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This certificate course is aimed at civil litigators, debt recovery practitioners and paralegals who wish to enhance their understanding of the debt recovery process, from the initial taking of instructions through to enforcement, and develop a comprehensive analysis of this area of law.

It has been designed to take account of the changes to the enforcement regime in recent years, and the ongoing procedural and administrative reforms, including, of course, how the proposed new online court may impact on debt recovery practice. The first half of the course will cover all steps up to obtaining judgment and the second half the important area of enforcing that judgment.

The course is presented by Stephen Allinson, an acknowledged expert in this area, who has a proven track record in establishing a successful, nationally recognised debt collection practice and who will also provide advice on marketing, developing and building a debt recovery practice. You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge through group work and practical exercises and will leave feeling confident and ready to put into practice what you have learnt.

The course covers the following areas:

  • Building a debt recovery practice: tips and tactics to get ahead of the game
  • Compliance and regulatory issues – how do these affect your practice?
  • Client’s terms and conditions of trading and their relevance to debt recovery
  • Pre-action considerations: profiling the debt and the debtor
  • Analysis of different trading entities: limited company/sole trader/partnership, including limited liability partnerships
  • Taking instructions: identifying the debtor, the cause of action and possible defences
  • Limitation periods: their relevance in debt recovery litigation
  • Contacting the debtor. How does the 2017 debt recovery protocol play out in practice?
  • Interest claims in debt recovery litigation
  • Issuing proceedings: some practical points on where and how to issue and the possible changes through the Civil Justice Review
  • How to obtain default judgments
  • Summary judgment and striking out
  • Costs: who pays? Part 36 offers
  • Enforcement: the advantages and disadvantages of the different remedies including a comprehensive analysis of each of the different enforcement procedures
  • Insolvency procedures and their relevance to debt recovery: when to use and when to avoid

The course will provide the latest updates in reforms and relevant case law, and case study work will enhance your understanding of this whole area.


"Thank you for such an informative and interesting session. I am relatively new to the area of debt recovery and have learned some really useful practical tips which will no doubt pay dividends in the way I approach enforcement.”

As a solicitor moving into this area of law without any practical experience, this course is an excellent start, middle and end to the process. Very knowledgeable and interesting, informative speaker. Best course I have been on for a long time.”


Stephen Allinson

has specialised in credit, debt and insolvency work since 1987, and has extensive experience in dealing with the full range of these procedures. Prior to setting up his own consultancy, he was a Business Recovery and Insolvency partner at a major law firm. As well as acting as a Consultant to the legal profession, he also pursues many other projects in the legal, insolvency and credit fields and is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Law. He is a Solicitor Licensed Insolvency Practitioner, and was appointed Chairman of the Board of The Insolvency Service in January 2017, the Deputy Independent Examiner for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and one of the Chairmen of the Methodist Church Disciplinary Process. In addition, he serves as a member of the Legal and Technical Committee of the Civil Court Users Association and of CILEX Qualifications Committee. In the wider context, as a Director of The Money Charity and previously of The Churches Mutual Credit Union, he is able to work first-hand with the issues within his areas of legal and professional expertise. Stephen has written a standard text on Debt Recovery, as well as, in 2015, the Higher Level Apprentice course on Insolvency and Debt Recovery as part of the Government’s commitment to new levels of legal qualification. He has continued that work as a member of the Department for Education panel designing the new “T” level legal, finance and accounting qualification. He writes numerous articles for legal journals and other business magazines and is a popular and sought after lecturer on insolvency and debt related matters to business students, accountants, solicitors, bankers, credit managers and other professionals. Stephen is passionate about learning and education matters in his fields and this always comes over in his presenting style. His latest book Enforcement of a Judgment was published by Sweet and Maxwell in January 2016 and he has in the last twelve months collaborated on several leading practitioner texts for both the legal and insolvency profession Stephen Allinson Chair of the Joint Insolvency Examination Board (m) 07808164068 Connect with Stephen on LinkedIn: Follow him on Twitter: @AllinsonStephen

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