Bates Weston Corporate Finance have advised the shareholders of Witham Valley Care Group on their sale to Choice Care Group. Choice being one of the UK’s leading providers of residential care and supported living services for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions.

Witham Valley Care Group founded by Gemma and David Collins is a leading provider of high quality specialist care to adults with severe learning disabilities, autism and complex needs. The business has two residential units rated as ‘Outstanding’ with CQC and a supported living business that is rated as ‘Good’.

The Bates Weston transaction team comprised of Partner, Chris Jones, and Senior Manager, Kate Evans. David Kaplan and Liz Mills at Nelsons provided legal advice to the sellers. Andy Lyon and his team at Ashgates provided advice around deal structuring and taxation and supported in the due diligence process.

Commenting on the sale process, Gemma Collins said:

“We have been very impressed with the way Bates Weston managed the focused sales process. They worked closely with us throughout the entire process and supported us in an efficient manner. We cannot speak highly enough of the support given.”

Commenting on the legal aspects of the transaction, Gemma Collins added:

“’We were impressed with the service we received from David and Liz at Nelsons, from the start of the process until the final stages they showed commitment and determination to ensure that our interests were protected.”’

Chris Jones, Partner at Bates Weston Corporate Finance, commented:

“The Witham Valley Care Group shareholders have built a business which will provide Choice with a flagship provision in Lincolnshire. This deal represents the latest transaction in a sector in which we have worked for over two decades.”

David Kaplan, Corporate Partner at Nelsons, commented:

“It was a pleasure working with Gemma, David, Bates Weston Corporate Finance and Ashgates.  Gemma and David have built a very successful business over the years which provides outstanding care and should be a great fit for the Choice Care Group.”