Litigation and Dispute Resolution Fees and Costs

Our litigation team have a breadth of experience across a wide range of litigious matters. It is our aim to provide an initial fee estimate once we are in possession of all the key facts relating to the claim or issue. We may however be able to offer a fixed fee for certain limited advice such as initial advice setting out the type of claim and applicable law and viability of any claim; any pre-action protocol; other options available such as without prejudice offers; alternative dispute resolution or arbitration or even enforcement advice. We provide individual quotes upon enquiry. Details of the lawyers likely to be handling your claim and their experience can be viewed on our Litigation main page.

For privately funded litigation work, our fees are usually based on the amount of time required to carry out the work. For further information on fees and our current hourly rates please see our main fees page.

The timescales involved in litigation will vary depending on many different factors such as the type of claim being brought; whether a pre-action protocol must be exhausted; the number of parties involved; the extent of evidence required and the actions or inactions of third parties. We will discuss the timescales that are applicable to your matter with you at the outset and during the course of our instructions.

Conditional Fee Agreements

For some matters we may offer Conditional Fee Agreements (‘CFA’) subject to the claim’s prospects of success meeting our requirements. We will look at various factors including whether the opponent is insured or any damages are otherwise secured; the likely length of time and work required to bring the claim to a conclusion and the nature and complexity of the claim. In all cases whether to accept a claim on a CFA basis is at our absolute discretion. Where we agree a CFA, we will usually ask you to pay any disbursements (third party costs such as court fees or counsel’s fees for advice or search fees) in advance or we will require an adequate After the Event insurance linked with the claim to pay the disbursements on your behalf. We prefer to discuss the needs of each case at the outset to consider the costs/benefit and enable you to make an informed decision on how you wish to proceed.

Debt Claims

This is our fee scale for straight-forward uncontested ‘Business to Business’ debt claims ranging from £1000 to £100,000 and where the debtor has a place of business and assets in England and Wales.

 

Debt value: up to £10,000

Debt value: from £10,001 to £25,000

Debt value: from
£25,001 to £100,000

STAGE 1 :

Includes taking your instructions, reviewing documents, advising on prospects of success, calculating interest and sending debt letter by 1st class post, taking payment and sending to you.

Our fee: £175

Our fee: £350

Our fee: £350

STAGE 2:

Includes drafting Claim Form and Particulars of Claim and lodging with court for issue and service, taking payment and sending to you.

Our fee: £300

Our fee: £500

Our fee: £650

STAGE 3 :

Includes requesting a default Judgement where no acknowledgement of service or defence is received and writing to the debtor in receipt of judgment seeking payment within 7 days and taking payment and sending to you.

Our fee: £120

Our fee: £150

Our fee: £175


A separate court fee will be payable to issue the claim as follows:

Claim value

Court Fee (paper issue)

Online Court Fee

£1000 - £1500

£80

£70

£1500 - £3000

£115

£105

£3000 - £5000

£205

£185

£5000 - £10,000

£455

£410

£10,000 - £100,000

5% of the claim value

4.5% of claim value


Enforcement advice can be provided separately depending on the facts of each case. Our hourly rates will apply which may vary from £100 up to £500. Fixed fees may be negotiable dependent on enquiry.

Statutory or contractual interest may be added to the debt to increase the sums claimed. We will also consider whether interest and fixed compensation can be claimed under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998. This may increase the value of the claim and put it into the next payment band.

Should a debt claim become contested or complications arise, we will provide an estimate of the fees involved in pursuing the matter further.

Our fees are exclusive of VAT and disbursements. If you are VAT registered, you may be able to claim back the VAT element of our fees.

Timescales

Where we send an initial debt letter under stage 1, we will agree with you in advance, the length of time to permit the debtor to settle the debt. If the debt is not settled within that time, then we will seek further instructions from you.

Where a debt claim is issued through the County Court Money Claims Centre, it can take anywhere between 2 and 4 weeks from date of service of the claim on defendant, to request judgement in default (i.e. where defendant has not acknowledged service or filed a defence in the time-limits required) and obtain a judgment against the debtor.