DANIEL TATE

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.

 

Daniel Tate

Specialism / Debt Recovery

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Daniel qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and immediately joined Greenhalgh Kerr where he has amassed a wealth of litigation and dispute resolution experience acting for commercial clients, particularly those involved in commercial and asset finance.

He heads up the firm’s Asset Finance team, whose clients include lenders and finance companies, businesses, business owners and insolvency practitioners. The team advises clients in relation to taking security, security enforcement and taking steps to recover unsecured debt.

Daniel also has a detailed understanding of consumer credit law, regularly providing training and advice to the firm’s asset finance clients.

Warren Usden

Specialism / Litigation

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

His expertise is now being used to challenge the many forms of NNDR avoidance schemes in operation. His recent successes include Makro schemes and shell companies seeking to avoid enforcement with third party goods ownership. He is noted for his tenacity and has an instinct for getting to the root of any problem. His skills are being used to win cases for local authority clients against well resourced and professional opponents.

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 / Litigation

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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 local authority clients, where obtaining results is increasingly dependent on the use of specialist insolvency knowledge.

Michelle Summers

Specialism / Litigation

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Michelle joined the local authority team at Greenhalgh Kerr in 2016. After obtaining a first class law degree from the University of Manchester, Michelle completed her training contract at a multinational law firm specialising in property, social housing and public sector work.

During her training contract, Michelle was able to gain experience within a wide range of areas; including commercial property, banking & finance and property litigation. This varied background allows Michelle to bring an innovative approach to NNDR matters, in which issues of property ‘ownership’ are becoming increasingly prominent.

Amy Fletcher

Specialism / Debt Recovery

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Amy is a trainee legal executive, working in the Asset Finance team, and specialising in debt and asset recovery for the firm’s finance company clients.

She also has a broad range of experience in general debt recovery, acting for a wide range of clients. Her comprehensive understanding of enforcement options means a successful recovery in a large proportion of matters.

Tom Baylis

Specialism / Debt Recovery

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Following his law degree in York, Tom started at Greenhalgh Kerr as a trainee solicitor in 2015, qualifying in August 2017.

He works closely with Warren Usden specialising in managing the litigation process in the Magistrates Court when challenging non payment and avoidance of NNDR. He also runs his own caseload of recovery cases, where his understanding of property law and the insolvency regime is key to successful collections.

Lauren Ryan

Specialism / Debt Recovery

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Lauren gained her law degree at the University of Liverpool before completing her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in September 2015.  She is now a Trainee Solicitor within the debt recovery and leasing team at Greenhalgh Kerr, assisting in debt claims as well as more complex leasing disputes

Nicola Joynson

Specialism / Debt Recovery

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Graduating in 2009 with a 2:1 in Business Management Nicola currently specialises in local authority council tax and non domestic rates recoveries.

Nicola has over 10 years experience working within the debt recovery industry including advice on credit control procedures, County Court & High Court proceedings, Enforcement proceedings, Bankruptcy and Winding Up Proceedings.

Alex Worthington

Specialism / Litigation

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After completing a law degree at Queens’ College, Cambridge Alex went on to complete the Bar Professional Training Course in 2012-13. He then practiced as a self-employed advocate and attended hearings in the County Court, High Court and First Tier Tribunal. He attended in excess of 2500 hearings and gained a reputation for dealing with matters concerning insolvency and real property, before joining Greenhalgh Kerr in August 2017.

Alex brings his advocacy experience to the NNDR team, where disputed liability order hearings in the Magistrates Court play an important part in challenging avoidance schemes.

Anthony Bousfield

Specialism / Debt Recovery

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Anthony joined Greenhalgh Kerr in 2017. He is a fully qualified legal executive specialising in debt recovery.

Anthony previously managed the recovery team at Autotrader where he was responsible for all debt recovery and litigation throughout the UK. He now brings that experience to the firm’s local authority clients in recovering Council Tax and NNDR. Anthony also assists the firm’s growing portfolio of property clients in recovering unpaid rent.