Debt recovery in West Midlands

Coltman Warner Cranston LLP

Coventry-based Coltman Warner Cranston LLP is a debt recovery specialist firm which covers the full spectrum of work within this field. Managing partner Larry Coltman heads the practice and handles large retention claims, policy disputes in the credit insurance industry, as well as freezing orders against directors and partners.

Practice head(s):

Larry Coltman


‘Refreshing in that they will let you know if you are wasting money by pursuing a claim – the best firm we have dealt with.’


Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP runs the gamut of debt recovery work, with notable strengths in credit management, Consumer Credit Act issues, property matters and enforcement. Jayne Gardner is at the helm of the practice, and is particularly active in sectors such as financial services, logistics, manufacturing and energy. Another key name is Alan Hamblett, who is experienced in advising on injunctions, shareholder actions and breach of warranty claims.

Practice head(s):

Jayne Gardner

Other key lawyers:

Alan Hamblett

Key clients

Newriver Retail Ltd


Hook Norton


Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales


McIntyre Hudson



Marston Group

Monster Energy


University of Warwick

Edgbaston High School for Girls

Bournemouth University

Work highlights

  • Worked with the University of Warwick to recover student debts from tuition and accommodation fees.
  • Acted for Edgbaston High School for Girls to collect unpaid school fees.

Beswicks Legal

Beswicks Legal's practice is led by the 'refreshingly honest' Richard Anderson, who specialises in debt recovery disputes and is experienced in handling commercial and individual debt and credit control. Key sectors for the team include professional services, manufacturing and education.

Practice head(s):

Richard Anderson


‘The team is very proactive, and readily suggest ways in which our actions can be more up-front and effective, and also save time and thus money.’

Richard Anderson is refreshingly honest about whether a debt should be pursued, and fully appreciates that for us there is a reputational aspect to debt recovery.’

Key clients

Acclimatise Limited

Croft Architecture

Johnson Health Tech

Newcastle School

South Lee School

Sempar Accountancy

Shore Mechanical

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's standout specialty is its expertise in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. The 'hard-working, commercial and client-focused' James Baird leads the team and is notably skilled in fraud prevention, collections consultancy and recovery.

Practice head(s):

James Baird


‘One of the top teams in asset recovery and the world of lease finance/hire purchase.’

‘Gateley is at the top of its game, in my view. They are hard-working, commercial and very responsive both to the exigencies of litigation and to their clients’ commercial interests.’

‘James Baird is exceptionally hard-working, commercial and client-focused. He has an unbeatable grasp of the commercial realities of the lease finance/hire purchase sector, coupled with a legal knowledge that is hard to beat.’

‘Joshua Howells has extensive experience in this field and is one to watch.’

Key clients

Macquarie Equipment Finance UK Limited

Henry Howard 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

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's Birmingham debt recovery team, which is part of the national firm's UK-wide practice, primarily focuses on matters relating to motor and asset finance. Roger Potgieter is a key name in the Birmingham office and works on cases pertaining to banking and leasing, while he also has a particular interest in cases involving fraud.

Practice head(s):

Roger Potgieter

Key clients

Aldermore Invoice Finance


Arkle Finance Ltd I

Arrow Global


Blue Motor Finance

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Cabot Credit Management

Close Brothers Limited

Conister Bank

Hireco (TL) Ltd

JBR Capital Ltd

John Deere Finance


LeasePlan (UK) Ltd I

Nationwide Building Society

Northridge Finance



Shawbrook Bank

Tesco Bank

The Car Finance Company

VFS Finance Ltd


Debt recovery specialist Dee Kundi is the key name of note at VWV, 'combining knowledge and experience of the debt recovery and litigation arenas with sharp business acumen. The firm has recently revamped its offering with a bulk debt recovery model in an effort to control costs. Kundi and her team have particular experience in sectors such as financial services, professional services, education, recruitment and energy.

Practice head(s):

Dee Kundi


‘VWV provides an outstanding debt recovery offering, with the perfect blend of credible excellence, expertise in depth and a personable approach.’

‘The team are very proactive, client focused and prompt. The team are extremely knowledgeable and professional.’

‘A passion for what they do and how they go about doing it. Very transparent in dealing with clients. They set the highest of standards and consistently deliver positive outcomes for clients.’

‘Dee Kundi has an excellent reputation – she leads the team from the front with her knowledge and experience of the debt recovery and litigation arenas, combined with sharp business acumen and an infectious business development aura. One of the most driven and likeable figures in the debt recovery industry.’

