A Leamington commercial solicitor has marked his 20-year business association with a local couple running care homes by completing the purchase of a further property in the town.

Representing Barry and Eibhlin Thorpe-Smith, Kevin Mitchell of Leamington solicitors Blythe Liggins handled the purchase of Adelaide House in Adelaide Road, a 23 bedroom residential care home previously owned by David and Breda Sutton, who converted the building in 1984.

“We have worked with Kevin for 20 years and he has handled all the transactions with our care homes business, as well as our own conveyancing,” said Mr Thorpe-Smith. “His business acumen and knowledge of commercial law have been invaluable to us.”

Mr Mitchell said: “They really care about elderly people and although they retired three years ago it was inevitable that they would return to the care home business so when Adelaide House came on the market they didn’t hesitate and instructed me to handle the buying of the business.”

The couple, who met in Saudi Arabia where Barry, an accountant, was a hospital administrator and Eibhlin was nursing, bought their first 12 bedroom room care home in Clarendon Avenue, Leamington Spa, in 1991 and went on to own four homes in Leamington and a fifth in Pershore, with 35 bedrooms.
“We tried retirement but once we heard that Adelaide House was on the market the pull was too much for us,” said Barry, who is from Leamington where father Rick was deputy headmaster at Campion School until his retirement in 1983.

His wife Eibhlin said: “It wasn’t so much another business venture for us but a very personal project, one that we will find very rewarding and fulfilling.”

CAPTION: Care home owners Barry and Eibhlin Thorpe-Smith with solicitor Kevin Mitchell (left).

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