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Solicitors

CMM’s Resource Finder offers you details of specialist social care solicitors with essential and expanded profiles to help you find the right legal representation for your business.

Solicitors play an integral role in the care sector. They can assist with operational issues, regulation, dealings with local authorities, employment law, corporate considerations and much more. Specialist social care solicitors have specific knowledge and experience that may benefit your organisation.


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; and
  • Primary care.

Services

  • CQC regulation;
  • 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; and
  • Commercial structuring and finance.

Lead Individuals

Stuart Marchant
Tel: 0870 194 7712
Email: stuart.marchant@bevanbrittan.com

Carlton Sadler
Tel: 0870 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 are located in Bristol, Birmingham and London, with national coverage. 


Brunswicks LLP

Tel: 0845 519 0690
Tel: Crisis Helpline 0785 585 5588 – 24hr, 365 days
Email: keith.lewin@brunswicks.eu
Website: www.brunswicks-web.co.uk

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; and
  • 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;
  • Employment;
  • Fee negotiation;
  • Due diligence; and
  • Free weekly newsletter – Brunswicks’ Healthcare Review.

Charles Russell Speechlys

Tel: 0207 427 6518
Email: william.nash@crsblaw.com
Website: www.charlesrussellspeechlys.com

Sectors

  • Social care;
  • Primary care;
  • Pharmacy; and
  • Dental.

Services

  • Corporate;
  • Regulatory;
  • Real estate;
  • Development projects;
  • Commercial;
  • Disputes;
  • Employment;
  • Pensions;
  • Immigration;
  • Intellectual property;
  • Competition law;
  • Public procurement; and
  • Tax – corporate and personal.

Freeths LLP

Tel: 0845 050 3689
Email: postmaster@freeths.co.uk
Website: www.freeths.co.uk/home

Sectors

  • Health;
  • Housing associations;
  • Care home associations;
  • Providers;
  • Property developers;
  • Construction contractors;
  • Suppliers;
  • Regulators;
  • Commissioners; and
  • Charitable organisations.

Services

  • Banking and Finance;
  • Business Structures;
  • Commercial Contracts;
  • Construction;
  • Debt Recovery;
  • Dispute Resolution, Mediators;
  • Employment;
  • Environment;
  • Infrastructure and Project Finance;
  • Immigration;
  • Insurance;
  • Intellectual Property;
  • IT and Data;
  • Licensing and Regulatory;
  • Notary Services;
  • Planning and Environment;
  • Real Estate;
  • Restructuring and Insolvency; and
  • Taxation.

Lead individuals

Liz Mulvaney
Tel: +44(0)845 050 3689
Email: liz.mulvaney@freeths.co.uk

Liz is a total all-rounder with a strong commitment to providing practical cost-effective solutions for clients. She has extensive practical experience of dealing with dispute resolution particularly related to consent, mental capacity, best interests, safeguarding, Deprivation of Liberty and end of life care management. Her main areas of work include NHS Governance, Public Law, Healthcare Law and Mental Health Law.

Jon Smart, National Head of Care
Tel: +44(0)845 050 3650
Email: jon.smart@freeths.co.uk

National Head of Care, Jon Smart operates in care, health and real estate. His services include banking and finance, occupiers, real estate and real estate finance. Jon has recently been involved with a £80million refinancing of a major care homes group.

Company Information

‘Thinking Differently, Delivering Results and Building Trust’

Freeths Solicitors is a leading national law firm with 11 offices providing a strong local presence covering all types of work. Credited with ensuring ‘outstanding outcomes in a range of high-pressure negotiating situations’, Freeths has an enviable track record for providing ‘market first’ solutions to support achievement of cost efficiencies.

A Chambers UK commentator said, ‘Clients are particularly impressed by the firm’s value for money: one told us about how they are “working with us to reduce our legal spend, which I find pretty unique for a law firm”.’


