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care providers Care Providers require a diverse range of legal services and our Care Provision Team brings together all the legal help needed. Regulatory Matters We understand the strict regulatory framework in which care providers have to work. We help negotiate with CQC and other regulatory authorities and deal with registration queries. We are experienced in the particular issues, relating to staff working with vulnerable adults and have expertise in dealing with the Independent Safeguarding Authority and employers' duties.

advice, ideally on a preventative basis, as

Coroner’s Inquests

the fixed price gives peace of mind and the We also advise on the full range of Health

We provide legal representation for care

knowledge that costs are being effectively

& Safety issues. This includes advising care

providers at Coroner’s inquests and expert

managed.

guidance in dealing with issues arising

providers on the effectiveness and

from inquests.

compliance of their existing Health &

The care sector employs many foreign

Safety management system, on the basis

nationals. We are highly experienced in

that prevention is certainly better than

giving advice on immigration matters.

cure. We also advise in respect of the

Unusually for a firm of solicitors we have

defence of civil legal claims and in the

a dedicated team of HR Consultants who

event of any investigation or prosecution

are able to offer expert HR advice that is

brought by the Health & Safety Executive

tailored to the care environment. Our HR

or other prosecuting authority.

service is practical and carries out site

For new developments, we handle site

visits, again for a fixed fee. We can arrange

acquisition, planning and construction

Employment and Immigration Matters

for these services to be backed by

matters, together with adoption

We provide a full employment law service

insurance to cover matters such as

agreements with utility suppliers and

for the care sector which we can provide

adverse Tribunal claims which we arrange

public authorities. We advise on financing

in the form of a fixed price help line. This

through an insurer in respect of which we

and security documentation and have

service gives quick, concise and practical

receive no commission.

substantial experience in buying and

Property matters Often the principal assets of a care home business are the care home properties and we advise on all property issues affecting the care sector.

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Care providers (continued)

selling existing care facilities including

Charities

Mental Capacity Act

carrying out full due diligence. We also

For charitable care providers, our

We advise on the application of the Mental

offer expertise on commercial lets, as well

specialists are rated as one of the top

Capacity Act 2005; including best interest

as arrangements for both short and long

teams in the UK. Our Charity Team advises

decisions, deprivation of liberty safeguards,

term occupational and residential leases

on all issues of charity law relating to the

lasting powers of attorney and Court of

and tenancies (including provision of

care sector, including governance and

Protection applications.

accommodation for staff).

structural issues, fundraising, trading, feecharging and public benefit assessments.

Residents’ contracts

Our in-depth knowledge and technical expertise provide a practical and commercial approach to the issues

We have long experience in drawing up and

Care funding

advising on residents’ care home contracts

We understand that to provide the best

and dealing with disputes in relation to them.

quality care, reliable funding is essential. We advise on when the state should be

Company and Commercial

responsible for funding and help secure

Our Commercial Team advises on all

funding streams. We negotiate with local

partnership, company and commercial

authorities regarding funding. Our

issues affecting care home businesses.

experienced team also advises on NHS

We have substantial experience acting on

continuing care funding and helps with

the sale and purchase of care businesses

appeals and panel hearings.

affecting the Care Sector. With our national focus we happily travel to meet our clients. We also provide ongoing support through regular workshops bulletins and articles.

and are aware of the particular issues which arise.

For further help and information please contact our Care Provision Team below: Trusts and Estates Alison Allen alja@stoneking.co.uk 01225 324407

Employment Nick Watson nw@stoneking.co.uk 01225 324435

Disputes Tony Pidgeon abp@stoneking.co.uk 01225 326781

Charity Tom Murdoch tm@ stoneking.co.uk 020 7324 1750

Commercial Property Sally McFadden smf@stoneking.co.uk 01225 326794

Employment Amy Gordon arg@stoneking.co.uk 01225 478163

Health & Safety David Milton djmm@stoneking.co.uk 01225 324433

Regulatory Andrew Banks ajb@stoneking.co.uk 01225 324462

www.stoneking.co.uk Bath

London

Cambridge

Stone King LLP – registered limited liability partnership no OC315280, registered office 13 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HJ T: 01225 337599

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