Debt Recovery Lawyers, Liverpool

Unpaid debts are hugely frustrating for all businesses, and it can be challenging to know the best way to proceed to ensure you recover outstanding sums. If you have exhausted all other methods of recovering the debt without success, your last resort is to take legal action.

If you decide to take your debtor to court, it is recommended that you seek legal advice and act quickly. We always encourage clients to attempt to solve matters using methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution, such as mediation. However, if court action is unavoidable, our Commercial Debt Recovery Solicitors can act on your behalf. Contact us today for prompt and practical legal advice. 

Throughout the formal court process for debt recovery, our dedicated lawyers provide personalized guidance and support, ensuring you are informed at every stage. We handle all legal aspects, from document preparation to representation in court, with meticulous attention to detail and a focus on achieving the best possible outcome for you.

Court hearing 's for debt recovery in the UK are pivotal in resolving disputes and ensuring the repayment of outstanding debts. These hearings provide an opportunity for both creditors and debtors to present their cases before a judge. Our skilled debt recovery lawyers meticulously prepare for these hearings, gathering all relevant evidence, documentation, and legal arguments to support our clients' claims. During the hearing, we articulate a compelling narrative that highlights the debtor's obligation to repay the debt and the creditor's rights to seek recovery. We navigate the legal complexities, respond to any challenges raised by the debtor, and vigorously advocate for our clients' interests. Our goal is to secure a favorable judgment that enforces the debt repayment and provides our clients with the financial relief they deserve. Trust our expertise to represent you effectively in debt recovery court hearings, protecting your rights and pursuing the successful resolution of your case.

How Do I Start A Debt Recovery Court Claim?

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First, the debt recovery County Court procedure requires you to draft a formal letter. This lets your debtor know that, if they do not pay the debt in a specified period, you will commence legal proceedings. You must include specific information in the letter, depending on whether your debtor is a business or an individual or sole trader.

If this does not lead to payment, you can start a formal legal claim. This can be done online (only if you are claiming for a fixed amount) or using the N1 claim form. As part of our comprehensive debt recovery service, we can do this on your behalf. The claim must include details about the claimant (you), the defendant (the debtor) and the debt, e.g. the amount.

The defendant will receive notification of the claim and will have 14 days to respond; however, they can ask for more time.

What happens after I have made a claim?

This depends on what the defendant does next. They may:

  • accept they owe you the money and pay the full amount;
  • pay only the amount they believe they owe;
  • defend all or part of the claim; or
  • not respond.

If the defendant disputes the claim, you might need to go to a hearing. The Court will send you a questionnaire asking for more information. If the debt is less than £10,000, you will be offered the chance to use the Court's small debt recovery claims mediation service. Our solicitors can represent you any hearing. If your claim is successful, the Court will order your debtor to pay.

If the defendant does not respond to the claim, you can request a County Court Judgment (CCJ), which will order the defendant to pay.

Bankruptcy Proceedings

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In the UK, the bankruptcy process is a legal mechanism used to help individuals and businesses who are unable to repay their debts. When attempting to recover debts, bankruptcy may be pursued as an option to seek repayment or to resolve an individual's financial situation. The process typically begins with the debtor filing a bankruptcy petition with the court, or in some cases, a creditor may initiate the bankruptcy proceedings against the debtor.

Once the bankruptcy petition is accepted, an Official Receiver or a licensed insolvency practitioner is appointed to oversee the debtor's financial affairs. They assess the debtor's assets, liabilities, and income to determine the most appropriate course of action. In some cases, assets may be liquidated to repay creditors, while in others, a repayment plan may be devised. Bankruptcy also provides the debtor with relief from further creditor action and an opportunity to make a fresh start financially. It's important to note that bankruptcy does have significant implications, including potential impacts on credit ratings, restrictions on financial activities, and the potential loss of certain assets. Seeking professional legal advice from experienced bankruptcy lawyers is crucial to navigate the process, understand the consequences, and pursue the best possible outcome for all parties involved. At Three Graces Legal, our skilled team is dedicated to providing comprehensive guidance and representation throughout the bankruptcy process, ensuring that our clients' rights and interests are protected.

How can I enforce a judgment?

If the defendant still does not pay, there is a range of options – our Commercial Debt Recovery Solicitors can advise on which one offers you the highest chance of recovery. You can instruct a County Court Bailiff (for debts of £5,000 or less) or a High Court Enforcement Officer (for debts of at least £600).

 Alternatively, you can apply for a further order including:

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