8 reviews (2/5) and information for Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP, Taunton
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1 Marco Polo House, Cook Way, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 6BJ
- 12 Mill Street, Bideford
- 2 Lime Court, Pathfields Business Park, South Molton
- 2-6 South Street, Braunton
- 10 Cross Street, Barnstaple
Languages spoken English
Size of firm 2 solicitors
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Legal services at this branch
- Commercial litigation
- Family - divorce and separation
- Family - general
- Family - marriage and civil partnerships
- Landlord and tenant - commercial
- Landlord and tenant - residential
- Litigation - general
- Personal injury
- Personal injury - RTA
- Private client - Probate
- Private client - Wills
- Professional negligence
23/02/22 - Reviewed by Profit over people by any means necessary
I entered a CFA with a solicitor 13.12.16
The solicitor advised me my claim was worth more than £25,000 and would be a multitrack claim.
The solicitor issued protective proceedings with a value of £5,000 - £10,000. They amended the claim form to £50,000 with red pen only before solicitor service approximately 3-4 months later.
The claim was provisionally allocated to the fast track 17.07.18. Direction questionnaires were exchanged with both parties agreeing to a multi track allocation.
At a CCMC the solicitor informed the Judge my claim was worth upto £100,000 (did not inform me). A budget was agreed between the parties of £86,237.30. My solicitor was told by Judge Gore QC to cure their abuse of process, pay the relevant Court fee and amend the value of claim on particulars and claim form. They failed to do this.
My solicitor terminated the CFA on short notice of a one day fast track trial (03.07.19) after incurring £79,000 of irrecoverable costs without my informed consent (E07YX970)
The solicitor was removed from the Court record and the HHJJ Carr allocated my claim to the multitrack. I had to pay another solicitor £48,5000 to complete my claim as the defendant DHL Supply Chain insisted on contesting the claim at Trial without consideration of ADR settlement.
My claim was ill prepared but nevertheless I was awarded £7,000 after a 3 day contested multi track hearing.
My former solicitor then issued a Part 8 Solicitor client assessment (G90EX002) application pursuant to s.70 Solicitors Act without disclosure of a statutory invoice. Beware - Predators.
07/09/20 - Reviewed by Michael Moffatt
Complete waste of time. After three years, they dropped my case because one of the men who abused me was already in prison and had no assets. I was never trying to sue him, I was suing Essex county council because I was in care and abused by four men whilst there. I even had to inform them that Norfolk police had sat on the case for 15 months without even looking at it. They did practically no work on the case at all.
01/08/19 - Reviewed by Anonymous
Was called by a misinformed, abusive narcissist from their Barnstaple office, and ranted at, if you have been seriously abused in your marriage then this is not the place to go and probably not for anything else either.
14/06/18 - Reviewed by Anonymous
Useless trying to buy a house through them ha ha what a joke, they delayed it by weeks and weeks and cost me more money, made the sellers jump through hoops for no reason. Donâ€™t use !
General Legal advice
26/08/14 - Reviewed by Anonymous
My case was funded by my insurance company, it was also controlled by them unfortunately. This was an extremely bad experience for myself. For 3 years I was given the run a round, only to be told a week before the case legally expired, that I was better off going down the small claims route. Very bad communication, attitude, and practice. So in all, I was better off going at it alone. I made a complaint to the LO and was awarded Â£100 in compensation. What a waste of time! Please think twice before using their so called services.
02/09/14 - Response by Anonymous
As this is an anonymous review we cannot comment on the specifics of the case, but where a claim is funded by an insurance company it is the insurer who controls the purse strings; not the client and certainly not us. Understandably, the insurer will not continue to fund a case where reasonable prospects of success do not exist. The insurer will be guided by the barrister's assessment. If the barrister is not convinced that the evidence supporting the client's case is sufficient to justify further funding then we will be unable to take the case any further. We appreciate that clients can be disappointed by a negative assessment and we always exhaust all potential options before this position is reached. However, it is a fact that some people's cases are just not as strong or as valuable as they think they are. We always try to gather sufficient evidence to convince a court of the merits of a claim and will leave no stone unturned, but sadly this isn't always possible. It sounds as though this was one of those cases where, despite our best efforts, the client's case was just not strong enough and had to be discontinued. It is regrettable and perhaps understandable that some people's instinct is to blame the lawyer, but it's really a case of 'shooting the messenger'.
20/03/18 - Response by John
I totally agree, they never answer the phone or seem to check there messages or reply to emails, but they still seem to be able to run up a huge bill. A total waste of my time and money, avoid!
18/09/19 - Response by Anonymous
Interesting reading. I am 2 years into a small claim following an accident at work and as yet looks like nowhere the end. In 23 months, their costs are currently at around £1600. Their lowest charge out is £200 per hour. This equates to around 8 hours working on my claim, 1 hour every 3 months!! This, I think, demonstrates Slee Blackwell's diligence and commitment to their clients.
25/02/22 - Response by Peter Sammon
How about some informed consent before you laden a lay person with irrecoverable costs. How about paying the relevant Court fee and allocating the claim to a track. Slee Blackwell Solicitors only care about their excessive and disproportionate costs. They will then take you to Court G90EX002 claiming to be a creditor despite abandonment of your claim. The worst Corporation ever, no morals, no ethics, no truth just deception.
General Legal advice
26/04/11 - Reviewed by Stuart and Moira Robinson
We were, initially, slightly concerned about using a firm that was not local to our home in Nottingham but our concerns were foundless. Everything was dealt with great professionalism and promptness
General Legal advice
26/04/11 - Reviewed by Daphne Ruth Fewings
I have always been delighted with the service provided by Slee Blackwell. Andrew Burke, Louise Langabeer and Toni Sinclair have all acted for me brilliantly. Thank you.
General Legal advice
26/04/11 - Reviewed by Stephen Crawley
From first enquiry to completion, Louise provided an efficient service with speedy responses and without any need for us to chase developments. I had feared the worst having heard stories from friends of other solicitors but would have no hesitation in recommending you and using you again
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