Corporate debt recovery is the process of pursuing payments of debts owed by individuals or businesses. Thomas Higgins and our commercial debt recovery solicitors specialise in legal debts owed by businesses to other businesses.
An organisation that specializes in debt collection is known as a collection agency. Most collection agencies operate as agents of creditors and collect debts for a fee or percentage of the total amount owed.
Thomas Higgins is a firm of specialist commercial debt recovery solicitors. We advise you, as credit managers, on the best strategy for their cases and ensure that costs are kept to a minimum.
What is the process of legal debt collection?
The process of collecting legal debts is typically done in four stages: Letter Before Action, Legal Claim, County Court Judgment, and Enforcement.
- Letters Before Action: Before issuing any legal proceedings, a letter before action should be sent to a debtor
- Legal Claim: If you send a letter before action to your debtor but do not receive a satisfactory response then the next stage is to issue legal proceedings through the County Court. You will send the debtor a court form requiring them to pay the debt, plus interest and costs within 14 days.
- County Court Judgment: This is a court order that confirms that the debtor has defaulted on their payment. A CCJ can be obtained immediately after the expiry date of the Claim. The CCJ is the final decision by the Court which gives you the power to take enforcement action to collect the debt.
- Enforcement: Once a CCJ has been obtained, it is then possible to “enforce” that debt immediately. Total debts, including costs and interest amounting to £600 and under, are sent to the county court bailiff. Total debts of over £600 we will send to an enforcement officer. We find this is the most appropriate method of enforcement based on our 40 years of expertise in commercial debt recovery cases.
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At Thomas Higgins, we believe in putting you in control of your corporate debt recovery. At every stage you will make the decision to proceed to the next stage, this makes sure you’re not throwing good money after bad as you know your clients better than we do. Manage and monitor your cases and have up to the minute information on our Apple and Android app.
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