Fees Calculation

Sheriff Officer fees are calculated in terms of the Table of Fees as more fully described in the SO Fees tab. A guide to some of the more common fees are detailed below. The final fee will be dependent on how many attempts at service are required, whether other enquiries are involved and where distance is a consideration the address at which service is finally effected. The calculations below will however give an accurate guide to the charges you can expect.

Postal Service

In most cases postal service must be attempted first. Otherwise the costs of service may not be recoverable. In certain specific instances such as actions of interdict postal service will not be used.


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£17.25£3.45£20.70


Personal Service

The fees for personal service vary depending on the type of action, the number of people to be served with documents, and whether they are at the same or different addresses. An additional 30% is added to the fee if the address is in a remote rural area as defined by the Scottish Government. Select the appropriate options below. Please note that if the document requiring service contains any form of interdict it will come under a separate heading in the table of fees.

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Please enter full postcode or at minimum the whole first section and the number from the second section eg: 'FK6 5' If no result appears the postcode is not in the database.
 

Additional People at same address
Additional People at different address


Earnings Arrestment

Earnings Arrestment Schedules are served by recorded delivery post. The fee accordingly only varies by the type of action..

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£37.50£7.50£45.00



Bank Arrestment

Bank arrestments are served personally by officers of court at bank premises. As these are mainly located in towns and cities within 12 miles of a court we have shown only the Band 1 figures. Please contact us if the place of arrestment is in a rural area,


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£52.45£10.49£62.94


Other Fees

This is not an exhaustive list of the possible fees but deals with those we are most commonly instructed in. Other fees such as attachment can only be calculated once the value of the attached goods is known and cannot be calculated in advance. If you require details of any potential fee not quoted on this page or confirmation or clarification of the fees quoted please contact us.



Table of Fees

The fees of both Sheriff Officers and Messengers-at-Arms are set by the Court of Session. The table of fees contain a prohibition against discounting. Accordingly all Officers of Court charge the same fees in the tables detailed below. The next tab contains a calculator for some of the more common fees. The current tables are detailed below.

The Messenger-at-Arms Table of Fees applies to citation and diligence on Court of Session actions and decrees including documents registered in the Books of Council and Session such as judgements from other parts of the UK. The Sheriff Officer Table of Fees applies to all other work. We are happy to clarify on request which table applies.

Sheriff Officer Table of Fees

The current Sheriff Officer Table of Fees is contained in the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2016

Column A applies to Small Claims Actions in the Sheriff Court where the sum sued for is less than £1500.00. Column B applies in all other cases.

This Table of Fees came into force on 1 April 2016. The Table of fees is updated annually.

The General Regulations applicable to the charging of fees by Sheriff Officers is contained in Schedule 1 of the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) (No. 2) 2002. Please note that the table of fees attached to that Act of Sederunt has been superseded by the Act of Sederunt above.

Messenger-at-Arms Table of Fees Table

The current Messenger-at-Arms Table of Fees is contained in the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Messengers-at-Arms) 2016

This Table of Fees came into force on 1 April 2016. The Table of fees is updated annually.

The General Regulations applicable to the charging of fees by Messenger-at-Arms is contained in Schedule 1 of the Act of Sederunt(Fees of Messengers-at-Arms)(No. 2) 2002. Please note that the table of fees attached to that Act of Sederunt has been superseded by the Act of Sederunt above.

Debt Collection

No Collection - No Commission

We operate on a no collection-no commission basis. Our commission scales are flexible and are levied on the basis of business volumes and debt values. Contact us for further details of our scale charges.

Outlays

  • Court Actions - We will instruct solicitors on your behalf. We charge a nominal fee for this service and you will be liable for the solicitor costs.
  • Enforcement Costs - Where diligence is required to enforce a decree the costs will be charged to you as an outlay. Details of these costs can be found in the Table of Fees and Fees Calculator Tabs.
  • Tracing and other investigative costs - See our Other Services tab for details.

Pre-sue letter service

We also offer a pre-sue letter service at a fixed cost of £5.00 + VAT per letter. The fee is negotiable for high volumes. This is a particularly useful option where you are dealing with low value debts.




Information supplied for individuals is based on the following table of fees:

Residence Trace £25.00
Employment Trace £25.00
Pre-Sue Report £35.00
Registers Direct (Scotland) £25.00
Field Visit from £25.00

It should be noted that Field Visits out-with our operational area, or normal office hours, will be subject to an additional fee charged by Units of Time as per list of Sheriff Officer fees. This will be authorised by the client prior to execution.

Information supplied for companies is based on the following table of fees:

Registered Office No charge
Company Report £25.00
Director(s) £10.00
Snapshot Report £15.00
Full Report £35.00

Precognition reports including interviews and photographic observations will be negotiated with clients depending on the geographic location and nature of enquiry.