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  • "Chris (Holten) was more than helpful and understanding in what became a difficult matter for me. He exercised a great deal of patience, explained things clearly ... I would certainly recommend him and Slee Blackwell and would return to him in future. his knowledge and expertise was greatly valued and appreciated."

    C. Fowler, Devon
  • "I would highlight the complete professionalism throughout my case. A friendly informative 1 to 1 basis, not always telling you what you want to hear BUT advising you what you MIGHT be in for. I will have NO hesitation in recommending Slee Blackwell and in particular, Lee Dawkins. I am a 100% happy client."

    (Professional Negligence case)

    R Piper, Spain.
  • "I was satisfied with all aspects of the service  that I received. Thank you."

    (Professional Negligence case)

    K. Bowlzer, Derby.
  • "Very helpful, very friendly. Thank you for everything you have done."

    (Professional Negligence case)

    V. Hibbert, Derbyshire.
  • "I am very grateful to James McNally and his secretary. They were just 'brill'. They handled my case with the utmost care."

    (Personal injury claim)

    P McGregor, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
  • "James McNally helped me to receive the maximum compensation for my injury."

    (Personal injury claim)

    T. O'Brien, Brighton, Sussex.
  • "Throughout the process Chris (Holten) kept us informed with professionalism and sensitivity. His kindness was greatly appreciated."

    S. Edwards, Calstock, Cornwall.
  • "Naomi (Ireson) provided an excellent service from start to finish. Her communication skills are excellent which helped to contain our anxiety during the stressful periods of the case. We always felt she was on our side and I would highly recommend her to anyone needing a similar service."

    J Preston, Clitheroe, Lancashire.
  • "Thank you again … In fact I can’t say it enough. Neither can my mum. She sends a huge thank you too. the relief is incredible, my life has changed beyond belief and I couldn’t have done it without you."

    E.W. Taunton, Somerset.
  • "I would like to say from the moment Chris (Holten) took my case on he immediately made me feel more at ease. Chris was always confident and polite and would always explain everything to me in terms that I could understand. I thank him very much for making me feel I was his only case the whole way through. Nothing was too much trouble. Chris is an absolute credit to your firm and I would have no qualms in recommending him to others should they require his expert advice."

    A Staff, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Join Our Successful 'Legal 500' Contentious Probate Team

Recruiting 2018

Opportunities for Solicitors, Legal Executives and trainees

Contentious Probate is a core practice area of this highly successful Devon and Somerset firm.

In the last few years our Contentious Probate department here in Taunton has gone from strength to strength and now regularly features in the prestigious Legal 500 directory.

We have a wide ranging client-base, representing claimants and defendants not only in Devon and Somerset, but throughout the entire country. 

There are exciting opportunities within the firm for ambitious and hardworking contentious probate lawyers. Good rates of pay are offered alongside attractive bonus packages that ensure you share in our success.

If you have proven experience in Contentious Probate litigation (including Inheritance Act claims, invalidity challenges, executorship disputes and estoppel/constructive trust cases) then we would like to hear from you.

You will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and understanding of this interesting and highly specialised area of law within a supportive team environment.

We also encourage our lawyers to play an active role in business development and marketing initiatives, making this an ideal opportunity for those who have aspirations of partnership.

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