Keebles Healthcare Brochure (Care Homes)

A comprehensive range of legal services for care home owners and managers

Healthcare

As a healthcare professional it is

essential your lawyers truly understand the healthcare sector.

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Healthcare A comprehensive range of legal services for the care sector

Why do you need a specialist?

With both a growing and increasingly aged population, the enormous role the healthcare industry is set to play in our lives cannot be underestimated. However, whether you are the owner or manager of a care home, you also need to make sure your business is in the best possible health so you can consistently deliver the specialist care your clients need from you.

Keebles’ healthcare team offer the specialist legal expertise every care home needs to succeed. Our dedicated healthcare team – who between them have decades of experience within every facet of the healthcare market – are here to make sure you receive all of the legal support you need.

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The likely impact of the UK’s ageing population is hard to predict, but there can be little doubt that it will continue to place ever greater demands on our care, nursing and residential homes. How do we help care home owners and managers?

The property services we provide for care homes We can help you successfully buy or sell any of your properties even if the transaction is dependent on the particular planning or regulatory consents required to operate a care home. We can also help you draft, negotiate and reach an agreement on any construction contracts you might need to finalise the building of a new care facility. The employment services we provide for care homes We can provide all of the advice you, as an employer, will need on day to day employment issues such as staff absence and disciplinary matters, employee grievances, dismissals, resignations and requests for more flexible working conditions. If you employ staff to manage your care home and administer the care your residents need, we can create or revise your contracts of employment and staff handbooks.

Keebles’ specialist healthcare team has supported the care sector for decades. The understanding we’ve built up over that time means we can deliver the straightforward practical legal advice you need to drive your business forward. The corporate and commercial services we provide for care homes We can act for you if you are buying or selling a business that provides

any form of care including the financing or funding of your planned projects.

We can also act for you in relation to putting in place new partnership or shareholders’ agreements, revised share structures or articles of association.

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We can help you draft the employment policies you’ll need – for example your policies on equality of opportunity and social media – and give you advice on how best to implement those policies. We can make sure you have the mobility clauses that are essential in the care sector and advise you on the potential use of zero hours contracts, something that has had enormous publicity recently. The litigation and dispute resolution services we provide for care homes We have all of the experience needed to help you settle the broad range of disputes that could arise during the management of a care home and its residents.

As experts in the care sector we can flag up the areas where disputes involving care homes tend to arise and help you design and implement safeguards - e.g. the formulation of more robust client admission contracts - to help you avoid those disputes. We can help you solve the perennial problem of unpaid fees and help you find an alternative to taking the ultimate sanction, to evict the resident in arrears. We can also settle disputes involving unpaid fees arising from the death of a resident, discussions that need to be handled with sensitivity whilst never losing sight of your desired outcome. And, if you need to maintain or even mend relationships with your local council after a dispute has ended, we know how to do that.

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How have we helped other care providers? As we work with the owners and managers of care homes on a daily basis it would be difficult to list all of our experience within the care sector. However, the following examples will give you an insight into some of the most recent work we have completed for our care home clients:

One client - a company that provides nationwide care for

We worked alongside a bank providing funding to the buyer of a care home business. Our primary job was to review and negotiate the documents underpinning the acquisition but, because of our extensive healthcare experience, we were also able to act as liaison between the bank, the buyer and the target business making sure the required funding and security arrangements had successfully been put in place and were ready to take effect upon the completion of the deal During the complex sale of a company that ran five care homes we were responsible for coordinating all of the seller’s due diligence responses and then negotiating the key transaction documents, a suite that included a highly specialist share purchase agreement and disclosure letter

vulnerable adults - was looking to buy a development site for a brand new specialist care facility. We began by carrying out extensive due diligence to ensure the site was suitable for the client’s needs and that it wasn’t subject to any onerous third party rights. We then negotiated an initial contract that began the purchase process but protected our client from being forced to complete until satisfactory planning permission had been granted. By doing this we made sure our client would not be left with an expensive piece of land but no way of completing their new facility

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