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Corporate & Commercial

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Corporate & Commercial

Corporate & Commercial Services
Commercial Contracts
Disputes & Debt Collection
Transparency in price and service for debt recovery (up to £100,000)
Fixed fees for a business to business debt that is undisputed
Key Stages
How Long?
Experience

Corporate & Commercial Services

Whether you are aiming to start a new company, looking to carry out a merger or acquisition or get involved with a new joint venture, then we can help you.

Here at Backhouse Jones we offer a wide range of corporate services which include:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Disposals
  • Management buy ins / buy outs
  • Group & company restructures
  • Joint Ventures
  • Investment & shareholders agreements
  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Partnerships & LLP’s Company Formations Corporate Governance & Companies Act compliance.

However we are different to most other law firms. We only cater for the transport industry. We therefore understand your business and will provide you with high level, industry specific advice.

By instructing us you will receive a first class commercial approach with a level of expertise that you would normally find in a city centre firm. All our services are provided at competitive fees which can be agreed in advance.

For more information please contact:
tel : 01254 828 300 or email: brett.cooper@backhouses.co.uk

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Commercial Contracts

Terms and conditions are an essential part of any business. Having proper agreements in place will protect you from unnecessary risks and will prevent costly disputes.

Here at Backhouse Jones we offer a wide range of commercial services including:

  • Terms & conditions of trading;
  • Supply agreements;
  • Contracts for services;
  • Agency, distribution & franchising agreements.

Our commercial team can provide high calibre, industry specific advice at competitive prices.

For more information please contact:
tel : 01254 828 300 or email: brett.cooper@backhouses.co.uk


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Disputes & Debt Collection

Dispute

Are you currently in dispute with a client or customer? Disputes of this kind can cost a lot of time and money and cause untold aggravation for all concerned. Seeking the early and effective resolution of such disputes is normally in the best interest of both parties as early resolution can prevent huge costs from mounting – and sometimes prevent long-standing business relationships from breaking down; enabling you and your business to move forward constructively, knowing that the problem has been resolved to your satisfaction.

At Backhouse Jones, our role is to facilitate the very best outcome for you – leaving you free to concentrate on the day-to-day running of your business.

Please use our CallBack service for a FREE initial consultation with one of our experts.

Debt

Fact – In times of recession, people and companies stop paying their bills.

Backhouse Jones can help you by setting up a fast, efficient and effective debt collection regime – either at your offices or through our highly efficient in-house staff.

Please use our CallBack service for a FREE initial consultation with one of our experts.

For more information please contact Steven Meyerhoff:
Tel : 01254 828 300 or email: steven.meyerhoff@backhouses.co.uk


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Transparency in price and service for debt recovery (up to £100,000)

Usually, the process of recovering a debt starts with a letter advising the individual or company debtor that if they do not settle their debt within a specified timescales, you will take action to recover what you are owed. If payment is not received, the specific circumstances particular to your situation will determine if and what further action is required. This could range from issuing proceedings, seeking judgment, issuing a statutory demand, insolvency proceedings and could also later require enforcement. The various options will be outlined to you upon initial instructions including an indication of the likely costs.
Another factor which determines the particular action to be taken is if the debt is disputed or undisputed.
If the debt is disputed, we can progress the recovery for you and would provide details of our costs to do this and the various options available to you upon initial instructions.

If the debt is undisputed, we can offer a fixed-fee option and the details of this are set out below.


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Fixed fees for a business to business debt that is undisputed

What will it cost?

Letter of claim

The cost to issue a letter of claim will be £15 plus VAT for claims up to the value of £10,000 and £30 plus VAT for claims over the value of £10,000 and up to the value of £100,000. For any claim over the value of £100,000 a price will be provided upon request.

Court Claims

These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid debt which is not disputed, and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one-off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.

Debt valueCourt feeOur feeTotal
Up to £300
£3510% of the value of the sum recovered

If Court Proceedings are issued between £50-60 depending on service of the Court papers (if more than one Defendant £15 extra per Defendant)

If Judgment is entered £22-£55 depending on the stage at which Judgment is entered
£TBC
Greater than £300 but no more than £500
£5010% of the value of the sum recovered

If Court Proceedings are issued between £50-£60 depending on service of the Court papers (if more than one Defendant £15 extra per Defendant)

If Judgment is entered £22-£55 depending on the stage at which Judgment is entered
£TBC
Greater than £500 but no more than £1000
£7510% of the value of the sum recovered

If Court Proceedings are issued between £70-£80 depending on service of the Court papers (if more than one Defendant 15.00 extra per Defendant)

If Judgment is entered £22-£55 depending on the stage at which Judgment is entered
£TBC
Greater than £1000 but no more than £1500
£80
10% of the value of the sum recovered

If Court Proceedings are issued between £80-£90 depending on service of the Court papers (if more than one Defendant £15 extra per Defendant)

If Judgment is entered £22-£55 depending on the stage at which Judgment is entered
£TBC
Greater than £1500 but no more than £3000
£115
10% of the value of the sum recovered

If Court Proceedings are issued between £80-£90 depending on service of the Court papers (if more than one Defendant £15 extra per Defendant)

If Judgment is entered £22-£55 depending on the stage at which Judgment is entered
£TBC
Greater than £3,000 but no more than £5,000
£205
5% of the value of the sum recovered

