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Resource finder: LEGAL

Every provider will need legal help from time to time. Here, CMM profiles some of the leading firms in the industry to help with your needs, whether that’s challenging inspection reports, advice on safeguarding issues or guidance on mandatory vaccination.

Gordons Partnership

Tel: 01483 451900

Email: neil@gordonsols.co.uk

Website: www.gordonsols.co.uk

Sectors       

  • Care homes.
  • Domiciliary care.
  • Supported living and extra care.
  • Learning disability services.
  • Independent hospitals.

Services           

  • Regulatory action.
  • Responding to civil and criminal enforcement action, and draft inspection reports.
  • Safeguarding enquiries.
  • Contract disputes (including fees and embargoes).
  • Police investigations and prosecutions.
  • Mental health, mental capacity and DoLS.
  • Health and safety.
  • Inquests.
  • Employment law.
  • Corporate finance and banking.
  • Sales and acquisitions.
  • Property related matters.
  • Commercial law advice.
  • Commercial litigation.

Lead individuals

Neil Grant heads our Health and Social Care Provider Team based in Guildford. Neil is an expert in the regulation and funding of health and social care services. He has a wealth of experience, having acted for inspectorates and other public bodies at a senior level. Nowadays, Neil only acts for providers, not regulators or commissioners, thus avoiding conflicts of interest. His motivation in working at Gordons Partnership is to offer the sector a full-service legal offering at competitive rates.

Susan Hunneyball works alongside Neil and has significant experience in advising clients in the health and social care sector. She has assisted providers with appeals against CQC decisions and, relevantly during the pandemic, on issues arising from compliance with infection control. She has helped providers obtain good outcomes following CQC urgent action. In addition, a large part of the work she does is advising clients who are involved in inquests or have Fitness to Practise issues, particularly in the pharmacy sector where Susan has a national reputation.

Timely and informed legal advice is essential to the successful running of any operation but particularly in the care sector. Our approach is strategic and commercial, working in partnership with the client. We aim to resolve and improve matters through dialogue in the interests of service users, the provider and other stakeholders. However, we are assertive in defending our clients’ rights. 

Company information

Gordons Partnership LLP is a respected and growing law firm and is a recognised leader in the healthcare field. It was formed in 1994 by three lawyers from leading practices who were fed up with the ‘factory’ approach to law. Their philosophy was to provide high-quality, practical and affordable advice, in a professional and friendly environment. Throughout Gordons’ growth, we have not lost sight of that philosophy.

Neil Grant

Tel: 07968 861242

Email: neil@gordonsols.co.uk

Susan Hunneyball

Tel: 01483 451900

Email: susan@gordonsols.co.uk


Lester Aldridge LLP

Tel: 01202 786187

Email: Laura.Guntrip@LA-Law.com

Website: www.lesteraldridge.com/for-business/healthcare/

Sectors

  • Care homes/nursing homes.
  • Domiciliary care agencies.
  • Supported living services.
  • Independent hospitals.
  • Charities and third sector.
  • Learning disability services.

Services

  • Regulatory advice, disputes with CQC or other regulators.
  • Challenging inspection reports and ratings.
  • Defending enforcement action and challenging notices of proposal.
  • Defending CQC criminal investigations and prosecutions.
  • Regulatory due diligence.
  • Safeguarding investigations.
  • Supported living arrangements.
  • Disputes with councils/CCGs.
  • Contractual disputes.
  • Coroner’s inquests.
  • Court of Protection cases.
  • Health and safety.
  • Police investigations.
  • Sales and acquisitions.
  • Professional misconduct issues.
  • Employment advice.

Lead individual

Laura Guntrip is Head of the Healthcare Team which specialises in health and social care. Laura has specialised in this sector for 12 years. Members often write for care sector publications and are regularly asked to speak at conferences, recognising their niche expertise and reputation. The team acts for providers and is the first choice for many, from small operators to national providers. The team has been solicitors to the RHNA for over 25 years, as well as 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 Laura. ‘We understand how care services operate and the difficulties they face. We provide clear, practical solutions and 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 has an enviable reputation with a national following. The team has been a finalist in the Legal Advisor category of the LaingBuisson Awards in recent years and the Health Investor Awards annually since 2013.

Laura Guntrip

Tel: 01202 786187

Email: Laura.Guntrip@LA-Law.com


Ridouts Professional Services Ltd

Tel: 0207 317 0340

Email: info@ridout-law.com

Website: www.ridout-law.com

Sectors

  • Care homes.
  • Home care agencies.
  • Independent hospitals.
  • Learning disabled care homes.
  • Children’s homes and residential special schools.
  • NHS Trusts.
  • GPs.
  • Dentists.

Services

  • Challenging inspection reports and ratings.
  • Challenging notices to suspend, cancel or vary registration.
  • Challenging warning notices, fixed penalty notices and prosecutions.
  • Appeals to the First-Tier Tribunal.
  • Registration advice and challenges to refuse.
  • Safeguarding investigations.
  • Commissioner fee, contract disputes and embargoes.
  • Inquests.
  • Police investigations.
  • Regulatory due diligence.

