Healthcare

Healthcare is a fast moving and highly regulated sector so working with specialist advisors is key to the success of your business.

Our multidisciplinary team includes experts in property, corporate, commercial, employment and regulatory law, all with significant experience of advising businesses in the healthcare sector.

Key contact

Rebecca Leask

I help businesses to achieve their potential, whether through buying, selling or restructuring. I bring a wealth of experience to the table, and can spot potential problems before they arise. With a hands-on approach, I make sure my clients get what they want out of each deal. Although I work with businesses from all sectors, I specialise in advising those in health and social care.

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Our experience

Pioneering new ways of working and constantly seeking out opportunities for our clients, we support on investment strategies, enabling clients to review and reshape their property portfolios.

In recent years, we consistently topped the rankings in the Experian M&A report, UK & Ireland, advising on significant deals throughout the country.

We don’t just know the sector; we’re well and truly embedded in it. As well as sitting on the board of the West Midlands Care Association, we provide a legal helpline for its members. We’re ambassadors for Championing Social Care, taking a committee role for the Care Sector Fundraising Ball, a key charity fundraising event, held annually in London. Members of NASDAL (the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers), we often share our knowledge at sector events including the Dental Show.

Our clients

Our comprehensive sector expertise draws a range of clients to us, from doctors, dentists and vets to pharmacies and social care providers. And our advice isn’t limited to businesses. Providing support to funders and advisors within the wider healthcare sector, we’re known for advising on innovative financing and property solutions for social housing providers, keeping the needs of residents a top priority and minimising disruption.

We act for heavyweight businesses in the healthcare sector including two of the largest corporate owned dental groups in the UK. From new entrants in the market to established healthcare operators, many clients have engaged with us from day one, valuing our ability to tailor our advice as they grow and creating lasting relationships.

Recognition of our work

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Hear what our clients say about us

One CIC are grateful for the diligent and responsive approach taken by Syed Alam and the HCR Real Estate Healthcare team to ensure this assignment was handled in an efficient and timely manner.

Client Testimonial Supported living and specialist supported housing

Thank you so, so much to you and the team for completing this acquisition for us. It’s been such a surreal day and we really cannot thank you enough.

You have all truly made our dreams come true and we really cannot wait to work with you all again on the next project when that time comes. I have learned so much from you all, and it has put me in good stead going forward. We really could not have wished for a better solicitor team to have on our side.

Client Testimonial Supported living and specialist supported housing

The team at HCR have been close partners of Alina Homecare as we have grown from start up to become a multi-branch care organisation. They have provided timely, practical legal advice which has facilitated our strong growth over the last five years.

Client Testimonial Supported living and specialist supported housing

We have worked with the HCR team a good deal and have always found them extremely responsive and professional – this acquisition was no exception and we are looking forward to being able to extend our care provision and supplement existing services to residents and users.

Client Testimonial Supported living and specialist supported housing

A hands-on team, offering concise and commercial advice that is appropriate for the circumstances. Well-established client relationships with a reputation for offering a personal service at reasonable cost.

Client quote, Legal 500 2024 Supported living and specialist supported housing

We have a strong relationship with HCR and have welcomed the opportunity to broaden our portfolio, supporting more people with a home for life.

Client Testimonial Supported living and specialist supported housing

I am incredibly grateful to HCR Law, my solicitor Clare Emery and her fantastic team, including Motunrayo, Imran and Rhondda, for their exceptional support and expertise in helping me purchase my new dental practice. They guided me every step of the way, providing invaluable advice and ensuring that my best interests were always protected. I would like to specially thank Motunrayo for her instrumental role and unwavering support throughout the entire process, being prompt, responsive and patient in answering my questions, and keeping me informed at every step of the transaction. I highly recommend their services to anyone seeking a knowledgeable and dedicated solicitor for their business ventures.

Client Purchase of a new dental practice

Following the acquisition of their first care home in South Wales, a transaction supported by Joe Mulrenan, Louise Crook and Rebecca Leask, clients Mr and Mrs S said: “Thank you so, so much to you all and your team for completing this acquisition for us. It’s been such a surreal day and we really cannot thank you enough.

“You all have truly made our dreams come true and we really cannot wait to work with you all again on the next project when that time comes.

“I have learnt so much from you all and it has put me in good stead going forward. We really could not have wished for a better solicitor team to have on our side.”

Care home acquisition with expert help

“Now that we have completed, can I thank you all for all the hard work and professional advice you have undertaken in dealing with my matter. Every dealing with your company has been done in a timely and pleasant manner and you have made the whole process very easy for me. I am so grateful that Henry recommended you and I would wholeheartedly recommend the team at HCR Law.” Harvey Cohen, Practice Principal, Trinity Dental.

Securing refinance for dental practise

Qess Ali’s commercial and focused approach helped to resolve complex property issues during the sale of a veterinary practice.

He handled negotiations with a third party landlord and the grant of a new lease, keeping up both communications and momentum and supporting his client throughout.

She was very appreciative of his diligence and support – Zubaida Javed said: “A massive thank you! The property side has had many complications with so many parties involved and throughout the process your support and guidance has been invaluable.”

Proactive approach resolved complex issues for vet’s practice

Bringing together health care and corporate expertise, Louise Crook and Peter Raybould advised National Care Group (NCG) on their acquisition of Shelton Care in Stoke-on-Trent, continuing their long-standing relationship with the group.

Shelton Care has multiple facilities in the Stoke-on-Trent area and last year generated more than £10m in revenue. For nearly 30 years they have been providers of residential and nursing care for adults with learning disabilities, autism and other associated support needs.

David Stanhope, Managing Director for NCG, said:

“Shelton Care has made a name for itself in care and education in Stoke. The services and support it provides and, most importantly, its person-centred ethos, fit well with the NCG philosophy. Our first priority is to ensure a seamless transition for service users during the integration period which we are confident will be achieved working closely with the dedicated team at Shelton Care.”

“This strategic acquisition continues our drive to expand NCG’s footprint and highlights our growing ability to provide person-centred care throughout the UK.”

Helping care group grow with new acquisition

Our health and social care team advised August Equity on their first bolt-on acquisition, with the purchase of two mixed dental practices in South Yorkshire.

August Equity are a private equity investor already established in the social care and veterinary sectors. This acquisition established August’s first platform for dental investments, Genesis Dental Care.

They said: “Having worked with Harrison Clark Rickerbys on several of our portfolio businesses, we remain very impressed with the professionalism and expertise within the team. In particular Charlotte Thornton-Smith and Clare Emery’s knowledge of the dental sector puts them at the forefront of any dental legal panel and we are delighted to be working with them on several of our acquisitions.”

Support for private equity investment in dental sector

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