Council Tax Debt Recovery



"We instructed Jeremy on a complex Winding Up issue which his firm dealt with for a Local Authority client. The results were well above expectations and we managed to pay a dividend to our client in the Liquidation. Something that all too rarely happens." July 12, 2011

Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
Toby Holt
We fully understand the pressures placed on local authorities to maximize collection of council tax and other charges and we will work with you to help you meet the targets set by Central Government.
Our staff have over 25 years of local government experience predominantly gained from Council tax and non-domestic rate debt recovery departments.

Although based in central London and located within a 15 minute walk of the Royal Courts of Justice we specialise in revenue collection for local authorities throughout England and Wales.

How do you charge?

Creditor clients often wrongly believe that lawyers only charge by the hour. The latter is not always true and Welbeck Solicitors takes an innovative and modern approach to litigation funding.

The vast majority of our work is undertaken through a ‘Damages Based Agreement (DBA)’ which is a document approved by the Ministry of Justice. 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 liability of an unsuccessful party to pay the costs of an opponent, which has entered into a DBA, will continue to be calculated in the usual way i.e. based on the lawyer's hourly rates.

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.

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.