Court Claims

These costs apply where you wish to issue a claim 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. Such costs could be fixed-fee (e.g. if a one-off letter is required), or at an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.

The claiming of debts from consumers must comply with the Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims, involving an elaborate procedure. Our fees in pursuing such claims, as set out below, are for straight forward claims, and do not include the costs that may be incurred if additional information is sought by the debtor and lengthy correspondence is entered into as a result.

Appleby Shaw Fee Table

Debt Value Court Fee Our Fee Total
Up to £5000.00 £205.00 £450.00 plus VAT £90.00 £745.00 inc Court Fee
£5001 – £10,000.00 £455.00 £700.00 plus VAT £140.00 £1,295.00 inc Court Fee
£10,001- £50,000.00 5% of the Value of 7% of Value of Claim plus VAT
Debt Value Court Fee Our Fee Total
Up to £5000.00 £205.00 £550.00 plus Vat £110.00 £825.00 inc Court Fee
£5001 – £10,000.00 £455.00 £700.00 plus Vat £140.00 £1,295.00 inc Court Fee
£10,001- £50,000.00 5% of the Value of 7% of Value of Claim plus Vat

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

  1. The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor.
  2. Interest and compensation may take the debt into a high banding with a higher cost.
  3. The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as by the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.

Our fee includes:

  1. Taking your instruction and reviewing documentation.
  2. Undertaking appropriate searches.
  3. Sending a Letter of Claim.
  4. Receiving payment and sending it to you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing a claim.
  5. Where no Acknowledgement of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgment in Default.
  6. When Judgment in Default is received, writing to the other party to request payment.
  7. If payment is not received within seven days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs.

How long will it take?

Matters usually take between two and four months from receipt of instructions from you, to receipt of payment from the other side; this depends on whether it is necessary to issue a claim, and the speed of the court involved. There is a court-defined protocol for pursuing debts from individuals, which requires a Letter of Claim to be sent giving not less than 30 days to respond, and providing appropriate information concerning the debt. If enforcement action is needed after judgment is obtained, the matter will take longer to resolve.

*These prices on the website are indications only, based upon standard types of cases. Following the initial consultation with you, we will provide you with a quote/estimate, which will be contained in our client care letter. This figure will take precedence and is the price you will be required to pay.