Senior solicitor, Becky Draper, heads up the commercial department within SHU Law Ltd. Having trained at the world's largest law firm, Becky has always specialised in commercial dispute resolution and has many years' experience working at City law firms. Becky has a broad experience of dispute resolution (including County/High Court litigation and ADR) which enables her and the department to advise clients on a range of cases, including those that are legally complex and contentious.

Work undertaken by our Commercial Dispute Resolution team includes:

  • Commercial contract disputes;
  • Tortious claims;
  • Professional negligence disputes (although to sit with the University’s policy this will be solicitors firms outside of Sheffield);
  • Warranty claims;
  • Pre-action and litigated matters;
  • Advising on discrete issues on Part 36 offers and privilege for corporate clients (corporate support);
  • Advising on dispute resolution clauses;
  • Debt recovery advice (limited);
  • Recruitment disputes;
  • Agency disputes;
  • Small claims disputes;
  • Fast track disputes; and
  • ADR: mediation, arbitration, expert determination and advice on commercial settlement meetings.


Small Claims – Debt recovery

You can instruct us to help recover a debt that is owed to you by a third party. We will assist you by way of either drafting a letter before action of issuing small claims proceedings. For us to assist you the sum owed to you must fall below £10,000. The advice and representation provided by our legal team is free. However, you will have to pay any third party costs and this will include court costs.

Court Fees and Other Expenses

If the value of the debt that you have instructed us to recover is up to £5,000 then the court fee will be up to £205 or up to £185 if we use the online filing facility. For any claim that we are seeking to recover between £5,001 – £10,000 then the court fee will be up to £455 or up to £410 if we use the online filing facility. There is no Vat to pay on court fees.

Please note that interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding with a higher court fee and if the claim exceeds £10,000 then we cannot act for you.

Additional third party costs will be dependent upon the nature of your claim and we will identify any anticipated costs to you prior to you being committed to using our services.


Matters can take between 6 – 24 weeks depending on which court the claim is issued at, how quickly your opponent responds and whether they do as the court instructs them to do. The work that we will undertake will include:

  • Taking initial instructions
  • Conducting appropriate research
  • Sending a letter before action
  • Considering offers of settlement and taking receipt of payments on your behalf
  • Responding to any evidence submitted by your opponent
  • Requesting Judgement in Default if the Defendant does not respond
  • Request payment upon receipt of Judgement


If payment is not received from your opponent we will advise you on what you can do next.


Rebecca Draper

0114 225 3082

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