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The table below illustrates the costs of commencing action within the courts in Scotland. Court Fees are generally higher than England and Wales as claims are issued in the relevant local court rather than the Bulk Production Centre.

Remember that many of the costs shown below are recoverable from the debtor as part of your claim and are highlighted in the ‘debtor pays’ column. There is however no guarantee that you will win your claim and where it proves unsuccessful you will have incurred the costs below without the ability to recover them from your debtor.

Court Claims (Scotland)

Debt Owed Court Fees Costs (+VAT) Total (+VAT on Costs) Debtor Pays
Up to £200 £17  135.53  £152.53  £125.53
 £200 – £300 £78 £201.53 £279.53 £186.53
 £300 – £500 £78 £206.53 £284.53 £186.53
£500 – £600 £78 £206.53 £284.53 £186.53
£600 – £1,000 £78 £221.53 £299.53 £186.53
£1,000 – £1,500 £78 £274.78 £352.78 £239.78
£1,500 – £2,500 £78 £284. 78 £362.78 £239.78
£2,500 – £5,000 £78 £345.60 £423.60 £290.60
£5,000 – £15,000 £96 £415.30 £511.30 £361.30
£15,000 – £50,000 £96 £415.30 £511.30 £361.30
£50,000 – £100,000 £96 £420.30 £516.30 £361.30

Court Claims (Scotland)

Scottish Enforcement Disbursements Court Fees
Application for Execution
Application £50.00
Affidavit Fee £11.00
Registration Fee £10.00
Service of Notice
A) Service:
(i) each person at a different address £50.05 – £99.85
(ii) each person at the same address or additional copy required to be served or intimated under the Act of 1987 and the Act of 2002 £10.90 – £19.70
B) Postal Service £15.30 – £28.40
C) Postal Diligence £23.75 – £43.25
Attachments
Serving Notice of Entry (if necessary) £7.15 – £11.05
Arranging and executing attachment where appraisal value is:-
i) Up to £681 £96.80
ii) Over £681 and up to £2,737 £150.05
iii) £2,737.01 – £27,564 10% of appraised value
iv) £27,564.01 – £137,809 10% of the first £27,564, 5% there after
v) £137,809.01+ 10% of the first £27,564, 5% thereafter up to £137,809 & 1% thereafter
Reporting Attachment £9.20
Unsuccessful Attachment £56.50 – £82.70

VAT is payable on the costs element and cannot be reclaimed from your debtor. If you are VAT registered you may be able to reclaim the VAT yourself.

Remember if you are adding interest and compensation it may take the debt into a higher banding with higher costs.

Where recovery is successful then the debtor will be liable to pay the amount in the ‘debtor pays’ column, although this may occur after you have paid the costs to us.

Please be aware that where fees are incurred through sheriff officer activity these may be dependent on both the debtor’s location and the method of enforcement chosen and as such may be higher in remote locations. Enforcement matters will be referred to Fraser Gowrie Johnston a sheriff officer business that forms part of our group of companies.

Each stage of the process is a separate step and incurs a fee after completion by the sheriff officer. All sheriff officer’s fees are set by the Scottish courts and as such the fees will be the same regardless of which firm is instructed.

Please note that where your debtor is based in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, enforcement costs will revert to the debtor’s jurisdiction and you should read the costs for that jurisdiction by following the links below.

Claim and Enforcement Costs – England and Wales

Claim and Enforcement Costs – Northern Ireland

Enforcement (Scotland)

Scottish Enforcement Disbursements Court Fees
Attachment of Motor Vehicle, Heavy Plant or Machinery
Arranging and executing attachment where appraisal value is:-
i) Up to £681 £96.80
ii) Over £681 and up to £3,028 £150.05
iii) £3,028 – £137,809 5% of appraised value
iv) £137,809.01+ 5% of the first £137,809 & 1% thereafter
Reporting Attachement £9.20
Auction
A) Arranging auction, preparing advertisement and giving public notice £9.20
B) Serving copy of warrant of auction and/or intimating the place and date of auction and if necessary the date of removal of attached effects See ‘Service of Notice’ A or B above
C) Officer and witness attending auction but auction not executed for whatever reason £52.65 – £79.00
D) Officer and witness attending auction £145.90
Money Attachments
Arranging and executing, including removal of attached money, where value of money is:-
i) Up to £681 £96.80
ii) Over £681.01 and up to £2,737 £150.05
iii) £2,737.01 – £27,564 10% of the value
iv) £27,564.01 – £137,809 10% of the first £27,564, 5% there after
v) £137,808.01+ 10% of the first £27,564, 5% thereafter up to £137,809 & 1% thereafter
Reporting Attachment £9.20
Unsuccessful Attachment £56.50 – £82.70

Judgement & Execution

Scottish Enforcement Disbursements Court Fees
 Inhibition (charge over property or land)
Property Search £30.00
A) Inhibitions only
i) Each person at a different address £64.50 – £99.85
ii) Each additional person at same address £20.80 – 32.15
B) Inhibitions and service
i) Each person at a different address £75.30 – £119.20
ii) Each additional person at same address £32.70 – £51.80
C) Inhibitions, service and interdict
i) Each person at a different address £193.25 – £198.00
ii) each additional person at same address £82.25 – £84.14
Registering execution of inhibition £18.35
Fee to Register of Scotland £15.00
Other Enforcement
Earnings Arrestment (charge for payment must be served first) £36.20 – £64.50
Bank Arrestment – On one named bank £51.60 – £101.40
Bank Arrestment – All 4 main banks £206.40 – £405.60

The two tables above reflect the disbursement and court fees for the activity shown. There will be solicitor fees added to these and we will always advise you of the level of fees before the costs are incurred and before we proceed to act.

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