I am a small business. I had a client who hired my business but refused to pay the bill - the matter proceeded through the courts, judgement was passed in our favor as the client chose to never attend any of the court sessions. There was a warrant out for her to make an appearance in court and still never appeared. We have never claimed interest (but am tempted to), and it has taken 4 years to track her down but we did. We served her papers a number of times through a bailiff service and through mail (approved by the court) however she never responded or accepted the papers from the bailiff. Our only option was to engage a debt collection agency. The debt collectors acted on our behalf and retrieved the amount as ordered by the court. However, my question is should she also be liable for the costs after the order, which should be refunded to us as we have made payment for these actions? Ie to return to court (to get permission to serve the documents via mail) and also the expenses we incurred for numerous bailiff fees and the costs for the debt collection agency? She has since sent us a 'notice of discontinuance', demanding that we sign to clear her credit rating - is this also a cost that we will have to foot?