Firm Profile > Aberdein Considine > Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

Aberdein Considine

Debt recovery Tier 2

Praised for its ‘first-class support’, Aberdein Considine has an unsurpassed strength in representing lenders, including banks, building societies and asset-based lenders. The practice has core strengths in the recovery of commercial and business debt, secured mortgages and asset-based lending, among other matters. It is also adept at providing pre-litigation and compliance advice. The team is headed up by Thomas Lillie in Newcastle, but also stays true to the firm’s Scottish roots and acts seamlessly in conjunction with the team in Glasgow led by Myra Scott. Associate Isabel Clough is also singled out by clients.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Lillie

Other key lawyers:

Isabel Clough


‘Aberdein Considine have a knowledgeable and professional legal services team that provide first-class support to lenders as well as driving appropriate and fair customer outcomes. The team offer a full service offering from pre-arrears and asset management and shortfall recovery with expert knowledge across all areas.’

‘Really strong from a technical perspective, there seems to be no scenario that they are unable to suggest a solution or course of action for. The team are extremely helpful and are prompt to respond to queries.’

‘I have started working closely with Thomas Lillie in the latter half of 2020, who has been extremely helpful on a number of occasions. Thomas has assisted with queries, suggested solutions to issues and taken a real collaborative approach to working. He has been an absolute pleasure to work with and is always available at the end of a phone to discuss thoughts and concerns.’

‘Aberdein Considine colleagues have a vast span of knowledge and an excellent understanding of their clients’ requirements, processes and appetite for risk. This is demonstrated and evidenced in their support and guidance offered, clearly setting out appropriate options to resolve.’

‘There is a clear structure to the team – the chain of command and roles of each individual is very clear. The team also communicate extremely effectively.’

‘Thomas Lillie is cool, calm and focussed. He is well-liked by clients and staff alike. Isabel Clough is fearsome and efficient.’

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

Royal Bank of Scotland

The Co-Operative Bank plc

Santander UK plc

Nationwide Building Society

Virgin Money / Clydesdale Bank

Atom Bank plc

TSB Bank plc

The Mortgage Lender plc

Computershare Loan Services

Pepper (UK) Ltd

Pure Retirement Limited

Savills PLC

Aberdein Considine is a leading full-service independent law firm with 450 staff and 20 offices throughout Scotland and England, including the cities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Perth, Stirling and Newcastle.

In England and Wales, the firm provides services to businesses, lenders, organisations – in both the public and private sector.

We have a track record of achieving success for our clients and have built strong relationships with organisations stretching back many decades.

They range from SMEs, through to large corporations and numerous FTSE100 firms, including Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide Building Society, Greggs PLC, Mowi (formerly known Marine Harvest), and Pfizer.

We enjoy a growing reputation for providing multi-jurisdictional support to those with complex, cross-border legal needs.

Our service lines include:

Corporate and business advisory: Our corporate and business advisory departments provide partner-led advice to businesses across a wide variety of industries and business sectors. Practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructures, corporate finance, commercial contracts, property development, acquisitions, disposals, finance, securities, licensing and commercial leasing.

Commercial real estate: We act for clients across the complete spectrum of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and disposals, financing, development and leasing. Our clients include some of the country’s biggest developers, high street retailers, football clubs, banks and hotel chains, all of whom value our commercial, pragmatic, partner-led approach. We advise on hotels and leisure, offices, industrial, retail, mixed use and student accommodation project across Scotland.

Debt and asset recovery/lender services: Aberdein Considine’s unique, cross-jurisdiction lender services practice group provides tailored asset management, conveyancing, debt recovery and finance litigation services to the majority of the UK’s biggest banks and financial services organisations. Through sister companies, the firm also provides sheriff officers and messengers at arms, field agents and property contracting services to offer a truly end-to-end, one-stop service to lenders. Practice areas include secured and unsecured recoveries, insolvencies, motor finance and asset finance recoveries, property, banking and insurance litigation, asset management, repossession and remortgage conveyancing, shortfall recoveries, professional negligence litigation, proactive borrower rehabilitation, portfolio recoveries, security reviews, title rectification and commercial conveyancing.

Litigation and dispute resolution: Our dispute resolution department is spread across four cities – Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Practice areas include commercial litigation, insolvencies, private client litigation, property litigation, professional negligence, finance litigation, and contentious construction.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Jacqeline Law 01224 337412
Banking Litigation Myra Scott 0141 225 5432
Commercial Litigation Thomas Lillie 0191 607 8476
Debt & Asset Recovery Isabelle Clough 0191 607 8456
Corporate Converyancing Kayleigh MacLaren 01224 560191
Photo Name Position Profile
 Tahir Bashir  photo Tahir Bashir Tahir is our Newcastle-based Lender Services UK Operations Director and oversees our…
 Isabel Clough  photo Isabel Clough Associate
 Thomas Lillie  photo Thomas Lillie Thomas is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution and Debt Recovery department…
Number of UK Partners : 49
Number of other UK fee-earners : 180