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Bevan Brittan LLP’s client list includes NHS trusts and private healthcare groups. The ‘knowledgeable and approachable’ Rosemary Jago is advising Community Health Partnerships on procuring a new primary and community care centre in Barrow through its partner eLIFT Cumbria. Sharon Renouf handled several outsourcing transactions for Barts Health NHS Trust and advised on the procurement process for a private patient hospital. John Chapman is recommended for commercial healthcare matters. The team saw the arrival of Michael Boyd from DWF in September 2015.

Bindmans LLP is a market leader in human rights related cases. Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) is representing the British Humanist Association (BHA), as well as individual clients, in bringing a fresh challenge to the legality of the Suicide Act 1961. Other highlights include acting for an out-of-hours GP provider in parallel judicial review and procurement proceedings, and acting for a charity in challenging NHS funding of homeopathy. John Halford and Jamie Potter are ‘efficient and professional’. Associate Charlotte Haworth Hird is ‘one the very best public lawyers’ who ‘combines impeccable judgement with a comprehensive knowledge of the law’.

Capsticks LLP is a ‘clear leader in the field of regulatory and disciplinary law and in all areas of the law relating to healthcare’. Its breadth and depth of expertise enables it to handle large-scale transactional and contentious healthcare work. Highlights included advising NHS England on transferring the responsibility for the commissioning and funding of NHS primary care from a central national body to local clinical commissioning groups, and assisting 38 NHS organisations with the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) changes to its inspection and enforcement regime. Peter Edwards, Rachael Heenan, Peter Marquand, Robert McGough and Sharon Lamb are key names.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s team, led by the ‘excellentGiles Peel, advises public and private sector clients and has notable strength advising on the integration of health and social care models. Anne Crofts handled several high-value medical equipment and pathology MES projects for clients including East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and South West London Pathology. The group also advised Lewisham & Greenwich Hospitals NHS Trust on acquiring a disposed PFI project.

Healthcare specialists Hempsons is active in the public, private and charity sectors, and handled a range of M&A transactions and health-tech projects, including advising the NHS Trust Development Authority on West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust’s merger with Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. Christian Dingwall leads the team, which includes Janice Barber, John Holmes and Jamie Foster.

Mills & Reeve LLP advises independent and public sector clients, and has notable experience acting for international healthcare companies and inward investors; in 2015, Julian Smith advised Tenet Healthcare on its £144m acquisition of Aspen Healthcare. It is also handling South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust’s PPP re-provision of new hospital facilities. Bridget Archibald specialises in PFI, PPP, LIFT and project finance. Stephen King is ‘extremely reliable and always has the appropriate commercial approach’.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s team has ‘genuine specialist knowledge’ and provides advice that is ‘always presented in a practical manner and on a timely basis’. It has a large roster of care home clients, for which it handles acquisitions and insolvencies. Key figures include Michael O’Connor and Jonathan Tattersall, who stands out for PFI disputes.

Bird & Bird LLP has a substantial practice advising UK healthcare providers expanding overseas and also stands out for its experience in e-health and m-health transactions. Simon Shooter handled several projects for KCH Commercial, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s commercial arm, including the development of clinics in London and a hospital in Dubai. David Ayers is advising a trust on outsourcing its pathology services. Ian Edwards is experienced in technology and outsourcing projects.

Blake Morgan LLP’s 45-partner team was joined by Cassandra Scarbrough from the Nursing and Midwifery Council in November 2015. The team acted for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in a judicial review regarding IVF treatment abroad. Other key figures include practice head Bruce Potter, regulatory specialist Bradley Albuery (who is ‘undoubtedly a leader in the field’), Clare Strickland, Nick Leale, Gayle Curry, and Allan Wilson.

