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Specialist Care Sector Solicitors

You should never underestimate the support offered by a solicitor specialising in social care. They have years of experience supporting all kinds of care sector organisations. There is a wide range of care-focused solicitors and they offer a wealth of services.

Whether you need advice on a care business acquisition or sale, HR or employment law, financing, regulation, governance, inquests, mental capacity, property, safeguarding or something else, the specialist care sector solicitors here should be able to help.

Anthony Collins Solicitors

Tel: 0121 200 3242 


  • Adult health and social care.
  • Care homes.
  • Domiciliary care.
  • Mental health.
  • Community health.
  • Learning disability services.


  • Commercial contracts advice.
  • Data protection, freedom of information and intellectual property.
  • Funding and finance, grants and social investment.
  • Governance.
  • Procurement, IT and technology contracts.
  • Crisis management and dispute resolution.
  • Employment advice, pensions.
  • Property and construction.
  • Buying and selling care homes.
  • Mergers.
  • Development projects.
  • Regulation, inquests, judicial review.
  • Safeguarding children and adults.

Lead individuals

Matt Wort is Partner and Head of Health and Social Care. Matt’s, and the wider Employment and Pensions Team’s, focus is on working with clients to unblock difficult employment and pension issues and his experience in TUPE and National Minimum Wage is nationally recognised. Matt also works closely with the Regulatory Team who can both reactively help with management of regulatory issues and proactively help you to get the governance right initially, to ensure you are well-led.

John Wearing, Partner, leads the firm’s corporate and commercial work. John’s, and the team’s, expertise in mergers, finance, governance, collaboration, procurement, and commercial contracts means that we cover the wide range of potential corporate and commercial questions you might encounter. We draw on our experience of contracting arrangements with local authorities and the NHS, whether it is a search for funding or potential development projects – we have a team who are passionate about making a difference and delivering specialist solutions.

Company information

What makes us distinctive beyond simply being a sector-specialist law firm is our people and the values we share – our passion and belief are aligned with our purpose of improving lives, communities and societies and working in partnership with our clients to achieve this. That is why we act for many leading providers, delivering commercial solutions to all aspects of their work and supporting representative bodies to help their members deliver sustainable high quality care across the sector.

Matt Wort Partner and Head of Health and Social Care
Tel: 0121 214 3501

John Wearing Partner
Tel: 0121 212 7450

Bevan Brittan

Tel: 0370 194 1000


  • Care homes, domiciliary care.
  • Supported living.
  • Extra care, retirement living.
  • Community healthcare services.
  • Primary care.
  • Independent hospitals and clinics.


  • Healthcare regulation.
  • Incidents, safeguarding and health and safety investigations.
  • Court of Protection, mental health and capacity (and DoLS) issues.
  • Corporate compliance and information governance.
  • Commercial – contracting, partnering and competition.
  • Property and construction.
  • Corporate transactions.
  • Finance and funding.
  • Procurement and commercial disputes.
  • Employment, pensions and business immigration.
  • Inquests, clinical negligence claims, employer’s/public liability and insurance.

Lead individuals

Stuart and Carlton lead Bevan Brittan’s regulatory support. They say, ‘Most of our clients are care providers. We work with small and large organisations on quality, compliance, commissioning and strategic commercial issues. We work hard to develop an in-depth understanding of our clients and the challenges they face both on a daily basis, and strategically. We believe this is vital to providing the best support, whether on operational matters, disputes and challenges from regulators, commissioners, or suppliers, or on strategic issues, such as governance arrangements, partnering, and optimising delivery and use of resources.’

Company information

As a firm, Bevan Brittan specialises in advising health and social care providers. We support providers to: grow their business, deliver quality services; and respond to challenges and disputes. Our ‘one stop shop’ provides advice on all issues clients encounter including:

  • Regulatory advice on: restructuring, due diligence in transactions, CQC registration, inspection preparation, responding to reports and enforcement action.
  • Commercial advice on: contracting and partnering, including New Models of Care and STPs and related structuring and commercial transactional and property arrangements.

The firm has a wide range of specialists across all legal areas and experienced external health and social care consultants.

Stuart Marchant
Tel: 0370 194 7712

Carlton Sadler
Tel: 0370 194 1633

Druces LLP

Tel: 0207 216 5557


  • Care homes/supported living.
  • Charities and not-for-profits.
  • Entrepreneurs.
  • GP and dental practices.
  • PLCs.
  • Private healthcare.
  • Property development and investment.


  • Business sales and acquisitions.
  • Banking, finance and tax.
  • Capacity and court of protection.
  • Contentious trust and probate.
  • Contracts and commercial agreements.
  • Debt and equity capital markets and fund-raising.
  • Dispute resolution and litigation.
  • Employment.
  • Property, planning, development and construction.
  • Turnaround and restructuring.
  • Wills, trusts and estates planning.

