Debt Recovery Price Transparency

Costs and Service Information

Debt Recovery


Please note that there will be two elements to the prices as set out below:

  1. Fees charged by Marlow Braide Solicitors Limited; and
  2. Fees payable to third parties.

Please ensure that you consider both parts of the price information.

Fees charged by Marlow Braide Solicitors Limited

Pre-Court Action

Debt value Our fee VAT (charged at 20%) Total
Up to £5,000 £250 £50 £300
£5,001 - £10,000 £500 £100 £600
£10,001 - £50,000 £2.5% value of the claim £TBC £2.5% plus VAT
£50,001 - £100,000 £2.5% value of the claim £TBC £2.5% plus VAT
* Basis of charging = fixed fee

Court Action – issuing a claim

Debt value Court fee Our fee VAT (charged at 20%) Total
Up to £5,000 £205.00 £115.00 £23.00 £138.00
£5,001 - £10,000 £455.00 £125.00 £25.00 £150.00
£10,001 - £50,000 £2.5% value of claim £150.00 £30.00 £180.00
£50,001 - £199,000 £2.5% value of claim £150.00 £30.00 £180.00
£200,000 + £10,000.00 £200.00 £40.00 £240.00

Court Action - Enforcement

Enforcement Method Debt Amount Court Fee Our Fee VAT (charged at 20%) Total
High Court Enforcement Over £600 £71.00 £117.75 £23.55 £141.30
Third Party Debt Order Any Amount £119.00 £150.00 £30.00 £180.00
Attachment of Earnings Any Amount £119.00 £90.00 £18.00 £108.00
Charging Order Any Amount £119.00 £175.00 £35.00 £210.00
Order to attend Court for Questioning Any Amount £59.00 £225.00 £45.00 £270.00

Fees payable to third parties (‘disbursements’)

Disbursement Fee (£) Court Fee (£) VAT £ (charged at 20%) Total (£)
Trace 50.00 N/A 10.00 60.00
Trace and asset search 275.00 N/A 55.00 330.00
Process serving (non-urgent) 85.00 N/A 17.00 102.00
Sworn Affidavit 15.00 N/A 3.00 18.00
HM Land registration fee 20.00 N/A 4.00 24.00
HM Office copies fee 6.00 N/A 1.20 7.20

* Debts over £600

Services excluded

Services will not include:

  • Disputed or defended proceedings. Such matters will be subject to an hourly rate of £300 plus VAT per hour (£360).
  • Barrister’s fees – if needed, to be advised/agreed prior to instruction.

Work included and key stages

The precise work and stages involved in debt recovery matters vary according to the circumstances. However, we have set out the key stages involved in a typical claim:

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation.
  • Undertaking appropriate searches.
  • Sending a letter before action.
  • Receiving payment and sending on to you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing a claim.
  • Where no Acknowledgement of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement in default.
  • When the judgement in default is received, write to the other side to request payment.
  • If the payment is not received, providing you with advice on the next steps and the likely costs.

Approximate/ average timescales

Debt recovery matters usually take 6 months 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 Judgement in default. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.

Factors that could increase costs

In some circumstances we may increase our fees to account for additional time, work or skill required to meet your instructions. Examples include:

  • If the value of the compensation and interest take the debt in to a higher banding attracting a higher fee.
  • If enforcement action is needed such as a bailiff to collect your debt.
  • If an Enforcement Hearing is required it might be necessary to instruct a barrister.

Qualifications and experience of our team

Debt recovery matters will be dealt with Rachael Braide, Director (hourly rate £300 plus VAT) assisted by litigation executives (hourly rate £150 plus VAT).