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Resource Finder: Solicitors

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

Gordons Partnership LLP

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 care services and only acts for providers. He has a wealth of experience, having acted for inspectorates and other public bodies at a senior level. Neil has an interest in Regulatory Policy and its impact on the sector. He offers a unique perspective on regulatory and commercial issues.

James Gordon is the firm’s founder. He is a corporate and banking lawyer based in London. James has expertise, knowledge and experience, along with an ability to match the service provided by the ‘bigger guns’ of the corporate world.

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.

The firm only acts for providers. As a result, we offer truly independent advice and defend providers without worrying about conflicts of interest.

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

James Gordon
Tel: 0207 421 9425
Email: james@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/NHS Trusts.
  • GPs and dental practices.
  • Charities and third sector.

Services

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

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. As well as 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 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 Plc

Tel: 0207 317 0340
Email: info@ridout-law.com
Website: www.ridout-law.com

Sectors

  • Care homes and homecare.
  • Independent hospitals.
  • Learning disabled care homes.
  • Children’s homes & residential special schools.
  • Fostering agencies.
  • NHS Trusts, GPs and dental practices.
  • Supported living providers.

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.
  • Health and safety investigations and prosecutions.
  • Registration advice and challenges to refuse.
  • Safeguarding investigations, Safeguarding Adults Reviews and Serious Case Reviews.
  • Advising on commissioner fee and contract disputes and embargos.
  • Coroner’s Inquests.
  • Police investigations
  • Regulatory due diligence.

Lead individuals 

Paul Ridout has been providing advice to the sector for over 40 years. Actively and constantly instructing in matters relating to the operation, regulation and funding of services. Paul has a unique knowledge of how regulation has changed and is regarded as one of the most experienced advisers in the sector. Caroline Barker has specialised in health and social care law since 2005. Caroline strives to achieve the best results for clients and is careful to ensure that strategy and process remain client focussed.

Company information

At Ridouts, we know the 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 their businesses.

We help clients to find defences and positive outcomes to, often commercially damaging, situations. We work with you to manage and reduce risks 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. After all there is no textbook way of operating a care business and you need solicitors that don’t just know the regulations, but how to interpret them whatever your situation, the team at Ridouts is on hand to help navigate you through the complexities.

Paul Ridout Managing Director
Tel: 0207 317 0341
Email: paul@ridout-law.com

Caroline Barker Chief Operations Officer
Tel: 0207 317 0348
Email: caroline@ridout-law.com


Royds Withy King

Tel: 0800 051 8058
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.
  • 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
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, homecare.
  • 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 advisors.

Errol Archer
Tel: 07729 421836
Email: errol.archer@scomo.com

Tom Woodward
Tel: 07917 835134
Email: twoodward@scomo.com

 

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