Solicitors support innovative businesses


How Coodes is adapting to support Cornwall’s innovative businesses

Helen Willett, partner and head of business services at south west law firm Coodes Solicitors says Cornwall is rightly achieving global recognition for innovation.

As world leaders descend on Carbis Bay, this is a time to reflect on Cornwall’s changing global status. Being selected to host such a historic event is testament to the Duchy’s growing reputation for innovation. That’s something that’s really stood out to me while working with Cornish businesses over the last decade.

Despite our reliance on the hard-hit hospitality and tourism industry, Cornwall’s business community has demonstrated its adaptability over recent months.

At Coodes we know that this passion for innovation is not new. We have a long and proud track record of supporting businesses, from entrepreneurs to well-established firms, carrying out groundbreaking work across sectors, from tech and manufacturing to leisure and hospitality. Many are addressing some of the biggest challenges and opportunities of our time, including health, climate change and space exploration.

We too have had to innovate to stay one step ahead and ensure we offer local businesses the best legal expertise.  The pandemic has accelerated this rate of change. We’ve quickly moved from largely paper-based to electronic systems and this will continue to serve us well as restrictions ease and businesses find new ways of working.

We’re also growing to ensure we can give Cornwall’s businesses access to the brightest legal minds. We recently expanded our Commercial Property team by appointing four new lawyers. This will help ensure we continue to provide specialist advice to businesses relocating or changing their property portfolios as they evolve, as well as supporting developers responding to the property boom.

Innovative brands and products need protecting. That’s why we have also appointed a specialist Intellectual Property lawyer, Tara Cusack, who joins us with a global CV and a wealth of experience in helping businesses, from entrepreneurs to large corporations, protect their most valuable assets – innovation and creativity. We will continue to grow and develop our team, honing our offering to businesses to ensure we continue to meet their changing needs.

As Cornwall opens its doors to the world to host the G7, business is booming in Cornwall, despite the challenges of the last year. Our resilience during the pandemic is testament to the spirit of innovation and creativity that is the beating heart of our business community.

Helen Willett is a Partner at Coodes Solicitors.