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Debt and insolvency is a reality of modern life. In the public sector, it burdens systems, tying up much-needed funds for frontline services.

Our experienced team of debt and insolvency specialists can support you, with a particular specialism in the local authority sector, recovering council tax, business rates and various forms of sundry debt including Housing Benefit overpayments and Direct Payments.

With a wealth of expert knowledge, we can deal with both straightforward and complex cases involving, for example, avoidance of liability, deceased estates and debtors outside of the UK.

In every case, we employ clear lines of communications, a transparent and fair pricing structure and solutions tailored to your individual needs. We have a proven recovery record and offer an end-to-end service, from your initial instruction through to assisting with any issues that arise post-insolvency.

Our experienced and professional legal team is in your corner, and will get the job done, with diligence and tenacity.

Our services

  • Pre-legal collections
  • Asset checks
  • Early case assessment
  • Pre-litigation review
  • Letters of claim
  • Collection calls
  • Demands for payment
Court proceedings
  • County court claims
  • County Court Judgments
  • Enforcing costs orders
  • Obtaining and Enforcing Orders for Recovery of Awards
  • Enforcement of Judgments, Orders for Recovery of Award and Liability Orders:
    • Attachment of Earnings Orders
    • Charging Orders
    • Orders for Sale
    • Third party debt orders
    • Bailiff action
    • High Court Enforcement Officer Action
  • Statutory demands
  • Bankruptcy petitions
  • Winding up petitions
  • Bespoke advice which includes, but is not limited to, evasion schemes, assets abroad and jurisdictional issues
Additional services
  • Tracing services and data intelligence
  • Employment searches
  • International debt recovery
  • Proxy service
  • Wider litigation support
  • Free training and presentations
  • Assisting with disputed/contested cases
  • Applications to set aside and annulments
  • Case management system with secure online portal
  • Bespoke MI

For details of our pricing information for simple claims up to £200,000, please click here.

Contact a specialist

Vicki Alexander

Partner & Head of Debt | Debt Recovery

+44 (0) 330 137 3256

+44 (0) 7872673919

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Steven Petrie

Managing Partner

+44 (0) 330 137 3237

+44 (0)771 140 1285

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Jane Garvin

Partner | Insolvency and Corporate Recovery

+44 (0) 330 137 3236

+44 (0)772 526 2672

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What people say

  • The key individuals we deal with at senior level is through James Nightingale. I find James hugely accessible and he provides professional advice alongside an approach which feels supportive and comfortable. In a challenging period for all industries, the firm has maintained a good contact throughout where possible, which leaves them best placed as people who understand our business

    Legal 500
  • Steven Petrie – decisive, engaging and constructive.

    Legal 500, client quote
  • Jane Garvin – knowledgeable and exceptionally efficient. Strong technical skills.

    Legal 500, client quote
  • Good strength and knowledge. Clear, direct and no nonsense approach.

    Legal 500
  • I find that the team that support us are an extension of our organisation. Vicki Alexander is especially helpful.

    Legal 500, client quote
  • We have worked with Ward Hadaway LLP for a number of years. They are always approachable and offer impartial advice.

    Legal 500, client quote
  • For me this is 100% the people, the communication is second to none.

    Legal 500
  • ‘A regional law firm with an embedded footprint across the North, the Ward Hadaway LLP team are always extremely approachable and supportive with queries outside of work that they have been or expect to be formally engaged on.’

    Legal 500
  • Not only technically excellent, but also approachable and very commercial.

    Legal 500

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