PENDERLAW - Key Persons

Alice Vage

Job Titles:
  • Executive in Property
  • Property Executive - Property
Alice was born and raised in Cornwall. She studied Law at Swansea University graduating with a 2:1 honours before moving to London to study her LPC with Masters at the University of Law Bloomsbury, graduating with a Commendation. Alice's sound academic record means she intends to qualify as a Solicitor in the near future. After finishing her academic studies, Alice joined Penderlaw subsequent to completing work experience with the Firm in 2016. As a fee earner within the Property department, Alice undertakes all aspects of residential conveyancing including sales and purchases, first registrations, assents and transfers and assisting on commercial matters. Outside of work Alice enjoys walks in the Cornish countryside, sailing, visiting her local gym and spending time with her family and friends.

Amy Davis

Job Titles:
  • Legal Assistant - Wills, Trusts & Probate
  • Legal Assistant in Wills, Trusts & Probate
  • Private Client Team As a Legal Assistant
Amy joined the Private Client Team as a legal assistant in 2017 after relocating with her family to Cornwall from Bristol. She enjoyed many summer holidays in Cornwall during her childhood. After completing her A-Levels, Amy undertook a Level 3 Retail Apprenticeship with the John Lewis Partnership where she developed her exceptional administrative and customer service skills which she now uses on a day to day basis when dealing with Will, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate matters. Amy has previously travelled across Eastern Europe and spent a brief period working in a Romanian orphanage. In her spare time, Amy likes to read and bake, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Beth Sadler

Job Titles:
  • Receptionist
  • Reception
Beth was born and grew up in Cornwall and recently completed her A Level Law with Callywith College in 2020. Her previous employment was with Holiday Inn Express where she worked on Reception and gained skills in customer service and front of house. She joined Penderlaw Solicitors in February 2021 as a receptionist and is keen build on her skills and experience through her new position with Penderlaw. In her spare time Beth enjoys going to the beach and coast path walks with her friends and family.


Job Titles:
  • Legal Assistant - Disputes & Litigation


Job Titles:
  • Instructor
  • Executive - Deputyships, Trusts & Compliance
Claire moved to Cornwall in 1985 from Northamptonshire and has worked at Penderlaw since 1996 when she originally joined the firm as a Litigation Executive. Claire is our longest serving member of staff and has particular interest and experience in Public Guardianship work and Trust management. Claire, a former fitness instructor, enjoys running, pilot gig rowing, skiing and generally keeping herself fit. She can be found walking her dog on many of Cornwall's beaches particularly during the Poldark filming season for a spell of Aiden-Turner-spotting.

Demelza Dunstan

Job Titles:
  • Solicitor - Property
  • Solicitor in Property
Demelza is proud of her Cornish roots and qualified as a solicitor in 1998 having completed her professional studies at Southampton and Exeter universities. Prior to joining Penderlaw in September 2016, Demelza had a short time away from practice teaching law at both degree and professional qualification levels which has enhanced her communication skills. Priding herself on her technical ability, Demelza undertakes all aspects of residential and commercial conveyancing with a particular interest in complex transactions. Away from the office Demelza enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters and their mischievous cat, Mario. Demelza is also a Chief Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives which involves writing and reviewing exam papers.


Job Titles:
  • Brand & Operations Manager
Elizabeth was born and grew up in Cornwall before moving away to study and begin her career in marketing. She returned in 1999 and worked as Marketing Manager at Trebah Gardens, and then at the Eden Project, before joining Ramsay Healthcare to apply her marketing skills to a different sector. She then worked as a freelance marketing consultant before joining Penderlaw as Brand & Operations Manager in October 2020. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, learning the cello, playing tennis and enjoying beautiful Cornwall.

