Contact Us:

Basingstoke Office 01256 322911

Guildford Office 01483 900150

Email: legal@wills-chandler.co.uk

Debt recovery

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.

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

  • The vat element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor
  • The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.

Services for Claimants - up to drafting your Particulars of Claim

In situations where you or your business are considering issuing court proceedings, or contemplating doing so, we can provide advice and assistance and will ensure that your claim proceeds as smoothly as possible.

Fixed fee £500 plus vat. This includes:

  • Initial consultation (up to 60 minutes)
  • Review paperwork
  • Draft and send pre-action letter to the debtor
  • Letter of advice

Optional - Drafting Particulars of Claim – an additional £450 plus vat. You can either issue the claim yourself at court or we can issue the same for you if you so wish.

Please note a court fee is payable to issue court proceedings. The court fee will depend on the amount of the claim.

Any work carried out by us beyond the terms identified above will be charged at our hourly rate.

We would be happy to continue to advise and assist you in how to manage your claim beyond the issue stage and will charge at our hourly rate rather than on a fixed fee basis.

Services for Defendants – up to drafting your Defence and/or Counterclaim

In situations where you or your business have been notified of a potential claim against you, we can provide advice and assistance and ensure that you are in a good position to respond and defend the claim.

This service is available in circumstances where you have received pre-action correspondence containing the threat of court proceedings, or sealed court papers indicating that proceedings have been issued against you.

Fixed fee - £500 plus vat. This includes:

  • Initial consultation (up to 60 minutes)
  • Review paperwork
  • Letter of advice
  • Draft and send a response to the creditor

Optional - drafting your Defence – an additional £450 plus vat or £550 plus vat where are you are making a counterclaim.

Any work carried out by us beyond the terms identified above will be charged at our hourly rate.

We would be happy to continue to advise and assist you in how to manage your defence beyond the issue stage and will charge at our hourly rate rather than on a fixed fee basis.

Hourly rate:

Our hourly rates start at £161 plus vat. You can tailor the service we provide to suit your requirements.

Please note:

Letters before action sent to companies usually require the debtor to pay within 14 days, but letters to individuals provide for a 30-day period in accordance with court guidelines.

If judgment is obtained but not paid then further action will be required to enforce payment. We will need to discuss any third-party fees in respect of enforcement with you and our fees separately.

Parties in a small claims track are expected to hear their own costs. This means that you will not recover the fees you pay us and if costs are awarded they may not cover what you may have paid in legal fees.

The amounts quoted above are exclusive of any disbursements.

Please feel free to contact Margaret Dodson on 01256 322911 (reception) or /01256 301879 (direct line) or Shelley Gallacher on 01256 322911 (reception) or 01256 360498 (direct line) for further information.
Email: ShelleyGallacher@wills-chandler.co.uk
margaretdodson@wills-chandler.co.uk.