Business Debt Dispute Fees

Over 50 years combined experience in delivering high quality client services.

Our team has a combined experience in excess of 50 years in delivering high quality client services relating to all aspects of debt recovery. These costs apply in relation to unpaid business to business debts which are not disputed and when enforcement action is not needed.

Dispute Resolution Team

  • Renzo Paganuzzi (Senior Solicitor) – charge out rate £285.00 per hour plus VAT
  • Dharmesh Bhula (Associate Solicitor) – charge out rate £275.00 per hour plus VAT

Our Fess for Uncontested Business Debts

If Court proceeding become necessary, Court fees payable to issue proceedings are based on a sliding scale depending on the value of the claim:-

Value of Debt

Court Fees

Our Fees
(VAT inclusive)

Total

Up to £5,000.00

£35.00 - £205.00

£1,320.00

£1,355.00 - £1,525.00

£5,001.00- £10,000.00

£455.00

£1,650.00

£2,105.00

£10,001.00 - £50,000.00

5% of the value of the debt

£6,000.00

Subject to the value of the debt.

£50,001.00 - £100,000.00

5% of the value of the debt

£10,000.00

Subject to the value of the debt.

These estimates do not apply if the debtor defends the proceedings. If the other party disputes your claim at any stage, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with a revised costs estimate.

Our fees as detailed above includes:-

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing relevant documents;
  • Undertaking relevant pre-action searches e.g. company searches;
  • Sending a pre-action letter before action that is compliant with the Civil Procedure Rules 1998;
  • Receiving payment on your behalf and remitting the same to you;
  • In the event of non-payment, drafting and issuing the claim form;
  • Applying for default judgment where the debtor fails to file and serve an Acknowledgement of Service or Defence;
  • If default judgment has been obtained, writing to the debtor requesting payment within 14 days; and
  • Where the debtor fails to pay the amount ordered by the Court as per the default judgment, advising you with respect to enforcement action and providing you with costs estimates for various enforcement options available to you.

Any additional work required with respect to your claim, for example: considering voluminous documentation and correspondence; or dealing with any interim applications made by the other side or issued on your behalf will be in addition to the above costs and will be charged at a rate discussed and agreed with you and prior to undertaking that additional work on your behalf.

Points to Note

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:-

  • The VAT element of our fees cannot be reclaimed from your debtor even if you are successful in recovering some or all of your legal costs unless you are not registered for VAT;
  • Accrued interest and compensation will increase the value of the debt and 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 instructing the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.

How long will my matter take?

Timescales to recover payment from your debtor depend largely on the approach adopted by the debtor and/or legal representatives instructed by them. However, as a guide, a letter before action normally demands payment within 7 days failing which Court proceedings will be commenced. Once Court proceedings are served by the Court (which will depend on Court processing times), a debtor will normally have 14 days within which to acknowledge the claim and indicate whether it intends to defend the claim. If a debtor does file an Acknowledgement of Service, it has a further 14 days within which to file a defence.

If enforcement action is necessary or if the debtor makes an application to set aside any judgment obtained on your behalf, the matter will take considerably longer.

Supervision

All work undertaken on your behalf will be supervised by the Head of the firm’s Dispute Resolution Department who has over 30 years of debt recovery and litigation experience.

General

Please note that the above is an indication only of the process and costs which may be incurred in progressing debt recovery on your behalf and is entirely subject to and conditional upon the terms set out and agreed in our Client Care Letter which will be issued at the appropriate point in time.

For the avoidance of doubt, please note that the above only applies in circumstances where we are acting on behalf of a business to recover a debt due from another business. In all other cases please contact us to discuss the matter and our proposed charges.