John Wyatt

Job Titles:
  • Business Consultant
John qualified as a Solicitor in 1981 and became partner of a large Plymouth law firm shortly after. John was then managing partner for a total of 11 years and built up a successful career in litigation and animal welfare law. John was also President of the Plymouth Law Society in 2000. In 2015 John retired and now assists Penderlaw as a business consultant giving practical advice on, and helping to implement, improvements to both the management of the practice and in relation to other changes required to improve the overall performance of the business. John enjoys skiing in his spare time and has a collection of vintage cars.

Leah Chenoweth

Job Titles:
  • Associate Solicitor - Wills, Trusts & Probate
  • Associate Solicitor in Wills, Trusts & Probate
Leah completed her BA Hons degree in Southampton and later studied law at Exeter University. She qualified in 2008 and joined Penderlaw in 2012 as an Associate Solicitor and Head of the Private Client Team. Leah specialises in Estate Administration and has particular expertise in complex inheritance tax accounts, technical probate applications and Court of Protection applications. Leah also joined Solicitors for the Elderly as a professional member in July 2012. Leah travelled the globe after her studies and is now settled back in Cornwall with her family and her dog Rosie.

Lucy Duffin

Job Titles:
  • Solicitor - Wills, Trusts & Probate
  • Solicitor in Wills, Trusts & Probate
After studying her Law with Criminology (LL.B Hons) at Sheffield Hallam University, Lucy came to Penderlaw to undertake work experience during the summer months of 2015. Following this, she then joined Penderlaw full-time as a legal assistant in the Private Client Department. In March 2020, Lucy qualified as a solicitor, following the completion of her LPC (Legal Practice Course) and Training Contract with Penderlaw. Lucy continues to work in the Private Client Department and drafts Wills, Powers of Attorney, Trusts, and deals with the administration of Estates and Probate applications. She also carries out succession planning; advising on both lifetime and post-death arrangements. Outside of work, Lucy enjoys socialising with friends and family and also visits her local gym regularly.

Lucy Scoley

Job Titles:
  • Probate Manager / Wills, Trusts & Probate
  • Probate Manager in Wills, Trusts & Probate
Lucy moved to Cornwall in 2004 to study Textile Design at University College Falmouth where she graduated with a 2:1 honours degree. After working for a national recruitment agency and stockbrokers she joined Penderlaw in 2013 to the Private Client Team where she is now a Probate Manager dealing with probate applications and estate administration. Lucy is married and has a young son and daughter with whom she enjoys going for beach walks. She spends her spare time running and sewing gifts and clothes.


Job Titles:
  • Financial Consultant

Melissa Polglase

Job Titles:
  • Solicitor - Disputes & Litigation, Business & Commercial
  • Solicitor / Disputes & Litigation
  • Solicitor in Disputes & Litigation, Business & Commercial
Melissa, much like her Cornish name suggests, was born and grew up in Cornwall. She studied Law at the University of Reading graduating in 2014 with a 2:1 honours, before moving back to Cornwall. Melissa joined Penderlaw in March 2015 and works in the Litigation Department. Alongside her work in the Litigation Department, Melissa is currently studying for her Masters in Legal Practice. Melissa started her training contract with Penderlaw in July 2017 and qualified as a solicitor in January 2019.


Job Titles:
  • Finance Director
  • Financial Consultant
  • Head of Finance at Bond Pearce Solicitors
Paul trained with Grant Thornton over 20 years ago and is a Chartered Accountant. After seven years working in general practice, Paul was appointed head of finance at Bond Pearce Solicitors. Nine years later Paul took the opportunity to take the Finance Director role at Foot Anstey Solicitors, a position he held for seven years. Paul is an experienced Finance Director and the ideal person to give practical advice on, and helping to implement, improvements to both the management information and in relation to other changes required to improve the financial performance of a business.

