Substantial claims

Christopher Lincoln & Partners is a commercial law firm, which means that we are specialized in B2B (business to business) debt recovery.

Debt recovery attorneys

Christopher Lincoln & Partners is a commercial law firm, which means that we are specialized in B2B (business to business) debt recovery. We collect claims from companies, corporations, and individuals. We also inaugurate debt recovery procedures against individuals who are personally liable for business debts, which can happen if – for example- they have provided a personal guarantee or committed fraud. Our main objective is corporate debt collection, which accounts for our success rate of 84%.

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Extent of claims

We handle all types of claims, from EUR 1.000 to claims that amount to millions of euros. The average range of claims handled by us amounts to tens of thousands of euros. Our expertise in large claim proceedings is unparalleled. Our Chairman involves himself personally in all cases where claims are substantial. He has gained experience throughout his 40 years of career in the business where he has settled, negotiated, and assisted in debt-collection claims -travelling to more than 30 countries all over the world- for an amount that has surpassed 150 million EUROS. Our Chairman is renowned for his expertise in the debt recovery industry.

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Extrajudicial and judicial claims
If our extrajudicial effort does not achieve the desired results, your claim will be handled further through a judicial proceeding by one of our attorneys. We offer a full debt recovery effort, where we put significant pressure on the debtor. This approach has proven to be a valuable tool in our debt collection process. Apart from the no cure no fee success rate, there are no additional costs for our clients for the use of our services. Our law firm manages your case from start to finish.
Reclaim information
We perform research on the debtor, the company, its ownership structure and its employees. We try to ascertain how big the company is, how long they have been in existence and how the business is performing. We also investigate the background of the proprietors, managers and employees. Our office will utilize this information to develop a strategy for negotiations with the debtor and if necessary to take and initiate legal proceedings.
Forensic analysis
Sometimes companies seem to simply vanish. We perform an expansive analysis to validate that they do not operate under a different name, in a new location, or with different contact details. We also attempt to locate proprietors, either because they are personally liable for the business debt or to confirm that the business is non-operational. Our research techniques may include locating family members, neighbors, landlords, as well as unearthing functioning telephone numbers and actual home addresses of the person in question.
Credit analysis
The majority of debt collection claims are the result of the debtor being in financial difficulties. We attempt to map the proprietor’s personal financial situation and the company’s financial position to help us develop a negotiation strategy with a successful outcome.
Payment installments plans
Unfortunately in most substantial commercial claims proceedings the debtor is not in the financial position to pay the outstanding invoice in one go. We will negotiate and enforce a payment arrangement in agreement with you which may include weekly, biweekly or monthly installments. These arrangements are documented and we aim to make the debtor consent to paying via a standing order. Although we strongly prefer to collect your money swiftly contrary to collecting your money over a long(er) period of time, a payment arrangement is still preferable as opposed to not getting paid or starting a proceeding through court. Of course, all arrangements to pay outstanding debts are subject to client approval.
Reaching a settlement
On occasion there are disputes in which the other party has a counterclaim against our client. The end result may be that our client agrees to accept less than the full balance of the outstanding invoice due as part of the resolution of the dispute. In other situations, a debtor may be indebted to a significant number of (other) creditors and only have a limited amount to settle old debts. Although a long-term payment arrangement can lead to full recovery, there is a risk that the debtor will go bankrupt before they fully comply with the obligation to complete the payments to you. In a situation as such, it may be better to negotiate a settlement agreement. Here again, all potential settlement agreements are subject to client approval.
Judicial debt collection
If we cannot resolve the matter amicably, we handle the matter on the no cure no pay principle we have an extensive international network at our disposal that also exert themselves according to this principle. Christopher Lincoln & Partners enters at our own risk if we are convinced that there is a high chance of success when it comes to a. attainability and b. recoverability of the claim. All legal proceedings must be pre-approved in writing by clients.
Enforcement of ruling
Winning a judicial review is the first step to getting paid. The judicial ruling must be executed. If the debtor does not voluntarily agree to pay the debt once there is a ruling, there are a number of legal follow-up steps, including enlisting a bailiff, that we use to collect the money which is owed to you.