Debt Recovery

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

Litigation Services
Debt Recovery

Cash flow is crucial to all businesses and getting paid on time is key.

Having a credit control process in place is important, including diarising ahead when invoices fall due, monitoring credit limits and ensuring your payment terms are clear.

Where a customer fails to pay and your own efforts have not succeeded, we can help you to recover payment.

A solicitor’s letter might be the motivation the customer needs to prompt payment as some customers pay their bills according to whoever is applying the most pressure. Others however, may simply bury their heads in the sand.

We will advise you on the options in pursuing an unpaid invoice and carry out the necessary work from start to finish. We will also advise you if we think pursing the invoice is a waste of time and money. If you do not believe the customer can afford to pay and has no assets to enforce against if a County Court Judgement (CCJ) is obtained, you might be best to leave the matter for the time being, otherwise you may leave yourself further out of pocket.

Our debt recovery service is fixed fee for undisputed debts. Please contact us for further details.

Debt Recovery Range of Fees

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

Court Claims

These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed. It is also on the basis no advice or examination of the contract terms is necessary. If the other party disputes your claim at any point or advice is required, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which will be at a fixed fee at an hourly rate.

Our Charges
Letter of claim £50 plus VAT
Issuing a claim to court £150 plus VAT (plus court issue fee)
Requesting judgment in default £25 plus VAT
  • The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.Our fees are staged and include:
  • 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

Matters usually take 1 – 12 weeks 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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    Paul Hatton - Head of department

    Paul takes pride in being a “problem solver” for his clients. In commercial litigation and employment matters he advises clients on a broad range of disputes and problems in the civil courts, striving to nip problems in the bud and minimise the impact on you or your business. Paul studied law at the University of Liverpool and qualified in 2005. He joined Dootsons in 2013, after working for law firms in Bolton and Altrincham, and became a Partner at Dootsons in May 2016. Paul is also an LSM accredited mediator.