The Debt Recovery Team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin was established around 25 years ago and is led by Jonathan Forrester, a Director in our Dispute Resolution Department. The Team has carriage of a significant volume of contested and uncontested debt cases for a wide variety of clients who require the Team to provide an efficient and cost effective service.

We are keenly aware that, not with standing the volume of cases, it is essential that we provide a dedicated service to each individual client and deal with each case on its own merits and circumstances, regardless of its value or difficulty. At Cleaver Fulton Rankin, we believe in providing client service to the highest standard. However, we do not impose a standardised approach – we work with our clients to make sure we deliver exactly what our clients’ business objectives by getting to know our clients’ business needs and providing expert advice which is timely and commercially focused

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Areas of Expertise

  • Pre Proceedings Debt Recovery
  • Small Claims proceedings (defended and undefended)
  • County Court proceedings (defended and undefended)
  • High Court proceedings (defended and undefended)
  • Registration of Foreign Judgements
  • Registration of European Enforcement Orders
  • Enforcement of Money Judgements
  • Enforcement of Return of Goods Orders
  • Enactment proceedings
  • Enforcement of Repossession Orders
  • Service of Statutory Demands
  • Issuing Winding Up and Bankruptcy Petitions
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures

Why Us?

The Team acknowledges that Debt Recovery is neither successful, nor profitable unless it is handled methodically, proficiently and in the context of clear communication with our clients about their objectives in each case. Indeed, achieving our clients’ objectives is how we measure our performance.

Increasingly, our clients are implementing more stringent debt recovery policies and pursuing litigation for the recovery of debts at an early stage to reflect their robust internal credit control policies. We are able to provide a highly cost effective service to such clients and our Team is of a size which enables us to cope with irregular and unpredictable flows of work, without major disruption or difficulty.

We act for major trade credit insurers, consumer credit providers, financial institutions, banks, utility companies, leading car manufacturers, local councils, public sector bodies, building contractors, schools and employment agencies.

Our Credentials

The Debt Recovery Team has consistently been listed in the top tier of leading firms in the field of Debt Recovery in the highly respected Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession which has commented that the Team is a “massive presence in the Northern Ireland Debt Recovery market”.

The Team has an enviable list of high profile clients such as Invest NI, Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Limited, GMAC (UK) Limited, Ulster Bank Limited, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Citibank.

The Team also receives a significant volume of referrals from Solicitors in other jurisdictions to issue proceedings in Northern Ireland and enforce Foreign Judgments.