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Ridley & Hall is Looking to Recruit a New Commercial Property Lawyer

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and motivated commercial property lawyer to join a long established, forward thinking firm. The successful candidate will have a varied workload with one of the key objectives to develop and grow the current function into a successful service. If this meets your requirements, please email our recruitment inbox with your CV and a covering letter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our Practice Manager, Ruky Mahboob, on 01484 538421. No agencies please.

Ridley & Hall Invited to Showcase its Talent

Meena Kumari, Partner and Head of the Family team featured in the Huddersfield Examiner ‘Women in Business’ section.

Huddersfield born Meena reflected upon the success of Family First on its first year anniversary. Family First provides clear fixed charges with no nasty surprises.

For more information see the news article or contact Meena Kumari on 01484 538421.

Charity Summer Ball

We are hosting our Summer Ball in aid of our Charity of the Year, Macmillan Cancer Support.  The ball is taking place at Huddersfield Cedar Court Hotel on Saturday 14th June 2014 for 6:45pm start.  The tickets are priced at £40 per person which includes a drink on arrival and a 3 course meal.  There will also be a DJ after the meal as well as music from a live band.

On the night we will be having a charity auction and raffle (with all proceeds going to Macmillan), for which we have some amazing prizes! These include:-

  • Ski Holiday in the French Alps (including flights, food and drink)
  • Ipad Mini
  • Alexandra Spa Package (full body massage) for 2
  • English National Ballet
  • Manchester United signed shirt
  • Yorkshire County Cricket Tickets x 2
  • Paintball for up to 10 people
  • Meal for Two at Sun Inn
  • Erics Restaurant Voucher
  • Dinner, Bed and Breakfast for Two at Cedar Court
  • Plus many more

(If you wish to participate in the raffle and/or auction but can’t make the ball itself just contact a member of the charity committee at Ridley & Hall on 01484 538421 as this can also be arranged.)

For the gamblers amongst you, we have arranged a casino which will include roulette and a blackjack table.

Obviously we want to make this a massive success for Macmillan, so if you think your family or friends would be interested, excellent, however, if it is just you plus one we can still guarantee you an excellent night of entertainment, laughter and raising money for a good cause!

As we are hosting an event at Cedar Court there is a discount if you would like to stay over with prices starting from £59.

If anyone would like to join us for what will be a brilliant evening, please telephone 01484 538421 and ask for Nicola Heaversedge or Sarah Brown on the Ridley & Hall Charity Committee or alternatively please email either Nicola or Sarah.  Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis.

We really hope that you can make it! Even if you can’t, please forward this to your family, friends and colleagues!

Useful Links

Cedar Court Hotel

Ridley & Hall JustGiving Page

MacMillan Cancer Support

Charity Massage Day for Macmillan Cancer Support at Huddersfield Spa

Alexandra House Spa is holding a charity massage day in conjunction with Ridley & Hall Solicitors on Thursday 22nd May, 11am-7pm in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Book in for a 30-minute back massage, Indian head massage or reiki session. There will be free refreshments and a raffle with some great prizes including a voucher for the Spa. All proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

To book in, telephone the Spa on 01484 303786.

Alexandra House Spa Contact Details

Maxine Stead, PhD
Managing Director
ALEXANDRA HOUSE Holistic Health and Well-Being Spa

128 Halifax Old Road
Birkby
Huddersfield
HD2 2RL

Tel:  01484 303786
Email
Web site

 

Charity Summer Ball

We are hosting our Summer Ball in aid of our Charity of the Year, Macmillan Cancer Support.  The ball is taking place at Huddersfield Cedar Court Hotel on Saturday 14th June 2014 for 6:45pm start.  The tickets are priced at £40 per person.

We will be laying on some fantastic entertainment  as well as a three course meal, and there will be a charity auction, with all proceeds going to Macmillan.

