Recovery firm Andrew Wilson & Co has announced that it will increase the High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEO) team from two to five.

Kelly Cookson, 34, Eric Roe, 25 and Joe Hanlon are on course to become three of the youngest High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEO) in the country. High Court Enforcement Officers are authorised by the Lord Chancellor to enforce High Court Writs to recover debt and regain control of property on behalf of legal firms, local authorities, landlords, property agents, insolvency practitioners and other instructing parties. They can delegate their powers to Enforcement Agents, also known as Bailiffs, of whom Andrew Wilson & Co has just over 20 working throughout England and Wales.

Cookson, Row and Hanlon will join a select group, as currently there are only around 50 serving High Court Enforcement Officers in the industry. The trio are in the final stages of qualifying, having completed the Level 4 Diploma in High Court Enforcement and are now fulfilling the practical element of their HCEO training by going out on the road enforcing.

Sarah Roscoe, Managing Director of Andrew Wilson & Co, said “I am bursting with pride. To have three members of our senior management team undertake this training is yet another example of the dedicated, quality individuals we employ and the investment we put into developing our people.”

Over her 13 years at Andrew Wilson & Co, Kelly Cookson has worked her way up from Junior Administrator to Collections Manager to Operations Manager and is now a Director of the business. When she qualifies, she will be one of only a handful of female High Court Enforcement Officers in the country.

Joe Hanlon, who is also a Director, completed the CICM (Chartered Institute of Credit Management) accredited course one year earlier than his colleagues and will be awarded full HCEO status this summer, having completed the practical element of his training.

Eric Roe followed his family into the business as a teenager before undertaking a Master Level Degree in Law at Northumbria University. After graduating he returned to work in Andrew Wilson & Co’s legal department. As well as being a trainee HCEO, Eric is also studying towards the Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency; he says:

Roscoe concludes: “This is an important milestone for us. Increasing our existing number of High Court Enforcement Officers to five will give us more experience at management level and allow us to grow our business and compete with the larger firms going forward.”