Key clients


Accessibility Limited

The Bar Council

EDF Energy Customers PLC

Kingston Smith & Partners LLP

1stClaims Limited

Phoenix Commercial Catering Equipment Limited

Rothdean Limited

Severn River Crossing PLC

The Health & Safety Group Limited

Thirdline Solutions Limited

ID Estates Limited

Caspian Agency

Upton House School Limited

Den Kommunale Selvestyrehavn

The Fuel Store Limited

Andrew Mckie

Brynmor Adams

Ian Pennock

Ian Skeate

Lorraine Barton

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie

Mr Alexander Gask

Mr Azeem Ali

Mr Daniel Clarke

Mr David John Carter

Mr David Rhodes

Mr John Walsh

Mr William Rees

Mukhtiar Singh

Paul O’Callaghan

Tanveer Qureshi

Electus Recruitment Solutions Limited

FastTrack Management Services Limited

Morgan Hunt UK Limited

S K Property Recruitment

Screen International Group Limited

The Three Partnerships Limited

Sunfield Children’s Homes Limited

Sarah Robson

Products, Solutions & Composites Limited

Quay Legal

Edge Creative Limited

FastTrack Management Services Limited

Pod Talent Limited

Maclean Moore Limited

EW Accountancy Practice Limited

BCRS Business Loans

Ark Aurora

Alletsons Solicitors

Wright Hassall LLP

Leamington Spa-based Wright Hassall LLP practice features a specialist FCA-authorised debt recovery subsidiary, QDR Solicitors. Phil Wilding heads the practice, which acts for a varied client base and has seen recent growth in the SME, finance and car parking sectors.

Practice head(s):

Phil Wilding


‘People buy people and dealing with the team at Wright Hassall is easy, there is no particular person that stands out as all the management team are a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Phil Wilding ensures that clients are provided with an excellent level of service.

Associate Matt Goodwin is a very pragmatic and effective lawyer.’

Key clients

Cabot Credit Management

ZZPS Limited

Paladin Commercial

RCI Financial Services

PRA Group

Request Computing Limited

FSG Finance

Specialist Window Build



Alta Limited


Global Polymer Consultants

Cooper Handling

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP handles debt recovery disputes for clients including corporate funding providers, telecoms experts and insolvency practitioners. Gareth Ruddock leads the team and primarily acts for clients in the Black Country, Staffordshire and Shropshire areas.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Ruddock 


FBC is always very helpful and friendly but professional.’

Gareth Ruddock is very approachable and friendly and the expert opinions he gives us are extremely valuable and in a way that we understand.’

Debt recovery manager Emma Northall and her team are also very approachable and her advice and knowledge is second to none.”

Key clients

Savills (UK) Ltd

Muras Baker Jones Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting a varied portfolio of clients ranging from owner managed businesses and SMEs to multinationals across a range of sectors including construction, transport, telecoms, manufacturing and property on a full range of debt collection matters.
  • Acting for various insolvency practitioners in the collection of book debts for companies that are either in administration or liquidation.
  • Advising Savills (UK) Limited and pursuing various claims for commission following the sale of both residential and commercial property in the UK.
  • Acting for insolvency practitioners in obtaining orders for possession and sale of bankrupt’s property.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's banking litigation team handles aspects of debt recovery-related work. Commercial disputes specialists Andrew Nugent Smith and Ian Weatherall are the two key names of note.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Nugent Smith; Ian Weatherall

Lanyon Bowdler

Telford-based Lanyon Bowdler has been building up its practice in the areas of rental recovery and property possession. Sian Samuel, who leads the team, is particularly known for her work in mortgage repossession.

Practice head(s):

Sian Samuel

Key clients

Wynnstay Agricultural Supplies Limited

Coverage Care Limited

Exact Systems Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Unique Copiers Limited in a defended commercial debt claim.
  • Instructed by AN Richards Limited to recover a debt totalling almost £20,000 relating to unpaid invoices for parts supplies.

Sydney Mitchell LLP

Sydney Mitchell LLP's debt recovery disputes work is handled by Birmingham- based Leanne Schneider-Rose and Kamal Majevadia, who works from the firm's Shirley office. Schneider-Rose acts on matters relating to personal and commercial bankruptcies, while Majevadia is experienced in both insolvency and corporate recovery.

Practice head(s):

Leanne Schneider-Rose; Kamal Majevadia

Key clients


West Bromwich Commercial Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Goldhill Finance Limited to recover a shortfall in the sum of £130,000 on a loan following repossession and sale of a property over which the client held a legal charge.