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Nigel Priestley

Partner at Ridley & Hall

Huddersfield, United Kingdom

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I am the Senior Partner of Ridley and Hall and a member of the Children’s Panel and regularly represents children and parents in Care Proceedings. I was named as the Winner of Solicitor of the Year (private practice) in the national Law Society Excellence Awards for 2010, I won the Law Society Highly Commended Solicitor of the Year in 2008 and was shortlisted in the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award 2008. I focus on 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. I am a Trustee of the Family Rights Group and work closely with the Grandparents Association. Over £500,000 has been paid to carers in respect of back paid Fostering Allowances as a result of actions in which Nigel has been involved. I often speak at conferences organised by the Grandparents Association, BAAF. Grandparents Plus and Leeds Social Services on Kinship Care. One of my concerns is the lack of support given to adopters. I am a member of Adoption UK and advises adopters facing post adoption challenges as to their rights. In recent years I 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.

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