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Cost of Issuing Solicitors Letter

Discussion in 'Legal' started by 10 Yetis, Oct 15, 2006.

  1. 10 Yetis

    10 Yetis UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Does anyone know, or can advise on a ball-park figure for getting a solicitors letter to send to a person who is messing us about with payment?

    Sick of messing around, want to go via small claims court but have been advised that we need to send solicitors letter first*

    *source of advice, Business Link
  2. coxadmin

    coxadmin UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I can't help with the cost of a solicitors letter but I recently had to start proceedings against a client and sent a letter warning them that non receipt of payment would result in court action. The court was more than happy to commence proceedings on that basis.
  3. Rusty

    Rusty UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Did this just recently, our bill came to £100 plus VAT. But believe that it very much depends on the solicitor. We informed them up front that all we wanted was a letter to jivvy the client along and got a quote before allowing the solicitor to proceed. It worked though, client paid up immediately.

    Having said that when we had another similiar problem a couple of years ago we went to a different solicitor and was quoted over £300 just for the letter, so you need to shop around.
  4. fastfences

    fastfences Banned

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    £100? That's big money in the context of any debt being sought.

    If I were a solicitor on this forum, I'd do it for nicks for you Andy as a reward for your valued contributions.

    cheers, Nigel
  5. elite123

    elite123 UKBF Regular Free Member

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  6. apeebles

    apeebles UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I wouldn't waste time with the solicitors letter. Just send them a letter saying that in 7 days we go to court if there is no payment. Then just logon to money claim online and raise the papers. It's really easy to use and providing the client is still solvent then you should get paid (fingers crossed).
  7. bwglaw

    bwglaw UKBF Regular Free Member

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    A solicitors letter is not compulsory. You do have to send out a "Letter before action" setting out the basis of your claim and give a deadline when payment should be made by, failing which you will instigate legal proceedings.

    We also collect some debts on a commission-basis and the advantage with us is that you get legal advice from a lawyer as well.

  8. Antonia @limeone.com

    Antonia @limeone.com UKBF Regular Free Member

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    We provide debt collection services including letters and calls before action on both a fixed price basis and also on a percentage recovered basis. I don't specialise in this but if you email info@limeone.com and mark it for the attention of either John Dalton or Janine Hughes they will send over the costs involved on the fixed fee service and the percentages.
  9. Rob Holmes

    Rob Holmes UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Sorry Andy - I'll get the 50p you lent me in the post PDQ - didn't realise you were so strapped mate.

    Joking apart.. My sols did this about 4 years ago (the last time I was messed around with an invoice ;) ) cost me £15 for the letter.

    I've heard people also panic and pay when Nic the chick from www.admiral-collections.com calls .


  10. creospace

    creospace UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Andy, complete the forms and then photocopy them. Send the photocopied documents in a register letter stating that if payment isn't forthcoming within a set period then the papers (original) will be filed to the court.

    This usually works :)

  11. sjbeale

    sjbeale UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Franklins Solicitors of Northampton do a debt chasing letter for £18 which often does the trick with non-paying clients Contact Sarah Canning sjc@franklins-sols.co.uk.