Our Debt recovery solicitors have many years of experience in delivering a high quality service to our clients in all areas of debt recovery. We have set out below the most accurate information we can in relation to our fees but please note that these fees only relate to debts of up to £100,000.00.
James Harrison, a Senior Solicitor – £275 plus VAT (currently 20%)
James Way, a Senior Solicitor – £250 plus VAT (currently 20%)
Both James Harrison and James Way are Senior solicitors, each with more than 15 years experience in this particular field.
All cases are supervised by a Partner.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN OUR SERVICES
We set out some information below regarding our fees. In all cases, there will be certain aspects of work which we are likely to need to undertake, which include the following:
- Liaising with you and taking your instructions on the matter, including:
- Reviewing the debtor’s legal liability to pay you the debt;
- Discussing the debtor’s financial circumstances and their ability to pay you (regardless of what legal action you may take);
- Writing a letter before claim to the debtor, demanding payment in compliance with the relevant court protocols;
- Administering payment of the debt or, if the debtor does not pay, starting court proceedings;
- If the debtor does not respond to the court claim, applying for judgment;
- Once a judgment is obtained, demanding the debtor pay the judgment debt;
- Discussing with you what to do, and your enforcement options, if the debtor does not pay the judgment (including the likely costs of such actions).
It is very difficult to accurately predict what our fees will be in any particular dispute, as each case is different. However, based on our experience of these issues, our fees for dealing with the issues we set out above is likely to be:
- In low-complexity cases, in the region of £1,500 to £4,000 plus VAT
- In mid-complexity cases, in the region of £3,000 to £7,000 plus VAT
- In high-complexity cases, in excess of £7,000 plus VAT.
In our experience, there are recurring factors which may increase the complexity of a claim:
- A debtor avoiding service of a claim;
- Complicated legal or factual issues;
- Inconsistent or conflicting accounts of events;
- Multiple parties;
- Fraud or dishonesty;
- A debtor becoming legally represented; and
- Higher value debt.
Those cases which are less complex typically include some of the following:
- Debtors that can be served, but who do not respond to a claim;
- Our clients already being familiar with the debt recovery process; and
- Simple factual matters.
It is important you understand that our fees are not the only relevant costs which you will have to pay. Depending on how your matter progresses, you may also have to pay some or all of the following:
- The fees of a tracing agent or process server to locate debtors (these can be as little as £50 plus VAT but can increase to many thousands in complex and high value cases).
- The fees of a process server to serve the claim on the debtor (on average these are somewhere in the region of £100 – £200 plus VAT).
- Court fees – you will need to pay a court fee to start a claim. This will be calculated in accordance with the size of the debt you are claiming and will range from £35 (for unpaid debts not exceeding £300) to £5,000 (where the unpaid debt is £100,000). There may be other fees to pay during the court process, details of which can be found here .
- The fees of a barrister to attend a hearing at court. As with our fees, these depend on the complexity of the case, the size of the debt and the nature of the hearing. For a “trial” (which is the final hearing of a debt claim) a barrister’s fees could be anything from £1,000 to more than £10,000. In most debt claims, we would expect a barrister’s fees to be something like £2,000 plus VAT, on average.
- Other charges from third parties, such as Land Registry fees to obtain documents, or fees charged by Companies House.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
The fees we refer to above relate to undisputed debts. It is important to understand that if a debt is disputed at any stage, it is likely to increase the complexity of the matter and result in further work at additional cost. We will discuss those issues, and costs, with you further if those circumstances arise. That includes any additional complexities in court proceedings which may include, for example, “interim” (or ancillary) applications, directions from the Court or appeals. The fees we refer to also do not include costs for any enforcement process, once a judgement is obtained.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, we handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. Potential disbursements you may incur are:
- Court fees;
- Counsels fees;
- Expert fees;
- Mediator’s costs;
- If we attend a court hearing, meeting or mediation there will be additional disbursements in respect of our mileage/travel expenses.
Defended Small Claims (up to £10,000)
|Handling standard defended small claims which does not include a counterclaim, nor preparation of witness statement and instructing Counsel and may differ depending on complexity so we will agree in advance with you
|£175 (+20% VAT of £35)
|Court Hearing fee where the debt value is up to £300.00
|Court Hearing fee where the debt value is up to £500.00
|Court Hearing fee where the debt value is up to £1,000.00
|Court Hearing fee where the debt value is up to £1,500.00
|Court Hearing fee where the debt value is up to £3,000.00
|Court Hearing fee where the debt value is up to £10,000.00
|Drafting standard Consent Order
|Court fee will depend on value of counterclaim but is the same scale as above for issue fees.
|Hourly rate of £125.00 – £165.00 plus VAT will apply and an estimate of costs will be agreed with you in advance.
|£25 – £33
|Setting aside Judgment application
For the above we will be charging you on our hourly rates. We will estimate our fees to deal with each action at each stage. Depending on the complexity of the matter and the work required we will review and try to agree with you an estimated charge for that specific action. We will inform you and get your agreement before any work is undertaken.
Please note VAT is a government tax that we are required to charge, and will usually be added at 20% to our fees and disbursements, except where we indicate the disbursements are outside the scope of VAT.
What are the costs for Enforcement of Judgment?
|Issuing Warrant of Execution to Bailiff
|High Court Enforcement Officers
|Re-Issue of Warrant of Execution
|Charging Order on Property dealt with on papers
|£110.00 and Land Registry fees of £23.00
|Charging Order hearing if objection filed, agents fee to attend hearing
|£175 (+20% VAT of £35)
|Third party debt order to first hearing
|£110.00 agents fee for attendance
|Order to obtain information through the Court
|£55.00 agents fees for service
|Attachment of Earnings
We will add VAT to our fees at the rate in force at the date of our invoices (currently 20%). Where we refer to fees on this page, we intend to refer to VAT exclusive fees and VAT should be added to them. We will also charge you VAT on most third party expenses we incur, but not all of them. For example, there is currently no VAT payable on court fees, but there is on the fees of a barrister.
The timescale for dealing with any dispute will vary depending on the factors we have already discussed on this page. Whilst a Letter Before Claim demands a response within either 14 or 30 days, in some cases, a compliant debtor may pay up within a matter of days or weeks. In other cases, particularly if a contested trial is necessary, the process can take many months and sometimes more than 1 year, especially if the court system is especially slow. Our experience is that on average those debts that are dealt with before the need to start court proceedings take less than 3 months to resolve and can be much quicker. Those that require court proceedings take on average around 3-4 months to obtain judgment and up to 8 months or more to include any required enforcement action.
Please contact us for a fee proposal tailored to your particular circumstances.