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The Mayor of Barnstaple has announced the launch of an annual Barnstaple Marathon and Half Marathon. Slee Blackwell have pledged their support to this prestigious event by agreeing to be one of the race sponsors. The first race will take place on Sunday 28th September 2014. It will start and finish at Rock Park, Barnstaple, and will take in sections of the Tarka Trail. Commando Logistic Regiment RM, has confirmed that the route will also include the Chivenor airfield perimeter road. Its a...

Criminal Law Solicitor, Zara Svensson, comments on the reform of criminal justice In April the Government announced plans to reform the criminal justice system by inviting firms to tender for criminal defence services. Bids will only be accepted if they are less than 17.5% below current fees and, in our area, bidders will have to cover the whole of Devon & Cornwall. No law firm in North Devon can bid because none cover that widespread area and none are currently making...

A team of 5 men from Slee Blackwell took part in a fundraising walk in wet and windy conditions from Bideford to Barnstaple on 10 February, and raised over £3,500 for our charity partner, North Devon Hospice. Kate Kernahan, currently a trainee in our Commercial Department is running the London Marathon on 21 April 2013. Kate is hoping to comp the course in close to 4 hours, is training hard and has already raised over £2,000 for the North Devon...

Mike Clarke, a specialist personal injury solicitor and partner in charge of Slee Blackwell’s Bideford office, is a qualified advanced motorcyclist and has been riding since the age of 17. He is a member of Devon Freewheelers EVS, a charity which provides urgent and emergency transport of vital medical supplies such as medicine, premature baby milk, blood, human tissue, and donor organs to hospitals throughout the South West. This service covers night-time and weekends when normal delivery procedures are either...

We all know that fraud and identity theft are on the increase. Fraudsters are employing ever more sophisticated methods to exploit the unwitting public and are now seeking to dupe people by impersonating solicitors firms. The problem is so bad that the Law Society has recently issued a practice direction warning lawyers to take particular care when dealing with legal practices who are unknown to them. One of the latest cases to hit the headlines concerns a practice known as “Orient Solicitors”...

The latest edition of The Legal 500 has again included Slee Blackwell Solicitors among the law firms identified as leaders in the field. The Legal 500 is the largest and most in depth independent survey of the legal market. Its editors use a range of criteria when reviewing the performance of a law firm, including:- Technical ability; Market share; Track record in top cases; Reputation for handling complex cases; Perception in the market. Partner Lee Dawkins welcomed the firm’s inclusion commenting: “I...

Slee Blackwell Solicitors are leaving their offices in South Street, South Molton to move to new purpose-built offices at Lime Court, Pathfield Business Park, South Molton. The move will take place on 2nd November and the firm is holding an open day on 21st November. Slee Blackwell acquired the long running South Molton practice of Riccard & Co in 1985 and have remained in the same offices until now. Senior Partner John Pearn said this week:- "These prestigious premises will see...

Following on from the previous article detailing Slee Blackwell’s newly formed allegiance with Bideford Rugby Club, it was promised that a report on the Grand Opening Day of the new changing rooms would be forthcoming – with pictures! The day itself was a resounding success with several hundred supporters turning out to cheer on the players and show their appreciation for all the effort that has been put in to the club’s development project. The juniors played a demonstration game to...

Slee Blackwell have recently become affiliated with one of North Devon’s favourite rugby clubs by becoming a main sponsor of Bideford RFC for the upcoming 2009-2010 season. Bideford RFC has strong ties throughout North Devon and is very much a part of the community, receiving huge support from its local members as well as from people who have moved farther a field. The atmosphere at the club is always friendly and people of all ages enjoy themselves watching the games, socialising...