Disputes are an inevitable part of business life. Often public and always distracting, disputes can crop up from every front.
Whatever the nature of your business, mitigating risks and resolving challenges are integral to success.
Our dispute resolution experts are adept at pre-empting the contentious issues that could surface in commercial relationships, taking steps to minimise them. They also react quickly and effectively, earning us an enviable track record when disputes arise, and a name as an industry-leading litigation and dispute resolution firm.
We handle all types of commercial litigation for claimants and defendants, offering a solution-focused approach built around you and your needs. We analyse the commercial drivers and imperatives, then work with you to determine the right line of attack.
Sometimes an informal and subtle approach is needed, and alternative dispute resolution is an integral tool in our kit for managing conflicts through settlement negotiations and mediation. As a resilient, confident and dynamic team of litigators, we also know when it’s in your best interests to hit hard.
“They have a great team, with people who are as enthusiastic and motivated as they are friendly.”
“They go the extra mile and remain calm under pressure.”
“Acuity makes it their business to understand yours.”
“The team takes a commercial and personal approach to all matters.”
“Acuity has a strong team made up of various senior and junior members of staff and they seem to distribute the work well amongst themselves to ensure they are providing value for money. I am very satisfied with levels of responsiveness.”
“Our claims were complex and against strong opposition. Acuity showed equal strength throughout the court proceedings and in the ongoing side negotiations.”
“All handled really well by all members of the team, ably led by Aisha Wardell.”
“The team is attentive and pleasant to deal with and has your best interests at heart.”
“In my 35+ years of business, Acuity Law litigation team have given the best service in terms of expertise, diversity of subject matter and legal experience and personal attention.”
“I really felt we had the right team doing the job for us and, with Aisha taking the lead we really felt we had the firepower to take on Herbert Smith toe to toe.”
“Acuity is a progressive firm with a laser focus on clients and a diverse, capable and engaging team culture. Refreshingly for a professional services firm, it has a friendly and approachable atmosphere whilst never compromising on quality.”
“Acuity’s lawyers are friendly, approachable and expert; a rare combination. They are expert without being arrogant and are responsive to their clients needs. This doesn’t mean they shy away from providing robust counsel, even if that means they have to challenge a client’s view.”
“The team has the utmost legal expertise with a commercial edge and always with the client’s interests at heart. Their personal touch and attention to detail have put them light years ahead of other litigation firms I have used over the years.”
“The very personal and friendly attention of the appointed team makes the entire legal process feel like you are talking to friends not lawyers.”
“Hugh Hitchcock is very much about strategy and client management. He is someone you want in your corner if you’re fighting a difficult case.”
Undisputed Debt Claims
These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an outstanding debt which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes the debt at any time or raises a counterclaim against you, further fee estimates will need to be provided.
Preparing a letter before action requesting payment within a specific timeframe (usually 14 or 21 days). In the absence of payment and/ or a response from the debtor, we will advise you of the next steps, which may include issuing a court claim or insolvency proceedings.
£500 – £1,000 + VAT
Preparing and issuing a claim in the County Court or High Court (if the debt is greater than £100,000) to recover the outstanding debt plus interest, late payment charges and, subject to the amount of the debt, costs. Where no Acknowledgment of Service or Defence is received, applying to the Court to enter judgment in default.
|Our Fees||Value of Your Claim||Court Payable Fee|
|£500 – £1,200 +VAT||Less than £5,000||Maximum of £205|
|£500 – £1,200 +VAT||£5,001 – £25,000||
Claims between £5,001 and £10,000 subject to a maximum court fee of £455.
Claims between £10,001 – £25,000 subject to a court fee of 5% of the value of the claim.
£1,500 – £2,000 +
|£25,001 – £200,000||5% of the value of the claim|
|Priced Individually||Greater than £200,000||£10,000|
If the debt is greater than £750 (for a company) or £5,000 (for an individual), you may be able to serve a statutory demand on the debtor. The debtor will have 21 days from the date of service of the statutory demand to make payment of the debt (or 18 days to set the statutory demand aside).
If payment is not made within the 21 days or the statutory demand not side aside, a winding- up petition or bankruptcy petition (for a company or individual respectively) can be presented at Court. We will prepare the petition and arrange for attendance at the hearing.
|Our Fees||Court Fees|
|Statutory Demand||£500 +VAT||N/A|
|Bankruptcy or Winding Up Petition||£750 – £2,500 +VAT||
Please note, further fees are payable in respect of the Official receiver’s Deposit and administration fee.