Shergroup helps train the next generation of enforcement lawyers
were strongly in evidence at recent training events aimed
at bringing prospective and existing legal practitioners up
to date with the latest developments in civil enforcement
and debt recovery law and practice.
The first event was a conference organised by CLT and entitled
'Successful Enforcement of a Judgment', which was held in
London on Monday 19th September and was attended by approx.
30 delegates from a range of private and public sector backgrounds.
It was chaired by Claire Sandbrook, CEO of Shergroup, who
also made a presentation giving an overview of the current
enforcement system and the possible way forward that may eventually
transpire once the civil enforcement provisions contained
in the Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 are implemented.
She was assisted by Shergroup colleagues Sharon Housden, who
gave a presentation on enforcing judgment debts abroad; Chris
Badger, who gave a presentation on the roles and responsibilities
of HCEOs and the mechanics of High Court enforcement; and
Chris Bell, who ably assisted in the running of the day.
Non-Shergroup contributors included District Judge Stephen
Gerlis, who presented on some of the pitfalls litigants commonly
fall into when attempted to pursue debts through the courts;
Stephen Allinson from Moon Beever solicitors on tracing and
obtaining further information on debtors; and Nicola Rushton,
a barrister from 5 Paper Buildings, who presented on court-based
The course was a great success and was a further exhibition
of the very successful relationship that has developed over
the years between Shergroup and CLT training.
This was followed by the ICM's Annual Law Conference, held
in London on Thursday 10th November, where approx. 25 delegates
listened to Chris Bell give a presentation on the history
of the reforms to High Court enforcement made over the past
decade or so, as well as giving his perspective, based on
over 20 years experience in enforcement with the Inland Revenue,
the Ministry of Justice and Shergroup, on current issues facing
the civil enforcement industry.
Again there were a range of other contributors, including
Stephen Allinson (again!!), this time presenting his views
on the most recently published insolvency figures; Robert
Addlestone, who gave a view on the effect of the current raft
of court closures in England and Wales and the recent civil
justice consultation paper; and Jackie Ray, who reviewed the
recent update to the OFT's guidance on debt collection and
the newly issued guidance on mental capacity. There was also
an entertaining quiz - with Chris giving a large amount of
help to the team that eventually walked away with the spoils.
Shergroup continues to willingly and freely give its support
to such events organised by a variety of training providers
- particularly the ICM - as many readers will know, Claire
Sandbrook is the current vice-chair of the ICM - and Shergroup
looks forward to providing speakers for more such events in