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First free appointment or telephone call

We offer a first point of contact with us at no charge for up to the first half hour so that you can talk through your case.

We can help you decide what steps you need to take and advise you on the best way to proceed to achieve the result you want. If you wish to proceed then we shall send you a tailored estimate of the fees involved for your particular case and its complexity.

Specialist advice

Your case will be managed by a solicitor throughout to ensure that we offer you the best service possible. Our team profiles are here where the qualifications and experience of each of our litigation lawyers is set out.

We are very experienced in the whole litigation process and can give advice on tactics and how best to obtain the result that you are looking for at the least cost.  Your file will be managed by a named individual who will always act in your best interests. You will have their email and telephone number and they will respond to any queries you have as soon as possible.

"Its been refreshing to deal with somebody as professional and efficient as yourself, especially your prompt communication throughout. These seem to be rare attributes these days."

"James dealt with matters very efficiently and empathetically and always answered telephone calls and queries the same day - excellent communication from him."

Fixed fees

Where you wish to make a claim for debt recovery for an unpaid invoice which is not disputed, we can charge fixed fees as below as long as we consider the case is suitable and not complex:

Letter before action £50 + VAT £10 = £60

Drafting Particulars of Claim £75 + VAT £15 = £90 

Entering Judgment in Default  £75 + VAT £15 = £90

There is also a Court issue fee to pay as set out below which depends on the size of the debt.

Therefore to get to default judgment will cost £240.00 plus the Court fee.

Enforcement action

If enforcement action (work to collect the debt after judgment has been obtained) is needed we would charge on an hourly basis as set out below, depending on the type of enforcement that you decide to pursue. We can discuss this with you in more detail, when we get to that stage of the case. Any enforcement work would normally be done at an hourly rate within the range £150 – £280 an hour plus VAT (total inclusive of VAT £180-£336).

Defended cases and more complex cases

If the other party disputes or defends your claim at any point then we will provide you with revised advice about our fees and other costs on an hourly rate.

If your case is more complicated, the hourly rate for time spent on the file would generally range from £180 + VAT £30 = £180 to £280 +  VAT £56 = £336.

Costs depend on the amount in dispute and how complex the case is. If the case is outside the Small Claims Court, if you succeed, you would hope to recover some of your costs from your opponent.

In a more straightforward defended case we could spend between 10-17 hours in dealing with it at between £1,800 and £3,060 in fees inclusive of VAT plus disbursements.

Cases that are more complicated could take between 17-57 hours to deal with and the range of costs depends on the level of solicitor dealing with it. This could range from between £3,060 to £10,260 to between £5,712 to £19,152 for one of our most experienced and senior lawyers.

In some cases, fees will be more than these examples, particularly for cases that go to a court trial. However, we will let you have full details before you commit to those fees, so that you know exactly what is happening.

How long will your case take?

The case should take between 3-6 months to resolve if there are no difficulties in dealing with your opponent and no delays at Court. However, cases can take longer especially where complicated arguments arise about liability for the debt and where a debtor is not co-operative.

Court issue fees charged by the Court Service on top of our fees and an indication of the fees that you might recover from the debtor.

Value of Claim Issue Fee Fixed (recoverable) Solicitors Costs
Up to £300 £35 £50
£300.01 to £500 £50 £50
£500.01 to £1,000 £70 £70
£1,000.01 to £1,500 £80 £80
£1,500.01 to £3,000 £115 £80
£3,000.01 to £5,000 £205 £80
£5,000.01 to £10,000 £455 £100
£10,000.01 to £100,000 5% of the claim Costs to be assessed

Please note: There is never any guarantee that a debt will be collected in whole or part as obtaining a judgment does not mean the debtor has the money to pay the debt.

Important notice: please read

Cyber-crime is on the increase and solicitor transactions can be hijacked by scammers. This commonly takes the form of email or phone interception.  At the start of our working relationship we will provide you with terms of business that include our account details – these will never change.

Please be aware that we will never ask you to send money to a different bank account, particularly by email. If you receive a request for money from us please check that everything matches the details in our terms of business.

If you receive an email giving any other bank account please telephone us immediately without replying to the email or sending any money. We accept no responsibility if you transfer money to a bank account which is not ours.

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