Ascent Legal

Ascent is a specialist debt recovery firm and the UK’s most successful for legal collections and recoveries.


SRA ID: 570670

Ascent leads the market in collections & recoveries across the UK.

We have an unrivalled client base including most of the UK’s leading banks and many major corporates.

Our stated company vision is “To Do the Right Thing for Customers, Always” and this is the overriding approach we take to all of our work. Our clients continually tell us we lead our market in customer experience.

We offer a seamless service across jurisdictions which mean that our service and reporting is aligned between Scotland, England, Wales.

Our service is personal but also supported by market leading in-house technology. This ensures efficiency, accuracy and compliance in everything we do and allows us to propose highly competitive pricing.

Our Services include:

  • Telephone & Letter collection
  • Judgement
  • Return of Goods
  • Asset Recovery
  • Charging Orders
  • Attachment of Earnings
  • Warrants of Execution
  • High Court Enforcement
  • Orders to Obtain Information
  • Bankruptcy
  • Complex Litigation

Once instructed, we will endeavour to progress recovery activity as efficiently as possible, and will aim to action your instruction no later than 48 hours.

To ensure you are clear on the service you'll receive and the price you can expect, please take a look at our prices section.

The litigation activity undertaken by Ascent Legal and DebtGuard Solicitors is progressed and supported by teams of paralegals and administrative assistants with debt collection experience that ranges from 1 year to over 10 years. These teams are expertly guided and closely supervised by Shilpi Jairath and Mark Higgins

For more information, please contact

Niall Gilhooley
Chief Executive Officer
E: niall.gilhooley@ascent.co.uk
T: 07918 738 666


Part of the Irwin Mitchell Group

Established in 2009, Ascent is a wholly owned subsidiary of Irwin Mitchell Holdings Ltd, and as such is part of the Irwin Mitchell Group of companies. Today, Irwin Mitchell is the 11th largest law firm in the UK and amongst the top 50 in Europe, operating out of 14 UK offices. It employs over 2800 members of staff, including over 1,000 legally trained personnel.

Ascent Legal Team

Mark Higgins Chairman

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Specialist Areas: Litigation, dispute resolution and legislative requirements

Mark is the Chairman of Ascent, and also sits on the Executive Board for Business Legal Services at Irwin Mitchell. Mark qualified as a Scottish solicitor in 1993. Mark is also a regular contributor to leading UK journals and has written two books. Mark is an experienced lawyer and is a well-known expert in debt collection and recovery.

Mark is the supervising solicitor of DebtGuard Solicitors, overseeing all litigation activity across all relevant jurisdictions.

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Shilpi Jairath Head of Non-standard Litigation

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Shilpi is the Head of non-standard Litigation in England and Wales, overseeing litigation activity on standard and complex instructions across Ascent Legal and DebtGuard Solicitors within this jurisdiction. Shilpi is a Grade A Solicitor and Fellow for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and qualified in March 2007. She holds with 11 years of post-qualification experience in consumer and commercial litigation and debt recovery, dispute resolution and property litigation.

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Amanda Goral Solicitor

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Amanda is a Solicitor with a BSc (Hons) in Law and qualified in August 2010. Amanda specialises in consumer and commercial litigation and debt recovery and has previous experience in banking litigation. Amanda works on complex instructions for Ascent Legal and DebtGuard Solicitors within the non-standard team for England and Wales.

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Nicola Islam Solicitor

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Nicola is a Solicitor with a LLB (Hons) in law and qualified in March 2009. Nicola specialises in consumer and commercial litigation and debt recovery. Nicola works on complex instructions for Ascent Legal and DebtGuard Solicitors within the non-standard team for England and Wales.

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Neil Patterson Solicitor

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Neil is a Solicitor and qualified in October 2008. Neil specialises in consumer and commercial litigation, debt recovery and dispute resolution. Neil works on complex instructions for Ascent Legal and DebtGuard Solicitors within the non-standard team for England and Wales.

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Neil Saunders Senior Paralegal

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Neil is a Senior Paralegal and Fellow for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. He qualified in September 2013 and has in excess of 25 years’ experience within the debt collection industry. Neil works on complex instructions for Ascent Legal and DebtGuard Solicitors within the non-standard team for England and Wales.

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