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.
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.
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.