Our fees and charges

Our fees and charges

What are the fees for enforcement?

The fees are set by law. There are two different sets of fees, depending on what type of court order has been made.

Some websites might tell you that by paying the creditor directly you can avoid enforcement fees. This isn’t true, so don’t be misled.

Once a debt has been passed to an enforcement company, the fees apply even if you pay the creditor (the person or organisation you owe money to) directly. Until the total, including enforcement fees, is paid, the court order still has effect.

Fees apply for each stage of enforcement. It is not the number of letters you receive, or visits, that set the fees. It is the stage that these activities happen at that sets the fees.

High Court*

Compliance stage fee: £75

1st enforcement stage fee (debt value less than or equal to £1500): £190

1st enforcement stage fee (debt value more than £1500): £190 plus 7.5% of the debt value above £1000

2nd enforcement stage fee (debt value less than or equal to £1500): £495

Sale or disposal stage fee (debt value less than or equal to £1500): £525

Sale or disposal stage fee (debt value more than £1500): £525 plus 7.5% of the debt value above £1000

Abortive fee in the event of non-recovery: £75

** VAT is added to High Court fees.

If there is more than one court order being enforced at the same time, we must apply compliance fees for each. In this case, fees for other stages of enforcement will depend on when an Enforcement Agent receives instructions to act, and whether they can reasonably enforce multiple court orders at the same time (for example, taking control of goods in relation to multiple court orders at the same time, unless it isn’t practical to do that).

In some cases, other expenses will apply, such as the cost of hiring a locksmith, storing belongings or selling belongings. The actual costs of these expenses will be charged as fees.

If there are any extra expenses, a court must agree to fees being added for these.

In some cases, only the compliance stage fee might apply even if the cases progresses to enforcement. This could happen if there is evidence during the enforcement stage that a customer is vulnerable, and was previously unable to communicate this.

For High court cases, in the event the case proves to be “abortive” for any reason (“abortive” meaning that insufficient money has been recovered to settle the compliance fee as a minimum), then the compliance fee or the balance of the compliance fee is payable by the person on whose application the writ was issued.

If a court order was made before 6 April 2014, different fees will apply.

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