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We are independent and locally based but will deal with your property transaction anywhere in Cornwall or England, even if you are instructing us from abroad.

A named individual member of our experienced conveyancing team will advise you generally on the process if you are new to property buying. We will keep your matter moving efficiently. We will keep you informed in clear language and give you reassurance throughout.

  • Freehold Sales & Purchases
  • Leasehold Sales & Purchases
  • Shared Ownership Schemes
  • Re-Mortgages
  • Transfers of property/land
  • Setting up new developments
  • Sales & Purchases at auction
  • Conveyancing required under matrimonial proceedings
  • Conveyancing required under probate proceedings


Please contact us if you would like an estimate of costs for conveyancing work.

Our Residential Conveyancing Department is particularly successful and we expect it to continue to grow and develop its combination of personal contact and use of technology, even in the current slow property market.

The way in which conveyancing services are provided to buyers and sellers continues to change quickly. Now, many people conduct their preliminary search for properties online rather than through estate agents’ windows.

Sites such as are much in demand. They in turn refer you to local agent members of the scheme. A combination of modern technology and local knowledge/expertise works well.

We believe that our combination of technology and personal approach works well too, not only for our local clients but for clients who are out of Cornwall or even overseas, who need our help.

We will see you to discuss your home move without any commitment by you before you instruct us. We particularly recommend that you contact us before putting your house on the market or making an offer for another house, or instructing a distant, large-volume Conveyancer recommended by an Estate Agent.

We place particular emphasis on keeping you informed by taking calls quickly and not making you listen to long recorded messages. If the person handling your matter is not available he or she will also return your call as quickly as practicable. We also enable you to move on the date you choose rather than that which is most convenient to us.

We have good links with local estate agents in the West Cornwall area and you can approach them for their view on the service we provide.

We are not cut-price but believe that we give you very good value particularly in comparison with some of the centralised Conveyancers, which may be recommended to you by national firms of Estate Agents. You'll find our friendly, personal approach highly refreshing. You are a person, not a File.

While much of Conveyancing is routine, you need to know that we will be watching out for difficulties and, if they arise, helping you through them sympathetically and efficiently.


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Residential Property Conveyancing Department Staff

Our team has nearly a century of collective experience in dealing with conveyancing, so whatever the nature of your transaction or your enquiry it is highly likely that we will have seen something similar before and be able to apply that experience to help you.

We hold membership of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme which is the quality mark for conveyancing firms.

Stephen Morrison


Stephen is a partner and head of the Conveyancing Department. He is experienced in dealing with all sorts of property transactions and he looks to always make sure that he and the team maintain the highest levels of client engagement and support throughout the time they are instructing the firm. Stephen has been working in conveyancing for over twenty years and before he joined the firm was the head of property for a national litigation firm’s property department where he dealt with both residential and commercial transactions.

Stephen’s primary goal is to ensure that our clients achieve what they set out to achieve – whether they are buying or selling or both or something else entirely – and that they do so with a minimum of difficulty and stress and this goal underpins everything that the property department do.


Anthony Carter

Partner & Head of Property

Anthony has joined Thurstan Hoskin Solicitors and is based at our Hayle office. He has over 45 years’ experience as a solicitor based in Devon and Cornwall giving him a great advantage over others as to the unique challenges conveyancing faces in the county.

On joining the firm Anthony said “I was always particularly pleased to receive instructions from people in West Cornwall – which I have always regarded as ‘home’ and this is why I’m delighted to be joining a thriving local firm and I believe that the experience I have assimilated over the years will be of benefit to clients old and new across the west of Cornwall”.


Samantha Newton


Sam is a CILEx Conveyancing Practioner who runs a varied case load of all types of conveyancing transactions and whilst she deals with all sorts of transactions she is also our specialist in dealing with equity release transactions.

Sam has finalised her accreditation as a Conveyancing Practitioner through CILEx and has over ten years’ experience of working within conveyancing having started off in more administrative roles she has been running her own files for the past five years. Sam works between 9.30 am and 2.30 pm.

Martin Biscombe


Martin is a conveyancer who has considerable experience of all types of conveyancing transaction, including shared ownership purchases and new build properties with help to buy elements. He is well versed in dealing with the particular issues that conveyancing transactions in West Cornwall can throw up, such as mundic block and tine mining issues.

Martin has over fifteen years’ experience within conveyancing having started out working as an assistant and he first worked with Stephen Morrison in the early 2000s when they worked together in a firm in Plymouth.

Emma Lilley


Emma is a conveyancer who has considerable experience of new build properties, she joins us from a city firm in Bristol and returns to the area where she was brought up with a desire to forge a career in West Cornwall. Emma will be continuing her professional development with CILEx studies and will continue to build on her 6 years’ experience working in conveyancing.

Emma Burden

Conveyancing Assistant

Emma is a conveyancing assistant within the Conveyancing Department. She is in the process of developing her skills and experience in order to start running her own transactions, and is undertaking the early stages of her Legal Executive qualifications. She started working in conveyancing in early 2017.

Sheridan Hawker


Sheridan recently joined the firm after passing her CILEx exam. This will allow her to gain the practical conveyancing experience needed to become a fully qualified CILEx accredited Legal Executive.

On joining the firm Sheridan said “I enjoy attention to detail and hope this will allow me to provide a good service to clients, I look forward to expanding my knowledge into Commercial Conveyancing and helping local businesses.”

Jannette Scott

Legal Assistant Conveyancing

Jannette is a legal assistant within the Conveyancing Department. Jannette has worked in conveyancing for over thirty years and amongst her responsibilities are dealing with transactions following completion, including paying the Stamp Duty Land Tax and dealing with the application to register the property at the Land Registry.

Janet Edwards

Legal Assistant Conveyancing

Janet is a legal assistant within the Conveyancing Department. Janet has over twenty five years accumulated experience in residential conveyancing both as a secretary and a fee-earner.

Colette Cooper

Legal Assistant Conveyancing

Colette is a legal assistant within the Conveyancing Department. Colette has been working in this area for over 20 years and with that comes a myriad of experience. She enjoys the client contact that invariably comes with conveyancing work and enjoys assisting clients to achieve their aims with minimum stress.

Alison Healy

Legal Assistant Conveyancing

Alison is a legal assistant within the Conveyancing Department. Alison has over ten years’ experience as a legal secretary and joined our team in July 2019.

Laraine Smailes

Legal Assistant Conveyancing

Laraine is an assistant within the conveyancing department.

She has worked at our firm for over three years but has over 10 years’ experience in the legal sector. Laraine is experienced and able to support clients in relation to all conveyancing matters and management of files.

Conveyancing Costs

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