Richard Kerr

Specialism / Debt Recovery

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Richard began his professional career in a niche litigation practice in Derby. He then left the East Midlands for the far away shores of Sydney, Australia, where he worked in banking litigation.

On his return to the UK, Richard joined a practice in Manchester concentrating on litigation for commercial clients. In 2003 he teamed up with fellow litigator Ian Greenhalgh, becoming a partner in 2006, and helped to grow the firm into the practice it is today.

Richard now heads the local authority and debt recovery teams at Greenhalgh Kerr. Clients appreciate his down to earth approachability, strong technical knowledge and results focused approach to litigation. Richard strives to avoid the lawyer stereotype.

He is well known throughout the leasing and finance industries.

In the world of local authority revenues, Richard is involved with the IRRV at both national and local level, and provides training on current issues in collections, insolvency and rates avoidance.


Ian Greenhalgh

Specialism / Commercial Litigation

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Ian qualified as a solicitor in 1996. He immediately set about acquiring the knowledge and experience necessary to enable him to form his own firm, which he did in April 2000. Ian is a pure litigation solicitor. He maintains, “I am a results person, through and through. I have always enjoyed playing games and sports, and always play to win. People say that I am competitive, but then I don’t understand people who aren’t. Why would you not want to try your best at everything?”

Ian now spends much of his time in a management role, but maintains a caseload of more complex, high-profile cases. He approaches the day-to-day management of the firm with the same desire to be the best. “I am always looking for new and better ways to do things. Innovation and efficiency are buzzwords for me. I see change as a challenge to be embraced.”

Warren Usden

Specialism / Commercial Litigation

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Warren is head of the litigation team at Greenhalgh Kerr and has, for over twenty years, specialised in complex commercial disputes. In that time he has skillfully dealt with a full range of commercial litigation issues – from breaches of contract and freezing orders, to professional negligence and company/partnership disputes.

“Commercial overview” is Warren’s mantra. And whether dealing with private individuals or huge companies, his focus is always on the needs of his clients and their commercial imperatives. In the expansive maze of court procedures, Warren will try to guide you through as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible. He is noted for his tenacity and has an instinct for getting to the root of any problem.

As an accredited mediator, he also has the skill to think laterally, producing solutions to problems outside the “winner takes all” lottery of going to Court.

Daniel Tate

Specialism / Debt Recovery

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Daniel qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and immediately joined Greenhalgh Kerr where he has ammassed a wealth of litigation and dispute resolution experience acting for commercial clients, particularly those involved in commercial and asset finance. His astute commercial focus and an eye for detail make him a trusted point of contact for many major clients of the firm.

Daniel deals with all levels of dispute – from small debt claims to highly complex commercial matters, always with a keen focus on the client’s needs and a knack for identifying the most direct way to deal with any issue.

Steven Owens

Specialism / Debt Recovery

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Steven qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and has previously worked for Bermans, The Keith Jones Partnership and J B Leitch & Co. His vast experience in the fields of business to business debt recovery and residential property litigation make him an asset to the firm and clients alike.

Steven has an astute ability to determine the commerciality of dealing with contentious matters both from a viability and recoverability perspective.  His vast experience in dealing with business to business debt recovery enables him to immediately identify and separate what really matters and focus on achieving results.

When dealing with complex matters Steven has a flare for thinking outside the box and taking control of situations.

Steven has a natural grasp of the technical side of the rules which gives him an edge as a tactician when dealing with opponents who are adopting unsustainable positions and as an advocate when attending court.

Aidan Thomas

Specialism / Insolvency

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Aidan joined Greenhalgh Kerr in 2013, and advises the firm’s insolvency and local authority clients. Having originally practised as a commercial litigation solicitor in New Zealand, Aidan re-qualified as a solicitor in the UK in 2006, joining the insolvency team of a major regional firm in the South West, where he acted for insolvency practitioners, corporate creditors and directors, in relation to contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters.

Aidan’s broad range of experience, allied with technical insolvency knowledge across the range of formal insolvency procedures, including bankruptcy, liquidation, administration and receivership, make him an asset to the firm’s insolvency clients, as well as to the firm’s local authority clients, where obtaining results is increasingly dependent on the use of specialist insolvency knowledge.