HomeFWJ TakeawayDebt recoveryEnforcementWhat is an attachment of earnings order?

An attachment of earnings order is a good way to enforce an unpaid CCJ - by getting payments from the debtors salary direct. We can help you through the process.

Using an attachment of earnings order to enforcing an unpaid CCJ or court order is a relatively inexpensive and is a popular way to enforce an unpaid money order.

An application can be made to the county court to enforce an unpaid judgment debt as soon as the debtor fails to make payment under the CCJ or court order and as long as more than £50 remains unpaid. Once an attachment of earnings order is made, the judgment debtor’s involvement is not required, and in some cases where a judgment debtor does not want his or her employer to know about the existence of the judgment debt, the initial application can result in full payment of the judgment debt without further action being necessary.

An attachment of earnings order cannot usually be used at the same time as other methods of enforcement of an unpaid county court judgment without the permission of the county court.

An attachment of earnings order cannot be used against the following:

  • an unemployed or self-employed judgment debtor;
  • a corporate or partnership judgment debtor;
  • a member of the armed forces; or
  • a merchant seaman.

Once an attachment of earnings order has been made, the judgment debtor’s employer must make regular deductions as pay as ordered by the court and notify the judgment debtor each time a deduction has been made.


If you have an attachment of earnings question we are the firm to help. We provide quick, cost effective and commercial advice. With over 75 years of combined experience and many attachment of earnings order applications under our belt, we are the country’s genuine expert when it comes to these types of orders

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