Although we specialise in undertaking complex litigation and dispute resolution on behalf of our clients, occasionally they ask us to undertake BAU debt recovery against disputed and (more unusually) undisputed debts.
Where we are asked by our clients to recover debts or debt portfolios on their behalf we will work with that client to build a bespoke fee structure for that recovery work.
With any piece of litigation it is very difficult to provide complete certainty in terms of costs because the Court process can be complicated and the costs can increase as a consequence of the detail of the debt and the actions of the other party.
However, in order to provide as much clarity as we can, we set out below the range of our expected costs for County Court claims up to £50,000 where the Claim is undisputed. We have assumed that Court proceedings are necessary, where they are not, the costs will be less than set out below. The variations are dependent on the value of the claim as Court fees for claims worth less than £10,000 are staggered.
If the other party disputes your Claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one-off letter is needed), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.
For debt value up to £5,000
Court fee £35- £205
Our fee (incl. VAT) £252-£552
For debt value £5,001 - £10,000
Court fee £455
Our fee (incl. VAT) £492 - £552
For debt value £10,001 - £50,000
Court fee £5% of the value of the claim
Our fee (incl. VAT) £744 - £792
Total £1,244 - £3,292
Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:
Our fee includes:
Matters usually take 14 days – 4 months from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim and the speed at which the Court is able to process your application. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgement in default. If the claim is defended or enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.
Sian Ashton, Partner in our Dispute Resolution team, based in Bristol. Read Sian's profile for more information about her areas of expertise and contact details.
Louise Gould, Associate in our Dispute Resolution team, based in Glasgow. Read Louise's profile for more information about her areas of expertise and contact details.