Debt Recovery - Costs and Timescale Guidelines

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If you are owed money we can help by embarking upon either the court and/or insolvency processes to obtain payment.

Pre-Legal Stage

The first stage of the process is to issue a Letter of Claim. This will notify the Debtor that court proceedings will commence if full payment is not received within either 7 days (Business to Business), 14 days (individual to individual) or 30 days (Business to Individual) of the date of the Letter. On all pre-legal recoveries we will charge you a flat fee of £30 + VAT per letter(s).

County Court Proceedings

If no money is recovered within the deadline imposed the following fees apply on the issue of County Court proceedings to include obtaining a County Court Judgment (CCJ) and are only applicable for straight forward undisputed claims.

Amount Court Fees* Battens' Fees excluding VAT
Does not exceed £300 £25.00 £80.00
Exceeds £300 but does not exceed £500 £35.00 £90.00
Exceeds £500 but does not exceed £1,000 £60.00 £105.00
Exceeds £1,000 but does not exceed £1,500 £70.00 £115.00
Exceeds £1,500 but does not exceed £3,000 £105.00 £120.00
Exceeds £3,000 but does not exceed £5,000 £185.00 £125.00
Exceeds £5,000 but does not exceed 10,000 £410.00 £350.00
Exceeds £10,000 but does not exceed £100,000 5% £450.00
Obtaining a CCJ Nil £55.00

* Subject to change by notice of the Court Service

To obtain a CCJ takes on average 4 weeks.

The above fees apply to all debts under the £100,000 limit and for all debts over this amount, please click here and we will give you call back.

Enforcement Action

Once a CCJ is obtained against the Debtor, enforcement action can be taken and we will be able to discuss with you the most suitable method to obtain payment.

Description Court Fees* Battens' Fees excluding VAT
Order to obtain information from a Judgment Debtor £55.00 £200.00
Application to request Bailiff service of the Order to obtain information from a Judgment Debtor £110.00 £30.00
Application for an Attachment of Earnings £110.00 £150.00
Re-issue of Order to obtain financial information and an Attachment of Earnings Nil £30.00
Request for a Warrant of Control £77.00 £50.00
Re-issue of a Warrant of Control £33.00 £30.00
Application to instruct a High Court Enforcement Officer £66.00 £150.00
Application for a Final Charging Order £110.00 £500.00
Application for an Order for Sale £308.00 £1,500.00
Application for a Third Party Debt Order £110.00 £1,500.00

Dependant on which course of action you embark upon, is dependent upon the time scale involved but on average each method of enforcement takes between 4 to 16 weeks.

Insolvency

The following fees apply as an alternative to the issue of proceedings and again are only applicable for straight forward undisputed claims.

Description  Court Fee Court Deposit Battens' Fees excluding VAT
Statutory Demand Nil Nil £400.00
Bankruptcy Petition 280.00 £990.00 £1,500.00
Winding Up Petition 2801.00 £1,600.00 £1,500.00

This process can take between 10 and 20 weeks.

Hourly Rates

For more complicated claims and/or debts which are or will become disputed, the following hourly rates will apply and are not subject to VAT.

Directors/Consultants £225 to £265
Senior Associates/Associates £200 to £230
Other solicitors and Legal Executives £146 to £175
Trainee Solicitors/Paralegals £111 to £140

Potential Additional Costs

For example but not limited to.

Description Third Party Fees + VAT Battens' Fees excluding VAT
Your Debtor has disappeared and a current address is required to be found Between £50.00 for office based enquiries and £150.00 for on-foot enquiries £28.00 + VAT
An agent is required to attend the Debtor’s address, for whatever reason Between £150 - £200.00 £42.00 + VAT
Where documents are required to be personally served Between £75 - £200 £28.00 + VAT
Where documents are required to be sworn/affirmed £5.00 for the Affidavit and £2.00 for each Exhibit £28.00 + VAT

The above can take between 1 and 28 days.


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