Ridley & Hall expands with Pontefract acquisition

Ridley & Hall is continuing its Yorkshire expansion with the acquisition of private client firm Bashforth-Young.

The law firm, which has offices in Huddersfield and Leeds, specialises in family, private client and property law, serving clients in the region and across the UK. The acquisition of Bashforth-Young further strengthens its offering as the Pontefract firm is known for its expertise in wills, probate, Court of Protection, lasting powers of attorney, trusts and tax.

Following the deal, the new Ridley & Hall team in Pontefract will be joined by the firm’s family and property law members of staff in Low Gate, South Elmsall, in the Five Towns area. Founder Lynsey Bashforth has joined Ridley & Hall as a partner.

Ridley & Hall has seen marked growth in recent years with turnover growing to more than £2 million in 2017/2018, following a number of lateral hires and an increase in new clients.

“Our strategy for growth cannot be achieved purely organically, so we are now actively seeking to make complementary acquisitions,” said Emma Pearmaine, managing director of Ridley & Hall.

Pearmaine added: “The Pontefract firm established by Lynsey Bashforth has built a great reputation as a specialist in private client work. Clients were increasingly asking for assistance in other areas of law, for example, matrimonial and property matters, which were previously outside the firm’s expertise. It, therefore, made perfect sense to join Ridley & Hall, enabling Bashforth-Young to deliver a broader suite of services to a very loyal client base.”

“Culturally it is a great fit and everyone is really excited about working together.”

Bashforth commented: “I was looking to join forces with a firm of like-minded partners with a sound approach to business and a real passion for client service. This is what I found at Ridley & Hall, so I could not be more delighted for myself, my staff and our clients.”

In 2018, Ridley & Hall opened an office in Leeds, enabling it to accommodate three new partner appointments and to broaden its Yorkshire base. It now employs 71 people.

Pictured: Lynsey Bashford (centre), with (left to right) James Cook, Emma Pearmaine, Adam Fletcher, Sarah Young and Anthony Elston of Ridley & Hall