Debt Collection

If you are owed money and have an uncooperative debtor, we can advise on the options available to you. Sometimes a letter of intent from your solicitor is sufficient to demonstrate to the debtor that you mean business and will pursue what is owed to you. Alternatively we can act for you in applying for judgment and will explore which of the available enforcement options would be most appropriate to the circumstances. Where appropriate we can also act for you in the preparation of a statutory demand.

If, however, the shoe is on the other foot and you are being pursued for the payment of a debt we can advise you on the best way of defending a claim, submitting a counterclaim or, if applicable, regarding bankruptcy and winding up proceedings we can deal with the relevant court proceedings on your behalf.

For more information please contact us using the enquiry form.

The two people who deal with this area of work are:-

Gillian Danger - Partner

Gillian trained in London at Wilde Sapte (now Dentons), qualified in 1984, joined the firm in 1985 when it was Rooks Rider and was a founding partner when their two local offices became Tinklin Springall in 1988.  She has over 30 years experience in this area of law.

Lasca Carson - Paralegal

Lasca had more than two years experience at a local firm before joining the firm. She obtained her degree in Law at City, University of London.

Range of fixed fees for a business to business debt that is undisputed

Court Claims

We currently charge £240 plus VAT for a partner to carry out work on such claims and £120 to £150 plus VAT for a paralegal or trainee solicitor. The exact amount charged will depend on the amount of time it takes to deal with your matter.

For a letter before action we will charge a minimum of half an hour’s work. We also offer an initial fixed fee meeting for up to an hour’s advice for £150 plus VAT.

The costs below are examples of the costs that could apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed. We do not operate on a fixed fee basis and the amount charged will depend on the amount of work carried out.

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.

Debt value

Court fee

Our fee (including. VAT)

Up to £5,000

£35 to £455

£ 150- £900

£5,001 - £10,000

£455 up to £10,000

Above £10,000 5% of the value of the claim

£ £1200 - £2400

£10,001 - £50,000

5% value of the claim

£1200 - £3600

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

  • The VAT element of our fee cannot always be reclaimed from your debtor.
  • Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost.
  • The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.

Our fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation
  • Undertaking appropriate searches
  • Sending a letter before action
  • Receiving payment and sending onto you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing claim
  • Where no Acknowledgment of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement in default
  • When Judgement in default in received, write to the other side to request payment
  • If payment is not received within 14 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

Matters usually take two weeks to three 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. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgement in default. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.

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