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.

Expert Opinion

Moderate’ amount of child care good for grandparents, study finds

A Report from Edith Cowan University Western Australia has found having a "moderate" amount of grandparent caring can extend life but full time doesn't! Sadly many grandparent carers don't get the choice!

But government and local authorities need to grasp the impact on kinship carers of taking on full time care - and support appropriately.

GRANDPARENTS who occasionally look after the grandchildren can add five years to their lives.

But those who have the children fulltime are negatively impacted, both mentally and physically.
Bradford Kinship and Foster Carers face financial struggle after cut

Bradford Kinship carers will lose out alongside its foster carers after Bradford Council voted to cut its fostering allowance.

Kinship carers must be paid the same fostering allowance as foster carers and the SGO Allowance must be tied to the basic fostering allowance.

Commenting Nigel Priestley said "The most vulnerable children will suffer from this decision. It is an appalling step to take. Cutting the level of the fostering allowance on the basis of this spurious argument is wrong. If this was the real reason for the cut, they should have done this in 2010. It is a blatant example of finding a soft target making the weakest bear the brunt of money saving. 

Kinship carers are unsung heroes who research confirms often fall into poverty as a result of becoming carers. Council's should be helping not hindering this sacrifice"

THERE were cries of “shame” from foster carers as Council bosses voted to go ahead with controversial cuts to their allowances.
Kinship carers reduce bikers to tears!

I know it's post-Christmas but I've only just come across this lovely pre-Christmas story of bikers working for kinship carers. 

As kids were treated to food, magic and dancing at the group’s bash on Saturday, the group listened to the incredibly sad stories from kids involved with the Kinship Carers Tees Valley.

The body isn’t old enough yet to be even legally classed as a charity, but the good cause helps children who - for whatever reason - are no longer with their parents.
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