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Rosie Turner

Department: Child Care & Public Law

Rosie obtained a First Class Degree in Law and a Distinction in the Masters of Law and Practice at the University of Huddersfield. Whilst studying for her Law Degree, Rosie achieved the best LLB examination results for the years 2011 and 2012. Rosie also assisted in the creation of the award winning Student Legal Advice Clinic whilst at University. Rosie felt strongly about the significant cuts that were made to the availability of Legal Aid in April 2013. The Legal Advice Clinic was a solution that would give people a voice, in particular, those people that no longer qualified for Legal Aid. Rosie worked there as a student legal advisor for 2 years before joining Ridley and Hall.

She initially joined Ridley & Hall in 2014 as a Legal Assistant within the Child Care and Public Law Team before progressing to a Paralegal and subsequently a Solicitor. She started her Training Contract in January 2019 and qualified as a Solicitor in January 2021.

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. Rosie recognises the commitment and dedication of the family members caring for the children that live with them and works with them to ensure that they are supported in their role as carers. Rosie brings with her sensitivity and knowledge of the process. She is known for her ability to help her clients feel at ease and her personability. She also assists clients in respect of Care Proceedings, Child Protection issues and Adoption issues.

Rosie is a valued member of the team and works closely alongside Nigel Priestley. Rosie adopts a sympathetic and friendly approach to all of her clients and has an in-depth understanding of the challenges that her clients’ face.

Rosie is commended by her clients. One of her former clients thanked Rosie for “…going above and beyond what I was expecting. I will be recommending you to anyone who needs legal representation in special guardianship in the future.”  Another former client of Rosie’s stated, “A superb service, efficiently delivered.”

Outside of work, Rosie has a keen interest in music and Irish dancing. She plays guitar and was part of a theatre school whilst at University where she developed her acting and singing skills. She enjoys socialising with family and friends, reading books and countryside walks with her dog, Jarvis!

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....
Natalie Stephenson Quayle

Natalie Stephenson-Quayle

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. ...
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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