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Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s ‘commercially aware’ team of ‘genuine specialists’ is noted for its ability to deliver advice on complex issues ‘in a sound and practical way and on time. The team has been busy on a mix of transactional healthcare projects and regulatory assignments across the private and public sectors. Practice head Michael O’Connor is ‘incisive’ and ‘simplifies complex commercial issues into pragmatic solutions’. Clients include Assura Medical, Bupa Care Homes and GlaxoSmithKline.

Hempsons is ‘one of the leading healthcare specialists nationally with a knowledge of the healthcare regulatory regime that is second to none’. Recommended figures include the ‘client-focused and sensible’ Margaret Taylor, who is a very well-regarded advocate; the ‘very consistent and experiencedAnne Ball, who is noted for her ‘vast reserves of experience’; and Kirsten Blohm, who is singled out for her ability to ‘stay calm under pressure’.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s team stands out for its ability to ‘assist with complex matters, usually at very short notice’ for major clients such as Health Education England, the Care Quality Commission and Liverpool Community NHS Trust. Andrew Craggs is recommended as is Sharon Thomas, who is ‘very experienced in mental health law and Court of Protection work’. Georgina Rowley joined the team from Hempsons, while Rebecca Fitzpatrick is now at Browne Jacobson LLP.

Weightmans LLP’s clients cite the team’s ‘pragmatism, professionalism and responsiveness’. It advises on a broad range of issues from healthcare advisory to litigation for clients including Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Key figures include Emlyn Williams, Bernadette Worthington and the ‘helpful and very accommodatingRichard Jolly, who ‘provides a great service even at short notice’.

The ‘very client-centric’ Richard Hough leads the team at Brabners LLP, which acts on property, litigation, employment, corporate and commercial matters in the health sector, and has a particularly large pharmacy client base.

Amanda Callaghan at Browne Jacobson LLP leads the publicly funded health care team, which is noted for its ‘very efficient and responsive service’. Rebecca Fitzpatrick joined the team from Hill Dickinson LLP and is recommended for her knowledge of mental health and mental capacity issues, in addition to her court of protection expertise.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s team advises a significant number of North West trusts (including NHS Foundation Trust organisations) and big commercial organisations. Key figures include Kirsty MacDonald, who heads the specialist doctors’ unit; Deborah Hely, who is well regarded for her employment work; ‘very knowledgeable’ associate Cheryl Rowbotham, who is noted for her ‘ability to see the big picture’; and Simon Wortley, who has vast experience in clinical negligence matters.

Slater Heelis LLP is recommended for its primary care work and for its track record in pharmacy acquisitions and disposals. Sunil Mohindra, Simon Wallwork and Katharine Mellor are well regarded.

Eversheds LLP’s clients include Four Seasons Health Care. Simon Masters is the key contact.

Fieldfisher’s ‘responsive and reliable team’ includes the ‘calm and measured’ Sarah Ellson, who has ‘an encyclopaedic knowledge of healthcare law and is always looking for the most practical and cost-effective solutions for her clients’.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s clients include Virgin Care. Anne Fairhurst is a key contact.

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