Meet the Team

Rachel Thain's pictureOliver Thorne

Oliver is from North Devon and works from our Barnstaple office, specialising in medical negligence. His experience in this field covers the full spectrum of clinical negligence litigation, ranging from relatively minor injuries to multi million pound claims. Oliver’s caseload includes birth injury claims. Negligent cosmetic surgery cases and medical mis-diagnosis. He enjoys playing rugby, golf and cricket when his three young children allow. Follow him on Twitter, where he regularly tweets about all things medical and law related: @Oliver_Thorne1

Rachel Thain's pictureRachel Thain

Rachel is a member of Slee Blackwell’s specialist Abuse team. We deal with sex abuse and rape compensation claims throughout the UK and are one of the country’s leading practices in this field. Rachel has a Psychology degree from the University of Warwick which she combines with her legal qualifications and practical experience to give her a valuable insight into this specialist area of law. Rachel was awarded Legal Hero of the Year 2016 by the Devon and Somerset Law Society. She is known for her caring and compassionate manner with clients and is always very happy to discuss matters in complete and total confidence, either on the phone or at any of our offices in Devon and Somerset.


Lee Dawkins's picture

Lee Dawkins

Lee has been with Slee Blackwell Solicitors since he relocated from London to Devon in 1988. He started out at the firm's Braunton office before moving to our Barnstaple and Exeter offices. He set up the firm's Taunton office where he is now based.

As an experienced personal injury solicitor and a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association, Lee is well placed to deal with negligence claims against lawyers and solicitors arising out of their conduct of an accident claim.


James McNally's pictureJames McNally

James joined Slee Blackwell Solicitors in 2001 having graduated in law from Exeter University. He specialised in Personal Injury Law from an early stage, qualifying as a solicitor in 2004. James has written extensively on accidents involving animals and his particular specialism in dog bite and dog attack cases has led to him becoming the media's 'go to' lawyer when such cases hit the headlines.

In 2007 The Devon and Exeter Law Society named James as their Young Solicitor of the Year. In 2008 James, who lives near Tiverton, had the honour of being named as Pro-Bono Hero by the Attorney General for his work on our free legal advice web site. He was shortlisted for the Devon and Somerset Law Society awards in 2016.

0808 139 1596