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Specialist social care solicitors offer the sector a wide range of services and expertise. They are able to support you with regulation, contracting, procurement, employment, dispute resolution, mental capacity, tax, acquisitions and more.

If you’re looking for a solicitor for a specific service, the following solicitors and their lead individuals should be able to help.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Tel:  0870 194 1000
Email:  stuart.marchant@bevanbrittan.com
Website: www.bevanbrittan.com

Sectors

  • Independent health and social care providers.
  • Acute and emergency care.
  • Community health.
  • Mental health.
  • Primary care.

Services

  • Serious incidents, safeguarding and health and safety investigations.
  • Commercial dispute resolution.
  • Care support – from capacity and consent to deprivation of liberty.
  • Contracting.
  • Procurement and competition.
  • Regulation.
  • Employment.
  • Property and construction.
  • Commercial structuring and finance.

Lead individuals

Stuart Marchant
Tel: 0370 194 7712
Email: stuart.marchant@bevanbrittan.com

Carlton Sadler
Tel: 0370 194 1633
Email: carlton.sadler@bevanbrittan.com

Stuart and Carlton are responsible for Bevan Brittan’s independent health and social care team with extensive experience in assisting all kinds of care provider.

They say, ‘Most of our clients are providers of care services, either in the private and not-for profit sectors or the NHS.  We work with small and large organisations on quality, compliance, commissioning and strategy issues which are often testing and difficult, and our colleagues work closely to provide other types of support for providers.

‘We give sensible and practical advice on technical legal issues and regulation which are part of delivering care services. Importantly, the team’s advice and representation is always centred round our clients’ best interests, being mindful of their legal responsibilities, commercial interest and the value of their reputation. It speaks volumes that our clients genuinely like working with us and we are always happy to speak to care providers who may just need a quick conversation to provide reassurance or guidance.’

Company information

As a firm, Bevan Brittan is uniquely set up to advise organisations who work in health and social care because of its broad client base across public service delivery. The firm draws on this experience to help independent sector social care providers on all aspects of their business, from commissioning and procurement issues and challenges to specialist advice and support on care and regulation.

Offices located in London, Leeds, Birmingham and Bristol, with national coverage.

Brunswicks LLP

Tel: 0845 519 0690
Tel: Crisis Helpline 07855 855588 – 24hr, 365 days
Email: keith.lewin@brunswicks.eu
Website: www.brunswicks.eu

Sectors

  • Adult Placement schemes.
  • Boarding schools.
  • Care homes with nursing.
  • Care homes for older people, EMI and reminiscence units.
  • Care homes for younger adults.
  • Children’s homes.
  • Domiciliary care.
  • Learning disabled provision.
  • Private hospitals.
  • Psychiatric hospitals, including secure and medium secure units.

Services

  • Registration guidance and help.
  • Compliance and enforcement.
  • Regulation – Care Quality Commission (CQC), police, environmental health.
  • Challenging inspection reports.
  • Challenging CQC investigations.
  • Opposing notices of cancellation including urgent cancellation applications to the courts.
  • Dealings with local authorities – including contract compliance, proposed termination and fees.
  • Safeguarding – adult and children.
  • Inquests.
  • Commercial.
  • Contractual – commissioners and suppliers.
  • Crisis management.
  • Debt recovery.
  • Reputation management.
  • Fee negotiation.
  • Due diligence.
  • Free weekly newsletter – Brunswicks’ Healthcare Review.

 

Birkett Long LLP

Tel: 01206 217326
Email: tracey.dickens@birkettlong.co.uk
Website: www.birkettlong.co.uk

Sectors

  • Care homes (independent and groups).
  • Nursing homes (independents and groups).
  • Domiciliary care.
  • GP partnerships, dental practices, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons.
  • Construction contractors and developers.

Services

  • Buying/selling healthcare businesses.
  • Shareholder and investor agreements.
  • Property/land acquisition.
  • Property/land disposal.
  • Public sector work involving health trusts.
  • Regulatory advice.
  • Wills, trusts, lasting powers of attorney.
  • Mental capacity.
  • Reclaiming care fees.
  • Court of Protection work.
  • Independent financial advice, including pensions, life assurance and investments.

Druces LLP

Tel: 0207 216 5557
Email: c.axford@druces.com
Website: www.druces.com/care

Sectors

  • Care homes for adults.
  • Charities and not-for-profit organisations.
  • Entrepreneurs.
  • GP and dental practices.
  • PLCs.
  • Private healthcare.
  • Property development and investment.
  • Supported living.

Services

  • Business sales and acquisitions.
  • Banking and finance.
  • 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.
  • Property, planning, development and construction.
  • Tax.
  • Turnaround and restructuring.
  • Wills, trusts and estates planning.

Lead individuals

Christopher Axford
Tel: 0207 216 5557
Email: c.axford@druces.com

David Smith
Tel: 0207 216 5572
Email: d.smith@druces.com

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.

Christopher has worked on a number of pioneering deals in the care sector, 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.

Christopher 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, in the life sciences sector. His practice has a particular focus on capital markets and a combination of capital raising and mergers and acquisitions for healthcare and life sciences companies.

Company information

Health and social care is a primary sector for our firm and that is recognised by Legal 500 (a leading UK Legal Directory) 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 years for a large number of operators, owners, investors, banks and other lenders in the health and care sectors.

