Debt recovery 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. 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.

Fees and expenses for issuing a claim in relation to undisputed unpaid invoice:

Debt value Court fee Our fee
Up to £5,000
Up to £205 depending on value of claim
£500 + VAT
£5,001 - £10,000
£750 + VAT
£10,001 - £20,000
5% of claim
£1,000 + VAT
£20,001 - £100,000
5% of claim
5% of claim + VAT
Over £100,000
5% of claim
Contact us for a quote

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that

  • You will not be able to recover all of our fees from the debtor (or any of the VAT element of our fee) and we will advise you at the outset of the amount you can expect to reclaim.
  • Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost.
  • The costs quoted above are not for matters where the claim is defended or where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.
  • The costs quoted above do not include the costs of instructing a process server to serve your claim; if this is likely to be necessary we will notify you at the outset.
  • You will need to pay Court fees in advance of us issuing a claim and we will invoice our professional fees upon entering judgment unless we notify you otherwise. 

Our fee includes

  • 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 28 days from entering Judgment in default, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs


Our letter of claim will demand payment of the outstanding debt within 7 days.  If we do not receive payment within 7 days we will proceed with filing your claim with the Court.  Once the Court has issued the claim the debtor has 14 days to file a Defence.  If the debtor files an Acknowledgement of Service, indicating an intention to defend the claim, this time limit is extended to 28 days and we will discuss your options at that stage.

Litigation team qualifications

Our litigation team handles debt collection matters and a summary of the fee earners involved and their respective qualifications is available by clicking on the relevant individual profile below.

Andrew Wheldon

Michael Sutton

Joshua Burgess