Coodes bolsters commercial team

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Members of Coodes' commercial property team welcome Helen Willett (far right). Also pictured (l-r) Kate Theoliphus, Paula Dunkley and Alistair Whyte

A solicitor who worked on a £1.8 billion real estate deal has joined the commercial property team of a south west law firm.

Members of Coodes’ commercial property team welcome Helen Willett (far right). Also pictured (l-r) Kate Theoliphus, Paula Dunkley and Alistair Whyte

Helen Willett has relocated from London to Cornwall to join Coodes Solicitors from international law firm, SJ Berwin.

The move comes just weeks after Coodes beat national competition to be awarded the Excellence in Conveyancing Award at the Law Society’s Excellence Awards 2012 in London.

Alistair Whyte, head of Coodes’ property department, said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Helen to the team.

“It’s an exciting time for the commercial property team. We’ve got a strong and growing team in place and Helen’s appointment will further add to this.

“We knew Helen was keen to relocate to Cornwall, but would only do so if her ambitions were matched, which we were able to do.”

Based in Coodes’ Penzance office Helen will also cover the firm’s other six locations: St Austell, Truro, Liskeard, Launceston, Newquay and Holsworthy.

Willett, who joined SJ Berwin as a partner in 2003, worked on what was described as ‘one of the most significant real estate deals of the decade’ – the Crown Estate and Norges Bank Investment Management £1.8 billion Regent Street property partnership.

She also advised British Land on the property aspects of one of the largest UK securitisations, which involved 35 supermarkets.