Leading Bradford headquartered law firm, LCF Law has expanded its specialist debt recovery team with three new appointments, which follows a surge in contract wins for the division since the start of the year.
Amy Dobson has joined the firm as a debt recoveries executive. She previously spent 20 years at LCF Law before spending three years with another Yorkshire law firm and is now responsible for working with clients to recover both disputed and undisputed debts.
In addition, Elke Timlin-Bates and Gracie Porter have joined the team as apprentices. The duo will now complete legal administration apprenticeships alongside working in the team where they will be responsible for arranging payment terms and processing correspondence for debtors, as well as working on claim forms, judgements, enforcements, statutory demands, bankruptcies and winding up petitions.
Following the pair’s appointment, LCF Law currently has six apprentices training across its four Yorkshire offices. The firm launched its apprenticeship scheme in 2014 which offers a financially supported route to a career as a lawyer. Partnering with a training organisation, the firm’s apprenticeship programme provides structured mentoring and paid study leave.
LCF Law’s debt recovery team works for PLCs, SMEs, and insolvency practitioners. Customers include national and regional businesses, ranging from car rental companies to builders’ merchants, for whom the team pursue high volumes of unpaid invoices. In addition to collecting debts, the team also advises on credit policies, credit assessments and internal credit control processes.
LCF Law’s head of debt recovery, Andrew Langton, said: “Since the start of the year demand for our services has soared as a result of our strong track record for recovering a high percentage return on net debts. In addition, at a time when company insolvencies are increasing and some businesses are taking longer to pay or wanting to increase credit terms, those owed money have a keen desire to get paid promptly and pursue unpaid invoices efficiently and cost effectively.
“Amy has a wealth of experience in debt recovery and after previously spending two decades at LCF Law, she’s already very familiar with the firm and lots of our clients, meaning she has immediately hit the ground running. Elke and Gracie will also further enhance the level of efficiency and promptness within the team, which is often crucial in debt recovery. We’re also looking forward to supporting them with their apprenticeships, which will open up a variety of potential legal and debt recovery career options for them to pursue.”
Earlier this year LCF Law was recognised in The Sunday Times Best Places to Work, powered by WorkL, list of medium sized companies. The firm employs more than 145 people across offices in Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate and Ilkley.
(Image: Left to right is Amy Dobson, Andrew Langton, Elke Timlin-Bates and Gracie Porter from LCF Law.)