Our Pledge: We always discuss the basis of our charges with you at the beginning of the case and we will ensure that you are constantly updated on costs as the matter progresses.
It is sometimes necessary for us to do some initial work to assess how much work is required in any particular matter. Where possible we will give you an estimate of the likely overall costs involved.
We will also ensure that you are aware of the different types of funding available for paying for our services. Some of our clients prefer to be billed monthly as a matter progresses, others prefer to agree a fixed fee at the beginning. We are able to look at all options with you before we commence work on your file and will send you a letter of engagement before we commence work.
As a useful guide we have set out how our charges are worked out in every different area of law as required by our Regulator the Solicitors Regulation authority.
Debt Collection Involving Court Proceedings
These costs apply where your claim is in relation to your unpaid invoice which is not disputed, and enforcement action is not needed. If the debtor 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.
We can tailor our services to your requirements. So, for instance, if you want to issue the claim yourself, but you just want assistance with how to draft the court proceedings we can do that for you. If you want assistance with training your own credit control department in how to collect in your commercial debts, we can do that too.
Please contact us on the number above to discuss your requirements and how Avery Walters may be able to assist you.
Illustrations of typical costs
Debt value Court Fee Our Fees (Inc VAT) Total
Up to £5000 £205 £550 (£110 VAT) £865.00
£5001 to £10,000 £455 £1100 (£220 VAT) £1320.00
£10,001 to £50,000 5% of Claim Value £3000 (£600 VAT) from £3600
Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:
The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor.
Claims with a value of up to £10,000 are classed as ‘small claims’ and costs are generally not recoverable other than the fixed costs to issue the claim (currently £80)
Interest and costs may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher court fee.
The costs quoted above are for undefended claims only and does not include the cost of enforcement action (such as the use of enforcement officers (bailiffs).
Our fee includes:
Taking your instructions and reviewing your documentation
Undertaking appropriate searches
Drafting and sending a letter before action of claim (LBA) to the debtor on your behalf. The LBA sets out in detail how the debt came about and gives the debtor a set number of days to pay in full.
Receiving payment and sending it on to you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing the claim form.
Where no Acknowledgment of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement on your behalf.
When the Judgement is received from the court, we will then write to the debtor to request payment.
If the claim is defended or payment is not received within the time specified in the Judgment (usually 14 days) we will provide you with advice on the next steps and the likely costs involved, including whether or not it is economic to pursue the debtor further.
If the claim is not disputed it can take anything from 4 to 26 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. You will also need to bear in mind that if the court office has a back log of work, they will not issue your claim straight away and this is beyond our control.