Michelle Hawkins, previously from the USA, used to work at law firm Connor Culver Blake & Griffin LLP (the firm now has a different name) in Irvine, California. She specialised in complex business litigation and during this time passed the examination to become a notary public for the state of California, USA.

After moving permanently to the UK in 1996, Michelle worked for Devon and Cornwall Constabulary whilst studying English law.

Michelle began working for Coodes Solicitors in September 2004 to 2014 as a Licensed Conveyancer, returning on a near constant basis as a locum conveyancer until 2021 when she took on conveyancing for the Penzance branch of Coodes.

In 2009, she changed her qualification to being a Legal Executive.


Michelle is a highly experienced conveyancer and enjoys handling the more complex types of transaction.

She particularly enjoys acting for clients in transfers of part, for instance when clients are selling off parts of their land, possessory title applications, and assents, as well as helping clients with their sales and purchases.

Notable Residential Property cases

  • Deed of Variation

    Handling a leasehold purchase where a deed of variation was required to extend the lease term. The seller initially refused but upon insistence agreed to complete this simultaneously with the purchase of the property.

  • Freehold - Sale & Purchase

    Handling the sale of a property worth over £2 million that was exchanged less than two weeks after the contract was prepared and sent out. This included dealing with enquiries before the contract prior to the contract.

  • Deeds of Easements & Covenants

    Drafting the deeds of easement and deeds of release to change the drainage rights for two residential properties.

  • Voluntary First Registrations

    Having received instructions for a voluntary first registration of title deeds it was found that there was land within the boundaries of the property which was not part of the title and for which the clients did not have title deeds. The necessary papers were drawn up to register a possessory title to the said land and these were submitted simultaneously to land registry with the remainder of the title deeds.

  • Transfer of Equity & Removal of Deceased From Equity Release Mortgage

    A property was owned by a client and her partner. The partner passed away without a will and it was agreed with his personal representative that the client would purchase the partner’s share. The property had an equity release mortgage, so this meant dealing with the simultaneous transfer of equity together with dealing with the lender’s requirements which for equity release matters are substantial in comparison to standard mortgages.

Client Testimonials

Thanks to Sophie and Michelle for making our house sale and purchase go through so smoothly. They were excellent in all aspects of the transactions and very prompt in feedback.


You’ve been brilliant throughout the process. We felt like we were safe hands all the way through.


We wish to thank you for your time and efforts in making the sale of our late father and mothers home such a smooth process. You kept us totally informed throughout the sale which we very appreciated.


It was a pleasure to liaise with you and I found you both very professional, prompt, and courteous in your approach.


Thank you so much for dealing with the sale and purchase so professionally and swiftly. We are really happy with where were landed and cannot fault your service.


We would certainly come back to you again when we need a solicitor and highly recommend your services. We have worked with several solicitors over the last few years both around Cambridge and in the West and you have certainly been the best.


Thank you for guiding us through this process. We have been very happy with the guidance and advice you have given us.


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