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Ridley and Hall makes another appointment as commercial property team more than doubles in a year

David Amies and Ava Krajniewski of Ridley and Hall

Fast-growing Huddersfield-based law firm, Ridley and Hall, is continuing to expand its commercial property team with the appointment of Ava Krajniewski as a solicitor.

After qualifying in 2019, Ava has spent the last two years working in the property practice at Ramsdens Solicitors in Halifax. She has experience in all areas of commercial property work including sales and purchases, leases and lease renewals, and assignments. She has also undertaken residential property work.

Ava joins the Ridley and Hall team following the appointment of Adam Ali as a solicitor in the commercial property practice in February 2020, working alongside commercial property lawyer and partner David Amies, based at the Huddersfield office. With the firm’s acquisition of Barnsley-based Newman & Bond in September 2021, another two specialist commercial property lawyers, Jill Leece and Adam Leece, joined Ridley & Hall which has grown its commercial property practice from two solicitors in January to a team of five.

David Amies, partner and head of commercial property at Ridley and Hall, commented: “With her varied experience in commercial property, Ava will be a welcome addition to the team as we continue to see growing demand for our services. After an initial few weeks of slowdown when the pandemic first hit, we have been extremely busy with record levels of work over the last 18 months and we are continuing to expand our commercial property practice alongside this.

“The combination of Ridley and Hall’s strong reputation, together with the addition of Newman & Bond in the autumn and a buoyant market, means that it is vital that we invest in growing our team to ensure we provide the high levels of service our clients expect.”

Ava said: “Ridley and Hall has established a strong reputation both locally and nationally and this is a great opportunity to be part of the firm’s success story as it continues to expand. It not only has strong links with the local community, but is also known as a supportive employer which recognises and nurtures strengths within the team.

“The recent acquisition of Newman & Bond is a further demonstration that Ridley and Hall is really going places, and it’s a particularly exciting time to be part of the commercial property practice and drive further growth.”

With offices in Huddersfield, Leeds, Pontefract and now Barnsley, Ridley and Hall has grown to a 100-strong team and specialises in family, private client, litigation and property law.