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Hatrick & Co – Specialists in Small Business Advice


Welcome to Hatrick & Co Solicitors – Specialists in Business Law and Small Business Advice.

The firm was established in 2002 by John Hatrick, a practising English Solicitor and practising Spanish Lawyer (‘Abogado Inscrito’) with over 19 years experience in English business law, including:

  • Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial contracts and Documentation
  • Employment Law and Employment Contracts
  • Company and Self-Employment Start-Up Advice and assistance
  • Debt Recovery and Insolvency Law

Having worked for several years in a city firm in Central London, John Hatrick established the firm in order to provide dedicated advice and assistance to small business owners in London and the South East. John soon discovered that most small business clients want to deal with a single solicitor and not be passed from pillar to post every time they have a different type of legal problem. They want to build a relationship and understanding with that solicitor, who can then advise and represent them more efficiently due to already understanding their business and the relevant laws.

The firm also focuses on customer service and satisfaction. “I hear so many complaints from business owners and managers regarding their various solicitors” explains John. “Many take an age to respond to basic communications or cannot be contacted other than via their secretaries. Many charge through the nose for every second spent on a case despite making no visible progress. Others don’t provide detailed explanations in plain English. Others take on so much work that they cannot turnaround even basic work in a reasonable timescale. Some simply don’t appear to care about their client’s case”.

If any of the above are familiar, perhaps it is time to change the way you obtain legal advice for your small business.

For a no-obligation chat to discuss your needs or to obtain references from our existing clients, please get in touch via our ‘contact us’ page above. We look forward to hearing from you.


SRA Price Transparency Rules

Commercial Debt Recovery work conducted by the firm shall be charged at our standard hourly rate of £240 plus V.A.T. per hour. However, initial Letters before Claim or similar basic pre-action correspondence of no more than 2 pages in length shall be charged at a fixed fee of £100 plus V.A.T.

It is always difficult to provide an accurate timescale for Debt Recovery cases, as it depends on the complexity of the facts, the track assigned by the Court and of course, the degree of intransigence and/or impecunity of the debtor. However, in straightforward cases with no major complications, a Judgment can typically be obtained within 9 months to 1 year. In any event, we will endeavour to provide a more accurate time estimate once we have investigated the case in more detail.

Typical fees for a case proceeding to trial in the Fast Track with no major complications could typically range from £10,000 to £15,000 plus V.A.T plus applicable disbursements.

In addition to our own fees, typical disbursements could, depending on the type of case, include court issue fees, court interim application fees, process server’s or investigation agent’s fees, expert’s report fees, or travel and accommodation disbursements for overnight court stays.

All of the firm’s Commercial Debt Recovery work is conducted exclusively by John Hatrick, a Grade A solicitor with over 20 years post qualification experience.


Hatrick & Co wants to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.

In the first instance it may be helpful to contact the person who is working on your case to discuss your concerns and we will do our best to resolve any issues at this stage. If you would like to make a formal complaint, then you can request a copy of our full complaints procedure via our Contact Us page. Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority can also help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.

You can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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