The ‘exceptional’ team at CMS acts exclusively for private sector clients such as Johnson & Johnson Medical, InfraRed Capital Partners and Spire Healthcare. Highlights included advising Balfour Beatty on its disposal of a 50% interest in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh PFI project to Equitix. Jason Zemmelknows the sector very well’ and jointly heads the healthcare group with Martin Treagus, who specialises in private equity transactions and M&A.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is best known for its expertise in the pharmacy space; the ‘talentedDavid Reissner assisted Sainsbury’s Supermarkets with the sale of its pharmacy chain to Lloyds Pharmacy. Matthew Newing is advising Liverpool & Sefton Health Partnerships on a new mental health in-patient hospital facility for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. Tim Jenkins and William Nash jointly head the team.

Eversheds LLP acts for private healthcare clients, NHS Trusts and other public healthcare bodies, including clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), GP practices and regulators. The team advised Curo Health Services on outsourcing its clinical care coordination services, which was awarded to Locala Community Partnerships. Simon Crossley, Dominic Morris and Marc Meryon are the key names.

At Gowling WLG, ‘healthcare sector procurement expert’ Robert Breedon advised NHS Lambeth CCG on the formation of an intergrated health, social and housing alliance. Jon Lent and Christine Jackson advised Formation and HC-One on the restructuring and subsequent sale and leaseback of a care home portfolio. Bleddyn Rees joined Osborne Clarke in November 2015, and Karima Hudson moved to Stephenson Harwood in December 2015.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s client base ranges from NHS foundation trusts and private sector organisations, to major players in the care and dental sectors, as well as suppliers to the healthcare industry. Carly Caton is advising University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust on its agreement with a private patient hospital operator for the construction and establishment of a private patient hospital. The ‘highly responsive, business-savvy and results-focused’ team is led by private equity specialist Joanne Ellis. Barry Francis left the firm in March 2016.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a strong focus on acting for specialist care services providers and also advises on retirement living with care and secondary care facilities. Tim Nye handled the £95m sale of Alpha Hospitals to Cygnet Health Care for the C&C Alpha Group. Kyle Holling assisted with a number of outsourcing transactions.

Browne Jacobson LLP acted for University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in an inquest proceeding and subsequent gross negligence manslaughter criminal prosecution. Simon Tait heads the healthcare practice nationally. Oliver Pritchard is a key name for corporate and commercial transactions.

Fieldfisher is praised for its ‘in-depth understanding of law’, which it combines with ‘an up-to-date grasp of regulatory strategy’. Practice head Sarah Ellson has ‘a very level-headed and practical approach’, and is noted for her ability to ‘appreciate political sensitivities as well as the legal position’. Debbie Nicholson is ‘particularly efficient and terrier-like when pursuing the best interests of her client’. Representative clients include Human Tissue Authority, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and City Health Care Partnership.

Hill Dickinson LLP advises NHS and private healthcare clients on transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. The group bolstered its offering with the hire of Kiran Bhogal, who joined from Weightmans LLP to head its London healthcare advisory team. Bhogal ‘understands the pressures faced by public sector clients and works tirelessly to achieve sensible and pragmatic solutions to issues, yet is not afraid to take the gloves off if litigation is required’. Head of health Andrew Craggs and regulatory specialist Emma Stockwell are also recommended.

Irwin Mitchell’s team acts exclusively for claimants in high-profile medical treatment cases. Recent highlights include representing clients in litigation relating to a death in detention and end-of-life cases pertaining to the withdrawal of nutrition and hydration for patients in persistent vegetative and minimally conscious states. Yogi Amin, Alex Rook and Anne-Marie Irwin are the main contacts.

Leveraging its strong human rights specialism, Leigh Day’s team advises on prisoner healthcare matters and claims against hospitals with a human rights element. Richard Stein, Sean Humber and Emma Jones are the key names.

