Care Proceedings & Adoption  

Ridley & Hall’s Child Care & Adoption Team has many years of experience, as well as a local and a national reputation for its work in the complex field of child care law.

Our experienced child care team understand that when social workers become involved with your family, it can be a scary and overwhelming time.  It can also be confusing. Our specialist team will guide you through the process, providing advice, assistance and explanations along the way. We will listen to your concerns and use our knowledge and experience to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved for your children.

We are able to provide advice in relation to:

We have represented families across the country in care proceedings. Distance is not an issue. Getting the right results for carers is the most important consideration, so that both the child and the carers are supported.

Equally, we will fight vigorously for the rights of children whatever their circumstances.  James Cook, Nigel Priestley and Samantha Sanders are all on the Law Society children panel, which entitles them to represent children as well as adults in all types of family proceedings.

Increasingly, grandparents, other relatives and friends are playing a vital role in the life of children. Many are prepared to put themselves forward as carers for a child who has been removed by the local authority from the parents care. It is vital that these kinship carers voices are heard within proceedings as well.

We have strong links with Family Rights Group, the Grandparents Association and a number of other local and national support organisations.

People who are involved in care proceedings, including parents and carers with parental responsibility, can get public funding (legal aid) to pay their solicitor’s fees. You can get this however much income or capital you have.  If you are not a parent or do not have parental responsibility we can assess you to see if you do qualify based on your income and merits.

Whenever social workers are involved with your family it is important that you seek the right legal advice.  Contact our child care team now on 01484 538 421 or email at

Free Enquiry

If you are able to provide specific details of your particular issue, along with any hearing dates and local authority involvement, it can help us respond more clearly to your enquiry. If so, please click the button above to complete our free detailed enquiry form.

What our clients say

  • “Thank you for helping me achieve the best outcome possible.  Thank you for your time and work, it is very much appreciated”

    Tuesday 20th June
  • Thank you so much for what you have done for me”  

    KD – West Yorkshire Thursday 22nd June
  • “Thank you very much for reuniting our family” - West Yorkshire Client  

    Monday 26th June
  • “Thank you for your ongoing support during the proceedings with my granddaughter.  I am thrilled we have reached a positive outcome” - Yorkshire Client

    Tuesday 27 June 2017
  • "Hello Laura, Thank you for everything, and do not a shred of doubt that this could not have gone as well as it has without guidance. I will of course speak with you in more detail, to express our gratitude and ask how best we can show this."

    Friday 12th May 2017
  • "Hello Laura, I’m only sending this text at this unearthly hour because you will (hopefully) probably be asleep and hence not be disturbed. As always you have given us as much time as necessary and been kind and understanding of the situation in which we found ourselves. In my view (even at your relatively young age!), you not only have the knowledge but also the experience and wisdom to deal with complicated, challenging matters as ours.  Once again, we are indebted to you for the kindness and consideration which you have showed.”

    Tuesday 9th May 2017
  • "I just want to send you a quick e-mail to say for your help and support over the last few months. I do not know what would have been foisted upon us as a family without your guidance I know we are at the start of a long road, but at least we now have the direction and support to perhaps find the correct destination for everyone involved in the journey."

    Monday 8th May 2017
  • "I would like to convey my heartfelt thanks to both yourself and the rest of the team at Ridley & Hall for assisting me in negotiating the shark infested waters of the past year. From my initial contact with Rosie and my subsequent dealings with all the support staff and professionals I have been treated with care and consideration, in my view, above and beyond the norm. I would have absolutely no hesitation whatsoever about recommending the firm to anyone who will listen."

    Thursday 11th May 2017
  • "Hi Nigel, as you know, it is with GREAT pleasure that I can announce the forthcoming return of my grandson to his rightful place within his family following the local authorities application being rejected by the judge surely couldn't have been achieved without the intervention of one particular FANTASTIC solicitor who believed I was worth fighting for - I THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart Nigel for all your hard work in helping to achieve this outcome ???????????????? xx"

    Wednesday 10th May 2017
  • "Just wanted to say thanks for your support and for being so frank. Appreciate where you've got us."

    Tuesday 16th May 2017

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