health & social care

Providing expert legal advice to care homes, domiciliary care providers, and registered charities.

Bespoke employment and HR advice for healthcare professionals

We are the largest law firm in the Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire regions with an unrivalled breadth and depth of expertise and experience.

Recognised in the leading legal directories, our employment law and HR advice team have experience in providing advice to a wide range of health and social care organisations, such as care homes, domiciliary care providers, and registered charities.

We currently act for many health and social care providers across the country, together with private and third-sector organisations operating in the health and social care sector, providing practical and focused legal advice on not just employment law and HR advice but compliance and regulatory, corporate and commercial law and commercial property.

Why choose Wilkin Chapman?

As part of our service, we will take the time to understand your culture, ethos and priorities and get under the skin of your organisation. In that way, we can offer you the most appropriate advice in line with your policies and most importantly ensure consistency of approach throughout your practice.

We have a hands-on, practical and proactive approach to employment issues and encourage our involvement at the earliest opportunity to identify potential problems before they become legal claims. Working in partnership with your senior management we offer readily accessible guidance and advice tailored to your practice to ensure a stable and effective workforce.

We believe our HR support and employment advice to be unique in offering a complete service: a seamless process from the earliest sign of an issue, through careful strategic management, assessment of options and risk through to agreed departures or fully defended tribunal claims.

Our knowledge and experience as advocates in the employment tribunal over many years gives us valuable insight as to how a claim is likely to present at tribunal, thereby informing the strategy throughout and minimising risk and cost. We are not there simply to deal with a legal claim when it arises but to spot issues, track potential problems, guide early interventions, and plan ahead.

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How we can help you

In addition to the traditional hourly rate service we offer Adapt HR, our cost-effective legal helpline, available 24/7 for a fixed annual fee. By working as an integral part of your senior team, we will identify risks and provide you with workable solutions.

With a combination of our core package and any number of bespoke services, Adapt HR is a valuable support to your practice.

  • Unlimited telephone and email advice 24/7

  • Face-to-face advice, if you prefer, at one of our offices

  • Monthly email employment updates

  • Free initial Adapt Check meeting to understand your business and the issues you are facing

  • Regular updates to ensure your employee handbook is current

Additional services

  1. Training

    Ten interactive training sessions to deliver to your management team to give them the tools they need to deal with any employment or HR situation.

  2. Remote on-site HR support

    Whether you are trying to manage a difficult employee or you just need additional help when handling a tricky situation, we can provide hands-on virtual and remote assistance with our flexible and cost-effective HR support service, from conducting investigations to chairing disciplinary or grievance hearings.

  3. Strategic planning meeting

    We can provide remote meetings with your senior team – either on a regular basis or for a particular issue or project - to identify risks, ensure effective progress, and assist with future strategic planning.

  4. Policies and procedures

    Having a set of clear and flexible policies and procedures is critical to good management. We can review and redraft your policies covering everything from ill health absences to flexible working to performance management.

    We can cut through cumbersome procedures to achieve swift, sensible, and practical outcomes, enabling you to deal confidently with any employment situation.

  5. Tribunal claims

    Should the worst happen, we have extensive experience in handling all aspects of a tribunal process to ensure a swift and cost-effective outcome.

  6. Insurance

    The optional and competitively priced insurance protection covers the cost of legal fees incurred in defending disputes.

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We’re always there for you. Why not call us today for an informal chat about your situation?

Experienced specialists in healthcare HR

We recognise that in your world there are complexities beyond the legal issues – regulatory, reputational, and political considerations often come into play. Our experience means we can manage these sometimes competing interests and ensure sensible strategic outcomes.

When handling disciplinary issues involving professionally qualified staff, our employment and regulatory teams work very closely together, providing complete support through both the HR process and reporting procedures to regulatory and safeguarding bodies.

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Our recent work in the health and social care sector

  1. Providing strategic advice to support a GP practice

    We provided strategic advice to support a GP Practice in a complex conduct case raising issues of potential whistleblowing involving the senior management team.

    This case included handling lengthy grievances and assisting with internal disciplinary processes.

    We gave detailed advice to the client with recommendations, resulting in a settlement agreement.

  2. Advice and assistance on a complex ill health capability process

    This matter involved assisting with Occupational Health referrals and advice, preparing capability letters, and ensuring a swift and fair capability termination without any resulting litigation.

  3. Advising a client throughout a protracted tender process

    Advising a client throughout a protracted tender process including considering and advising on relevant TUPE implications, managing the TUPE transfer process, and dealing with post-transfer issues and harmonisation of contracts.

  4. Providing all HR support to a registered health charity

    One case involved providing all HR support to a registered charity operating in the health profession. This included dealing with serious conduct issues resulting in referrals to the NMC.

  5. Advising regional health trust on whistle blowing

    We advised a large regional health trust in relation to a major whistle blowing investigation and subsequent disciplinary action against two consultants.

    Our employment solicitors worked closely with our regulatory team to deliver a comprehensive report, including recommendations and lessons learnt, managing the disciplinary process, and reports to regulatory bodies.

Contact a specialist solicitor

Submit an enquiry and one of our team of experts will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your needs.

Or call the employment law team on 01522 515987

Katie Davies, Wilkin Chapman LLP
Partner & Head of Education Katie Davies 01472 253917 Grimsby
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