If Court Proceedings are issued between £80-£90 depending on service of the Court papers (if more than one Defendant £15 extra per Defendant)

If Judgment is entered £22-£55 depending on the stage at which Judgment is entered
£TBC
Greater than £5,000 but no more than £10,000
£455
3% of the value of the sum recovered

If Court Proceedings are issued between £100-£110 depending on service of the Court papers (if more than one Defendant £15 extra per Defendant)

If Judgment is entered £30-£70 depending on the stage at which Judgment is entered
£TBC
£10,001 - £100,0005% value of the claim2% of the value of the sum recovered
If Court Proceedings are issued £500- £750 depending upon the complexities of the claim
If Judgment is entered £30-£70 depending on the stage at which Judgment is entered
£TBC

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

  • The above figures do not include VAT and we add VAT and disbursements to our fees. Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties such as Counsel Fee, travel and postage to be agreed in advance.
  • The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor.
  • Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost.
  • The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.Our fee includes:
  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation.
  • Undertaking appropriate searches.
  • Sending a letter before action.
  • Receiving payment and sending onto you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing the claim.
  • Where no Acknowledgment of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter judgement in default.
  • When Judgement in default in received (which means you have had judgment made in your favour because the debtor has not responded), write to the other side to request payment.
  • If payment is not received within the timeframe afforded by the Court, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs.

If you are a member of our BACKup scheme, you may be entitled to a discount on our hourly rates. Please enquire if you are interested in joining.


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Key stages

The key stages of the process depend on what type of action you choose to take. Below outlines the typical stages of us trying recover an undisputed debt where the debtor does not respond, which is a fairly common occurence.

  • Letter Before Action is issued to the other side stating they have 7 days to respond (assuming business to business) or pay.
  • If the other side do not respond or payment of outstanding debt remains outstanding a further letter will be sent providing an additional 7 days to pay, with the threat of Court Proceedings.
  • If the debt remains outstanding a claim will be issued with the Court requesting that the Court serve a copy of the claim form on the defendant.
  • It will typically take the court 7 – 21 days to issue the claim and send to the defendant.
  • The defendant will be given 14 days to defend the claim/acknowledge service of the proceedings.
  • If the defendant fails to defend or acknowledge service of the claim within the prescribed time frame then an application will be made for judgment against them requesting interest and fixed costs.
  • It will typically take the Court 7 – 21 days to provide judgment in default (which is judgement made in the claimant’s favour as the defendant has failed to respond).
  • The defendant will then have 30 days from the date of judgment to satisfy the outstanding judgment (unless a lesser time period is defined by the Court).
  • In the event that judgment is not paid then we will contact you to discuss the enforcement options.


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How long will my matter take?

Matters usually take between 3-12 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgement in default. Timescales are subject to change dependent on the level of response received from the defendant and the time taken by the Court to deal with correspondence. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.


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Experience and qualifications of those who will carry out the work

Our team has over 30 years of collective experience in advising on commercial disputes, including debt recovery.

We have five members of the team who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Steven Meyerhoff, Director of Backhouse Jones and head of the Commercial Litigation and Employment Department.

Steven Meyerhoff
Steven is a Director at Backhouse Jones and head of the Commercial Litigation and Employment team at Backhouse Jones. Steven qualified as a Solicitor in 2005 having completed his training contract at Backhouse Jones. He attended Liverpool John Moores University where he was awarded his Bachelors Degree in Maritime Business and Management with First Class Honours. He then attended the College of Law where he was awarded his Graduate Diploma of Law in Legal Practice and completed the Legal Practice Course in 2003.

Steven has been a Solicitor at Backhouse Jones for 13 years, acting for clients in both an Employment and Commercial Litigation capacity. He is currently the lead Solicitor in the RHA’s Truck Cartel Legal Action which has been issued in the Competition Appeal Tribunal “CAT”. If granted, this will be the first action of its kind within the UK. Steven is also responsible for the supervision and development of the Trainees within the department

James Lomax
James qualified as a Solicitor in 2010 having completed his training at Backhouse Jones. He attended Leeds Metropolitan University where he was awarded his BA Hons in Law and IT. He completed his Legal Practice Course at the University of Central Lancashire in 2008

James has been a Solicitor at Backhouse Jones for 8 years, acting for clients in both an Employment and Commercial Litigation capacity. He is currently assisting in the RHA’s Truck Cartel Legal Action which has been issued in the Competition Appeal Tribunal “CAT”.

Stephen Crossley
Stephen qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and joined Backhouse Jones in February 2018, specialising in Commercial Litigation. He is a highly experienced litigator with experience of handling a wide range of commercial disputes

Libby Pritchard
Libby qualified as a Solicitor in 2012 and joined Backhouse Jones in 2015 as a member of the Commercial Litigation Team, specialising in Commercial Litigation.
Libby’s litigation experience spans 11 years as Libby worked as a fee earner whilst studying for the Legal Practice Course.

Libby covers a broad range of commercial disputes ranging from sales of goods, debt recovery, disputes with insurers due to refusal to indemnify, HM Revenue & Customs disputes, professional negligence claims and high value recoveries.

Kelly Heyworth
Kelly is a qualified solicitor with seven years of experience in litigation of all types. She previously worked at another firm which specialises in road transport law.


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