Professional Legal Collections recover money across the UK and internationally. We take the pain and hassle away from you and act as an extension of your business function. Since 2014, we have dealt with 7,500 cases and collected over £3 million of debt. Our success rate is high and 75% of debts we are instructed on have been recovered in full.
You are in safe hands.
Our widely experienced team will provide you with an honest evaluation of your case that confirms whether legal recovery is the right option for you. We also provide you with a detailed cost break down so you can make an informed decision.
This honest approach sets us apart and is the reason our clients keep coming back to us.
PLC Debt was established in 2014 by Martin Kingman. Martin has vast experience of both insolvency and debt recovery. He has worked in the legal civil litigation/dispute resolution field for 20 years, specialising in UK and worldwide debt recovery and insolvency. Money owed has been collected for clients from all over the world, including Australia, South America, Russia, Singapore and the US.
Martin started his legal career as a paralegal in the commercial litigation/dispute resolution team of a large regional law firm in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. In 2006, while working there, he qualified as a Legal Executive. Later that year he moved to head up a small debt recovery and insolvency team at another large regional firm in Canterbury and Chatham. He built and developed the team and then moved on in 2011 to work in-house at a large construction company, helping them to restructure the business.
Since 2013, Martin has been self-employed as a business management consultant, specialising in managing change and system development. But the lure of debt collection proved too much and in June 2014, following demand from many ex-clients, Martin established Professional Legal Collections Ltd, now PLC Debt.
Martin has been able to combine his management skills and debt recovery expertise in PLC Debt. His technological and systems competency, legal skills and knowledge as well as business and management consultancy experience allow PLC Debt to offer a unique blend of practical, commercial and legally astute advice. This in demand from a wide range of clients. It’s not just about chasing up unpaid debts. Many clients find that the insolvency expertise is essential in evaluating business plans and ensuring that all decisions are considered from angles not within mainstream thinking.
Martin and his former debt recovery team was recognised in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners Guide to the legal profession. He regularly writes articles and presents seminars on debt recovery, credit control and insolvency.
When he’s not managing the chasing down of debts or consulting on businesses, Martin is a volunteer and trustee of Kent Search and Rescue. He operates as a Search Manager with overall responsibility for any operational deployment of up to 100 members in conjunction with Kent Police. He also volunteers for Kent Savers, a credit union in Kent.
Martin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, whose members are independently regulated by CILEx Regulation. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Credit Management.
Vanessa Kingman – Operations Manager
Vanessa is the focal point for the planning and execution of the routine functions at Professional Legal Collections. With more than 20 years’ experience of accounting and administration, she has the required experience to deal with the most complex of challenges. Before joining PLC in 2018, Vanessa worked in credit control and accounting. She also successfully ran her own business in the past. In her spare time, Vanessa likes crafts, travelling, eating out and gardening.
Jane Barlow – Administrative Assistant
Jane has vast experience of accounting, credit control, debt chasing and administration. She joined the team in 2017 and has enjoyed recovering money for clients ever since. In her spare time, Jane likes travelling, eating out, shopping and spending time with her family.
Jamie Reid – Debt Recovery Assistant
Jamie is the newest member of the team, having joined Professional Legal Collections in the summer of 2020. Debt collection is a completely new chapter for Jamie who is a broadcaster by trade. With a strong customer service ethic, he enjoys liaising with clients new and old, to help recover their outstanding debt. Away from work, Jamie enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is also a huge sports fan, with a strong interest in football, cricket and golf.