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  • Thank you so much for taking my case on and nailing it for us.  It‘s all over and we are so relieved.  Thank you for putting up with my worries, fears, anxiety and stressful moments.  I and my family are extremely grateful to you and we got the outcome we deserved.  Thanks James so much

    C.N. – Essex Wednesday 14 March 2012
  • The Local Authority became involved with my grandchildren and I contacted Ridley & Hall Solicitors as I wanted to be their long term carer. I found their customer service to be excellent and felt that I was kept informed throughout my case.  During my appointment and in letters received information was passed on in a non complicated straight forward way I found James Cook to be marvellous and very easy to speak to and he always gave straight forward clear answers to any questions that I might have had.  The support staffs including James’s assistant Nicki were all lovely and I always felt that they had the time to speak to me no matter when I rang I was extremely pleased with the outcome of my case and I certainly wouldn’t have gone anywhere else.  I would recommend Ridley & Hall Solicitors one hundred per cent to any grandparent who has issues regarding their grandchildren.

    M.A. – West Yorkshire Tuesday 29 November 2011

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James Cook

Partner – Child Care & Adoption

James qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and joined Ridley & Hall in February 2006 having gained significant pre and post qualification experience in family and immigration law at a firm in South Yorkshire. James was promoted to partner on 1st October 2009.

James undertakes a diverse range of family cases from Contact, Residence, Specific Issue Applications and Special Guardianship to representing parents and relatives in public child care cases including Care, Placement and Adoption Orders. In addition, he has represented clients on cases involving the abduction of children, removal of children from the jurisdiction of the UK and injunctions under the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court. James has represented parents in proceedings relation to Declaratory Relief and those involving the Court of Protection, Court of Appeal and also represents his clients in the County Court, Magistrates’ Court and High Court.

James has significant experience in a variety of family cases and specialises in children cases involving Local Authorities and has represented clients throughout England.  James became a member of the Children Panel in 2009 and has represented children both through Guardians and directly.

James has held the post of President of the Huddersfield Incorporated Law Society (November 2011- November 2012).

James’s assistant is Nicola Heaversedge.