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 [...]

National and Regional Recognition for Contribution to Family and Adoption Law

Ridley & Hall are delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted for two awards at the upcoming Family Law Awards; Regional Firm of the Year and Nigel Priestley for Partner of the Year [...]

A family from Dublin turned to Adoption Law Specialists

A family from Dublin turned to adoption law specialists, Ridley & Hall Solicitors when they found that they were unable to continue caring for their son. They had moved to Ireland to get the [...]

Adoptive Parents and the Misuse of Section 20

What do adoptive parents do when they realise they simply can’t continue caring for their damaged adopted child? They turn to the local authority for help. Too often the local authority places [...]

Huddersfield Family Lawyer Shortlisted for Prestigious Award

Nigel Priestley, Senior Partner at Ridley & Hall, has been shortlisted for the Jordan’s Award of Family Law Partner of the Year. This prestigious award, which is sponsored by Goldsmith [...]

The Harsh Reality for Some Parents who Adopt Children from Care

The first study of adoption breakdown in Wales has laid bare the horrific experiences of some parents who adopt children from care Commenting, Nigel Priestley, who was a member of the Advisory [...]

The Challenge of Violent Adopted Children and Adoption Breakdown and Care Courts

Nigel Priestley writes about the challenges faced by adoptive parents, especially concerning violent adopted children. The Today programme recently reported on a Leeds case of mine where the [...]

The Challenge of Violent Adopted Children and Adoption Breakdown and Care Courts

The challenges facing adoptive parents have been highlighted by a Report on the Today Programme on Radio 4 on Friday 20th March and by the comments of a judge in Brighton on an adoption breakdown [...]

Free Legal Advice Line for National Adoption Week

NATIONAL ADOPTION WEEK 3rd- 7th November DAILY FREE ADVICE LINE OPENS ADOPTION ADVICE This year’s National Adoption Week is focusing on siblings. Nigel Priestley, Senior Partner at Ridley and [...]

“Stalinist” Response to Groundbreaking Report Which Challenges Government Approach to Adoption

On Wednesday 9th April 2014, the Department for Education launches a groundbreaking report on adoption. The University of Bristol was commissioned to report on adoption breakdown. The report’s [...]

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