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James Urquhart Burton

James Urquhart-Burton

Department: Litigation
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James is an experienced solicitor who joined the Litigation Team at Ridley & Hall as a Partner in January 2020.

He brings with him passion and understanding of the legal challenges faced by older people and their families. He specialises in will disputes and financial abuse, in particular involving property ownership. He is nationally known for his expertise in the care fee sector, most notably NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding.

NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding is a package of care which is fully funded by the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, for individuals who are assessed as having a “Primary Health Need”. James acts for individuals and their families in relation to appeals and retrospective applications. Over the years he has recovered many hundreds of thousands of pounds for families who wrongly paid for care home fees and his primary goal is to educate the public so that they are aware of what they are legally entitled to.

James is a respected for his assertive yet collaborative approach to resolving disputes with the NHS and his working knowledge of CCGs and their staff allows him to help his clients to navigate all aspects of the complex eligibility assessment process.

James also feels strongly about abuse of the elderly which can sadly take place in various forms. He will help family members to take action wherever possible, to secure justice for their elderly, vulnerable or deceased relative. He is aware that abuse may take various forms, some of which are very subtle – he does not let that deter him from getting to the bottom of the matter. He is also conscious of how delicate subjects like health, care and finances are and works through his clients’ problems with the utmost sensitivity.

James is a Spanish speaker and enjoys visiting Spain as often as he can. Spare moments are rare, but when time allows he enjoys visiting and hosting family and friends and travelling.

Litigation Team

Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones

Associate Solicitor
Gareth is an experienced solicitor and joins the firm having spent 15 years with another Yorkshire firm practising in litigation. Gareth undertakes contentious probate work including claims for Financial Abuse, claims for reasonable provision pursuant to the Inheritance Act 1975 and claims against executors....

Maaria Sharif

Maaria completed her undergraduate Law Degree at the University of Leeds shortly before commencing her legal career with Ridley & Hall in September 2021....

David  Wilson

Associate Solicitor
David joined Newman & Bond (now Ridley & Hall incorporating Newman & Bond) in August 2019 as an associate solicitor in the litigation department....
Sarah Young

Sarah Young

Sarah Young specialises in contentious probate law, which includes advising on inheritance disputes, problems with executors and arguments involving financial abuse of the elderly (often involving disputes over property ownership)....

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