Ridley & Hall is an award-winning firm of solicitors, based in Yorkshire, but with a national profile. We are passionate about making a difference to peoples’ lives by being innovative and forward thinking. We care about helping our clients to solve their legal problems. We avoid complicated legal jargon and are clear about the cost involved of any advice that we give.

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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Child Protection -It's all very quiet in the Spending Review

This article from Community Care says a lot about politicians approach to protecting children - strong on rhetoric, great at condemnation when things go wrong but unwilling to put their money where their mouth is!

"After all the post-election talk of child protection taskforces, reforming failing children’s services, fixing the care system, strengthening special guardianship assessments, and David Cameron’s increasingly strident rhetoric on wilful neglect and adoption, the government’s comprehensive spending review and Autumn statement passed without mentioning children’s services."
This Texas tale of Kinship care is replicated over and over

Harlingen is a city in Cameron County in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas, United States, about 30 miles from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico - miles away from the UK but this story is so similar to the experience of many kinship carers

Janet Magee vividly remembers the day she realized she had to help foster kids and families in the wake of abuse and neglect.
It was more than 20 years ago when the founder of Blue Sunday was in the process of rescuing her own grandchildren from substance abuse in the family.
Kinship Adoption - thoughts from California

This is a thoughtful piece. It highlights the issues arising in the US from long term foster care and proposes "kinship adoption". Either way more support is needed

Most people are not aware of the extent to which informal adoption occurs within families, known as kinship adoption. Kinship adoption is the preferred way to keep children safe within their own kinship network and provide the security of a permanent family.

There are many advantages to kinship adoption when it is possible, including maintaining family connections and cultural traditions.
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