About us

Supporting the legal profession and providing a
collective voice for our Cornish members

Cornwall Law Society supports and provides a community
for lawyers in Cornwall through:

Providing training
Assisting members' recruitment requirements
Supporting the next generation of solicitors and legal professionals
Promoting welfare and wellbeing within the profession
Maintaining standards of the profession
Preserving access to justice for all

President's Statement


Kirsty Davey

President of Cornwall Law Society 2023-2024

I am delighted and honoured to be President of Cornwall Law Society, for what I hope will be an exciting year ahead. I aim to build on the fantastic work done by Verona and the committee and that of previous presidents.

My aim for the forthcoming year is to continue our work on engagement: greater engagement with you, the members and widening the scope of that engagement facilitating broader diversity. Promoting wellbeing and looking at the issues we face as a profession, such as the more challenging aspects of the regulatory landscape, recruitment and climate change will also form part of my focus. I will continue our work with the universities and colleges in the County, in particular Truro & Penwith and Penryn campus of Exeter University to ensure support for the next generation, as well as increasing the breadth of training that the society offers, to include topics such as time and stress management.  

We are already looking at the calendar for the year ahead to ensure diverse training opportunities and with a focus on the annual president’s dinner and legal awards, which I am sure will be a fantastic event. It is vital that we have opportunities to connect and celebrate the talent that we have in the region, not only to inspire the next generation but to take stock of our achievements. 

As for my background, I am a Partner and Head of Corporate and Commercial at Coodes Solicitors, running a busy team based all around the county, advising both local and national clients. I am also the firm’s Data Protection Officer and member of our compliance team. I was born in Truro and grew up in St Austell, to hard working and dedicated parents and one of five very musical children, leaving at 18 to travel. Following my travels, I chose to read law at UCL. I returned to Cornwall after a period of time working in London, initially to work at the Department of Work and Pensions. I soon returned to law, working at Coodes and have largely been at the firm ever since.  Kirsty Davey – Our Team – Coodes Solicitors

I still display my trophy from winning Junior Lawyer of the Year with the Society back in 2012 and recall how much the award meant to me at the time. With the changing landscape on access to the professional, I will endeavour to use my tenure to provide the same confidence to all those at the start of their careers or looking to progress to the next level.

I am an active member in the Cornwall business community and was previously a Council member for the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce. I am also presently an Enterprise Advisor linked to Penryn College to help assist in demystifying the world of work to education leaders and ensure careers education is suitable for the modern workplace.

Please feel free to contact me directly,, with any ideas or initiatives you believe CLS should consider or indeed any points you may wish the Society to assist and support you with.

All the very best,

Kirsty Davey

Our History

The Society was formed in 1883 and its first President was Henry Sewell Stokes from Bodmin.

The present constitution was adopted in 1920 and amongst its Objects it cites: “The upholding of the character and status of the Solicitors practising within the County of Cornwall or within 14 miles thereof. The promotion of honourable professional practise. The suppression of malpractice. The settlement of points of practise. The decision of questions of professional welfare, usage, or of courtesy.”

Though the language may be a little archaic, we believe that the sentiments expressed are just as valid today as they were 100 years ago.

Past Presidents

Meet our committee

Our committee is here to help you and are an integral part of our society.

Kirsty Davey President
Pam Dosanjh Phillips Vice President
Zoe Lock Honorary Secretary & Treasurer
Verona Cocks Immediate Past President
Anthony Earl Past President
Ben Curnow
Anthony Deacon
Kelly Grigg
Sue Reynolds
Fred Howell
Clare Hall JLD Representative
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