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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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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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 Solicitor who qualified in April 2018 and has been at Ridouts since 2013, specialising in healthcare regulatory law

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Anna Maria Lemmer

Anna Maria Lemmer is a Solicitor who qualified at Ridouts in April 2015.

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

Elliott Davis

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