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If you need advice on an acquisition or sale, HR or employment law, financing, regulation, governance, inquests, mental capacity, safeguarding or something else, these specialist care sector solicitors will be able to help.

Attwells Solicitors

Tel: 01473 299200
Email: info@attwells.com
Website: www.attwells.com

Sectors

  • Adult health and social care.
  • Children health and social care.
  • Care homes.
  • Domiciliary care.
  • Charities.
  • Childcare.
  • Community health.
  • Learning disability services.
  • Mental health.
  • Health care.
  • Civil litigation.
  • POA, Wills and Trusts.

Services

  • Commercial Law.
  • Employment Law.
  • Property Law.
  • Acquisitions and disposals.
  • GDPR.
  • Licensing.

Lead individuals

Lloyd works from both Attwells’ London office in St Johns Wood, and our Head Office in Ipswich. He specialises in providing advice and support to the health and social care sectors.
Over the past 10 years or so, Lloyd has acted for care homes, care agencies, charities, support housing associations, GP practices, dentists and childcare providers.

Lloyd’s clients value his tenacity, attention to detail and supportive approach to all of his client relationships.

He is also a qualified workplace mediator and works with both the Suffolk and Essex Care Associations, regularly delivering talks and workshops to their members.

Lloyd has also recently delivered a talk on the sleep-ins crisis at a national event held at the ExCel Centre in London and is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Lloyd has a key understanding of the sector and the difficulties faced by health and social care providers and is committed to providing plain English, pragmatic and commercially-minded advice to providers so that they can deal with issues cost-effectively and quickly.

Company information

With its head office in Ipswich, and a boutique London office serving clients in the capital, Attwells Solicitors is the leading property firm in East Anglia.

Attwells specialises in health and social care, headed up by Senior Associate, Lloyd Clarke, and the property sector, headed up by Managing Partner, Nick Attwell.

Attwells offers all clients (new or existing) an initial no-charge chat on new projects or issues; it believes in only charging for work done, and not for initially scoping out what’s required.

It also tries to agree transparent fixed fees for all their services wherever possible, to minimise the costs people often associate with legal advice.

Lloyd Clarke Senior Associate Solicitor
Tel: 01473 229240 / 0207 722 9898
Email: Lloyd.clarke@attwells.com


Bevan Brittan

Tel: 0370 194 1000
Email: stuart.marchant@bevanbrittan.com
Website: www.bevanbrittan.com

Sectors

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

Services

  • 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
Email: stuart.marchant@bevanbrittan.com

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


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.
  • Regulatory action.

Services

  • 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 786135
Email: Peter.Grose@LA-Law.com
Website: www.lesteraldridge.com/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 individuals

Peter Grose is Head of the Healthcare Team, supported by Laura Guntrip in overseeing the firm’s team specialising in health and social care. Peter has specialised 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, recognising their specialist expertise and reputation.

The team acts for providers and is the first choice for many, from small operators to national providers. The team has also been the solicitors to the National Care Association and RNHA for over 20 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 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 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.

Peter Grose
Tel: 01202 786135
Email: Peter.Grose@LA-Law.com

Laura Guntrip
Tel: 01202 786135
Email: Laura.Guntrip@LA-Law.com


Ridouts

Tel: 0207 317 0341
Email: paul@ridout-law.com
Website: www.ridout-law.com

Sectors

  • Care homes/nursing homes.
  • Domiciliary care agencies.
  • Mental health and independent hospitals/NHS Trusts.
  • Learning disability services.
  • GPs and dental practices.
  • Substance misuse providers.

Services

  • Challenging inspection reports, ratings, notices to suspend, cancel or vary registration and 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.
  • Mental health and DoLS.
  • Safeguarding investigations and Safeguarding Adults Reviews.
  • Commissioner fee and contract disputes and embargos.
  • Coroner’s inquests.
  • Police investigations.
  • Regulatory due diligence.
  • Operational consultancy.

Lead individuals

Paul Ridout, Managing Director has been providing advice to the sector for over 40 years. Throughout his career, Paul has been instructed in matters relating to the operation, regulation and funding of care service businesses. 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, Director has specialised in health and social care law since 2005. Caroline strives to achieve the best for clients and is careful to ensure that strategy and process within the organisation remain client focused with a bespoke feel.

The unique client relationship has always formed the basis of Ridouts’ offering, ensuring that Ridouts is regarded as an operational partner rather than just an academic legal adviser.

Company information
Ridouts offers legal, operational and strategic advice to health and social care providers. We have the single purpose of delivering time-sensitive, effective and results-driven advice. We only act for providers, enabling us to provide robust advice without compromise. We get to the heart of clients’ issues to find solutions.

We provide advice, training and consultancy services to build lasting relationships with clients. The combination of staff skill, knowledge and experience means our clients receive an intuitive and bespoke service, whilst we provide reassurance and navigation through often complex situations.

We believe we have the largest and most experienced team of lawyers in the sector, with unrivalled knowledge and understanding of the issues facing providers. We have a strong track record in achieving good outcomes for clients.

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

Caroline Barker Director
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: 0207 129 7961
Email: errol.archer@scomo.com
Website: www.scomo.com/errol-archer

Sectors

  • Care homes/nursing homes.
  • Domiciliary care agencies.
  • Independent hospitals.
  • Learning disability services.
  • Mental health services.

Services

  • Advice on and defence against CQC, Ofsted and HSE enforcement action.
  • Appeals to the First-Tier Tribunal.
  • Challenging inspection reports and ratings.
  • Coroners’ inquests.
  • Safeguarding investigations.
  • Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act compliance.
  • Contractual disputes with local authorities.
  • Employment advice.
  • Commercial contracts.
  • Business and property transactions.

Lead individual

For over 20 years, Errol Archer has successfully acted for businesses, clients, regulators and central government, including advising senior civil servants and government ministers.

He has worked both in-house and in private practice. Having successfully set up, run and managed a highly regulated business himself, he is keenly aware of the need to protect his clients’ ‘bottom line’ and business reputation.

Errol is a health and social care law expert in dealing with CQC, Ofsted, HSE and other regulators.

He has:

  • Won appeals at tribunal against CQC and Ofsted Notices of Decision.
  • Successfully challenged Notices of Proposal.
  • Persuaded regulators to withdraw Fixed Penalty Notices.
  • Successfully defended and mitigated Health and Safety Prosecutions.
  • Guided providers through local authority safeguarding matters.

Errol is a Solicitor-Advocate (Civil) and is authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to exercise ‘higher rights of audience’ in courts and tribunals. He has represented clients in hundreds of hearings at courts and tribunals, including at the First-Tier Tribunal (Care Standards) and at Coroners’ Court Inquests.

As a former Law Society Mental Health Tribunal Panel Member for 10 years, Errol is very well placed to work with staff to provide advice, guidance and legal assurance that they are acting lawfully; within the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and their Codes of Practice.

Company information

For over 30 years Scott-Moncrieff has been providing innovative legal solutions. As we’ve grown, our nationwide network of over 40 lawyers remain committed to delivering skilled and affordable legal services, on employment law, contracts, dispute resolution, company law and more.

Errol Archer Consultant Solicitor Advocate (Civil)
Tel: 07729 421836
Email: errol.archer@scomo.com

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