Debt Recovery

The Debt Recovery team are a specialist team with the Litigation department largely dealing with undisputed debt recovery.  With over 15 years of experience in debt recovery through an efficient and effective debt recovery procedure. 

We will look at all the information that is available to give you an honest and experienced opinion on the chances of successful debt recovery.  We can advise on your current credit control procedures and how they can be enhanced to reduce the need to use Debt Recovery services in the first instance and to better your chances of successful debt recovery in the future.

We will guide you through the debt recovery process and help you make informed decisions at each of the stages from the initial Letter Before Action, to issue proceedings, obtaining judgment and enforcement.

We understand that an unpaid invoice is not just a debt; it’s a loan to your customer that can have a crippling effect on your cash flow. 

Please see below for the Debt Recovery costs. 

Range of fixed fees for a business to business debt that is undisputed where enforcement action is not needed.

Court Claims

These fees apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid business to business invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed.

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 required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.

The fees set out below are all based on an hourly charging rate of £145 and will be subject to VAT at the standard rate.

Pre Issue Correspondence

Our Fees


Time Scale

£72.50-145 plus VAT

Taking your instructions and reviewing your documentation. Opening a file, carrying out a conflict check, credit checks for companies or insolvency checks against individuals, sending an initial letter of claim that complies with the Civil Procedure Rules and any applicable Pre Action Protocol.

2-6 weeks

£72.50-145 plus VAT

Dealing with pre-issue communications, including receiving payments and sending on to you.

Included within the 2-6 weeks above 

There will be an administrative charge of £8 plus VAT per client/beneficial owner at the outset of the matter in order for us to complete our anti-money laundering checks in compliance with regulatory requirement.

Issuing Proceedings

Our Fees


Time Scale

£145-299 plus VAT

Drafting the Claim Form, calculating interest, including contractually recoverable fees and arranging the issue of proceedings at court.

In addition to our fees a fee will also be payable to the court on a sliding scale as set out below and you can claim that from your debtor in addition to a sum of fixed costs as also set out below.

Claims up to:     Court fee           Fixed Costs

£300                    £35                   £50

£500                    £50                   £50

£1,000                  £70                   £70

£1,500                  £80                   £80

£3,000                 £115                   £80

£5000                  £205                 £80

£9,999                 £455                 £100

4-6 weeks

  £72.50 plus VAT

Applying to the court to enter judgement in default where no acknowledgement of service or defence has been received within the required timescale. Note that at this stage you can claim from your debtor a fixed sum of £22 for Judgments of less than £5,000 or £30 for Judgments of more than £5,000.

When judgement in default is received, writing to the debtor to request payment and if payment is not received within X days providing you with advice on the next steps and likely costs.

   2-3 weeks

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

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