If anyone would like to join us for what will be a brilliant evening, please telephone 01484 538421 and ask for Nicola Heaversedge or Sarah Brown or alternatively please email either Nicola or Sarah.  Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis.

In addition, we are looking for donations towards our charity auction.  Any person or business who donates will be mentioned in our catalogue which will be displayed on the night and on our website a couple of weeks before.  Again please contact Sarah Brown for more information.

Useful Links

Cedar Court Hotel

Ridley & Hall JustGiving Page

MacMillan Cancer Support

Ridley & Hall wins Law Firm of the Year 2013

We are delighted to announce Ridley & Hall Solicitors won Law Firm of the Year at the Yorkshire Lawyer Awards 2013. The ceremony took place last night at Clarence Dock in Leeds. The category was one of the most fiercely contested of the awards and Ridley & Hall, who work on both a local and national stage, are extremely proud to have been given this honour.

This award was the icing on the cake for the firm as it wraps up a fantastic 7 days, having received accreditation with the Legal 500 for the third consecutive year and successfully passed its annual Lexcel audit.

Nigel Priestley, Senior Partner at the firm collecting the award.

The Ridley & Hall team with Gaynor Barnes2013 winnersL to R: James Cook, Claire Aydogan, Adam Fletcher, Nigel Priestley, Vicky Medd

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Ridley & Hall Seeking Experienced Family Law Secretary

Due to the recent launch our new Family First service, offering a range of family law support packages aimed at different levels to suit all budgets, we are looking to recruit a family law secretary to assist the head of the Family department.

Based in our central Huddersfield office, we are seeking a full-time, experienced legal secretary who has had exposure to working in a demanding and fast paced environment to join our family team. Legal secretarial experience within family law is essential, as is excellent typing, the ability to communicate with clients, good organisational skills, software skills and knowledge of digital dictation.

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.

“Whaddya Mean?” – Interpreting a Will

Joan Edward’s Will has received widespread media coverage over the last few days. She passed away last December, aged 90 having bequeathed £520,000 to “whichever government is in office in their absolute discretion to use as they think fit.”  The money was divided between the coalition parties based on their number of ministers and MPs.  The Conservatives received £420,576 and the Liberal Democrats, £99,423.

The Daily Mail investigated and criticised the two parties for accepting the money as party political donations rather than using it for the good of the nation.

The solicitors who drafted it (who were also appointed as executors and trustees) stated that when Joan had made her Will, they specifically checked with her that the bequest was to go to a political party. But crucially, the will does not say this – it is a clear example of poor drafting.  One Labour MP branded the coalition’s interpretation of the donation as ‘dodgy’.

After great public and political pressure both the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives have decided to donate the windfall to the treasury and announced that it would be used to reduce the national debt.

After the money had been handed over to the treasury a Liberal Democrat spokesman said:  “The decision to give the money to the political parties was taken solely by the executors of the Will. The party accepted the donation in good faith.”

Many people reading about Joan’s story will question the purpose of making a Will if it results in disputes between the respective beneficiaries, and those omitted.

Although this case is unique, it highlights the importance of communication between a client and their solicitor when making a Will.  Partner Sarah Young, who specialises in contentious probate at Huddersfield firm Ridley & Hall comments:

“It’s important to seek professional advice when you want to make a Will. As this case shows, it doesn’t always prevent a dispute but it can significantly reduce the risk of a challenge. You should ideally see a solicitor accredited by Solicitors for the Elderly and check your Will carefully before you sign it.”

In relation to the Joan Edwards case she says:

“In this case, potentially the political parties could sue the solicitors for professional negligence – but it’s unlikely that they will given the further bad publicity that would be involved!”

Sarah Young is a Partner with Ridley & Hall solicitors. She specialises in contentious probate law and has a record of bringing the most complex cases to a successful conclusion.

For further information please contact Sarah Young at Ridley & Hall, Queens House, 35 Market Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2HL on 01484 538421 or mobile 07860 165850.