Enforcing a writ of control
Enforcing a writ of control

The following Dispute Resolution guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Enforcing a writ of control
  • When does the enforcement process start?
  • Transfer to the High Court for enforcement
  • Compliance stage
  • Enforcement stage 1
  • Enforcement stage 2
  • Sale or disposal stage
  • Gaining entry to take control of goods
  • Which goods can the Enforcement Agent take?
  • Can the debtor apply to court to stop enforcement?

This Practice Note has been produced by enforcement specialists, The Sheriffs Office. It guides users through the process of enforcing a writ of control obtained from the High Court as a method of enforcing a money judgment; whereby the judgment creditor takes control (seizes) the judgment debtor’s goods and sells them, keeping the proceeds of sale in discharge of the judgment debt. We have included within this Practice Note links to our other content for the detail of the legislative provisions, where appropriate.

For a flowchart summary of the process, see: Enforcement of a writ of control—flowchart.

Note: this Practice Note is concerned with the enforcement of writs of control. Although much of the process regarding warrants of control is similar, there are differences. For guidance on enforcing a warrant of control, see Practice Note: Enforcing a warrant of control.

For guidance on enforcement fees in taking control of goods, which are set out in the Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014, SI 2014/1, see Practice Note: Taking control of goods—fees of the enforcement agent.

When does the enforcement process start?

When a judgment, High Court or County Court, is awarded against a debtor, the debtor is given a time period within which to pay the full amount, normally 14 days.

Once the period for discharge of the judgment sum has elapsed, the