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Maria Christine Richards

Maria Christine Richards
Consultant Chartered Legal Executive

Maria is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and has over 20 years of experience practising in the largest firms in the Southwest.  Before joining Setfords she was a partner, Head of the Later Living Conveyancing team and a member of The Equity Release Council and subsequently became Head of Department. 

Maria also is also a senior examiner for the National Association of Licensed Paralegals, writes and moderates examinations and assignments and was the training manager for many years at her former firm.  Maria’s teaching experience extends from legal secretary courses to graduate and postgraduate levels in all areas of law and she is proud to have assisted over 7000 students in gaining a legal qualification of various levels over the past 15 years. 

Maria prides herself on communication with clients, referrers and agents and other professionals to ensure these close working relationships result in a smooth transaction for all involved. 

In Maria’s spare time, she enjoys various hobbies including cake decorating, baking, walking and going in the sea. She loves exploring Cornwall and all its hidden gems. 

Specialist Areas:

  • Sale and purchase of freehold and leasehold properties 
  • Equity Release 
  • Re-mortgages 
  • Co-ownership transfers 
  • Rights of way 
  • Land Registry voluntary registrations 
  • Auctions - sales and purchases 
  • Council Care Homes Deferred Charge Schemes 
  • Right to Buy - council or social housing 
  • Creation of Easements 
  • Transfers of Part 


Please accept our thanks Maria for your very efficient handling of our sale and purchase.  We’ll definitely be recommending your services to others.
- Mr & Mrs A -

Thank you for all you have done for me, during this hard time of losing my wife. It is most appreciated. Setford Solicitors are lucky to have you in their team, and I was lucky to find you.
- Mr F -

I will be sure to recommend your services to people I know who are looking for a good solicitor!
- Miss T -

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