Law firm on recruitment drive after targeting West Midlands expansion

Joe Speed

HCC Solicitors (Horwich Cohen Coghlan), the Manchester-based personal injury law firm, has launched a new office in Birmingham, bringing more professional services jobs to the city.

The firm, which already employs more than 250 people in Manchester, says it is on a recruitment drive in Birmingham as it launches a team specialising in major trauma and serious injury cases.

It will seek to recruit around 10 roles initially, comprising a mixture of specialist serious injury legal roles and support staff and then more to follow as the business develops across the West Midlands.

The new team is headed up by Birmingham-based serious injury lawyer Joe Speed.

Speed joins the firm as a partner from Slater & Gordon where he specialised in working on high-value and complex claims and actions for clients suffering from serious brain and orthopaedic injuries. He was cited as a Next Generation Lawyer in The Legal 500, 2019.

HCC pioneered a major trauma service that launched in 2017, which supports people who have been treated under the NHS Major Trauma pathway. The service, led by partner Mike Molloy, places greater emphasis on rehabilitation for clients who have been seriously injured.

David Horwich, director of Horwich Cohen Coghlan, said: “Birmingham and the West Midlands are the logical step for our practice as we launch our first office outside of Manchester.

“The highly-skilled talent pool of lawyers in Birmingham means we can recruit excellent professionals in the city and expand our major trauma and serious injury service for clients.

“In Joe we have a fantastic lawyer and leader who understands the physical, emotional, and financial difficulties that seriously injured clients face following accidents. We are all excited to have him on board.”

Joe Speed, partner at HCC Solicitors in Birmingham, said: “I’m delighted to join HCC and I’m looking forward to building and developing a first-class team specialising in major trauma and serious injury cases.

“Birmingham is a hotspot for professionals who can aid in the rehabilitation and support for people who have suffered serious injuries and I’m confident HCC will play a key role in the marketplace.”