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Crooks Commercial advises leading Huddersfield firm Ridley and Hall Solicitors in relation to its exciting expansion to its senior team and its corporate stucture

Huddersfield-based law firm Ridley & Hall has appointed two former Simpson Millar heavyweights to join its board of directors.

Emma Pearmaine and Anthony Elston have joined the business as it outlines plans to double its turnover.

At Simpson Millar, Pearmaine was previously director of family services and Elston was finance director.

Ridley & Hall celebrates its 90th birthday later this month and employs 60 people and turned over £2.5m in 2016, the firm aims to reach £5m turnover in 2020.

Pearmaine began her career in Huddersfield and went on to build a £3m family law practice at Simpson Millar.

She said: "To be part of a management team where everyone shares the same values and ambitions is exactly where I want to spend the next chapter of my career.

"We’re going to do something big, and something real. It will be sustainable and positive for both clients and staff."

Elston is the firm’s first finance director, after having spent six years with Simpson Millar where he was a partner and finance director.

Over the course of his time there, he helped the firm grow from £11m turnover in 2011, to £17m turnover in 2014.

Elston added: "Everyone talks of the opportunities available in legal services, and they are right – it is an exciting market to operate in.

"But it is also one which demands the right combination of confidence, ambition and prudence.

"The management team of Ridley & Hall has steered the firm into a sensible and strong position for growth and I very much look forward to keeping it on that course for many years to come."

Adam Fletcher, managing director at Ridley & Hall, said: "We are all excited about what our new management team can achieve, and feel confident in our expansion plans.

"2016 was a record year resulting from the superb performances by my fellow directors Nigel Priestley, James Cook, Sarah Young and our staff.

"We have now turned our attention towards driving growth through strategic acquisitions and recruitment of further key individuals.

"This is a significant development for the firm. We are investing in the future of the business and believe we can strike the ideal balance with the help of Emma and Anthony on our Board."

"Anthony’s expertise and guidance will be absolutely essential as we grow the practice to ensure a stable and exciting future for a firm which has prioritised service to the community for 90 years."