Coodes ‘effective, knowledgeable and personable’ lawyers recommended in 2024 edition of Legal 500

Thu 5th Oct 2023

Coodes Solicitors has been recognised for its outstanding work in the new 2024 edition of the Legal 500 – a leading guide to the UK’s best lawyers.

The law firm’s Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Agriculture and Estates, Contentious Trusts and Probate and Family teams have been recognised 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 said: “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, and strive to explain things in plain English, keeping legal jargon to a minimum.”

And the directory recognised Coodes’ significant investment in its people, stating: “The firm takes its Investors In People accreditation seriously, and its home-grown talent is considerable.”

Clinical Negligence Team

The directory recognises Coodes’ Clinical Negligence team as having an expertise in neurological injury cases, surgery related claims and birth injury mandates alongside gynaecology claims and those arising out of mental health issues. Department Manager Rachel Pearce is praised as “very personable and knowledgeable” and partner Julie Hatton and Litigation Executive Sharon Parsons are noted as part of the “very good specialist clinical negligence team”.

Work highlights for the team include acting for a £2.6 million claim for a client who suffered catastrophic neurological injuries and another £2.2 million claim for a child who suffered a brain injury.

Agriculture and Estates Team

The Agriculture and Estates team is highly praised for its professional, knowledgeable and personal service. Work highlights include assisting with the purchase of a farm and its subsequent diversification.

Pam Johns who heads up the team is “noted for her expertise in complex rural properties” whilst Partner Abi Lutey is recognised as ‘kind, hard working and professional’. Other members of the team noted are Partners Kevin George, Lisa Robinson and Kirsty Davey.

Contentious Trusts and Probates

The guide describes the Contentious Trusts and Probates team as “knowledgeable, reassuring and friendly” and noted them as “the premier contentious probate outfit in the South West”. Head of the team, Melanie Grose, was celebrated as “effective, knowledgeable and personable” whilst Partner Colin Hunter and Associate Hayley Gaffney were also recognised for always going above and beyond.

Family Team

The Family team is recommended as “very well established and highly regarded locally” and testimonials note that the team “puts their clients’ needs first”. Department Head Sarah Evans is noted as a “fantastic solicitor” and “brilliant family lawyer” whilst Partner Elise Alma, Partner Karen Pritchard and Solicitor Victoria Walters are also recognised for their expertise.

Work highlights include advice regarding a financial order upon divorce in relation to large assets in both England and Spain.

Peter Lamble, Partner and Chairman of Coodes Solicitors said: “We’re incredibly proud to be held in such high regard in this distinguished publication. Our rankings are largely based on feedback from our clients and peers, so the recognition of our expertise is a fantastic achievement.

“As the longest established law firm in the South West, we’re delighted our commitment to our communities we serve is recognised.

“Our professional team has a wealth of specialist legal expertise and being recognised in the 2024 edition of the Legal 500 is testament to all the hard work they put into delivering the highest standards of client care and support.”

For further details and to see the complete rankings for Legal 500, visit

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