• Excellent overview, good detail, well organised, many thanks.




    K. G.
    Lensbury Ltd
  • Very thorough with a lot of information to take away.



    J. T.
    DHL Exel
  • Very useful and very enjoyable. The presentation of the course and its structure ensured that I learnt a lot.

    S.V.
    Wellington Primary School
  • This was an extremely well presented and relevant course. A very enjoyable day.


    L. R.
    Runnett & Co, Solictors
  • A very valuable course and a very enjoyable day. Worth every penny!


    P.L.
    Source Software Ltd

Discounts

Reductions are available for companies booking multiple places on the same course (same date):

2 places £60 off the total
3 places £120 off the total
4 places £240 off the total
5 places £340 off the total

Debt recovery in the county court

Course Overview

This practical one-day course provides a step-by-step guide to the procedures for collecting debts through the County Court, highlighting all the recent changes and ensuring that delegates understand their significance to their own particular situation.

The recently changed small claims rules mean that it is likely to be more cost effective to run court proceedings for debts of £10,000 or less in-house rather than using solicitors. What you will learn about bringing these cases will also enable you to deal with undefended debts claims which exceed £10,000.

The course will cover:
  • The research to be done before you start.
  • The letter before action. Delegates on earlier courses report that between 50 - 80% of debtors pay when they receive this.
  • Preparation of a case for court.
  • Making the most of your claim by including interest and collection costs (compensation).
  • An introduction on how to enforce a judgment.
  • Any recent changes in procedures or fees.
  • Brief references to the problems of insolvency.
The course is presented by: Caroline Harmer, barrister, a well-known speaker on legal matters.

The Course fee includes course materials, full lunch and refreshments.

A Certificate of Attendance is issued on completion of this course.

Timetable: The course will begin promptly at 9.30am and end at approximately 4.45pm, with breaks for refreshments and lunch.

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In-house Courses

Do you have over 8 people in your organisation wishing to attend the same course?

If the answer is yes, an In-house Course closer to home, could be the most cost effective training option for you.

Course Content

Before you start County Court proceedings

  • Making sure you know as much as possible about the debtor
  • Making sure you have a good case
  • Assets and Enforcement
  • Main types of enforcement
    • Bailiffs or High Court Enforcement Officer
    • Charges on property or shares
    • Attachment of earnings
    • Third Party Debt Orders particularly against the debtor's bank account
  • Drafting an effective letter before action
  • Understanding your contractual position
  • Making sure you comply with Protocols Practice Direction
  • Remembering the time limits

Starting court proceedings

  • Money claim online or not?
  • The new rules on where to start proceedings
  • How to word the Particulars of Claim
  • Claiming interest and other costs
  • Getting the Claim Form issued
  • Avoiding delays

The debtor's response - what to do

  • If they simply ignore the Claim Form
  • If they ask for more time to pay
  • If they offer to pay by instalments

Defended cases small claims

  • Typical defences
  • Getting rid of nuisance defences
  • Counterclaims
  • Procedure in a defended mall claims case
  • Whether to choose mediation
  • Preparation for the hearing
  • Attending the hearing


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Dates, Locations + Fees

Southampton Tuesday, 5 March 2019 £389* Book this course and date >>
Central London Thursday, 7 March 2019 £389* Book this course and date >>
Brentwood Tuesday, 19 March 2019 £389* Book this course and date >>
Solihull Tuesday, 26 March 2019 £389* Book this course and date >>
Northampton Tuesday, 2 April 2019 £389* Book this course and date >>
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Preston Tuesday, 9 April 2019 £389* Book this course and date >>
Cardiff Tuesday, 14 May 2019 £389* Book this course and date >>
Exeter Tuesday, 11 June 2019 £389* Book this course and date >>
Leeds Tuesday, 18 June 2019 £389* Book this course and date >>
Barnsley Wednesday, 19 June 2019 £389* Book this course and date >>

Discounts

Reductions are available for companies booking multiple places on the same course (same date):
  • 2 places £60 off the total
  • 3 places £120 off the total
  • 4 places £240 off the total
  • 5 places £340 off the total

* (+VAT) per person.

Testimonials

It was great to attend a course led by someone with such expert knowledge. Caroline was a pleasure to listen to C.C. Devon Partnership NHS Trust.
A very interesting seminar presented by a very knowledgeable speaker. The notes and course materials provided are very good. L.W. Hertswood Academy
Thoroughly enjoyed the course and feel more equipped to tackle my company's debts. The course tutor was very informative and knowledgeable and it was well delivered. D.B. London Medical Clinic Ltd
A very productive day. I'm really pleased with what I've been taught. Thank you Caroline! N.H. Bensons for Beds
Excellent course, excellent & knowledgable speaker. Money well spent! A.C. Kyocera Mita (UK) Ltd
Caroline Harmer is a delightful and personable speaker, witty when necessary and articulate delivery & concise information. Very impressed. R.G. Terence O'Rourke Ltd

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