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.
Your application may issued as small claims, fast track or multi track.
If your matter is issued in the small claims court, we would expect that the likely cost will be between £1,000 and £1,500. If it is issued as a fast track application, we would expect that the likely cost will be between £7,500 and £10,000. If it is issued as a multi track application, we would expect that it would take between £20,000 and £25,000.
Your matter will be charged at an hourly rate. Our hourly rates are as follows:
- Simon Davies is an Associate Solicitor and Head of the Civil department and his hourly rate is £260.00 plus VAT
- Stephen Orridge is an Associate Solicitor and his hourly rate is £220.00 plus VAT
- Shiv Nand is an Associate Solicitor and his hourly rate is £191.00 plus VAT
- Christopher Middleton is a Trainee Solicitor and his hourly rate is £168.00 plus VAT
If your matter is more complicated it will be at the higher range of these costs. Factors that may complicate your case include (but are not limited to) whether your matter is disputed and the amount of documents to be reviewed. If your matter is particularly complex, it may be necessary to increase these fees.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as expert reports and court fees. We handle these payments on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. We will advise you at the earliest opportunity if there is likely to be any disbursements associated with your matter.
It may be that there are funding options available, for example you may have cover under an insurance policy. We will discuss this with you at our first appointment.
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 do not include disbursements and are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.
The work undertaken will include:
- 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 21 days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs
Matters usually take 6-12 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 your claim is issued, it can take between 12 and 18 months.If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.