Coodes Solicitors is recommended for its outstanding service to clients in the Legal 500 – a leading guide to the UK’s best lawyers.

The new 2022 edition of the national directory ranks the Cornwall-based law firm for a range of specialist legal expertise.

Based on feedback from clients and professionals, the Legal 500 recommends Coodes for advice on agriculture and estates, clinical negligence, personal injury and contentious trusts and probate.

Describing Coodes as the “firm of choice for a variety of high-profile farming families in Devon and Cornwall,” the directory highlights the firm’s expertise in farm sales, disputes, partnerships, wills and estate planning. Partner and rural services team leader Pam Johns is described as “a very personable solicitor” who is “knowledgeable in her field of agricultural property law”, while Partners Kirsty Davey and Lisa Robinson are also highlighted.

Coodes is recommended for its specialism in contentious trusts and probate, including handling a case worth more than £6 million. The guide quotes a client describing partner and head of personal disputes Melanie Grose and the team as “very knowledgeable”, adding that they “regularly kept my family and I informed of all developments.” It quotes another client as saying: “Issues presented by the covid pandemic were overcome by the excellent leadership of Mel Grose.” Partner Colin Hunter is also highlighted as a key individual for contentious trusts and probate work.

Coodes’ personal injury and clinical negligence team is ranked for its “significant expertise” in securing compensation for people following trauma, orthopaedic, surgical, birth injury and gynaecological claims. Describing partner Rachel Pearce and her team as “highly capable and extremely well-organised”, it also praises Julie Hatton for her experience in handling brain and spinal injuries cases and highlights Sharon Parsons and Catherine Hyde as key individuals.

Coodes chairman Peter Lamble said: “It is so rewarding to, once again, see Coodes Solicitors recommended in the Legal 500. Because these rankings are based largely on feedback from our clients, this directory is very important to us.

“Being featured among the UK’s leading lawyers for such a diverse range of legal advice highlights the wealth of specialist legal expertise within the firm, as well as our commitment to excellent client service.”