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.

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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Inseparable - adoption and skilled support!

These views from a Thurrock Councillor may be echoed in many council chambers. And post adoption support is key to ensuring adoptive families are supported by skilled teams!

Adoption services across the country – not just here in Thurrock – are under all sorts of pressure and to increase Thurrock’s pool and diversity of possible adoption candidates and increasing post-adoption support, we are looking at developing stronger partnerships in the delivery of local adoption services.
Striking drop in applications to be adopters

The Government' recent figures on adoptions confirm the dramatic drop in the number of adoptions. But what hasn't been commented on very widely is the almost 25% drop in the number of people registered to adopt.

The Government's plans are already under pressure because of the courts but it looks as if potential adopters are voting with their feet - which has significant implications if it continues at this rate.

Registrations to become an adopter have decreased by 24% from 1,340 in quarter 2 2014-15 to 1,020 in quarter 3 2014-15. The number of adopter families approved for adoption has decreased by 3% from 1,240 in quarter 2 2014-15 to 1,200 in quarter 3 2014-15.
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