Established in 1983, we have built a dedicated team of solicitors whose expertise covers many areas of law. As a firm, we are committed to providing a service to our clients throughout Cornwall and Devon.
Whilst the practice has grown steadily, we have maintained a friendly, "High
Street" image, giving our clients the value-for-money service they deserve and remaining competitive with colleagues throughout the region.
Qualifications: Cambridge University (M.A Cantab.),
Qualified Solicitor 1975
After graduating from Cambridge University in 1971 and qualifying as a solicitor in 1975 Chris Nicholls was attached to a leading law firm in Birmingham.
He moved to Cornwall in 1976 and worked for local Cornish firms before opening his own practice in Bodmin (C.Nicholls Solicitors) in 1983.
In addition to leading the firm, Chris divides his time between the Criminal, Employment
and Conveyancing Departments.
He is the Firm's leading Advocate in all Courts and Tribunals.
Chris is also a fully accredited Family and Commercial Mediator and a qualified Collaborative Family Lawyer.
Qualifications: University College, London (LL. Hons 1972)
Qualified Solicitor 1975
Stephen graduated in 1972 and was admitted as a solicitor in 1975. Until 1988 he worked in Sittingbourne, Kent where he was in partnership for some years specialising in civil litigation.
In May 1989 Stephen moved to the West Country and worked for two firms before joining Chris Nicholls in January 1997. His current expertise is within civil litigation. For over 20 years he has been a member of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers).
Stephen's particular interests include personal injury claims as well as the law of unjust enrichment and equitable claims.
Qualifications: Duty Solicitor/Legal Executive
Teresa specialises in advice at the Police Station, Magistrates Court Advocacy, Crown Court trials and Health & Safety cases. Dealing with cases that are complex and serious such as kidnapping, historic sexual assault, care home abuse, fraud and murder. Teresa assists Queen's Counsel alone or with Junior Counsel in the preparation, attendance at Crown Court trials and appeals to the Court of Appeal. We regularly hear from satisfied clients who have much appreciated the thoroughness of Teresa's preparation and attention to detail. During Teresa's career she has received two commendations from a Crown Court Judge for preparation and conduct during a murder trial and a High Court Judge regarding the preparation of a serious fraud on a costing appeal.
Qualifications: University of Glamorgan (LLB Hons 1996)
Qualified Solicitor :1998
After attending university Helen returned to Cornwall where she grew up, qualified as a solicitor and worked in local firms until joining us in June 2012. She undertakes all areas of family law including separation, divorce and civil partnership dissolution, disputes concerning children and financial matters, domestic violence protection and care proceedings.
Helen is a member of and an Accredited Specialist Of Resolution in advanced financial provision and domestic abuse. Resolution is an organisation which supports a constructive, non confrontational approach to family law. She is also a member of Cornwall Law Society.
Helen is approachable and professional and is committed to continue to accept both Legal Aid and private paying cases at competitive rates.
Qualifications: Oxford University BA (Hons) 1982
Qualified Solicitor : 1983
Melanie graduated from Oxford University in 1982 and was admitted as a solicitor in October 1985.
She worked for a number of local firms before joining us in September 2012. She specialises
in the law relating to children and is a member of the Law Society's Children Law Panel and
Family Law Panel.
Qualification: Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
Ian started his career in 1972 working for solicitors in Newcastle-upon-Tyne
moving from there to Spalding in Lincolnshire and to Cornwall in 1979. He has
worked for a number of local firms before joining us in August 2013. Ian is a
specialist in Conveyancing, Wills and Probate.