Our Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Transparency Rules are divided into four sections:
ConveyancingProbate | Secured LendingDebt Recovery.

Debt Recovery

1. Debt Recovery Claims

Where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice, we will agree an initial fee with you for reviewing any documents and correspondence supplied by you and writing an initial letter before action, claiming payment of the debt on your behalf.  Depending on the amount of documentation which you provide, our fee is likely to be in the region of £750 to £1,250 (excluding VAT).

Should it become necessary to issue proceedings for recovery of an undisputed debt, the following Court fees will apply:

Fee payable

Value of your claim

Court issued claim

Filed via SDT/MCOL

Up to

£300

£35

£25

Greater than

£300

but no more than

£500

£50

£35

Greater than

£500

but no more than

£1,000

£70

£60

Greater than

£1,000

but no more than

£1,500

£80

£70

Greater than

£1,500

but no more than

£3,000

£115

£105

Greater than

£3,000

but no more than

£5,000

£205

£185

Greater than

£5,000

but no more than

£10,000

£455

£410

Greater than

£10,000

but no more than

£15,000

5% of the value of the claim

4.5% of the value of the claim

Greater than

£15,000

but no more than

£50,000

Greater than

£50,000

but no more than

£100,000

Greater than

£100,000

but no more than

£150,000

N/A

Greater than

£150,000

but no more than

£200,000

N/A

Greater than

£200,000

£10,000

N/A

If you wish to proceed with a claim, you should note that:

  • the VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor; and
  • interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, which means that a higher Court fee may be payable.

We will charge between £750 and £1,250 (excluding VAT) to draft simple short-form Court proceedings claiming payment of an undisputed invoice.

If the other party fails to acknowledge service of the proceedings or file a defence to the claim, we will charge £350 (excluding VAT) to request a default judgment and, on receipt of the default judgment, to write to the other party again, demanding payment.

A default judgment will only include Court fees and fixed solicitors costs (as provided for by the Civil Procedure Rules).  You will not be able to recover the fees which you pay us.

If the other party fails to pay the judgment debt, we will (if so requested) write to you setting out the various ways in which you may be able to enforce payment of the judgment debt.  The fees set out above do not include the cost of any further action which may be required to enforce payment of the judgment debt.

If the other party disputes/defends your claim and the matter becomes contested, we will discuss any further work which may be required and provide you with a revised estimate as to the costs of such further work.

Our fees are time-based and are calculated by reference to hourly charging rates (which will depend on the seniority of the fee earners working on your case).  We will give you as detailed a costs’ estimate as we can, once we know what issues have been raised and have a better idea of how long it is likely to take to resolve the matter for you.

Undisputed claims are likely to take anything between 2 weeks and 3 months from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim.  This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgement in default.  If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.

Disputed claims can take up to 12-18 months or longer in straightforward cases to resolve.

In certain circumstances, it may be appropriate to draft and serve a statutory demand claiming payment of an undisputed debt.  Our fees for doing this (including the cost of arranging for personal service of the demand on the debtor) will be in the region of £1,500 plus VAT and disbursements including the cost of Process Server.

We can discuss this method (and the costs involved) in further detail during our initial consultation.