• Collaboration – we only recruit experienced, determined individuals who can work with clients and colleagues to deliver the best results.
  • Technology – we use the latest tech to keep costs down and provide rapid, well-informed services to clients.
  • Transparency – we believe there should be no surprises in client invoices – we’re upfront and flexible about our fees.
  • Human-to-human communication – we’re more than just a B2B law firm; we believe in human-to-human communication. This means our dynamic team are friendly, approachable and won’t confuse you with unnecessary or complicated jargon.
How we work

Tailored Service

We don’t believe in a mechanical approach to client care. Every client is given a tailored service based on individual needs. We carry out an initial assessment of documents and information and advise prospects on achieving a desired outcome, timescales and different legal strategies.

Flexible Costs

Clients often worry about the cost of legal services. Rather than applying a fixed hourly rate or flat fee, we consider the scale and scope of work and agree a transparent charging structure with you, always seeking to recover costs from the other party as far as possible.

Long-term Solutions

It’s best to go into legal action with all the facts, so we are upfront in telling you if we think your claim is unlikely to succeed. Our in-house commercial knowledge means we can also help you to find solutions that will future-proof your business against problems happening again.

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Meet The Team

Jon Tullock Commercial Director
Jo Tullock Managing Director
Victoria Rofe Director
Julie Hind Director
Simon Hocking Senior Associate
Robin Appleyard Debt Recovery Manager
Zakia Khalid Litigation Support Manager
Charlotte Arnold Debt Recovery Executive
Matt Lucas Finance Executive
Franceska Zerelli Commercial Litigation Paralegal
Shaun Lowry Commercial & Contracts Solicitor

Jon Tullock

Jon has been working in law firms for more than 20 years, specialising in debt recovery, litigation and insolvency.

Before joining Silverback Law, Jon worked as Team Manager at Ward Hadaway (top 50 law firm) in Newcastle and Associate and Manager at Shulmans (top 200 law firm) in Leeds.

Jon is a keen Rugby Union fan as well as a follower of Newcastle United FC. To unwind, Jon loves nothing better than a glass or two of his favourite wine, Amarone.

Contact Jon:
DDI: 01527 507370
M: 07939397164
E: jon.tullock@silverbacklaw.co.uk

Jo Tullock

After qualifying as a solicitor in 2007, Jo worked in corporate finance in a fully serviced global firm, gaining experience in a wide range of corporate transactions.

Jo has advised on matters including public and private company investments, M&A, buyouts, shareholder agreements and business restructuring.

Jo works closely with the in-house litigation team in advising on corporate matters such as shareholder disputes.

As well as being Managing Director of Silverback Law, Jo has also held the positions of Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP) and for Finance and Administration (COFA) since March 2015.

In her spare time, Jo is very active and enjoys open water swimming and often takes part in events across the country to raise money for charity. Jo has a keen interest in charity work and holds several directorships with local organisations.

Contact Jo:
DDI: 01527 507375
M: 07967197389
E: jo.tullock@silverbacklaw.co.uk

Victoria Rofe

With over 17 years’ experience of debt recovery and litigation, Victoria is commercially minded, with a key focus on strategy, process improvements and team efficiency.

Victoria has taken leadership roles within law firms for more than eight years, building up strengths in operations, client management and compliance. She is a qualified practitioner in project management methodology Prince2, enabling her to apply a systematic and thorough approach.

In her spare time, Victoria loves to keep fit through running and Pilates as well as celebrating her Italian heritage by whipping up traditional Italian dishes in the kitchen.

Contact Victoria:
M: 07519 119487
E: victoria.rofe@silverbacklaw.co.uk

Julie Hind

With over 17 years’ litigation experience, Julie is a highly experienced Chartered Legal Executive specialising in Debt Recovery, Insolvency and Landlord and Tenant recovery.

She has worked with clients from an array of sectors including construction companies, insolvency practitioners, accountants, recruitment consultants, property management agents, credit hire companies and residential landlords. With such a wide project portfolio under her belt, Julie has assisted clients in all areas of recovery together with complex and disputed cases.

Julie is a keen reader and loves long walks in the Lake District with her family. She also acts as a Vice Chair of Governors at her children’s school.

Contact Julie:
M: 07885 457 397
E: julie.hind@silverbacklaw.co.uk

Simon Hocking

Simon provides timely, targeted and strategic advice to businesses, including FTSE-100 companies, PLCs and national charities.

Specialising in all aspects of commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, Simon is experienced in high-value, complex claims and high-profile disputes with reputational implications. He is also regularly instructed in respect of insolvency disputes, including contested bankruptcy and winding-up petitions.

