Coodes Solicitors is thought to be the first law firm in Cornwall to recognise the efforts and contribution of a non-solicitor with a partnership appointment.
Jonathan Eade has been working in the private client department at Coodes in St Austell for 27 years, specialising in wills, probate and trusts.
Until recently, legal firms were prevented from appointing anyone other than a solicitor as a partner in the firm.
Changes under the Legal Services Act 2007 mean that non-solicitor staff members who significantly contribute to a firm can now be recognised at a senior level and rewarded with partnership.
Managing partner Jeremy Harvey said: “Jonathan has worked very hard for the firm over very many years and this is a well deserved appointment. He is hugely respected for his work in trusts, tax and estate planning.
“For too long solicitors’ firms have not been able to recognise properly the contribution that people like Jonathan make to their businesses.”
Also joining the partners at Coodes is Penzance-based Solicitor Louise Southwell.
Southwell also works in the private client department and specialises in managing the affairs of older and vulnerable people.
She heads Coodes’ elderly client team and has recently been appointed as a trustee of Age Concern in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Meanwhile Emma Bramley, who joined the firm in January this year, has been promoted to associate.
Bramley heads Coodes’ employment team and has quickly made her mark, having just completed the first series of employment update workshops advising businesses on the latest employment legislation.
The firm is also celebrating the appointment of family solicitor Lucy Theobald, who joins Coodes from Nalders Solicitors in Truro.