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The *fee scale outlined below is calculated on the basis of issuing an individual claim for an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and not subject to enforcement action. We will give you an accurate estimate once we understand the scope of your claim. Please contact us if you have a portfolio of claims. All work is undertaken by a team of paralegals supervised by a qualified lawyer.
Value of claim
(NB Interest and compensation may take your debt into a higher banding)
Fee scale (including VAT charged at 20%)
(NB VAT is not recoverable from your debtor)
|Up to £10,000
||£96 - £480
|£10,001 - £50,000
||£840 – £1080
|£50,001 - £100,000
|£100,001 and above
||Please get in touch with us
Below is a table of Court fees that are payable upon each claim:
|Debt amount £s
||Court fee £s
|Up to 300
Court fees are charged as disbursements but they are added to the debt and recoverable from the debtor. Please note that there is no VAT payable upon Court fees.
If the debtor does not respond to the claim within 14 days, or admits all or part of the claim you are entitled to enter judgment (CCJ). There is no Court fee payable upon entering judgment, however our fees are as follows:
||Recoverable costs (plus VAT charged at 20%)
Please note that the costs added to the debt upon entering Judgment are limited to the recoverable costs set out above.
A typical claim against a consumer can take between 2 to 3 months to complete, this would include all pre action work required to progress the matter and to ultimately secure judgement. For a claim against a commercial entity, a typical case would take on average around 6 weeks to conclude.
- Taking instructions and reviewing documents
- Undertaking appropriate searches
- Sending a letter before action
- Receiving payment on your behalf and passing it to you
- Drafting and issuing claim if debt not paid
- Applying to the court to enter judgment in default if no Acknowledgement of Service or Defence is received
- Requesting payment when judgment in default is received
- Advising on next steps if payment not received within a reasonable time frame (usually 14 days)
If the debt is disputed, the fixed fees above will not apply. If you have a disputed debt, our litigation team will advise on the work involved and the likely cost. This will depend on a number of variables including the value of the claim, the number of witnesses, the complexity of the defence raised, the amount of documentation to be reviewed, any counterclaims, any commercial objectives (including other disputes rolled up with the defended claim), and the parties involved.
Typically, we will provide a fixed fee for dealing with each stage of the litigation process in a defended claim i.e. replying to the defence, preparing directions questionnaires, dealing with any mediation (if applicable), preparing Witness Statements, disclosure, preparing trial bundles and instructing an Agent/Barrister to attend the final hearing on your behalf. It is difficult to provide timescales for defended claims progressing to a final hearing as this could depend upon the value of the claim, Court and witness availability and directions/deadlines agreed by the parties and set by the Court.
If work falls outside of our fixed costs and in circumstances where a case becomes protracted by reason of a dispute or otherwise, but we deem it to be suitable to remain with the debt team, additional charges may be raised on an hourly rate basis.