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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.
"Ascent is delighted to be partnering with the leading member organisation for small businesses."
"We already act for thousands of SMEs across the UK, some of which are FSB members, and we know that late payments can threaten their survival. Together we want to give back businesses all the time they spend chasing a payment, allowing them to concentrate on the core activities."
"This latest move signals our strong UK growth ambitions. We firmly believe our approach offers clients the best of both worlds in Northern Ireland. It delivers first class recoveries legal work for our clients.
“The new relationship takes effect immediately and I’m delighted to say that Ascent has already had confirmation from various clients that they will now instruct Ascent in Northern Ireland, as well as England, Wales and Scotland.”
“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.”
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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