Debt recovery in West Midlands

Coltman Warner Cranston LLP

Coventry's Coltman Warner Cranston LLP is a specialist debt recovery firm with a particularly high degree of knowledge in handling business to business debt. As well as this, the team has a notable expertise in handling defended proceedings, litigation, insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings. Team leader Darren Davoile is heavily involved in bankruptcy, winding-up proceedings and contested debt recovery. Larry Coltman deals with insolvency matters primarily on behalf of creditors, while Stuart Cranston has specialist knowledge of general insurance litigation and contract disputes.

Practice head(s):

Darren Davoile

Other key lawyers:

Larry Coltman; Stuart Cranston; Tyrone Campbell


‘Extremely knowledgeable, providing top quality advice in all situations but particularly in complex dispute cases.’

‘Coltman Warner Cranston is a practise that from my perspective has a valuable core strength. That strength is that every very part of any case submitted is totally understood, allowing us to have the best possibility of a positive outcome.’

‘Excellent communication, provides honest and unbiased advise.’

‘They are exceptionally knowledgeable and very quick to respond.’

‘Darren Davoile works extremely hard to ensure that you are kept up to date. Any issues are talked through, ensuring that you understand everything, allowing you to make the right choices for recovery. Darren is always on hand and nothing is too much trouble.’

‘Stuart Cranston is very capable, credible and affable. He is communicative throughout the process and provides a balanced and informed opinion, providing enough information to make the process straightforward and enabling ease of decision-making when required.’

‘Tyrone Campbell is extremely knowledgeable and gives comprehensive feedback on his cases as they progress. His attention to detail ensures great results.’

Key clients

Atradius Crédito y Caución S.A. de Seguros y Reaseguros

Atradius Collections limited

Baker Ing Limited

Cityscape recruitment limited

FisherGerman Property ManagementLLP

Global Experience Specialists (GES) Limited

Global Recoveries limited

Lanes Group Plc

The Best Connection Group Limited

Work highlights

    Shakespeare Martineau LLP

    The debt and asset recovery team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP has extensive knowledge in the recovery of secured and unsecured debt and handles all aspects of asset finance. The practice works for high profile clients within the energy, engineering and financial services sectors. The firm is also known for handling international debt collection work, mainly in Europe. Team heads Jayne Gardner and Edward Flanagan work with major clients from across the energy, finance and manufacturing sectors. Alan Hamblett deals with many defended claims, as well as injunctions, shareholder actions and dilapidation claims.

    Practice head(s):

    Jayne Gardner; Edward Flanagan

    Other key lawyers:

    Alan Hamblett; Richard Thorpe; Grace Strawford


    ‘Pragmatic and effective approach to higher value cases. Great outcomes achieved.’

    ‘This firm is always helpful and willing to accommodate our requests at short notice and will endeavor to assist in any which way it can.’

    ‘The team at Shakespeare Martineau always deliver a high class service and always deliver results. They are quick to raise any issues and get them resolved and always have great communication.’

    ‘The Debt Recovery Team is diligent, and thinks matters through in order to ascertain the best outcomes for us.’

    ‘Eddie Flanagan is calm under pressure and a safe pair of hands for all debt recovery matters.’

    ‘Jayne Gardner is a partner who I feel I can trust to deliver a high class service and always deliver results.’

    ‘Alan Hamblett is the glue that holds the business relationship together. It’s obvious that Alan has the expertise and experience we need but more importantly we do not just feel like a statistic among other clients. Instead we feel very valued and that we are important with every contact made.’

    ‘Grace Strawford is persistent and brave in the face of opposition.’

    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

    • Advising the University of Warwick on the recovery of former student debts.
    • Advising Edgbaston High School for Girls on the recovery of unpaid school fees from parents after the school’s own internal credit control processes have not resulted in their payment.
    • Advising Cadent Gas on a claim of £1.8m on behalf of the energy company for damage caused to its mains supply by piling contractor.

