Commercial Debt Recovery

Commercial Debt Recovery

Protecting your business cash flow

Businesses who successfully manage their debtors, understand that not doing so, can present a serious threat to their liquidity and business success. Whether it is the preparation of a letter of demand, detailed negotiations with individual debtors or, through formal court proceedings against debtors, our debt recovery lawyers have the expertise and sensitivity to assist with debt recovery in a way which also protects your client relationships wherever possible.  We’ve been helping Cairns and North Queensland businesses recover the money their entitled to for over 25 years.

We offer legal advice and services for:

Terms and conditions of business

Having clear terms and conditions of business that protect your business interests, is a critical element of debt recovery. These terms and conditions should ensure that the obligations of a debtor to make payment for the goods and services provided, are clearly stated and enforceable. We can assist you in the development of terms and conditions of business which protect your rights and can be enforced in instances of debtor dispute.

Letters of demand

A letter of demand from a respected law firm, such as Miller Harris Lawyers, will often be all that is required to initiate a response from a debtor. This is a crucial first step in the debt recovery process and can often result in payment before significant debt recovery costs are incurred.

Legal proceedings

Where a letter of demand and other courses of action have been unsuccessful, it may be necessary to commence legal proceedings against a debtor in order to secure payment. We can advise you on the options available in this regard, potential costs and likelihood of success. Once a decision has been made to commence legal proceedings against a debtor, we are committed to ensuring that you are kept fully informed of the progress and status of your matter.

Enforcement warrant

An enforcement officer can be authorised, via an enforcement warrant, to seize and sell real and personal property in which the enforcement debtor has a legal or beneficial interest. Miller Harris Lawyers can help you navigate this complex court process in order to settle your debts.

Lodgment of caveats and mortgages

It is important to consider alternative means for protecting your interests where a debtor payment is not forthcoming. Where appropriate, we can assist with the lodgment of mortgages and caveats over debtor assets. We can also assist with ensuring your security interests over debtor property are correctly recorded in the Personal Property Security Register (PPSR).

Attachments of earnings

Further enforcement of a debtor’s judgement can be the attachment of earnings - a process which allows for the payment of debts by direct deduction from the debtor’s earnings. This process requires a Court Order which Miller Harris Lawyers can assist in obtaining.

Redirection of debt

Miller Harris Lawyers can assist you with securing the redirection of debt whereby money deposited into a debtors’ account from another person, is taken from a financial institution and paid to you.

Meet the experts in
Commercial Debt Recovery

Tim McGrath


Tim has over 25 years experience in the fields of commercial litigation, insolvency (personal and corporate), corporations law, statutory compliance and industrial relations.

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Elaine Jesurasingham


Elaine is a civil litigator and dispute resolution lawyer with a work background in commercial, property and building disputes.

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Rowan Wilson

Senior Associate

Rowan is a litigator and dispute resolution lawyer. Rowan’s expertise in commercial disputes spans a wide range of industry areas particularly banking and finance, property, insurance, construction, and insolvency.

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