3 Firms with the Best Debt Recovery Lawyers in Winnipeg
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3 Firms with the Best Debt Recovery Lawyers in Winnipeg

Did you know that the earliest acts of debt collection started in Sumer in the year 3,000 B.C.?

At that time, if people fell behind their payments or refuse to pay what they owe, either their spouses or children will be subject to “debt slavery” and make up for the loss money through physical labour.

Nowadays, debt recovery is now subject to laws and contracts to avoid any ruckus and misuse of rights and funds.

If you’re looking for expert help to get back the money – or perhaps a small portion of it – you’re owed, then read on for our review of firms with the best debt recovery lawyers in Winnipeg!

The Price of Hiring Debt Recovery Lawyers in Winnipeg

Most debt recovery lawyers charge by the hour, with the average rates priced at $170 to $480 an hour. Prices may change depending on the expertise of the lawyer you’ll hire.

Besides the hourly lawyer rate, you’ll also have to consider the collection percentage based on how much debt you’re owed.

For reference, take a look at the table below:

Under $1,000


$1,000 – $5,000






Over $500,000


 Let’s say you want to recover around $10,000. If recovered successfully, you’ll need to pay your lawyer $2,000 besides their hourly rates.

Finding the Top Debt Recovery Lawyers in Winnipeg

For this review, we based our assessment on the following standards:

Services offered – what kinds of debt recovery services does the firm offer and accommodate?
Lawyers – Are the lawyers proficient and qualified in helping clients recover debts and making the right charges against borrowers?

Are the lawyers punctual and respectful to all clients and colleagues? Do they adhere to and comply with their firms’ standard operating procedures (SOPs)? 
Lawyer availability – Is it convenient for clients to contact their lawyers, even after hours? Do the attorneys make themselves available as much as possible to help their clients?
Client experience – Did the clients get value for the services they’ve paid for? Did the lawyers help clients recover as much of their money with the best they could?

1. Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP

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Bruce Taylor

Ross McFadyen

ADDRESS242 Hargrave St. #1700, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0V1, Canada
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: +1 (204) 957-1930

EMAIL: [email protected]


Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

LAWYERS★★★★☆ 4.5/5
> Competence and expertise★★★★☆ 4/5
> Adherent/compliant to firm SOPs★★★★★ 5/5
> Accessible after hours★★★☆☆ 3/5
> Responsive and prompt★★★☆☆ 3/5

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (TDS) is one of the oldest and largest independent law firms in Manitoba. It prides itself for deeply rooting its practice and standards in Manitoba culture and history.

We explored the law firm’s portfolio and found that its lawyers specialising in debt recovery have been in the business for more than thirty years.

Clients recommend Bruce Taylor, the firm’s expert in debt restructuring and loan recovery. He’s been named one of Manitoba’s best lawyers for financial restructuring, bankruptcy, and insolvency three times now.

Ross MacFadyen also comes highly vouched for, as he specialises in civil litigation, with emphasis on corporate law, commercial disputes, insolvency, and debt restructuring. 

His clientele includes people fighting for their shareholder rights and matters related to debt, insurance, and construction.

These lawyers have also appeared and counselled for clients before all Courts of Manitoba – feats that increase our confidence in their competence and trustworthiness.

We’re also pleased to find that TDS has more than ten lawyers proficient in financial law and are available in case MacFadyen and Taylor are fully-booked.

Another thing we liked about this law firm is that its lawyers have their contact details displayed on its website – including their secretaries’ information! 

This makes it convenient for people to call and message attorneys they think will be able to help them with their debt recovery issues.

That said, we’re just disappointed to hear that some of the lawyers struggle with punctuality and availability. 

Despite their contact details being available, clients mentioned that some lawyers replied a few days late and without any reason for the delays.

We were also told that some of the lawyers could work on communicating with clients more regularly regarding updates on their cases.

Since debt issues can be worrying, we think that lawyers should always keep their clients in the loop. 


  • Associate lawyers are awarded for their expertise
  • Lawyers’ contact channels are displayed on website


  • Reports on some lawyers struggling with punctuality and availability
  • Could work on communication with client

Customer Reviews

Lawyers are prompt and responsive

“I spoke to Melissa Beaumont. While ultimately not the best choice for my particular case, I appreciate the fact that she was prompt in getting back to me, took the time to hear me out, and was able to refer me to a service that was a better fit for me. Very professional and I would definitely recommend her.” – Pseudo Bean

Provides consistent legal services

“TDS has been our firm for 8 years. The team consistently delivers world class work and the service is near perfect. 100% recommended.” – Taylor Crawford

2. Taylor McCaffrey LLP

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Norman K. Snyder

Ronald Coke

Douglas E. Finkbeiner, K.C.

ADDRESS2200-201 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3B 3L3, Canada
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: +1 (204) 949-1312

Instagram: @tm_lawyers

Twitter: @TM_Lawyers


Monday to Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

LAWYERS★★★★☆ 4/5
> Competence and expertise★★★★★ 5/5
> Adherent/compliant to firm SOPs★★★☆☆ 3/5
> Accessible after hours★★★★☆ 4/5
> Responsive and prompt★★★★☆ 4/5

Taylor McCaffrey LLP employs over twenty lawyers in its financial services team. We checked their profiles and found that most of them have been practising in their field of specialty for at least ten years now.

In terms of debt recovery, the law firm specialises in debt collection, settlement, informal workouts, and disputes.

