Realistic Advice to Resolve Your Disputes

Our lawyers, Peter Norbury 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.  Peter and Geoff are qualified Solicitors with a vast amount of 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

Great service especially during Covid.

Mr & Mrs M Barber - Stockport

Been with North Ainley for many years. Service is always excellent. Mrs J Gregory was wonderful.

Mr & Mrs K Sisodia - Oldham

North Ainley provided a first class reliable service. My house purchase was not straight forward but North Ainley dealt with the difficulties with the minimum of fuss and the maximum efficiency.

Prof R Davidson - Belfast

Given the difficulties presented by COVID and "remote working" I thought North Ainley's performance in achieving completion in 12 weeks was excellent. Thank you.

Mr & mrs F Middleton - Cheadle

Very very good service in a lockdown time. Both the house sale and the probate service was excellent.

Ms C Potter - Oldham

We could not fault the service we received from Jill and Kirsty in relation to both the sale and purchase. I would highly recommend North Ainley and if we require further legal assistance in the future, we know where to come.

Mr & Mrs L Oliver - Saddleworth

Jill Gregory and the team were and continue to be fantastic. First class service and will certainly be using your company again when the need arises.

Mr & Mrs M Scholes - Oldham

Jill has been amazing helping us through a very stressful time. We have, as a family, used Jill's professional services before and very likely to be using her again in the next twelve months. She is absolutely brilliant.

Mrs K Eplett - Oldham

Vinesh and team did an excellent job. Keep up the good work.

Morningside Properties Ltd - Ashton Under Lyne

Vinesh was a fantastic support all throughout the process and made what can be a challenging process much more 'enjoyable'. I would absolutely recommend Vinesh and North Ainley.

Mr M Forrest - Ashton Under Lyne

Special thanks to Jill Gregory. She was particularly helpful and approachable. Jill went above and beyond her role to ensure we completed our house purchase.

Mr S Hardy & Ms H Byron - Oldham

I had an excellent experience with North Ainley and will certainly use future conveyancing.

Mr S Callan - Newry

Kirsty was my day to day contact with the sale of my house and I cannot commend her enough. She was super efficient, professional and communicated with us regularly throughout the entire process.

Mr & Mrs A Brough - Oldham

Excellent service.

Mrs S Clegg - Oldham

Thank you very much.

Mr R & Mrs H H Thompson - Bacup

Jill Gregory was absolutely brilliant from my first phone call through to our (slightly rushed) completion. To do so and maintain such a high level of service with a very comforting manner throughout the pandemic was so very reassuring as first time buyers. Thank you.

Mr & Mrs W Chaloner - Kings Lynn

Very impressive - as usual!

Mr & Mrs J Broadbent - Oldham

The level of service I received from Vinesh and his team was outstanding. Thank you so much.

Mr & Mrs M F Smith - Sutton Coldfield

Service was particularly good when considering the COVID restrictions in place. Thank you.

Mrs H Armstrong - Oldham

Outstanding quality of service. Approachable and professional throughout. Friendly and extremely understanding. Very thankful to North Ainley Solicitors.

Ms S Bolton - Oldham

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