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Coltman Warner Cranston LLP

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

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


    This West Midlands firm is an acknowledged leader in all aspects of debt recovery, notably business to business, with special expertise in litigation and insolvency including compulsory proceedings. Its client base ranges from blue-chip companies to small and medium-sized enterprises.

    The firm: This dedicated practice was founded in Coventry in 2006 out of the debt recovery department of the US firm Reed Smith, which had previously acquired Warner Cranston. By focusing only on its niche areas of expertise, Coltman Warner Cranston is able to offer a superior service based on its comprehensive knowledge and understanding of its areas of practice. The diverse client base includes multinational and other large entities as well as smaller businesses active in a wide range of sectors, based in the region and nationwide.

    The practice is committed to developing successful long-term relationships with clients and places particular emphasis on effective communications, ranging from free initial advice on debt collection problems to ongoing dialogue that can steer clients away from potentially difficult and costly situations and reveal new avenues for progress. The firm always encourages clients to discuss issues with it and consistently offers impartial and practical advice. Its approach is proactive and the firm is prepared to recommend changes to clients’ procedures and terms and conditions of business if needed. Larry Coltman is a fellow, council member and previously chairman of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.

    Darren Davoile, the firm’s debt recovery manager, is a fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and a member of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management. The practice provides high-quality seminars for clients, both at its own and clients’ premises, to assist with training as part of its service.

    Developments in the past year include creating an online payments system allowing 24/7 payment of debts owed, as well as introducing full voice recording for effective monitoring. The firm is developing a market-leading ‘Linetime’ case management system allowing enhanced bespoke reporting of progress to clients.

    Types of work undertaken: The practice’s increasingly popular pre-legal collection service offers clients a ‘no success – no fee’ structure and is designed to collect outstanding debts without the use of legal proceedings. A highly experienced team of negotiators uses a combination of letter and telephone collection techniques to obtain early payment. Pre-agreed commission is payable on recoveries only, making this a cost-effective option for clients wishing to avoid legal proceedings.

    In cases where legal action is subsequently needed, clients benefit from a seamless transition of the case to the legal proceedings phase. Cases are driven forward by skilled staff making use of fully computerised case management systems. Individual fee-earners are allocated to specific clients to tailor the specific action required to each client’s needs. The objective is to use the litigation process to maximise chances of being paid while preserving existing customer relations. From standard County Court claim forms via County Court Bulk Centre, which offer reduced court fees for proceedings, clients benefit from the full spectrum of litigation procedures.

    Dispute resolution services include litigation, mediation, arbitration, settlement negotiation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Insolvency is a particular specialism.

    Coltman Warner Cranston will further strengthen its existing highly competitive debt recovery and other services, including investing in staff to provide the best outcomes on price and quality.

    Senior partner Larry Coltman
    Debt collection Larry Coltman
    Litigation Larry Coltman
    Insolvency Larry Coltman
    Larry Coltman photo Larry ColtmanLarry is the senior partner dealing with commercial litigation and insolvency matters,…
    Number of UK partners : 1
    Number of other UK fee-earners : 10