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Call The Bailiffs | Time to Pay Up

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Call The Bailiffs | Time to Pay Up

The “Call The Bailiffs | Time to Pay Up” TV show has been produced for Channel 5 TV by Middlechild Productions.  Led by Award Winning Producer, Andrew Eastel, the show has been developed using Shergroup’s expertise in High Court Enforcement

Claire Sandbrook is Shergroup’s Authorised High Court Enforcement Officer and the Chief Executive Officer of Shergroup Limited. Claire is now going into her fifth decade as enforcement professional. “Call The Bailiffs” is now Claire’s third TV project having been involved in the creation of “The Enforcers” on ITV, “Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away”, for Channel 5, and now “Call the Bailiffs” with an updated format and diverse team of enforcement professionals. All the Writs you see Shergroup’s High Court Enforcement Agents enforcing on the TV show “Call The Bailiffs | Time to Pay Up” are in Claire’s name and she manages and oversees the entire enforcement operation.

It was during the first lockdown in 2020, that our CEO, Claire Sandbrook received a call from Middlechild Productions from the wonderful Andrew Eastel. He explained he was looking for an HCEO who would be willing to work with Middlechild to produce a successor to the “Can’t Pay, We’ll Take it Away” series. He had heard of Claire and her achievements as an Authorised High Court Enforcement Officer, Ex-Chair of the High Court Enforcement Officers Association, he had called to see if she would be prepared to support a TV show with Writs being issued in her name.

Andrew wasn’t going to try and constrain the type of story that was filmed, but he said they wouldn’t be including stories where it showed poverty or eviction. Claire supported that approach because filming the misfortune of others was done in the “Can’t Pay” TV show and it didn’t work. So Middlechild’s approach was to show the enforcement agents as heroes which Claire liked. Claire agrees that as enforcement agents we do an incredibly difficult job – enforcing court orders to deliver justice to people who have gone to court to get a judgment.

All the hard work during the lockdown resulted in the production of Shergroup’s and Channel 5’s 

successful TV documentary “Call The Bailiffs | Time to Pay Up” about High Court enforcement that is truthful, professional, and relevant. It shows the enforcement process both out in the field where agents do a tough job, and it also shows the care and attention to detail that is covered by back-office teams who manage the technicalities of the Writ of Control and the relationship with the Judgment Creditor.

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Writs of Control are the High Court version of a Warrant of Control.  Through the power of TV, Shergroup and its national panel of carefully selected enforcement agents, looks into the world of bailiffs and how it helps creditors see the right outcome to their litigation and enforcement process.



Shergroup’s High Court Enforcement Solutions are now accessible to an even wider audience thanks to Channel 5’s “Call The Bailiffs | Time to Pay Up” TV show.  With over 1,000,000 County Court Judgments issued every year in England and Wales, and CCJs being enforceable for up to 6 years without needing further permission from the Court, there was never a better time to watch the show and understand how High Court Enforcement Solutions can help you with one judgment or more.

Claire has allowed unprecedented transparency into how Shergroup enforcement agents work and how she and her entire team drive forward on to achieve significant results.  Claire is authorised by the Lord Chancellor and permits enforcement agents to carry out the work of enforcing judgments issued to her and her team.  Shergroup is also regulated by the FCA and Claire insists that the collection of any debt is carried out to FCA standards.  “Call The Baiiffs” is now Claire’s third TV project having been involved in the creation of “The Enforcers” on ITV, “Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away”, for Channel 5, and now “Call the Bailiffs” with an updated format and diverse team of enforcement professionals.

Using best of breed technology, Shergroup has always been at the forefront of High Court enforcement thinking and development of the law.  That means for users of our services they get the type of outcomes you will see in the TV show – robust and fair.

Trading since 1780 our heritage as Sheriffs has served us well in more modern times.  With legal knowledge and support, we take on the most challenging cases including the seizure of aircraft, boats, and fast cars.  As you will see in the TV show, we tackle the most obstinate of folk in the enforcement of routine CCJs, costs orders and employment tribunal awards.

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Who are the High Court Enforcement Officers?

High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEOs) are appointed by the Lord Chancellor and are responsible for enforcing High Court judgments and County Court judgments (CCJs) transferred from the county court to the High Court.  HCEOs are empowered to take legal control of goods and to repossess property under High Court Writs of Control and Writs of Possession. An HCEO such as Claire Sandbrook, can appoint certificated enforcement agents to act in her name. Both High Court Enforcement Officers and Certificated Enforcement Agents are required to operate in accordance with legislation including the Taking Control of Goods Regulations.  The actions taken by the Enforcement Agents in “Call The Bailliffs” have been carried out in accordance with the National Standards for Enforcement Agents and are COVID compliant.

If you are looking for an alternative to the county court bailiff system then watch the show and contact Shergroup at  Our friendly and experienced team of advisors will take a look at any judgment or order you want to enforce and explain to you the options open to you.

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Shergroup is a Business Solutions Group with a host of tried and tested business solutions to make it easier to grow a business.  Check out our solutions for managing cashflow, recovery property and securing property in our Cashflow, Property and Security solutions.  When it comes to enforcement we are a complete one stop shop.

Watch our new TV Show, “Call The Bailiffs, Time to Pay Up” on Channel 5 where you can view our highly skilled and professional enforcement agents work to enforce orders and judgments of the High Court. Through the power of TV, Shergroup and its carefully chosen enforcement agents, dive into the world of bailiffs (aka Sheriffs) to show how the High Court helps creditors achieve the best outcome for the judgment in their favour. 

The TV show has been produced for Channel 5 TV by Middlechild Productions.  Led by Award-Winning Producer, Andrew Eastel, the show has been developed using Shergroup’s expertise in High Court Enforcement.

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Last updated | 19 July 2023

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