Rachel Macwilliam

Job Titles:
  • Solicitor - Family & Matrimonial, Disputes & Litigation, Business & Commercial
  • Solicitor / Family & Matrimonial
  • Solicitor in Family & Matrimonial, Disputes & Litigation, Business & Commercial
Rachel was born in Somerset but moved to Cornwall at a young age. She studied law with business at the University of Plymouth where she also completed the Graduate Diploma in Law before going on to complete her Legal Practice Course at the University of the West of England in Bristol. Rachel joined the firm in December 2011 and having started her training contract in March 2013, qualified as a solicitor in December 2014. Rachel is a self-proclaimed bookworm, regular theatre-goer and sporadic gym-goer. In her spare time, she also enjoys baking, spending time with her family and friends and looking after her three young nephews. Rachel is currently practicing in our Litigation department in the following areas: • Personal injury and clinical negligence claims • Divorce and separation applications and advice • Contentious probate • Commercial and shareholder disputes • Contract and land disputes


Job Titles:

Robin Pender

Job Titles:
  • Principal Solicitor and Director
Robin was born in Cornwall, and spent his childhood in the picturesque village of Mousehole. He studied in Durham and London before moving back to Truro to begin his legal career. Robin qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and has vast experience not only in law firm management but also in Private Client work, as well as a wide range of litigation work. Robin invests a huge amount of time and energy into supervising his team, passing on his knowledge and expertise. Enabling his colleagues to progress in their careers and continue to deliver a high standard of service and quality work. Robin enjoys spending time with his family, cycling and out on the water. Our office is located opposite the cathedral in the heart of Truro. The team at Penderlaw includes experienced Solicitors and Legal Executives as well as Trainee Solicitors. We offer expert legal advice on both personal and commercial matters, including property, disputes, family law, wills, trusts, probate and power of attorney.

Samantha Bellamy

Job Titles:
  • Chartered Legal Executive / Property, Business & Commercial
  • Chartered Legal Executive in Property
Sam was born and raised in Cornwall and studied Law at Cardiff University. Shortly after graduating in 2011, Samantha joined Penderlaw and works as a Chartered Legal Executive in the Property department undertaking all aspects of property transactions with a particular interest in commercial matters and high value transactions.

Sara Tucker

Job Titles:
  • Practice Manager
Sara was born and grew up in Cornwall, she has a background in administration and accounts starting from the beginning of her career after leaving school. Sara returned to college on a part time AAT course along side working full time at a stockbrokers in Truro, before joining Penderlaw as Accounts Manager and continuing her studies in Accountancy from 2012. Part way through her employment, Sara was away for a period of time bringing up her two young children. She then returned to Penderlaw as Operations Manager in 2017 and became Practice Manager in 2020. Sara spends the majority of her spare time with her family, enjoying days out exploring different parts of Cornwall along with her children, husband and cocker spaniel. Sara also spends time at home doing home improvements, and her hobbies include running, yoga, gardening, makeup and photography.


Job Titles:
  • Legal Assistant - Property


Job Titles:
  • Legal Assistant / Family & Matrimonial
Tegan, was born and raised in Cornwall. She studied Law at the University of Swansea graduating in 2017 with a 2:1 honours, before moving back to Cornwall. Tegan joined Penderlaw's litigation department in 2018, following work experience with the Firm in 2017. Outside of work, Tegan enjoys all things ‘country', from walking the dogs along the coastline to summertime picnics with friends. She also enjoys, travelling, skiing, and cooking.

Tegan Pownall

Job Titles:
  • Legal Assistant - Family & Matrimonial, Disputes & Litigation
  • Legal Assistant in Family & Matrimonial, Disputes & Litigation


Job Titles:
  • Solicitor - Property

Yasin Ahmed

Job Titles:
  • Legal Assistant - Property
  • Legal Assistant in Property
Yasin (Yaz) was born and raised in Truro and went on to study Law with Business at the University of Plymouth, graduating with a 2:1 honours degree. Yaz joined Penderlaw in October 2020 after completing work experience with the firm in 2019 and is working as a Legal Assistant in the Property Department. He is currently undertaking the LPC with Masters at the University of Exeter, and intends to qualify as a Solicitor in the future. In his spare time he enjoys socialising with friends and family, visiting the local gym and participating in some Powerlifting.