Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF


Debt Recovery

Our debt recovery service is simple, fast and effective.  The service is designed to deal with the collection of invoice debts on an affordable, fixed fee basis for undisputed invoices.  (Advice on other types of commercial debt recovery, general advice on debt recovery, and advice on your prospects of recovering your outstanding contested debts is also available.)

We can obtain a Companies House search or a bankruptcy search to check on the status of your debtor before you engage in proceedings to help you ascertain whether your case is worth pursuing.

If your business needs a commercial debt recovery service to help recover multiple debts, we offer a telephone consultation or, if appropriate, a visit to your premises to discuss how we can work for your business.

We will:

  • Undertake a conflict of interest search.
  • Check that your debtor is active on Companies House (if your debtor is a limited liability company).
  • Calculate any contractual interest you may be entitled to claim from the due date of your invoice.  (We can also calculate statutory interest and compensation you may be entitled to claim under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998.)
  • Prepare and send a letter before action demanding payment.
  • Confirm with you by email that a letter before action has been sent, setting out the amount demanded with interest and late payment compensation (if applicable).
  • Contact you after the time permitted for payment to check whether further action may be required.

If further action is required, we will take the subsequent steps on a fixed fee basis.

If you need help with debt recovery please contact one of the team today to see how we can help.


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Meet the Team

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Robin Watson

Partner — Employment and Immigration

Direct dial: 01202 755202
Switchboard: 01202 755980


“Cocowai is a wholesale and online retail cashmere company. We recently contacted Robin Watson at Laceys Solicitors to help and advise us with producing an employment contract, and subsequently for advice on other employment issues. Robin has been extremely helpful and efficient throughout the whole - from our initial meeting, through to further telephone conversations and subsequent emails. I have been impressed by Robin's consideration of our "type" and "size" of company, whilst advising on what kind of contract we needed for our business. ”

Frances Macaulay, COCOWAI

Robin is a specialist employment solicitor. He advises employers, HR Directors and managers on all aspects of complex employment law and day-to-day HR issues.

Robin regularly advises on TUPE when clients are buying or selling a business or in relation to tenders. Robin also represents clients during Employment Tribunal proceedings. Robin’s clients range from small local start-ups to large national businesses. Robin advises on immigration for employers and individuals too.

In addition, Robin is a litigator and advises clients when a dispute arises. Robin’s particular interest is in advocacy and he has gained Higher Rights of Audience as a Solicitor-Advocate that permits him to appear in all civil courts and tribunals for clients.

Away from work Robin enjoys cycling, cooking and eating. Lately Robin has (again) started sketching and is trying to convince himself that he has a talent!

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Rob Kelly

Associate — Dispute Resolution

Direct dial: 01202 755217
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  • “A first choice for truly contentious Litigation in Automotive and Asset Finance and Leasing. His pure skill in tricky work wins through time and again and adds real value compared with the so called 'top tier' litigators. Truly capable, amenable and commercially minded business partners, the 'master chessmen' of their specialty.”

    Paul Maxted, previously the In house Legal Adviser and Company Secretary nearly 20 years, all Financial Services related companies in UK for Daimler, Mercedes-Benz

  • “I have had the pleasure of working with several members of the team at Laceys regularly over a period of years. I found Rob Kelly in particular, who worked on a successful litigation case for me over a period of several years to be outstanding in all aspects of the work he undertook, and the manner in which he did it. I now consider him a friend. I would not - and have not - hesitated to recommend Laceys to my family and friends, and continue to use them for all legal matters.”

    Dan Collins

  • “ I just wanted to thank you for your great work on the professional negligence case and other cases you have represented Indian Ocean and Tiien through the last few years.”

    Mehdi Vahdati, Director and Proprietor - Indian Ocean (Bournemouth) Limited

  • “I've worked with a fair few lawyers over the years and Rob Kelly is the most on the ball and efficient lawyers I've ever come across. I'm looking forward to working together for many years to come.”

    Roger Woodall, CEO - Diamond Sporting Group

Rob specialises in dispute resolution through litigation, arbitration and mediation, with particular emphasis on contractual disputes, insurance and claims involving allegations of professional negligence (which he has prosecuted on behalf of commercial and private clients and defended on behalf of their insurers, re-insurers and Lloyd’s syndicates). He is regularly instructed in connection with substantial disputes involving contractual, professional negligence and contentious probate issues.

Rob’s style is a mix of listening, asking (tough) questions, diplomacy and reality testing. He’s interested, flexible, and pragmatic. He offers a common sense, realistic approach to assist his clients in searching for solutions to their disputes and brings straight talking and integrity to his work.

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Mark Timberlake

Managing Partner — Dispute Resolution

Direct dial: 01202 755200
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“The advice Mark gave was very good value for money and the combination of strictly accurate legal advice and common sense were exactly what I needed.”

Nick Stocks. Director, Spitfire Court Properties Ltd.

Mark is managing partner of Laceys and also heads the Dispute Resolution department. Mark specialises in property and landlord and tenant disputes, possession and debt recovery in relation to both commercial and residential property. He has extensive experience in relation to issues involving blocks of flats including representation in the Property Chamber and the courts. He has also dealt with many commercial disputes, professional negligence and insolvency claims.

He has frequently given talks on the law as it affects managing agents through the Association of Residential Managing Agents and other groups.

He has been recommended for many years by the Legal 500 Guide to the Legal profession which has said that Mark ‘is very highly rated by clients’, ‘explains complex issues in understandable terms’ and ‘is excellent in really difficult situations’. He is a committee member of the Bournemouth Law Society and a governor of Dumpton School.

Mark is married with 2 teenage children and at weekends can often be found on his boat which he sails competitively.

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Brendan Herbert

Partner — Dispute Resolution

Direct dial: 01202 755201
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“Brendan has been really great on a whole range of professional negligence issues. I highly recommend him.”

Cressida Granger, Perspex Pension Fund/Mathmos Ltd

Brendan is part of our Dispute Resolution Team, working with both private individuals and businesses to either avoid or resolve disputes. With over 10 years experience he has helped clients deal with a wide variety of issues from professional negligence claims and breach of contract disputes, to more specialist areas including construction disputes, intellectual property work, licensing applications and inheritance claims.

Brendan has a very approachable manner, and places great importance on client relationships. He enjoys tackling all matters directly, and always looks to provide clients with practical, cost effective solutions. Outside of work Brendan runs a hugely successful music festival in the Cotswolds.

When he is not knee deep in mud at a festival, he enjoys travelling (especially in Africa, where he worked as a safari camp manager for a year),  golf, photography and getting out and about in the Dorset countryside.

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