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The Great Slee Blackwell Croquet Challenge has been won by local estate agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt for the 3rd year running. This year’s event was in aid of Age UK Somerset, a charity that does so much valuable work for elderly people in Somerset. Phil Dolan of Age UK Somerset, whose own team finished as runners-up, expressed his thanks to Slee Blackwell and the other businesses that took part in the competition for raising much needed funds for the charity. “I think many...

A COACH ACCIDENT VICTIM WHO SUFFERED POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) HAS WON OVER £99,000 IN COMPENSATION Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP recently represented the victim of a serious coach accident. Our client had been working in France at a ski resort. As she was returning home to the UK the brakes of the coach in which she was travelling failed without warning. To avoid the coach veering over a precipice the driver ran the coach into a wall. Tragically the coach driver died in the incident, but his bravery surely saved the lives of many passengers...

How can the cost of medical negligence claims be reduced while still providing compensation to victims? We are frequently contacted by people who have been the victim of medical negligence but are in two minds about making a legal claim. Their uncertainty is often caused by anxiety about pursuing a case against a medical practitioner they have trusted, the fear of legal costs or the length of time a medical negligence claim might take. However, in addition to these concerns people are increasingly aware from media...

The annual Slee Blackwell Charity Croquet Challenge returns on 27 July 2017. This year the event is in aid of Age UK Somerset, who do such wonderful work for older people in our local community. Our hosts, as ever, are the impressive Taunton Deane Croquet Club, whose members will be on hand to give coaching tips to those who are new to wielding a mallet. Taunton's Greenslade Taylor Hunt will be returning to retain the trophy for a third consecutive year. A BBQ will be...

Abuse lawyer, Liz Duncan, examines the links between sexual abuse and mental health, explaining that compensation from a legal claim can be used to enable the survivor to access specialist therapy and counselling to aid their recovery The Mental Health Foundation is reporting that nearly two thirds of us will experience mental health problems at some time, with only 13% of the population living with high levels of good mental health. Mental health issues are a particular concern for the survivors of sexual abuse....

A Section 21 Notice under the 1988 Housing Act is served on a tenant where the Landlord requires possession at the end of a fixed term of an Assured Shorthold tenancy. Whilst a landlord does not have to provide reasons as to why he/she would like to regain possession of the property, the procedures of the section 21 Notice require that: Landlords must give two months' notice; The notice cannot be served within the first 4 months of a tenancy. Prior to 01...

Lee Dawkins looks at the rise of the Claims Management Company and explains why you should always use a solicitor What is a Claims Management Company? The Claims Management Company, or CMC, is a relatively recent phenomenon. They  arrived on the scene when solicitors were first permitted to deal with personal injury claims on a No Win - No Fee basis. CMCs are now big business. They have gradually edged solicitors aside and account for the lion's share of the personal injury claim market. They...