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Index of tables

  1. Debt recovery
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Daniel Carlton - Clarion
    • Jo Pearson - drydensfairfax solicitors

Next generation lawyers

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    • Charise Marsden - HLW Keeble Hawson

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Boutique debt recovery firm drydensfairfax solicitors has expertise spanning the full range of issues including unsecured and secured recoveries, high-volume litigation, asset-based recoveries and insolvency issues. Key practitioners include head of conduct risk Jo Pearson, Philip Holden, who is experienced in high-value debt litigation and insolvency actions; Sue Nickson and insolvency specialist Tim Pope. Clients include lenders, debt purchasers and government departments.

Daniel Carlton leads Clarion’s practice and is noted for his debt collection and credit control service expertise particularly in the leisure, construction and manufacturing sectors. Carlton’s recent work includes acting for Shred-It on the recovery of aged debts, recovering over £2m of debt for Encon Insulation and assisting Admiral Taverns with its out of possession recovery of debts. Other clients include Asics UK, Hurst Plastics, Tunstell Healthcare, Communicorp UK and Brunwood Investments. The team also fields insolvency specialist Dale Fawcett, Kayley Hartley and Ryan Millmore, who regularly acts for asset-backed lenders.

DWF’s ‘impressive’ department is ‘efficient in processing and delivering the best possible service to achieve the best results for its clients’ who single out team head David Scottow whose ‘knowledge of volume-based consumer and commercial debt is outstanding’; other names include regulatory expert James Perry, who has ‘a great deal of practical experience and applies it in a way that is truly invaluable’; Kevin Feehan, who handles debt collection and civil recovery work; and Neil Jinks, who has experience in the credit industry and developing and managing debt recovery operations. Recent highlights include acting for Hillsborough Steelstock in the recovery of unpaid invoices and assisting LGSS with the recovery of social care costs for two local authorities. Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Anglian Water Services and the High Court Enforcement Officers Association are also clients.

Key areas of expertise for Optima Legal include recovery, litigation and enforcement matters spanning payment management, debt collections, secured and unsecured recoveries, repossession litigation, professional negligence claims, mis-selling issues and recovering mistaken payments. Craig Underwood leads the group. Scott Nodder joined Gordons LLP in 2018.

Graeme Davy leads the team at Gordons LLP, which ‘consistently provides a first-class service and sound advice with expertise that can’t be faulted’. Clients of Davy feel they are ‘very lucky to have him fighting their corner thanks to his undeniable knowledge of the market’ and also praise solicitor Sallyanne Phillips as ‘one to watch’ and Scott Nodder, who joined the practice from Optima Legal in 2018. The team regularly acts for trading companies that work on credit terms and also has clients in the manufacturing, retail and financial services sectors. Recent highlights include assisting Optare with its trade debt, advising the Canal & River Trust on its debt recovery and disputed debt work, and acting for a supplier in issues relating to trade monies due. Safestyle, Molson Coors Brewing Company, Core Communications and Directorbank Group are also clients.

Lupton Fawcett’s debt recovery expertise sits in its business recovery and insolvency department under the leadership of James Richardson and Nigel Whitfield in Leeds and York respectively. The team handles the full array of debt recovery advice including contract work, information collection, credit control issues and procedures, pre-legal collections, bankruptcy petitions and enforcement procedures. Clients include local businesses, schools, landlords and blue-chip companies. Senior debt recovery executive Daniel Elsworth is a key name for commercial debt recovery work.

HLW Keeble Hawsonprovides a service that is nothing short of excellent’ with a team that ‘is always quick to respond, has exceptional knowledge of the realistic application of the law and an extremely proficient and practical approach’. Department head Rachel Crookes is ‘brilliant’ and associate Charise Marsden ‘will happily go above and beyond to sort any issues’. The team’s work includes debt recovery encompassing small claims and fast track contentious debt recovery, contractual disputes, emergency injunctive relief and disputes relating to breach of restrictive covenants. Clients include owner-managed businesses, manufacturers and stockholders with notable experience in the manufacturing, engineering and automotive sectors.

LCF Law’s ‘pragmatic and commercial’ team ‘always goes the extra mile to make sure the issue reaches its end in an easy and successful manner’; it is ‘constantly looking to cut through any problems and challenges with the best possible end goal in sight’. Department head Andrew Langton has ‘commercial experience and excellent insolvency knowledge that is second to none paired with client relationship skills that build a real trusted-pair-of-hands feel’; his recent work includes advising VP on its collection of over £2.5m of debt and assisting Mabey Hire with the reduction of its days sale outstanding (DSO). Other clients include MKM Building Supplies, Smiths News Trading and Acumen Waste Management.

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