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Operators in the health and care sector continue to face upheaval and change brought about by pressures from political and market forces. The Health and Social Care Act 2008, the new registration regime and essential standards of quality and safety which flow from it, the austerity measures announced in the government's Spending Review in particular the de-ringfencing of supporting people monies and the new Equality Act 2010 are all contributing to this changing landscape.

Relationships with users, staff and stakeholders have to comply with a wide range of laws from unfair contract terms and human rights to the CQC's essential minimum standards and welfare law.

The variety of models of care in the sector from mental health facilities, domiciliary care, care villages, sheltered housing, extra care, day centres to provision for those with learning disabilities pose different risks when looking at delivery structures, contractual responsibilities or acquiring care businesses.

The viability of a care project depends on adequate and well structured capital and revenue funding. This can range from leasebacks, syndicated, bilateral or plain debt financing, PFI type arrangements, block or spot contracts or grant funding.

Such a complex and specialised field requires an experienced team of lawyers able to give informed, focused and practical advice.

Our Care Group acts for clients in all sectors, involved in care service provision including commercial operators, charities, affordable housing providers, funders, NHS trusts and other public sector bodies and is well equipped to deliver top quality advice in this area.

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