Experienced professional joins leading law firm

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 22 Jun 2018

A NEW client relations manager has joined a growing team of recoveries and insolvency specialists within the region’s largest law firm.

With a career spanning more than 40 years, Rob Andrews brings to Wilkin Chapman vast experience of both the public and private sector, and is looking forward to working alongside Paul Bowden and the firm’s dedicated local government team.

The role is a new position created as the team grows its client base, which currently includes more than 100 local authorities across England and Wales.

“This is a period of growth and opportunity for the team here at Wilkin Chapman and I am looking forward to building on what is already a very successful department,” said Rob, who, before moving to the private sector, spent 23 years at two councils dealing with all aspects of local taxation billing, collection and enforcement.

For the past 20 years he has continued working closely with the public sector in various roles including software implementation and latterly business development for the recovery and enforcement of local authority debts and fraud detection services.

Paul said: “As councils across Britain are subject to continued austerity measures, the spotlight has fallen on both efficiency and improving recoveries operations. The result has seen an increase in activity. In particular we are seeing more demand on services to help clients tackle static debts, respond to business rates avoidance schemes and also to collect Adult Social Care debt.

“In order to manage this, we have identified the need to add further support. This, in turn, will allow us to grow this side of the business and respond quickly and effectively to change, while ensuring existing clients are supported.

He said Wilkin Chapman has the capacity and expertise to deal with any issue that a council client may face, and claims it is unique in the market as it offers both legal and insolvency practitioner services within one organisation.

The firm, headquartered in Grimsby with offices in Lincolnshire, Beverley and Sheffield, is seeing a general rise in instructions but particularly insolvency, charging order and order for sale and other County Court action.

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