Firm Profile > Coodes Solicitors > Truro , England

Coodes Solicitors

Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Coodes Solicitors has expertise in the sale and purchase of farms, the transfer of Single Farm Payment entitlements, and the property aspects of rural business transfers. The firm is also involved in estate and succession planning, trust-related tax planning and estate administration. Another key aspect of the firm’s work is the drafting and negotiation of tenancy agreements. The firm typically advises high-net-worth landowning individuals and families.


The team is stable with longstanding serving solicitors who all possess strong local knowledge and understanding of the agricultural sector

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Coodes Solicitors handles claims for families following patient fatalities, as well as misdiagnoses and negligence relating to obstetrics, gynaecology and childbirth. This involves claims relating to cerebral palsy, stillbirths, neonatal deaths and birth injury claims. The firm also handles claims arising from surgical error, substandard midwifery and negligent nursing care. The practice equally deals with inquests involving mental health issues and preventable suicides of psychiatric patients.


The firm is characterised by effective communication that delivers responsive clarity to the objective

The firm has strong local knowledge and expertise

A very friendly down-to-earth firm that makes one feel comfortable at any level

The practice is emphatic towards the situation that is being dealt with at the time

The firm has excellent communication skills and is very supportive

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Coodes Solicitors assists with the contesting of wills, advises on will construction and interpretation and acts for trustees and executors on disputes including breach of trust claims and applications to remove or replace executors. The firm is also experienced in handling equitable claims that involve proprietary estoppel and constructive trusts. The team acts for both claimants and defendants in claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Acts 1975.


‘An extremely professional, thoughtful and compassionate team’

‘The firm is characterised by its ability to listen and give structured advice in a very calm manner’

‘Coodes is a long-established firm, covering all aspects of law and is widely known and recognised throughout the South West. The team is professional, competent and approachable’

‘Genuinely interested in applying its expertise to the matter in hand’

‘Associate Ben Sidgwick impresses with his attention to detail, his highlighting of areas of possible concern, and his ability to understand and diagnose important issues’  

Corporate and commercial: The West Country Tier 3

Coodes Solicitors' team is particularly experienced in working with regional SMEs, and clients make use of its network of offices in Devon and Cornwall. The group has notable expertise in the renewables, construction, tourism and rural businesses sectors. Key matters handled by the firm recently included M&A, joint ventures, share buybacks and restructurings. Its commercial work includes advice on supply agreements, manufacturing agreements and licensing agreements. Sonya Bassett leads the team from the Penzance office.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 4

Coodes Solicitors handles matters including road traffic accidents as well as claims arising from employer, public and occupier liabilities. The firm also deals with liability claims regarding slips and trips. The firm assists with claims arising from fractures, brain injuries and orthopaedic damages affecting arms and legs as well as mental illnesses. The firm gathers supportive evidence in respect to financial losses and negotiates settlements.

Property litigation Tier 4

Coodes Solicitors fields two separate teams, which bring and defend property-related claims on behalf of commercial clients and private individuals. The firm's work covers areas such as adverse possession, boundary disputes, trespass, landlord and tenant, dilapidations, residential property, nuisance and negligence claims, among various others. Truro-based Peter Lamble specialises in disputes in the commercial property space, while Colin Hunter in St Austell is a key contact for private individuals.

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.

Coodes has seen its largest growth in the past 50 years, and the past few years in particular show great consolidation and growth within the teams, including some exciting recruitments, many internal promotions and a new office. The firm takes its Investors In People accreditation seriously, and its home-grown talent is considerable.

The firm has moved into new premises in St Austell that are better suited to clients’ needs and its growth plans, and that provide an excellent working environment for staff. It is also entering a period of considerable investment 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.

Other offices: Falmouth, Holsworthy, Launceston, Liskeard, Newquay, Penzance, St Austell

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Peter Lamble 0800 328 3282
Head of Family Elise Alma 0800 328 3282
Head of Wills, trusts, probate, estates and tax planning Sarah Cornish 0800 328 3282
Head of Disputes Melanie Grose 0800 328 3282
Head of Rural Services Pam Johns 0800 328 3282
Head of Corporate and Commercial Sonya Bassett 0800 328 3282
Head of Conveyancing Sarah Cowley 0800 328 3282
Head of Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Rachel Pearce 0800 328 3282
Head of Commercial Disputes Abi Lutey 0800 328 3282
Head of Commercial Property Jo Morgan 0800 328 3282
Head of Crime Mike Gregson 0800 328 3282
Head of Court of Protection Richard Pollock 0800 328 3282
Photo Name Position Profile
 Peter Lamble photo Peter Lamble
Number of UK partners : 28
Number of other UK fee-earners : 85
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)