Below provides a transparent overview of the costs SCS Law charges for debt recovery matters from £10,000 up to a value of £100,000.00.

The figures given are suitable for the vast majority of matters, but from time to time a matter may be more complex, making it uneconomical for us to undertake the work at the usual rate. In such instances a bespoke fee quote will be given with reference to our hourly rates, together with a clear justification as to why we cannot offer the service at the usual fees.  

Fee Earner

Grade

Experience

Pete Blackmore

A

Pete is a Partner in the firm. Pete began his career as a court advocate, representing clients in over 2500 County Court hearings. He is now a partner in the firm and the head of Litigation. Pete was admitted as a solicitor in May 2013

Haris Ahmed

B

Haris originally studied for the Bar and has over a decade’s experience in legal practice. He has also practiced in Pakistan as well as England. He was admitted as a solicitor in April 2017

Ross Butland

C

After completing his Legal Practice Course Ross worked at SCS Law as a Paralegal, and then as a Trainee Solicitor. He qualified as a solicitor with us in July 2021.

Saima Salsabil

D

Saima is a graduate of the Legal Practice Course. She Studied Law at the prestigious University of Edinburgh.

Tom Drabble

D

Tom is a graduate of the Legal Practice Course. Before becoming a paralegal with SCS Law Tom worked as a County Court Advocate, representing clients in over 750 County Court Hearings.

Stage 1 – Pre-Action Correspondence

Letters of Claim, compliant with any applicable Pre-Action Protocol:

To begin the process of recovering an unpaid debt a Letter of Claim is sent to the debtor outlining the claim and requiring payment of the principal debt, plus any interest or other compensation, by a set deadline.

Value of Debt

Cost of Letter of Claim

£10,000 – £24,999

£330 + VAT

£25,000 - £49,999

£495 + VAT

£50,000 - £74,999

£630 + VAT

£75,000 - £100,000

£840 + VAT

Any further work will be completed by an appropriate fee earner at their hourly rate. Our hourly rates are as follows:

Fee Earner

Hourly Rate

Grade (A) Partner, 8+ years PQE and 8+ years Litigation Experience

£250 + VAT

Grade (B) Solicitor with 4 + years PQE  and  4 + years Litigation Experience

£210 + VAT

Grade (C) Other Solicitors

£165 + VAT

Grade (D) Paralegals

£121 + VAT

 

Stage 2 – Issuing Proceedings

Generally, you can claim the Court fee that you have to pay to issue a claim and also certain “fixed costs” which are set out in Part 45 of the Civil Procedure Rules from the debtor.  The Court fee and “fixed costs” will form part of the amount that you can recover from the debtor in the event that your claim is successful and the debtor has the means to settle the sums due under the judgment.

Our fees and disbursements on issuing a claim form are set out in the table below, together with details of the “fixed costs on issue” that are recoverable from the debtor.  Please note, as is common place, our fees exceed the amount of the fixed cost recoverable from the debtor.

Amount Claimed

Our Fee (exc VAT)

Court Issue Fee (Recoverable)

Recoverable Fixed Costs

£10,000 – £24,999

£495 + VAT

5% of the Claim Value

£100

£25,000 - £49,999

£840 + VAT

5% of the Claim Value

£100

£50,000 - £74,999

£1260 + VAT

5% of the Claim Value

£100

£75,000 - £100,000

£1680 + VAT

5% of the Claim Value

£100

 

Stage 3 Entering Judgment

Our fee for entering Judgment is £80.50 plus VAT.

 “Fixed costs on entry of judgment” in accordance with part 45 of the Civil Procedure are recoverable from the debtor.

 Fixed Cost Recoverable from Debtor

All claims valued between £10,000 and £100,000

Judgment following failure by debtor to file an acknowledgement of service

£30.00

Judgment entered in default action in default of defence

£35.00

Judgment entered on defendant’s admission and claimant’s acceptance as to mode of payment

£55.00

Judgment entered following admission and proposals rejected

£70.00

Stage 4 Enforcement of Judgments

If a Judgement is not paid when due then a number of methods may be suitable to Enforce the Judgment. Judgment creditors may also wish to consider insolvency proceedings against debtors – although insolvency proceedings should not be considered a method of debt recovery.

Our fees and court fees are set out below, these fees are quoted on the assumption that the enforcement/insolvency proceedings are not contested and, where a court hearing is required as a matter of course, that only one hearing is necessary.  In the event that a hearing is adjourned or an additional hearing is listed then additional fees will be payable.

Type of Enforcement / Insolvency Proceedings

SCS Law Fees

Court Fee

Other Fees

Warrant of Control issued through the County Court and enforced by the Bailiff.

£165 + VAT

£110.00

 

Issuing warrant of execution through the High Court to be enforced by the High Court Sheriff (HCEO).

£165 + VAT

£66.00

The HCEO Fee in the event that the recovery is successful is recovered from the debtor.  A fee of £70 plus VAT is paid on instructing the HCEO and is not refundable if the recovery is not successful

Renewing a warrant through either the County Court or High Court.

£82.50 + VAT

£33.00

 

Having a Debtor examined by the Court

£330 + VAT

£55.00

Process Server’s fee.

Application for Third Party Debt Order.

£287.50 + VAT

£110.00

 

Application for a Charging Order.

£287.50

£110.00

Advocate’s fees if a hearing is listed, usually not exceeding £150 + VAT

Attachment of earnings.

£287.50

£110.00

 

Statutory Demand.

£420 + VAT

 

Process Server’s fee

Preparation of a Winding up Petition against a company.

£1,750 + VAT

£1,880.00 (Court Fee of £280 and Official Receiver’s Deposit of £1600.00)

Process Server’s fees, Search Fee for Prior Petitions and Advocate’s fees for attending hearing

Bankruptcy Petition (individual)

£1,500 + VAT

£1,270.00 (Court fee of £280 and Official Receiver's Deposit of £990)

Process Server’s fees, Search Fee for Prior Petitions and Advocate’s fees for attending hearing

Contested and Additional Work

If any further work is necessary, as a result of the Claim being contested or otherwise more involved might be expected for an uncontested matter, then work is carried out at our hourly rates. Depending upon the complexity of the work involved, we shall advise what level of fee earner to be appropriate for your matter:

Fee Earner

Hourly Rate

Grade (A) Partner, 8+ years PQE and 8+ years Litigation Experience

£250 + VAT

Grade (B) Solicitor with 4 + years PQE  and  4 + years Litigation Experience

£210 + VAT

Grade (C) Other Solicitors

£165 + VAT

Grade (D) Paralegals

£121 + VAT

 

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