John Pugh's Chambers
707 - 709
The Corn Exchange
Fenwick Street
Liverpool
L2 7RB

Specialists in consumer credit and commercial debt litigation

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John Pugh LLB (Hons)
Barrister

Eileen Ashton JP LLB (Hons)
Practice Manager

Suzanne Thomas
Administrator

Commercial Disputes

Recovery of Business to Business Debts

We are specialists in all aspects of Late Payment Law and the law of interest, the Current and Forthcoming European Late Payment Directives and all the methods used by large corporations to try to frustrate the effective use of this legislation.

We have unique experience of the way Debt Recovery Solicitors, Debt Collection Agencies, Debt Factoring Companies and other Debt Assignment Companies operate, the problems they cause you when you use them and the solutions to those problems. 

Disputed Commercial Debts

We have long experience in disputed litigation connected with the recovery of commercial debts, both in business to business agreements in respect of goods and services and in asset finance agreements of all kinds.

We will advise your clients on on merits and remedies, strategy and tactics, in writing or in conference, by telephone or by e-mail or companies can come to us direct for advice 'behind the scenes' so as not to escalate potential commercial disputes by the appointment of solicitors.

We have particular and extensive experience of how to avoid a routine debt collecting case burgeoning into full scale commercial litigation and out of financial control.  If your debt collecting solicitors will not give you a clear opinion at the outset and you would like an independent opinion which, if favourable could assist you in persuading solicitors to conduct your dispute on a no win no fee basis please use our public access service.

Commercial Litigation - Drafting Advising and Advocacy

We also have considerable experience in drafting statements of case intended not merely to satisfy the CPR but to be clear, persuasive and embody principles of advocacy and persuasion.

As well as the usual occasions in litigation where counsel are instructed experience has shown that in disputed commercial litigation we can be of particular assistance:

(a) Drafting your Reply and Defence to Counterclaim in claims where where routine debt recovery throws up issues for the first time. It is often underestimated how much weight Defendants give both to the speed and Response to their defences. A strong and cogent Reply, quickly deployed, can inform a Defendant's mind set for the rest of the litigation.

(b) Advising prior to a major mediation or litigation, both as a means of preparing the client for the process and ensuring he understands the principles and risks involved in his or her litigation;

(c)  Advising on Evidence after documents and Witness Statements have been exchanged and while there is still time for liability to be revisited, weaknesses addressed and all necessary notices given.

Tel: 0151 236 5415        Fax: 0151 227 5468        Email: Info@johnpughschambers.co.uk        DX 14182 Liverpool