Ridley & Hall adds new partners in Leeds

Huddersfield-headquartered Ridley & Hall has recruited a trio of partners from Simpson Millar and opened a new office in Leeds.

Daxa Patel is now a partner in the firm’s clinical negligence department, with Melanie Webb and Clare Linden joining its family law team. All three join from Simpson Millar.

The new partners will be based in the new Leeds office at Park Place, which Ridley & Halls opened recently.

Emma Pearmaine, who joined Ridley & Halls as a director in September 2017, has taken on the role of managing director.

Her appointment follows a recent spout of successes in attracting new developer clients that previous managing director, Adam Fletcher, will now be dedicating his time to as director of property.

“We have set ambitious targets and are meeting them all. The opening of an office in Leeds is part of our strategy to grow as a leading Northern firm,” said Pearmaine. “Clients who might find it more convenient to meet with us in Leeds, are now able to do that when it suits them.”

Ridley & Hall now employs 65 people. It turned over £2.5million in 2016 and aims to double that by 2020.

Pearmaine added: “We are ambitious yet sensible, and that’s how we will grow the firm—in a sustainable manner which will most likely include both strategic acquisitions and further new appointments. This is an exciting time of investment into attracting the highest quality of people to deliver outstanding legal services to clients.”

“Daxa, Claire and Melanie’s move to join us is a testament to the confidence people have in the firm and in the management team. This is a great place to work, and I am really pleased to welcome former colleagues to the team.”

Pictured, from left to right: Daxa Patel, Clare Linden and Melanie Hartley