We learned that the law firm has worked for small and large businesses and private citizens seeking to pay their debts and simplify the amounts due through settlements and restructuring.

When it comes to their lawyers, we’re pleased to find that the firm’s associates are knowledgeable in dealing with all sorts of financial disputes. 

Notable attorneys to look out for include Norman K. Snyder, Ronald Coke, and Douglas E. Finkbeiner. They’ve been recognised as Best Lawyers in Winnipeg for their work on finance, business, and corporate law.

They’ve also been practising their expertise for more than 20 years and have helped many businesses and individuals deal with their finances.

In terms of service quality, clients mentioned that the firm charged them with reasonable rates that reflect the superb services they’ve received from their lawyers.

They also pointed out that their lawyers simplified legal jargon to make their cases easier for them to digest, which we also appreciate.

However, we find it a little disappointing that, as of writing, most of the firms’ debt recovery clients seem to be limited to businesses. Individual clients may need to check out the other firms on our list.

Also, from what we’re told, some clients had to keep messaging their lawyers due to slow responses and a lack of follow-through.

Finally, we also heard that some clients were frustrated about their lawyers misfiling papers and misplacing important documents. 

We hope that the firm can work on their due diligence and quality control, as data errors can entail serious consequences for clients’ cases.


  • Financial team comprises more than 20 lawyers
  • Lawyers specialise in financial restructuring
  • Also deals with loan agreements and informal workouts
  • Lawyers are recognised by prestigious awarding bodies


  • Debt services mainly focus on businesses
  • Some issues with communication
  • Could work on their data organisation

Customer Reviews

Excellent dealings with them all the time

“My dealings with Taylor McCaffrey have been excellent. Everyone I’ve dealt with has been open, honest, reliable, knowledgeable and friendly. Every time I’ve had to pay for their services I felt the price very fair for what I receiving.” – Matt Ferber

Professional, knowledgeable, and efficient

“We have used Taylor McCaffrey for years. They are professional, knowledgeable and make sure you understand all angles of whatever services you require. You leave knowing you are in good hands.” – Downtown Family Goods

3. LCTaylor Licensed Insolvency Trustee

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Leigh C. Taylor

Jillian Taylor-Mancusi

Bonnie Hooley

Daniel Maksymchak

ADDRESS386 Broadway, Suite 60, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3R6, Canada
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: +1 (204) 925–6400

EMAIL: [email protected]


Monday to Friday: 8:30 AM. to 5:00 PM

Saturday: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Sunday: Closed

LAWYERS★★★★★ 5/5
> Competence and expertise★★★★★ 5/5
> Adherent/compliant to firm SOPs★★★★★ 5/5
> Accessible after hours★★★☆☆ 3/5
> Responsive and prompt★★★☆☆ 3/5

LCTaylor is a law firm run by father-and-daughter tandem Leigh C. Taylor and Jillian Taylor-Mancusi. Both are renowned for their expertise on debt consolidation and bankruptcy.

Besides them, the law firm also employs licensed insolvency trustees who are knowledgeable about financial restructuring, insolvency, and bankruptcy.

Some of the notable trustees include Bonnie Hooley and Daniel Maksymchak. We looked into these lawyers’ profiles and found that they have been working on debt-related issues for more than ten years now. 

The advantage of having lawyers and trustees work together is that the former are experts on assessing financial issues, while the latter know how to navigate through debt recovery legally.

Clients hiring both means they’ll know the best solutions to their current financial situation and have legal support to be able to face their debtors and pay the money they’ve borrowed.

Another thing we appreciate about this firm is that it offers consultation services for free and without any time limits.

The company also does podcasts to educate the public on general finance topics. Some topics include how to file for bankruptcy, have debts consolidated, and tips on leveling up one’s financial issues and eliminating debts gradually.

A limitation of this law firm though is that its debt recovery lawyers mainly work with borrowers who need help with restructuring finances and simplifying debts to make them more manageable to pay.

For those who need legal help in going after negligent borrowers, they may need to check out the other entries on this list.

The lawyers and trustees also help clients face collectors and solicitors and hopefully make settlements between the clients and their debtors.

We’re just a tad disappointed to hear that the law firm can be a little tricky to contact.

Some clients reported that they got directed to voice mail or received automated email replies many times. It wouldn’t hurt for the firm to improve on its communication with clients.


  • Also employs licensed insolvency trustees
  • Offers free consultation services
  • Has educational and informative podcasts 


  • Not really for clients focused on pursuing borrowers
  • A few reports on law firm being hard to contact

Customer Reviews

Daniel was amazing to work with

“At a time of stress and the unknown LC Taylor helped flawlessly. From the first appointment, to the day I paid the loan off all of my questions were answered promptly. Daniel was amazing to work with (responded to every email, sometimes multiple, immediately). The receptionist at the front desk was a friendly smiling face, that was a pleasure to see each time I went in. Thank you LC TAYLOR for making a scary, and unknown time in my life more manageable.” – Kendra P.

I wished that I had asked for help sooner

“I am very happy with excellent service that LC Taylor is providing me. I wished that I had asked for help sooner! They have always treated me with respect and kindness … giving me hope in what I thought was a hopeless situation. Another big thank you to a caring member of your frontline staff….Helen  …always greeting me with a warm and friendly smile! This has been a very trying year for me personally and I appreciate her sincerity very much when I come into the office to make my monthly payments.”  – Debra Buzan

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And that sums up our unbiased review of the firms with the best debt recovery lawyers in Winnipeg!

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