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Ridley & Hall has excellent Family & Matrimonial and Care Proceedings & Adoption teams which have been recommended by the legal publication the Legal 500. We specialise in divorce, financial relief, children, grandparents’ issues and kinship care.

We have nationally-recognised expertise in Community Care Law, supporting individuals and families in their challenges to local authorities.

The excellence of the probate and trusts work carried out by our Wills & Probate team is also recognised by the Legal 500. The team works closely with our Contentious Probate specialists in resolving often complex and high value inheritance disputes. The firm’s Court of Protection team can help with powers of attorney and all issues relating to loss of mental capacity.

We recognise that buying or selling a house can be a hugely stressful experience for many people. Our Residential and Commercial Property teams have a friendly and professional approach. We were one of the first firms in the country to gain accreditation in the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme, meeting the highest possible standards for the residential conveyancing process.

Our experienced Personal Injury lawyers deliver a friendly, personal service to accident victims and their families. We have a particular interest in accidents involving cyclists.

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And so it goes - regional adoption agencies on the menu.

Perhaps the telling phrase in this piece about Bournmouth is "and may create efficiency savings." Will these moves really lead to better support for adoptive parents if the goal is also to save money?

While Bournemouth continues to be a high performing service, central government expects that regional adoption agencies will be better able to target the recruitment of prospective adopters, speed up the matching and placement of children, improve adoption support services and may create efficiency savings.
New Guidance for Special Guardianship assessments

The Government has brought out new regulations in the face of a rise of 193% in Special Guardianship Orders. But there's no news on better support plans and actual support for struggling Special Guardians

The new regulations follow a government announcement on the reforms at the end of 2015 and are designed to strengthen the assessments for prospective special guardians. Social workers must now focus on assessing the potential guardian’s current and past relationship with the child, and assess their parenting capacity.

This would include assessing the guardian’s “understanding of, and ability to meet the child’s current and likely future needs, particularly any needs the child may have arising from harm that the child has suffered.”
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