12 August 2013

Marston Holdings acquires Swift Credit Services

Harrison HCE is pleased to announce that its parent company, Marston Holdings Limited, has acquired Swift Credit Services Limited.

Swift Credit Services

Swift, which has over 120 staff and self-employed agents, recovers unpaid court fines on behalf of HMCTS across the length and breadth of Wales. It also has long-standing relationships with over half of the local authorities in Wales, together with a number of English local authorities. In addition, it has one of the largest commercial rent recovery operations in the UK.

Swift will continue to run as a standalone business, headquartered in Wales and utilising the extensive local knowledge of its experienced management team. Huw Lloyd-Lewis is remaining with the business as Chairman.

Swift will now be supported by increased investment, particularly in relation to IT. It will also now be able to access:

  • enhanced tracing & investigation resource, which should underpin further recovery rate increases;
  • body worn video technology; and
  • High Court enforcement capability.

Marston, Rossendales and Harrison HCE clients will also benefit from the Group’s strong presence in Wales, due to the increased capacity to attend Welsh addresses. Marston Holdings’ independent Advisory Group, chaired by former Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, Elizabeth Filkin, will oversee corporate governance at Swift. “We are delighted to welcome the Swift team to the Group. They have strong client relationships which referenced exceptionally well, and they are an important part of our national judicial services offering moving forward.“ Gareth Hughes, Marston Holdings Chief Executive

Marston Holdings

  • now has a strong geographic footprint in every region of England & Wales, delivered by over 1,200 employed agents, self-employed agents and support staff;
  • works on behalf of HMCTS, HMRC, the Legal Aid Agency, the Child Support Agency, Transport for London, the Student Loans Company, 214 local authorities across England & Wales and 500 High Court clients;
  • operates national sole supplier contracts in respect of the Legal Aid Agency and the Child Support Agency relationships;
  • handles over 1.4 million cases per annum;
  • is rapidly increasing investment in its tracing & investigation division, with a key appointment recruited from a leading credit referencing agency to oversee this expansion;
  • has a number of further senior appointments due to be announced in the coming months;
  • is overseen by a high calibre independent Advisory Group (that clients and other stakeholders are able to directly access); and
  • is currently implementing recommendations from its 2013 ethical audit, overseen by the independent Advisory Group.

January 2012

Introducing Harrison High Court Enforcement

We are pleased to announce the launch of Harrison High Court Enforcement, a newly registered company, formerly a division of CW Harrison & Son (CWH).

Alongside its separation from CWH, Harrison High Court Enforcement has received investment from Bridgman Group, which also owns Marston Group, (Marston) a leading enforcement services provider. Despite the shared ownership, this new business will be run separately from Marston, with a distinct brand, culture, and management team.

The new investment allows Harrison High Court Enforcement to immediately enhance the range and level of services available to clients. This includes the provision of a free transfer-up service, enhanced tracing services and online access for clients to review information on each of their cases. The company also intends to introduce a range of other enhancements and innovations in the near future.

Dion Harrison, owner of CWH will remain as senior Board member of Harrison High Court Enforcement and Andrew Bradley will oversee day-to-day operations which will continue to run from the business' longstanding headquarters in Ossett, West Yorkshire.

The team at Harrison High Court Enforcement is excited by these positive developments and looks forward to delivering additional value to its clients through these enhanced services.