Mark Higgins

Chairman of Ascent & Partner


Mark is a Partner and Chairman of Ascent, a specialist law firm providing debt recovery and litigation services. He also sits on the Executive Board for Business Legal Services at Irwin Mitchell. 

Mark is also a regular contributor to leading UK journals and has written two books.

Recent highlights:

  • Maintaining the firm’s relationships with major financial clients such as RBS, Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC and UK Asset Resolutions.
  • As Chairman of Ascent, he has furthered the overall business growth supported by a culture of regulatory compliance, ambitious market-specific objectives, acquisitions and introduction of innovative services to ensure that Ascent is recognised both among debt recovery law firms and externally as the undisputed market leader.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 23/08/2016
    Rising Court Fees Stop Small Businesses Suing Their Debtors

    “The rising court fees are a barrier to the cash flow of small businesses. “The system is in place to help small businesses get the money back from debtors that is rightfully theirs, but when the businesses can’t afford this service, they’re left with cash flow issues which may threaten their very survival, which in turn may cause a decline in the performance of Britain’s SMEs. These small and medium sized businesses play a huge part in our economy and in driving industry and represent a key area the government has promised to help. “We’re unable to do anything about the court fee requirements but our Debt Guard service offers an alternative method for small businesses to help recover their debt in an efficient, low cost, self-service manner which keeps the cost of pursuing debts as low as possible.”

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  • 14/11/2014
    Number In Mortgage Arrears Down But Borrowers In ‘Serious’ Debt Owe Average Of £7,021 To Lenders

    A welcome development in recent years has been mortgage lenders giving customers more time to settle their arrears problems before passing them onto debt specialists, especially since the introduction of the Mortgage Market Review. However, if they can’t make contact with the customer then their debt will naturally increase before we are instructed. "Therefore, it is our job to make contact with these customers and agree affordable, long-term repayment plans that divert the danger of possession."

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  • 03/03/2014
    Irwin Mitchell Announces Acquisition Of HL Interactive

    This deal once again highlights our determination to take advantage of opportunities which arise which we deem to be right for our business. This is an important addition to our debt legal services business which will further strengthen our position in this important market for us. “It builds on other investment we have made, including very significant recruitment in both our business legal services division and in our personal legal services teams. In a legal market that continues to be challenging, we are in a very strong position and intend to build on that. “This deal is also further demonstration of the important place that Ascent has in our Group structure and plans, and also of our continued focus on Manchester and the North West, including in its business legal services market.”

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