    Band Hatton Button LLP

    Band Hatton Button LLP has a strong focus on debt recovery mandates across the West Midlands and assists private schools with debt collection matters. The team’s work encompasses small claims hearings, possession claims, charging orders and various insolvency matters. Jon Wilby works on matters across a range of sectors, including commercial property, construction, education, healthcare, leisure and charities.

    Practice head(s):

    John French

    Other key lawyers:

    Jon Wilby; Raman Dhillon


    ‘Well informed and efficient.’

    Key clients

    FRP Advisory Trading Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Acting for a construction company to recover a debt due by a galvanizing company via statutory demand followed by a winding up petition.
    • Acting for an architect to recover a debt due by a property development company via statutory demand.
    • Acting for two separate subcontractor construction companies to recover debts due to them by the same main contractor construction company.

    FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

    The debt recovery team at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP has a wealth of experience dealing with all aspects of debt recovery. This work revolves heavily around contested and defended litigation and enforcing judgements, frequently with cross-jurisdictional elements. Debt recovery manager Emma Northall has specialist knowledge of pre-action correspondence and enforcement of judgement debts.

    Practice head(s):

    Gareth Ruddock

    Other key lawyers:

    Emma Northall; Claire Bentick


    ‘FBC are very approachable and easy to understand when they give advice.’

    ‘Emma Northall and Gareth Ruddock are great to work with and give prompt advice and commence legal action promptly for us.’

    Key clients

    Savills (UK) Limited

    Muras Baker Jones Limited

    BCRS Business Loans Limited

    Enreach UK Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising upon and pursuing various claims for commission following the sale of both residential and commercial property within the UK for Savills (UK) Limited.
    • Acting for Insolvency Practitioners in the collection of book debts for companies that are either in administration or liquidation.
    • Advising upon and pursuing unsecured and secured corporate lending recoveries to include claims against Directors under guarantees.

    Lanyon Bowdler

    The debt recovery team at Lanyon Bowdler is known for the work it does within the agricultural sector. The team is headed by Andrew Pegg, who frequently acts in shareholder and partnership disputes, with a special interest in construction and engineering disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Pegg


    ‘The team are extremely friendly, effective and efficient in their approach.’

    ‘Although it is quite a large local firm, it feels personal.’

    ‘They have the perfect mix of personality and professionalism.’

    ‘Communication within, and from, their team is excellent.’

    Key clients

    Wynnstay (Agricultural Supplies) Limited

    HMA Tax (UK) Limited

    West Advisory Ltd on behalf of Crystal Catering Equipment Ltd (In Liquidation)

    Work highlights

    • Presented bankruptcy petition against individual on behalf of Wynnstay (Agricultural Supplies) Limited.
    • Applied for an order to attend court for questioning and applied for charging orders for Wynnstay (Agricultural Supplies) Limited.
    • Advising HMA Tax (UK) Limited on service rules relating to a claim form and particulars of claim.

    Sydney Mitchell LLP

    Sydney Mitchell LLP‘s debt recovery team acts for claimants and defendants on a broad range of debt services, including return of goods claims, repossession, winding-up petitions and collection of secured and unsecured debts. Team leader Leanne Schneider-Rose is well regarded for handling contentious insolvency claims and advising lenders on their options for loan recovery.

    Practice head(s):

    Leanne Schneider-Rose

    Other key lawyers:

    Gemma Bolton

    Key clients

    Greenfield Mortgages III Limited

    Work highlights

    • Acting for a bridging lender issuing possession proceedings and dealing with allegations made against the lender of the loan not being for business purposes despite the borrower completing forms to this effect in order to obtain the loan.
    • Appointing a Receiver over rental properties and dealing with disputes raised by the borrower in respect of the loan and the appointment of Receivers.
    • Acting for an individual in respect of a sports car that he sold which did not allegedly have the correct engine in it.