Why (or when) someone would need this service?
To take legal advice to recover payment of a debt that is due. This firm regularly acts for individuals and companies in recovering payments of debts that are due to them.
How does the process work/what are the steps?
The first step is usually to send the debtor a letter demanding payment on your behalf and to require that such sum is paid within 14 days.
If the debtor fails to pay within this time period, we will discuss with you how you wish to enforce payment. This could be by either commencing court proceedings in order to obtain a Judgment from the Court. Alternatively, if the debt is uncontestable it could be enforced by serving a Statutory Demand or Winding Up Petition on the debtor (which will avoid the need to issue court proceedings).
By serving a Statutory Demand or Winding Up Petition you will be commencing insolvency proceedings which may ultimately result in an Order from the Court that the debtor is declared bankrupt (if an individual) or the debtor is wound up and dissolved (if a company). To avoid such a situation occurring the debtor will be required to pay the debt owing.
How long does it take?
If court proceedings are issued which are uncontested, then we will be able to request that the court enter a County Court Judgment on your behalf within 14 to 28 days after the proceedings have been served on the debtor.
If the court proceedings are contested, then the normal time period by when the claim will be listed for trial is between 12 to 18 months from the issue of proceedings. However, the vast majority of cases do settle prior to trial on terms which are negotiated between the parties.
If the Statutory Demand route is taken, the debtor will have up to three weeks from service of the Demand on the individual or company to make payment of the debt. If the debt is not paid within this time frame and remains undisputed, you will be entitled to either issue bankruptcy proceedings where the debtor is an individual or a Winding Up Petition where the debtor is a company. A court hearing will be listed to consider the bankruptcy of the individual or the insolvency of the company normally within a two month period from the issue of the Petition.
What are the things people should consider before calling?
It wold be helpful if you could provide us with a copy of the invoice rendered by you when you first instruct us.
Furthermore if the debtor has previously refused to pay and has provided an explanation for this, then please inform us of the reason for the debtor refusing to pay. We may have to correspond with the debtor if the debt is disputed before any claim is issued.
Is it expensive? What are the likely costs?
We will provide you with an estimate of costs at the outset once we have been provided with details of the debt outstanding.