Lead individual

Paul Ridout, Managing Director, has been providing advice to the sector for over 40 years. Throughout his career, Paul has been actively and constantly instructed in matters relating to the operation, regulation and funding of care service businesses. Paul has a unique knowledge from previous experience of how regulation has changed and is regarded as one of the most experienced advisers in the sector.

Company information

At Ridouts, we know the health and social care sector and the details that can make the difference to your business. We provide legal, operational and strategic advice to providers who are faced with matters that could negatively impact on their businesses.

We help our clients to find defences and positive outcomes to, often, commercially damaging situations. We work with you to manage and reduce risks presented to your business which, in turn, preserves business value.

At Ridouts we only act for providers. Our specialism means that, not only do we know the law that governs the sector, we also know the nuances that come into play. There is no textbook way of operating a care business, so you need solicitors who don’t just know the regulations but who know how to interpret them in the context of multi-faceted pressures, conflicting stakeholder input and what the day job looks like for you. The team at Ridouts is on hand to help navigate you through the complexities that can arise.

Paul Ridout Managing Director

Tel: 0207 317 0341

Email: paul@ridout-law.com


Royds Withy King

Tel: 07508 297597

Email: james.sage@roydswithyking.com

Website: www.roydswithyking.com

Sectors           

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

Services

  • CQC registration, challenging inspection reports, enforcement action and ratings.
  • Fees, tenders and commissioning contracts; challenging embargoes.
  • Safeguarding investigation.
  • Inquests.
  • Buying and selling, leases, development and construction.
  • Commercial structuring and finance.
  • Employment law.
  • Mental capacity and DoLS.
  • Service user contracts.
  • Dispute resolution, debt recovery.
  • Intellectual property.
  • All aspects of charity law.

Lead individuals

Royds Withy King is highly regarded by stakeholders in the sector, including being recommended lawyers for the Care Association Alliance and a commercial partner of Care England. Leading practitioners include:

  • Hazel Phillips (Corporate) – has advised on social care transactions totalling over £100m in the last 12 months, including the £21m sale of five nursing homes and extra care apartments.
  • James Sage (Employment) – provides strategic legal advice on HR and employment law issues and manages our HELP service.
  • Mei-Ling Huang (Regulatory) – advises care providers on their CQC obligations, inspections and other crisis management responses.
  • Paul Daniels (Real Estate) – advises in all settings, including retirement villages, and on transactional matters.

They say, ‘Our Health & Social Care team is regularly instructed on social care matters across a variety of operators. The depth of knowledge in our team enables us to foresee, understand and resolve sector-specific issues that can arise for our clients.’

Company information

Royds Withy King is a Top 100 law firm with over 480 employees across a network of offices. The firm uses the breadth and depth of its expertise to provide practical, commercial and cost-effective advice.

James Sage

Tel: 07508 297597

Email: james.sage@roydswithyking.com

Hazel Phillips

Tel: 07776 241235

Email: hazel.phillips@roydswithyking.com


Scott Moncrieff & Associates Ltd

Tel: 020 3972 9011

Email: errol.archer@scomo.com

Website: www.scomo.com

Sectors

  • Care homes, home care.
  • GPs and dental practices.
  • Independent hospitals, clinics.
  • Supported living and extra care.
  • Learning disability.
  • Mental health.

Services

  • CQC Appeals to the First-Tier Tribunal.
  • CQC registration advice.
  • CQC notices to refuse, cancel or vary registration, warning notices and fixed penalty notices.
  • Buying and selling.
  • Commercial law advice.
  • Commercial litigation.
  • Commissioner fee and contract disputes.
  • Contract drafting.
  • Employment.
  • GP disputes with CCGs.
  • GP referrals to NHS Resolution.
  • Health and safety.
  • Inquests and judicial review.
  • MCA, safeguarding.
  • Police investigations.
  • Property development and construction.

Lead individuals

Errol Archer leads on regulatory work for Health and Social Care providers. His experienced team work with small and large providers, delivering commercially focused solutions. He brings valuable regulatory and policy insights from many years of advising business owners, regulatory bodies, central Government departments and Government ministers. As a specialist Solicitor-Advocate, he has represented clients at hundreds of court and tribunal hearings, including the First-Tier Tribunal (Care Standards), the Coroners’ Court and the High Court.

Tom Woodward is a specialist employment lawyer and provides expert advice to employers via a fast-response, cost-effective service on an ‘as required’ basis.

Company information

Scott-Moncrief is a leading firm, established over 30 years ago and known for its commitment to delivering high-quality legal services at an affordable cost.

The firm provides a national service through recognised leaders in their fields, across all legal areas. It has a national reputation and particular expertise in the health and social care sectors. Its co-founder, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff CBE, describes the firm as user-friendly and approachable and emphasises that every client gets a personal service. The firm is known for standing up for clients when the going gets tough.

We also work closely with specialist health and social care consultants and other business advisers.

Errol Archer

Tel: 07729 421836

Email: errol.archer@scomo.com

Tom Woodward

Tel: 07917 835134

Email: twoodward@scomo.com

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