Community Care

NEW – Overview of the Care Act 2014

NEW – From Children to Adult Services – Information on Transition Planning

The Community Care team assists adults and children to receive services in the community, usually provided by social services departments. In particular we help vulnerable people and their carers. The vulnerability may be physical or caused by old age. It can also include disabilities which affect the mind such as learning disabilities, dementia, autism and mental health problems.

Social services may be able to provide a range of services to assist individuals such as adaptations to the home, to personal care assistants and respite care. The first step to obtaining such services is to have an assessment which should then lead to the creation of a care plan.

Ridley & Hall are able to assist you to request an assessment and any difficulties which arise from that point onwards. For example, ensuring that services are provided after the assessment is completed, requesting urgent and immediate assistance, ensuring that you are making the right financial contribution for your care, whether it is care at home, in a residential setting or funded by the NHS.

We also have experience in challenging local authorities when they decide to reduce an existing support package, or if they refuse to provide direct payments.

Unfortunately, sometimes the service which has been received is not satisfactory and we can assist you to make a complaint through the local authority’s complaints procedure. If you have not received a satisfactory outcome then we can help you to request an investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman.

You may be concerned that a local authority has made a decision which is going to have a negative impact on you or the person you care for, such as restricting the amount of contact they can have with their family or moving them into a care home when they have lived independently. We are able to assist you to challenge the local authority’s decision.

We are experienced in judicial reviews and welfare Court of Protection work.

We have a contract to provide Legal Aid and we will undertake an assessment to see if you are eligible.

In addition, the Wills & Probate team can provide expert advice and assistance on a variety of issues affecting elderly people, or carers of disabled people such as specialist wills and discretionary trusts, the implications of transferring assets, deputyships and powers of attorney.

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What our clients say:

  • I feel so lonely. My one salvation is a Facebook page that I managed to find and it was through this that I found out about Ridley & Hall and am so thankful I have – prior to this I felt I was the only person going through what I am.

  • This guy is amazing he’s helped me so much and I actually think he’s not in his job for the money. He does what he believes in and that’s the difference between him and most solicitors. I’ve had several phone calls with Nigel also a huge amount of emails and even a court appearance from 1 of his colleagues when we thought things was going wrong with our last SGO and I’ve never paid a penny for his help just about to start legal correspondence to LA and I can honestly say he’s not charging the earth. Keep doing what you do best Nigel you change people’s lives.

  • Thank goodness for people like you

    Comment from Kinship Carers Support Group UK
  • “Being at the ‘sharp end’ Nigel you are more aware than most that we are the cinderella service… Thanks for your concern…” | “Thanks Nigel for being in our corner.” | “Thank you for all your help and support.” | “Thanks for all your help” | “Thank you for supporting us x” | “Thank you for always putting our case forward so eloquently, Nigel. xx”

    Comments from Kinship “Foster” Carers Group
  • All SGO’s are so lucky to have you in their corner. We knew how privileged we were to have you in ours. More power to your elbow Nigel keep up the good work x

  • A huge thank you to Nigel for making what could have been a god awful day not so awful. He was amazing. Nigel clearly knew exactly what he was doing and we have complete faith in his abilities and we both feel as if we can move forward a bit now, Thank you again

  • Thank you so much for being on our side. It’s been a very stressful process. Why it has to be so hard to do what is best for these children is beyond me. I could not have got through without your help.

  • When this process started we both felt so alone and scared, not knowing what was going to happen or what to do about it. When I found Nigel’s details and read through the website, I was reassured you would be able to help us before I even contacted you. We contacted you upon receipt of the care order papers and were immediately reassured. You were both so understanding and non-judgemental. Up until that point we had always blamed ourselves for the breakdown but you helped us see that it wasn’t our fault and fought for us against the local authority. We will be forever grateful to you for standing by us and fighting so hard for us. Its given us both a real sense of ‘closure’ and we feel able to begin our lives once again.

  • Nigel Priestley is my solicitor too. I have just had my special guardianship order granted on Wednesday. If he thinks something is wrong he will query it and, most importantly of all, he makes his clients feel valued. He and his colleagues have been brilliant throughout the last 6 months for me and as I have said he listens to you…… he doesn’t seem to be led by social services so please contact him. xx

    Contributor on the KinKids Facebook page
  • I think your solicitor needs changing. I see it all the time on [Facebook}. They use family law solicitors who don’t have the full grasp of kinship and these solicitors end up agreeing a compromise with the social worker whereas Nigel Priestley goes in both guns blazing for whats best for the kids x

    Contributor to Kinkids support group on Facebook