Bevan Brittan’s Independent Health & Care team has advised a social care charity on its acquisition of a residential care business.

We Change Lives (WCL) – which supports people with learning and physical disabilities, as well as older people and those with dementia and mental health issues - has acquired 3L Care Group for an undisclosed sum. 3L Care Group operates two care homes in Winsford, Cheshire and a further care home in Atherton, Wigan.

WCL is one of the largest not-for-profit care providers in Cheshire, supporting more than 425 people in living their best lives. Its services are commissioned by local authorities, NHS integrated care partnerships and private clients.

The deal brings the number of staff in the enlarged WCL group to 275 and the number of residential properties to 13.

A multi-disciplinary team from Bevan Brittan’s Independent Health & Care team, including specialists in regulatory, commercial, property and corporate, advised WCL on the acquisition. Partners Vincent Buscemi and Rachel Soundy led the team. Vincent commented: “This acquisition gives We Change Lives a platform for further growth and expansion of its operations in the North West. As one of the leading law firms in the care sector, we were happy to guide WCL through the process and to successfully conclude the deal.”

3L specialises in Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) adult residents with complex health needs who require nursing-led care. WCL’s interest in expanding its ABI resident provision comes against the backdrop of medical advances which means greater numbers are living with brain injuries.

WCL CEO Phil Sermon commented: “Our five-year strategy looks to expand our geographic and service footprint. This acquisition demonstrates our scale up of WCL activity outside of our traditional Warrington heartland into the wider North West.

“We aim to develop our Residential Care and Supported Living services as well as the ABI services. The acquisition of 3L, along with new services in Chester, are the start of this programme.

“We are determined to offer the very best care available to all our residents. With our planned expansion in the area of ABI, we look forward to responding to the growing need for residential care offering neurorehabilitation services.”

Bevan Brittan’s market-leading Independent Health & Care team works with independent health and social care providers across the country on the full range of legal issues.

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