Jo Milward-Hyde is a Dispute Resolution Senior Associate at Flint Bishop Solicitors.
Jo joined Flint Bishop in 1996; she trained as Paralegal with the National Association of Paralegals and qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Legal Executives in June 2007 with an interest in debt collection and landlord and tenant law.
Jo has a particular specialism in respect of the licensed trade industry, dealing with debt collection for pub companies and advising clients in this sector on all aspects of credit control and debt recovery. Jo provides excellent advice to her clients on a commercial and cost effective basis, keeping in mind the business goals and objectives. Jo provides advice and training in order to enhance the performance of her clients’ own staff, thereby increasing efficiency and knowledge of their business and reducing the need for legal action.
Due to Jo’s detailed knowledge of the industry, the work carried out by Jo for licensed trade clients is extremely varied and also includes litigation matters such as lease forfeiture, contractual disputes, property matters such as subletting, new leases and assignments and surrenders, together with compliance issues such as breach of tie, access and gaming machines. Jo often deals with injunctions in the High Court to prevent a breach of lease covenants by tenants and has a 100% success rate of securing injunctions of this nature together with recovery of associated costs.
Jo has hosted numerous debt collection seminars and training workshops for credit controllers, plus written a number of articles on landlord and tenant law and developments which have been featured in the local press. Jo has successfully managed the Marston’s PLC tenant default and debt recovery work for several years and has both cemented and improved the relationship with Marston’s PLC’s credit control department.
In addition to debt collection, Jo advises on commercial and residential repossession issues, tenant default and insolvency matters and is often praised by clients for her commercial awareness and objectives-based approach.
How can Jo help you?
- Licensed trade litigation / advice on tenant’s obligations
- Contractual disputes
- Advice on the Statutory Pub Code
- Residential possession and accelerated possession
- Commercial forfeiture/surrender
- New Leases, giving consent to assign and obtaining landlord’s consent to sublet
- Advice on credit control procedures
- Debt Recovery / rent collection
- Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR)
For the past ten years Jo has managed the Marston’s PLC tenant default account for the firm, which provides a varied caseload of litigation, property, debt recovery and insolvency matters. Throughout this time, Jo has dealt with in excess of 1,500 cases for Marston’s PLC.
Jo was involved in the setup and implementation of the highly successful Southern Cross Debt Collection project in relation to the design of the firm’s debt recovery software to facilitate the collection of their debts.
Jo has acted for many landlords in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire in removing problem tenants from their residential investment properties with minimum fuss and disruption, together with the speedy removal of travellers from several commercial sites.
"Jo is an expert in her field. Her detailed knowledge and high based skill set enable her to solve any problem that presents itself. Complimenting these attributes is a strong commercial and operational mind that balances the relative solution with a remedy that is realistic and tangible for the wider business. Her dedication and hard working persona are a pleasure to see and I would certainly endorse Jo’s work to the highest regard.”
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