The Team


With over 100 years combined experience the breadth and depth of expertise at Ridouts gives us a unique view of what our clients want and how best to provide solutions. Ridouts’ experience gives us a good understanding of the intricacies of the health and social care sector. Whether you need someone to support you at a meeting at the last minute, or to make a persuasive case at short notice, we are well placed to act immediately. Our strength, as with any professional services organisation, lies in our people. We provide a flexible, personal and bespoke service where you take centre stage.

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Paul Ridout

Paul Ridout is the Managing Director of Ridouts and has been providing advice to the sector for over 40 years

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Valerie Ridout (In memoriam)

Valerie is a vastly experienced speech and language consultant who is also a Non-Lawyer Director of the firm

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Caroline Barker

Caroline Barker is a Director in the firm. She qualified in 2005 and has worked at Ridouts since 2009

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Neil Grant

Neil Grant, Director, joined Ridouts in 2010, wishing to become a provider lawyer, having previously acted for regulators

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Errol Archer

Errol Archer, Senior Associate Solicitor, has advised clients in healthcare, regulatory and public law for over 20 years, joining Ridouts in 2015

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Jenny Wilde

Jenny Wilde is a Senior Associate Solicitor who has worked at Ridouts since 2009 and qualified in 2012

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Joanna Sharr

Joanna Sharr is a Solicitor who has worked at Ridouts since 2010 after having qualified in 2009

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Nicole Ridgwell

Nicole joined Ridouts in 2016. She was called to the Bar in 2008 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2014

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Samantha Cox

Samantha Cox is a Solicitor who has worked at Ridouts since 2012 and qualified in 2015, specialising in regulatory law

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Laura Paton

Laura Paton is a Solicitor who qualified in Scotland in 2009 and in England and Wales in 2017. Laura has worked at Ridouts since 2016

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Amina Uddin

Amina is a Solicitor who qualified in October 2016 after starting her career as Ridouts’ paralegal in 2013

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Nythan Smith

Nythan is a Trainee Solicitor and has worked at Ridouts since 2013. He will qualify in April 2018

Hope Davis-McCallion

Hope joined Ridouts as a highly experienced paralegal in 2017 having previously worked both in-house at an NHS Trust and at another firm based in London. In April 2017 Hope began her training contract at the firm.

Marcia French

Marcia joined Ridouts in 2017 and is a highly experienced manager who has successfully managed offices and teams in the legal, education and health sectors

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Donna Akhmedova

Donna is one of the Office Administrator at Ridouts. She joined the company in September 2015, having completed her degree in International Relations

Elliott Davis

Elliott is one of the firm’s Office Administrators and joined Ridouts in October 2016