Index of tables
- Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
- Bircham Dyson Bell LLP
- Brabners Chaffe Street LLP
Carter Lemon Camerons
- Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
- Langleys Solicitors LLP
- Lawrence Graham LLP
- Kiran Bhogal - Weightmans LLP
- Saimo Chahal - Bindmans LLP
- John Chapman - Bevan Brittan LLP
- Christian Dingwall - Hempsons
- Peter Edwards - Capsticks
- Barry Francis - Pinsent Masons LLP
Neil Grant -
- John Holmes - Hempsons
- Stephen Hughes - Bevan Brittan LLP
- Ashley Irons - Capsticks
- Bertie Leigh - Hempsons
- Chris Morris - Hempsons
- Andrew Parsons - RadcliffesLeBrasseur
- David Reissner - Charles Russell LLP
Bevan Brittan LLP’s ‘very reliable’ group advises NHS and non-NHS clients on matters such as joint ventures, acquisitions and new hospitals. Practice head John Chapman is recommended, as is Nadia Persaud, who handles inquest work, and newly promoted partner Vincent Buscemi, who specialises in foundation trusts. Elizabeth Cooper joined from Nabarro LLP.
Bindmans LLP provides ‘highly competent and professional service’, and has a track record of advising claimants in ‘pioneering claims’. ‘Genuine expert’ Saimo Chahal was involved in Rabone v Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, which extended the interpretation of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights; and continues to advise in right-to-die cases. Chahal and ‘high-quality and thorough practitioner’ John Halford lead the team. Associate Gwendolen Morgan is ‘emerging as a leading practitioner’.
A ‘true specialist in the healthcare field’, Capsticks acts for a number of NHS trusts, the Department of Health, and various private sector clients. It has ‘a large team of experts’ and ‘strength in depth’. Work in 2011 included advising on the transfer of community healthcare businesses. John Witt and Mark Whiting ‘set the standard for others to reach’, and the ‘vastly experienced’ James Reynolds, and new partners Sam Hopkins (‘responsive’) and Duncan Gordon-Smith (‘efficient’) are also recommended.
Elizabeth Adams leads DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘excellent’ team, which acts for an array of NHS clients. Recent work includes advising NHS employers on handling industrial action, and acting for a foundation trust on the acquisition of the community service arms of two PCTs. Udara Ranasinghe is recommended, as is adviser Giles Peel, who joined the firm in 2011 from Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust as head of the health advisory team.
Hempsons provides ‘excellent service’ and has ‘expertise in complex subjects’. In 2011, the firm was appointed to the Health Trust Europe, NHS Commercial Alliance and Medical Defence Union panels. Key highlights included acting in a judicial review claim, and advising on the transfer of community health services to a social enterprise. Christian Dingwall, Jamie Foster, John Holmes and practice head Bertie Leigh are recommended.
Mills & Reeve LLP gives ‘sensible’ and ‘pragmatic’ advice to NHS bodies and third sector clients. In 2011, Bridget Archibald’s team advised the Healthcare Commission regarding the Francis Inquiry. New clients include East of England Ambulance Service, Derby Hospital Foundation Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and Assura Medical. Duncan Astill was recently made up to partner.
Browne Jacobson LLP’s clients include the Care Quality Commission and a number of NHS entities. Notable recent work includes practice head Simon Tait’s advocacy in the ‘Cardiac Cluster’ inquests, which concluded in 2011. Oliver Pritchard recently advised on procurement, a proposed joint venture and the transfer of PCT community services.
Eversheds LLP advises public and private sector clients, including several from the life sciences industry. The firm advised NHP, Southern Cross’ largest landlord, and the inquiries and investigations team acted as legal adviser in the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Inquiry. New clients include United Drug and Ramsay Healthcare UK. Bill Gilliam leads the group, which recruited the ‘outstanding’ Clive Lampard from Macfarlanes LLP as a consultant, and Richard Lewis from Hogan Lovells International LLP, to lead the firm’s corporate practice in the life sciences and healthcare sectors.
‘Outstanding’ firm Leigh Day & Co has an ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team, headed by ‘leader in the field’ Richard Stein. The ‘excellent’ Frances Swaine is involved in a judicial review concerning ‘do not resuscitate’ orders. Solicitors Rosa Curling and Merry Varney both enjoy growing reputations.
‘Top legal practice’ Pinsent Masons LLP provides ‘unparalleled support’, and ‘outstanding creative and innovative advice’. It advises on outsourcing, PPP, asset-based investment vehicles and joint ventures, and was recently instructed to advise the Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHS FT on procurement of a private sector partner. Barry Francis is highlighted for his ‘superb innovation and creativity and value-added options’, and associate Carly Caton provides ‘exceptionally high-quality and timely work’. Michael Boyd joined DWF LLP.
Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s ‘excellent team’ provides ‘highly focused’ advice to ‘a consistently high standard’. The firm advised on the Transforming Community Services programme, and also acted for Saga on acquisitions, and Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust on redevelopment and regeneration. Michael O’Connor, head of infrastructure, projects and energy, provides ‘highly effective and efficient facilitation and leadership’. Head of the healthcare team Sandra Humphrey and the knowledgeable Andrew Pettinger are also recommended.
CMS Cameron McKenna LLP primarily represents private sector clients, including Nuffield Health, Spire Healthcare, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and RBS’ healthcare team. In 2011 it advised Integrated Dental Holdings on its acquisition by Carlyle and Palamon. Jason Zemmel and David Day lead the team.
Deighton Pierce Glynn, the result of the recent merger between Pierce Glynn Solicitors and Deighton Guedella, has expertise spanning public and private healthcare, in particular in challenging decisions relating to transplants or refusals of treatment. The ‘exceptionally knowledgeable’ Adam Hundt leads the team, which includes Jane Deighton, who advises detainees on challenges to healthcare provisions. Louise Whitfield is representing service users in challenging an NHS trust’s proposed service cuts.
Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP has ‘many years of expertise in this field’, and advises regulators and charities, including Cancer Research UK. Graeme Nuttall and Neil Palmer have experience advising on NHS spinouts and social enterprises. Sarah Ellson now heads the public and regulatory group, following Matthew Lohn’s appointment as managing partner.
Morgan Cole’s clients include NHS South Central, Yorkshire and the Humber SHA as well as NHS Wales. Eve Piffaretti leads the practice, which advises on acquisitions and disposals, and issues including mental health and fitness to practise.
Andrew Parsons’ team at RadcliffesLeBrasseur advises on regulatory issues, care homes and mental health matters. Works includes partnership arrangements and mergers of GP practices, advising psychiatric treatment providers regarding the running of care homes and hospitals, and participation in inquests. Clients include Barchester Healthcare, Cambian Healthcare and Cygnet Healthcare. Stephen Janisch and Alex Leslie are ‘particularly expert’.
Trowers & Hamlins LLP, which provides ‘a superb level of service’, has recently advised on various acquisitions. Lynn Aglionby leads the ‘excellent’ team, which advises clients including Cambian, Mears and Heritage Care. Rosemary Hart retired.
Weightmans LLP is a ‘“go-to” firm’ which demonstrates ‘in-depth knowledge of the subject’ and produces ‘outstanding performance’. Clients include NHS entities and local authorities, which the team advises in areas such as inquests, mental health law, risk management and complaints handling. Practice head Kiran Bhogal is a ‘star performer’, and shows ‘exemplary judgement’.
Bleddyn Rees heads Wragge & Co LLP’s healthcare practice, which has advised Trafford Healthcare Trust and Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals on M&A. Robert Breedon, who joined the firm from the Department of Health, leads the commissioning practice.
Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP is ‘excellent in all respects’. The ‘unflappable’ team acts for representative and regulatory bodies, commercial healthcare entities and government bodies, handling advisory work and litigation. In 2011 it defended South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in a case of alleged unlawful detention, and advised on a joint working arrangement between an NHS trust and local authorities. Stuart Marchant and Abbie Rumbold head the team. Consultant David Hunter joined from Bevan Brittan LLP.
Bird & Bird acts for various NHS foundation trusts, Kings College Hospital Management and GSTS Pathology. The team has expertise in telephone and IT enabled healthcare, and also advises on joint ventures. Dominic Cook heads the practice.
Charles Russell LLP advises various pharmaceutical and dental clients including Lloyds Pharmacy, National Co-operative Chemists and new client J Sainsbury, and recently successfully defended Teva Pharmaceuticals in a case concerning abuse of a dominant position. The ‘expert’ David Reissner heads the practice, and has ‘excellent knowledge of the pharmacy market’. New partner Noel Wardle is also recommended. Senior associate Jenin Khanam, who specialises in dental issues, joined in 2011 from Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP.
Clyde & Co LLP’s merger with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP in 2011 brought an ‘efficient’ and ‘professional’ healthcare practice which provides a range of advice including employment and regulatory support. New clients include certain NHS trusts, health insurers and a private healthcare company that runs GP practices. Claire Petts and associate Sam Holden are recommended.
The ‘excellent’ team at DLA Piper UK LLP represents public and private sector clients including United Health, Spire Healthcare and Kings College Hospital. The ‘practical’ Stephen Atkinson is recommended. The team was bolstered by Jonathan Lisle joining from CMS Cameron McKenna LLP and Jacqueline Bore from Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP.
Irwin Mitchell’s practice includes litigation and inquests. Clients include individuals (including patients or their families) and charities, and the firm also receives instructions from the Official Solicitor. Yogi Amin heads the team.
Nabarro LLP advised new client Gracewell Healthcare on a number of care home acquisitions and developments during 2011. Other clients include Care UK, the Department of Health and HCA International. Warren Taylor heads the team, which also includes newly promoted partner Stephanie McDonald.
Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s ‘experienced’ team continues to advise the Barchester Group on its portfolio. The ‘proactive’ Michael Anderson is recommended, as are team leaders Jim Buchanan and Candice Blackwood.
Bircham Dyson Bell LLP advises on PFI/PPP projects in the healthcare sector.
Brabners Chaffe Street LLP’s clients include NHS foundation trusts, charities and healthcare professionals.
Carter Lemon Camerons has experience advising GPs on establishing federated practices.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP recently advised Worcestershire Hospital SPC on a PFI monoline replacement.
Lawrence Graham LLP provides ‘very focused and commercial advice’ to clients in the private healthcare sector.
Healthcare specialist Lockharts provides ‘detailed’ advice to GP practices and local representative committees, and recently advised a medical partnership regarding a disability discrimination claim.
Janita Good’s team at Osborne Clarke advises NHS, private sector and PPP clients, among them Bromley PCT and Monitor.
Projects head Matthew Newing also leads Speechly Bircham LLP’s healthcare practice, which advises on LIFT projects and private sector matters. Meriel Bennett joined from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, while Andrew Walsh left the firm.
Edward Johnson’s team at Squire Sanders LLP advises on PFI/PPP projects.
Stephenson Harwood handles projects work for public and private sector clients.
Taylor Wessing LLP provides ‘excellent service’, particularly on PFI and investment matters. Practice head Hamid Yunis and ‘pragmatic’ and ‘knowledgeable’ associate Stephen Tainsh are recommended.
Veale Wasbrough Vizards’ team, led by Ben Willis, recently advised on a potential GP practice merger, and assisted Assura Medical with property matters.