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Specialist social care solicitors

Providing a complete range of legal and regulatory services to care providers

Direct contact with a lawyer who provides practical and commercial advice

An in-depth understanding of the key complex issues affecting the sector

Work in partnership with regional care associations

Legal advice for social care providers

Our specialist social care lawyers have an in-depth understanding of the key issues affecting the sector. Our aim is to become part of your trusted team. We take the time to understand your business and we are always on hand to provide expert, practical and cost-effective advice when you need it.

Our range of legal and regulatory services for care providers

The changing legal and regulatory landscape in which care providers operate means owners and managers face a constant challenge to keep up, ensure compliance and maintain profitability.

We have vast experience advising on a complete range of legal and regulatory issues, acting for all types of care organisations, including, nursing and residential homes, retirement villages, housing associations and domiciliary care and supported living providers.

Our experience of advising social care providers includes:

  • Challenging a CQC inspection report and increasing two inadequate ratings to requires improvement, preventing the provider from going into special measures.
  • Assisting a provider to persuade CQC to increase its rating from good to outstanding in two services.
  • Persuading CQC not to use the urgent procedure to suspend or impose conditions on providers’ registrations.
  • Making representations on a Notice of Proposal to refuse registration for a manager and succeeding in getting the manager registered.
  • Making representations on a Notice of Proposal to cancel the registration of a home care service and helping the provider retain its registration.
  • Making representations on a Notice of Proposal to cancel the registration of a nursing home and helping the provider retain its registration.
  • Providing training to directors and managers on CQC’s regulatory requirements.
  • Representing a care provider in the First Tier Tribunal, full service safeguarding review and coordinating with their criminal solicitors in relation to a criminal investigation.
  • Advising social care providers in relation to inquest proceedings and any anticipated claims thereafter.

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Our Experience

  • Advising a care provider charity on a whistleblowing; safeguarding and disciplinary matter.
  • Successfully challenging a CQC inspection report and increasing the overall rating from Requires Improvement to Good.
  • Advising and representing a group of providers in contract and fee negotiations with a local authority
  • Advising a specialist care provider involved in a safeguarding investigation
  • Acting for a national care home provider on purchase of over 30 care and nursing home businesses.
  • Advising national and regional retirement village operators on site acquisition, construction procurement, unit sales and portfolio management issues.
  • Acting for three GP Practices taking leases at a major Health Centre in North London from an NHS Trust
  • Acting for two GP Practices taking underleases at a recently constructed “NHS LIFT” development in South London.
  • Acting for a GP Co-operative in East London in relation to a lease it was taking in a hospital to deliver an “out of hours” service which it had contracted with the relevant Clinical Commissioning Group to provide.
  • Share sale of a pharmacy in Devon for c.£1.5m to new entrant including negotiation of new lease to the buyer.
  • Purchase for multi-chain operator of pharmacy in Gloucestershire for c. £2m including negotiation of management agreement.
  • Acting for a company on the acquisition of a freehold property (and the bank which was advancing funds) for the purpose of setting up a new dental practice
  • Acting for a dental technician acquiring a long leasehold premises (and the bank which was advancing funds) for the purpose of setting up a new denture clinic

I have always found them to be accessible and quick to respond to any queries. I am very happy to recommend the Social Care team at Royds Withy King to other care home providers.
Ravi Gidar, Director Gold Care Homes


We very often find that sellers are not employing staff, particularly bank staff, legally. We will fully review all staff contracts and operational procedures and ensure any issues are dealt with pre-sale.

Very often we find that sellers’ documentation is incomplete or there are areas of non-compliance, for example missing fire risk assessments or equipment service certificates. We can help you identify and remedy these issues before the sale starts, reducing the chances of a buyer asking for a retention or re-negotiating the price.

In certain circumstances, providers must give service users a 14 day cooling off period after they have signed the contract to allow them to change their mind. We can advise on when this might be applicable.

We can either draft your CQC application from scratch or just review and proof-read your application and supporting documents. We can also help you prepare for interviews.

From our experience, providers often encounter significant delays in the local authority completing the investigation. This can be damaging for the provider as dealing with the investigation takes management time and resources and the longer it continues the more difficult it can be for confidentiality to be retained and reputational damage to be avoided. It is therefore important to make sure the local authority sticks to deadlines and follows its policy. We can help ensure a fair and proportionate process is followed by the local authority.

The answer will depend on how you structure the business. The main rule to follow is that the service user must always have choice as to who provides the support. The provision of the tenancy and the provision of the support must not be inter-dependent.

Contact us to find out how our expert team can help.