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Barnstaple solicitors Slee Blackwell have been shortlisted for two prestigious legal awards from the Devon and Somerset Law Society. Winners of the 2020 DASLS legal awards will be announced at the Society’s Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony at Exeter Cathedral on 30th April 2020. The DASLS Legal Awards, which are judged by a panel of nine independent judges, recognise the achievements of those who have gone the extra mile for their clients, their community and their profession. The two lawyers from Slee Blackwell...

Personal injury case study We have recovered compensation totaling £30,000 for a 90 year old woman who suffered an accident in a car park while attending a function at a golf club near Bristol. The accident occurred as she was returning to her vehicle that was parked in the club's car park. Unfortunately her foot got caught in an open drain on the pathway, causing a fracture to the neck of the femur of her left hip and multiple abrasions. It was a nasty injury and meant she had...

We have recently succeeded in a medical negligence claim for an A&E mistake. Here is a brief case summary. If you are looking for solicitors with experience of a medical negligence claim for an A&E mistake then call our FREE LEGAL HELPLINE on 0808 139 1601 for an assessment of your claim and details of our No Win, No Fee funding scheme.  Our medical negligence team has recently represented a woman in a successful claim against Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Trust. The woman had previously had a successful...

Executors often ask, 'When is it safe to distribute an estate?' It is a very important question as there can be serious consequences for an executor who gets it wrong, including personal liability. In this article contentious probate solicitor, Chris Holten looks at a recent case of an executor who has found himself in hot water and how such problems can be avoided. A professional executor has recently been fined £15,000. His mistake?  Allowing a distribution from an estate. The estate is question was subject to a...

Finalists for the CILEx National Awards include our own Jasmine Moxey-Butler Jasmine, a member of our personal injury team based at the firm's Taunton office, was obviously overjoyed by the news, but she isn't getting carried away just yet. "Its a strong field," she said. "The list includes some very able and impressive lawyers who have achieved great things on the national stage and I am simply honoured to be included in that company." The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives National Awards 2019 celebrate 'the best...

Clinical negligence lawyer Oliver Thorne meets celebrity chef Michael Caines at charity launch Last night (1/7/19) saw the launch of the prestigious Calvert Trust Exmoor Business Club, hosted by one of the Trust’s ambassador and award winning chef, Mr Michael Caines MBE. The Calvert Trust is a wonderful charity whose mission is to "…enable people with disabilities to achieve their potential through the challenge of adventurous activities in the countryside." The Trust relies solely on donations and fundraising in order to survive and...

Slee Blackwell's award winning abuse lawyer Elizabeth Duncan appeared on Charlie Taylor's breakfast show on BBC Radio Somerset this morning (24 May 2019) to discuss the case of convicted pedophile Bob Higgins. Higgins abused boys over a period of 25 years while working as a youth football coach for clubs like Southampton FC. Using his position as a 'star maker' Higgins was able to gain access to his young victims who believed he could make their dreams of becoming a professional footballer come...

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...

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...