Geldards LLP

Tel: 0844 736 0006
Email: info@geldards.com
Website: www.geldards.com

Sectors

  • Care homes for older people;
  • Children’s day nurseries;
  • Domiciliary care providers;
  • GP and dental practices;
  • Learning disability units;
  • Mental health residential homes;
  • Opticians;
  • Pharmacies; and
  • Residential schools for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Services

  • Acquisitions and disposals of businesses.
  • Commercial dispute resolution;
  • Commercial structuring and finance;
  • Contracting;
  • Employment issues;
  • Procurement; and
  • Property and construction;

Lester Aldridge LLP

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

Sectors

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

Services

  • Assisting clients in relation to enforcement action by the Care Quality Commission (CQC);
  • Safeguarding investigations;
  • Contractual disputes with local authorities or Clinical Commissioning Groups;
  • Drafting contracts between the home and service users;
  • Debt recovery for non-payment of care fees;
  • Inquests;
  • Employment problems;
  • Care home sales and purchases;
  • Health, safety and environment health; and
  • Professional misconduct.

Lead Partner

Peter Grose, Head of Team
Tel: 01202 786163
Email: peter.grose@LA-law.com

The LA Healthcare Team is headed by Peter Grose. Peter enjoys a national reputation, specialising in the law regulating health and social care for over 20 years. He acts for care home and supported living providers, in addition to independent hospital and specialist children’s care and education providers. He is particularly specialised in advising on the compliance of supported living services with regulatory requirements.

Peter negotiates firmly with the CQC on behalf of clients facing enforcement action, and also with local authorities in relation to contracting disputes. He also specialises in dealing with local authorities in relation to safeguarding investigations. Peter is a regular lecturer and writer for the care press in relation to current care issues.

Peter is appointed solicitor to the Registered Nursing Home Association and the National Care Association.

Company Information

The Team’s other regulatory specialists include Laura Guntrip, Jeremy Allin and Michael Rourke.

The Team specialises in dealing with conflict with the local authorities and CQC, and negotiating to achieve the best possible outcome. The Team has considerable experience in handling more serious cases involving appeals to the First Tier Tribunal and emergency cancellation of registration proceedings before a Magistrate.

LA is also experienced in dealing with contract disputes with social services and frequently advises on what to do when things go wrong. The Team provides on-going assistance and representation through the safeguarding process, especially in respect of any action which may need to be taken against employees as a result of the safeguarding matters. The Healthcare Team also has a strong reputation in the field of supported living.


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;
  • Entrepreneurs;
  • Private clients; and
  • Professionals (including doctors, dentists and solicitors).

Services include:

  • Healthcare;
  • Business;
  • Property and Tax; and
  • Private Client Services.

Lead Partner

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 CQC 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 homes 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 clients.

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

Problems can arise at any time so 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.

The firm provides educational lectures, seminars and briefings to enable 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.


rhw solicitors LLP

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

Sectors

  • Care homes for older people;
  • Children’s homes;
  • Children’s nurseries;
  • Dental practices;
  • Doctors;
  • Home care;
  • Learning disabled homes;
  • Nursing homes; and
  • Rehabilitation units.

Services

  • Commercial property;
  • Corporate law;
  • Dispute resolution;
  • Employment law;
  • Family law;
  • Intellectual property rights;
  • Residential conveyancing;
  • Wills, trusts and estates.

Shakespeares LLP

Tel: 0845 630 8833
Email: roger.harcourt@shakespeares.co.uk
Web: www.shakespeares.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; and
  • Not-for-profit organisations.

SERVICES

  • Registration and commissioning;
  • Regulatory compliance;
  • Safeguarding and health & 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; and
  • Structuring/re-financing debt.

LEAD PARTNER

Roger Harcourt, Head of Healthcare
Tel: 0115 945 4629
Email: roger.harcourt@shakespeares.co.uk

Roger heads up our innovative healthcare team, advising providers on legal issues, operational matters and funding as well. Roger also leads much of Shakespeares’ healthcare-related banking work.

He’s recognised in the leading legal directories as ‘efficient and knowledgeable’, ‘thoroughly professional’ and ‘committed to working in the best interests of his client’. If you’re setting up, developing, buying, selling or refinancing, Roger can help. He is a corporate lawyer with many years’ experience of helping providers to structure and develop their businesses. Roger has advised clients providing residential, supported living, domiciliary and extra care to young people and the elderly, through the acuity spectrum.

COMPANY INFORMATION

Shakespeares Healthcare is a multidisciplinary team of lawyers and non-legal healthcare specialists, bringing together a broad spectrum of expertise, tailored to this dynamic sector. We share our clients’ passion for achieving excellent outcomes for those they support.

With nine offices across the country, we aim to meet the full range of needs required by providers and their service users to develop and sustain high quality care pathways.

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

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