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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘top-drawer team’ consists of ‘high-quality people’, who are all ‘very responsive’ and well equipped to guide private and public health sector clients through the full range of strategic, commercial, regulatory and employment law matters. Legal director Alison Walton acted for the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in challenging a procurement run by North Tyneside CCG for urgent care services, and healthcare regulatory practice head Gill Weatherill assisted North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust with a Court of Protection application seeking a best interests declaration pertaining to proposed surgical clearance. Other key individuals include legal director and main contact for commercial health work Louise Watson-Jones  and employment and pensions team head Guy Bredenkamp. Senior associate and criminal regulatory lawyer Anna Hart joined the team from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in April 2017 and has particular expertise in advising public and private sector health and social care providers on crisis management and serious investigations conducted by the police, Care Quality Commission and other regulators.

Working closely with colleagues in Harrogate and Manchester, Hempsons’s Newcastle office acts for various public and private healthcare organisations, charities and social enterprises on corporate and commercial matters as well as procurement, employment and real estate issues pertaining to health and social care projects. It also handles healthcare litigation - a key area of expertise for Stephen Maratos, who made partner in July 2017; he handles a range of matters for NHS Resolution and medical defence organisations, often working in conjunction with the Manchester office. On the non-contentious, Crispin Pettifer routinely deals with contractual work; he heads the team following Janice Barber's appointment as a non-executive director of the West London Mental Health Trust. Deborah Ramshaw is the main contact for procurement mandates and Harrogate-based Martin Cheyne is best known for his employment law expertise. Associate Caroline Swift joined the team from Sintons LLP in May 2017 and advises GP practices on partnership agreements and GP practice mergers. Real estate expert Carol Bailey retired in December 2017.

The ‘attentive, professional and thorough’ team at Sintons LLP is praised for its ‘prompt response times’ and ‘great attention to detail’ when dealing with various health-care related procurement, employment, real estate and construction as well as contractual and contentious matters. Amanda Maskery, who is noted for her ‘good dentistry sector knowledge’ and jointly heads the practice with Victoria Armstrong, has been advising Valens Medical Partnership on share structures, contractual matters and merger-related issues. Other clients include NHS trusts, pharmacies, dentists and other care providers such as Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the IntraHealth and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust. Associate Caroline Swift left the team to join Hempsons in May 2017.

Ward Hadaway has a diverse range of expertise spanning contractual, procurement, property and employment matters as well as IT outsourcing and dispute resolution, and acts for over 60 NHS organisations. Public sector group head Melanie Pears advised the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) on its IT infrastructure and sourcing project involving the procurement of ICT support services, while, in a separate matter, she assisted North East Ambulance Foundation Trust with the establishment of a trading company to deliver ambulance fleet provision and maintenance services. In employment, Stuart Craig routinely defends NHS clients against claims before the employment tribunal, while Karen Andrews is the key contact for public sector property work; recently, she assisted Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust as landowner with a lease agreement for a registered provider tenant. Healthcare litigation specialist Jeffrey Keeble heads the team, which includes Lisa Evans and Nicola Richardson.

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