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Natalie Stephenson Quayle

Natalie Stephenson-Quayle

Department: Child Care & Public Law

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. Other areas of the law which interest Natalie include Human Rights, Immigration and Family Law, showing she wants to help vulnerable people.

Within both teams, Natalie enjoys the busy working environment, meeting clients and going to court. Before she joined Ridley & Hall, Natalie completed work experience with the firm, and this made her want to apply for the paralegal job after finishing college. Natalie is happy with the team she is based in and wants to further her career by becoming a solicitor with the help of Ridley & Hall.

In January 2021, Natalie started her apprenticeship degree with Ridley & Hall. Whilst working with Ridley & Hall, Natalie wants to promote the different routes people can take to get into a career in law and to help prospective law students understand they don’t have to go to university to work within this industry. Natalie feels it is important that she helps people to understand this and thinks that people should have more awareness of the different opportunities they have.

Natalie has a keen interest for law which she studied at A-Level where she achieved the highest grade possible. Natalie also studied Geography and English Literature at A-Level which she found to be interesting and eye-opening. During her time at college, Natalie was a sports leader, achieving her Level 3 Sports Leader Qualification. She was selected to go to Malta in October 2018 to encourage young children and the disabled to ‘get involved’ in sport. In 2019, Natalie travelled to Thailand, Laos and Vietnam with World Challenge. This involved a 4-day trek in the jungle in Thailand, building a school for remote villagers in Laos, learning about the different cultures in all three countries, trying new food and much more. Natalie enjoyed her experience and would love to do more community-based work both in the UK and abroad in the future.

Outside of the work place, Natalie is a dedicated swimmer and takes part in her club’s competitions. As well, Natalie enjoys rock climbing both indoors and outdoors, to help her with this she attends the gym as part of her active lifestyle. Other than exercise, Natalie enjoys meeting up with friends and family, reading and travelling the world.



Child Care & Public Law Team

Kavya Balram

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

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

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

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....

Laura Milburn

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. ...

Helen Moody

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

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....
Tracy Steel

Tracy Steel

Trainee Solicitor
Tracy joined Ridley & Hall as a trainee solicitor in June 2022 and is due to qualify as a solicitor in September 2022....

Rosie Turner

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....
Yasmin Walker

Yasmin Walker

Trainee Solicitor
Yasmin initially joined our Residential Property team in the South Elmsall office as a Conveyancing Assistant in September 2019 to gain first hand legal experience whilst undertaking her Masters Qualification....

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