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.

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What our clients say

Vinesh did a great job handling this property purchase.

Mr & Mrs M Rubens - Warwickshire

Really liked the "Contract Ready" service. Very friendly, professional staff. Thank you Jill.

Mr J Starkey - Oldham

Amazing from beginning to end. Would highly recommend. Efficient every step of the way during a very stressful time. Would definitely use North Ainley for all legal assistance required in the future.

Mr A R Joshi & Ms N Bhatt - Stalybridge

Thank you for making our Will making a simple and quick process for time stricken parents.

Mr & Mrs A T Kirwan - Oldham

Particular thank you to Kirsty as well as Jill for all their help. As always, fantastic support.

Mr P K Rawcliffe & Mr C T Rawcliffe - Oldham

Jill and Kirsty were both really helpful and great to deal with. Would recommend and use again.

Miss L A Wood - Oldham

Very friendly service. I had every confidence in you.

Mrs K M Gartside - Oldham

This is the second time we have used North Ainley for legal matters and again found the service to be excellent. Thank you very much.

Mr & Mrs B Clarke - Oldham

Both myself and my partner Brian had talked about making a Will but put it off a couple of times. We agreed we should do it and to be honest I found it a bit daunting, not wanting to think about dying. Jennifer was lovely, she talked us through the process and made us feel totally at ease. Thank you so much.

Mr B Hill & Ms J Wilkes - Oldham

Having used your service over many years as did my parents for many years, the service has always been to a high quality and consistent. Jennifer has been extremely helpful not only to myself but also to friends who I recommended.

Miss D J Brown - Oldham

Thanks to everyone at North Ainley for your very efficient, friendly and expert service as always. Particular thanks to Cassie and Jill for their recent excellent service and help.

Mrs S Jagger - Oldham

Excellent as usual.

Mr S Hough - Oldham

It was a pleasure to meet the staff and resolve my issue in a very short space of time. I would recommend your services to family and friends.

Mrs D M Lyness - Oldham

Excellent service all around. To be in a position to exchange before the end of March when the process commenced in early January was great progress. Very attentive service throughout, emails responded to promptly. Both Jill and Kirsty were great to deal with, very professional and courteous. Our grateful thanks.

Mr & Mrs R Dornan - Stockport

The service provided, specifically by Vinesh Mistry and Cassie Stafford-Mycock, has been exceptional. Technical queries are responded to quickly and explained in layman's terms allowing clear understanding.

Mr & Mrs P Patel - Ashton Under Lyne

Excellent service. Thank you all.

Mrs H Smith - Ashton Under Lyne

Thank you for your comprehensive, professional service in preparing our Wills. We are both grateful for the considerate manner in which you advised us and answered our questions. We could not have wished for a better service.

Mr & Mrs A Seager - Rochdale

Excellent service from Jill and Kirsty throughout.

M & P Lets Limited - Oldham

Jill was amazing. I can't thank you enough.

Miss S L Anderson - Salford

Everything was fine and I would recommend you to anyone.

Mr E Woods - Rochdale

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