Debt recovery against debtors based in the European Union
We are one of very few law firms who apply the system of obtaining a European Order for Payment and European Enforcement Orders against debtors based elsewhere in the European Union. This can be an effective procedure and is so rarely used by other solicitors, presumably because they are not up to date with the legislation. Provided the debt is undisputed you are able to apply for a European Order for Payment (the process applies to all countries within the EU with the exception of Denmark). Once a European Order for Payment in obtained against your debtor it will be automatically recognised by other EU countries to enable you to proceed with enforcement action to recover the debt. Further information about the European Order for Payment process can be found here.
Debt recovery against debtors based elsewhere
This is not a straightforward procedure and what action you take will depend on the country your debtor is based in. Some countries may automatically recognise Judgment Orders obtained in England and Wales to enable you to proceed with enforcement action against your debtor but many will not. This will mean that additional steps may be required in your debtor’s country of origin or residence before you can take any enforcement action to recover your debt. Please do not hesitate to contact us for advice and this will be assessed on a case by case basis.