I wrote to my local authority 2 years after we gained a residence order for my grandson and asked to be assessed for an allowance. Helen Jarvis from Ridley & Hall solicitors gave me some excellent advice on how to do this and I now get a means-tested residence order allowance.
"Thanks very much for all your help! If we ever need any help like this again (and with Social dragging their feet over the legal paperwork to ratify the placement, it looks increasingly likely), you will be the first port of call!"
“To say I’ve been blown away so far after one conversation is an understatement. They definitely get my vote. Sincere thanks go to this group for recommending Ridley & Hall”.
“Thank you Helen. You helped so much. You have no idea what this means to me, I can't thank you enough. My granddaughter will have a wonderful life and you helped make that happen."
“Well done Helen you are doing a great job helping families in difficult situations. Thank you”
“I received the backdated allowance – it took Helen Jarvis 3 weeks to get what I’d been fighting 3 years for!”
"May I take this opportunity to thank Helen Moody from Ridley & Hall solicitors for changing our lives x Thank you so so much xxx"
"I cannot speak highly enough of Ridley & Hall and Helen Moody. You got what we deserved. Thank you so much! After trying over 20 solicitors and getting told about yourselves from Grandparents plus, you have changed the lives of 3 people. We are so, so grateful. THANK YOU!!"
"Just to say a big thank you to Helen for all her hard work and efforts in dealing with my case. If, in future, any of my friends require a solicitor, I will certainly recommend Ridley and Hall."
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Solicitor – Community Care
Helen completed her degree in law in 2009 before continuing her studies part time on the Legal Practice Course whilst working in a solicitors firm in Wakefield to gain experience.
Helen joined Ridley & Hall in January 2012 after completion of the Legal Practice Course, initially as a Legal Assistant working alongside Nigel Priestley to build up experience in the Public Law department. Helen completed her training contract at Ridley & Hall and qualified as a solicitor in October 2016.
Helen has a mixed caseload primarily acting on behalf of grandparents and other family members to ensure that they are supported in caring for the children who live with them. This includes Judicial Reviews of Local Authorities policies. Helen also deals with care proceedings matters, primarily on behalf of grandparents and other family members. However, she also regularly acts on behalf of parents.
Helen is regularly instructed by family members to give advice within care proceedings on the implications of Special Guardianship Orders. She is also instructed to represent family members wishing to obtain a Special Guardianship Order privately.
Helen recognises the huge commitments that kinship carers make for the young family members placed in their care by Social Services and strives to get them the support they need to care for these children long term. She adopts a sympathetic and understanding approach to all her clients.
Helen has had major successes in claiming allowances and back dated payments for kinship carers from Local Authorities across the country.