Bailiff Advice Guide

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The UK's First Bailiff Relief Charity.

We are a charity that helps people who are facing bailiff action.

Our aim is to aid the prevention or relief of poverty amongst persons who are in debt.

High Court Judgement

Have you received a High Court Judgement? This guide can help.


A High Court Judgement enables a high court enforcement officer to seize goods or repossess property if you are in debt.  A HCEO is different to a bailiff and has far greater powers.  

HCEOs use Writs.  The most common Writ is the Writ of Control which takes the form of an order to the office to seize goods or repossess property in order to pay the debt owed.  No notice is required to be given to the person in debt and a HCEO has the power to break into commercial premisis using any force they deem necessary.

Obstructing a High Court Enformement Officer is an offense and is likely to get you arrested immediately.

Similarly to the bailiff process, your belongings can be taken into control by the court but left in situ while you repay the debts you owe.  This is called a Walking Possession Agreement and is similar to a Controlled Goods Agreement issued by a bailiff.  If you do not make payment the HCEO can revisit to take your belongings. If you otherwise dispose of the goods controlled in the walking possession agreement you will be in contempt of court.

A High Court Judgement will cost you just £60.00 and this amount is added to the total value of the Writ issued to recover the debt owed.

The UK's First Bailiff Relief Charity.

We are a charity that helps people who are facing bailiff action.

Our aim is to aid the prevention or relief of poverty amongst persons who are in debt.