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Debt Recovery Costs

How much does debt recovery cost?

You can see our estimated prices for debt recovery up to £100,000 outlined below.


Each case is different, which is why we offer a free initial meeting to discuss your case. To arrange a free initial meeting, you can call us on 01202 499255.

Pre-action letter of claim 

For all debt values up to £100,000 our fee is between £50 and £250 + VAT 

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.

Debt ValueCourt FeeOur Fee
Up to £10,000£25-£55 depending on the value of the claim£750 to £1500 + VAT
£10,001 to £25,0004.5% to 5% of the value of the claim£1500-£2500 + VAT
£25,001 to £100,0004.5% to 5% of the value of the claim£2500-£5000 + VAT

Anyone wishing to proceed with a debt recovery claim should note that:

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

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 X days, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

    Frequently Asked Debt Recovery Questions

    What is the debt recovery process?

    Debt recovery is a process that requires flexibility and persistence without damaging your relationship with your customer. The same also applies to private arrangements, for example when someone has loaned an individual a sum of money which wasn’t repaid, it is also possible to pursue them via the same methods.

    How do I chase up unpaid invoices?

    The first step is to send a solicitor’s letter to your debtor accompanied by a statement of account showing the sum due.

    At Frettens, we follow up the letter with a telephone call to the debtor on your behalf, allowing us to verify that the debtor is still trading, the current address, and whether the debt is disputed.

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    Do I need to go through court to reclaim debt?

    If the debtor still does not respond, it is viable to consider court action. You must consider whether it makes commercial sense to do so (we can discuss this with you and help you reach the right decision).

    Kerri Hunter, Dispute Resolution Solicitor, says â€Å“Court proceedings should be the last resort in reclaiming debt â€â€œ very often the threat of legal action is enough to obtain payment and negotiations with the opposing party must have taken place before court action.”

    Can I recover debts through mediation?

    Mediation is a way to control costs and avoid confrontational proceedings. It involves using an independent third party as mediator and the Dispute Resolution Team at Frettens advocate this approach.

    Kerri concludes by saying â€œIt is possible to enforce payment or recover the asset and retain a working relationship with the client via careful dealings throughout the process. However, you must consider whether you want to continue working with a client that is unreliable in paying their bills.”

    What can a landlord do to collect unpaid rent during COVID?

    Landlords can enforce their right to receive rent, by either commencing possession proceedings in Court or commencing a money claim in Court if you are not looking for a possession Order.

    Landlords are also being encouraged to mediate with their tenants who are in rent arrears and attempt to agree a rent deferral or payment plan to enable the tenants to stay in place, whilst gradually repaying any arrears that may have accrued.

    Free initial meeting

    We offer new clients a free initial meeting with one of our expert lawyers to discuss your case. To arrange your meeting, call us on 01202 499255.