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

Considering we were dealing with Wills during COVID I thought North Ainley responded in an appropriate manner regarding Government Guidelines.

Mr & Mrs D I Cockcroft - Oldham

I had the pleasure of speaking to Cassie as the property I was buying had a few issues.  Cassie was absolutely brilliant, professional all through the process. Excellent work. Thank you.

Mrs S McLeod - Oldham

Fantastic service, particularly given the Coronavirus situation. Many thanks to Cassie.

Mrs S H Taylor - Oldham

Great service provided by Jill Gregory despite COVID 19 restrictions.

Miss S Abbey & Miss S Turner - Ashton Under Lyne

Thank you and your colleagues for your help with this difficult piece of business.

Mr M A Howard - Hyde

All the staff at North Ainley were very professional and incredibly efficient during my house sale. Special thank you to Kirsty who's problem-solving skills helped complete the sale in spite of the global pandemic happening around us! Thank you.

Mrs K Deam - Oldham

Zoe Ashton dealt with the matter honestly, openly and everything was made clear. Gave a feeling of satisfaction and knowing it was sorted out for the future. Thank you so much.

Mr & Mrs D G Atkinson - Oldham

Special thanks to Cassie.

Mr & Mrs J Schofield - Preston

The service provided in these difficult times was excellent. I have no complaints whatsoever.

Mrs E D Wood - Oldham

Thank you Vinesh & Cassie.

Mr A D Latham & Miss G R Milligan

Thanks for all your help Jill.

Miss C Hodgson - Manchester

Michelle Gordon who dealt with the sale of my property was excellent, extremely helpful and very polite. I would certainly recommend Michelle.

Mr P Newman - Oldham

You were dealing with my mother's estate, so due to this I had obviously lost my mum and was upset. You took over and told me not to worry, you dealt with everything, let me know regularly but didn't mither me unnecessarily. I felt I was you only client. Well done!!

Mrs G Green - Oldham

Excellent service all round. Could not have had better. Thank you.

Mrs P Tickle - Oldham

Both Jill and Sophie were extremely helpful, pleasant and remarkably patient at all times.

Ms G Karpmann - Oldham

Friendly, prompt service and advice. Any hold ups were not due to North Ainley. Thanks for everything.

Miss E Clarke - Oldham

The sale of the house was far from straight forward but Cassie was absolutely brilliant throughout. She was extremely responsive to communications and made me feel as if I was top priority, despite the heavy workload she no doubt has. She made the whole process as painless as possible. Thank you.

Ms H Lucy - Leeds

We were very happy with the service. Thank you.

Mr & Mrs J Duffy - Oldham

Excellent service. I am very happy and hopefully I will come back to you in the near future. Thank you very much.

Mr M M Uddin & Mrs N Begum - Mansfield

I would recommend your firm, staff to my relatives and friends without reservation because of the caring, professional and friendly approach of your staff team. I have been lucky enough to meet with and speak to several of the team and all have acted within this framework, they are a credit to the name North Ainley. I know we are in strange times at present but that did not stop your team especially Laura Campbell from pursuing and completing my case. Once again, thank you all for your help, support and successful result in my case.

Mr M Chadwick - Stalybridge

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