The Hine Downing Legal Team

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

Roger Stephens

Senior Partner and Head of Probate

Roger is an expert in the preparation of wills and the administration of estates. His lifelong sense of community has taken him from an inner city legal centre in Birmingham to a return to his Cornish roots and work with people of all ages and backgrounds within his own local area. With more than 35 years of experience in his field, his specialities include advising on inheritance tax and tax mitigation.

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Anthony Deacon

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 at Hine Downing

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

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

Solicitor

Diana is a commercial property specialist working within the Commercial team to meet the growing demand for Commercial Property services. She has 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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Victoria Sleeman

Solicitor

Victoria’s private client work ranges from the preparation of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, to the administration of deceased clients’ estates and Inheritance Tax planning. She specialises in sensitive issues concerning people’s loss of mental capacity, involving applications to the Court of Protection.

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Lianne Priest

Solicitor

As a specialist in Family Law Lianne is a member of ‘Resolution’ and has broad experience in matters including divorce, financial issues on divorce, cohabitation and matters involving children such as contact and residence disputes.

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Hine Downing solicitor Kerys Deavin

Kerys Deavin

Solicitor

For fifteen years Kerys has specialised in all aspects of this intricate and sensitive field of law. She is a member of the Law Society Children Law Accreditation Scheme – the Law Society’s specialist panel of solicitors appointed to deal with matters concerning children and of “Resolution” – the recognised voice of conciliatory and constructive family law.

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Sarah Bourguignon

Chartered Legal Executive

Sarah has 25 years’ experience in Private Client work and handles estates and wills – specialising in work with elder clients. She advises on a range of issues including lasting powers of attorney, welfare benefits and long term care issues.

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Ross Pascoe

Consultant Solicitor

Ross Pascoe is a highly experienced litigation solicitor specialising in commercial and private client dispute resolution.  He has a practical and effective approach to resolving issues for clients.

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Autumn Trebilcock

Solicitor

Autumn specialises in all aspects of Private Client work and advises on a broad range of matters including Wills, Probate, administration of Estates, trusts, tax, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection applications. Given the sensitive nature of this field of law, Autumn’s attention to detail, friendly demeanour, discretion and empathy is gaining her a loyal client following.

 

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Jo Fisher

Chartered Legal Executive

During 15 years working in Civil and Commercial Litigation Jo has developed a particular interest in landlord and tenant matters and personal injury claims as well as a niche speciality in equine law. She works on behalf of individuals and companies and also runs Hine Downing’s debt recovery service.

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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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Jenny Richards

Elder Client Coordinator

Following a distinguished career as manager of Falmouth Citizens Advice Bureau, Jenny now applies her expertise as a welfare benefit specialist to ensuring our elder clients receive accurate advice about their care and benefit entitlements. She works in homes, care homes and hospitals with older clients and clients with mental health problems.

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Karen Wright

Solicitor

Karen joined Hine Downing in 2016 and is a Solicitor in our Residential Department. She has a wealth of experience and deals with all aspects of residential property transactions.

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Jenna Roe

Solicitor

Jenna joined Hine Downing in 2017 and deals with all aspects of Residential and Commercial property transactions.

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Louise Brown

With a strong background both in education and in the commercial sector, Louise joined Hine Downing looking for fresh challenges and a career change. Her abilities and aptitude were quickly recognised and Louise has become another member of the team to be trained in-house and supported in the progression of her legal career. Louise works as part of our Private Client team specialising in the drafting of Wills, the administration of Estates and the preparation of Powers of Attorney.

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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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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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Maddi Worton

Solicitor

We are proud of our record of encouraging, training and helping younger colleagues achieve their ambitions and potential. Maddi came to Hine Downing for work experience as a Law student, has progressed quickly and made herself indispensable in our Commercial Department. She is now a Solicitor.  She has brought her enthusiasm to all her work and is rapidly developing a loyal following of satisfied clients.

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