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Enforcement and Debt Recovery

A Guide to the New Law, 2nd Edition
Peter Levaggi, David Marsden, Peter Mooney
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The law of enforcement and debt recovery has included some of the oldest law on the statute books of England. On 6 April 2014 long-awaited reforms, the most significant for hundreds of years, came into force, unifying and radically reforming the law governing enforcement agents. In the second edition of this popular book, highly respected practitioners with a wealth of experience in the enforcement industry set out a comprehensive review of the law of enforcement. Coverage includes:

  • the standards and certification for enforcement agents
  • a complete review of the Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013
  • the abolition of distress for rent
  • the introduction of Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR)
  • the criminalisation of squatting.

The authors combine their authoritative review and analysis of the law with insights into the practical impact of the rules and regulations, uniquely illustrated by numerous examples and practice points.

An essential book for enforcement agents, property lawyers, commercial landlords, surveyors and insolvency practitioners.


  1. Part I:
  2. 1. Introduction
  3. 2. General rules about judgments and orders
  4. 3. Registration of judgments
  5. 4. Transfer of proceedings
  6. 5. Obtaining information about the debtor.
  8. Part II:
  9. 6. Enforcement agents and warrants of control
  10. 7. Commercial rent arrears recovery
  11. 8. Insolvency of tenant/debtor
  12. 9. Enforcement by taking control of goods
  13. 10. Procedure for taking control
  14. 11. Between seizure and sale
  15. 12. Liability and remedies.
  17. Part III:
  18. 13. Attachment of earnings orders
  19. 14. Third party debt orders.
  21. Part IV:
  22. 15. Charging orders
  23. 16. Obtaining possession of commercial premises
  24. 17. Obtaining possession of residential premises
  25. 18. Obtaining possession from trespassers/squatters.
  27. Part V:
  28. 19. Introduction to debt management and relief
  29. 20. Administration orders
  30. 21. Enforcement restriction orders
  31. 22. Debt relief orders
  32. 23. Debt management schemes.

About the Author

Peter Levaggi is a solicitor advocate and partner at Charles Russell LLP where he is head of the property litigation and property insolvency groups. David Marsden is a solicitor and partner at Charles Russell LLP, where he is head of the property litigation team in a branch office. Peter Mooney is a senior partner of the County Bailiff Group and Fellow of the National Association of Auctioneers and Valuers. He has over 22 years' experience as a bailiff.




Property and conveyancing


November 2014


Law Society




528 Pages