Nigeria Debt Collection – No Win No Fee
Creditreform operates a global specialist International debt collection service. We have local offices and fully approved expert international debt collection agency partners in every country worldwide. All our International debt collection agency partners and offices operate on a No Win No Fee basis charging an agreed commission against monies recovered only.
Location of office(s) in Nigeria
Ikoyi, Lagos and a correspondent office in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory.
Number of Staff
How long been operating in Nigeria
Commenced operations fully in 2014 but our Senior Partner has been in active law practice since 2004.
Type of Debts we recover
We collect both commercial (B2B) and consumer (B2C) debts
Statute of limitation in Nigeria
6 years for Simple Debts
How EU laws effect debt collection in Nigeria?
We apply general Conflict of Law provisions. However, for purposes of debt collection and specifically as it relates to data protection in our dealings with our EU partners, as a Nigerian Firm, we have taken into cognizance the provisions of The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in working either as a Controller or a Processor and this guides our debt collection practices with our EU partners.
How many registries in Nigeria for businesses?
One Centralised Registry and this is the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) but this Commission has offices in different parts of the country.
What is the process in Nigeria?
We request for invoices and any other relevant document/correspondence regarding the debt. We initiate contact with the Debtor either by issuing a letter of demand and/or email or telephone. Upon receipt of instructions, our office maintains an initial 30 day turn around time within which we are able to determine if the debtor has been contacted, cannot be contacted or located and/or if the debt is disputed or admitted.
Average length of time to collect?
Upon determining the position state of the Debt and Debtor (as stated above), we are able to advise the Client on the next line of action which is either a an outright demand for the payment of a debt, a negotiated payment plan, litigation/mediation/arbitration or a closure.
Can late payment fees/interest be added to claims?
Only if this is integrated in the contract between the Creditor and Debtor. We cannot (in law) impose and demand late payment fees from a Debtor unless we are so instructed.
Details on legal service/process in Nigeria
Our process is pretty much the same as the UK as we follow the English Legal System and we still uphold English Common Law principles. We have different Rules guiding litigation process in Nigeria and this is determined by subject matter jurisdiction of different courts e.g. Magistrate Courts, High Courts, Federal High Court and National Industrial Court. It is also further determined by territorial jurisdiction of the different states in the Country. Nigeria has 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and each state has its own set of High Court and Magistrate Court Rules. The provisions are largely similar but they apply within the specific states. However, the Federal High Court and National Industrial Court is one court with judicial divisions spread across the country.
There are many unique requirements to recovering international debts in all countries including Nigeria debt collection services which differ from the UK and therefore it is very important that cases are handled directly by our expert international debt collection agencies and not from the UK office. This method of international debt collection sets Creditreform aside from the competition who in many cases try and recover debts from a UK office base only. Using the local offices and partners enables us to achieve a far greater success rate and our No Win No Fee service together with competitive commission rates against monies recovered only ensures you get the best service.