The Team

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.



C. Nicholls

Qualifications: Cambridge University (M.A Cantab.), HCA FMA
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.

Our people:

S. Parsons

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.


Teresa O'Callaghan

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.


H. Lawer

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.


M. Leahy-Bayliss

Qualifications: Birmingham City University LLB (Hons) 1994
Qualified Solicitor : 1998

Mary's career began as a legal secretary, before qualifying as a solicitor specialising in family law for the last 18 years, including as a local authority child care lawyer until joining us in January 2017. Mary specialises in the law relating to children (care, adoption, residence, contact and related matters), representing children, parents and extended family members, as well as acting for children in private law cases where the child has been joined as a party (rule 16 cases). She undertakes most of her own advocacy and is a member of the Law Society's Children Law Panel.


Ian Currie

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.