Debt Collection & Asset Recovery


Put simply, when you are not paid, your business stops. Healthy cash flow allows you to pay staff and suppliers, purchase more stock, invest and innovate and much more. So when unpaid invoices put a stop to this, you need prompt, professional and commercially minded legal help with your debt collection and asset recovery procedures.

Our commercial Debt Collection and Asset Recoveries team can assist your business with maximising cash flow cost-effectively and, in conjunction with your in-house credit control and finance functions, provide a spectrum of services that comprise expert, cost efficient and flexible debt recovery solutions.

Key debt collection services

  • Reconciliation & Auditing – assisting you in reviewing current processes, systems and controls related to cash-flow management, credit control and management of litigation/debt recovery when required.
  • An extension to your credit control provision – helping you either temporarily or in the longer-term to offer early arrears credit control.
  • A ‘triage’ style full or part review of your debt ledger, collegiately assisting your team to review cases at the pre-legal stage as to their readiness for court action. If you “in-house” your recoveries, then we can help save wasted court fees.
  • Pre-litigation telephone reconciliation and due diligence solutions: assisting you with resolving queries ahead (or instead) of issuing proceedings, due diligence assessments determining what the most cost-effective method of progressing will be; income and expenditure assessments and payment plan set-up and monitoring.
  • Insolvency – from bankruptcy to winding up, we work very closely with our Corporate Recovery & Insolvency team and can support your needs from bespoke high-profile instructions to volume requirements.
  • Volume litigation support in circumstances where your own in-house team remains involved and we advise from instruction through to judgment and enforcement.

Debt collection and asset recovery work examples

  • Recovering 3 years’ worth of debts from a major supermarket for a bakery supplier, upon threat of winding up the supermarket.
  • Pursuing an African company through the English courts to enforce/recover a debt obtained in Africa.
  • Recovering a large debt for a motor parts supplier from a customer who attempted to evade the debt by closing and reopening business/companies.
  • Obtaining settlement at mediation of a large payment from an international bank under a complex services supply agreement.
  • Acting for an invoice finance and factoring company specifically tailored for the recruitment industry. We overcame a defence and counterclaim involving allegations of incompetent and unqualified staff. We obtained a 100% recovery on behalf of the client by successfully proving incorporation and acceptance of the terms of business.

Specialist experience in the recruitment sector

In addition to acting for the largest invoice-financier in the recruitment industry, we also act for in excess of 170 agencies in matters ranging from:

  • undisputed debt recovery arising from unpaid invoices;
  • disputed invoices and claims arising therefrom;
  • acting for both former employer agencies and former consultants in injunctive proceedings.


Please see our Charging Structure for details of our charges for this service.

How we work with you

Whilst based in the South of England, Paris Smith acts for businesses and families throughout the UK. Technology has enabled us to provide a high level of service to our clients whether they are local to our offices or not. Our advice can be given in many ways:

  • Over the telephone
  • Via video conferencing
  • In face to face meetings

We will talk through how you would like to be contacted and the best ways for us to meet in our early conversations with you.

Meet the team

Our Debt Collection & Asset Recovery team is made up on 2 partners, 1 solicitor, 1 legal executive and 1 paralegal. You can find contact details for them below.

Introducing your key contact

Chris Holliss
Partner – Commercial Disputes



How we’ve helped our clients

“We have used Chris and his team’s services in debt resolution for the last three years and as we have grown we have had more and more cases for him to help with. He and his team deal with our requests promptly and most importantly get good results in terms of collections. His team are our “go to” legal debt recovery team.”

Paul Tonks, FD – Quba Solutions

“Over that last year or so, I have had the pleasure to work with and be proficiently assisted by Chris Holliss (LLP Partner) and Steven Adams of Paris Smith Solicitors. Both Chris and Steven possess a wealth of relevant experience which they have skillfully employed to assist navigating a rather problematic dispute. I would not hesitate to recommend Chris or Steven to assist with such matters. ”

Wesley Wright, Director – Wright Business Consultancy Ltd

“If you’re looking for that professional service with a personal touch, look no further than Paris Smith. I have personally worked with Christina Spiers and Chris Holliss on a commercial basis, and both bring a wealth of experience, guidance and advice to everything that’s required. They are efficient and timely, and in this modern world of automation, they remind you that people and relationships are key to everything we do. By far the best service I’ve ever received and I will be using their expertise forever more.”

Chris Hayes, Group Finance Director

Konnect Recruit


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