Manchester firm Rowe Cohen has won a five-year contract with client the Accident Group, which will create 20 new jobs at the firm.
The work will consist of first-level vetting of potential personal injury (PI) claims to see whether they have any merit. Partner Anthony Dennison, the Accident Group's main relationship partner at Rowe Cohen, is setting up the vetting service. Rowe Cohen is one of around 400 firms on the Accident Group's panel. Dennison said that the new staff will be law graduates who have yet to secure training contracts. "The work will be paralegal in nature, but will be a great way for the staff to secure training contracts," he said. "All the new recruits will have to have a law degree." Dennison expects the service to deal with £150m worth of claims, but he would not disclose how much the work would bring to the firm in fees. Rowe Cohen will continue to advise the Accident Group on PI and commercial work. The vetting service will form less than 50 per cent of the work Rowe Cohen does for the client. Dennison has worked with the company since its creation in 1996. He was heavily involved in setting up the Accident Group's original scheme. The firm hit the headlines in July when Hugh Baker, one of its solicitors, was struck off for failing to pursue a claim on behalf of a client who had lost their livelihood.