Shoosmiths completes transfer of business-to-business recoveries division to Solaris Law Ltd

Shoosmiths has completed the transfer of its business-to-business recoveries division (in England & Wales) to Solaris Law Ltd, part of the Azzurro Group. This transaction includes the formal merging of the two teams and a move to modern new offices in the Solent Business Park, Whiteley.

The announcement is the first of a two-part transaction that will ultimately lead to Solaris Law becoming one of the largest commercial and consumer collections and legal debt recovery businesses in the UK. This will follow once the acquisition of Equivo’s Legal Services division receives its expected regulatory approvals later in the year.

Karen Bulgarelli, COO & Director at Azzurro, says she is excited with the progress being made: “Our ambition is to make Solaris Law a genuine market-leader with a business built on delivering data-driven, customer focused recovery strategies that lead to good customer outcomes and an exemplary client experience.”

Bulgarelli believes the business will be unique in providing complete service lines across the full credit lifecycle: “From early and live collections and recoveries to litigation and beyond, our teams will be able to deliver the full suite of services for creditors,” she added, “and with the knowledge that they are working with true sector experts and experienced legal professionals with more than a hundred years’ experience between them.”

Work has already started on transitioning the teams into the new business and contacting clients to ensure the highest levels of service are maintained. The case management platform is common across all parties, and further investment in additional systems and infrastructure is planned.

Once the second stage of the acquisition is completed, banking and finance partner from Shoosmiths, Mel Chell, will step in to lead the consumer business and at this point the team will comprise c150 employees across three sites: Southampton, Northampton and Manchester.

Mel said: "We are excited about the opportunities this transfer brings. Moving to Solaris Law Ltd and merging our teams will allow us to enhance our services and continue delivering exceptional results for our clients. I am personally looking forward to joining Solaris and contributing to our shared success.”

The Azzurro Group is regulated by both the Financial Conduct Authority and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Azzurro was also the first non-lender to sign up to the Lending Standards Board’s Code for Business Standards.

Equivo’s Field Team and High Court Enforcement Business will not form part of the new business and will continue to operate under the Equivo brand.


This information is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is recommended that specific professional advice is sought before acting on any of the information given. Please contact us for specific advice on your circumstances. © Shoosmiths LLP 2024.



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