Debt Recovery law form Ascent Performance Group has announced a new partnership with Francis Hanna & Co, allowing Ascent to provide its full range of services across Northern Ireland.

The move gives Ascent the widest UK geographical coverage of any debt recovery law firm. Ascent already operates in England, Wales and Scotland.

The relationship will be based on a fully integrated model – Ascent’s case management systems have been developed to fully support this relationship so that all governance, oversight, compliance, conduct risk, quality assurance, MI & customer engagement will be provided by Ascent.

All local litigation will be undertaken by Francis Hanna & Co, ensuring high-quality technical litigation skills and relationships in the jurisdiction.

Mark Higgins from Ascent said: “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.”

Linda Johnston, Senior Partner in Francis Hanna & Co, welcomed the new affiliation saying: “We are proud to have been invited to act as Ascent’s Northern Ireland partner in their Debt Recovery work. We look forward to delivering a full range of legal services across Northern Ireland in partnership with Ascent.”

Ascent has also agreed new relationships in Jersey and Isle of Man, allowing Ascent to deliver services in a similar way in these Crown Dependency jurisdictions.