Meet our Social Care Team

Our team of experts provides practical, straight forward advice to care providers on a range of topics

Mei-Ling Huang

I am a Partner in our Health and Social Care Team and specialise in commercial litigation and regulatory work. I especially enjoy the regulatory aspect of health and social care law and often speak at seminars about this topic.

I routinely deal with inspections, challenging inspection reports, and defending against compliance actions. I also deal with safeguarding investigations, which often go hand in hand with compliance issues. In addition to regulatory work, I have taken on a large county council twice in major judicial review cases relating to care home fees and I regularly advise on care fee negotiations.

I enjoy my role as an advocate for clients and get great satisfaction when I manage to negotiate a sensible outcome on behalf of a provider, which can often make or break a health or social care business. I also have significant experience in fitness to practice cases, such as matters before the Health and Care Professions Council and other similar regulators.

In additional to health and social care law, I deal with business litigation such as contract disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes, professional negligence and general commercial litigation.

Brendan Donohue

I specialise in providing employment law advice to care providers. I believe in providing clear, strong and practical advice to help providers achieve the best result for not only themselves but also their service users.  I always ensure that I understand your expectations and requirements. I have been described by Legal 500, an independent directory of solicitors, as 'assured, confident and realistic'.

My workload ranges from giving critical advice on workplace emergencies, dealing with thorny grievances and disciplinaries to representing clients in the Employment Tribunal. I have particular experience of defending ‘whistleblowing’ and discrimination claims.

I have managed several cases involving allegations of serious abuse. My role in such situations has been ensuring clients comply with the demands of the various safeguarding agencies, whilst not breaching their legal obligations towards their staff – often a very difficult balancing act.

I deliver in-house training to providers and their managers, and regularly speaker at social care seminars.

Bonita Walters

I am a Partner in our Legal Disputes Team. My work in our Health and Social Care Team primarily involves litigation advice on contested Court of Protection applications, funding disputes with local authorities for individual service users, residency issues, property related disputes and financial abuse of the elderly and vulnerable.

I regularly advise providers on dealing with problems with family and relatives of service users, including the recovery of unpaid care fees.

I have a reputation for commercial awareness and a straightforward, no-nonsense yet sensitive, approach to litigation.

Julia Beasley

The Chambers guide describes me as ‘down to earth, sensible and pragmatic’ with ‘a depth of knowledge across all employment issues.’ 

I am known for my extensive experience in all areas of employment law including complex discrimination, TUPE and whistle-blowing cases. 

Workplace problems can be challenging for all parties. That’s why I specialise in employment law and work tirelessly to get the best results for all my clients. 

I am a member of the Law Society, the Employment Lawyers Association and the Bristol Law Society.

Michael Doyle

I am an experienced corporate solicitor with many years of experience working in the Healthcare sector. I support care homes, domiciliary care providers, pharmacies, opticians, dentists and other healthcare providers (Healthcare Businesses) primarily when they wish to sell their businesses,  acquire other businesses, restructure, merge or demerge their business.

The nature of my work typically requires me to work very closely with your accountants and our commercial property team providing you with an efficient and seamless service.

I also help Healthcare Businesses with their business or corporate structure and ensure they have the correct legal protections in place. I can help with the formation or incorporation of your Healthcare Business (drafting or amending Partnership Agreements, Shareholder Agreements and Articles of Association), as well as providing advice on many standard legal documents used in your Healthcare Business including Terms of Business.

My healthcare clients range from sole traders to multiple operators located locally in Bristol and the South West as well as across the UK.

I work directly with my clients and you’ll always have me as your dedicated corporate lawyer. I provide clear and practical advice within my client’s budgets. 

Melanie Harrison

I can advise you and your healthcare business on a broad range of commercial property matters and have particular expertise in secured lending.

I have many years’ experience in supporting pharmacies, care homes and dental practices with their commercial property needs.  This includes the sale and purchase of pharmacies, leases of new build pharmacies forming part of GP practices, the sale and purchase of care homes, other commercial developments and commercial property finance. I understand the particulars of the healthcare sector and can offer you practical and jargon-free advice.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for first free advice on any commercial property issues. 

Francessca Tremeer

I am a Trainee Solicitor in our Litigation Team. My work for the Health and Social Care Team involves debt recovery of unpaid care fees from services users and funders. I understand the impact that outstanding debts can have on a business so I aim to recoup these funds in the most proportionate and efficient way possible.

I am also involved in regulatory work which includes representing care providers to help them challenge CQC inspection reports and enforcement action.

Additionally, I specialise in residential tenancy disputes and deal with other litigation matters. I enjoy the variety in my case load and the satisfaction of assisting clients achieve their objectives.

Zoe Pettigrew

I am a Trainee Solicitor in the Commercial department.

I have experience of assisting with sales and purchases of businesses in the care sector in particular, and this includes pharmacies and care homes. I therefore understand the issues that your business can face and am able to navigate you through the relevant regulation.

I also have experience of dealing with CQC in relation to manager and new provider registrations for your care home.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for initial advice in relation to your business.

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