • Acted for a residential landlord in a claim against a tenant for dilapidations and successfully obtained default judgment for £5,500, which is now secured by way of a charging order over property.

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP provides debt recovery solutions to a varied client roster, which includes private individuals, insolvency practitioners and businesses. Gareth Ruddock heads up the team, which excels in secured and unsecured consumer and corporate lending recoveries, trade debt commercial recoveries, and asset-based and invoice finance recoveries. It also handles matters for estate agents.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Ruddock

Key clients

Savills (UK) Ltd

Muras baker Jones Limited

BCRS Business Loans Limited


Work highlights

  • Advising Savills (UK) Limited on pursuing various claims for commission following the sale of residential and commercial properties in the UK.
  • Advising BCRS Business Loans Limited on pursuing unsecured and secured corporate lending recoveries to include claims against a director under guarantees.
  • Acting for various insolvency practitioners in the collection of book debts for companies that are either in administration or liquidation.

Lanyon Bowdler

Lanyon Bowdler's debt recovery practice gained momentum in 2019, with the firm seeing an uptick in mandates, particularly those with a nexus to the agricultural sector. Debt recovery manager Lauren Weale acts for private individuals, local businesses and multinational companies. Andrew Pegg is another key figure in the group. Sian Samuel left the firm in December 2019.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Pegg; Lauren Weale


Always helpful and knowledgeable. Have always given us good advice on the cases we have asked them to handle

Both Lauren and Debbie are very helpful and send us a clear weekly report and follow email every week. If we are not sure about anything we can just pick up the phone and ask

Key clients

Wynnstay (Agricultural Supplies) Limited

Wynnstay Fuels Limited

TRG Building Limited

TWC Parcel Collection Services Ltd

Fowler & Gilbert Limited

Woodheads Seads Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised TWC Parcel Collection Services Ltd on the commerciality of pursuing a claim that was likely to be defended, and negotiated a settlement that was agreeable to the client.
  • Advised Fowler & Gilbert Limited on the governing law and jurisdiction of the client’s contract.
  • Advised Wynnstay (Agricultural Supplies) Limited on service issues in respect of an evasive debtor.

Sydney Mitchell LLP

Leanne Schneider-Rose leads Sydney Mitchell LLP's team, whose expertise includes defended debt cases, return of goods claims, repossession claims, winding up petitions and statutory demands. The firm's strong credentials in the debt recovery arena sees it act for clients such as insolvency practitioners, small businesses and professional services firms, among others. Kamal Majevadia is another notable individual.

Practice head(s):

Leanne Schneider-Rose

Other key lawyers:

Kamal Majevadia


Sydney Mitchell have excellent knowledge and experience on all aspects of secured loan recovery. If our regular contact, Gemma Parker, is not immediately sure of the action required then she correctly uses external relationships and the ability available in-house to ensure a quick and correct answer is found with minimal delay.

Gemma Parker keeps us updated very efficiently at all times.

Key clients


West Bromwich Commercial Limited

Goldhill Finance Limited Bridging Finance

Work highlights

  • Assisted Goldhill Finance Limited with recovering a shortfall in the sum of £130,000 (including interest) on a loan following repossession and sale of a property over which the client held a legal charge against the secured property.
  • Assisted a client with recovering the sum of circa £93,000 paid for a vehicle which the vendor had no title to sell, and which was subsequently stolen from the client and then confiscated by the police; it turned out that the vehicle was already a stolen, cloned vehicle from Germany.
  • Assisted a client with recovering sums owed under a loan agreement; it was argued that the signature on the loan agreement had been fraudulently endorsed on the agreement.


VWV's debt recovery team acts as an affinity partner to The Bar Council, and offers its services to all barristers and chambers throughout England and Wales. Also notable is that the firm has provided support to clients in the energy and utilities sector for over 30 years. Elsewhere, other areas of activity include healthcare, education and recruitment. The firm, which is particularly known for its capabilities in bulk volume mandates, recently revamped its offering to make its services more cost-effective.


The key USP of VWV’s practice in West Midlands is that they come on the journey with you as part of your extended team and not just as a law firm. You feel confident that matters are sticking to timelines and there is real follow up. VWV become part of the project team and that, for me, is their USP

Key clients

Andrew Mckie

Ark Aurora

Corona Energy Retail 4 Limited

Deborah Hirst

Doughty Street Chambers

Ego By Design.Com Limited

Gryphon Property Partners Limited

Handicare Accessibility Limited

Hawkespur Limited

Ian Skeate

Jim Shepherd

Miss Bronia Elisabeth Hartley

Mr Azeem Ali

Mr Charles Robertshaw

Mr David John Carter

Mr David White

Mr Gordon Exall

Mr James Berry

Mr James Sullivan

Mr John Boumphrey

Mr Joshua Dubin

Mr Matthew Mason

Mr Michael Collins

Mr Nick Stanage

Mr Thomas O’Donohoe

Mr William Ronald Rees

Ms Louise O’Neill

National Lift and Construction Industry Limited

Paul O’Callaghan

PDP Companies Limited

Phoenix Commercial Catering Equipment Limited

Porcelanosa Yorkshire Limited

Porter Dodson LLP

Ripe LLP t/a Ripe Chartered Accountants

S K Property Recruitment

Sarah Robson

Sigma Pharmaceuticals Plc

Slawomir Bilik Limited

Sport Fashion Distribution U.K. Limited

St Edward’s School

Stephen Harvey QC

The Fuel Store Limited

United Gas & Power Limited

Versatile Therapists Limited

YES Energy Solutions Limited

Yorkshire Energy Services CIC

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Assisted EDF Energy with recovering £38,295.39 in relation to unpaid invoices for the supply of electricity to commercial premises.
  • Assisted property recruitment agent Stephen King t/a SK Property Recruitment with negotiating a full and final settlement with a debtor. This matter arose from the successful introduction and placement of a candidate as an associate director.
  • Assisted an individual barrister with recovering circa £10,000 in unpaid fees from different debtors for legal services provided.