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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

Head of Debt & Managing Associate | Debt Recovery

+44 (0) 330 137 3256

+44 (0) 7872673919

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Steven Petrie

Partner | Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution

+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

Email Jane Garvin

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What people say

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

    Legal 500
  • They can deal with lots of different insolvency matters, they have a very good team and we always have access to someone that can solve our issues.They are incredibly efficient, on top of the detail and commercially minded.

    Client quote
  • We have sent a significant number of our high value cases and the collection performance has been excellent. The cost to our authority has been negligible and this has been crucial given the constant pressures on our budget

    Brent Council
  • Ward Hadaway are a very knowledgeable, capable and friendly team who have provided a great service to us in all debt streams over the last few years, allowing us to progress complicated cases to a beneficial conclusion. They are so easy to talk to and always have time to explain and advise the best outcome and way forward. The costing structure is always is very fair and transparent.

    Bridgette Cowley, Revenues Group Manager, Southend-On-Sea Borough Council
  • Just a quick note to thank you and your team, especially Sarah and David for the excellent work provided to London Borough of Ealing. I’ve been really impressed with their dedication and effort, they have both been a dream to work with.

    Patrick Hall, Corporate Collections and Housing Benefit Overpayments, London Borough of Ealing
  • We have issued the team with some of our most challenging cases and have been impressed with the speed of recovery resulting in full settlement in most cases. The cost to our authority has been minimal. We have been given our own personal contact who is always available to discuss any of our cases.

    Alan Clark, St Albans City & District Council
  • Since we commenced working with Ward Hadaway in 2016, our revenues staff have praised the efficient, innovative and successful treatment of our Housing Benefit Overpayments and Council Tax and Business Rates debts. We have found their staff to be helpful and professional in providing solutions to the collection of our difficult to collect cases and they have successfully used Charging Orders, Orders for Sale and Bankruptcy to increase our collection.

    Gary Mitchell, Deputy Head of Exchequer Services, London Borough of Bexley Council
  • They are prepared to listen to what the client wants and they meet their needs.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • The 'commercially astute' team at Ward Hadaway is an 'excellent resource' for clients and provides a 'first-class' service.

    Legal 500

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