Range of fixed fees for business-to-business debt recovery (undisputed debts only)

The costs below apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.

Letter of claim to be sent before the issue of court proceedings

The costs of taking instructions, retrieving your documents and drafting a letter complying with the appropriate pre-action protocol or practice direction is £250 plus VAT.

Court Claims

Debt amount (£) Court fee (£) Martin Kaye fee (excluding VAT) (£)
Up to 300 35 500
301 – 500 50 500
501 – 1,000 70 500
1,001 – 1,500 80 500
1,501 – 3,000 115 500
3,001 – 5,000 205 500
5,001 – 10,000 455 500
10,001 – 50,000 5% of debt 500
50,001 – 100,000 5% of debt 750
100,001 – 200,000 5% of debt 1000
Greater than 200,000 £10,000 1500

Statutory demands (applicable only where a company owes an undisputed debt exceeding £10,000 (or £750 from 1st April 2022, unless the Government changes the law prior to that date) or an individual trader owes an undisputed debt exceeding £5,000)

Taking instructions, reviewing documents and preparing a statutory demand £650 plus VAT
Personal service of statutory demand £100 plus VAT


Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim (whether by a letter, court proceedings or a statutory demand) should note that:

  • The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor.
  • Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost.
  • The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.
  • In cases where a statutory demand is served, the costs do not include the preparation or presentation to the court of a winding-up or bankruptcy petition.
  • Additional fees will be incurred for tracing the address(es) of debtors.

Our fees includes:

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation
  • Undertaking insolvency searches
  • Sending a letter of claim
  • If the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing claim
  • Where no Acknowledgment of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement in default
  • When Judgement in default in received, write to the other side to request payment
  • In cases of statutory demands, the preparation of the statutory demand and arranging for it to be served on the debtor.

Matters usually take 3-12 weeks 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 or in response to a statutory demand.  If enforcement action is needed or bankruptcy / winding-up proceedings are commenced, the matter will take longer to resolve.