As a higher-court advocate, Simon has also appeared in both the County and High Court and has had a real impact in shaping the law with a number of reported decisions.

Alongside his litigation work, Simon regularly reviews Terms and Conditions in a wide variety of commercial agreements and has drafted standard terms for businesses ranging from SMEs to household name companies. He has particular experience advising on and drafting corporate and personal guarantees.

Outside of work, Simon is a keen runner and has has recently set a new world record for fastest half marathon carrying a pack of 100lbs!

Contact Simon:
DDI: 01527 507374
M: 07885 457 398
E: simon.hocking@silverbacklaw.co.uk

Robin Appleyard

With an Honours degree, LLM in Criminal Law and four years’ practice in debt recovery and commercial litigation, Robin heads up Silverback’s Debt Recovery Team.

Robin’s depth of knowledge and experience in money claims and insolvency proceedings led to his award for Paralegal of the Year awarded by The Worcester Law Society.

Outside of work, Robin enjoys weight training, motorbikes and catching up with friends.

Contact Robin:
DDI: 01527 507371
E: robin.appleyard@silverbacklaw.co.uk

Zakia Khalid

Zakia is a highly motivated and dedicated solicitor with over 10 years’ experience in the recovery of debt and litigation generally. Her extensive experience working for Debt Collection Agencies in addition to private practice gives her a unique perspective and insight.

She regularly advises corporate clients in respect of insolvency matters, including winding up and bankruptcy petitions and has considerable expertise in bringing and defending commercial disputes (including a high-value fraud claim, requiring a Worldwide Freezing Injunction), disputes involving breaches of contract and defective works, as well as commercial debt claims.

Zakia helps represent the legal profession by chairing the Central Region of the Civil Court Users Association (CCUA), advocating on behalf of other members and regularly liaising with the highest levels of the Ministry of Justice. She has enjoyed significant successes including forcing changes to the debt pre-action protocol.

In her spare time Zakia is a keen bookworm and has an active social life, although her biggest love is spending time with her family.

Contact Zakia:
DDI: 01527 507373
E: zakia.khalid@silverbacklaw.co.uk

Charlotte Arnold

Charlotte is a Paralegal within the debt recovery team with over three years’ practice under her belt and is currently studying towards her Chartered Legal Executive qualification. Charlotte’s experience of pre-legal and legal work include managing cases within a diverse range of sectors, such as utilities, supply and hire of goods and veterinary companies.

In her free time Charlotte enjoys travelling to different countries and sampling a wide range of cuisines.

Contact Charlotte:
DDI: 01527 507377
E: charlotte.arnold@silverbacklaw.co.uk

Franceska Zerelli

Having obtained a master’s degree in law, Franceska is an experienced lawyer with significant experience in commercial practice. Working directly with property developers and investors with high value portfolios has enabled Franceska to see what commercial clients expect from their legal advisors. She strives to ensure that clients are provided with practical solutions and remain satisfied with the service they receive.

Outside of work, Franceska has engaged in a number of televised events, including BBC Question Time. She founded a Crafts Society at University and uses this creativity and drive in the workplace to find innovative and forward-thinking solutions. Franceska is also fluent in Albanian and enjoys learning French and Italian in her spare time.

Contact Franceska:
E: franceska.zerelli@silverbacklaw.co.uk

Shaun Lowry

Shaun qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and brings with him a wealth of experience in the drafting and negotiation of commercial and construction contracts. His clients have included FTSE listed companies, PLCs, high street banks and also national retail, restaurant and leisure chains, hotels, commercial and residential developers, contractors and sub-contractors.
Shaun also acts for clients with regard to all forms of dispute resolution in the construction and commercial sectors, including mediation, adjudication, arbitration and litigation. Shaun has been engaged in matters where sums in dispute have ranged from several thousand pounds to many millions of pounds in value.
Shaun is a former member of the Panel of Examiners of the Chartered institute of Arbitrators and an accredited mediator with the ADR Group. He has also led and delivered construction law and other seminars worldwide. He is a visiting academic in construction law at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, where he is developing a Masters’ module in construction adjudication.
He has reviewed publications as an expert for Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, Routledge and Wiley-Blackwell and has also reviewed papers for publication on behalf of the International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, Journal of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Building World Building Congresses.
In his spare time, Shaun enjoys watching most sports and has been known to attend Leeds United football matches as a season ticket holder! He is also a keen guitarist and loves all kinds of music, attending local music gigs and music festivals across the country.

Contact Shaun

M: 07979 593212
E: shaun.lowry@silverbacklaw.co.uk


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