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

It may be Wisconsin - the issues are unversal!

It isn't just in England and Wales that good adoption support and funding are needed. This article deals with Wisconsin and how the state is responding.

“I thought love cured everything; you’d just love them and everything would be fine,” remembers Julie, whose name has been changed to protect her children.

She was quickly proved wrong. While this didn’t stop her — she is currently adopting her sixth child — she’s learned that it takes more than love.
Whatever the order, could this murder have been foreseen?

SGOs are again coming under the spotlight following the murder of a child by her special guardian. The article teeters on the simplistic - the judge wondered aloud what changed a previously loving mother into a monster. No amount of assessing will easily answer that question. 

SGO assessments need to be properly carried out but this must not be used as a stick to beat other perfectly qualified grandparents and kinship carers.

A Serious Case Review will look at whether any opportunities were missed to save the baby, who had been placed in her care under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO).
is your loved one being charged wrongly?

understanding who or which body is responsible for which fees for what service is a nightmare for many people whose relative is in a care home. The article on the Report from the Alzheimer's Society and Care England highlight the nightmare facing many families. It's critical to get good legal advice to check just what should and should not be paid. 

Dementia sufferers are unwittingly paying millions for NHS services that should be free, a damning new report has concluded.
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