Residential Conveyancing

Residential Conveyancing

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
  • 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.  Alternatively you can view our base fees here


To read more about the individual services we offer you can request a copy of our 2021 brochure here or keep reading for a summary of our residential conveyancing department.


Our Residential Conveyancing department is particularly successful and we expect it to continue to grow and develop. 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.

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.

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

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, they 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.

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 Conveyancing Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: How long will the process take once I have chosen the property or accepted an offer on my property?

A: The average process from the seller accepting the offer is 8 – 16 weeks depending on a number of factors such as searches, the size of the ‘conveyancing chain’ & whether the property is leasehold or freehold.


Q: What’s the difference between Leasehold and Freehold?

A: Freehold means you own the land the property is on: this is common when purchasing houses. Leasehold refers to owning the property but not the land: this is common in flats and other shared occupancy builds.


Q: How much will conveyancing cost when I buy a house?

A: This depends on a number of factors, such as the purchase price, whether the property is freehold or leasehold and whether you are obtaining a mortgage. We will be able to discuss our fees and give you an estimate when you contact us or check out our costs page for more information.


Q: How much will conveyancing costs be when I sell my house?

A: This is dependent on a number of factors. We estimate a freehold sale at £150,000.00 to cost £650.00 + VAT. We are happy to give you an estimate and discuss your needs when you call the office.


Q: When will I receive sale funds?

A: We aim to send the funds to your bank account the same day as the sale completes.


Q: Are there any other associated costs?

A: Yes, items such as Land Registry documents, Bank transfer fees, and Agents fees will be incurred depending on the transaction.

Residential Conveyancing Department Staff

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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 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.

Samantha Newton


Sam is a CILEx Conveyancing Practitioner and has over 10 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 and is our specialist in Equity release.

Martin Biscombe


Martin is a conveyancer who has over 15 years’ experience. He is well versed in dealing with the particular issues that conveyancing transactions in West Cornwall can throw up, such as mundic block and tin mining related issues.

Emma Lilley


Emma is an ACILEx conveyancer with six years’ experience. She joined us from a city firm in Bristol, where she gained considerable experience working with new build properties. She returns to the area where she was brought up with a desire to forge a career in West Cornwall.

Emma Burden

Conveyancing Assistant

Emma is in the process of developing her skills and experience and is undertaking her Legal Executive qualifications. She started working in conveyancing in early 2017 and is already ACLIEx accredited.

Sheridan Hawker


Sheridan recently joined the firm after passing her GCILEx exam. This will allow her to gain the practical conveyancing experience needed to become a fully qualified CILEx accredited Legal Executive. She has an interest in developing her skills into commercial conveyancing.

Jannette Scott

Legal Assistant Conveyancing

Jannette has worked in conveyancing for over 30 years and currently assists all Fee earners with their transactions.

Janet Edwards

Legal Assistant Conveyancing

Janet has over 25 years accumulated experience in residential conveyancing both as a secretary and a fee-earner.

Colette Cooper

Legal Assistant Conveyancing

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 has over 10 years’ experience as a legal secretary and joined our team in July 2019.

Laraine Smailes

Legal Assistant Conveyancing

Laraine 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.