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Our firm which was founded more than forty years ago has long experience of debt collection and although we undertake all types of debt collection, we tend to be involved in higher value or more complex cases rather high volume low value cases.

Two of our partners deal with debt recovery.

Adrian Pellman has over forty years' experience in civil litigation.
He qualified (with Honours) in 1956 and obtained an Honours Degree in law from London University. After a period in industry and other fields he started this firm over forty years ago.

Ian Pellman was qualified in 2011 with First Class Honours and subsequently passed the Legal Practice course with Distinction. He has gained increasing experience in debt collection although we tend to be involved in the more complex and substantial cases rather than high volume low value work.

Range of costs

Adrian Pellman's charging rate in debt collection cases is £200 per hour as is that of Ian Pellman, in each case plus VAT.
Normally the costs of a debt recovery action are not high and the problems tend to arise in enforcing judgments rather than obtaining them.
In a very simple case, costs are likely to be £200 to £300 plus VAT. In a fairly simple case, £300 to £600 plus VAT. In a medium complexity case, £600 to £2,000 plus VAT and in a high complexity case they will be at least the same as in a medium complexity case and will then entirely depend on how strongly the case is defended which usually means it will cease to be a debt case and become complex civil litigation.

Factors that can make a case more complex are:

  • If it is necessary to make or defend applications, to amend claims or to provide further information about an existing claim.
  • Defending claims brought by litigants in person.
  • Number of witnesses and documents.
    There will be additional charge for attending a Court hearing. These are likely to be at least £200 plus VAT for, say, a one hour hearing plus travelling time at half rate.
    These are costs relating to your matter payable to others, e.g., Court fees. We pay these and you are expected to reimburse us or put us in funds to pay them. Not very frequently is it necessary to instruct Counsel.
    Key stages
    The fees set out above cover all the work in relation to the following key stages of a claim:
  • Taking your initial instructions, reviewing the papers and advising you on merits and likely amount to be recovered (this is likely to be revisited throughout the matter and subject to change).
  • Preparing claim or response.
  • Reviewing and advising on the claim or response from other party.
  • Exploring settlement and negotiating settlement throughout the process.
  • Preparing for (and attending) a Preliminary Hearing.
  • Exchanging documents with the other party and agreeing a bundle of documents for the Court.
  • Taking witness statements, drafting statements and agreeing their content with witnesses.
  • Preparing bundle of documents for the Court.
  • Reviewing and advising on the other party's witness statements.
  • Agreeing a list of issues, a chronology, and a list of who is involved and why.
  • Preparation and attendance at Final Hearing.

The stages set out above are an indication and, if some of the stages above are not required, the fee will be reduced. You may wish to handle the claim yourself and only have our advice in relation to some of the stages. This can also be arranged on your individual needs.

How long will my matter take
The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved, i.e., whether it settles soon when it take perhaps six to ten weeks or proceeds to a Final Hearing when it could take three to five months. This is just an estimate and we will, of course, be able to give you a more accurate timescale once we have more information and as the matter progresses.


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Pellmans Solicitors is the name of the legal practice carried on by Pellmans LLP which is a Limited Liability Partnership registered in England and Wales under number OC373200.
It is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority number 611870. The term “partner” is used to refer to a member of Pellmans LLP.