We are happy to be clear about the cost of our services for setting aside a County Court Judgment.
Preliminary Assessment of Case
We will do a preliminary assessment of your case without charge. If you complete a form on our website, we will consider the merits of your case and respond within 2-3 days.
If you decide that you would like to go ahead, we will do the work of taking your instructions, considering evidence, preparing legal arguments for the judgment against you to be set aside, and providing written advice.
The cost of this stage is a fixed fee of £300 + VAT, payable in advance. At this point, you are not committing yourself to any legal costs beyond that agreed fee.
This stage usually takes about one week to complete.
Applying to Set Aside the Judgment
We will charge at an hourly rate for applying to set aside the judgment.
Usually, the work will be carried out by Oliver Low, who is an experienced paralegal. His hourly rate is £160 + VAT.
Oliver is supervised by Andrew Crisp, who qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and is the Principal Solicitor. His hourly rate is £250 + VAT.
The total cost of setting aside the judgment will depend partly on whether the claimant is willing to consent to judgment being set aside or whether we need to make a court application.
If the claimant consents to the CCJ being set aside before we start the application process, the costs are typically between £500 and £800 + VAT plus a court fee of £100.00. The timescale for obtaining the claimant’s consent and obtaining an order setting aside judgment is likely to be 6-8 weeks.
If we need to make a full court application, the typical costs are between £1,700 and £2,000 + VAT plus a court fee of £255. This is up to the end of the hearing. It includes the fee of a barrister, which is likely to be in the region of £250 + VAT. The timescale for an application going all the way to a hearing is likely to be 2-3 months, although this may vary depending on how busy the courts are.
The above costs are subject to our terms of business.