Track Record: Social Care (Adults & Children) & Social Enterprise

  • WLGA/National Commissioning Board: Pan-Wales training and support on the Public Procurement Regime, its Implications for Social Care Commissioning and Procurement and potentially the legal aspects of a Toolkit on commissioning social care.

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  • National Commissioning and Contracting Training Conferences for Children’s and Adult Services: Léonie has been a main conference lecturer and delivered workshops at both conferences for many years on a range of legal topics, in 2017, Léonie jointly delivered the final Keynote Session with iMPOWER on the future of commissioning children’s services and also delivered a workshop on anti-competitive practices, confidentiality and an update of legal issues. In previous years she has delivered Keynote Sessions and Workshops on topics such as Effective Procurement Law and Practice, the Public Procurement Regime and Social Enterprise.

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  • Independent Children's Homes Association (“ICHA”): extensive commissioning and procurement advice on residential care services for children and the most effective models and approach to multi-authority commissioning and procurement including the confidentiality provisions in the Public Contracts Regulations, the impact of the Competition Act and cartels and contract variations and extensions.

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  • National Association of Independent Schools and Non-Maintained Special Schools (“NASS”): support to NASS with its discussions with government on the implications of the changes to special educational needs within the Children and Families Act 2014 and its interconnection with changes to the public contract regulations.

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  • Numerous Procurements and Standard Contracts for Social Care: national, regional and single local authority projects ranging from complex multi-million pound procurements to lower value arrangements e.g. consultancy agreements. These include home care, frameworks for spot purchase of residential care, partnerships with health and with housing associations, Sure Start, day care and more. Supporting post award management including successful default processes, fault and no-fault termination. Drafted a number of standard and bespoke contracts for authorities to use to commission and procure all its social care services; delivered a number of early transfer of adult services to charitable models and multi-million pound private sector investment.

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  • A Welsh Authority: currently completing an options appraisal with Strategic Leisure for the future operational management of the leisure centre portfolio which may result in a Teckal social enterprise for the Council's leisure facilities.

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  • Newark and Sherwood District Council and Similar: implemented a LACTOs/Teckal social enterprise for the Council's leisure facilities with tax efficient governance and legal documents (a modern outcome specification and VAT efficient contract and leases) to maximise benefits, a similar project for a North West Metropolitan Council (where the company's objects include the option of adding social care services) and North East Lincolnshire Council which has also taken a transfer of library services and modified the model to achieve charitable status.

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  • Kent County Council: supported the Council on the options for the future delivery of the Council's libraries, registration and archives. This was a flagship project for the Council as part of its transformation of Council services and is currently on pause, to be reviewed if the law changes allowing registration to be externalised.

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  • Company Solicitors for Charities and Social Enterprises: we have been company solicitor for a number of charities and social enterprises, many of which we set up; currently for Inspire Hounslow. We have supported our charitable and non-profit-distributing social enterprise educational, housing and social care clients with grant agreements and governance arrangements, procurement and employment law .

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  • Confidential Support: we have provided confidential support to local authorities and social enterprises on managing their relationships with each other. Our approach is always to support a positive and non-adversarial approach.

  • Residential Care Home Transfers and Procurements: we delivered a number of the trail blazing early transfers of residential and day care services for older people to newly created social enterprises (industrial and provident societies), supporting both the delivery process and the subsequent multi-million pound commercial investment.

  • Institute of Local Government Studies, the University of Birmingham: Visiting lecturer for legal module of post graduate Social Care Commissioning Course for many years both on campus and in-authority.

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  • See also under the Track Record for Training for the training we offer on this specialist sector.

  • See also under TUPE, Pensions and Human Resources for the Public Sector, for our track record on the people aspects of Social Care and Social Enterprise.

Contact details

Léonie Cowen & Associates
30 Kingswood Avenue
Queens Park
London NW6 6LR

t: 020 7604 5870

e: admin@lcowen.co.uk

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