Escalate - Dispute Resolution for SMEs

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A smarter way to resolve commercial disputes

When you come to us for advice and support, we’ll focus on providing exactly the right service for you, so you meet your Insolvency Act obligations.

Pursuing a commercial dispute can be a costly, risky and lengthy undertaking. In our experience, many businesses decide against pursuing a claim for those reasons and, reluctantly, write-off what they are owed.

This is why we at Kitsons have partnered with Escalate which provides a smarter way to resolve commercial disputes that prioritises your cash flow and gives you the support you need to achieve a prompt settlement for you and your business.

What is Escalate?

Escalate is an award winning dispute resolution process that takes care of every stage of your claim whilst negotiating on your behalf and encouraging the defendant to settle quickly in your favour, reducing the usual length of time a typical claim can take from issue to judgment.

Escalate also transforms the way businesses manages their disputes:

  • No financial risk – you don’t pay unless we reach a successful outcome
  • No initial outlay – all the upfront costs are paid for
  • Rapid results – we aim to get your money back in just 3 months; if we cannot settle quickly, we have the financial backing to support you all the way to a High Court resolution
  • A fixed-fee basis – complete transparency on fees from the start
  • No restrictions on the type of cases we tackle – be it bad debt, contractual claims, negligence, IP infringement etc.
  • Not just current or future cases – we can go back to disputes that are up to 3 years old.

Overall, the Escalate approach gives you the opportunity to resolve disputes in a way that saves you money, time and hassle, allowing you to get on with the day job of running your business. Read more in the Escalate brochure

Frequently asked questions

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Case study

A business services company was sold their business to a UK company with a US parent. They had agreed for three sums to be paid in stages over a two-year period. However the final installment of £250,000 was unexpectedly not received.

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Summer Survey 2019

You can read the results of the summer 2019 Escalate Late Payment and Dispute Report, looking at how late payments affect SMEs. We are proud Escalate partners and provide access to justice for SMEs.

The Escalate process and how it works

We begin negotiating on your behalf as soon as you engage us, using experienced corporate recovery specialists to encourage the defendant to settle quickly in your favour, without the need for litigation. We allow up to a maximum of three months for this negotiation. We help with managing commercial disputes by providing a straightforward  commercial dispute solution that removes all financial risk, including upfront costs by using:

• Experienced commercial negotiators
• Incentives to settle within three months
• Fixed fees that you don’t pay unless a successful settlement is reached.

If the defendant is unwilling to settle in this three month time-frame, we immediately begin preparing for litigation. We will take care of this process for you, paying the upfront fees and associated costs all the way up to a High Court resolution. Through the Escalate process:

• You have no upfront court costs, counsel fees etc
• You do not pay our fixed fees unless the case is successful
• You don’t pay the defendant’s legal costs if you lose.

The Benefits of Escalate?

The process minimises costs through fixed fees that are only payable if the recovery and/or settlement of a debt is successful. Importantly, unlike traditional litigation, there is also a cap on all costs to ensure that the client (claimant) is always the main beneficiary of any amount recovered.

Speak to us to find out how we could help you. Andy’s contact details.

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