These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one off letter is required), or an hourly rate basis if more extensive work is needed.
The first stage is to issue the other party with a letter before action. Our fixed fees to issue a letter before action are as follows:
Our fee includes:
If the other party does not respond to the letter of claim the next step is to commence proceedings at Court. Our fixed fees to commence a claim at Court, payable in addition to the fixed fees set out at Stage 1 above, are as follows:
Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:
Our fee for Stage 2 includes:
Matters usually take 1 to 3 months from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other party, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgment in default. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.
Once a claim falls outside of the fixed fees above and becomes defended, we will discuss our charges with you on a case by case basis. Unless otherwise agreed our charges will be based upon the amount of time we spend on your case and our rates are dependent on the level of experience of the individual undertaking the work:-
Defended debt claims can take such a wide variety of forms it is very difficult to provide an average cost. However, to provide an example, for a straightforward debt recovery claim in the small claims track, pursuing a debt of up to £10,000, we would anticipate that our charge up to and including the hearing would be £3,500 plus VAT (total cost £4,200) plus a Court fee of up to £455. Unless you have a contractual entitlement to full recovery of costs incurred in recovering a debt you should note that any costs order made in your favour would be limited to recovery of the Court fee paid and a very limited contribution towards your legal costs under Civil Procedure Rule 45.
In some circumstances additional costs, known as disbursements (a cost we incur on your behalf) will apply. This could include the cost of instructing an outside agent to trace a debtor (usually between £100 and £200 plus VAT), taking enforcement action or if significant photocopying is required when submitting your claim. We will always advise you in advance if a disbursement is deemed necessary and will always seek your approval before incurring any disbursements.
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