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Alistair McKinlay

Partner, South Elmsall Residential Property Team Leader & South Elmsall Business Development and Pastoral Lead
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

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Naha  Ahmed

Trainee Solicitor
Naha is  currently a trainee solicitor in residential property. She has demonstrated exceptional dedication and perseverance in her pursuit of a legal career. Alongside her legal responsibilities, Naha actively contributes as a member of the marketing committee. ...
Corinne Barnett

Corinne  Barnett

Trainee Solicitor
Corinne first joined the firm as a Conveyancing Assistant but has since progressed and has been awarded a Training Contract which commenced in January 2023. Corinne currently works in our Residential Conveyancing department assisting clients in sales, purchases and transfers of equity. ...
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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.  ...
Nadine Edwards

Nadine Edwards

Apprentice Solicitor
Nadine started her career within the legal sector in 2016 after she completed her A-Levels. Nadine always had a keen interest in the law and studied law at A-Level. Nadine worked for a small Personal injury specialist firm for 5 years before starting at Ridley & Hall in the Family department. ...

Adam  Fletcher

Business Development & IT Director
Adam served as Managing Director from 2012-2018, overseeing 25%+ growth. With 20+ years in residential property, he excels in conveyancing. In 2023, he took on the role of Business Development and IT Director, pivotal in the firm's future. He's dedicated to expanding the client base and enhancing technological support. Ridley & Hall is an exciting place for him....

Natalie  Hudson

Legal Executive
Natalie joined our residential property team as Chartered Legal Executive at our South Elmsall office dealing with all aspects of residential conveyancing including; sales, purchases, leases, new build sales and plot purchases, re-mortgages, transfers of equity and shared ownership....
Adam Leece

Adam  Leece

Team Leader for Property, Barnsley
Adam joined Newman & Bond, currently Ridley & Hall incorporating Newman & Bond, in 2010 as a Trainee Solicitor qualifying in 2012. Since qualifying as a Solicitor Adam has experienced a varied workload but has focused increasingly on both Residential and Commercial Property transactions for the last 8 years. In 2021 Adam was successfully appointed Partner within Ridley & Hall and in 2022 became the Property Team Leader within the Barnsley branch....
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Shelly Lynch

Chartered Legal Executive
Shelly joined our Residential Property Team at our South Elmsall office, working alongside Alistair McKinlay and Ashley Sowerby....

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....
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Jessica Nugent-Herrett

Jess completed a BA (Hons) in History in 2016, followed by a GDL conversion course in 2017. She then obtained her Legal Practice Certificate and an MSc in Business, Law & Management in 2018, and began working in the legal profession in the same year....

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

Ashley  Sowerby

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....

Kate Ward

Associate Solicitor
Kate Ward is an associate solicitor based in our conveyancing department. Kate qualified as a solicitor in September 2008 and has over 10 years’ experience in all aspects of residential property. She has also dealt with land sales and purchases and adverse possession. ...