Monthly Archives: September 2013

24hrs til Managing Partner’s Long Walk Home

It is just 24hrs away from Adam Fletcher’s Long Walk Home!

Ridley & Hall is currently supporting Macmillan as their chosen charity, to benefit from various fundraising activities throughout the year.

On Friday, we are joining forces with Casa Gelato Ice Cream Parlour to celebrate and raise funds for MacMillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – but our Managing Partner is taking part in something really extraordinary to raise funds and awareness for the charity – he’s walking home.

The journey from Huddersfield town centre to Pontefract is 25 miles, and by setting off at 2pm Adam is hoping to make it home (or to the local pub for last orders) by 10pm. He should at least be able to burn off the calories from the cakes he has eaten that morning! Adam is armed with a year’s supply of kendal mint cake and has the aromatherapy foot spa on standby. Rumours of a lap of honour for the return leg on Monday morning have yet to be confirmed.

If you would like to support MacMillan and sponsor Adam, please visit our JustGiving webpage.

Huddersfield Law Firm Receives National Accreditation for Third Consecutive Year

Ridley & Hall is proud to be recognised as national experts by a legal publication for the third consecutive year.

The Legal 500, published for over twenty years provides the most comprehensive worldwide coverage currently available on legal services providers, in over 100 countries.

It is used as a yardstick to measure firms by commercial and private clients as well as professional advisers. The Legal 500 is widely regarded as offering the definitive judgement of law firm capabilities. The publication is updated every year and relies on reports not just from solicitors firms themselves but also interviews with clients.

Ridley & Hall has been particularly recommended for its expertise in family law and trusts and probate in the Yorkshire and Humberside region. The Family team headed up by partner Meena Kumari deals with divorce and financial issues as well as domestic violence and parents seeking contact with children and recently launched the FamlyFirst service earlier this year. The firm also has a specialist child care team which includes award-winning Partners Nigel Priestley and Michael George.

Jill Waddington who heads up the Wills, trusts and probate department said “We are really please to be acknowledged once again as one of the top Wills and probate legal service providers in the region. We attribute this to our experienced and friendly team as well as our involvement with a service for those nearing or at retirement age called Elderflower because we feel strongly that older clients need specialist advice. Membership of the Legal 500 provides further assurance of our expertise to offer this service.”

Managing Partner Adam Fletcher commented “I would like to thank our clients who were willing to recommend us; it is their recognition that really means a lot. For a small firm in West Yorkshire this is quite an achievement!”

For more information, please phone us on 01484 538421 or contact us by e-mail.

Managing Partner, Adam Fletcher’s, Long Walk Home in Support of MacMillan

There and Back Again, A Managing Partner’s Tale by Adam Fletcher

Unfortunately, I was unable to accompany Team Ridley & Hall in this year’s Leeds 10k but I did promise that I was keen to help raise funds for our charity of the year.

The staff at Ridley & Hall decided to support MacMillan as the charity of the year for 2013/14 as cancer has had an impact on all the team. Several members of staff are still receiving treatment and support after being diagnosed with this disease. This became even more poignant in recent weeks when former colleague and founder of our Community Care team, Clive Yeadon sadly lost his long battle with cancer.

In a Eureka moment, I came up with the idea to do a sponsored walk home. What I had not factored in is the drive home of an hour each day was significantly different to walking door-to-door! The Highways Agency would not grant me permission to walk the most direct and, more importantly, the flattest route via the M62. This will mean that I have the joys of leaving Huddersfield across the mountain range from the foothills of Wakefield Road to the dizzy heights of Lepton, the National Coal Mining Museum, across the flats of Wakapulco (aka Wakefield) and making a final approach to Ponte Carlo via the flat cap territory of Featherstone, a door-to-door trip of 25 miles… or possibly ending at my local, the infamous Carleton Hotel, subject to them obtaining a late licence.

To tie in with the MacMillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, I plan to do this on Friday 27th September. Having undergone the Lexcel audit the day before, this could be seen as a walk in the park! I plan to come in early to the office and arrange for some clients and contacts to come in for a catch-up and a coffee as part of the MacMillan event and then set off at around 2pm.

Having never walked this distance before, it is unclear how long this will take me, but based on the scientific formula that is Google Maps, I hope to walk at 3 miles per hour. Over 25 miles, I reckon it will be around 10pm by the time I reach my final destination, wherever that may be!

I appreciate that there is a lot of great fundraising work going on at the moment, but it is my hope to raise at least £500. I have set up a justgiving site to link in to our Charity of the Year totaliser and would like to thank you all for your support.

Ridley & Hall Seeking Experienced Family Law Secretary

Based at our central Huddersfield office, we are looking to recruit a full time legal secretary for our busy property team.

We are seeking an experienced legal secretary who has had exposure to working in a demanding and fast paced environment.

Legal secretarial experience within residential conveyancing is essential, as is excellent typing, the ability to communicate with clients, good organisation skills, software skills and knowledge of digital dictation. We can be flexible on the hours worked, although our full time staff work a 35-hour week.

If you are interested in this role, please email your CV and a covering letter stating your current salary to our Practice Manager, Elaine Davis. No recruitment agencies please.

Indian Case Of Forged Will

The daughters of a Maharaja have won their 21 year legal battle to inherit his £2.2 billion pound estate.

A court in the north western Indian city of Chandigarh ruled that Harinder Singh Brar’s will had been forged to award his fortune to a trust managed by his servants and lawyers.

The will, which was made 32 years ago, left assets including forts, a palace, vintage cars, a 200 acre aerodrome and jewellery.  It completely excluded the deceased’s wife Narinder Kaur and mother Mohinder as well as his daughters Amrit and Deepinder Kaur.

The will has been declared as “fictitious” and “void” by the chief judicial magistrate Rajnish Kumar which declared the trust that inherited the deceased’s assets as illegal.

The Maharaja ruled the Punjabi state of Faridkot before British colonial rule ended in 1947.  He was allowed to keep a number of properties after India’s independence which included Faridkot House in the heart of New Delhi and the historic Manimajra Fort in Faridkot.

The evidence presented to the court was that Harinder Singh Brar had become depressed when his son Harmohinder Singh died in a road accident in 1981.  Amrit Kaur claimed that the trust members forced her father to sign a will a year later when he was not in a fit state of mind.

The decision, which was published on 29th July 2013 involves a highly unusual set of circumstances but Sarah Young partner at Ridley & Hall Solicitors in Huddersfield, said:

“Although allegations of wills being forged are unusual, unfortunately this kind of thing does happen.

Financial abuse of the elderly can take many forms and the forging of wills is one way that unscrupulous people can exploit those who are vulnerable to abuse.  It’s important that family members and friends of vulnerable or elderly adults should look out for signs of exploitation or abuse which can include perpetrators isolating an adult at risk.”

She went on to add:

“It is possible to challenge a forged will, but it is a very difficult, expensive and time consuming business. I would urge families to talk openly about financial matters and make their intentions clear to eachother, ideally in the form of a will which should be reviewed regularly and especially after a major event like a spouse’s death or a remarriage.”

Sarah Young is a Partner with Ridley & Hall solicitors. She specialises in contentious probate and personal injury. Sarah has an LLM in Personal Injury Law and has a record of bringing the most complex cases to a successful conclusion.

Sarah Young, partner at Ridley & Hall

For further information please contact Sarah Young on 01484 538421 or e-mail.