Coodes welcomes commercial property specialist Gary Burns
A commercial property specialist with a national track record in retail and construction industries has strengthened the team at one of Cornwall’s most respected firm of solicitors.
Solicitor Gary Burns joins the Coodes commercial property team at Coodes’ St Austell office, and has moved to the Duchy with his family from Manchester, bringing with him a decade of experience in business and property law.
He credits a love of all things foodie, a good work-life balance plus the opportunity to work within a progressive and fast-growing legal firm as his reasons to relocate.
Gary said: “I was drawn to Coodes as they are a leading law firm in Cornwall with a strong reputation and offices throughout the county, providing the opportunity to work across a broad range of sectors.”
With the commercial property market on the up, Gary advises Cornish businesses to explore opportunities to invest in commercial property.
He said: “I expect the economy to see stronger growth than at any time since 2007.
“Construction activity looks set to grow and predictions are that this will carry on to the high street, which is good news for everyone.
“Businesses in Cornwall need to ensure that they maximise this potential within the market to restore the economic outlook back to pre financial crisis levels.”
Head of the Coodes commercial property team Helen Willett said: “Gary is joining at a time when Coodes is rapidly expanding its commercial team.
“His experience in both manufacturing and retail sectors will really complement our experienced team.”
Gary, who lives in Truro with his partner and young daughter, is very much a foodie who is happiest in the kitchen.
He said: “Cornwall is the best place in the country for both eating out and also cooking at home. We really do have the best local produce available down here so being able to conjure up dishes at home with my family is just brilliant.”
Gary also has a healthy sense of humour when if comes to football: “I’m considered to be a bit of a rarity as I grew up in Manchester, and I actually support Manchester United. There are more of us than you might think, believe it or not.”