Debt recovery for the public sector

Cost-effective pursuit of debt

The effective recovery of outstanding debt is fundamentally important to all organisations in the public sector. If you are owed money, our specialist debt recovery team can help you collect what your organisation is due – in Scotland and beyond.

Our solicitors are ranked among Scotland’s leading debt recovery lawyers and are experienced specialists in all aspects of debt recovery. Recovery of a debt is never guaranteed but with our advice recovery can often be made where in other circumstances opportunities might be missed.

We advise a wide range of public sector bodies as well as many housing associations and registered social landlords (RSLs)

With offices across Scotland and experience in pursuing recovery in many other jurisdictions, we can assist you with your debt recovery matters wherever you are based.

We offer a complete, professional and cost effective debt recovery service, from issuing demand letters to enforcing decrees (court orders).

Our team is rated in the top tier of Debt Recovery in Scotland by leading directory The Legal 500. We offer a complete, professional and cost effective debt recovery service.

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Professional approach to debt recovery

We work closely with our clients to create long-standing relationships. Our expertise and experience ensure that we take account of individual client circumstances objectives and priorities, as well as wider environmental factors and any sensitivities that may arise during the recovery process.

A customised case management approach supports our team to prioritise and progress cases quickly. We offer secure, remote, online access to clients, enabling them to have direct access to electronic files at any time. Each case is monitored and progressed by a member of our team.

We regularly provide pre-litigation advice, training and support for clients implementing best practice rules, including reviewing clients’ internal credit control procedures.

Our debt recovery team is supported by experienced individuals in other departments across the firm to provide a full commercial service to any client.

Going to court

We have extensive court experience in dealing with a broad range of actions. We initiate and defend actions and appeals in Sheriff Courts and the Court of Session. We raise actions for payment of debt on behalf of clients across a number of sectors.

Quality and value

We provide fixed-fee costs on a range of debt recovery matters, from single actions to multiple debt recovery issues where appropriate. To find out more please get in touch with a member of our team.

Our key debt recovery services include:

  • Antisocial behaviour 
  • Court actions
  • DAS arrangements
  • Enforcement of Decree/Diligence
  • Enforcement of an English Judgement in Scotland
  • Enforcement of a Scottish Decree in England
  • Factoring
  • Housing
  • Overpayment
  • Pre litigation letters and advice
  • Sequestration
  • Summary diligence
  • Trust deeds
  • Recovery of possession

Harper Macleod LLP is ‘responsive' and ‘has a good understanding of its clients’ business requirements'.

The team provides a ‘high standard’ of service, and practice head Dawn McKenzie is ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘committed’.

The Legal 500

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