Issuing Legal Proceedings

Issuing legal proceedings should only ever be considered as the last resort in a commercial debt recovery case. Advocate’s pre-litigation recovery processes are successful in 93% of the cases we accept, and the investigations and information gathered during pre-litigation will lead to a recommendation to write off the debt in around half of the remaining cases. There is no point in issuing legal proceedings in cases where we have evidence that demonstrates beyond doubt that the debtor is insolvent.

In cases where the debtor business does have the financial ability to pay or assets that could be realised to fund the outstanding debt, litigation is a valid and ethical means of recovering a commercial debt. Formal legal action can be taken by way of a County Court Claim or a Statutory Demand for payment under the Insolvency Act. Advocate’s litigation team will fully explain the process, the costs involved and request your approval to progress with the most appropriate course of legal action.

Find out more about the processes of the legal options available:

County Court Claim Insolvency Action

Latest Recoveries

  • December 11, 2017

    £1,762 recovered and paid to a Liverpool based Electrical Contractor following a successful cost free to the creditor debt collection in 4 days.

  • December 11, 2017

    £20,788 and late payment charges of £822.19 recovered from a Borough of London Council following the late payment of care agency staff fees.

  • December 8, 2017

    £19,440 of overdue invoices collected and paid to a Bristol based Plant Hire Company in the last 2 weeks.

  • December 8, 2017

    6 month old debt of 8.3k collected and paid to a Coventry based Haulage Company 8 days after Advocate receive the instruction.

  • December 5, 2017

    Insolvency proceedings result in the successful debt collection of £27,880 for a Manchester based Clothing Manufacturer the day before the Winding up Petition was due to be issued in Court.


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