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Coodes Solicitors

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant

Coodes Solicitors has a combined personal injury and clinical negligence team led by Rachel Pearce and Julie Hatton, who are active across both areas. On the personal injury side, the team is often instructed on injuries arising from road traffic accidents and incidents in the workplace, including fatal accidents as well as fractures and psychological injuries. The practice’s clinical negligence cases include complex matters involving mistakes in surgery, delayed diagnosis and errors in treatment. Catherine Hyde is another name to note in the team, with a focus on personal injury claims.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Pearce; Julie Hatton

Other key lawyers:

Sharon Parsons; Catherine Hyde


‘They have a strong background in and knowledge of clinical negligence work. Excellent knowledge of local medical scene and issues’

‘Excellent knowledge and customer relations. Always helpful whether in discussion by phone or writing. We predominantly liaise with Julie Hatton and Sharon Parsons who have excellent knowledge of their brief.’

Key clients




Mrs R

Mr Rudd deceased

Ida Hector

Work highlights

  • Advised on a £2.6m clinical negligence claim for a client who suffered irreversible catastrophic neurological injuries after the hospital failed to act on the client’s grossly abnormal test results.
  • Handled a £290,000 clinical negligence claim for a claimant who suffered from premature ovarian sufficiency and will require egg donation in the future in order to have children as a result of negligent damage to her ovaries during a laparoscopic bilateral ovarian cystectomy. The claim was settled at mediation for £290,000 enabling the client to undergo IVF treatment abroad.
  • Handled a £90,000 clinical negligence claim for a client who underwent negligent and unnecessary breast surgery as a result of which she has been left with severely disfigured breasts.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Coodes Solicitors has a range of expertise; the team regularly advises clients on the sale and purchase of farm estates, partnership agreements, matrimonial issues and matters pertaining to wills, trusts and tax planning. The practice is led by Pam Johns. She is a specialist in the handling of rural properties.

Practice head(s):

Pam Johns

Other key lawyers:

Kevin George; Lisa Robinson; Kirsty Davey; Abi Lutey


‘The team at Coodes are very focused on you as a client, supportive in your ventures, and interested in what you are wanting to achieve.’

‘Pam Johns is very approachable, no question is silly, or too basic. Pam is very good at listening to your thoughts and ideas, she provides outstanding service and ensures the project keeps moving forward even in challenging times.’

‘The Coodes team are exceptional. Expertly qualified in agricultural and estate matters, supported by teams covering other disciplines.’

‘Pam Johns is exceptional. Her knowledge of the agriculture sector is outstanding which enables Pam to competently deal with any matters with almost immediate action.’

‘Experts in the agricultural field.’

‘Pam Johns – expertise in agricultural matters is second to none in the area.’

‘Lisa Robinson – good case management, transparent, openness, and understandable.’

‘The Agricultural Team have a huge depth of experience and are very in touch with the local area and the particular aspects of the Agricultural industry that they advise on.’

Key clients

Mr and Mrs R W Harding

Miles Pengelly

Work highlights

  • Acted for the seller of an agricultural haulage business.
  • Acted for a farmer, defending possession order proceedings against him.
  • Acted for Mr and Mrs R W Harding in the sale of agricultural land, including drafting specific and bespoke covenants relating to shooting rights, erection of agricultural buildings and the impact of a neighbouring wind turbine.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Coodes Solicitors handles a broad range of matters concerning proprietary estoppel, injunctive relief and will construction and interpretation. Melanie Grose leads the practice. She has particular expertise in claims under the Inheritance Act 1975 and claims pertaining to undue influence and fraud.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Grose

Other key lawyers:

Colin Hunter; Hayley Gaffney

Work highlights

  • Represented clients in a breach of fiduciary duty claim against Trustee for the maladministration of a Will trust and settled land.
  • Acted for client in a cross-border contentious probate matter valued in excess of £1million relating to a trust in Jersey.
  • Acted for Jeff and Nikki Gill to defend an estate valued at £3million.

Coodes is one of the leading law firms in Cornwall and Devon, and the longest established firm in the region.

The firm: Established in 1747, Coodes takes pride in being rooted in the  communities of the South West, serving the business and personal interests of its clients via its extensive branch network of eight offices, ranging geographically from Penzance in the west to Holsworthy in the east. Many of the firm’s lawyers have their origins in Devon and Cornwall, and thus bring a particular understanding to every legal problem they face.

The firm provides legal advice across the entire spectrum of business and personal needs, delivered by highly experienced lawyers, organised according to the needs of its clients. The firm’s solicitors are open, honest and direct, and strive to explain things in plain English, keeping legal jargon to a minimum. 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.

The firm takes its Investors In People accreditation seriously, and its home-grown talent is considerable.

The firm has invested heavily in personnel and technology to improve efficiency and working practices, allowing it to be even more competitive, even more agile within the industry and even more accessible to clients.

Types of work undertaken: 

Corporate and commercial: Coodes’ corporate and commercial services have grown considerably in the past ten years, and will continue to do so as the firm prioritises investment in personnel and technology. It has a very strong private client base providing personal legal advice across the South West, with the commercial client base growing strongly, with a mixture of longstanding clients and a rapidly growing list of new clients.

Rural and agricultural matters: the firm has a particular expertise in rural and agricultural matters, and a very strong farming client base.

Conveyancing: Coodes’ conveyancing team is the largest in the region and handles by far the highest volume of transactions of the competing firms – the team is a leader in its field and the winner of many awards.

Family and divorce: Coodes has an excellent family and divorce team. It covers the full range of family, divorce, domestic abuse and Children Act work.

Commercial Property:  the commercial property team has grown considerably within the past two years; the firm’s experts have considerable experience and a worthy national and regional reputation. The Commercial Property team handles a wide range of standard commercial transactions, but also has very strong expertise around agricultural property, financing options, construction and development, commercial landlord and tenant and business transfers.

Disputes: the disputes team is ranked well within The Legal 500 and handles a wide range of matter types.

Private client: the private client team is exceptional, and acts for a large number of private clients and estates, and in very complex trust issues.

Agency work: the firm does a variety of agency work, mainly in family, litigation and crime.

Office locations: Falmouth, Holsworthy, Launceston, Liskeard, Newquay, Penzance, St Austell, and Truro

Chairman Peter 328 3282
Head of Family Sarah 328 3282
Head of Wills, trusts, probate, estates and tax planning Sarah 328 3282
Head of Disputes Melanie 328 3282
Head of Rural Services Pam 328 3282
Head of Corporate and Commercial Kirsty 328 3282
Head of Conveyancing Sarah 328 3282
Head of Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Rachel 328 3282
Head of Commercial Disputes Abi 328 3282
Head of Commercial Property Jo 328 3282
Head of Crime Chris 328 3282
Head of Court of Protection Richard 328 3282
Peter Lamble photoMr Peter LambleChairman
Number of UK partners : 23
Number of other UK fee-earners : 75
Agricultural Law Association
Law Society Children Panel
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
ELA (Employment Lawyers Association)
Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Solicitors
Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)