Letter Before Action (Debt Recovery)

Have you chased and chased an invoice and still your debtor fails to pay? It may be time to increase the pressure on your debtor to retrieve the money you’re owed.

Your solicitor can begin the formal legal process for you by drafting a pre-action letter to claim a non-disputed commercial debt.

What you will get from this service

After hiring an experienced lawyer for Letter Before Action (Debt Recovery), you can expect:
  • A 30-minute consultation with your lawyer to discuss:
    • The product or service you provided and the invoice you sent
    • The reason why the debtor has not yet paid
    • Your specific questions about the letter and the legal process for debt recovery
    • The key information your lawyer needs from you to draft the letter
    • The objectives of the letter and what happens after you’ve sent it.Your lawyer will review and analyse the documents that evidence your claim.
  • Your lawyer will draft the letter before action, on their own letterhead, and attach the key documents that evidence your claim. They will send the letter and supporting documents to the debtor on your behalf and notify you of the other side’s response.
  • Your lawyer will advise you on your next steps in light of the debtor’s reply, or lack of response.

What will this enable you to do

  • Put pressure on the other side to pay you the debt

What happens after I hire a lawyer?

Onboarding - You send your lawyer proof of ID and address and your lawyer checks for conflicts. You send any relevant documentation to your lawyer. Your lawyer send you a client engagement letter to sign and return.
Personal consultation - Choose between a phone, online or face-to-face meeting with your lawyer
Draft documentation - Your lawyer sends you a draft version of the document for you to review
Revisions and approval - You review the draft, provide comments if necessary, and request revisions. Your lawyer will provide you with another iteration, incorporating your changes as far as possible. Once you’re happy with the document, you approve the final version.
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FAQ’s

What is out of scope for this service?
  • Further meetings, phone calls or emails beyond what is defined as within scope
  • Negotiations with the debtor or any third parties.
  • Additional iterations of the letter after one round of comments.
  • Without prejudice letters which offer the debtor an opportunity to settle the dispute.
  • Replying to your debtor’s response.
  • Filing proceedings at court and running the subsequent litigation.

Your lawyer can provide these services for you for an additional fixed fee.

What happens if the scope changes during my matter?

Sometimes matters will evolve into something more complex than you and your lawyer first envisaged. Your lawyer will provide you with a fixed-fee quote for any additional work that is outside of the original scope.

What assumptions have been applied to the price quoted?
  • Your business is based in England or Wales.
  • The contract you allege has been breached is subject to the laws of England & Wales.
  • The money you are owed is a non-disputed commercial debt.
  • You will provide all the information / documentation that your solicitor requests and requires in order to draft the letter.
  • The information you provide in relation to your business is accurate, complete and comprehensive.
What happens if i'm not happy with the service?

If you are not happy with the service and you would like to make a complaint, you can:

  • Contact us. Our complaints procedure is here.
  • If you’re not satisfied with the way in which we deal with your complaint, you can complain to the Legal Ombudsman.
  • If you are concerned about a solicitor’s behaviour, you can raise a complaint with the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority.
What happens if I change my mind?

You can cancel the service at any time and for any reason within 14 days of purchase (the ‘cooling-off period’). If you cancel within 14 days of purchase, you will receive a full refund.

However, if you asked for services to be provided during the cooling-off period, we will keep the necessary funds to cover the cost of the services provided up until the time you cancelled.

If you want to cancel the services after 14 days, you will not be entitled to a refund.

Suzanne Harley-Davies
Suzanne Harley-Davies
Freelance Legal Services Ltd

Getting over the hurdle of starting a new business and the challenges that follow requires a vast am...

£30.00 +VAT

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28 years experience across

Financial Services
Professional Services
Tech, IT and Software

Working with

  • Sole Trader / Freelancers / Self-Employed
  • Microbusiness (up to 10 Employees)
  • Medium-sized business (up to 50 employees)
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Suzanne Harley-Davies
Suzanne Harley-Davies
Freelance Legal Services Ltd

Getting over the hurdle of starting a new business and the challenges that follow requires a vast am...

£30.00 +VAT

Sold By: Suzanne Harley-Davies
Name(Required)

28 years experience across

Financial Services
Professional Services
Tech, IT and Software

Working with

  • Sole Trader / Freelancers / Self-Employed
  • Microbusiness (up to 10 Employees)
  • Medium-sized business (up to 50 employees)

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