How a legal professional can help businesses with debt recovery

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Maintaining healthy cash flow is paramount to business success and unpaid debts can significantly impact this, leading to financial strain and operational challenges.

A report by credit management company Intrum last year found that UK firms are losing 71 days per year chasing late payments, at a cost of over £27bn to the UK economy. For businesses looking to recover unpaid debts, engaging a legal professional can prove to be a strong strategic decision.

Sara Beaumont, a director based at WHN’s Bury office, and specialist in debt recovery, outlines the key benefits of engaging a professional debt recovery expert.

1. Expertise in legal framework

Navigating the intricate landscape of debt recovery legislation and regulations requires specialised knowledge. Legal professionals possess this expertise, ensuring that debt recovery efforts adhere to all legal requirements and are conducted ethically and effectively.

2. Tailored strategies

Each debt recovery case is unique, influenced by factors such as the debtor’s financial situation, the amount owed and the nature of the business relationship. Legal professionals formulate tailored strategies based on the specific circumstances of each case using their knowledge and experience.

This maximises the likelihood of successful recovery.

3. Effective communication

Debt recovery often involves delicate negotiations and interactions with debtors. In addition, emotions can often be running high, especially if a creditor is recovering debts from a long-standing business customer or client. By engaging a third-party, a creditor removes this emotion from the proceedings.

Legal professionals are adept at communicating assertively yet professionally. Their expertise in handling difficult conversations and legal correspondence can facilitate smoother proceedings, increasing the chances of reaching a favourable resolution.

4. Access to legal remedies

In cases where debtors refuse to co-operate or default on payment agreements, legal professionals can initiate legal proceedings on behalf of their clients.

This grants access to remedies such as county court judgments, winding up proceedings and enforcement action, compelling debtors to fulfil their obligations. Legal professionals have the experience to know when to initiate these proceedings and which option is likely to be most effective in a particular situation.

5. Time and cost efficiency

Attempting to recover debts internally can consume valuable time and resources for businesses, diverting attention away from core operations. Legal professionals streamline the debt recovery process, leveraging their expertise and resources to achieve timely results while minimising costs for their clients.

6. Protection of business interests

By engaging legal professionals for debt recovery, businesses safeguard their interests and assets. Legal experts ensure that all actions taken are in compliance with relevant laws, mitigating the risk of potential legal disputes or repercussions that could arise from mishandled debt recovery attempts.

7. Focus on business growth

Outsourcing debt recovery to legal professionals allows businesses to focus on their core activities or other long-term strategic objectives. By delegating this task to professionals who specialise in the field, businesses can redirect their energy towards growth objectives, enhancing their overall competitiveness and profitability.

From expert knowledge of legal frameworks to tailored strategies, effective communication, and access to legal remedies, legal professionals play a pivotal role in facilitating efficient and successful debt recovery outcomes for businesses.

By partnering with WHN’s debt recovery team, businesses can navigate the complexities of debt collection with confidence, ensuring optimal financial health and operational resilience.

Sara Beaumont leads a team of specialist commercial debt recovery lawyers at WHN, providing advice to businesses on all debt recovery matters including internal credit control procedures, pre-issue debt recovery, court action and enforcement.

She also specialises in resolving commercial disputes at all levels and is experienced in the use of alternative dispute resolution, particularly mediation. She deals with a variety of contractual disputes concerning issues with suppliers, customers and professional advisers.

For advice on debt recovery or commercial disputes, please contact Sara on 0161 761 4611 or email her at sara.beaumont@whnsolicitors.co.uk.

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