Mark Adair

Leeds lawyers advise Saint Cecilia’s Care Group on acquisition of Oakland Nursing Home in Whitby

The Leeds office of Irwin Mitchell has advised Scarborough based care provider, Saint Cecilia’s Care Group, on its acquisition of a nursing home, Oakland, White Point Road, West Cliff, Whitby.

The Irwin Mitchell team was led by real estate senior associate Clare Davitt with partner Gavin Maddison advising on corporate matters and partner Padma Tadi on employment issues.

The acquisition by Saint Cecilia’s has prevented the closure of the home and not only means continuity of care for its residents, but it has also secured the jobs of its 25 staff. Saint Cecilia’s is also looking to recruit extra staff for various posts at the home. It views the acquisition as a great opportunity to improve the home and offer quality care.

With the addition of Oakland, The Saint Cecilia’s Care Group now runs two nursing homes, three care homes and a day-care centre in North Yorkshire with plans to continue growing. The purchase of Oakland is part of its strategic growth programme.

Saint Cecilia’s managing director, Mike Padgham, said, “we are grateful to Irwin Mitchell for their guidance and support through this acquisition.

“These are challenging times for care providers, and it is a difficult market-but this acquisition makes us a stronger provider and it is excellent news for Oakland and for its residents, staff and the Whitby community it serves.”

Clare Davitt senior associate at Irwin Mitchell said, “we are delighted to have worked alongside Saint Cecilia’s on yet another acquisition in the care sector. The issues facing the sector are well known in terms of rising costs and a shortage of staff and many private operators have had to leave the sector- leading to further shortages of quality care homes.

Saint Cecilia’s has a great reputation for providing quality care in a warm and friendly environment, which is greatly needed. We are proud to be associated with its growth programme.“

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