ALEX M ADAMSON - the first choice for Sheriff Officer and Debt Collection services.

Why? We are committed to exceptional service, collaborating with our clients and constantly innovating to ensure we exceed their demands.
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This dedication to client service has fueled our success and development, growing from one office to six and increasing our workforce significantly. This expansion means that we can provide services across the entirety of Scotland.
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With ALEX M ADAMSON whatever your needs, you are always in good hands.

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What we do

Debt Collection

Our debt collection team simplifies what may seem a daunting and complex process. Not only will we pursue the debt on your behalf, carry out all necessary investigations including tracing debtors and manage court proceedings. What’s more, we achieve this through sensitive but robust tactics, ensuring you get your money back without damaging the professional relationship between you and your debtor.


AMA has 60 years of experience in collecting local authority taxation, including Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates. As a result, we give local authorities a service which entails defined knowledge of their requirements, policies and targets. It also means we are ready to adapt to meet each authority’s needs with our system geared towards maximising collection while minimising the workload for both clients and staff.

Citation and Diligence

Citation and Diligence are at the heart of the services we provide. With 60 years of trading experience we have refined and improved our services to not only meet key client requirements but surpass them. Client requirements that are central to our ethos are prompt service and return of papers accompanied by an accurate execution of service, as well as a clear and concise report containing all necessary information for future action.

Trace and Investigation

Whether you need to trace a debtor, establish how to enforce a decree, find a witness to cite or locate a beneficiary, our investigation team guarantee an effective and efficient service. Through a combination of state-of-the-art technology and old-fashioned detective work, our experienced team consistently succeed in tracing individuals and businesses. We achieve this while adhering to all relevant legislation, and employing tact, discretion and integrity.

Helpful guides

Frequently asked questions

Have you received a letter or court document from us? Unsure why certain fees have been added to your account or generally unsure how council tax works?

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Where to find Debt Advice

Enforcement options

The Layman’s guide to enforcing court orders, recovery methods and options for sequestration.

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Fees - how much will it cost me?

Why choose us?

One stop solution

Spend your time building your business and let us take care of the recovery process. Unlike many debt collection agencies, we have a team of experienced Sheriff Officers. Why does this matter? AMA are not only able to pursue your debt but are also able to enforce court orders. What’s more, we have an expert trace team and our solicitors deal with any court proceedings ensuring a seamless process with a personal touch.
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In-house technology

Our software Minerva is the result of 60 years of experience in recovery. With Minerva you can access your case file and see live updates. You will see contacts made, payments received and frequent updates, making the process transparent and allowing you to easily instruct us. As it is our own software, our in-house IT team are able to continually adapt it to our clients' needs, which would not be possible if we were to outsource.
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Low cost Debt Collection

We aim to keep your costs low. No collection, no commission – our commission structure is that straightforward. Furthermore, thanks to our impressive level of staff retention, our experienced staff are able to give an honest assessment on recovery prospects via court proceedings. Going to court costs money, and we will be upfront about whether we believe pursuing your case is in your best interest. While this means we may ultimately earn less money, we never want you to spend unnecessarily.
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External Recognition

We have maintained BSI quality management system accreditation since 1997 to ensure independent verification of standards. Our commitment to the development of our people and our programme of continuous improvement is demonstrated by our gold standard Investors in People award since 2002. In addition, we are members of the CSA, and Society of Messengers-of-Arms, and are certified and regulated by organisations such as the FCA.
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Global reach

AMA offer more than just a local service. In a highly connected commercial and legal world AMA can offer a comprehensive international service in multiple areas. While work outside Scotland will be carried out by our selected partners throughout the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, we will be managing cases on your behalf to keep you updated on progress and guaranteeing you receive the service expected from AMA.
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60 years experience

Our 60 years of experience has rewarded us with priceless knowledge and expertise to give our clients the best possible service. We have a long standing workforce, many who have been with us for many years and our clients continue to benefit from their dedication. Our longevity is a testament to our adaptability, never resting on our laurels with our policy of being ahead of the curve.
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Latest News

Celebrating Sixty Years of Alex M Adamson
November 2020

This year Alex M Adamson proudly enters its sixtieth year in business. To celebrate, we would like to share our history with you, looking back to where we started to see how far we have truly come.

We would also like to take this opportunity to answer the age old question, ‘Who exactly is Alex M Adamson?’ He’s a man that many callers demand to speak with (some salespeople even claiming to know him personally) before being told that he’s no longer with the company and hasn’t been for sixty years.

What changes has Brexit made to how we serve our EU clients?
January 2021

Instead of serving documents under EU regulations, we will follow the Hague Conventions on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters.

Under the Hague Convention, service requests are generally sent to a country’s Central Authority, which then arranges for service under that particular nation’s rules. For service within Scotland, this Central Authority is the Scottish Government.

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