CQC lawyers - Care Quality Commission compliance & regulation

Stephensons has a team of specialist regulatory lawyers who provide advice and representation to registered care providers and managers in relation to compliance, inspections, enforcement action and appeals to the first-tier tribunal (Care Standards Chamber).                      

Our specialist CQC lawyers understand the intense pressure on providers and managers to comply with the increasingly complex regulations governing regulated services, and how a negative inspection report or any potential enforcement action can impact significantly on your business and in many cases, unfairly so.

It is important to protect your business and reputation with advice from a specialist before you take any action. Defending you and your business is our primary concern. For a confidential, no obligation discussion regarding your case, please contact our specialist lawyers now on  0203 816 9274.

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Why choose Stephensons?

Our firm has developed an excellent reputation in this field and we pride ourselves on achieving the best possible results for our clients. We have successfully defended and represented numerous providers and managers across the health and adult social care sectors, including care homes, nursing homes, domiciliary care services and GP practices. We have assisted our clients with retaining their registration, challenging an inspection report, avoiding a criminal prosecution and improving the overall ratings of a service.

We also have a network of offices, including London and Manchester, and we act for clients nationwide. We appreciate that the CQC often impose tight deadlines and we regularly prepare cases at very short notice. We also understand the needs and anxieties of our professional clients at risk of losing their registration and in some cases, their business and reputation.

We recognise that enforcement action, and even inspections, can be a stressful and frustrating time and our experience allows us to provide clear and strategic advice at all stages. 

Our experience

Our specialist team of lawyers have extensive experience of advising registered providers and managers in the health and adult social care sectors. Our CQC lawyers regularly act for care providers and managers nationwide in relation to the following:

  • Notices of proposal to cancel; vary; suspend or refuse registration
  • Appeals to the first-tier tribunal (Care Standards Chamber) against:
    • Notices of Decision to cancel; vary; suspend or refuse registration
    • An Order made by a Justice of the Peace under Section 30 of HSCA 2008
    • Urgent Notices of Decision to vary; remove or impose a condition or suspend registration under Section 31 of HSCA 2008
  • Representation at Section 30 hearings at Magistrates Courts
  • Warning notices
  • Factual accuracy comments on draft inspection reports
  • Ratings review requests
  • Complaints
  • Fit and proper persons requirement [‘FPPR’]
  • Breaches of the Health and Social Care Act 2008
  • Fixed penalty notices
  • Interviews under caution
  • Prosecutions
  • Inquests

Use the following link for more information about examples of our previous work: CQC case studies

If you require CQC advice or support in relation to any of the above, you should seek specialist legal advice as soon as possible in order to protect your interests. For a confidential discussion with a member of our team, please contact us on 0203 816 9274 or complete our online enquiry form

What our clients say

"Laura Hannah provided an excellent, timely and professional service and as a result notice of proposal was withdrawn after a CQC Inspection." - View from a satisfied client

"Last year our care home was placed in 'special measures' following a CQC inspection that found 'inadequacy' in several areas - as a result of a careless manager. The manager was dismissed and a new manager was appointed promptly. On our most recent CQC inspection we were rated safe in all areas. Since being placed in 'special measures', Laura Hannah of Stephensons was appointed to litigate and negotiate on our behalf. We can only highly recommend Laura, who did a fantastic job, whilst being very supportive and the final outcome was a tremendous success. Thanks Laura!" - View from a satisfied client

"Care 4 Quality Ltd have worked with Stephensons regulatory team for the past two years in an independent CQC compliance consultancy role. Their fresh, honest and robust approach has provided the support and results that care providers need when facing regulatory issues with a level of detail that is second to none. I would and do highly recommend them to any service provider who is looking for efficient and understanding legal support. I am proud to work with Laura and the team at Stephensons." - www.care4quality.co.uk

CQC - Video Panel Laura Hannah

  • Care Quality Commission Compliance & Regulation

    Specialist solicitor Laura Hannah talks about the role the CQC play as the independent regulator of health and social care in England. Laura also talks about how Stephensons supports clients such as registered providers who face enforcement action following a CQC inspection.
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