Stephens Scown’s Healthcare Team - Your Trusted Legal Partner

Our specialist team is dedicated to providing comprehensive legal advice and guidance to health and social care providers. We understand the pressures, opportunities and innovations shaping social care, and we are here to help care home owners and providers navigate the ever-changing landscape.

We’re delighted to be working with the Ownacarehome & Buyacarehome Group to support the work being done in this vital sector.  We regularly act for Buyers of care homes as well as funders and investors.  As a full service law firm, we also offer a wide range of legal services designed to meet the specific needs of the care home sector. 

Our expert team of healthcare solicitors cover areas such as:

  • Collaborations, disposals, mergers and acquisitions,
  • Governance and succession,
  • Challenging CQC inspection reports, ratings reviews and decisions,
  • Property acquisitions and disposals, estate management,
  • Construction and planning,
  • Recruitment and employment law,
  • Immigration advice including recruiting overseas workers,
  • Data protection, cybersecurity, intellectual property and brand protection,
  • Reputation management and brand protection,
  • Commercial agreements and procurement advice,
  • Dispute resolution, including property litigation and contractual disputes,
  • Representation at inquests and advice regarding health and safety, including fire safety.

Unrivalled Expertise and Support

The Stephens Scown specialist Healthcare team consists of approachable experts who are well-versed in the challenges faced by healthcare providers. Whether you are a well-established and experienced residential care or nursing home owner, home care provider, supported living operator, specialist or children’s care provider, or you are a new entrant to this market, we have the knowledge and experience to assist you.

The team send out newsletters on a regular basis with the latest, most relevant information for the healthcare sector, with guest writers providing further expert knowledge. To sign up to receive these, email

Headed up by Helen Wallwork, a Partner in the firm’s Corporate team, with support from Jade Kent, the team have a proven track record of success and pride themselves in consistently adding value to care sector clients. The team provide a personalised service which is overseen by a senior member, backed up with regular client contact and communication to ensure the best possible service.

Jade Kent has been appointed a Championing Social Care Ambassador, becoming further integrated with the social care sector.

Helen Wallwork is also a trustee at Rowcroft Hospice.

Helen Wallwork

Tel - 07891 240961

Jade Kent

Tel - 07548 224516


Here's what some of our clients have to say about working with us:

“On a scale of 1-10 the team at Stephens Scown were an 11...I was blown away with each department’s level of professionalism, and especially Jade’s leadership skills and determination in bringing the deal to a successful close, she was the glue that held it all together.” - Burrow Down Support Services

"The team at Stephens Scown have provided robust, effective, and timely legal advice in all corporate, property, and employment aspects of our business. Pragmatic, creative, and informed, Stephens Scown has been able to focus on the finer details while also providing guidance on achieving our key strategic aims." - Francois Delbaere, Financial Director of Phoenix Learning and Care Group

“On receiving a buyer for our Care Home, we required a confidential solicitor to facilitate the sale. Not having any knowledge who to engage we approached our accountant who recommended Stephens Scown of Exeter. Jade was assigned to be our lead solicitor. During the complex process which could at times be stressful, Jade remained calm, clear, approachable, and available throughout. We put our complete trust in her as she worked and negotiated to ensure our deal was successful and we achieved the best result.” – Gina Kerler-Lovegrove, Manor Lodge Care Home, January 2023


About Stephens Scown

Stephens Scown was the first large law firm in the UK to become employee-owned, and has also gained B Corp™ certification, which underlines our long-term commitment to also being a force for good in wider society, balancing people, planet and profit. This vision and ethos of doing things the right way for our people, clients, planet and community perfectly match the care and values of those working within the care sector.

If you are seeking advice or have any questions in relation to this article, you can contact the team here , on 0345 450 5558 or by emailing