Our health and social care lawyers have over 20 years’ experience in the social care sector acting for investors, operators and funders. We take the time to work with our clients to understand the particular challenges that the sector faces so that we can provide the proactive, sector-specialist advice that your business needs. Never has this been more important than during the Covid-19 pandemic, at a time when we know that you will need to work with trusted social care legal advisers. The quality of service provided by the team is recognised by our shortlisting for national legal awards at the market-leading Health Investor Awards and Laing Buisson Awards for the third year running.

Collaboration is the key to our service. We work closely with specialist health and social care lawyers from across our firm to provide advice tailored to each client. With a pool of expertise spanning areas including banking, corporate, commercial, construction, employment, planning, real estate, and regulatory at our disposal, we provide a complete legal service on the full range of services in the sector.

In addition to English and Welsh law specialists, our team includes Scottish and Northern Irish qualified lawyers, allowing us to offer advice and support with transactional and operational matters across the whole of the UK. 

Areas of focus

Our team has the following expertise:

  • Corporate governance and group reorganisations for social care providers and investors.
  • Significant experience in care home and specialist care consolidations, acquisitions and disposals.
  • Development of care home and retirement communities.
  • Advising both lenders and borrowers on acquisition, development and working capital funding.
  • Real estate portfolio management.
  • Restructuring and recovery work with significant experience advising on distressed care home loans for numerous lenders
  • Supply chain contracts.
  • Regulatory matters.
  • Technology and intellectual property.
  • Employment and pensions services.

Advising a national residential care home property owning company on its UK wide portfolio of 74 care homes including the disposal of closed and operational residential care homes.

Advising Somerset Care on its portfolio of care homes, including the acquisition of existing care home businesses, acquiring development sites, lease negotiations, the development of new care homes and its extra care living offering.

Advising HSBC Bank and Bank Leumi on a £125 million revolving credit facility to Audley Court Limited to finance the development and refurbishment of retirement villages.

Advising Bridges Fund Management on a £6 million investment into New Reflexions, a specialist children’s residential provider operating seventeen homes, to support its expansion.

Advising Bradbury House on the relevant CQC, ADASS and Local Government Association regulations and guidance for the registration of new developments in the specialist learning disability and autism market.

Advising Mental Healthcare Limited on its acquisition of a portfolio of independent hospitals and care homes from Young Foundations Limited and Regency Hospitals Limited.

Advising NatWest Bank on the provision of £6 million facilities for the acquisition and consolidation of 4 care homes.

Acting for Bank Leumi in respect of real estate finance facilities of £5 million for the development of a care home in the North East of England. 

Advising HSBC Bank on the acquisition and ongoing credit support for a specialist adult services business.

Advising a well-known bank on two facilities for a combined amount of £16 million for the construction of two specialist care homes in the North West of England.

Meet the team
Paul Doherty

Paul Doherty Director

  • Healthcare
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Retail
Patrick Parkin

Patrick Parkin Partner

  • Healthcare
  • Procurement and State Aid
  • Commercial
Will Woodall

Will Woodall Partner

  • Energy and Utilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Healthcare
Mark Shepherd

Mark Shepherd Partner

  • Head of Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Healthcare
Jonathan Eves

Jonathan Eves Partner

  • Corporate
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
Ceri Barratt

Ceri Barrett Senior Associate

  • Healthcare
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Advice
Graham Soar

Graham Soar Partner

  • Banking and Finance
  • Derivatives, Debt Capital Markets and Securitisations
  • Project Finance
Alistair Rattray

Alistair Rattray Director

  • Real Estate Finance
  • Housing
  • Healthcare

What others say...

The Burges Salmon team is extremely approachable, personable and friendly. The team has quickly become an extension of our in-house legal department and has quickly developed strong relationships across the business. The team’s knowledge, understanding and practicality in dealing with complex scenarios is first class, direct and much appreciated.

Legal 500 2024

Key contact

Paul Doherty

Paul Doherty Director

  • Healthcare
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Retail

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