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We are able to offer a service to businesses for debt recovery. The stages and services we offer in acting on such matters include:

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation.
  • Undertaking appropriate searches.
  • Sending a letter before action.
  • Receiving payment and sending on to you, or, if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing a claim.
  • Where no acknowledgement of service or defence is received, applying to the Court to enter Judgment in default.
  • When Judgment in default is received, write to the other side to request payment. If payment is not received within the days specified, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs.
  • Enforcement of Judgment debts.

We charge for these services based on an hourly rate which ranges from £150 - £325 depending on the particulars of the case and the level of experience of the person who has conduct of the matter. As our services are bespoke to our clients, the overall cost for these services will depend on various factors. We will provide a quotation for the specific needs of each particular client.

General Recoveries

If a claim is issued in the County Court or High Court, the following court fees will apply:

Claim amount

Up to £300

£300.01 to £500

£500.01 to £1,000

£1,000.01 to £1,500

£1,500.01 to £3,000

£3,000.01 to £5,000

£5,000.01 to £10,000

£10,000.01 to £100,000

£100,000.01 to £200,000

More than £200,000

Fee

£35

£50

£70

£80

£115

£205

£455

5% of the claim

5% of the claim

£10,000

Disbursements

In addition, you may have to pay additional expenses, known as disbursements.  These might include Barristers fees, Court fees and Expert fees.

Agent's Fee

On occasion we will instruct an enquiry agent, process server, enforcement officers or solicitors agent to undertake specific matters. A quotation will be provided on each occasion. The fees normally range from £80 to £300 in addition to VAT.

Barristers' Fees

In some cases, it may be necessary to instruct a barrister to represent you.  We negotiate the fees of a barrister for you once it has been decided that a barrister needs to be involved in the case.  Barristers' fees will depend on the complexity of the task and the level of their experience and expertise.  Barristers will charge VAT in addition to any quoted fees.

Such fees can range between £300 for a junior barrister to conduct a short Application and up to £40,000 for a senior barrister who would charge a fee for preparation of a complex or valuable case.

In determining the fee, the factors that will influence the cost of a barrister include:

  • the barrister's seniority, expertise and reputation;
  • their hourly rate;
  • whether or not the opponent is legally represented;
  • where in the country the hearing is taking place;
  • the length of the hearing;
  • the complexity of the issues;
  • the value of the claim or its reputational implications;
  • the volume of documentation involved;
  • the number of witnesses;

Expert Witnesses

On some occasions we may also need the services of an expert witness, for example to provide an opinion upon a specialist area.  The costs of instructing the expert are an example of an expense that you would have to meet in addition to our legal fees.  The expert's costs will vary according to the complexity of the report they are asked to prepare and how involved they become with the case.

The range of fees might start as at little as £300 for a short report or letter, ranging upwards of £5,000 if the expert has to give evidence during Court proceedings.  The figure could be higher if the expert has very specific expertise or is required to be involved in multiple days of the hearing.

Our fees

Step: Preparation of the Statutory Demand, to include calculating the interest and late payment fees if any and arranging to have the same served on the debtor.

Fee: £225.00 plus VAT
Process Server to serve the above: £125.00 plus VAT


Step: Preparation of the bankruptcy petition, and arranging to issue the same, receiving the same back issued, and arranging for service on the debtor.

Fee: £350.00 plus VAT
Issue Fee: £280.00
Process server to serve the above: £125.00 plus VAT


Step: Preparation of an application for substituted service (if required).

Fee: £150.00
Court Fee: £255.00
Agent to attend hearing: £125.00 plus VAT (approx.)


​Step: Brief to attend hearing of bankruptcy petition, receiving report and reporting to you

Fee: £150.00 plus VAT
Agent to attend hearing: £125.00 plus VAT (approx.)


In addition, there is a deposit of £990.00 payable to the court as a deposit which, if the petition is withdrawn, is refunded (save for a £50 administration fee).


Disbursements
You may also have to pay additional expenses, known as disbursements.  These might include Barristers fees, Court fees and Expert fees.

Agent's Fee
On occasion we will instruct an enquiry agent, process server, enforcement officers or solicitors agent to undertake specific matters. A quotation will be provided on each occasion. The fees normally range from £80 to £300 in addition to VAT.

Barristers' Fees
In some cases, it may be necessary to instruct a barrister to represent you.  We negotiate the fees of a barrister for you once it has been decided that a barrister needs to be involved in the case.  Barristers' fees will depend on the complexity of the task and the level of their experience and expertise.  Barristers will charge VAT in addition to any quoted fees.

Such fees can range between £300 for a junior barrister to conduct a short Application and up to £40,000 for a senior barrister who would charge a fee for preparation of a complex or valuable case.

In determining the fee, the factors that will influence the cost of a barrister include:

  • the barrister's seniority, expertise and reputation;
  • their hourly rate;
  • whether or not the opponent is legally represented;
  • where in the country the hearing is taking place;
  • the length of the hearing;
  • the complexity of the issues;
  • the value of the claim or its reputational implications;
  • the volume of documentation involved;
  • the number of witnesses.

Step: Preparation of the demand letter, arranging to send to the registered office, company director and company secretary (if known)​.

Fee: £100.00 plus VAT


Step: Preparation of the winding up petition, and arranging to issue the same, receiving the same back issued, and arranging for service on the debtor

Fee: £350.00 plus VAT
Issue Fee: £280.00
Process server to serve the above: £125.00 plus VAT


Step: Brief to attend hearing of petition, receiving report and reporting to you.

Fee: £150 plus VAT
Agent to attend hearing: £200 plus VAT (approx.)


In addition, there is a deposit of £1600 payable to the court as a deposit which, if the petition is withdrawn, is refunded (save for a £50 administration fee).


Disbursements
You may also have to pay additional expenses, known as disbursements.  These might include Barristers fees, Court fees and Expert fees.

Agent's Fee
On occasion we will instruct an enquiry agent, process server, enforcement officers or solicitors agent to undertake specific matters. A quotation will be provided on each occasion. The fees normally range from £80 to £300 in addition to VAT.

Barristers' Fees
In some cases, it may be necessary to instruct a barrister to represent you.  We negotiate the fees of a barrister for you once it has been decided that a barrister needs to be involved in the case.  Barristers' fees will depend on the complexity of the task and the level of their experience and expertise.  Barristers will charge VAT in addition to any quoted fees.

Such fees can range between £300 for a junior barrister to conduct a short Application and up to £40,000 for a senior barrister who would charge a fee for preparation of a complex or valuable case.

In determining the fee, the factors that will influence the cost of a barrister include:

  • the barrister's seniority, expertise and reputation;
  • their hourly rate;
  • whether or not the opponent is legally represented;
  • where in the country the hearing is taking place;
  • the length of the hearing;
  • the complexity of the issues;
  • the value of the claim or its reputational implications;
  • the volume of documentation involved;
  • the number of witnesses.

Our team

Our Debt Recovery team is made up of legally qualified professionals with three years' and above experience. The team is currently led by James Lappin, Partner.