Crossroads

Ridley & Hall works in partnership with a not for profit organisation, Crossroads, in Meltham by providing a weekly drop in welfare benefits advice service (Tuesday mornings) to many people who would find it difficult to access face to face advice elsewhere. We believe that this area of law is essential to our current practice in the Public Law field generally. It helps us to provide an holistic range of services to families and to disabled and elderly people.

Outreach work in the community to begin at Sure Start Centres

Ridley & Hall are proud to announce that we now offer legal surgeries at various Sure Start Centres across Huddersfield and Dewsbury.

These surgeries are run in conjunction with ‘One Stop Shops’ currently provided by Sure Start and allow service users of the centres to access independent, free legal advice on a range of issues including:-

  • Domestic violence
  • Residence and Contact with children or grandchildren
  • Child protection issues and care proceedings
  • Divorce, separation and finances
  • Civil partnerships
  • Welfare benefits and debt advice
  • Support for children with special needs
  • Signposting to other services

It is hoped that these surgeries will allow access to justice for the wider members of the community, especially those who would otherwise have difficulties in seeking legal advice in the conventional way of attending an appointment at our offices or who wish to seek legal advice in a more informal environment

The Sure Start Centres provide a room in order for users to speak to a legal advisor discretely and in confidence.

Details of the Sure Start Centre venues and contact details can be found at:-

http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/community/education-learning/child/parents/childrenscentres.shtml

For further details please contact either Helen Dandridge or Shahida Karim on 01484 538421. Appointments at the offices can also be made if requested.

Bridge Project

Ridley & Hall provides pro-bono advice to families contacting the Bridge Project in Bradford,  PADA (Parents Against Drug Abuse) in Cheshire, Grandparents as Parents in Southport, Hettys supporting families of drug abusers in Mansfield and the East Midlands, In addition we support the telephone help-lines of the Grandparents Association based in Essex, the Fostering Network, Adoption UK and Family Rights Group; national organisations which support carers and adoptive families.

Uganda Twinning Committee

Sarah Young, Nigel Priestley and John Royle are members of the Uganda Twinning Committee which links the Huddersfield Incorporated Law Society with the Ugandan Law Society. Sarah, Nigel and John have all made regular visits to Uganda to provide pro bono training in practical legal and business skills to lawyers and students, such as a judicial training course in ethics which was delivered to the Ugandan judiciary and legal community.

Age UK

We offer legal advice through Age UK’s regular legal clinics at their Kirklees and Calderdale offices. Please contact our office for further details.