The level of outstanding fines in Northern Ireland is “exceptionally high”, according to the Northern Ireland Audit Office. Kieran Donnelly, comptroller and auditor general, reported to the Northern Ireland Assembly on the results of his audit of the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service (NICTS) Trust Statement for 2015-16. The Trust Statement records the collection of…

Ofcom and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have published an update on their joint action plan to tackle nuisance calls and texts>The latest update highlights recent targeted enforcement action, new ‘blocking’ measures to help stop nuisance calls getting through to consumers and progress in their call tracing work. It also summarises how Ofcom is working to…

Millions of people will be relying on their credit cards to fund Christmas this year. Research conducted by comparethemarket.com found that Brits who celebrate Christmas expect to spend £640 on average over the festive season. Over a fifth (22%) anticipate that they will pay for the majority of their expenses by credit card, suggesting that those…

The Credit Services Association (CSA) and the Civil Court Users Association (CCUA) issued a joint statement following the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) meeting attended by Leigh Berkley and Rob Thompson as industry representatives, and by the Master of the Rolls. The outcome was as follows: • The Pre-Action Protocol (PAP) is likely to be…

Marston Holdings (Marston) is pleased to announce that Daniela Quicksilver has joined the Group as Corporate Strategy Director. Quicksilver previously worked at Rothschild, where she worked for the private debt fund, Five Arrows Credit Solutions. She was closely involved with the fund’s investment in Marston, and therefore has nearly three years experience working with the Group.…

Marston Holdings has announced that Alistair Townsend has joined the business as Group Client Services Director. Townsend was previously Head of Revenues and Benefits at Milton Keynes Council. He joins the Group with extensive knowledge of local taxation, revenue collection and local government. He has represented local government on a number of working groups for…

The total number and value of debt judgments in Northern Ireland during the third quarter of the year fell to its lowest level since before the financial crisis, according to figures released today by Registry Trust. The value of debt judgments before courts in the north was £4.5 million in the three months to September…

Only 4% of decrees and judgments relating to debt in Scotland were marked as satisfied in the third quarter of 2016, compared with 15% in England and Wales, according to figures from Registry Trust. Registry Trust is the non-profit organisation which collects judgment information from jurisdictions across the UK, including small claims and summary causes…

A new report from Citizens Advice Wales “Fairness for all – Improving council tax debt collection in Wales” highlights the findings of research undertaken to better understand the recent increase in council tax arrears seen over the last few years. Council tax arrears is now the largest debt issue representing 13%t  of all debt issues. Council…