Leading south west law firm Coodes Solicitors has announced three new appointments to its specialist commercial disputes team, following a significant increase in instructions for its legal services.

Cornwall and Devon-based Coodes has found its workload involving commercial litigation, insolvency and debt recovery matters has increased signficantly in the last 12 months and the team has almost doubled in size in the last two years, in order to meet demand.

Experienced solicitors Trudy Rosevink and Lucy Vaughan, as well as soon to be qualified solicitor Fleur Uren have now been appointed to work on all areas of commercial litigation.

Rosevink, who joins from Womble Bond Dickinson in Plymouth, is based at Coodes’ Liskeard office and will work on all areas of commercial litigation with a focus on property disputes.

Vaughan, who graduated from the University of Sheffield and qualified in legal practice at De Montford University, specialises in corporate and insolvency disputes, but will also work across all commercial litigation matters.

Uren joins the team having recently completed her legal practice course with a masters degree in law and business. She has experience of working as a paralegal and then trainee solicitor for Coodes across a variety of different commercial litigation issues for clients. She boasts a strong network of local connections, particularly in west Cornwall.

Abi Lutey, partner and head of the commercial disputes team at Coodes, said: “In the last 12 months, we have seen an exponential growth in cases concerning commercial disputes, particularly property litigation, but more recently we have seen an increase in instructions relating to insolvency and debt work which appear to have come about post-Covid, as businesses and individuals struggle with the perfect storm of increase in energy costs, the cost of living crisis and inflation.”