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Owning a care home – commercial considerations and expert panel advice


Join us on Tuesday 4 October 2016 for a comprehensive look at the key business issues care home owners are facing. Whether you are looking for funding for another care home, considering selling or simply looking to build your business, our panel of experts will highlight the issues and talk you through your options.  

At this breakfast seminar our speakers will cover a range of topics to help you in making major decisions on the future of your organisation.

This seminar is for care home owners and senior decision makers. 

Visit our event page to find out more. 

Buying or selling your home is a big investment, but having the right team working with you can help to make it a straightforward and stress free experience. We take care of all the legal aspects of buying and selling residential properties in Hertfordshire, London and throughout England and Wales. Working with families, couples, individuals, first time buyers and investors, we keep you regularly updated on progress and developments.

Properties range from multi-million pound houses to one bedroom flats, in prime residential areas. We make the most of our knowledge of the local market to identify any potential issues and work to overcome any barriers quickly.

We can help you with all aspects of buying, owning, financing and selling residential property, including owner-occupied, investment and buy-to-let.

Buying or selling your home is a big investment, but having the right team working with you can help to make it a straightforward and stress free experience. We take care of all the legal aspects of buying and selling...

We work with a variety of charitable and not-for-profit organisations in Hertfordshire, London and throughout the UK, ranging from small trusts to national charities. Our lawyers provide practical and cost effective advice on a broad range of issues relating to both the legal needs and regulatory frameworks of charitable organisations.

We have drawn together a team of lawyers from our trusts, commercial, employment, litigation and property teams with a particular interest and focus on the sector. Many of our lawyers also sit on trustee boards and committees so have a good understanding of the day-to-day issues facing charities.

We work with a variety of charitable and not-for-profit organisations in Hertfordshire, London and throughout the UK, ranging from small trusts to national charities. Our lawyers provide practical and cost effective advice...

Property can present one of the largest financial commitments for any business so you need a safe pair of hands. Our team of commercial property lawyers has the experience, knowledge and expertise to guide you through your property needs from start to finish, whether you are buying, leasing or selling. We tailor our service to your timescales and budget to make sure you meet your commercial objectives, whilst also offering a wider view of your property interests to highlight future opportunities and minimise risks.

We work with a wide range of clients throughout the UK, including developers, property investors, major corporations, public bodies, schools, owner occupiers, retailers, landlords, tenants and entrepreneurs.

The value of the transactions we handle range from the purchase of a £10million building in London, to the sale of an industrial unit in Manchester for under £100,000. No matter what the size or complexity, we can provide the experience and expertise needed to get the deal done.

Property can present one of the largest financial commitments for any business so you need a safe pair of hands. Our team of commercial property lawyers has the experience, knowledge and expertise to guide you through...

Our commercial lawyers can help you and your business grow and develop - whether you’re starting a new business, need advice on the day-to-day running of your existing operations, are looking to expand through financing, merging or buying or are simply selling up. We work with medium sized businesses, owner managed businesses and entrepreneurs in Hertfordshire, London and elsewhere in the UK.

We work closely with you and your other professional advisers to provide practical and commercial advice to ensure that projects are delivered within agreed timescales and within budget. We offer highly competitive rates compared with City firms, without compromising on the quality of service.
Our commercial lawyers can help you and your business grow and develop - whether you’re starting a new business, need advice on the day-to-day running of your existing operations, are looking to expand through financing,...

Our lawyers provide practical and accessible legal advice in the key operational areas of employment, property and planning, business and debt recovery to the education sector. We work with a range of education institutions in Hertfordshire, London and the South East, supporting senior leadership on the challenges and opportunities of running large organisations in one of the most important sectors. 

Our lawyers provide practical and accessible legal advice in the key operational areas of employment, property and planning, business and debt recovery to the education sector. We work with a range of education institutions...

Whether you run a business or work within one, employment law affects us all.

