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Ellen Yeates

Ellen Yeates

A&DR Senior Manager

"Michelmores have unlocked my most slippery debtor. They were decisive in action and quickly got to grips with a family more intent on emigrating than paying their debts.  An initial freezing order on a property was quickly followed by a legal charge and eventual payment, the final sum of which will clear most of the legal costs as well as the debt."
Bursar, Shebbear College


Ellen is an Associate (FCILEx) and leads the Asset & Debt Recovery Team as part of the Commercial & Regulatory Disputes team, and specialises in high value debt recovery, in the County Court and High Court.

Ellen advises public sector clients, in both central and local government and she is also the Contract Manager for the Legal Aid Agency, recovering value debts on their behalf. She deals with all types and values of litigation, including enforcement of statutory charges and unrecouped payments on accounts from solicitors, in all courts, from the Court of Appeal to the County Court, as well in Land Registration Tribunal cases.

Ellen is also frequently involved in debt recovery for schools, colleges, banks and asset finance houses and takes a client centered approach to the multiple cases she handles for clients.

Recent Experience

  • Acting for the Lord Chancellor in a complex case involving Human Rights issues (Access to Justice) and whether a beneficiary's interest in a purported trust, of which the Claimant had no knowledge, could supersede an order for sale against the purported Trust property. The case has been widely reported. Lord Chancellor v. M Saleem & Another [2014] EWCA Civ 671.
  • Obtaining a freezing injunction for a private school for a debt under £20,000. All client's costs recovered.
  • Working for a local asset finance company, to recover debts owed by guarantors.
  • Lord Chancellor v John Blavo (2016) EWHC 126 (QB), (2016) MHLO
  • Acting on behalf of a council arising to enforce a statutory charge arising under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, to take possession of an unoccupied property causing a nuisance to neighbouring properties (locally known as the 'Pigeon House').

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