Our Team

John Dunstan
Solicitor & Director
John began his training as a solicitor in Cornwall and moved to London in order to complete his formal legal training. Upon qualifying in 1974 John remained in London to practice Law before moving back to Cornwall to work in a practice in Camborne. John remained there for a number of years before joining the firm of Chellews in St Ives in 1978. John is a Director of CVC and is highly experienced in General Litigation and Property Law, he is the Compliance Officer Legal Practice (COLP) for the firm and manages and supervises the St Ives Office.
All areas of Personal & Commercial Litigation, Professional Negligence Claims, Company Insolvency, Construction Disputes, Landlord & Tenancy Disputes, Debt Recovery, Contract Disputes, Commercial Property Sales & Purchases, Residential Property Sales & Purchases, Partnership Disputes, Employment Law
Specialist Areas
John Dunstan
Nic Jones
Solicitor & Director
Nic began his legal career by dividing his time between Anglesey in North Wales, where he was undertaking his Training Contract, and Bristol where he was studying for his Law Degree. After qualifying as a Solicitor in 1981 he moved to West Cornwall and has worked here ever since. He was previously a Partner at a former local firm of Borlase and Venning, which later joined forces to create CVC Solicitors where Nic is a Director. Nic specialises in Property Law and is Head of this Department based in the Penzance Office.
Sales and Purchases of Freehold & Leasehold Properties, Landlord & Tenant Lease Renewals, Enfranchisement Auctions, All Areas of Agricultural Property, Farm Business Tenancies, Section 106 Planning Agreements
Specialist Areas
Nic Jones
David Lush
Solicitor & Director
David carried out his Law Degree in Birmingham and then moved down to Cornwall to work for the firm of Solicitors called Chellews. David undertook his Articles at Chellews and qualified as a Solicitor in 1972, working in Cornwall ever since. David is a Director of CVC and specialises in Probate and the Administration of Estates but he has a wide experience in all areas of practice. David is the Anti Money Laundering Officer for the firm and he is also the Complaints Officer and he divides his time between the Hayle and Penzance Offices.
Probate, Wills & Estate Administration, Trusts, Tax & Planning, Court of Protection, Powers of Attorney, Commercial Leases, Commercial Conveyancing
Specialist Areas
David Lush
Grace Kertland-Peake
Practice Manager, Solicitor & Director
Grace carried out a Business Degree at Wolverhampton and a CPE Law Conversion course by the LPC. She then gained a Training Contract at South Shropshire District Council, qualifying as a Solicitor in 2007. Grace worked for Local Government specialising in Commercial Law and Procurement before moving to Cornwall to work as Deputy Superintendent of Births, Deaths and Marriages. As Practice Manager Grace focuses on the running of the firm and is the Compliance Officer for Financial Administration.
Risk Management & Compliance, Practice Management
Specialist Areas
Grace-Kertland Peake
Mykal O'Toole
Solicitor
Mykal qualified as a Solicitor in 1987 and has been working in the area for many years. Mykal came to CVC in 2015 after working at Nigel Pullen Solicitors in Truro and she has extensive experience in dealing with both contentious and non contentious matters. Mykal is based in the St Ives office but is able to see clients in any of our other offices or at home if required.
Family Law, Pre-Nuptial Agreements, Divorce, Separation, Children's Matters, Civil Litigation, Wills & Probate, Discretionary Trusts, Employment Issues, Residential & Commercial Property - Freehold & Leasehold, Business Sales & Acquisition, Power of Attorney, Court of Protection
Specialist Areas
Mykal O'Tool
Rob Synnott
SOLICITOR
Rob qualified as a Solicitor in 2003 having completed his legal training in the South East. He specialises in various aspects of Civil Litigation such as Personal Injury, Landlord & Tenant work and Professional Negligence but has a broad knowledge of Litigation. Rob is based in Penzance but can see clients at any of our offices or at home if required. Rob is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
Personal Injury, Professional Negligence, Construction Disputes, Landlord & Tenant Disputes, Debt Recovery, Contract Disputes, Partnership Disputes, Employment Law
Specialist Areas
Rob Synnott
Rob McKellar
SOLICITOR
Rob qualified as a Solicitor in 2009 having completed his Legal Practice Course at Exeter University and subsequent training in Somerset. He has since worked for a national legal services provider and also a legal 500 London based firm. His specialisms include Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Tax Planning. Rob makes his clients the priority and is flexible to meet their needs. He is based in the Penzance office but is more than happy to travel to other locations to see clients when needed.
Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, estate administration, Tax planning
Specialist Areas
Rob McKellar
Matt Rodd
Solicitor
Matt qualified as a Solicitor in 2006. He was a partner in a busy Leeds city centre law firm where he worked for 15 years until recently returning to his roots in Cornwall. Over the course of his career Matt has gained an extensive knowledge of the residential property market dealing with freehold, leasehold, shared ownership and right to buy transactions as well as new build purchases. Matt will also be able to assist in Commercial Conveyancing transactions. Matt is based in our Penzance office.
Sales & Purchases of Freehold & Leasehold, Remortgages, Equity Release, Shared Equity Schemes, Land Registry, Voluntary Registrations, Severance of Joint Tenancies, Auctions Sales & Purchases and Commercial Conveyancing
Specialist areas
Matt Rodd
Karen White
FCILEx
Karen joined the firm of Borlase & Venning in 1979 which is now part of the merged practice of CVC Solicitors. Karen has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives since 2002 and has extensive knowledge of all aspects of Property Law, including sales, purchases, re-mortgages, transfer of equity - to name a few. Karen is based in Penzance.
Sales & Purchases of Freehold & Leasehold Properties, Auctions - Sales & Purchases, Equity Release, Remortgaging, Co-ownership Transfers, Land Registry Voluntary Registrations, Buy To let
Specialist Areas
Karen White
Lesley Patrick
FCILEx & SFE
Lesley joined the firm in 2002 and qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2009. Lesley is part of our Private Client team who advise on a range of legal matters including Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Estate Administration. Lesley is a Dementia Friend and a full accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE). As a member of SFE Lesley is a specialist in advising older and vulnerable clients. Lesley is based in our Hayle office but is happy to visit clients at any one of our offices, or at a clients’ home if required.
Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Estate Administration, Care Home Fees, advising Elderly Clients
Specialist Areas
Lesley Patrick
Sarah Adkins
FCILEx, SFE & STEP
Sarah joined CVC in 2013. In 2014 Sarah become a Trainee Legal Executive and was given her own caseload. Sarah is now a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives having qualified in 2017. Sarah is an Associate Member of both STEP (www.step.org) and Solicitors for the Elderly (www.sfe.legal) and a Dementia Friend. See Sarah’s Specialist Areas below for the range of services she is able to provide. Sarah is based in Penzance but is able to see clients at any of our offices or at their home.
Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Estate Administration; Court of Protection applications; Advising Elderly clients; Funding Care
Specialist Areas
Sarah Adkins
Anna Wallis
Licenced Conveyancer
Anna qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2010 having joined the firm of Chellews in 2004. Anna works within the Conveyancing Department and is based within our busy Hayle office. As a fully qualified Licenced Conveyancer Anna is able to offer clients a full range of conveyancing services, which includes Residential Sales and Purchases, Remortgages, Transfer of Equity, and Leasehold Sales and Purchases.
Sales & Purchases of Freehold & Leasehold, Remortgages, Equity Release, Land Registry, Voluntary Registrations, Severance of Joint Tenancies, Auctions Sales & Purchases
Specialist Areas
Anna Wallis
Kerra Waters
PARALEGAL
Kerra is a Paralegal in our Conveyancing Dept. She completed her Law Degree in 2013 and worked as a Conveyancing Paralegal at a specialist conveyancing firm in Gloucester for a few years. Kerra assists in the Conveyancing Dept and shall be studying towards CILEx this year.
Sale and Purchase of Freehold & Leasehold properties, Re-mortgages, Land Registry voluntary registrations, Co-Ownership, Buy to Let.
Specialist Areas
Kerra Waters
Dwayne McAvoy
Conveyancing Executive
Dwayne has worked within a Conveyancing/Property role since 2002 and joined CVC in 2015 having relocated to Cornwall from South Yorkshire. Dwayne has gained significant experience over the years dealing with property transactions such as Residential Sales and Purchases, Co-Ownership, Buy To Let, Remortgages and Mobile Home Transactions. Dwayne is based in our busy Penzance office.
Residential Sales & Purchases, Co-Ownership, Buy to Let, Re-Mortgages, Mobile Home Transactions
Specialist Areas
Dwayne McAvoy