Lester Aldridge

Tel: 01202 786135
Email: info@LA-law.com
Website: www.lesteraldridge.com

Sectors

  • Adult care homes.
  • Supported living.
  • Independent hospitals.
  • Children’s homes.
  • Schools.
  • Fostering services.

Services

  • Care Quality Commission (CQC) enforcement action.
  • Safeguarding investigations.
  • Contractual disputes.
  • Drafting contracts.
  • Debt recovery for care fees.
  • Inquests.
  • Employment.
  • Care home sales and purchases.
  • Health, safety and environment health.
  • Professional misconduct.

 

Lockharts Solicitors

Tel: 0207 383 7111
Email: csd@lockharts.co.uk
Website: www.lockharts.co.uk

Sectors

  • Care homes.
  • Healthcare professionals.
  • Doctors.
  • Dentists.
  • Pharmacists.
  • Optometrists.
  • Vets.

Services

  • Care Quality Commission (CQC) processes.
  • Commercial contracting.
  • Provider company formations and federating.
  • Dispute resolution.
  • Healthcare law.
  • Partnership agreements.
  • Practice mergers.
  • Professional regulation and registration.
  • GP rural dispensing.
  • Superannuation.
  • Commercial property.
  • Surgery ownership, leases and developments.
  • Commercial sales and acquisitions.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur

Tel: +44 (0)20 7222 7040
Email: info@rlb-law.com
Website: www.rlb-law.com

Sectors

  • Medical defence organisations.
  • PLCs.
  • National institutions.
  • Charities.
  • NHS and private healthcare bodies.
  • Entrepreneurs.
  • Private clients.
  • Professionals (including doctors, dentists and solicitors).

Services

  • Healthcare.
  • Business.
  • Property and tax.
  • Private client services.

Lead individual

Mr Andrew Parsons
Head of Healthcare
Tel: 0207 227 7282
Email: Andrew.parsons@rlb-law.com

Andrew advises in all areas of healthcare law. He has extensive experience of advising on issues arising from Care Quality Commission inspections, adult safeguarding, police investigations following serious incidents and advising on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. He acts for a large number of care home operators as well as NHS clients. Andrew regularly advises on care home law, mental health law, public law and judicial review and personal injury matters. He has been involved in many of the most important mental health cases in recent years and is seen as a leading practitioner in this field. He also has experience of large clinical negligence claims particularly obstetric, paediatric and psychiatric cases. Andrew has extensive advocacy experience, including attending inquests on behalf of many healthcare clients.

Andrew acts as adviser on regulatory matters involving the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Police.

Andrew is a regular lecturer and contributor of articles to the health and legal press, and provides an educational programme to clients and others in the healthcare sector, especially relating to mental health, care homes and human rights.

Andrew is recognised by both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 as a Leading Individual.

Company information

RadcliffesLeBrasseur is proud of its reputation as one of the leading UK law firms for the care home sector. The firm has many years of experience advising managers and operators of care homes, both in the private and public sector.

Our lawyers are skilled in advising on specialist issues within the care homes sector, such as CQC registration issues and other regulatory matters, adult safeguarding investigations and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, inquests, complaints and HSE prosecutions.

In a health care setting, problems can arise at any time, and to be of all round service to our clients, the firm operate a 24-hour helpline to provide advice, often on matters requiring an urgent application to the Court. The firm also assists healthcare clients with employment, corporate and property matters.

In addition, the firm provides educational lectures, seminars and briefings to enable our clients to keep up-to-date with the latest developments. We also offer a free monthly care home bulletin focusing on the latest news, guidance and legislation affecting the care homes sector.

 

rhw Solicitors LLP

Tel: 01483 302000
Email: guildford@rhw.co.uk
Website: www.rhw.co.uk

Sectors

  • Care home owners.
  • Dental practices.
  • Doctors.
  • Veterinary owners.
  • Garden centre owners.

Services

  • Care home.
  • Transactional matters.
  • Care Quality Commission (CQC) matters.
  • Dispute resolution.
  • Employment.
  • Wills, tax, trusts and probate.
  • Residential property.
  • Family mediation.
  • Children matters.
  • Commercial business services.
  • Intellectual property rights.
  • Commercial property.

Shakespeare Martineau

Tel: 0115 945 4629
Email: roger.harcourt@shma.co.uk
Website: www.shma.co.uk

Sectors

  • Care homes with nursing.
  • Care homes for older people.
  • Children’s homes.
  • Domiciliary care.
  • Supported living.
  • Learning disabled provision.
  • Mental health.
  • Social housing.
  • Charities.
  • Education.
  • Local authorities.
  • Not-for-profit organisations.

Services

  • Registration and commissioning.
  • Regulatory compliance.
  • Safeguarding and health and safety interventions.
  • Mental health and capacity issues, including deprivation of liberty.
  • Court of Protection and deputyships.
  • Business improvement.
  • Quality assurance system and care plan reviews.
  • Fee analysis and renegotiation.
  • Family and children’s matters.
  • Dispute resolution and litigation.
  • Employment and HR.
  • Commercial property sales and acquisition.
  • Property construction/development.
  • Planning.
  • Corporate and partnership law.
  • Business sales and acquisition and private equity investments.
  • Commercial contracts (public and private sector) and procurement.
  • Intellectual Property.
  • Residential conveyancing.
  • Wills and probate.
  • Tax, trusts and inheritance.
  • Debt recovery.
  • Structuring/re-financing debt.

 

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