Chris was educated in Port Isaac and Camelford before completing his law degree at Manchester University and qualifying in 1980 having completed post graduate studies at the College of Law in Guildford.  He worked in Bodmin for 20 years before establishing his own practice in Boscastle in 1998. 

With previous experience as a litigator, Chris now specialises in residential and commercial conveyancing and agricultural property law, wills and probate and general commercial work.  His litigation background continues to be useful in property related disputes.  

Chris is the harbourmaster at Boscastle and Chairman of Lesnewth Parish Council.

Outside the firm, Chris enjoys fishing and lobster potting and running a small farm.  He was a lifeguard at Polzeath in his early years and still enjoys surfing.  He also likes spending time with his large family and became a grandfather in 2014!


SANDY COLLINGS – Legal Executive (CFILEx)

Sandy worked for many years as a legal secretary and completed her CFILEx qualification over a period of 4 years part-time whilst continuing to work full-time as a legal secretary.

Qualifying in 2005, Sandy gained broad experience with Whetter Duckworth Fowler (a small general practice situated in the outskirts of Oxford) before relocating to Cornwall and joining Christopher Key in 2011.  Sandy’s current practice focuses on residential conveyancing (freehold and leasehold), mortgages, re-mortgages and transfers of land.  She also has carriage of the firm’s residential tenancy matters and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Outside work, Sandy enjoys walking, cooking, reading (fiction/autobigraphies) and listening to all types of music.


JUNE HUMPHREY - Finance Manager

June is an Associate of the Institute of Legal Finance and management and has worked for a variety of solicitors in legal finance for 28 years.  June manages the firm's office and client accounts and controls the financial side of the practice.  June joined Christopher Key in 2007 and works Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Outside of work, June's interests are reading, gardening, learning Italian and endeavouring to train her dogs!

June is also the Compliance Officer for Finance & Administration under the Solicitors Regulation Authority for the firm.


SUSIE GRAINGER - Reception/Admin Assistant

Susie joined Christopher Key in 2014 and works Monday, Wednesday and Friday providing administrative assistance and will usually be your first point of contact at the firm.  Susie comes to us with a background of office administration, book keeping and secretarial experience.


Molly Painter - Legal Assistant

Molly is Christopher’s legal assistant and has worked for him since 2007, helping with Wills, Probate and Litigation matters. Molly has a Certificate in Law with the Open University. In her spare time she enjoys yoga and exploring Cornwall with her young daughter. She is studying part time for a Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing.


Jean Tatam - Conveyancer

Jean is a conveyancer who deals with residential and commercial property transactions. She has worked for the firm since the beginning and has over 30 years of Conveyancing and lives in St. Minver.