Domiciliary care


Domiciliary care remains a challenging market for those operating within it, especially with increasing pressure on cost, making efficiency essential. To succeed in this sector, you need advisors who understand the intricacies and challenges it faces and can help you manage risk.

We have extensive experience advising for- and not-for-profit businesses on mergers and acquisitions and advising investors on the acquisition of domiciliary care businesses whether as an independent service or to complement existing health and social care services.

Our team has advised operators of domiciliary care services with all aspects of their businesses from staffing to adverse incident avoidance and management. We have particular strength in the contracting arrangements providers will need to consider, with both commissioners, whether on a framework or consortium basis, a bilateral contract or through a personal budget. We also advise clients on contracts with service users, in light of consumer protection laws.

Our team has a detailed understanding of the CQC regulatory frameworks applicable to domiciliary care, alongside all the relevant regulatory frameworks which apply to the provision of care in people's homes such as mental capacity, welfare benefits, consumer rights, equality and human rights. While this should be a given for any legal adviser, our approach is to ensure that this knowledge is applied across all aspects of your business, whether we are working in an advisory role or on a specific transaction, meaning you see the benefit of our wealth of experience in everything you do.

In brief

  • Advise both for and not for profit providers, investors, developers, funders and commissioners
  • Significant experience in:
  • developing new services and in the buying and selling of services and businesses - in a property or a corporate structure
  • change management projects, moving from institutional to community-based provision
  • first time outsourcings of services by Local Authorities
  • Advice on the full range of operational issues faced by providers
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