An initial consultation to discuss and advise on your matter will be charged at a fixed costs of £200.00 plus VAT (higher fees will apply in the event that your matter is particularly complex and/or it is necessary for us to consider more than 10 pages of documents for the purposes of the initial consultation of which you will be informed before proceeding with the same).
Other than in respect of the initial consultation our firm does not offer a fixed fee service for debt recovery matters. Charges will be incurred on the basis of time actually spent on the matter and invoiced in accordance with our hourly charge out rates as set out in our terms and conditions for contentious business as are currently as follows:-.
Accordingly work carried out by a partner in compliance with any applicable Pre-Action Protocol [PRACTICE DIRECTION – PRE-ACTION CONDUCT AND PROTOCOLS – Civil Procedure Rules (justice.gov.uk) / PRE-ACTION PROTOCOL FOR DEBT CLAIMS Redraft spring 2015 (justice.gov.uk)] will be charged at a rate of £275.00 plus VAT per hour and disbursements. The time spent will be charged in units of one-tenth of an hour.
In the event that proceedings prove necessary work will continue to be charged in accordance with our hourly charge out rates for preparation of a money claim (as includes drafting the Claim Form, Particulars of Claim a Schedule of Interest and any Appendices) and filing the same with the Court for issuing.
The Court fees for issuing a money claim are as follows:-
*of the value of the claim.
These are the court fees as at September 2023. HM Government publish current court fees here.
Average costs can vary dramatically. The costs set out below are only a guide and the actual costs incurred will depend on various aspects such as the value of the claim, number of outstanding invoices, the evidence needed, the number of documents needed, the nature and complexity of the dispute, the urgency of the matter, the nature of possible / anticipated defences, where your case is likely to be allocated i.e. to small claims, the fast track or the multi-track, the regularity with which you require updates to be sought from third parties etc. and the skill, effort, specialist knowledge and responsibility required in dealing with it on your behalf and staff capacity.
Should we be successful in obtaining Default Judgment (in the event of the Defendant failing to reply within the timeframes set by the Civil Procedure Rules, subject to that qualification on average you could expect to pay between £1,100.00 plus VAT to £2,200.00 plus VAT (costs will be higher for more unusual cases in the event that counsel is required to assist with the drafting of the Particulars of Claim due to the nature and complexity of the matter as may be in the region £1,000.00 to £1,850.00 plus VAT however you will be notified of the necessity and amount of any such costs at the earliest opportunity and prior to them being incurred) and the applicable Court fee in respect of costs incurred after exhausting any applicable Pre-Action Protocol for the preparatory stage through to filing of a Request for Judgment and reporting to you on the making of any Default Judgment. The Court fee paid and fixed cost of between £72.00 to £145.00 (no vat) will be added to the amount claimed.
In the event that you also instruct us to seek an additional remedy to a monetary Judgment such as an Order for possession and/or an injunction additional Court fees will be payable. We will inform you of the applicable quantum thereof during the course of preparation of your claim however further fee information can be found on Form EX50 for Civil and Family Court Fees [EX50 – Civil and Family Court Fees (publishing.service.gov.uk)].
If the case is defended costs will continue to be incurred on the basis of our hourly charge out rates plus disbursements such as the Court hearing fee (and again may include counsel’s fees where required) which are currently as follows:-
Small Claim Track where the amount claimed is:
VAT on Solicitors fees
Our professional charges are subject to payment of VAT. Please note that vat will be payable at the prevailing rate as at the invoice date. You will be provided with a VAT Invoice in respect of our charges.