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Our Team

David Hassall

David Hassall

Director & Barrister (Previously a Solicitor) MSc LLM FALA

Fellowship of the Agricultural Law Association (ALA)
Office: 01548 854878
Mobile: 0777 5851271
Fax: 01548 807808

David’s first task in law was to arrest a vessel. Followed shortly after by successfully claiming for a client following a serious injury at sea. From then on he has rarely not had a maritime incident or vessel sale or purchase to work on.

On land from Cornwall to Cumbria, David’s early work was spent dealing with complicated land law transactions for both landed owners and for a time the Woodland Trust. Complicated Settled Land Act settlements, largely unregistered land, harbours, docks, marine developments and waterside property.

A Solicitor for many years rising to Senior Partner of a four-office practice before transferring to the Middle Temple. Whilst at Gray’s Inn, London he undertook complex land law issues from Welsh mining to planning. Sometimes extending to serious fraud before returning, as he always intended, to Devon.

With both an LLM in Contract and an MSc with Distinction in commercial leases, he is also qualified as a Mediator and for a time Fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators. He remains a Fellow by examination of the Agricultural Law Association.

His specialist areas of law include:

  • Capital rural taxation
  • Complex land law
  • Company disputes (from shareholders to fraud)
  • Fisheries law
Peter Norris

Peter Norris

Director & Solictor BSc (Hons) TEP

Office: 01548 854878
Mobile: 07843448262
Fax: 01548 807808

A graduate of Kings College, London and full Member of the STEP (Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners)

Peter was David’s Head of Probate and Private Client Department and Director in his former practice.

Whilst always willing to help within his areas of work, his special legal skills are in assisting with retirement and complicated tax planning, Wills often involving the preparation of Trusts or Family Trust Companies, then the inevitable Estate.

His special areas of expertise include:

  • Advice on protecting and/or maintaining family assets and tax
  • Deputyship work and the Court of Protection
  • Contested Probate
Sarah Ready

Sarah Ready

Chartered Legal Executive (FILEX)

Office: 01548 854878
Mobile 07402 089170
Fax: 01548 807808

Sarah who is a Chartered Legal Executive, specialises in residential conveyancing, and first started her property law career over three decades ago. She has in-depth experience of domestic residential transactions and has acted for a wide variety of high net worth individuals in the sale and purchase of both freehold and leasehold properties.

Her early work for a Water Company saw her creating a specialism in water law and agricultural drainage rights which has more recently assisted her in developing a niche in mooring rights, agricultural land transactions together with water fronting property sale or purchase.

She also deals with re-mortgages, equity release, shared ownership, help to buy, new builds, deeds of variation and deeds of surrender and re-grant of leases, plot sales on small and larger developments, high value property purchases and unregistered land registrations.


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