The costs business set up by the founder of Compass Costs earlier this year has announced a major contract win after signing a three-year contract with trade union alternative business structure (ABS) Unionline.
It is the first public sign of the success of Pure Legal Costs Consultants, the brainchild of Phil Hodgkinson, which was the first element of the Pure Legal Group to go live earlier this year. The group was authorised as an ABS  itself recently.
Unionline was set up by the GMB and Communication Workers Union (CWU) as a not-for-profit ABS last year, and serves 850,000 union members, although it is considering whether to offer its services more widely .
The contract is for the provision of costs drafting, negotiation and advocacy services to UnionLine across its whole book of work, estimated at approximately 1,500 cases per year.
Mr Hodgkinson said: “We are delighted to have now agreed this deal with UnionLine, their ethos fits perfectly with our own, by focusing on customer care and quality of service…
“This is the first of a number of significant contract wins we will be announcing across the Pure
Group, but we are incredibly proud that this contract is the first to be announced.”
UnionLine’s head of legal practice, Matthew Cordall, added: “Our number one priority is to deliver an exceptional service to our members, so it is imperative that all our business partners deliver to the same level. Pure Legal Costs Consultants mirror UnionLine’s values and client care standards so I’m delighted to have them on board.
“Together, we will continue to increase the offering to our members and drive service provision.”