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Our fees

The costs below apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputes 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 at 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 + VAT.

Court Claims

Debt amountCourt feeMartin Kaye Solicitors’ fee
Up to £300£35£500 + VAT
£301 to £500£50£500 + VAT
£501 to £1,000£70£500 + VAT
£1,001 to £1,500£80£500 + VAT
£1,501 to £3,000£115£500 + VAT
£3,001 to £5,000£205£500 + VAT
£5,001 to £10,000£455£500 + VAT
£10,001 to £100,0005% of debt£750 + VAT
£100,001 +5% of debt£1,000 + VAT


Statutory demands (applicable only where a company owes an undisputed debt exceeding £10,000 or an individual trader who owes an undisputed debt exceeding £5,000)

Taking instructions, reviewing documents and preparing a statutory demand£750 + VAT
Personal service of statutory demand£100 + 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 enforceable 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 addresses of debtors

Martin Kaye Solicitors’ fees include:

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation
  • Undertaking insolvency searches
  • Sending a letter of claim
  • 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 judgement in default is 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 three to twelve 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 judgment in default or in response to a statutory demand. If enforcement action is needed or bankruptcy or winding-up proceedings are commenced, the matter will take longer to resolve.

For more information, please contact Andrew Oranjuik on 01952 272222 or