Lead individuals

Druces health and social care practice is led by partner Christopher Axford, who specialises in mergers and acquisitions in regulated industries and has particular expertise in advising financiers, investors, owners and operators in the healthcare sector.

He has worked on a number of pioneering deals, including advising on care home portfolio restructuring, big ticket care group acquisitions, as well as advising on high value financing facilities and fundraisings for innovative care projects. He backs up his hands-on transactional experience with an in-depth understanding of healthcare’s regulatory framework, including being a contributing author to Jordan’s Care Standards: A Practical Guide.

David Smith is a fellow partner in the healthcare team with over 25 years’ experience of advising entrepreneurial growing companies, both public and private. His practice has a particular focus on capital markets and a combination of capital raising and mergers and acquisitions.

Company information

Health and social care is a primary sector for our firm and that is recognised by Legal 500 who note that Druces ‘…is known for its focus on the care sector’. Our healthcare group is made up of lawyers who are passionate about helping a broad range of clients in an industry that is experiencing significant growth and subject to ever more complex regulation. Our team comprises individuals from our corporate and commercial, litigation and dispute resolution, property, and restructuring and insolvency teams. We have acted for many operators, owners, investors, banks and other lenders.

Christopher Axford
Tel: 0207 216 5557 

David Smith
Tel: 0207 216 5572

Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Tel: 01905 612001


  • Care homes/nursing homes.
  • Domiciliary care.
  • Supported living units.
  • Specialist care homes.
  • GP partnerships, dental practices and pharmacists.
  • Healthcare developers and contractors.


  • Buying/selling businesses.
  • Employment and HR.
  • Regulatory advice, inquests.
  • Commercial disputes.
  • Property and construction.
  • Serious incidents – safeguarding issues, health and safety.
  • Mental capacity.
  • Tendering and procurement.

Lead individuals

Charlotte Thornton-Smith is Partner and Head of Health and Social Care Team. Charlotte leads the team and specialises in acquisitions, disposals and corporate restructuring of businesses. Charlotte is well known for her focus on supporting social care operators in acquisitions.

Following the Regulated Homes Act 1984, Derek Jones, Head of the Thames Valley Office became an expert in resolving disputes. He also represents service providers in tackling the regulators, as well as local authority and NHS commissioners in England and Wales and before what is now the First-Tier Tribunal (Care Standards).

Complementary to his legal expertise, Derek has completed a number of health and social care training courses to assist his understanding of the challenges faced, which makes him ideally placed to represent both service providers and family members at inquests. As a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner Solicitor, Derek fully understands and is able to provide advice and guidance to assist providers in negotiation with their funders and other stakeholders when cashflow difficulties arise. He is able to support providers as they mitigate their risks against future risks of Brexit and minimum wage.

Company information

With a focus on advising operators in the private sector, Harrison Clark Rickerby’s Health and Social Care lawyers work with businesses to help them get started, grow by acquisition or investment, as well as dealing with operational issues. We pride ourselves on providing practical advice tailored to the needs of our clients and our services are wide-ranging. Members of the team continue to be recognised by clients as trusted strategic business advisers as well as lawyers.

Charlotte Thornton-Smith
Tel: 01905 612001

Derek Jones
Tel: 0118 945 0159

Lester Aldridge LLP

Tel: 01202 786135


  • Care homes/nursing homes.
  • Domiciliary care agencies.
  • Supported living services.
  • Independent hospitals/NHS Trusts.
  • Children’s homes.
  • Special schools.
  • Fostering agencies.
  • GPs and dental practices.


  • Regulatory advice, disputes with CQC, Ofsted or other regulators.
  • Challenging inspection reports and ratings, defending enforcement action by CQC or Ofsted.
  • Safeguarding investigations.
  • Supported living arrangements.
  • Disputes with social services/CCGs.
  • Recovering unpaid care fees.
  • Contractual disputes.
  • Coroner’s inquests.
  • Court of Protection cases.
  • Health and safety.
  • Police investigations.
  • Sales and acquisitions.
  • Professional misconduct proceedings.
  • Employment advice.
  • Corporate and partnership matters.
  • Charities and third sector.

Lead individuals

Peter Grose is Head of the Healthcare Team, supported by Laura Guntrip in overseeing the firm’s market leading team of solicitors specialising in health and social care. Peter has been specialising in this sector for over 20 years and, combined, the team boasts of over 100 years’ expertise in the sector. Members often write for care sector publications and are regularly asked to speak at conferences nationally, recognising their specialist expertise and trusted reputation.

