Legal advice for the child care sector
Whether you are starting out with your first venture or are an established operator, our multi-disciplinary team is at hand to provide specialist advice. 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.
The advice we can offer to early years businesses includes the following:
Buying and Selling
Initial considerations on the purchase or sale of an existing business, including structure, OFSTED requirements, parent contracts and ‘pre-sale due diligence’ to ensure the business is as clean as possible.
Commercial property and construction advice
Our healthcare lawyers can advise you on all aspects of property acquisition, refurbishment and development, from the planning stage through to implementation. We also advise on a wide range of landlord and tenant issues.
The lending market is currently difficult for both lenders and borrowers, with property transactions being subject to intense scrutiny. With that in mind, you need specialist lawyers who understand your market and the lenders’ requirements, and who can deal cost effectively and quickly with transactions involving finance. Whether you are looking for new finance or reviewing your current borrowing, our specialist lawyers can help review your banking documents and evaluate the terms of any financial covenants to ensure your business comply with its obligations in the future. We have strong relationships with and are recommended many of the banks, accountants and agents in the sector.
Disputes can often arise and become a drain on already stretched management time and resources. We can alleviate pressure with our specialist healthcare dispute lawyers who efficiently manage and resolve any commercial dispute that arises, thereby keeping to a minimum any damage to reputation or relationships. We work across the board from partnership disputes to landlord and tenant disputes with the aim to provide sensible solutions based on a wide range of experience.
Employment and HR
Our healthcare employment lawyers are adept at dealing with difficult situations. We have a wealth of experience representing both employers and employees and are skilled at finding creative yet practical solutions to tricky employment law problems.
- Purchase for a group of a development site under a conditional contract with extensive planning and environmental issues for circa £1M, with associated finance work.
- Purchase for a group of an existing school for conversion and refurbishment into an early years facility for circa £2M, with associated finance work.
- Asset purchase with a new lease and new operating agreement for an established provider in a hospital setting to cater for bespoke childcare needs of hospital staff