Sometimes when you have exhausted all other methods of enforcement you need to take further action by issuing a statutory demand

What is a statutory demand?

A statutory demand is issued against a debtor, either an individual or a company, who will not pay their debt, providing it is for £5,000 or more. Once a statutory demand has been served, if after 21 days the debtor has either not paid or applied to have it set aside you may start bankruptcy or winding-up proceedings.

There are three versions of a statutory demand depending upon which stage the debt is at:

  • Liquidated sum payable immediately
  • Liquidated sum payable immediately following a judgment
  • Order of the court debt payable at a future date

How The Sheriffs Office can help

Once your solicitor or legal advisor has prepared the statutory demand paperwork, our team of process servers on the road will serve it. We can also provide a signed affidavit (proof that the demand was served) if required (please see our fees below).

How to instruct us

Please send us an email to or letter instructing us to do the serve and including the following information:

  • Address for the serve
  • Latest date the serve can be executed
  • Your contact details
  • If you require a statement of truth or a sworn affidavit
  • A photo of the person that needs to be served (optional)
  • Any additional information you may have that may assist the serve
  • Lastly, the documents that require serving

It is your responsibility to ensure any documents served are correct and that the address is valid. We also recommend you provide the following information to increase the chances of success (our agent will make up to 3 attempts):

  • Times when the subject is likely to be home
  • Work address
  • Vehicle details
  • Physical description or photo
  • Age or date of birth


£95 plus VAT for our standard service within 5 working days

£20 plus VAT for the affidavit or certificate of service