Realistic Advice to Resolve Your Disputes

Our lawyers, Johanna Nolan and Partner, Geoff Lamb, have a wealth of experience

and will guide you through the often complex legal issues arising out of your disputes. Dealing with a dispute can be time consuming and we appreciate that to a business time is money. We therefore, make an early assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the case and offer pragmatic advice to ensure we meet your objectives in pursuing the matter on your behalf including advice on resolving your dispute through negotiation/mediation.

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.

Our Expertise

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.

Court Claims

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
£5,001.00-£10,000.00 £455.00 £250.00 £705.00
£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

Timescale

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.

Alternatives

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.

Testimonials

What our clients say

Always pleased with Zoë and all who dealt with us in recent house move.

Mr & Mrs R L Selby - Oldham

Friendly, professional service provided throughout. I most personally thank Cassie for very helpful and prompt service.

Mr & Mrs H Panchani - Oldham

Always dealt with North Ainley. Found them to be an honest Firm with high principles and friendly professionals.

Mr P Stoddard - Oldham

Jil was excellent. I would definitely use her service again and recommend her. She was calm under pressure, gave good information, pushed back to Vendors. Came up with a good alternative to an easement indemnity. Clearly very experienced and confident in her work.

Mr & Mrs A Sharp - Oldham

Zoë and her staff are brilliant.

Ms L McCoy - Oldham

I found Jenny very helpful when setting up a Deed of Trust, communication throughout the whole process was prompt and clear.

Mr C Stanton & Miss E Pulman - Leeds

Once again Cassie was great in dealing with all aspects of the transactions, can't thank her enough.

Mr O Hope - Oldham

Everything was fine. Nice friendly people to deal with and all worries were soon gone once we sat down to chat. Thanks.

Mr A & Mrs T Eden - Manchester

It wasn't easy the process through COVID but I can't thank you guys enough for all your help. You guys were so helpful and treated everything so professionally. Special shout out to Cassie! She was amazing. Absolute credit to you guys.

Miss E Farrelly - Oldham

Great service throughout. Thanks Danielle.

Mrs K Donnellan - Oldham

Good service. Very helpful and relaxed atmosphere. Writing a Will is a daunting prospect and was made very easy.

Mr & Mrs M Fleming - Oldham

Having received excellent service when arranging our will, we felt assured that we would receive the same level of service when planning a recent sale and purchase of our dream home. We were not disappointed. The professionalism, knowledge and timeliness of the conveyancing could not have been better. Thanks Jill and Team, much appreciated and highly recommended!

Mr & Mrs F Collins - Oldham

Danielle is very friendly and helpful and sorted our Wills with ease.

Miss L W Drury & Mr C M Oliver - Oldham

It's a difficult time for us all, yet I felt every aspect of the issue was dealt with very well. Thanks.

Mr G N Howarth - Oldham

We spoke to Cassie on a number of occasions and she always explained everything really well. We found her approachable and friendly and didn't speak to us in legal terms, making it easy to understand. We have already recommended you to a friend.

Mr & Mrs J Gilligan - Oldham

Having dealt with North Ainley before for my re-mortgage I found them always helpful and understanding during my purchase transaction as well. I will be using them in the near future as well.

Mr M Shaikh - Bolton

Thank you so much to both Sheridan and Michelle for making this process as easy and pleasant as possible. We are so happy with how everything has gone. All the best.

Mr J R Abbott & Miss N J Slater - Oldham

The professionalism of Jill Gregory was evident throughout the whole process. Jill's efficiency and quick responses to my questions/queries were excellent and gave me the confidence with my first house purchase. Thank you.

Mrs M Pearce - Isleworth

A courteous and helpful service.

Mrs E A Hibbert - Oldham

Cassie, you're a star! Thanks for all your help as ever.

Mr & Mrs M Brooke - Oldham

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