Realistic Advice to Resolve Your Disputes
Our lawyers, Johanna Nolan and Partner, Geoff Lamb, have a wealth of experience
The cost of pursuing/defending a claim can be an obstacle when facing the prospects of litigation. We discuss funding options available and where appropriate will enter into a conditional fee arrangement with you. We also offer an initial fixed fee interview for one hour to review your potential claim with you.
Advice on contractual disputes including interpretation of contracts and supply of goods/services agreements, disputes arising out of construction contracts
Landlord and Tenant disputes in particular advice on terminating a Lease/Tenancy and obtaining payment from a defaulting tenant, removing squatters from a property, possession claims, claims over rights of way and enforcing easements
We offer practical advice on disputes between directors, disputes between shareholders including minority shareholders and LLP disputes
Unhappy with advice received? We review your potential claim and advise on all types of claims arising out of the negligence of professional organisation
Advice following the breakdown of a business relationship between Partners, including deadlock situations in circumstances where a Partnership Agreement exists or in the absence of this where the Partnership Act must be applied.
Acting mostly for small and medium sized enterprises we recognise the serious impact caused to your business when bills are not paid on time. We will treat your claim against a Debtor as one of utmost importance and seek to recover the sums due to you as promptly and as efficiently as possible. For details of our pricing of this work please see below.
Debt Recovery for Business – Fees Information
Acting mostly for small and medium sized enterprises we recognise the serious impact caused to your business when bills are not paid on time. We will treat your claim against a Debtor as one of utmost importance and seek to recover the sums due to you as promptly and as efficiently as possible. Our Litigation Team of Geoff Lamb, Johanna Nolan and Laura Campbell (see our Team) are all qualified Solicitors with a vast experience of handling disputes, including debt recovery.
Letter Before Action
If you have not been able to recover the money due to you and you request us to carry out work on your behalf to obtain payment, we would initially do the following :-
- Take your full instructions and review the relevant documentation
- Undertake appropriate searches
- Send on your behalf what is known as a letter before action to the Debtor requiring payment within a specified period and indicating that a failure to pay within that period will result in a Court claim
We will undertake this step for you at a fixed fee to be agreed beforehand. The fee will range from £150.00 + VAT to £250.00 + VAT depending on the complexity of the claim and the volume of documentation to be considered. Generally speaking, however, the fee charged tends to be at the lower end of the bracket.
Time spent in considering and taking your instructions on any reply from the Debtor will be charged at an hourly rate of £200.00 + VAT.
We are happy to agree a bespoke fees package where businesses instruct us on a regular basis to pursue overdue debts.
Where it becomes necessary to commence Court action in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed, the fees set out below will apply in relation to the preparation of a Court Claim Form, issuing the claim in Court, and subsequently entering Judgment.
If the other party disputes your claim by sending to the Court a Defence, we will discuss with you any further work required and provide you with revised costs information. If a limited piece of work is required, we will agree with you a fixed fee. If more extensive work is necessary, the hourly rate to be applied will be £200.00 + VAT.
|Debt Value||Court Fee||Our Fee (excluding VAT)||Total costs (excluding VAT)|
|Up to £5,000.00||£35.00-£205.00 depending on the value of the claim||£200.00||£235.00-£405.00|
|£10,001.00-£50,000.00||5% of the value of the claim||£400.00||£900.00-£2,900.00|
|£50,001.00-£100,000.00||5% of the value of the claim||£500.00||£3,050.00-£5,500.00|
For debts over £100,000 please contact us for an estimate.
Please note that to our fee will be added VAT, currently 20%.
You should note that:-
- It may be possible to recover as part of the Judgment against the Debtor certain fixed costs and the Court fee but the fixed costs may well not be enough to cover the whole of our fee
- The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from the Debtor
- Interest and compensation under the Late Payment Legislation may take the debt into a higher banding with a higher cost
- The fees quoted above do not include any action required (e.g instructing a Bailiff) to enforce a Judgment against a Debtor
If the Debtor does not pay in response to the letter before action, the timescale from receiving your instructions to commence proceedings to obtaining Judgment is likely to be around 6-8 weeks. If the Debtor does not pay promptly on receipt of the Judgment and enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.
As an alternative to Court action you might wish to commence insolvency proceedings against the Debtor in the form of a Winding Up Petition against a Company or a Bankruptcy Petition in the case of an individual. Different fees will apply in that scenario. Please contact one of our Fee Earners for a bespoke quotation.
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