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Our Pricing


We want you to be clear about our charges for debt recovery for businesses. These costs are for any unpaid debt under a contract, up to the value of £100,000 which is not disputed and enforcement of any judgment is not necessary.

These are the three steps you could take to recover a debt owed to your business. They are:

  • Letter Before Action
  • Statutory Demand For Service
  • Court Proceedings

We’ve detailed the costs and timescale of each step below so you can make an informed decision about how to move forward.

You should be aware though that none of these steps can guarantee recovery of your debt but that will generally prompt the debtor to make payment. If you want to enforce any judgment against the debtor, you will need to have completed one or more of these three steps anyway.

If the other party disputes your claim, there will be additional work required and we’ll give you an updated cost. These additional costs could be on a fixed fee or an hourly rate basis and you can see our hourly rates in the table below.

Letter Before Action
£150-£200 (£180-£240 including VAT)

We'll prepare and send a letter before action to the debtor. This could be a business or an individual debtor, such as a sole trader or member of a partnership.

This will take one to two weeks from when we receive all the documents and information from you.

The debtor usually has 14 days to respond to the letter, but individual debtors get more time to respond.

Your next step if payment isn’t made is to serve a statutory demand to wind up the company or bankrupt the individual or start court proceedings.

Prepare a Statutory Demand For Service
£250 (£300 including VAT) plus the cost of instructing an agent to serve the statutory demand approximately £125 (£150 including VAT)

We will prepare a statutory demand for service. This is made with the view to winding up the company or bankrupting the individual so that you can recover your money.

You should be aware that you cannot issue a statutory demand for service if the debtor genuinely disputes the amount of money owed, and the undisputed debt amount is less than the minimum required.

How Long Will It Take?
This will take one week from when we receive your instructions.

Additional Costs
Once the statutory demand for service had been served, we would charge on an hourly rate basis. Our rates are listed at the end of the page.

We would expect our legal fees up to and including attendance at the hearing of the winding up/bankruptcy petition to be £850-£1,000 (1,020-£1,200 including VAT).

The costs listed below are in addition to the legal costs listed above.  

The court fees and our costs may be recovered from the debtor if a deal is done before the making of a bankruptcy/winding up order or if there are sufficient assets in the bankruptcy/winding up.

Court issue fee on bankruptcy/winding up proceedings
£280 (no VAT payable)

Deposit payable on petition for bankruptcy
£990 (no VAT payable)    

Deposit payable on petition for winding up of company            
£1,600 (no VAT payable)

London Gazette advertisement fee
£84.60 (£101.52 including VAT)

Usual cost of instructing an agent to serve the Petition
£125 (£150 including VAT)

In some cases, you may need to pay some or all of the following additional costs:

  • Any agency fees that may be required (for example to trace or serve an opponent or witness)
  • Any solicitor agent fees that may be necessary to attend a hearing outside Bristol
  • Any Land Registry fees for a search of the property register (generally £3 for each search)
  • Any courier charges that may be necessary
  • Any large amount of photocopying
  • The services of a barrister
  • Any other unexpected expenses

How Long Will It Take?
We can file and serve the petition for bankruptcy or winding up 21 days after the service of the statutory demand. The court will usually hear the petition within 2 months, but this will depend on how busy the court is.

Preparing County Court Summons
£300 (£360 including VAT)

We’ll prepare the county court summons for you and file it at court. This will take about one week from when we receive your instructions.

Additional Costs
You will have to pay a court fee. The amount of the court fee will depend on the amount of money you’re trying to recover. You can find details of court fees in money claims on the GOV.UK website

Any additional legal work needed will be charged on an hourly rate basis. You can see our rates at the bottom of the page.  We expect our fees to be £350-£800 (£420 - £960 including VAT) up to and including judgment.

In some cases, you may need to pay some or all of the following additional costs:

  • Any agency fees that may be required (for example to trace or serve an opponent or witness)
  • Any solicitor agent fees that may be necessary to attend a hearing outside Bristol
  • Any Land Registry fees for a search of the property register (generally £3 for each search)
  • Any courier charges that may be necessary
  • Any large amount of photocopying
  • The services of a barrister
  • Any other unexpected expenses

How Long Will It Take?
The debtor has 14 days to acknowledge service of the claim. If they acknowledge the claim, they have another 14 days to file their defence.

If they don’t acknowledge the claim or file any defence by the deadlines, you can apply for a judgment in default.

This is usually granted 7 to 14 days after application and the debtor will have to pay immediately. All of these timescales depend on how busy the court is.

What's Not Included

There are some additional legal costs that are not covered in the three steps above. 

  • Dealing with a defended case - where the debtor disputes the claim or the amount
  • Time spent in negotiation with the debtor
  • Enforcement of any order/judgment obtained, including processing instalment payments
  • Reviewing particularly lengthy or complex documentation
  • Any necessary travelling to attend a hearing outside Bristol
  • Non-routine/unforeseen applications and any relevant court fees – for example, an application for service of papers on your opponent by e-mail where we cannot obtain their address
  • The costs of mediation or any other formal alternative method of resolving the claim
  • Any element of the claim outside of England and Wales

All of the above will increase your legal costs and will be based on hourly rates. 

Hourly Rates
Here are details of our hourly rates:

Partner
£250   (£300 including VAT)

Associate or solicitor with four years'plus litigation experience            
£195   (£234 including VAT)

Solicitor
£175   (£210 including VAT)

Licensed Conveyancer
£160   (£192 including VAT)

Legal Executive
£160   (£192 including VAT)

Trainee
£120   (£144 including VAT)

Paralegal/Legal Assistant
£120   (£144 including VAT)