Solicitors can and do work as debt collectors but the regulators (Solicitors Regulation Authority) have little interest in how they carry out their work in this area. Only significant breaches of the rules are ever sanctioned or investigated. For example, it took a long time for them to investigate the apparently fraudulent court claim sent out on behalf of Civil Enforcement See: http://parking-prankster.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/schwartz-learns-how-to-spell-his-name.html