Coodes’ ‘brilliant lawyers’ recommended in 2023 edition of Legal 500

Fri 30th Sep 2022

Coodes Solicitors has been recognised for its outstanding service to clients in the new 2023 edition of the Legal 500 – a leading guide to the UK’s best lawyers.

The law firm’s personal injury and clinical negligence, agriculture and estates and contentious trusts and probate teams have been underscored as ‘brilliant lawyers’ in the prestigious national directory.

Based on feedback from clients and professionals, the Legal 500 ranks Coodes, which has a network of offices across Cornwall and Devon, for its range of specialist legal advice.

Legal 500 says, “It has honed a deserved reputation in the region as worthy competition, with brilliant lawyers, a growing practice and a very longstanding pedigree of quality work.”

Coodes Solicitors provides legal advice across the entire spectrum of business and personal needs, delivered by highly experienced lawyers. The publication describes the firm’s solicitors as “open, honest and direct, striving to explain things in plain English, keeping legal jargon to a minimum.”

The guide describes Coodes’ Rural Services team as “exceptional and expertly qualified in agricultural and estate matters” and having “a huge depth of experience” when it comes to advising clients on the sale and purchase of farms, partnership agreements, matrimonial issues, wills, trusts and tax planning.

Partner and leader Pam Johns is noted as “very approachable” and her knowledge and expertise of the agricultural sector is “outstanding” and “second to none.” Partners Lisa Robinson, Kevin George, Abi Lutey and Kirsty Davey and are also highlighted.

Coodes is also recommended for its specialism in contentious trusts and probate having defended a case worth more than £3 million and acting for another client on a matter valued in excess of £1 million.

The directory recognises Partner and Head of Personal Disputes Melanie Grose, as well as Partner Colin Hunter and Litigation Executive Hayley Gaffney as ‘key lawyers.’ The team handles a broad range of legal issues including inheritance claims and disputed will claims in relation to undue influence and fraud.

Coodes’ personal injury and clinical negligence team is highly praised for its “excellent knowledge of local medical scene and issues” and “strong background” in clinical negligence work involving medical accidents, as well as “excellent customer relations.”

Led by Partner and leader Rachel Pearce, the clinical negligence cases dealt with include complex matters involving mistakes in surgery, delayed diagnosis, and errors in treatment. The personal injury team is often instructed to act following road traffic accidents and incidents in the workplace, including fatal accidents, fractures, and psychological injuries.

Partner Julie Hatton, Chartered Legal Executive Catherine Hyde and Litigation Executive Sharon Parsons are all noted in the Legal 500 – all described as “always helpful.”

Work highlights for the team include advising on a £2.6 million clinical negligence claim for a client who suffered irreversible catastrophic neurological injuries and another £90,000 claim for negligent and unnecessary breast surgery.

Peter Lamble, Partner and Chairman of Coodes Solicitors said: “Our rankings in this distinguished publication are largely based on feedback from our clients and peers working in the legal sector, so we are incredibly proud to be held in such high regard.

“As the longest established law firm in the South West, celebrating our 275th anniversary this year, being emphasised as having some of the best lawyers in the country is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates our commitment to the communities we serve.

“Our professional team has a wealth of specialist legal expertise and being recognised in the 2023 edition of the Legal 500 is testament to all the hard work they put into delivering the highest standards of client care and support.”

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