The Role of the Social Worker in Adoption: Ethics and Human Rights – An Enquiry

Nigel Priestley, Senior Partner at Ridley & Hall and a specialist in adoption was invited to the launch of a report on “The Role of the Social Worker in Adoption: Ethics and Human Rights [...]

When adopters know best!

Sometimes a potential solution to a child’s problems can seem blindingly obvious to a parent. Adele’s is one such story. She had been placed with Henry and Jane when she was almost 4 and she had [...]

Adoption Legal Centre attend sold out Adoption UK Annual Conference

Sarah Brown and Nigel Priestley from Ridley & Hall went to a packed Adoption UK AGM and Conference in Birmingham representing Adoption Legal Centre. The theme of the day was “Attachment [...]

The agony of child on parent violence

Crises seem to happen when I go to a wedding! One of the solicitors in my team was getting married. Sue and I were on our way to the venue but the call of a coffee at a specialist food shop was [...]

When tweeting a client doesn’t involve social media

Meet our new member of staff – Ivan The Parrot   At Ridley & Hall we like to go the extra mile for our clients. If it’s within our power to help, then we will always try to do so. In fact, [...]

The Dense Fog of Human Rights Costs!

The recent decisions in Re: H (A minor) v Northamptonshire CC 2017 www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2017/282.html and Re CZ (Human Rights Claim: Costs) 2017 [...]

Grandparents hit jackpot after Christmas shock

On Christmas Eve 2015, *Joan and Harry Castle’s life was turned upside down (not their real names*). After receiving a call from a Social Worker asking them to take care of their grandchildren, [...]

Nigel Priestley, Senior Partner is standing up for Foster and Kinship carers

Nigel Priestley is standing up against Bradford Council after they decided to make cuts to fostering allowances.  “Some of the most vulnerable children in society have been sold short. [...]

Baby taken from formula milk comment dad”!

A claim brought by Ridley & Hall for damages under the Human Rights Act has made the national headlines. The BBC reported the case under the headline “Baby taken from formula milk comment [...]

Bradford Fostering Allowances: The questions that Bradford must answer

Bradford Council is facing claims for back payment of  Allowances to carers with private law orders. This follows the admission that it has not been paying the correct allowance to carers with [...]