Hartley Thomas and Wright
Town Hall Chambers, South Parade, Rochdale, OL16 1LW
Mr Roger G. Addington - Senior Partner
Roger Addington
I have been a qualified solicitor for 35 years now. Shortly after qualifying in 1978 I joined Brierley & Hudson Solicitors in Rochdale where I worked as an Assistant Solicitor for 4 years. In 1982 I came to Hartley Thomas & Wright to take over from Peter Battle who had had to retire from the Partnership of the Firm due to ill health. I spent one year as an Associate Solicitor and then in 1983 went into Partnership with Peter Riley and we have remained in continuous partnership ever since up to and including the present time.

Throughout my working life as a solicitor I have always specialised in non-contentious work. This has included working in the fields of Conveyancing both Residential and Commercial, Landlord and Tenant, Probate and Administration of Estates and Wills as well as Court of Protection work and the preparation and registration of Powers of Attorneys. Throughout my time at Hartley Thomas & Wright I have headed the non-contentious department with the assistance from time to time of trainee solicitors and conveyancing clerks.

In 2003 we incorporated into our practice the long established Firm of Rhodes & Co. This enabled Philip Tattersall, the principal, to retire from practice in Rochdale and become a consultant with us. As the vast majority of Rhodes & Co’s clients were on the non-contentious side I inherited Rhodes & Co’s clients.

I have always been responsible in the Firm for professional matters and this year with effect from 1st January 2013 I was appointed the Firm’s COLP and COFA.

I am a member of the Law Society’s Private Client and Property Section.

Locally I have been a member of the Rochdale Law Association ever since I came to Rochdale in 1978. I have served the committee of the local Law Association for a total of 30 years now. Initially it was for 3 years as a committee member and then I have spent a total of 26 years acting as the Association’s Honorary Secretary which office I continue to hold to this day. In the 1990’s I took time out for one year to be President of the Association.

When not working I enjoy travelling to warm climates with my wife and daughter, eating out, going to the theatre particularly when my son is appearing on stage with or without his guitar and quality family time with my young granddaughter Ilona.
Mr Paul Kidd - Partner
Paul Kidd
Paul Kidd has been with Hartley Thomas & Wright since 2004 having been qualified as a Solicitor since 1981. He is a Partner specialising in Family and Criminal work and also has advised extensively on Employment Compromise Agreements. He is a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority Family Panel and the Criminal Law Accreditation Scheme. Paul is also qualified as a Family Mediator.

Paul has wide experience in his fields of practice.

In Family Law he conducts cases in the Family Proceedings Courts and County Courts covering Divorce, Child Residence and Contact disputes, Ancillary Relief (matrimonial finance) cases and Child Care cases. He is member of Resolution and is committed to resolving cases in a sensitive yet fair way.

In Criminal matters Paul has dealt with cases involving offences ranging from thefts and assaults to serious frauds, sexual offences and murder. A fully qualified Duty Solicitor, he represents clients at the Police Station and in the Magistrates’ Courts and instructs experienced barristers to represent clients at the Crown Court. During his career Paul has also had several cases heard by the Court of Appeal, always successfully.

When he gets any spare time Paul enjoys listening to and composing music, playing guitar and keyboards (not at the same time!), walking and films.
Mr Peter A. Riley - Consultant
Peter A. Riley
Peter was admitted as a solicitor in December 1973 after serving Articles with a large multi discipline firm in Manchester gaining valuable experience in several aspects of legal matters.

After Admission as a Solicitor, Peter was employed as a Prosecuting Solicitor with Greater Manchester Council for 5 years before joining Hartley Thomas & Wright in June 1979 to handle Criminal, Licensing, Family and Litigation matters. In 1980 Peter became a Partner in the Firm and in 1982 took over the Firm, on his then Partner’s retirement, and is the Senior and Managing Partner.

Peter served over 30 years as a Member of the Legal Aid Area Committee and latterly as an Independent Adjudicator of The Legal Services Commission dealing with Appeals by members of the public and solicitors against decisions made by the Legal Services Commission in Criminal, Family, Personal Injury and Costs issues. He is a member and former President of the Rochdale Law Association and was a long standing member of the Rochdale Local Duty Solicitor Committee of which he was Secretary/Administrator for over 30 years until it was abolished. Throughout that time Peter was also a member of the Regional Duty Solicitor Committee for Greater Manchester and was Deputy Chairman for 3 years and subsequently Chairman for 3 years before serving a further 3 years as Chairman of the combined Greater Manchester and Cheshire Regional Duty Solicitor Committee of which he remained an active member until the abolition of Regional Committees nationally.

Peter is on the Criminal Law Accreditation Scheme Panel and has latterly specialised in Criminal and Licensing and Company and Business matters. In Criminal matters Peter has dealt with a vast array of cases involving offences ranging from motoring matters, thefts and assaults to serious frauds, sexual offences and murder and has represented local Courts in appeals against their decisions either at Crown Court or by Judicial Review. A fully qualified Duty Solicitor since the inception of the Scheme, he represents clients at the Police Station and in the Magistrates’ Courts and instructs experienced barristers to represent clients at the Crown Court. His attitude is for clients to find him approachable, friendly and sympathetic but at all times to be straight talking and Professional in his work which he insists his Partners and Staff also do.

In his spare time Peter enjoys socialising with his wife, family and friends, amateur photography, travelling, watching Rugby League, especially his eldest grandson playing at junior club level, and has a keen interest in preserved and model railways which he shares with his two young grandsons with whom he likes to spend as much time as possible.
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