The team acts for providers nationally and is the first choice for many, ranging from small family operators to leading national corporate providers. The team has also been the appointed solicitors to the National Care Association and Registered Nursing Homes Association for over 20 years, in addition to acting for other regional care associations.

‘We act in relation to a variety of matters, from contract disputes to safeguarding investigations and helping providers challenge CQC reports and ratings or defend enforcement action,’ explains Peter. ‘We understand how care services operate and the difficulties they face. We provide clear, practical solutions.’

‘We offer a one-stop shop to assist providers in all matters stemming from an incident: CQC action and safeguarding investigations, but also police investigations, employment issues and professional misconduct proceedings, offering consistency in representation,’ adds Laura.

Company information

The firm is well-respected, with an enviable reputation as a leading firm with a national following. As well as extensive expertise acting for adult social care providers, the Healthcare Team also advises NHS Trusts and GP practices. The team have been finalists in the Legal Advisor category of the Laing Buisson Awards for the last two years, and the Health Investor Awards annually since 2013.

Peter Grose
Tel: 01202 786135

Laura Guntrip
Tel: 01202 786135

Porter Dodson LLP

Tel: 01935 424581 


  • Adult care homes.
  • Care homes with nursing.
  • Supported living.
  • GPs.
  • GP/hospital super surgeries.


  • Employment and HR.
  • Regulatory issues.
  • Preparing for a CQC inspection and associated issues.
  • Safeguarding issues.
  • Expanding, acquiring or selling a care home or site.
  • Business formation, including the creation of partnerships and companies.
  • Training and personal development.
  • Business restructure.
  • Disputes, credit control and debt collection.

Lead individuals

Adrian is Partner, Head of Employment and Head of Medical and Care. He is involved in promoting and representing the interests of the care sector. He acts for a large number of private care providers and GPs, working in tandem with them on a variety of regulatory and compliance issues. In recent times, he has been actively involved with the local Vanguard project, aimed at bringing different sectors of the care profession closer together.

Evelyn Adfield is a Commercial and Corporate Partner with specific experience in the care sector. Work undertaken includes the creation of new GP partnership agreements, contracts and the sale of care homes, alongside advising on GP integrations and succession arrangements. Her clients tell her she has helped them with focused advice, based on learning about their specific business and objectives.

Company information

Porter Dodson’s specialist Care Team appreciates the burden placed upon providers in the care sector by the almost continual flow of changes to the law and regulations in this area. Equally, they understand that, as a care provider, you are operating a business and therefore require proactive and no-nonsense legal advice.

The team is committed to assisting you whatever issues you face. Quite simply, it is their desire to be your long-term trusted adviser.

Porter Dodson has offices in Bridport, Dorchester, Poundbury, Sherborne, Sturminster Newton, Taunton, Wellington and Yeovil.

Adrian Poole
Tel: 01935 846802

Evelyn Adfield
Tel: 01823 625848

Royds Withy King

Tel: 0800 051 8058 


  • Care homes/nursing homes.
  • Learning disability and specialist homes.
  • Domiciliary care.
  • Supported living.
  • Extra care/retirement villages.
  • Hospices.
  • Housing and support associations.
  • Charities.


CQC registration, challenging inspection reports, enforcement action and ratings.

  • Challenging notices to suspend or cancel registration.
  • Fees, tenders and commissioning contracts, challenging embargos.
  • Safeguarding investigations.
  • Inquests.
  • Buying and selling, leases, development and construction.
  • Commercial structuring and finance.
  • HR and employment law.
  • Mental capacity and DOLS.
  • Service user contracts.
  • Dispute resolution, debt recovery.
  • Intellectual property.
  • All aspects of charity law.
  • Free e-bulletins.

Lead individuals

The Health and Social Care team is a multi-disciplinary group of specialist lawyers led by partners James Sage and Hazel Phillips. They have substantial experience advising care providers on legal and regulatory issues and regularly share their expertise at regional and national care conferences.

They say, ‘We offer clients a complete legal service, giving them peace of mind that they are fully compliant so they can concentrate on doing what they do best – running successful businesses delivering the highest levels of care. We also advise a large number of providers who are registered charities, assisted by our charity law specialists. Our team’s in-depth knowledge of the challenges facing care providers and the fact we take the time to fully understand our clients’ needs, means that we can provide a personal approach and become part of their trusted team.’

The Health and Social Care team are the recommended lawyers for a number of regional care associations.

Company information

Royds Withy King is a UK Top 100 law firm, providing a national service to care providers from offices in London, Bath, Wiltshire and Oxford. The firm uses the breadth and depth of its expertise to provide practical, commercial and cost-effective advice.

James Sage
Tel: 07508 297597

Hazel Phillips
Tel: 07776 241235

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