Paul Ridout

Director, Solicitor

In April 1972 Paul had just completed the purchase of a Nursing Home in Earl’s Court, West London.  The purchaser ran into regulatory difficulties which Paul resolved under the old Public Health Act 1936.

In March 1973 Paul set up his first private law firm based in Marylebone and Dorking in South West Surrey.  In November 1991 Paul moved as a partner to Nabarro Nathanson (now Nabarro) in London’s Mayfair and in 1997 moved on to what is now DLA Piper leaving in September 2006 once again to set up his own Law Practice in Marylebone.

Throughout his career Paul has been actively and constantly instructed in matters relating to the operation, regulation and funding of care service businesses.  Paul has worked through the whole of the last 40 years of changes and developments in what is now the health and social care sector.  Paul has a unique knowledge from previous experience of how regulation has changed and how public funding of health and social care has been refined over those 40 years.

Ridouts was launched in January 2007 and is now an established mature practice.  Paul writes extensively for all the leading Health and Social Care Journals, is an expert in care home law and has been author and editor of leading practice Handbooks on the regulation of care.

Paul advises clients on all aspects of health and social care regulation as well as offering practical advice on the operation of services. Paul’s vast experience makes him well placed to offer bespoke, pragmatic advice to providers who are involved in high pressure legal situations that pose a commercial or reputational risk to their business.

Paul is regarded as one of the most experienced advisers for the Health and Social Care sector and his thoughtful and measured advice has aided hundreds of care businesses around the United Kingdom.

Recent cases:

  • Paul led the team managing the transfer of CQC registrations between companies as part of a restructuring process to manage cost and resource. This was a complex transaction that required detailed and specialist regulatory advice. The restructuring was a success and Paul’s ability to liaise effectively with the Client and CQC ensured that the registrations were transferred without any impact to the service provision.
  • Paul advised a Client on the contractual steps to take in order to increase fees paid to it by the commissioning local authority following significant changes in operational costs, including National Minimum Wage. Paul’s intervention resulted in additional fees being paid to the Client.
  • Paul led the team providing support for due diligence on care home acquisitions and advance preparation of vendor due diligence. Paul was able to reflect on the team’s findings and advise the Client on how the results may affect the purchase price. Paul’s analysis also enabled the Client to foresee any regulatory issues that may arise once they had acquired the services.