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Coltman Warner Cranston LLP
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Work Department

Commercial litigation.


Larry is the senior partner dealing with commercial litigation and insolvency matters, including high-value contested debts on behalf of creditors. Large retention of title claims are a regular feature of his work. He also deals with policy disputes in the credit insurance industry. He has been involved in a number of insolvency actions and has obtained freezing orders against directors and partners in insolvent businesses. Under the Commercial Agents’ Regulations 1993, commercial agents became entitled to compensation and so Larry has specialised in these claims. He regularly advises on agency and distribution disputes throughout the EU and acts for principals and agents. His clients include several major plcs, as well as UK- and US-based principals exporting goods throughout the EU. He also specialises in franchise claims for franchisors and franchisees.


Trained Wragge & Co, Birmingham; qualified 1984; assistant solicitor Wragge & Co 1984-86; Neil F Jones & Co, Birmingham 1986-88; Brindley Twist Tafft & James, Coventry 1988-90 (also partner); assistant solicitor Warner Cranston, Coventry 1990-91, partner 1991; partner Reed Smith 2001-08; partner Hill Hofstetter 2009; also partner Warner Cranston LLP 2005 to date; frequently lectures at London Metropolitan University; director Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce Ltd; director and vice president of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management; governor Coventry University College; regular contributor to the ‘Manufacturers Agent Magazine’ and ‘Credit Management Magazine’.


Fellow, vice-president, treasurer, executive and advisory board member and chairman of the West Midlands branch of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management; R3; Birmingham and Warwickshire Law Societies; board member and past president of Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce; FCIB; ICTF.


South Shields Grammar School for Boys; Leicester University (1980 LLB Hons); Chester College of Law (1982 Solicitors’ Finals).


Running, fitness, gardening, sailing, member Stratford upon Avon Athletics Club.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Dispute resolution > Debt recovery

(Leading individuals)

Larry ColtmanColtman 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.