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Legal advice for the health and social care sector

In a highly challenging sector, you need lawyers who have the proven expertise to protect and grow your business.

Highly regarded and recommended health and social care lawyers.

Recommended lawyers for the Care Association Alliance and a commercial partner of Care England.

Our Health & Social Care team is regularly instructed on social care matters across a variety of operators including residential and nursing, specialist and learning disability, retirement villages, children’s services and homecare and supported living.

We are highly regarded by key stakeholders in the sector, including being recommended lawyers for the Care Association Alliance and a commercial partner of Care England, the leading representative body for independent care services in England.

Our advice and services are tailored to suit the specific needs of our clients and cover a wide range of issues:

  • Transactions and finance

    We support our clients in transactions in the market including sales and acquisitions, joint ventures and refinancing.

  • Employment

    We provide specialist HR and employment law advice to help you manage your workforce in a proactive and compliant way, supported by our employment advice package, HELP.

  • Regulatory

    We work for a wide range of care providers on their CQC obligations, inspections and other crisis management responses. When disputes occur we are experienced in helping providers resolve issues and are advocates of successful mediation.

  • Property development and construction

    We act in all settings including development, construction, setting up and managing plot sales and ongoing estate management. We support our clients to manage their premises to meet their requirements as well as the stringent industry standards

  • Inquests

    As a health and social care provider you may become involved in inquest proceedings, where a coroner is investigating the circumstances of a death. We can provide expert advice on all matters relating to the Coroners’ jurisdiction and inquests to guide you through the process.

recent examples of work

Somerset Care on the acquisition of the domiciliary care focussed Way Ahead Care Limited and Way Ahead Community Care Services Limited.

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Sentinel Health Care Limited on their sale of 5 nursing homes and extra care apartments to Allegra Care and Moorfield.

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Equality Care Limited on the disposal of its 4 home group.

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Advising a care provider charity on a whistleblowing; safeguarding and disciplinary matter.

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Successfully challenging a CQC inspection report and increasing the overall rating from Requires Improvement to Good.

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key contacts

Talk to our health and social care specialists about how they can help

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Our sector expertise

CQC advice
CQC advice & response strategy
If you have been sent a CQC notice then it is urgent you respond quickly. Contact our CQC lawyers now.
Care home sales and acquisitions
Care sales and acquisitions
Our expertise in care sales and acquisitions ranges from acting for large national and regional names to new entrants and single site operators.
HELP for HR and Employment
Employment & HR
Employment law never stops evolving. Talk to our employment law specialists about how we can help manage your workforce
Dispute Resolution
In the ever-changing legal landscape, with sharpening competition and advancing technology, our clients are facing new and unique challenges.
Corporate
We are a dynamic, forward thinking team of corporate lawyers with the technical knowledge and experience necessary to get deals done.
Real Estate
Real estate is a core part of most businesses and requires careful structuring and planning in order to maximise returns and drive profits.
Local authority contracts, tenders and fees
Downward economic pressure has led to significant cuts in social care budgets which can place providers in a vulnerable position when they are already squeezed on fees.
Safeguarding investigations reviews
Managing safeguarding concerns is a necessary part of operating a care business. If the local authority starts an investigation, it can be a worrying and stressful time for providers.
child services
Child care, children’s services and fostering agencies
Our knowledge of the sector, including issues arising from Ofsted, enables us to ensure your process runs as smoothly as possible – whether you are buying, selling or running an existing setting.
Inquest advice for social care providers
As a social care provider you may well become involved in inquest proceedings, talk to our health and social care team today.
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HELP for HR & Employment
Our HR & employment law advice service provides advice to help you navigate legal issues, free up the time you spend on dealing with them, and minimise the risk of Employment Tribunal claims.
Construction & Engineering
At RWK Goodman, our Construction and Engineering lawyers can help you rise to market challenges and make the most of new opportunities within the construction sector.
Legal advice for GP practices
Running a GP practice means that you face varied challenges on an everyday basis. From dealing with premises to admitting new partners, you need an expert on your side.
Legal advice for dentists
In a highly challenging sector, you need lawyers who have the proven expertise to protect and grow your business.
pharmacies
Legal expertise for the pharmacy sector
Whether you are just starting out or are an established operator in the pharmacy sector, our multi-disciplinary team is at hand to provide specialist advice.
Legal advice for veterinary practices
We have a team of lawyers who are experienced in acting for veterinary practices and who know how to resolve day to day issues around running your business.

Service user contracts

It is vital for providers to ensure that service user contracts are well drafted, compliant with consumer law and watertight to protect against non-payment.

Partner, Hazel Phillips has developed a model contract which is compliant with consumer and mental capacity legislation but also draws on our experience of resolving contract issues for and protecting providers. It caters for both residential and nursing homes.

A separate contract has been developed for domiciliary and community care providers.

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