Civil Litigation 

At Bates Wells & Braithwaite we have a wealth of experience in dealing with all sorts of disputes for businesses and commercial clients, whether or not court proceedings are involved: 
Debt recovery 
Contract disputes 
Business disputes 
Landlord and tenant disputes 
Building disputes 
We can offer free initial advice and can act on a 'no win - no fee' basis where appropriate. 
Court Claims to recover simple debts 
These costs apply where your claim is in relation to obtaining judgment in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and where enforcement action is not needed, such as instructing a the bailiff to take control of goods. 
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 value 
Court fee - this is set by the Ministry of Justice and works on a sliding scale dependent on the amount of the debt. The Court service leaflet 'EX50' provides a useful guide and sets out how the fees are determined 
We issue all claims online. 
The following example is based on recovery of a £10,000 debt: 
Our fee £400 plus VAT (£480) 
Fixed court issue fee: £410 if issued online 
Total = £890 
Note: in most cases, where judgment is obtained, the law does not provide for all of your legal costs to be added to the debt – a modest amount of ‘fixed costs’ is added to the judgment debt, together with the court fee 
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 form 
• 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 
Again, if a defence should be received then we will discuss what further work may be necessary and provide you with revised advice about costs 
Matters usually take 10-12 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side in respect of a judgment, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a court claim. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgment in default. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.' 
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