About us

Dispute resolution

We are pleased to offer a free half-hour initial appointment for all civil dispute and employment matters.  In the appointment you can expect to receive basic information to help you decide whether to take matters further.  You will not receive legal advice tailored to your particular problem.


Family law

Family law is a complex and sensitive area. Over the years, our trusted family law experts have helped many families to resolve issues involving the home, finances and the care of children. They have also earned a reputation for a sensitive and understanding approach when dealing with clients involved in emotional and stressful situations.


Commercial law

What appears to be a good deal today may be a lost opportunity tomorrow – or revealed to be a less attractive investment. Whatever the age or size of your business venture, good legal advice is a vital part of the decision-making process. It can save you time, money and stress – and help your business thrive..



Your home is probably your most expensive asset and whatever the prevailing economic climate, planning a move is a stressful event. Our friendly and efficient team of residential conveyancers will ensure your transaction runs smoothly and quickly.


Probate, Wills & Trusts

Our Private Client Department combines a wealth of experience in dealing with Probate and the administration of Estates; from straightforward standard Estates, to high net worth and complex Estates, where expertise, judgement and efficiency are paramount.


Welcome to Hine Downing Solicitors

Hine Downing is a prominent law firm based in Falmouth. The family tree of this legal practice stretches back into the 19th Century as an unbroken history of advising and acting for generations of families and businesses.

You may be reading this because you have been told about us and that would not be surprising because we welcome most of our new clients following personal recommendation. In many respects Hine Downing is a traditional Cornwall law firm. It is a symbol of continuity – and the solicitors who practice here are proud of that fact.

However, as a progressive, forward-thinking legal firm, we are also constantly seeking to improve. Hine Downing was created when two long-established legal practices agreed that, in an increasingly complex and fast-changing world, they should join forces to offer a broader range of services under one roof.

We now have six partners and six main departments specialising in commercial law, civil litigation, family law, probate, wills and trusts, residential property, and elder client services.

Elder client services is a unique concept to us which combines legal and welfare support and it is a good example of our innovative and responsive thinking when it comes to delivering legal services in this modern and changing world. Comprehensive financial advice is also available through our sister firm Hine Downing Financial Services.

Whatever your reason for choosing Hine Downing for your legal advice, we will endeavour to guide you through the relevant processes of the law with a minimum of fuss, by listening carefully and identifying the best and most cost-effective strategy for a successful outcome while keeping you informed at every stage.


In many respects Hine Downing is a traditional firm of solicitors, a symbol of continuity—and proud of the fact.