Whatever type of enquiry you have, you are welcome to contact us to discuss the matter. We will not charge you for taking initial information to assess whether we can help. Please contact Lyn Shepherd, our client services assistant, who will be pleased to help you.

Debt Recovery up to the value of £100,000

 Please note that our fees will vary depending on the value of your claim

The fees shown below are average prices based on recent instructions and are intended to give you some indication of costs. The actual cost to you will depend on a number of factors that we will discuss with you in full if you decide to instruct us.

Small claims up to £10,000
In a small claims matter legal fees are largely not recoverable so you will be responsible for your own legal costs whatever the outcome. To make sure that legal costs are reasonable and manageable, we will conduct small claims debt recovery work on a fixed fee basis.

Not sure whether to pursue a claim?
We offer an initial consultation at a fixed fee to advise on your situation. You are under no obligation to instruct us any further after that appointment if you do not wish to. If you do want to proceed, we will explain the further fixed fee charges that will apply in your particular circumstances.

Our charges are as follows (all charges are plus VAT):
• £125 to £200 for an initial consultation to review paperwork, take instructions and advise you on your position
• £300 to £750 for sending a letter before action and dealing with correspondence pre-action
• £300 to £750 for preparing the court papers and issuing proceedings
• £750 to £1,250 for progressing the case to trial
• £500 to £750 for dealing with the trial

Recovering debts of more than £10,000
In these cases the legal fees incurred can be recovered from the losing party – the debtor. Therefore, we are able to offer a wider range of funding options and charging scales. What we are able to offer you will depend on the particular circumstances of your case.

Our charges are either:

a) hourly rates
Based on our hourly charging rates of between £111 and £200 per hour, depending on who is dealing with your case.

b) fixed fees of approximately:
• £125 to £200 plus VAT for an initial consultation to review paperwork, take instructions and advise you upon your position
• £300 to £750 for sending a letter before action and dealing with correspondence pre-action
• £300 to £750 for preparing the Court papers and issuing proceedings
• £750 to £1,250 for progressing the case to trial
• £500 to £750 for dealing with the trial

c) capped conditional fee agreement
In some cases, we may also be able to offer a capped conditional fee agreement, which is a form of “no win no fee” arrangement. In this type of funding arrangement we would recover our fees from the opposing party if your claim is successful and if your claim is unsuccessful you would pay us a fixed sum for our costs, agreed at the outset of the claim, plus VAT and disbursements only.
Please note that we would not be able to offer this type of funding arrangement for debt claims valued at less than £10,000 because it isn’t possible to recover legal fees from the debtor in such cases.

Our fees on average for this type of case can be:

• Between £2,500 and £5,000 plus VAT if it remains uncontested
• Between £5,000 and £50,000 plus VAT if the matter is contested

If the case becomes particularly complex there is a possibility that fees could exceed £50,000 but we will give detailed advice and guidance on costs if that is likely to be the case.

Additional costs you could expect to pay
There may be other costs on top of our fees called ‘disbursements’. These are fees and charges that we will need to pay on your behalf as part of the process, such as court fees, Barrister’s fees, and expert fees.

For your peace of mind, any additional fees will be discussed with you before they are incurred so that you have the opportunity to approve the expenditure. The cost of disbursements will vary on a case by case basis.

In normal cases the debtor will be expected to pay the majority of the costs incurred. However, this may not be possible (for example if your debt is less than £10,000) in which case you would remain liable for our costs and charges incurred.

Who will be doing the work?

Different members of the team will need to be involved at different times. The people involved in doing the work will include:

Sarah Naylor, partner, head of commercial, property and dispute resolution
Joseph Mills, paralegal
Lyn Shepherd, client services assistant

We understand the commercial imperative involved in dealing with unpaid debts. The work we will carry out will involve:

• Ascertaining the position regarding the debt
• Liaising with your debtor prior to commencing court proceedings in an effort to resolve matters
• Filing documentation at court if necessary
• Representation at any hearing
• Follow up enforcement work if necessary to ensure the debt is duly paid as ordered by the court

Risk assessment
We will also undertake a risk assessment with you to enable you to make an informed decision about whether to proceed with a claim, and we will also consider with you whether pursuit of a debt claim is commercially viable.

Additional fees and charges that may apply
Our fees do not include any other costs and charges that may be incurred as part of the process, for example there may be circumstances within the court proceedings whereby you may be ordered to pay some legal costs to your debtor. You would be responsible for payment of this but we would discuss with you the risk of this occurring at appropriate stages in the case to help manage and reduce the risk of this.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss pursuing a debt claim.

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