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Medical negligence lawyer, Oliver Thorne, is often asked, 'Can I claim compensation from a GP if a medical mistake is made?' The answer has always been ‘yes’, but a new scheme makes the legal position even more clear-cut. From 1st April 2019, NHS Resolution is operating a new state-backed insurance scheme for GPs in England. It is called the Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice (CNSGP). The scheme automatically covers all GPs for compensation claims made against them (or anyone working...

Divorce solicitor Paul Jordan responds to the frequently asked question, "What are my rights if my name is not on the deeds when I'm getting divorced?" Most married couples who own a house will have both their names on the title deeds, or the registered title as it is now known. However, for a variety of reasons this isn't always the case and there is a significant proportion of cases where only the name of one spouse is registered. This doesn't usually...

"Can I reduce the maintenance I pay my ex?" is a question that solicitor Paul Jordan frequently hears. Paul specialises in the financial aspects of divorce and separation and in this article he looks at whether maintenance payments made to a former spouse under a ‘joint lives’ order can ever be reduced. The courts often make what are known as ‘joint lives’ maintenance orders on divorce. This requires you to pay maintenance to your ex until one of you die, or...

Our fees for probate services in administering an uncontested estate are based on the hourly rate of the conducting fee earner, together with any disbursements.  Disbursements are expenses paid to third parties such as court fees, valuation fees, search fees and fees for statutory advertising. Every case is different so the final cost of our probate services will depend on the amount of time it takes to complete the administration of the estate.  This, in turn, is dependent upon a wide range of variable factors...

We are delighted to announce that Slee Blackwell Solicitors are headline sponsors of the North Devon Hospice Nightwalk 2019. Nightwalk is the Hospice's annual ladies moonlight walk along the Tarka Trail. It is North Devon's biggest fundraising event in terms of scale and funds raised, and is scheduled to take place on Saturday 18th May this year. The walk features routes of 3, 7 and 11 miles, so you can pick the one that suits you best. It finishes in both Barnstaple and...

A boundary dispute can be very expensive, but that needn't be the case. Specialist boundary dispute solicitor David Paull looks at strategies for keeping legal costs to a minimum and suggests how to protect yourself against the risk of a costs order being made against you. A boundary disputes can be expensive to take to court and very often the legal costs will be disproportionate to the value of the land in dispute. This problem was recently highlighted by a court case where a home owner, who had...

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...