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 and was shortlisted in the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award 2008. In 2010 Nigel was named as the Winner of Solicitor of the Year (private practice) in the national Law Society Excellence Awards for 2010.
Nigel 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 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.