Phil Roberts#3856

Phil Roberts

Phil began his career in debt recovery over 20 years ago and went on to join national law firm Clarke Willmott LLP in 2004. He is now a partner in the firm and jointly leads the firm's Debt Recovery team. The team is one of the largest in the UK, and its client base includes government departments, local authorities, utility companies, insurance companies, commercial businesses and FCA regulated companies.

Phil leads on all complex cases and technical queries and manages a personal caseload of bespoke, complex recovery actions. He has particular expertise in insolvency action (defended and undefended), all forms of debt litigation (volume, defended and undefended), enforcement, judicial review, complex orders for sale and leasehold recoveries.

The Debt Recovery team is ranked in tier 1 by the Legal 500 and Phil has been recognised by clients previously in the directory for providing 'proactive recovery solutions', being 'calm and reassuring' and being 'Diligent and conscientious'.

Phil is recognised as an expert in the field of debt recovery litigation and is regularly invited to speak at conferences and other events.
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Enforcement case study—pre and post action protection and recovery
Enforcement case study—pre and post action protection and recovery
Practice notes

This Practice Note, produced in conjunction with Phil Roberts of Clarke Wilmott , provides a case study for consideration of the different means, in both a pre-action and post action context, of protecting a prospective/actual judgment creditor in terms of debt recovery—here a supplier of shoes. It covers the basic concepts of guarantees, retention of title clauses and enforcement processes such as charging orders and third party debt orders with links through to related content on these subjects.

I have obtained County Court judgment for £4,000—what are my options?
I have obtained County Court judgment for £4,000—what are my options?
Practice notes

This Practice Note, produced in conjunction with Phil Roberts of Clarke Willmott LLP, outlines the different methods of enforcement available from the perspective of someone having just obtained a County Court judgment for £4,000.

I have obtained High Court judgment for £100,000—what are my options?
I have obtained High Court judgment for £100,000—what are my options?
Practice notes

This Practice Note, produced in partnership with Phil Roberts of Clarke Willmott LLP, outlines the different methods of enforcement available from the perspective of someone having just obtained a High Court judgment for £100,000.

Litigants in person—applications and orders
Litigants in person—applications and orders
Practice notes

This Practice Note sets out the issues to be taken into account when dealing with litigants in person (LIP) (who may also be known as self represented litigants/self represented parties or unrepresented litigants/unrepresented parties) in civil proceedings in the context of interim applications and hearings. It also deals with preparation and service of orders and approval of consent orders where a litigant in person is involved.

Litigants in person—case management and relief from sanctions
Litigants in person—case management and relief from sanctions
Practice notes

This Practice Note sets out the issues to be taken into account when dealing with litigants in person (LIP) (who may also be known as self represented litigants/self represented parties or unrepresented litigants/unrepresented parties) in the context of case management decisions. It also looks specifically at how the court may approach the issue of relief from sanctions or defects in service where a litigant in person is involved.

Litigants in person—general considerations, resources and regulators' guidance
Litigants in person—general considerations, resources and regulators' guidance
Practice notes

This Practice Note sets out details of the resources to which a lawyer acting against a litigant in person (LIP) (who may also be known as a self represented litigant/self represented party or unrepresented litigant/unrepresented party) may wish to direct the litigant in person to assist them. It also deals with guidance on litigants in person provided by the Law Society, the Bar Council and CILEx and the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority Standards and Regulations when dealing with litigants in person, and using IT and remote hearings where a litigant in person is involved.

Litigants in person—pre-action protocols, statements of case and CPR 36
Litigants in person—pre-action protocols, statements of case and CPR 36
Practice notes

This Practice Note sets out issues to be taken into account when dealing with litigants in person (LIP) (who may also be known as self represented litigants / self represented parties or unrepresented litigants / unrepresented parties) in civil proceedings in the context of inadequate pleading by the litigant in person and amendment of statements of case. It also looks at the application of the pre-action protocols where litigants in person are involved and issues to consider when making or receiving a part 36 offer where a litigant in person is involved.

Litigants in person—terminology and representation
Litigants in person—terminology and representation
Practice notes

This Practice Note covers the terminology to be used for litigants in person (LIP) (who may also be known as self represented litigants / self represented parties or unrepresented litigants / unrepresented parties) and deals with the rights of audience that are available to litigants in person. It also deals with representation of litigants in person by McKenzie friends, representation of corporations by employees or McKenzie friends (in the fast track and the multi-track) and the specific rules which deal with representation of litigants in person in the small claims track.

Litigants in person—trial and non-attendance
Litigants in person—trial and non-attendance
Practice notes

This Practice Note sets out the issues to be taken into account when dealing with litigants in person (LIP) (who may also be known as self represented litigants / self represented parties or unrepresented litigants / unrepresented parties) in civil proceedings in the context of trial and where the litigant in person does not attend an interim hearing or trial, including applications for setting aside orders or judgments following non-attendance. It also deals with the approach the court is likely to take when a litigant in person applies to adjourn the trial, preparation of trial bundles, assistance to litigants in person regarding evidence and the use of IT at trial.

Practice Area

Panels

  • Consulting Editorial Board
  • Q&A Panel

Qualified Year

  • 2006

Membership

  • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

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