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Letter Before Action

Lane & Co have helped all types of businesses, large and small to swiftly recover debts efficiently since 1978. The first step of the process is our Solicitors Letter Before Action.


Why Send a Solicitors Letter Before Action?

Before Issuing Court proceedings you are required to send a formal letter requesting payment of your debt.

The process begins with a formal Letter Before Action (LBA) to give your Debtor one last chance to make payment.  You’ll need to send a Letter Before Action even if you have already written to the Debtor about the problem.

What Information Do I Need To Provide?

We will provide you with a Solicitors Letter Before Action Instruction Form which asks you to complete all relevant details relating to your Debtor and the outstanding debt. Click here to complete the Solicitors Letter Before Action Instruction Form. The letter to your Debtor sets out the amount of the Debt and the deadline required for either payment or a response to be received.

When Do We Send Out A Solicitors Letter Before Action?

Providing we receive your instructions before 4.00 pm, Monday-Friday we will process your LBA that same day. 

Will the Money Be Paid To You or Us?

The Letter Before Action requests that the payment is made directly to you, the Client.

What Happens Next?

In the majority of cases the Solicitors Letter Before Action is sufficient to obtain payment from the Debtor without recourse to further legal proceedings. 

What Happens If You Don’t Receive Payment

Upon expiration of the letter we will contact you to establish if payment has been received or if you require us to take further action.

How Much Does It Cost To Send a Solicitors Letter Before Action?

A Standard Letter Before Action can cost you as little as £2.95 plus VAT.

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There Are Four Key Stages That We Follow In The Debt Collection Process

Letter Before ActionA Letter Before Action to the Debtor states the value of the debt and the time frame for payment. In most cases the debt is settled quickly and we do not take the matter further.
Solicitors Letter Before ActionIf the debt is still not paid or a reply has not been received we issue a County Court Claim.
4-stage-3If an Acknowledgment or Defence is not received within the Court time frame we will apply for a County Court Judgment (CCJ).
4-stage-4There are a number of different ways to enforce the Judgment once obtained.

What We Do Best

  • Claiming Late Payment Charges
  • Enforcement
  • Disputed Claims
  • Overseas Collections
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
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