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The ‘practical and responsive’ team at Addleshaw Goddard is praised for its ‘detailed knowledge of the health sector’. Practice head Michael O’Connor is described as a ‘genuine expert who can always be relied upon to provide commercially sound advice’. Legal director Clare Dwyer ‘really takes the time to understand her clients’ business and then to provide measured and commercial advice in a timely fashion’. The healthcare practice handles real estate developments, construction matters and financing transactions in addition to issues ranging from regulatory and procurement to employment across the public and private sectors. The group is advising Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the development of a biomedical centre located in Manchester city centre and is advising Citybranch on the development of the former Altrincham General Hospital into a health and wellbeing centre. It also acts for suppliers of healthcare products and services, including Assura Medical, Bupa Care Homes, GlaxoSmithKline and Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust.

Hempsons has a ‘first-class team that provides timely advice’. Anne Ballinspires confidence’ and Kirsten Blohm is ‘extremely supportive and is prepared to go that extra mile’. Both are recommended for their management of cases of the utmost severity involving complex medical and legal issues. Jane Donnison has ‘the ability to explain complex legal issues in simple terms’ and Taiyaba Waheed is ‘excellent at health care’. At associate level Karen Dean and James Down (who is recommended for his work on inquests) are described as ‘excellent’. The practice advises public and private healthcare organisations in addition to charities and social enterprises that are involved in health and social care services on a myriad of issues. It also routinely advises clients in the life sciences sector. Highlights included advising Transform Cosmetic Surgery Group on a corporate re-alignment of its real estate holdings. In another highlight it advised the Greater Manchester Academic Health and Science Network on its DataWell process, which involved procuring a provider for the development of a new IT solution across the whole of Greater Manchester to integrate health data and to develop new models of healthcare.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s Sharon Thomas is a ‘very experienced healthcare lawyer and is a calm head in a crisis’. She heads the mental health and Court of Protection team and is recommended alongside inquests specialist Joanna Trewin, who is ‘extremely efficient and provides an excellent service to clients’, and Georgina Rowley, who is ‘extremely supportive’. Senior associate Paul Allerston is described as a ‘great asset to the team; he goes above and beyond what is needed’. Head of health Andrew Craggs is also singled out for praise as is Emma Stockwell, who is recommended for her work on NHS governance issues. The firm was retained by the General Medical Council to design and deliver whistleblowing awareness training to approximately 300 members across the UK. In another complex matter the team represented Walton Centre NHS FT and NHS Wirral CCG in an application to the Court of Protection to determine whether the continued provision of clinically assisted nutrition and hydration to a patient in a minimally conscious state was in his best interests.

Weightmans LLP is ‘excellent across the board; each and every member of the team operates to the same high standard’. For healthcare employment work, Emlyn Williams and his team are praised for their ‘pragmatism, responsiveness and professionalism’. Richard Jolly is recommended for his advice to NHS trusts on issues ranging from clinical matters to corporate governance. James Rowley, who has been acting for NHS trusts and doctors before the Coroner’s Court, is also recommended. The team advised an acute hospital NHS trust on wardship proceedings relating to a seriously ill child that had been abandoned by the parents who had returned to Eastern Europe. It is also advising an acute trust in a claim being brought for a declaration/specific issues order over the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment to an infant. Clients include North West Ambulance Service, Care Quality Commission and Mersey Care NHS Trust.

Brabners LLP has a ‘very knowledgeable and client-focused team’ led by Richard Hough, who is praised for his ‘excellent communication skills’. The team provides a broad range of advice to healthcare professionals and commercial entities that supply goods and services to the healthcare sector. Such advice includes advising on regulatory issues, fitness to practice and employment and property advice. The group also has a strong client base in the pharmacy sector and advises on matters such as NHS dispensing contract applications, appeals, relocations and oppositions as well as corporate acquisitions and disposals and other disciplinary matters. The group is increasingly advising on dental transactions, an area which is led by Nicola Lomas.

Browne Jacobson LLP is a ‘highly competent healthcare firm that is excellent value for money’. Amanda Callaghan leads the publicly funded health care practice in the North West, and acts on a diverse range of clinical negligence and healthcare advisory matters affecting trusts and medical practitioners. The ‘very knowledgeable and approachableRebecca Fitzpatrick has ‘vast experience in healthcare law, with particular expertise in cases involving medical treatment, mental health and mental capacity’. She is also adept at advising on deprivation of liberty cases. Dr. Andrew Peel leads on clinical negligence and regulatory matters for private sector healthcare providers and insurers. Clients include North West Ambulance Service, Medical Protection Society, Healthcare Corporation of America Ltd. and Yorkshire Ambulance Group.

Cheryl Rowbotham at DAC Beachcroft LLP acts on public and private sector matters and is also known for her work on inquests and in the mental health sector. Deborah Hely leads the employment and pensions team, which has been handling a number of difficult and highly sensitive matters involving doctors’ clinical performance concerns and disciplinary related employment tribunal claims. Harald Loeffler has also been acting in a variety of commercial disputes for health clients. Kirsty Mac Donald is now at Law by Design LTD.

Slater Heelis LLP has a ‘supportive team that provides prompt and timely advice and responses’. The team is led by the ‘excellent’ Katharine Mellor, who is ‘very efficient’ and includes the ‘outstanding’ Nicky Collins, who joined from Browne Jacobson LLP. Collins ‘misses nothing in negotiations and communicates to all concerned in a very effective, diplomatic and tactful way’. The team is recommended for its primary care work and for its track record in pharmacy acquisitions and disposals, in addition to the acquisition and disposal of properties for GPs and health centres. It is also skilled at litigation in the healthcare sector. The department acted for Polish listed company Mabion SA on the sale of its biosimilar asset. In another matter it advised Intercytex on the sale of its business, assets and undertaking in an advanced regenerative medicine project. Other key clients include Blueberry Therapeutics and Embankment Primary Care.

The key contact at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is Simon Masters, who has significant experience advising care home companies on major corporate transactions.

Fieldfisher’s team undertakes high-quality and cutting-edge health work for regional, national and international organisations including healthcare investors, providers, regulators and commissioners. The team is acting as legal advisors to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and has continued to support the Nursing and Midwifery Council on a range of matters in 2016, including advice on overhauling its legislation to respond to changes in the way midwives are supervised how complaints about nurses may be resolved. Sarah Ellson is the key figure.

Anne Fairhurst leads the healthcare real estate team at Mills & Reeve LLP in Manchester, which advised a health services provider to prisons in the North West on a police investigation and potential corporate manslaughter prosecution following the death of a young prisoner from meningitis. In another matter the team has been advising a mental health services provider in the North West following an incident where a patient escaped from the ward and ended up in town.

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