Nigel Priestley is the Senior Partner of Ridley and Hall. He is a member of the Children’s Panel and regularly represents children and parents in Care Proceedings.
Nigel won the Law Society Highly Commended Solicitor of the Year in 2008.
Nigel was shortlisted in the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award 2008.
Nigel was named as the Winner of Solicitor of the Year (private practice) in the national Law Society Excellance Awards for 2010. .
He has taken the lead in bringing Judicial Review proceedings on behalf of children placed with Kinship Carers. These actions are to ensure that local authorities fulfill their legal obligations towards Family and Friends Carers and the children who are living with them. Nigel is a Trustee of the Family Rights Group. He works closely with the Grandparents Association. Over £400,000 has been paid to carers in respect of back paid Fostering Allowances as a result of actions in which Nigel has been involved.
Nigel has spoken at conferences organised by the Grandparents Association, BAAF. Grandparents Plus and Leeds Social Services on Kinship Care.
Nigel is concerned about the support given to adopters. He is a member of Adoption UK and advises adopters facing post adoption challenges as to their rights.
Nigel helped set up the unique Twinning Link between Huddersfield Law Society and the Uganda Law Society in 2002. The link has provided legal resources and training for Ugandan lawyers. He is a lay reader. Relaxing may mean pacing the touchline watching one of his daughters playing soccer for Huddersfield Town Ladies!
News & Events
Ridley & Hall Shortlisted for Three Prestigious Awards The firm has been shortlisted for the prestigious Law Society Excellence Awards 2016 in the category of Excellence [more]
On Carers’ Rights Day (29th November) Nigel Priestley was interviewed by ITV Calendar News about the rights of family & friend carers and [more]
The Local Government Ombudsman has launched a damning report on local authorities failure to support family and friends Carers. A damning report on Family [more]
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