Recovering unpaid invoices can be a frustrating and time-consuming affair for any business. We recognise the needs for our commercial clients to pursue unpaid invoices efficiently and vigorously in a cost effective manner.
Our computerised Debt Recovery Service is operated by a specialist team of solicitors.
However, we aim to provide more than just a computerised system and pride ourselves on the level of service we provide to clients. We are able to recover debts of any size quickly and efficiently, with minimum cost to you.
First step – letter before action
The first step is to send out the ‘letter before action’. This letter is sent out immediately upon receipt of your instructions and demands payment within seven/fourteen days.
It may also include a claim for interest/costs under the Late Payment Commercial Debts legislation. The letter also points out that in the absence of payment, court proceedings will be issued without further notice and further costs incurred.
Often the letter before action prompts a response from the debtor.
The letter before action is sent out at no cost to you.
Issue of proceedings
If no response is received, a County Court claim form can be issued. This will include a claim for debt, court fees, costs and interest.
Interest can be recovered as follows:
Statutory interest – currently 8% from the due date of the invoice until Judgment, or;
Late Payment of Commercial Debts Act 1998 – 8% above Bank of England base rate, plus fixed costs associated with the Act, or Contractual Interest in accordance with your terms and conditions.