Clients of Nabarro LLP praise its ‘exceptional level of performance and service’. Candice Blackwood handled the structuring and real estate aspects of Omega Healthcare Investors’ acquisition of Healthcare Homes. Warren Taylor is ‘a highly effective and pragmatic adviser’ and recently promoted partner Rachel Cooper ‘possesses a rare combination of high-level legal skills and outstanding commercial acumen’.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur acts for a number of independent healthcare sector clients and has an excellent reputation for inquest work. The care home sector is another area of strength, where the firm regularly handles CQC investigations. Mental health specialist Andrew Parsons has ‘unrivalled knowledge, which enables him to be very innovative and to think creatively about how to find solutions to challenging issues’. Parsons acted for a client in an inquest into the death of a patient in detention, following an overdose of a self-administered non-prescribed medication. Alexandra Johnstone is also recommended.

Bircham Dyson Bell is praised for its ‘excellent response times and commercial awareness’, as well as its ‘strong technical advice’ provided ‘in a clear and understandable style’. Peter Mcloughlin has ‘superb’ knowledge of the pathology sector and advised on the proposed acquisition of a development site for a new hospital to be acquired from the local authority, as well as funding for the development. Jonathan Brinsden is a name to note in the regulatory sphere.

Clyde & Co LLP enhanced its healthcare offering through its merger with Simpson & Marwick Solicitors LLP in October 2015, resulting in the arrival of Duncan Batchelor and Graeme Watson in Edinburgh and Anthony Brown in Newcastle. The group acted for Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Trust Foundation Trust in the inquest into the death of a man while in an immigration centre. Individuals singled out in the 16-partner team include Claire Petts, who is ‘an excellent partner with a wealth of knowledge’, and Rob Wilson, a specialist in medical malpractice defence litigation and inquests.

Deighton Pierce Glynn has notable expertise acting for prisoners and immigration detainees in bringing claims arising from poor quality healthcare. Adam Hundt and Louise Whitfield have significant experience in judicial reviews, with the latter having considerable expertise representing patients who have been denied life-saving treatment.

Kennedys has a considerable inquests practice, which frequently represents large healthcare providers, and is also experienced in advising on issues of capacity. The team is ‘thorough, dedicated and conscientious, with many standout lawyers’, including Robert Tobin, Daniel Freeman, Amanda Mead and Christopher Malla.

Taylor Wessing LLP’s commercial healthcare practice regularly handles large-scale cross-border transactions. Clients include Varian Medical Systems, London International Hospital and Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Hamid Yunis* heads the healthcare and life sciences team. *Since publication, Hamid Yunis has joined McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP.

Weightmans LLP’s client list includes the Care Quality Commission, Professional Standards Authority and a number of NHS trusts. Beth Buchanan heads its London team following the departure of Kiran Bhogal, who joined Hill Dickinson LLP in January 2016. Buchanan has particular expertise in First-Tier Tribunal work. Commercial healthcare specialists Nathan East and Edwina Farrell are other names to note.

Lockharts acts for a large number of GP and dental surgeries. Andrew Lockhart-Mirams is ‘an extraordinarily safe pair of hands’ and Rosalind Parkin is ‘dedicated and reliable’.

Penningtons Manches LLP has a strong focus on the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. John Hargreaves has substantial experience advising on procurement and funding in the healthcare sector; restructuring specialist Séamas Gray and regulatory expert Nicole Curtis are also recommended.

Leveraging its strong private equity and corporate capabilities, Travers Smith LLP’s healthcare group advises private sector clients on transactional matters. Doug Bryden is advising on UK regulatory compliance and liability management issues. Clients include Patron Capital, Phoenix Equity Partners and Silverfleet Capital.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards’ strength lies in its expertise in the primary care sector, where it counts over 450 GP practices as clients. In 2015 it acted for Skills for Health in an ongoing dispute with NHS Health Education North West regarding the termination and re-tendering of a contract. Practice head Ben Willis is ‘very experienced in all healthcare matters’. Anthony Young and senior associate Oliver Pool are ‘knowledgeable and resourceful’.

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