Somerset Lawyers – Legal 500 Recommended – Lexcel Accredited
  • "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.

Sexual Abuse and Assault Solicitors in Taunton

Somerset's leading sex abuse lawyers

Slee Blackwell enjoy a national reputation as having one of the leading abuse teams in the country.  We specialise in recovering compensation for victims of sex abuse, child abuse, rape and sexual assault.  Our expertise in this field has led to us featuring in the national media with TV coverage and articles in newspapers such as The Sunday Times and The Guardian. 

The dedication of our abuse lawyers has recently been recognised by the NSPCC Childhood Champion Award for Corporate Partner of the Year for South West and Channel Islands 2018.

Our experienced, caring and compassionate team of lawyers will listen without judgment to your story with patience and sensitivity. We fully understand that when an abuse survivor speaks to us it could be the first time they have confronted their ordeal or spoken to anyone about it. We also understand that victims often worry about the consequences for themselves and their family of speaking out.  We therefore make every effort to ensure the process is as painless as possible.

We have successfully recovered compensation for victims of abuse against:

  • Care homes and institutions.
  • Churches and religious organisations,
  • Schools, including boarding schools.  
  • Professionals in positions of trust.
  • Employers. 
  • Youth organisations, including the scouts

We deal with domestic and physical abuse within the home.

We also deal with CICA (Criminal Injury Compensation Authority) claims for victims of violent crime, including victims of rape. Find out more about CICA claims visit

If you wish to discuss a possible claim then call us for a free and totally confidential telephone consultation. Alternatively, you can contact us by email or, if you prefer, we can meet with you on a face to face basis at our office in Taunton, Somerset where the team is based.  

With our specialist knowledge and experience we have access to the very best medical experts, barristers, doctors, counsellors and psychiatrists both here in Somerset and elsewhere in the country.  We can therefore put together the very best case possible. 

We have achieved many notable successes, recovering compensation - and justice - for numerous victims of abuse, with some incidents dating back many years.  

We are always happy to fund abuse claims on a No Win-No Fee basis, which means that if you do not win your claim, you won’t owe us a penny.

 If you would like to have a chat in confidence and receive a FREE case assessment then call us on Taunton 01823 354545. Alternatively simply send us an email at:

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