Valerie sadly died on 24 July 2017 after a battle with cancer. As a mark of our respect for Valerie for what she contributed to the firm and to life at Ridouts, we have left her profile online. She was a much loved member of the team and she will be deeply missed by us all.
SRA regulations enabling non-lawyers to become full partners in law firms gave the practice the opportunity to appoint Valerie as a full time Director, probably one of the first in her field. Valerie sat on the board of Directors of the organisation alongside her husband, Paul Ridout.
Her unique experience as a Speech & Language Consultant based in Harley Street with an international practice extending throughout the Middle East & Russia, together with her reputation in training Politicians and Broadcast Journalists, brought all the skills of a non-executive to the existing business.