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Money Judgment Enforcement

Money Judgment Enforcement Services

Money Judgment Enforcement in the High Court

Our High Court Enforcement service is one of the most effective enforcement options available to a judgment creditor and is ideal where the defendant has goods of value but is refusing to pay. High Court Enforcement Officers are court officers who are authorised to enforce most County Court and all High Court judgment debts. Formerly known as sheriffs, High Court Enforcement Officers can enforce High Court orders/judgment debts by seizing and removing goods belonging to the defendant if payment is not forthcoming. This provides significant leverage to the creditor and increases the likelihood of payment.

Enforcing CCJs

As our Principal High Court Enforcement Officer is authorised by the Ministry of Justice, we are able to enforce judgments of the High Court and County Courts. We have Enforcement Officers based throughout England and Wales and all of our officers are certificated bailiffs. Our Account Management and client services teams are located at our offices in Central London and Camberley, Surrey. We can enforce a variety of judgments, including judgments for sum of money, orders for possession and less common types of judgment or order.

High Court Enforcement: Money Judgment Enforcement

High Court Orders

High Court Enforcement Officers are court officers who are authorised to enforce most County Court and all High Court judgment debts. Formerly known as sheriffs, High Court Enforcement Officers can enforce judgment debts by seizing and removing goods belonging to the defendant if payment is not forthcoming. This provides significant leverage to the creditor and increases the likelihood of payment. High Court Enforcement represents one of the most effective enforcement options available to a judgment creditor and is ideal where the defendant has goods of value but is refusing to pay.

Money Judgment Enforcement Services

Court Order Enforcement

Because we do not deduct commissions from the amount we collect, using Burlington as a High Court Enforcement service provider can be a very effective, ‘cost-neutral’ method of recovery. Our High Court Enforcement service offering is on a national basis, across the whole of England and Wales. Our account management team act as effective liaison with our clients and are on hand to answer any questions you may have during the conduct of your case. Our technology also allows our clients to view and track the progress of High Court Enforcement cases instructed to Burlington.

Central London Judgment Enforcement Office

Our Central London Judgment Enforcement Office, located just opposite the Royal Courts of Justice at 212 Strand, provides our locally based High Court Enforcement clients with the ability to drop in and discuss requirements or simply to ensure safe receipt of instructions. The office is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am- 5.30pm and clients are welcome to drop by with or without an appointment. We can accept copy judgments, sealed N293a forms or proposed writs for sealing.

Contact Burlington for further information

You are welcome to contact us on 0330 900 8000 at any time to discuss your High Court Enforcement requirements. Our offices are open between 7am – 9pm Monday-Friday.

About High Court Enforcement

How much will it cost to enforce a County Court or High Court judgment?

Our fees are generally payable by the Defendant in accordance with The Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014. These regulations allow us to charge our fees in addition to the judgment debt where we are successful. At the point of instructing us, you will need to pay the HM Courts and Tribunals Service disbursement of £66.00 for obtaining the High Court writ. This cost is also recoverable from the Defendant where the writ is successfully enforced. You will also need to pay £37.50+VAT for us to trace the Defendant and transfer your judgment to the High Court for enforcement plus a recoverable £75+VAT for enforcement. If, when we attend, it becomes clear that the Defendant is unable to pay and that he does not have sufficient goods to cover removal and sale costs, then the £75+VAT is not recoverable for our attendance. You should therefore only instruct Burlington if you think there is a good chance that the Defendant has goods or is able to make payment against the writ.

How do I enforce a County Court or High Court judgment?

In order to proceed with High Court enforcement, we will need:

Can you enforce a debt that is in dispute and awaiting appeal?

If there is an appeal or other application by the defendant pending when you first instruct enforcement, the court will generally refuse to allow the enforcement of the judgment to continue and you should not knowingly attempt to enforce the judgment whilst an appeal or other application is pending. If the defendant appeals after the writ is sealed, you should tell us immediately. In such cases, as long as there is no ‘stay of execution’ pending further judgment or order, you would technically be able to instruct us to continue with enforcement action. However, you should give proper consideration (with the help of a legal advisor is necessary) to the merits of the appeal. The court may take account of your decision to continue with enforcement if you should not have done so and, if a judgment is set-aside, you may become liable for our fees.

Can you use High Court Enforcement to collect a debt without a judgment?

No. High Court enforcement is a post-judgment debt collection method and relies on the award of a judgment that can be enforced. If you do not have a judgment, we can still help you to recover your debt using our pre-litigation debt collection service. We can also help you obtain judgment, if this proves necessary, via our panel solicitors.

What happens if a business changes its trading address between High Court Enforcement Officer (HCEO) visits?

If a defendant business removes assets following seizure, we can ‘follow’ them to a further address. Recourse through the courts may also be available if we can prove that the defendant has removed seized goods. If a business has relocated before seizure has taken place, you can instruct us in writing to attend a further trading address for the business. We will ask you to confirm this in writing.

Can you still enforce a debt if the defendant unexpectedly dies?

You may be entitled to enforce against the estate of the defendant in the event of death.

What happens if a defendant limited company becomes insolvent or ceases trading?

It depends on the circumstances. If the business ‘ceases trading’ but does not formally dissolve it is still a legal entity that you are entitled to pursue. However, if a business is voluntarily dissolved following submission of the required documents to Companies House or is forced into administration or liquidation then a High Court Enforcement Officer will either be unable to proceed or will require permission of the court to do so.

Commercial Credit Team of the Year 2015

Burlington were winners for Credit Today awards 2015

Voted Enforcement Team of the Year

Burlington were voted Enforcement Team of the Year at the Debt collection Awards 2014

Defendant pays our fees

Upon successful enforcement of the judgment, the defendant pays our fees







Voted Enforcement Team of the Year 2014

Instruct Burlington Today

Let Burlington’s award-winning Enforcement Team help you recover outstanding debts. As Enforcement Agents and High Court Enforcement Officers, Burlington can assist with both general debt collection and judgment enforcement. So, whatever your enforcement requirements, let Burlington help you. To instruct Burlington to act for you simply complete an online instruction form.

Our Accreditations

Burlington Group - Civil Enforcement Association
Burlington Group - Civil Court Users Association
Burlington Group - Collector Accreditation Initiative
Burlington Group - Finance & Leasing Association
Burlington Group - Credit Services Association
Winner of Enforcement Team of the Year 2014