The Hine Downing Legal Team

We pride ourselves on our strong client relations, our personal and friendly approach and a knowledgeable and experienced team.

Anthony Deacon

Senior Partner

Anthony is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners – expert in will and trust drafting, estate and trust administration and accounting. He holds personal finance qualifications and his wide-ranging commercial experience includes a decade as MD of Hine Downing Financial Services, board membership of Hawksmoor Investment Management and governance in the not-for-profit sector.

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John Lowry

Partner and Head of Commercial

As head of our commercial law department, John has spent many years successfully acting for clients from a wide range of business sectors. He specialises in business leases, sales, acquisitions and property development. As a keen sailor he also has a sound knowledge of maritime affairs, which has proved invaluable for many of our local clients.

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Peter Stonehouse

Partner and Head of Residential

Peter is a highly-skilled solicitor with a detailed understanding of the local residential property market and a broad experience in handling transactions of all sizes. He is also a strong advocate of information technology, keeping the firm at the forefront of developments which complement and support Hine Downing’s traditional personal service.

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William Richards

Partner and Head of Probate

William has a wealth of experience and expertise in the management and distribution of deceased clients’ estates and the preparation of wills. He also specialises in the protection of vulnerable elderly clients through the creation and supervision of lasting powers of attorney. William is often appointed by the Court of Protection as a Deputy for clients who have lost mental capacity. He acts as an Attorney for many people and is is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly.

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Luke Roberts

Partner

Luke specialises in Probate and Wills, Tax and Trusts and the administration of estates. He advises on a wide range of issues affecting elder clients including lasting powers of attorney, welfare benefits and long term care issues. He also works with small businesses and the farming community.

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Diana Standen

Partner

Diana is a commercial property specialist working within the Commercial team to meet the growing demand for Commercial Property services. She has over 20 years of experience in this area of law – covering all facets of commercial property from acquisitions and disposals to landlord and tenant and property development. Diana practised in London and Exeter before returning to Cornwall.

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Kerys Deavin

Solicitor

For over twenty years Kerys has specialised in all aspects of this intricate and sensitive field of law. She is a member of “Resolution” – the recognised voice of conciliatory and constructive family law.

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Angelo Micciche

Solicitor

Angelo is an experienced solicitor who practises in a wide range of litigation, with over 20 years’ experience. He was brought up, educated and trained as a solicitor in Falmouth. Angelo provides pragmatic and cost-effective advice of high quality, which he delivers in an approachable style. His additional specialism is in disputed probate, wills, inheritances and trusts. He is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Association of Contested Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and has the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes.

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Jo Fisher

Chartered Legal Executive

Jo has been a qualified legal executive for over 15 years and is now a member of the private client team specialising in all aspects of trusts work.

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Louise Eslick

Chartered Legal Executive

Louise is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (FILEX) and brings to the Conveyancing team a 30-year-strong track record in residential legal work across Cornwall. She handles all aspects of residential property transactions, including sales, purchases, remortgaging and the transfer of properties as part of matrimonial proceedings.

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Donna Dickinson

Conveyancing Executive

Donna has been supporting Hine Downing’s Conveyancing team for fifteen years and has trained and worked her way through from legal secretary to Paralegal to Conveyancing Executive. Knowing all aspects of the work from grassroots up she is involved in sales, purchases and remortgages as well as transfers of property as part of the administration of Estates.

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Kim Wadham-Smith

Solicitor

Kim specialises in residential property transactions. She advises on a range of issues including property sales, purchases, re-mortgaging and property advice in connection with the administration of estates or matrimonial proceedings.

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Hannah Tew

Chartered Legal Executive

Hannah is a Chartered Legal Executive specialising in the drafting and preparation of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, the registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney and the administration of estates. She has worked in the legal sector for over 20 years and joined Hine Downing in 2019.

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Teresa Andrew

Chartered Legal Executive

Teresa joined Hine Downing in 2017 and is an experienced member of our Private Clients team.

Having previously worked across Cornwall in this area of law, Teresa brings a wealth of experience to our team. She specialises in the preparation of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection applications and the administration of Probate estates to include both taxable and non-taxable estates. Teresa also advises on tax planning.

Teresa spent many years in the Devon and Cornwall Police Special Constabulary and has a wide experience of helping people in many ways and walks of life.

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Chanelle Kimber

Solicitor

Chanelle has been a qualified solicitor since 2005 and is now specialising in all aspects of private family law including resolving arrangements for children and handling the financial consequences of separation and cohabitation, including pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

She is focused on supporting parents and couples through mediation and other forms of dispute resolution as well as through the court based process.  Chanelle recognises the stress and worry that family breakdown causes and is committed to guiding those she acts for to brighter days.

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Katie Nightingale

Chartered Legal Executive

Katie is an experienced family lawyer, qualifying in 2003 as a chartered legal executive.  Katie has worked exclusively in family law since 2000 at firms in Berkshire and Middlesex before joining Hine Downing in 2022.  Katie is experienced in all areas of family law including divorce and separation, financial remedy and disputes in relation to children.  Katie advises both married and unmarried individuals and at all stages of their relationship.  This includes advising in relation to cohabitation agreements and pre-nuptial agreements.  Katie is a member of Resolution and is committed to seeking solutions for her clients that avoid court proceedings if at all possible.

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