Work undertaken by our Commercial Dispute Resolution team includes:

  • Commercial contract disputes;
  • Tortious claims;
  • Pre-action and litigated matters;
  • Debt recovery advice (limited);
  • Small claims disputes;
  • Mediation;
  • Consumer disputes.


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.


The work that we will undertake will include:

  • Taking initial instructions
  • Conducting appropriate research
  • Sending a letter before action
  • Considering offers of settlements
  • Advising on enforcement



Ruth Dawson

0114 225 6666

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