Our employment team works as trusted advisors to owner managed/family businesses, entrepreneurs, SMEs and individuals throughout Hertfordshire and the rest of the UK. We help you navigate the complexities of employment law and minimise commercial risk; whether by taking defensive action to avoid time consuming and costly court disputes, or by offensive action to protect business connections or confidential data.

When complications arise, we take a commercial and creative approach to protect your reputation and avoid lengthy and costly disputes.

We help individuals, particularly at senior/board level, to negotiate favourable terms before starting a new role, or achieving a swift and fair outcome to any workplace dispute, including exit agreements.
Whether you run a business or work within one, employment law affects us all.

Our employment team works as trusted advisors to owner managed/family businesses, entrepreneurs, SMEs and individuals throughout...
Family life is rewarding and challenging in equal measure but there are times when you may need the help of specialist lawyers. You may simply want to know what your rights are or understand the implications for your children or your financial position if you take a particular path.

Whether it is the beginning or the end of a relationship, or anything in between, we specialise in all aspects of family law and will take you through the processes and systems in a straightforward and supportive way.

We work with individuals, parents, couples and grandparents in Hertfordshire, London, across the rest of the UK and internationally to help you find your way through this very complex and rapidly changing area of law.
Family life is rewarding and challenging in equal measure but there are times when you may need the help of specialist lawyers. You may simply want to know what your rights are or understand the...

Our dedicated healthcare team works with healthcare professionals, including care home providers, doctors, dentists and pharmacists based in Hertfordshire, London and across the UK. Our lawyers help to make sure healthcare organisations are legally compliant with the regulations imposed on them as well as advise them on other legal aspects related to the day to day running of their organisation, including commercial contracts, property buying and selling, employment issues and when necessary litigation. 

Our dedicated healthcare team works with healthcare professionals, including care home providers, doctors, dentists and pharmacists based in Hertfordshire, London and across the UK. Our lawyers help to make sure healthcare...

Nobody can predict the future, but everyone can plan for it. With the right team helping you, you can protect yourself and your family and provide certainty for the future. Our lawyers help you with all the legal aspects of lifetime planning, including lasting powers of attorney, court of protection and long term care planning so that if you are no longer able to make financial or personal decisions then someone you trust can make them for you.

We work with families, unmarried couples, civil partners, business owners and individuals who trust us to guide them on what options are best for them and their situation, providing peace of mind for their future.
Nobody can predict the future, but everyone can plan for it. With the right team helping you, you can protect yourself and your family and provide certainty for the future. Our lawyers help you with all the legal aspects...
Our clients expect us to resolve disputes quickly, on best possible terms and within agreed budgets and this is what our lawyers do. We work with individuals and entrepreneurs, SMEs and large corporations. Whilst many of our clients are in Hertfordshire and across the South East, we increasingly work with clients from around the UK and abroad.

Disputes rarely contain themselves to a single legal issue so our lawyers have broad experience. We also have strategically developed market leading expertise in specialist areas and sectors.

Our team can advise you on all aspects of commercial disputes, as well as, regulatory, compliance, commercial debt recovery, wills/trusts and property disputes.
Our clients expect us to resolve disputes quickly, on best possible terms and within agreed budgets and this is what our lawyers do. We work with individuals and entrepreneurs, SMEs and large corporations. Whilst many of...

With one of the UK’s leading teams for Wills, trusts, inheritance tax planning and probate, our lawyers help to find creative legal solutions to protect and manage our client’s wealth now and in the future. We work with families, business owners and individuals in Hertfordshire, London and across the UK who have significant wealth.

With one of the UK’s leading teams for Wills, trusts, inheritance tax planning and probate, our lawyers help to find creative legal solutions to protect and manage our client’s wealth now and in the future....

We are a leading adviser to the recruitment sector and a Recruitment Employment Confederation (REC) appointed business partner. We work with recruitment businesses across the UK, from small specialist independents to large national agencies in the Recruiter Top 100, on all their needs. Our lawyers draw on their understanding and experience of the sector to provide practical and commercial advice helping clients make the most of opportunities and deal swiftly and effectively with any problems.

