COURT CLAIMS

These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed.

If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed. Our hourly rate is £180 plus VAT.

Debt value Court fee Our fee (incl. VAT) Total
£25-£300 £25.00 £85.00 + £17.00 VAT £127.00
£300-£500 £35.00 £100.00 + £20.00 VAT £155.00
£500-£1,000 £60.00 £125.00 + £25.00 VAT £210.00
£1,000-£1,500 £70.00 £150.00 + £30.00 VAT £250.00
£1,500-£3,000 £105.00 £175.00 + £35.00 VAT £315.00
£3,000-£5,000 £185.00 £225.00 + £45.00 VAT £455.00
£5,001 – £10,000 £410.00 £300.00 + £60.00 VAT £770.00
£10,001 – £20,000 4.5% value of the claim £500.00 + £100 VAT £X
£20,001 –

£40,000

4.5% value of the claim £750.00 + £150 VAT £X
£40,001 –

£50,000

4.5% value of the claim £1,000 + £200 VAT £X
£50,001 – £100,000 4.5% value of the claim £1,250.00 + £250 VAT £X

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

  • The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor but can be reclaimed as part of your VAT if you are VAT registered.
  • Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost.
  • The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.

Our fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation
  • Undertaking appropriate searches
  • Sending a letter before action
  • Receiving payment and sending onto you. If the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing claim
  • Where no Acknowledgment 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 14 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

If the debtor files a Defence denying the amount or any part of it is due to you, the matter becomes contested and we would review our charges to you at that stage but, typically, our fees would be £180 plus VAT per hour in a debt matter.

Matters usually take 2 – 4 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side if only a letter is required.

If Court proceedings are necessary, matters can take anywhere between 4 – 12 weeks for an undefended case, excluding any enforcement action needed. If the case is contested / defended the Court often work on a timescale of about 32 weeks to get a trial in front of a Judge.

We will ask you to pay to us monies on account for our costs and Court fees before we undertake any work. Monies on account will be reimbursed to you if recovery is made from the debtor of any Court fees or our costs. Any claim under £10,000 value is dealt with in the Small Claims Court where the usual rule is that each side pays its own legal costs and only the fee paid to the Court is recoverable and a very small fixed amount for solicitors’ costs so, irrespective of the outcome, you may not recover all your outlay on legal costs.

Have a look at our price transparency document here

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