Chambers praise for Coodes


Coodes lawyers have been singled out for praise in the latest rankings by the prestigious national legal directory Chambers and Partners.

The 2024 edition, which highlights the UK’s top solicitors, features Coodes’ agriculture and rural affairs and clinical negligence teams and shines a spotlight on the firm’s legal expertise, friendliness and high levels of client care.

The Coodes clinical negligence team is described in Chambers as “very professional” and as having “a wealth of experience and knowledge”.

Partner and head of personal injury and clinical negligence, Rachel Pearce, and clinical negligence partner, Julie Hatton have each achieved individual rankings for a second year as well as the team for a fourth consecutive year.

Chambers 2024 said of Pearce: “She is acknowledged for her work on misdiagnosis and delay in treatment claims, as well as birth injury cases. Pearce also acts on cases of negligent care and assists clients with inquests.”

Hatton is described as “very experienced, very conscientious” and “very good.”

Chambers describes  Coodes’ rural services team as well-established and advising on a wide range of agricultural matters, saying the firm is “notable for advising local farmers and other landowners over several generations”.

Partner and rural services team leader, Pam Johns, is singled out in the guide for a third consecutive year, ranked Band 2, and Abi Lutey, who heads Coodes’ commercial disputes and employment team, is recognised for the first time for her work handling rural issues, including agricultural tenancies, boundary disputes, and farming partnership disputes.

Johns, who set up Coodes’ Holsworthy office in 1998, is described as, “an extremely competent agricultural lawyer with wide experience of dealing with land purchases and mortgage issues”.

And commenting on Lutey, Chambers 2024 states: “Abi Lutey was leading the team and really good in dealing with the client – Abi really cares about the results she gets and is hard-working.”