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Laura Milburn


Partner
Department: Child Care & Public Law

Laura has many years of legal experience and was called to the Bar in 2010.  After qualifying as a Barrister, Laura cross-qualified to become a Solicitor in 2012.

Laura is a passionate advocate and has used her advocacy and negotiation skills on behalf of many clients over the years.

A significant part of Laura’s work relates to Care Proceedings and Laura specialises in representing parents and extended family members where social services are involved with families. Further, Laura advises grandparents who are seeking to have contact with their grandchild or are thinking of taking on the care of their grandchild.

Laura also undertakes work surrounding Children Act matters such as contact and residence disputes, and domestic abuse matters.  Laura also has experience in dealing with matters with an international element, such as removal of a child from the jurisdiction and issues surrounding forced marriage.

Laura is a member of Resolution and promotes a practical and down to earth approach to family law matters.  Laura is a member of the Resolution Committee and the Huddersfield Law Society Committee.

Laura enjoys walking in the Yorkshire countryside and also enjoys socialising with friends and family, and particularly enjoys travel to unusual places.  Laura has competed in cross country races at a national level and enjoys fundraising for worthy causes.  Laura helped fund raise for a ‘Search for Santa’ trip where children were taken to Lapland to look for Father Christmas.  Laura is currently learning to speak Russian.


Child Care & Public Law Team

Kavya Balram

Paralegal
Kavya moved to the UK in 2015. She is a qualified lawyer in India. Kavya has always wanted to progress her career in law and pursue further studies to dual qualify as a Solicitor in England and Wales. She has passed the first stage of the exams and is studying towards the second part....

Sarah Brown

Associate Solicitor
Sarah joined Ridley & Hall in 2010 following the completion of her Law Degree. Whilst working at Ridley & Hall she studied the Legal Practice Course part time over two years, completing it in 2012....

Nicki Butterworth

Associate Personal Assistant
Nicki is an experienced Personal Assistant who works within the Care & Public Law Team (for Child Care Director, James Cook). Nicki’s career began in the retail sector, and it was there where she began to hone her renowned communication and customer service skills....
James Cook

James  Cook

Director,
Head of Child Care & Public Law Team
James Cook trained and qualified at a South Yorkshire firm where he specialised in family and immigration law. ...

Deborah Hardy

Partner
Deborah has over 25 years’ experience in family law and has particular expertise in representing children, court appointed guardians, parents and extended family members in care proceedings in Leeds and surrounding areas. She joined Ridley & Hall as a Partner in 2018....

Clare Linden

Partner
Clare joined Ridley & Hall Solicitors as a Partner in 2018. Clare graduated from Durham University and completed her legal training at the College of Law in York in 2006. Clare qualified as a solicitor in 2008 when she re-located to Leeds to join the niche family law firm McAras and was made a partner in 2013 following the firm’s merger with Simpson Millar solicitors in Leeds....

Helen Moody

Solicitor
Helen completed her degree in law in 2009 before continuing her studies part time on the Legal Practice Course whilst working in a solicitors firm in Wakefield to gain experience. Helen joined Ridley & Hall in January 2012 after completion of the Legal Practice Course,  initially as a Legal Assistant working alongside Nigel Priestley to build up experience in the Public Law department. Helen completed her training contract at Ridley & Hall and qualified as a solicitor in October 2016....

Nigel Priestley

Senior Partner, MBE
Nigel Priestley is a Senior Partner of Ridley & Hall Solicitors and a community care and adoption specialist solicitor. He is a member of the Children’s Panel and regularly represents children and parents in care proceedings. ...

Michelle Silcox

Solicitor
Michelle joined Ridley & Hall in October 2019 and was admitted to the Role of Solicitor in early November 2019. Following redundancy from her longstanding role as Customer Service Manager at a national workwear company in 2007, Michelle took the decision to go to University and study law, something she had also hoped to do....
Natalie Stephenson Quayle

Natalie Stephenson-Quayle

Paralegal
Natalie started at Ridley & Hall in November 2019 as a care paralegal. In September 2020, Natalie integrated into the Public Law team as well, so now she works in both the Care and the Public Law teams which offers her the ability to help clients in need. This is something she has been interested in from a young age. ...

Rosie Turner

Solicitor
Rosie primarily assists clients on a variety of issues in relation to kinship care, particularly claiming allowances and back dated payments for kinship carers from Local Authority’s. Rosie also assists clients with Special Guardianship Order applications and advice in relation to the support that is available under Special Guardianship Orders....

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