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Court Claims

Your matter will be dealt with by Paul Whitaker who is a solicitor and regulated sole practitioner (by the Solicitors Regulation Authority) with 35 years post qualification experience. His hourly charge rate is £150 per hour plus Vat.

These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid 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.

Debt value Court fee Our fee (incl. VAT) Total
Up to £5,000 £35 – £205 (no Vat) £500 – £1000 (plus VAT) £535 – £1205
£5,001 all – £10,000 £455 (no Vat) £1500 – £2000 (plus VAT) £1955 – £2455
£10,001 – £50,000 5% value of the claim (no Vat) £2000 – £8000 (plus VAT) (or 20% value of the claim, plus VAT) £2500.05 – £12,500
Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:
  • The VAT element of our fee cannot 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 2-14 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether 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.
Where possible and if the merits justify it we can offer a “no-win-no fee” or “no-win – reduced fee” arrangement (a Conditional Fee Agreement) or a contingency fee arrangement (a Damages Based Agreement).  We normally charge for carrying out the initial assessment of merits at our charge out rate of £150 per hour plus Vat and would estimate the costs for doing so before carrying out the work and agree that with you, but it would typically be between £600 and £1200 plus Vat.  If we offer a “no win-reduced fee” you would still be liable to pay the reduced fee if you lost. Typically the reduced fee would not be less than £90 and may be more depending on the facts of the case and the degree of risk.  We will discuss this and agree the reduced fee with you.  If we offer to act under a Damages Based Agreement (Contingency fee) you would have to pay us a percentage of the damages if you won, which we would advise you about and agree with you before entering into the Agreement but which cannot be more than 50% including expenses incurred by us that have been paid or are payable by another party, for example an expert’s or barrister’s fee and any costs paid or payable by another party but plus any irrecoverable expenses.