Canal Legal
Costs Infomation


The SRA's Transparency Rules require all regulated law firms to publish information on the prices they charge. These services are:

For members of the public
  • Residential conveyancing (Freehold sale or purchase, leasehold sale or purchase, mortgages and re-mortgages)
  • Probate (uncontested cases with all assets in the UK)
  • Motoring offences (summary only offences)
  • Employment tribunals (claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal)
  • Immigration (excluding asylum applications).
For businesses
  • Debt recovery (up to £100,000)
  • Employment tribunals (defending claims for unfair or wrongful dismissal)
  • Licensing applications for business premises (new applications or varying existing licenses).

The Transparency Rules may be found on-line at:

Of the services listed above, I only offer debt recovery (over as well as up to £100,000).
I have over 30 years experience dealing with disputes including debt recovery. Subject to any change that may be agreed from case to case, my charges for debt recovery will be based on time reasonably and properly spent at my usual hourly rate (currently £200 + VAT) together with disbursements incurred such as search fees and, if the matter proceeds to court, court fees and (if required) counsel’s fees.
Time reasonably and properly spent will include time on matters such as:

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation
  • Undertaking appropriate searches
  • Sending a letter before action
  • Arranging payment to be sent to you (please note that I am not able to receive payment on your behalf, unless payment is by cheque made out in your name)
  • If the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing 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, write to the other side to request payment
  • If payment is not received within the time limited, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

How long the process will take is dependent upon the response from the debtor and your instructions on any delay, and its ability and willingness to pay. Matters can be resolved within days but can also take many months or even years if taken to court and appeals and/or prolonged enforcement ensues.