The business has operated in Penrith since 1977, and we have been at our current office since 1983. All our staff are local. We have three solicitors at Coode & Corry – Bruce Coode, Hamish Williams & Janis Donnelly-Coode.
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Bruce Coode was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in February of 1977. He promptly began practicing as a solicitor in Penrith and has been living and working here ever since.
Bruce’s practice first moved to the current site at 19 The Crescent, Penrith in 1983, it was then known as Coode & Roberts and while Bruce has had some other partners in the business since that time, he has remained at this location assisting clients in Penrith for 40 years.
Bruce has extensive experience in criminal matters, having commenced his career appearing for clients on serious criminal offences on his first two days as a solicitor. He has appeared in every Court up to the High Court of Australia, and in a wide variety of criminal matters ranging from driving license matters through to murder and sexual assault matters. In his nearly 40 years of practise Bruce has assisted a number of men and women who are charged with very serious crimes, and understands both the laws in the area and the stress that his criminal law clients are going through.
Bruce also has extensive experience in property matters, having acted during his career for many individuals purchasing or selling a house, applying to Council for various approvals, assisting clients who are the subject of a compulsory acquisition, or acting for lessors or lessees in relation to entering into leases or enforcing their rights. In addition to working for individual clients in private practice as a solicitor for all that time, he was a legal advisor to three local councils for many years, and has lectured in real estate law at university. He understands more than just your basic conveyance, and is well equipped to assist you with all aspects of your property transactions.
In his three years at Coode & Corry Hamish has been providing clients with timely, considered help in estate law matters. Hamish has assisted his clients with drafting simple wills or more complex wills using testamentary trusts, and accompanying issues like Powers of Attorney and appointments of Enduring Guardian or superannuation declarations. Hamish has also assisted clients in obtaining Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration and administering both simple and complex estates. Hamish is experienced in Estate litigation including family provision claims against Estates.
In addition to estate law, Hamish is also experienced in family law matters. Hamish has shown diligence, care and attention to detail to obtain the best outcome for clients in both parenting and financial matters. Hamish is experienced in Family Law Litigation, in both the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court, and in both parenting and financial family law matters.
Hamish is approachable and efficient, keeping clients informed and being available when needed. Hamish has developed a good working relationship with clients and has delivered the best outcomes for both estate and family law clients.
Before working with us, Hamish worked at a Barrister's Chambers in Sydney for three years as their clerk. He assisted barristers with drafting of Court Documents, preparation of legal advice or research, and attending Court. Hamish also worked part time as a paralegal to a Barrister assisting with collating and drafting Court documents. Over his three years working at the Chambers he became experienced in dealing with or briefing barristers and also dealing with instructing solicitors or clients.
Janis Donnelly-Coode started her legal career at Coode & Corry back in 2000 as a conveyancing clerk, but after working in Penrith for a few years she decided to go and work in the city.
Janis returned to Coode & Corry in 2007 and has remained here ever since, initially working primarily in family law and estate law. After many years of working in family law in 2015 Janis has cut back to working one day a week and is assisting the other lawyers at Coode & Corry, and working in special projects like talking with high schools and local community groups about domestic violence. Janis is also a director for Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services and President of the local group "Penrith Lady Lawyers". She is involved in other community groups using her experience at Coode & Corry in other varied areas, in particular using her experience working in domestic violence to do advocacy work and talk to schools and community groups about 'No Respect, No Relationship'.
Janis obtained her Bachelor of Commerce (with merit) from the University of Wollongong, and then her Masters of Law and Legal Practice from the University of Technology in Sydney. She worked as an accountant but decided to commit to law in 2000, she also worked as a lawyer for an insolvency law firm and is well equipped to understand your complex financial Estates or legal matters.