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Debt Recovery – Fee Information

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 Value Court Fee Our Fee Total (incl VAT)
Up to £300 £35 £200+VAT £275
£300 - £500 £50 £200+VAT £290
£500 - £1,000 £70 £200+VAT £310
£1,000 - £1,500 £80 £200+VAT £320
£1,500 - £3,000 £115 £200+VAT £355
£3,000 - £5,000 £205 £200+VAT £445
£5,000 - £9,999 £455 £200+VAT £695
£10K - £200k 5% of debt £200+VAT £240 plus Court fee


Additional work including sending chaser letters, negotiations with the debtor or other persons, collecting payments by instalments, instructing an Agent (non UK debts), any other work you instruct us to undertake or if any unforeseen work becomes necessary will be charged at £90.00 per hour plus vat and disbursements.

Anyone wishing to proceed with a 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 does not include enforcement action, such as the bailiff, where this 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 providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

Matters usually take 4-8 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a 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.

Our team

We have three members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Chris Drinkall, Partner and Head of Debt Recovery.

Chris Drinkall – Partner (Hull) dealing with debt recovery matters, commercial and private insolvency related matters and probate disputes. Joined Rollits in 2002; Qualified in 2004.

John Ashworth – Senior Solicitor (Hull) dealing with various kinds of commercial dispute resolution work including disputed debt claims, property disputes, breach of contract claims and probate disputes. Joined Rollits in 2016; Qualified in September 2018; Secondment to Hull 2017 City of Culture (2017-2018)

June Watson – Paralegal (Hull) who has worked in debt recovery and licensing since 2005. Joined Rollits in 2001. Qualifications: Specialist Paralegal in Debt Recovery via Strathclyde University (Feb 2007); Promoted to Tier 3 of Professional Paralegal Register (January 2016); Paralegal Practice Certificate in Civil Litigation (September 2016).


We want to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem. If you would like to make a formal complaint, then you can read our full complaints procedure here.