Writ of Controls…

December 1st 2023

Although originally undertaken by Sheriffs, Writ of Controls is now a job which is handled by the High Court Agents.

Once Judgment is obtained, the High Court Agent can be instructed straight away. The Agents can attend companies’ registered offices, trading addresses and individuals’ residential addresses or last known places of residence. 

The sheer action of having agents attend debtors addresses – whether business or residential, can have a huge impact, and often results in success stories for debts. Those debtors or Directors, who remained silent during the months when you tried to establish full swing in the collections cycle, now come out of the woodwork, and a large majority pay upfront in full.

The High Court Enforcement Officers Association continues to engage with the Government, asking for a change which would allow High Court Officers to enforce and recover Judgment debts under £600.00. 

Writ of Control is another type of court order. It’s issued by the High Court and gives you, as the creditor, the power to employ High Court Enforcement Officers – HCEO for short. These officers can seize and sell the debtor’s assets in order to settle the outstanding debt, as per the CCJ. It’s a common method of enforcing CCJs against uncooperative debtors, known as ‘execution against goods’. You can use a Writ of Control to enforce most CCJs, but there are some rules you need to be aware of. First, the amount outstanding in the CCJ must be £600 or above. Second, you cannot use a Writ of Control to enforce a CCJ against any business that is regulated by the Consumer Credit Act 1974 – for example car loans or credit card debt.