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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Flagship adoption policy under stress!

The government's commitment to adoption is under severe pressure with the latest figures on adoption. Adoptions are down 24% - matches 15% - yet the number of looked after children is unacceptably high.

The number of children granted an adoption placement order – the first step to being adopted – fell 24% in the year to March in England. The number being matched for adoption with a family – the second stage before an adoption is completed – fell 15%, according to statistics published by the Department for Education (DfE).
£1.5bn estimated cost to comply with deprivation of liberty caselaw

The impact of the Cheshire West ruling is well known amongst Court of Protection legal advisors and local authorities who are trying to deal with huge backlog of applications. What is most telling in this article is the estimated cost to Local Authorities is £80.1m but they are only given £35m from the Government!

The £117.9m figure for current costs includes an estimated £80.1m spent by local authorities on authorising and reviewing Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (Dols) cases. Local authorities in England receive £35m annually from the government for Dols and Mental Capacity Act work, and were given a one-off additional grant of £25m last year to cope with the Supreme Court ruling impact. The Law Commission said that £80.1m more realistically represented what Dols “is actually costing” councils.
How should prospective adoptive parents be supported?

This report from the Mail Online deals with a case where we had to battle for fantastic adopting parents to ensure they got the support they and he needed! And it came at a significant cost to Essex!

Couple took council to court to force it to draw up an adequate care plan  
They have now been awarded £14,000 legal costs for that action
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