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

Very friendly service. I have every confidence in you being my Solicitors. Many thanks.

Mrs K Gartside - Oldham

Thank you so much Anna for making the Will making and Power of Attorney process so straight forward.

Ms A M King - Oldham

Excellent service from start to finish.

Mr & Mrs R Broadgate - Lymm

First class service from Jill and team. Thank you.

Mr & Mrs M Scholes - York

Vinesh was great when things went wrong further down the chain, keeping me informed every step in a calm reassuring manner. Thanks again. 10 out of 10.

Mr & Mrs G Hoy - Bury

A very professional and reliable service. Thank you for providing us with such a high class service.

Mr & Mrs D Wharmby - Oldham

Thank you for dealing with the purchase of our property. A professional and reliable service. I would definitely recommend your service to others. My special thanks to Jill Gregory.

Mr & Mrs D Wharmby - Oldham

Really thankful for your patience and understanding and for answering all my questions.

Ms D Ward - Oldham

Excellent communication throughout which was very much appreciated.

Ms D Ward - Oldham

Pleasant, relaxing and most helpful. Impressed by the efficiency of the staff. Cannot suggest further improvement to the present set up.

Mr & Mrs P G Williamson - Cleveleys

Superb, friendly service from start to finish. Thank you for all your help at a difficult time.

Mrs V Ling - Rochdale

We were appreciative of the straight forward approach that Jennifer took while providing the Will writing service.

Mr N A Heys & Mr P K Rawcliffe - Oldham

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

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