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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...

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...

Slee Blackwell solicitor James McNally has been recognised by the Attorney General Baroness Scotland as one of the country’s “Pro Bono Heroes” after establishing a website which provides free legal advice. James was named a Pro-Bono Hero at a reception at the House of Commons as part of National Pro Bono Week, an annual event which celebrates lawyers, law students and other professionals. Slee Blackwell solicitor James McNally has been recognised by the Attorney General Baroness Scotland as one of the...

Slee Blackwell Solicitors, in association with Devon Community Foundation, are pleased to announce the launch of their mobile phone recycling initiative. All phones that are donated will be recycled, with the money raised going to Devon Community Foundation. Under the Grassroots Scheme the Government will match any funding we raise until September 2009. So if you have an old mobile phone that you are willing to donate to this worthwhile cause then please drop it in to any one of Slee...

A team of solicitors from Slee Blackwell took part in the annual Red Cross Relay Marathon at Powderham Castle, Devon. The aim of the event was to raise funds for the many projects that the Red Cross run both in the UK and abroad. The teams comprised four members, each running 10k which made up the full marathon distance. Each team member had to run three laps of an undulating, mainly off road course around the historic Powderham Castle and its...