letter before action

A Letter Before Action from solicitors is often enough to convince most debtors to pay outstanding debt. We help a large number of our clients receive payment in full without taking further action.


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A Letter Before Action (LBA) or Late Payment Demand (LPD) is the starting point in the business debt recovery process as;

  • It sets out the Monetary Claim in simple terms and informs the debtor that you will take court action with additional costs if the debt is not paid by a particular date, usually seven days.
  • It is a court prerequisite to send an LBA to the debtor before issuing proceedings or recovery of your costs from the debtor may be forfeited.
Simply let us know the name and address of the debtor and the total amount they owe to you.  On receipt of this information we will then send a Letter Before Action to the debtor requiring payment within the nominated time frame, usually seven days.

If after seven days the debt remains unpaid, the next step is to issue Money Claim in the County Court to include Statutory Interest and costs.

Please be aware, we will not issue a court claim until you instruct us to do so.

There is an alternative to the Letter Before Action, a preferred option for the majority of our clients and one which may be more appropriate to your case and that is the Late Payment Demand letter (LPD). This allows you to claim interest and compensation on top of your exisiting debt.

Get in Touch


As with all the steps in the Stripes legal recovery process, you will be in control of what happens next.  You can make those decisions and issue your instructions including any supporting documentation by using one of the following methods;

  • Phone to discuss any queries and or to instruct us on 0161 832 5000
  • Use the ‘Get Started’ form at the bottom of this page
  • Fax: 0161 832 5050
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