I have obtained County Court judgment for £4,000—what are my options?
Produced in partnership with Phil Roberts of Clarke Willmott

The following Dispute Resolution practice note produced in partnership with Phil Roberts of Clarke Willmott provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • I have obtained County Court judgment for £4,000—what are my options?
  • What are your options to enforce a County Court judgment for £4,000?
  • What might you know about your judgment debtor—how to find out
  • Admission forms or income and expenditure forms
  • Payment by cheque
  • Internet and other searches
  • Search engines and social media
  • Order to obtain information from a judgment debtor
  • Can an agent assist?
  • The judgment debtor owns a property—charging orders
  • More...

I have obtained County Court judgment for £4,000—what are my options?

This Practice Note, produced in conjunction with Phil Roberts of Clarke Willmott LLP, outlines the different methods of enforcement available from the perspective of someone having just obtained a County Court judgment for £4,000.

For a visual guide, see: County Court judgment creditor—flowchart.

What are your options to enforce a County Court judgment for £4,000?

Options available are:

  1. charging order—(see the Charging Orders Act 1979 (COA 1979), CPR73 and CPR PD 73)

  2. transfer the judgment to the High Court and obtain a writ of control (CPR 83 and the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (TCEA 2007))

  3. warrant of control (CPR 83, TCEA 2007, the Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013, SI 2013/1894)

  4. attachment of earnings (CPR 89 and the Attachment of Earnings Act 1971 (AtEA 1971))

  5. third party debt order (CPR 72)

  6. an order to obtain information (CPR 71)

Obtaining a judgment can be easy—getting the money back is more difficult. The debtor’s asset position and ability to make payment of a judgment should be a primary consideration for practitioners at the outset of an instruction. If a judgment cannot ultimately be enforced then practitioners will always have a mind to cost implications and the benefit of the originating litigation.

Once a judgment has been obtained however, an up to date assessment of the debtor’s asset position should

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