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Debt recovery for business up to £100,000

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.  Fees are for claims filed online.  Claims over £100,000 cannot currently be issued online.

Debt valueCourt feeOur fee Total
£3,000 - £5,000£185£600 plus VAT£905
£5,001 -£10,000£410£900 plus VAT£1,490
£10,001 -£100,000Court fee is 4.5% value of the claim eg £4,500 for £100,000£1,200 plus VAT and Court fee based on valueSample fee
£5,940 including court fee for £100,000 claim

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

  • the VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor;
  • 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 and enquiries
  • sending a letter before action in accordance with the Civil Procedure Protocols for Debt Recovery, if applicable
  • receiving payment and sending onto you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing claim;
  • where no Acknowledgement of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement in default;
  • when Judgement in default is received, write to the other side to request payment;
  • if payment is not received within 14 – 21 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs.

Matters usually take 8 – 16 weeks 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 and additional charges will become payable depending on the type of enforcement action required.

Members of our litigation team who may be assisting you include