Business Rates Debt Recovery



The national non-domestic rates scheme changed with effect from 1 April 2013 following the introduction of a business rates retention scheme, which allows local authorities to retain a proportion of the growth in revenue that is generated in their area.
Whereas in the past the non-domestic rate revenue collected by a local authority would be paid in to a ‘central pool’ and then redistributed by Central Government, the retention scheme now allows those authorities to keep a proportion of the business rates revenue as well as growth on the revenue that is generated in their area.

As such, it has never been more important for local authorities to maximise business rate collections.

While the economy is making a slow recovery, businesses continue to struggle to keep afloat and therefore, local authorities need to ensure that they act swiftly and proactively in ensuring that all avenues for collecting business rates are exhausted.

At Welbeck Solicitors, we understand the additional pressures that this places on local authorities and their staff.

Our experience has shown us that when used sensibly, the use of insolvency proceedings is an extremely efficient means of collecting unpaid business rates and will help improve collection rates considerably.

Our promise is to provide you with:

  • A dedicated team to carry out insolvency work and provide day to day contact. You will always deal direct with a team member who has the knowledge and experience to handle your case from start to finish;
  • A partner specialising in insolvency and commercial litigation law with 20 years' experience;
  • A sister firm that represents many insolvency practitioners ensuring there is continuity in the event of a bankruptcy or winding-up order being made;
  • A readiness to assist, support and provide training to your staff.

State-of-the-art technology and software systems to get your
money back quicker.

We provide Internet access so that your management teams can always monitor the progression of your cases.

Our software also enables us to contact your debtors using SMS (text messaging) and our tracing system which is linked into one of the major credit reference agencies means that we can assist you to try and locate your debtor’s current address.

Pay Now. Our website also enables debtors to pay their debts electronically 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How do you charge?

Welbeck Solicitors takes an innovative approach to litigation funding.

The vast majority of our work is undertaken through a Damages Based Agreement (DBA) or conditional fee agreement (CFA). This means that you pay by results and only pay fees if a recovery is made.

In addition where possible Welbeck Solicitors will endeavour to recover our fees and any related disbursements from the debtor or a third party.

For further details please see the explanation below.
A damages-based agreement (DBA) is a form of "no-win, no fee" agreement between a lawyer and client under which the lawyer is paid an agreed proportion of the sums the client recovers in litigation. This kind of arrangement is perhaps more often described as a "contingency fee", but in England and Wales that term would also cover a "conditional fee agreement".

Until recently, English law only permitted DBAs in relation to non-contentious transactional matters and proceedings before employment tribunals but, from 1 April 2013, they are now permissible in relation to proceedings before the English courts. In debt collection cases, the payment a lawyer may agree to receive under a DBA will be subject to a cap of 50% of the sums recovered by the client but Welbeck Solicitors charges a lot less.

The advantages of instructing Welbeck Solicitors:

  • The protection afforded by instructing a firm of solicitors that is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and which is Lexcel accredited by the Law Society of England and Wales.
  • Use of state-of-the-art technology which enables us to concentrate on collections.
  • You will always deal direct with a team member who has the knowledge and experience to handle your case from start to finish.
  • We do not use call centres;
  • A client care client care solicitor partner with over 20 years’ experience in debt collection, insolvency law and litigation.

How to get in touch

If you would like more information on our Debt Collection services or for a free no-obligation discussion please call us on 020 7467 3999 or make an Online Enquiry.