Accountancy firms PKF Francis Clark and Armstrong Watson have become the latest professional services businesses to join Escalate, the ground-breaking commercial dispute resolution process for SMEs.
The additions of PKF Francis Clark, the South West’s largest independent accountancy firm, and Armstrong Watson, which is the market leading regional accountancy practice in the north of England, further extends Escalate’s geographic footprint and provides full national coverage for SMEs.
PKF Littlejohn has been part of the Escalate process since launch.
Escalate, which was recently shortlisted in the British Accountancy Awards, helps SMEs to achieve a prompt settlement to a wide range of commercial disputes, with fixed fees payable only on a successful outcome and no upfront costs.
Chris Clay, one of the architects of the Escalate process and a partner at PKF Littlejohn, said: “The additions of PKF Francis Clark and Armstrong Watson represent an important milestone for Escalate, as we now have an on-the-ground presence nationally.
“Both PKF Francis Clark and Armstrong Watson are recognised as leaders in their geographic markets, and bringing them on board is part of our strategy of building a network of best-in-class regional partners to provide cost-effective access to justice for SMEs across the country.
“Our national network, which we’ll continue to expand, provides us with the platform we need for the next phase of our growth plans. This involves partnering with the lending community and membership bodies to integrate Escalate into their packages of lender protection services and value-added member benefits respectively.
"We’re seeing considerable demand from SMEs for the Escalate process, which is not surprising given that the traditional dispute resolution model is broken and heavily stacked against claimants.
“Pursuing a commercial dispute has tended to be a costly, lengthy and risky undertaking. Escalate has changed that by providing a smarter way for businesses to resolve commercial disputes.”