Business Debt Collection
Recovering a business debt
For the cash flow for a business it is vital for a business and that includes the collection of debts. Late payments and people trying to avoid paying can be very common.
The first stage is to chase the debt. This could be by sending out reminders via email, post or giving them a call. If that does not work it may be apporiate to take more formal action.
Where the relationship is between a business and a individual, for example a customer, there is a pre-action protocol which should be followed. If not, the court may not award the debt or the business’ costs for pursing the debt due to their failure to comply.
This means that the business could be worse off than if they had not chased the debt in the first place considering the time and money spent.
We can advise you from the outset of the options open to your business. Sometimes it is not always the best course of action to litigate. In other situations it may be the only option.
It is a common that businesses try to start formal proceedings themselves without following the correct procedure. If they have failed to follow the correct procedure they then may seek legal advice to rectify the issues. Unfortunately sometimes it is more expensive to rectify the mistake than the amount of the debt.
We would therefore recommend that you come to see us before taking any formal action. We will be able to ensure that the correct procedures are followed and give you the best chance of recover the debt.
Depending on the value we may also be able to recover the cost of recovering the debt.
When a claim is made to the Court for a commercial debt, interest at 8% plus the current bank base rate can be added and calculated forward to the date of Judgement. This can produce a significant sum itself but the correct wording must be used as otherwise the claim may not be allowed.
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