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Welcome to Hine Downing Solicitors

We are a prominent law firm based in Falmouth. Our own ‘family tree’ stretches back into the 19th Century; an unbroken history of advising and acting for generations of families and businesses. You may well be reading this because you have been told about us. We welcome most of our new clients following personal recommendation.

In many respects we are a traditional firm of solicitors, a symbol of continuity – and proud of the fact.

However, as a progressive, forward-thinking firm we are also constantly seeking to improve. Hine Downing itself was created when three long-established local 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 currently have five partners and six main departments specialising in commercial law, civil litigation, family law, probate, wills and trusts, residential property, and elder client services. This last is a unique concept combining legal and welfare support; a good example of our innovative and responsive thinking. Comprehensive financial advice is also available through Hine Downing Financial Services*.

*Hine Downing Financial Services is the trading name of Professional Financial Centre (Cornwall) Ltd., an independent company owned by some of our partners, Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority No. 229752

Yet while processes change, some things remain constant – such as our personalised and professional approach, our close links with the community and our reputation for developing lasting relationships with our clients.

Whatever your reason for coming to us, we will endeavour to guide you through the legal process with a minimum of fuss by listening carefully, identifying the best and most cost-effective strategy for a successful outcome and keeping you informed at every stage.

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.


‘Receptionists charming.’

‘Easy to get to.’

‘Stay the way you are.’

‘The service was excellent and the outcome fair.’

‘The service from Peter was absolutely first class and the best we have ever encountered.’

‘I have used your services may times before and joined with the merger from Reginald Rogers.’


‘Impossible to fault, excellent service; always fast responding to emails.’

‘Level of Service was excellent with professional and friendly service.’

‘Excellent Service’

‘‘We could not find anything to improve on.’

‘A very friendly, alert face to face to greet you every time you actually visit the company.’

‘Very happy with level of service – pleasure to deal with Louise.’


‘Stay as you are.’

‘Very personal service given by all staff. We were very impressed and will highly recommend HD to friends & family.’

‘Everyone at Hine Downing was very efficient and made you welcome when you arrived for appointments’

'Thanks Angelo.....with your experience and advice, we made it to the other side, for which we're very grateful!'

‘Very good service considering that the house sale nearly fell through but seemed to be picked up seamlessly a couple of weeks later.’

‘Went through very quickly.’


‘My family has used your firm for many years. Apart from the unavoidable time delays of the legal process, everything has worked well.’

‘The service from Peter was absolutely 1st class and the best we have ever encountered.’

‘This was the first time we have bought or sold a house using email throughout. We were impressed with how much more quickly we received responses’

‘This was the first time we have bought or sold a house using email throughout. We were impressed with how much more quickly we received responses’

”We appreciate Peter Stonehouse’s plain english advice.’

‘We received a very efficient cost effective service’

‘We were very confident that we were being given excellent advice to protect all parties and were regularly updated with progress.’

‘You have a first class service level. My contracts were dealt with very efficiently. Would use again.’


‘No improvements; Louise was most helpful and always available. We will contact you re: our wills.’

‘Keep up the good work and thanks.’

‘I frequently recommend HD – thank you again for all the help.’

‘Our Family has dealt with Hine Downing for at least 50 years – says it all!’

‘Fully Satisfied’

‘You could not have improved the result. I would like help with my will.’

‘We were so pleased with Louise that we would not hesitate to return to HD for the conveyancing on our next home. When settled, we will also need advice on updating our wills.’

‘Excellent Service.’


‘I would just like to express my thanks for all your help. It gave me the confidence to deal with a particularly unfair and stressful situation, with a positive outcome at the end. Thank you, I would certainly recommend your services to anyone that might need an expert!’

`Very helpful that most correspondence was done by email.’

‘Overall excellent Service – very pleased.’

'Many thanks Angelo, I appreciate your fast and efficient response'

‘I think your service is excellent and I felt that you acted in my best interests throughout.’

‘As an exemplar for this part of the Legal Profession in Cornwall, how can you improve? Reception area is a bit homely compared to e.g. Follet Stock, Stephens & Scown but maybe this is the local market you target?’

‘We have been very impressed with the very professional procedures at your office and will be willing to let others know this – thanks especially your William Richards.’

‘Thank you very much!’


"Peter.......We can’t thank you enough for everything that you have done over that time, you have remained calm, professional and thoughtful throughout this whole process and kept us on track. Thank you."

"Kerys....I would like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for your help with my divorce, you were brilliant. I will definitely be recommending you should the need arise."

"Thanks again (Kerys)..........and for your help throughout. I’m really pleased with the results."

"Donna was excellent from start to finish. professional, clear, efficient and warm...Thank you".

"Always had excellent service."

"Excellent service and advice throughout from Louise Eslick."


Dispute resolution

We deal with disputes relating to wills and estates, property and residential landlord and tenant. We will give you clear advice on the merits of your claim, the likely level of your costs and alternative ways of resolving your dispute, eg. through mediation.


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.


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