We are a leading adviser to the recruitment sector and a Recruitment Employment Confederation (REC) appointed business partner. We work with recruitment businesses across the UK, from small specialist independents to...

With one of the UK’s leading teams for Wills, trusts, inheritance tax planning, probate and Will administration, we help protect and manage your wealth now and in the future.

We work with generations of families, unmarried couples, civil partners, individuals and those with significant business, land and property assets in the UK and internationally. Our aim is to help create a future for you and your family with certainty and clarity by providing the highest quality legal advice and service.

We work together with financial advisers, accountants and other experts to make sure you get the very best all round advice.
With one of the UK’s leading teams for Wills, trusts, inheritance tax planning, probate and Will administration, we help protect and manage your wealth now and in the future.

We work with generations of...
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Top 10 reasons why Lasting Powers of Attorney are important for people of all ages
Top 10 reasons why Lasting Powers of Attorney are important for people of all ages

September 2016

Lasting powers of attorney (LPA) are important to everyone, no matter what age you are. A Lasting Power of Attorney provides reassurance that arrangements are in place so you can take future control of your own health a...

Isle of Man first to allow heterosexual couples to enter into civil partnership
Isle of Man first to allow heterosexual couples to enter into civil partnership

September 2016

It has been an eventful summer for Britain, from the referendum result and subsequent upheaval in politics to coming second in the global medal table at the Rio Olympics. As family lawyers, we watch and wait to see what...

You win sum, you lose sum: Estate administration changes
You win sum, you lose sum: Estate administration changes

September 2016

A change to inheritance tax that will save beneficiaries thousands of pounds could be offset by a proposed hike in probate court fees.From 6 April 2017 the much heralded £1million inheritance tax (IHT) nil rate band com...

Debenhams Ottaway welcomes new trainees
Debenhams Ottaway welcomes new trainees

September 2016

Three new trainees joined Debenhams Ottaway this week. Selected from over 100 applications and following a rigorous interview process, the new trainees (Robyn Adams, Laura Coad and Adam Matthews) will spend the next two...

St Albans Cathedral awarded £3.9m Heritage Lottery grant
St Albans Cathedral awarded £3.9m Heritage Lottery grant

August 2016

Debenhams Ottaway is one of the corporate sponsors of ‘Alban, Britain’s First Saint’, an exciting development project for St Albans Cathedral that has just received lottery funding.

Debenhams Ottaway sponsors St Albans Literary Festival 2016
Debenhams Ottaway sponsors St Albans Literary Festival 2016

June 2016

Debenhams Ottaway is sponsoring one of the headline events at this year's St Albans Literary Festival, Anthony Lester QC in conversation with Martine Croxall, on Friday 8 July. Anthony will be speaking about his new book...

Owning a care home – commercial considerations and expert panel advice
Owning a care home – commercial considerations and expert panel advice

04 October 2016

Join us on Tuesday 4 October 2016 for a comprehensive look at the key business issues care home owners are facing. Whether you are looking for funding for another care home, considering selling or simply looking to build your business, our panel of experts will highlight the issues and talk you through your options.  

Mediation – it’s not the taking part, it’s the settlement that matters
Mediation – it’s not the taking part, it’s the settlement that matters

12 October 2016

Luke Harrison, head of commercial litigation at Debenhams Ottaway and Vice Chairman of the Commercial Litigation Association, will be providing a mediation advocates’ masterclass webinar as part of Mediation Awareness Week 2016. 

Harpenden Seniors Forum - Seniors Annual Fair
Harpenden Seniors Forum - Seniors Annual Fair

20 October 2016

Debenhams Ottaway is taking a stand at the next Harpenden Seniors Annual Fair in October, organised by the Harpenden Seniors Forum. We will be joined by other organisations including home care providers, care homes, financial advisers as well as many public and voluntary organisations, clubs and societies.

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