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Coodes Solicitors
TR11 4SZ

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant

At Coodes Solicitors, the 'capable and extremely well-organised' personal injury and clinical negligence department is led by Rachel Pearce. The clinical negligence team has significant expertise in trauma, orthopaedic and surgical claims, with a focus on birth injury and gynaecological claims across the South West region. Julie Hatton is a key name in the team, with experience in maximum severity cases arising from brain and spinal injuries. Catherine Hyde is noted for personal injury work.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Pearce

Other key lawyers:

Julie Hatton; Sharon Parsons; Catherine Hyde


They are quality lawyers, with interesting cases which they prepare very well. Rachel Pearce really impressed me with her tenacity and client-focused approach. She doggedly pursued a case which seemed like a no-hoper until we finally got the supportive evidence we needed and settled the claim.’

The clinical negligence team is highly capable and extremely well-organised team led by Rachel Pearce.’

Rachel Pearce works very hard to produce the best results for the client. She is dedicated and very experienced in clinical negligence work. Julie Hatton is also tremendously experienced, thoughtful and strategic. Both of them are excellent assets to the firm.’

‘A very experienced professional negligence team with excellent local knowledge.’

‘Julie Hatton is always knowledgeable and approachable.’

‘It is a small firm in the South West but provides an excellent service to its clients, and tackles the smaller and bigger cases with enthusiasm and vigour.’

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

The firm of choice for a variety of high-profile farming families in Devon and Cornwall, Coodes Solicitors offers clients expertise across a broad array of rural law matters. Though much of its work is in farm sales, it has additional experience in disputes, partnerships, wills and estate planning. The practice is headed by Pam Johns, whose practice focuses on complex farm transactions and inheritances.

Practice head(s):

Pam Johns

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Robinson; Kirsty Davey


‘Pam Johns is a very personable solicitor – she is always happy to give advice and talk through matters and is knowledgeable in her field of agricultural property law.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a client on a complex farm purchase and land sale, worth in excess of £4m.
  • Prepared governing documents for a farm partnership and limited company on behalf of a farm business valued at between £10m and £20m.
  • Acting for buyers of a £1.5m farm who had no agricultural knowledge or experience.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Coodes Solicitors represents clients in a variety of contentious matters, including proprietary estoppel, validity of will, injunctive relief and inheritance disputes. Its office network means it has a significant presence in Cornwall and West Devon. Melanie Grose leads the team from Truro, focusing her efforts on the firm's high-value and complex contentious trusts and probate matters.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Grose

Other key lawyers:

Colin Hunter


‘Melanie Grose and all her team were very knowledgable and regularly kept my family and I informed of all developments.’

‘The team appeared to work extremely well together. Issues presented by the covid pandemic were overcome by the excellent leadership of Mel Grose.’

‘We mostly dealt with Mel Grose who was always very helpful and professional.’

‘Excellent team service that provided timely updates and advice in respect of q substantial claim action. Advised on likely cost and timeline in order to assess the viability of a claim against likely outcome.’

‘Friendly, efficient and diligent. Made good use of online platforms to facilitate communication with clients during the lockdowns.’

Work highlights

  • Represented clients in breach of fiduciary duty claim against a Trustee for the maladministration of a Will Trust worth in excess of £6m.
  • Represented client on a claim worth more than £650,000 for our client’s share in a joint property.
  • Represented client in a complex multi-jurisdictional matter worth in excess of £1.4m.

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 Elise 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
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)