Merger news: Motorcycling lawyer motors into growing firm

Local Solicitor Kevin Ludgate, a former British motorcycling champion, has joined Ridley & Hall.(L to R) Sarah Young, Kevin Ludgate and Alison Mason

Commenting Mr Ludgate said “I have always practiced as a solicitor in Huddersfield, working for other firms before forming Ludgates in 2000. This later became Ludgate Morrell and has been a firm favourite of local residents for their house moves for over a decade.

For more than 20 years I have specialised in providing plain speaking face to face legal advice in conveyancing and wills & probate.

I am delighted to be joining Ridley & Hall as a partner. They have a long established reputation in conveyancing and they really understand the needs of local people. Buying a house is one of the biggest decisions a family can make and I want to make sure that whether the family is buying or selling they are getting the best advice.

I am very pleased that I will continue to be assisted by Liz Wallis, a Licensed Conveyancer.  Together we have acted in an impressive 5,000 plus house moves during the last decade alone.  “

As to his past life in motorcycling, he said “Now that I am married with two children and approaching half a century, my passion for motorcycles is restricted to fair weather days when the temperature is above 20 degrees!”

Sarah Young, Managing Partner said “I am delighted to welcome Kevin as a partner.  He has an excellent reputation in Huddersfield, gaining all of his work by recommendation.  I believe that by strengthening our property team we can offer an even better all round service to our clients.  Although we act for clients all around the country our heart will always be in Huddersfield.

We may be the firm in Huddersfield and West Yorkshire for bikers -Kevin is joining another motorcycling solicitor at Ridley & Hall. Michael George, whose firm merged with Ridley & Hall last year, has his own “big bike” and is a real enthusiast!”

At the same time, Ridley and Hall have promoted solicitor Julie Devenport who specialises in commercial property law, to Associate Solicitor in recognition of her experience and ability. She said “It’s been tough for business owners in recent years – I aim to offer practical, personal advice to my clients to help them weather the problems they face.”

Ridley & Hall has become a local firm with a national presence having succeeded in winning a number of ground breaking cases nationally in recent years in community care, judicial review and kinship care law.  The firm has won Yorkshire Lawyer specialist law firm of the year awards in 2006 and 2008 as well as many other awards and commendations.