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Slee Blackwell is the trading name of Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registration number OC404335 whose registered office is 10 Cross Street, Barnstaple, Devon. It also has offices in Taunton, Braunton, South Molton and Bideford. The VAT number of Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP is 144 1269 85 Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with SRA number 00628016. On this website, and in all other contexts, the term ‘partner’ is used to refer to a member of Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP or any employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualification. A full list of the Members of Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP is available for inspection at the registered office. Prior to May 2016, Slee Blackwell carried on business as a general partnership under the Partnership Act 1890. Nothing on this website or in any material referred to should be construed as indicating that Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP is an unlimited liability business or general partnership. The professional indemnity insurers of Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP are Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty AG.Policy No GBF001098150

Disclaimer

We have made every reasonable effort to ensure that the material contained on this site was accurate and up-to-date on the date that it was posted. However, please be aware that the law is forever developing and the current legal position may have changed since the material was written. The material here is therefore merely intended to provide general information. Nothing on this site constitutes legal advice or creates a solicitor/client relationship. Users should seek professional legal guidance before acting or relying on the contents. We disclaim all liability for loss and/or damage that may result from the use of information contained on this site. Any links to third party websites are for the user’s information. The contents of those sites are not endorsed by us and we disclaim all liability for loss and/or damage incurred as a result of using such links. By using this website you are agreeing to the terms of this disclaimer.

Copyright

The copyright and contents of this website belong to Slee Blackwell Solicitors and we reserve all rights. You may download, print and copy extracts from this website for personal use only but no right, title or interest transfers to you from such downloading. Copying any part of this website for any other use without our prior written permission remains prohibited

Investment Services

We are not authorised by the Financial Services Authority. However, we are included on the register maintained by the Financial Services Authority so that we can carry on insurance mediation activity, which is broadly the advising on, selling and administration of insurance contracts. This part of our business, including arrangements for complaints or redress if something goes wrong, is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The register can be accessed via the Financial Services Authority website.

Sometime conveyancing, family, probate or company work involves investments. We are not authorised by the Financial Services Authority and so may refer you to someone who is authorised to provide any necessary advice. However, we can provide certain limited services in relation to investments, provided they are closely linked with the legal services we are providing you, as regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

The Law Society is a designated professional body for the purpose of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 but responsibility for regulation and complaints handling has been separated from the Law Society’ representative functions. The Solicitors Regulation Authority is the independent regulatory body of the Law Society and the Legal Ombudsman is the independent complaints handling body of the Law Society.

Complaints

If you have a problem with the service we have provided for you then please let us know. We will try to resolve any problems quickly and we operate an internal complaints handling system to help us resolve any problems. A copy of the firms’ Complaints Procedure for Clients is available on request. If we are unable to resolve the problem then at the conclusion of the complaint process or after 8 weeks of you first making the complaint to this firm you have the right to complain further to the Legal Ombudsman.

If you are still not satisfied about your complaint, you can contact the Legal Ombudsman at PO Box 6806 Wolverhampton. WV1 9WJ or by phoning 0300 555 0333 or by email enquires@legalombudsman.org.uk.Normally, you will need to bring a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman (www.legalombudsman.org.uk) within six months of receiving a final written response from us about your complaint or within a year of the act or omission about which you are complaining occurring (or you become aware of it).

Client Monies & Interest

Slee Blackwell will accept and hold client monies only to the extent necessary to undertake professional services for you or to hold money on account of anticipated costs and expenses, including our own. All client monies held by us will be deposited in our general client account or in an individual designated client account with our bankers. All monies are held and the accounts operated in strict accordance with the SRA Accounts Rules 2011 We are required to pay you a fair sum in lieu of interest on any balance (s) we hold on your behalf in our general client account.. This is subject to a de minimis amount of £20 per annum. Interest is calculated on the balance (s) held over the whole period for which cleared funds are held, and is paid at a rate not less that the rate of interest payable on the relevant amount or amounts if placed on deposit on similar terms by a member of the public at the bank where the money is held. Our Interest Policy is based on the principles of the Solicitors Accounts Rules 2011. Interest and will be paid by us without deduction of tax. It is your responsibility to declare sums so received for tax purposes. Interest will added to your account on an annual basis on 31st March each year and paid to you at the conclusion of the matter.

If you agree to instruct us outside of our Offices

If we have not met you in person, you have the right to cancel your instructions to us with 14 days of the date of our letter without charge. Please contact your lawyer detailed in your documentation if you wish to cancel your instructions in this way. If you want us to start work on your matter immediately, then please return your signed Case Fact Sheet. However, if we do start work and then you change you mind and cancel your instructions within the 14 day cooling-off period, we are able to charge you for any work we have already done. Once the 14 days have passed, we will carry on with your matter and our normal charging arrangements will apply.

Equality and Diversity

The firm is committed to promoting equality and diversity in all of its dealings with you, third parties and employees. A copy of our equality and diversity policy is available from our Practice Manager.

A breakdown of our staff is contained here.