Nigel Priestley Adoption Specialist Lawyer wins Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year Award 2017

Nigel Priestley Senior Partner at Ridley & Hall Solicitors was awarded Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year at the Yorkshire Legal Awards ceremony in the New Dock Hall in Leeds.

Nigel Priestley Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year 2017

Nigel Priestley Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year 2017

Nigel has devoted his career to helping children in care. He deals with family rights, grandparents, kinship and adoption. He is also involved in the Huddersfield Law Society Uganda Twinning Group to train lawyers in Uganda.

This year, Ridley & Hall was privileged to be shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year (1-10 partners), Rising Star Laura Milburn and Partner of the year Nigel Priestley.

Nigel Priestley was nominated by Ridley & Hall childcare solicitor Laura Milburn.

What Laura has to say about him in addition to the fantastic work he does is that “he firmly believes in kindness and helping others. He allows anyone to take on cases pro-bono and develops their ideas.

The main reason why he should win is because of the way he helps junior members of staff. He cares about the outcome of your cases. He rings to see if you need a chocolate to cheer you up. He spends hours teaching others his knowledge. Partners and solicitors from other firms contact Nigel for advice and how to approach unusual or complex matters. He has time for everyone.

Give Nigel the award on the basis of kind of human being he is as opposed to the kind of lawyer he is and that’s what makes him such a wonderful person to work for.”

Nigel was over the moon when he was invited to the stage to receive the award. Nigel commented: “I have just turned 65 years old and what still excites me is the law. We can do remarkable things. I am so deeply touched. My father would be absolutely delighted that as a true Yorkshire man, his son has actually done something for Yorkshire”.

This year, Ridley & Hall celebrates its 90th Anniversary as a local firm with a national reputation. On the 22nd of September, the firm organized a party for current and former staff which was also a surprise birthday party for Nigel.

Ridley & Hall has won many awards over the past 10 years and it has recently added key members from a national firm to the existing keen young team – all committed to continue taking the firm forward.

Nigel Priestley who joined the firm in 1978 commented: “It has been my privilege to play a key role in the development of the firm over the last 39 years and having secured future investment and expertise I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

Watch the moment our Adoption Specialist Lawyer Nigel Priestley was awarded Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year 2017 at the Yorkshire Legal Awards Ceremony.


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