South west law firm Coodes Solicitors has been recommended in the latest edition of a guide to the UK’s best lawyers.

The 2020 edition of the 'Legal 500 UK' ranks Coodes for its expert advice to businesses and individuals across six areas of the law: corporate and commercial, clinical negligence, personal injury, agriculture and estates, contentious trusts and probate and property litigation.

Three of the firm’s partners are singled out for their expertise. Sonya Bassett is recommended for her leadership of the firm’s Corporate and Commercial team. The guide describes the team as being “particularly experienced in working with regional SMEs” and having “notable expertise in the renewables, construction, tourism and rural businesses sectors.”

Head of personal disputes Colin Hunter and chairman and commercial disputes specialist Peter Lamble are recommended for their expertise in advising on property litigation matters, relating to both commercial and private property.

The firm’s personal disputes team is also ranked for its specialist advice on contentious trusts and probate, with a client quoted as saying the team is “extremely professional, thoughtful and compassionate.”

Coodes’ rural services team, led by Pam Johns, is once again recommended for advising farmers and landowners on matters including the sale and purchase of farms, estate and succession planning and the drafting and negotiating of tenancy agreements.

Peter Lamble, chairman of Coodes Solicitors, said: “Over recent years we have worked hard to build our expertise across a number of key areas, by making strategic appointments and by training and nurturing our own staff.

“Being recommended in the Legal 500 is extremely rewarding because the guide is mainly based on feedback from clients. Our high profile in the 2020 edition is testament to the technical expertise and commitment to customer service across the firm.”

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