Specialists in the care industry

Healthcare

We know that advising care industry professionals requires specialist advice and a wide range of legal services and that is precisely what the experts at Dutton Gregory provide.

The commercial property, corporate, employment and private client teams have expertise to help your business within the healthcare industry and offer advice on:

  • Buying, selling and refinancing
  • Corporate and commercial advice 
  • Employment and HR
  • Legal services for you and your service users

Buying, selling and refinancing

The Commercial Property team regularly advises private investors, first-time buyers, developers, partnerships and operating groups when buying, selling, financing and refinancing as well as restructuring healthcare businesses such as care homes, nursing homes, day care nurseries, doctors’ and dentists’ practices - even vets’ practices.

Our experts will give you the best chance of speedy success whether you are securing a straightforward asset transaction of the property and business, the sale or purchase of the shares in an operating company, or dealing with the specialist requirements of care sector lenders.

We are also specialists in acquiring sites for developers involving development agreements and planning agreements, and putting your business into a self-invested personal pension (SIPP).

If you want to know which structure works best for you and your business, including the difference between buying or selling the shares or assets of a business or how to best prepare for a successful sale, we are here for you.

Corporate and commercial advice

The Corporate team is well equipped to facilitate on a variety of corporate transactional work with the expertise and knowledge to guide you through all aspects including:

  • Share transactions
  • Advising borrowers and lenders on their security as part of a group reorganisation
  • Advising generally and on the funding for a development, improvement or ongoing running of a care business
  • Advising on associated security, guarantees and deeds of priority which may be required
  • Restructuring and insolvency

The team also understands the need for suitable contracts to be in place to ensure the supply of goods and services to the business and have the expertise to advise on all aspects of commercial contracts and consumer law which applies to your contracts with service users.

Employment and HR

The Employment team has a reputation focused on efficiency and commerciality with a willingness to help solve legal problems as well as to highlight them.

We can help you set standards and provide support with staff issues, provide guidance on safeguarding issues, recruitment, retention and staffing levels as well as guide you through the legal and practical issues of performance management.  

We also advise on managing sickness absence levels, provide a step by step guide to disciplinary and grievance procedures and support on how to dismiss fairly.  

We can provide updates on employment laws and practices, employment contracts and staff handbooks for care providers.

Legal Services for you and your service users

The Private Client team can help service users to ensure their legal affairs are in good order which will benefit both them and your business.  When running a care home, for example, it can be vitally important to have Powers of Attorney in place to help not only the resident’s family but also ensure you are paid on time or suffer fewer delays if the resident becomes incapable of managing their affairs.  Equally, if a resident has an up to date Will in place it can ensure their wishes are carried out quickly and efficiently.

Planning for the future is all part of business planning and a Will can help minimise potential problems and allow your business to be dealt with how you want.  A healthcare business is a valuable asset and it is important to take specialist advice to ensure your tax position is properly considered on your death or incapacitation.  The team also advise on will, trust and estate disputes.

In addition, the Immigration team can help you can guide you through the Home Office rules to ensure you can properly retain and recruit staff for your business.

Examples of Expertise

Carried out a £10 million refinance of a portfolio of 10 day care nurseries including two additional acquisitions.

Purchased a flagship development site in Kent for a nationwide care home group.