South West legal firm Coodes has expanded its commercial property team with the appointment of two new lawyers. With experience in the sector, Yasin Ahmed and Jo Counter will help to cement the firm’s reputation across its network of offices.
The expansion of the department will support the law firm to meet growing demand for its specialist legal services in Cornwall and Devon. Coodes’ commercial property team has grown considerably over the past two years and manages a wide range of standard commercial transactions, as well as offering high-level advice and expertise around agricultural property, financing options, development, commercial landlord and tenant and business transfers. The team is currently working on several large-scale commercial developments in the South West.
Paralegal Yasin Ahmed is based in the firm’s Truro office and will assist lawyers within the team on several commercial property matters to support their legal needs. Yasin, who grew up in Cornwall, started his legal career two years ago focusing on the property sector with Penderlaw Solicitors in Truro, while studying for his LLM in Legal Practice and Masters at the University of Law’s Exeter campus.
Yasin, a graduate of the University of Plymouth, said: “I was attracted to Coodes because it’s such a prestigious, forward-thinking firm and a leader in the commercial property sector in the South West. Working with the team will inevitably broaden my expertise in commercial property, it’s great for my progression and career development, learning from some of the best legal practitioners in the business. I can really expand my skillset and focus on commercial property, and I am very lucky that I can do this in Cornwall, one of the most beautiful parts of the country.”
Also based in Truro, Jo Counter joins Coodes as a commercial property executive specialising in the sale and purchase of freehold commercial property, landlord and tenant matters and new build developments.
Jo recently returned to Coodes having previously worked at the firm for several years. She has over ten years of experience in the commercial property sector, both in the legal profession and then in a commercial agency.
Jo, who lives in Truro, originally qualified in matrimonial law but her preference of commercial property was too great. She said, “I’ve been working in commercial property for years and my time working in a commercial agents has really helped me to broaden my knowledge – I can see the sector from both sides now. I feel most comfortable when I’m working with the team at Coodes, I was drawn back because, although it might sound cliched, there’s a real family feel here, and I can’t imagine working anywhere else.”
Jo Morgan, Partner, and Head of Commercial Property for Coodes said: “We are delighted to welcome Yasin and Jo and have them on board. Their appointments are fundamental to the future expansion of our commercial property team, providing our clients with the wealth of experience and legal skills they require. It’s also incredibly important that we develop and retain these skilled individuals in the South West and invest time in supporting their growth and knowledge.
“Our real estate team already has Legal 500 and Chambers recognition for work in the rural and agricultural sector, but our specialist lawyers are also responding to a higher demand for advice with assisting small enterprises in the region in other sectors, including retail, leisure, and tourism alongside our wider Business Services team, Coodes is well-placed to offer a professional and personal service. Working closely with other members of our commercial property team, these new recruits will ensure we enhance and bolster the existing legal expertise we are able to offer.”