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DAC Beachcroft Launches Social Care Employment Practice

Published On: 27 March 2014

International law firm DAC Beachcroft has this week launched a social care employment practice with a seminar at its Leeds office for the region's leading social care providers, offering advice on the most important employment legal issues currently facing the sector.

Already listed as a number one health and social care adviser by Chambers, the firm is mirroring a move towards greater integration in the sector by bringing together its expertise in acting for health and social care providers.

The newly-formed team consists of social care employment experts based at the firm's offices throughout the country. They will offer organisations - including local authorities, charities and not-for-profit organisations - specialist legal advice in areas such as:

  • Integrated care provision between health and social care providers;
  • Service reconfiguration, organisational change and restructuring;
  • Mergers, acquisitions and the HR implications of tendering for service contracts;
  • Contractual terms and conditions;
  • Discrimination;
  • Grievances, disciplinary proceedings and appeals;
  • Termination of contracts; and
  • Pensions.

Commenting on the launch event in Leeds, DAC Beachcroft Employment & Pensions partner Udara Ranasinghe, said: "The recent Care Bill requires greater integration by providers of healthcare and social care. In common with this sector development, we're bringing together our experts to form a dedicated team, to offer specialist advice and expertise, to help new and existing entrants to market easily navigate employment issues."

Rebecca Pallot, a senior lawyer in the Leeds office of DAC Beachcroft who will lead the social care service to clients, said: "We're very pleased to be able to draw together our unrivalled experience and knowledge in this sector to form a team that is dedicated to advising social care providers. We are well established as the country's top firm in terms of advising public health organisations and our work with social care providers will complement our health care practice here in Yorkshire and across the UK.

"We very much look forward to working with an extensive network of social care providers on issues which are unique to their organisations and of critical importance in navigating the new social care landscape."