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Alistair McKinlay

Department: Residential Property

Alistair is a Partner in the Residential Property department, based in South Elmsall Pontefract, where he works alongside Adam Fletcher and Ashley Sowerby. He joined Ridley & Hall in February 2020 to help further develop the firm and department’s profile, having been a Partner for over 20 years at a well known Leeds practice.

He is an experienced property solicitor and qualified in 1997. Throughout his career, Alistair has specialised in all types of property related matters, with a particular focus on acting for clients buying and selling properties.

As well as dealing with routine sales and purchases, Alistair also advises clients on leasehold transactions, including shared ownership leases, re-mortgages and acquisitions of new-build properties. He has acted for a number of developers during his career and is familiar with the planning and infrastructure issues which can arise in these types of transactions. He also represents property investors who are looking to grow and expand their portfolios.

He acts for clients across the whole of England and Wales and is proud of the fact that these clients, as well as estate agents, mortgage brokers and accountants, come back to him and frequently recommend him to their friends and families, having appreciated his clear and concise advice and approachability.

Alistair was a member of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) Technical Panel for 5 years, during which time he helped guide and shape policy nationally on the residential conveyancing process, liaising with other law firms and lenders to establish best practice for the profession as a whole. He also presented a webinar on the CQS Core Practice Standards, which was used for training across the country.

Outside of work, Alistair is a Governor at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School & Wakefield Girls’ High School and also sings in a local community choir. Whenever possible he likes to spend time at the East Yorkshire coast with his wife and daughters and their loveable and energetic springer spaniel.

Residential Property Team

Marina Cotton

Marina Cotton

Marina joined our residential property team as a Property Paralegal to work alongside Alistair McKinlay at our South Elmsall office, dealing with sales, purchases, transfers of equity and remortgages.  ...

Adam  Fletcher

Head of Pontefract - South Elmsall Office
Adam is a Director & Head of our Pontefract office. Adam was appointed Managing Director in 2012-2018, having previously held the role of Technology and Business Development Partner with the firm for the previous 12 months....

Alison Mason

Head of the Residential Property Department,
Alison Mason is Head of the Property Department and is a Licensed Conveyancer with over 20 years of experience in residential Conveyancing. Alison joined Ridley & Hall in 1996 having previously worked for other local firms....

Afreen Mhar

Afreen recently joined the property team as a Residential and Commercial Property Solicitor in September 2019. After living in Norfolk since 2016, she has returned home to Huddersfield to settle back in to her community....

Shad Mpande

Shad is a Trainee Solicitor currently undertaking his third seat in the Family Department. He has undertaken a seat in the Property Department and our Paralegal Central Services Team. Shad is a member of Resolution which is a community of family professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way....

Susan Sowden

Susan joined the firm in November 2019, from a firm in South Yorkshire but having previously been with firms in West Yorkshire. She specialises in all forms of residential conveyancing including sales, purchases, remortgages, transfers of equity and sales of new build plots on small-scale property developments. Susan also has a background in commercial property matters and Wills & Probate matters....

Ashley  Sowerby

Associate Solicitor
Ashley Sowerby joined Ridley & Hall in autumn 2016 as a Solicitor within the Property Department. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2014 after completing her Law Degree and Legal Practice Course at Leeds Metropolitan University....

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