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The latest edition of The Legal 500 has just been published and once again Slee Blackwell Solicitors have been included as a ‘recommended’ firm. Three areas of practice were singled out for this honour: Claimant clinical negligence Contentious trusts and probate Claimant personal injury A number of our lawyers also received a mention, including Oliver Thorne, who specialises in clinical negligence, and Lee Dawkins for heading what the directory refers to as an ‘impressive offering’ in contentious trusts and probate. The Legal 500...

Graeme Biffen and Martyn Venner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt successfully defended their title with a back-to-back win in the Annual Slee Blackwell Croquet Challenge. Steve Horton and Marcia Dare of accountants Milsted Langdon finished runners-up. This year the event was in aid of Changing Faces, a charity set up to help people suffering disfigurement www.changingfaces.org.uk. The charity was nominated by solicitor James McNally who works with victims of dog attacks, many of whom sustain serious facial disfigurement. We were fortunate to hold...

Slee Blackwell Solicitors won 2 award categories and were runners up in 3 more at the inaugural Devon and Somerset Law Society Legal Awards on Thursday 3 March. The prestigious event was hosted by BBC legal expert Joshua Rozenberg at Sandy Park, Exeter. The black tie gala was commenced in rousing style by the Royal Marines military band. The Law Society president was guest of honour. He used the occasion to voice his worries about access to law and justice in the...

Former England rugby star, Neil Back, is to be the guest of honour at ManTrak, a charity event sponsored by Slee Blackwell Solicitors. ManTrak, is a men-only sponsored walk along the Tarka Trail in aid of North Devon Hospice on Saturday March 19th. Neil Back, who was a member of England's Rugby World Cup winning team in 2003, will be joining in the walk which finishes with a pasty, a pint and England's final game in the Six Nations Championship on the...

On Wednesday 14 October, Naomi Ireson and Kit O'Brien, lawyers at our Taunton office, were delighted to present the Slee Blackwell Solicitors Croquet Challenge trophy to the worthy winners of the competition we hosted in September. Not only did Graeme Biffen and Martyn Venner of Greenslade Taylor Hunt win the team challenge, Martyn also triumphed in the individual 'Crazy Croquet' competition. Martyn and Graeme have said that the trophy will be proudly displayed at their offices in Taunton and they are...

Roderick Moore, a barrister with a lifelong interest in horses and racing, has joined Slee Blackwell Solicitors as a partner. He joins us from Pump Court Chambers in London where he has built up an enviable practice in racing and bloodstock law, alongside regulatory work and employment law. Roderick, who has been described in a leading legal directory as having “a unique knowledge of the racing and bloodstock sector”, has an enviable record when representing licensed individuals before the British Horseracing Authority’s...

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...