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Debt Recovery

Our fees for collecting debts/unpaid invoices with a value of up to £100,000, where the claim is subject to the laws of England and Wales and within the English Courts’ jurisdiction are based mainly on fixed fees. Details of those fees are set out below. There are circumstances set out below where additional sums will be charged on an hourly rate basis (The hourly rates of the team who may deal with your matter range from £187 to £325 plus VAT (£224.40 to £390 with VAT). These fixed fees only apply to debts which are not disputed and where enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, or if enforcement action is needed, we will discuss any further work required and give you updated costs advice. 

Our Fees

Stage 1 - Pre-action stage (before court proceedings)

Value of claim

(Including interest and compensation)

Court Fee / Disbursement

Cost Range

(based on a fixed fee)

Up to £100,000


Fee: £80 to £220

VAT: £16 to £44

Total: £96 to £264

NB for additional contact with you or your debtor or additional work which is necessary at this stage, we will charge on an hourly rate basis, but we will not do work exceeding a further £500 + VAT (£600 with VAT) without agreeing additional costs with you



Stage 2 - Court proceedings

If there is no payment or no response from the debtor at the pre-action stage, we will issue court proceedings.

Please note: we will have to charge by our individual hourly rates if there is over 20 invoices or if we have to carry out bespoke pleadings. 

Value of claim

(Including interest and compensation)

Court fee

(not subject to VAT)

Cost Range 

(based on a fixed fee)

Does not exceed £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










5% of the value of the claim


Fee: £50 to £300

VAT: £10 to £60

Total: £60 to £360


Stage 3 – Judgment

If payment is not made in full and no defence or acknowledgement of service is filed, then we will request judgment.

Value of claim

(Including interest and compensation)

Cost Range 

(based on a fixed fee)

Up to £100,000

Fee: £22 to £90

VAT: £4.40 to £18

Total: £26.40 to £108

Services Included

Stage 1:

  • Initial discussion to take instructions
  • Reviewing documents
  • Preparing and sending a letter of claim to your debtor via first class post, threatening court proceedings
  • Notifying you that the letter has been sent; and
  • Notifying you when payment has been received (and sending on) or not as the case may be

Stage 2:

  • Preparing the claim form and the particulars of claim and filing these with the court for issue
  • Writing to you confirming the documents have been filed with the court and breaking down the costs and interest claimed
  • Advising you when the claim has been served; and
  • Notifying you when payment has been received (and sending on) or not as the case may be

Stage 3:

  • Seeking your instructions to apply for judgment
  • Preparing the application for judgment and filing it with the court
  • Advising you when the sealed judgment has been received from the court; and
  • Serving a copy of the sealed judgment upon your debtor demanding payment within seven days

Services Not Included

  • Meeting with you and advising you on your prospects of success
  • Corresponding/negotiating with your debtor or her/his solicitors and reporting to you or obtaining your further instuctions in excess of the £100 + VAT cap as set out above
  • Advising as to the financial status of your debtor; and
  • Checking addresses or any other details given by you in relation to your debtor
  • Amending the claim/serving any additional addresses further to any issues arising from non-service of the claim form
  • Any post judgment steps saves for those set out above


Stage 1:

The amount of time you will need to give your debtor to make payment will depend upon the legal entity of your debtor. Since 1 October 2017, if your debtor is an individual or sole trader you are required under the provision of the Pre-action Protocol for Debt Recovery Claims to allow your debtor 30 days to respond to a letter of claim and/or provide payment. If your debtor does not fall within this category you will be required to allow only 14 days. We will seek to act upon your instruction to send a letter of claim within seven days of receipt of your instructions to proceed. 

Stage 2:

We shall seek to issue your claim within fourteen days of receipt of your instructions to do so. Thereafter it normally takes at least five days for the Court to issue your claim and fourteen days must then be allowed from the date of service of the claim for your debtor to respond.

Stage 3:

We shall seek to issue your request for judgment within fourteen days of receipt of your instructions to do so. It normally takes two weeks for the Court to issue the judgment, however it may take longer due to Court delays. 

Overall matters usually take 12 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side (if payment is made promptly further to a judgment). If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.

The Team

Find out more about the individuals who may be working on your case via the links below. Their profiles will include information as to their experience and qualifications.

Liam Holyhead, debt recovery manager
Debbie Ray, debt recovery administrator
Bethany Fennell, debt recovery adminstrator