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Brodies LLP has a multidisciplinary practice which handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious health work, with a particularly strength in regulatory mandates in relation to health and social care. The group continues to support the Professional Standards Agency (PSA) in a number of matters, including an appeal to the Inner House of the Court of Session against a lenient sanction imposed on a dentist who had sexually harassed members of his staff. The firm also has expertise in healthcare-related financing projects; in a recent matter, Peter Kelly advised Meallmore and Hilton Rehabilitation on financing provided by Santander for the £27.9m purchase and refurbishment of the Mandaville Care Home in Inverness. ‘Friendly, approachable and knowledgeable’ associate Shona Tennant assists the University of St Andrews with various medical research matters, most recently including a Research Services Agreement with the University of Dundee, and in connection with a collaboration agreement between several UK Universities, The National Cancer Research Institute and Breast Cancer Care for the development of a programme to support individuals undergoing breast cancer treatment. IP specialist Gill Grassie has vast experience advising pharmaceutical companies on contractual and regulatory matters. Local authority healthcare provision expert Jackie McGuire leads the practice.

CMS has a team of ‘top lawyers who are well versed in the health industry’. The firm is marked out by its expertise in health-related projects; in a recent highlight, practice head Amanda Methven, who has ‘a strong track record’ in PFI and PPP matters, is currently advising Hub East Central (PSS) on the £30m development of a specialist pharmaceutical production facility at Ninewells District General Hospital in Dundee, which is currently at the construction phase. Methven is acting alongside senior associate Jenny Walker for 3i Infrastructure and its asset manager, Infrastructure Managers, on various acute health projects, including alterations to University Hospital Wishaw, to support mental health provision. In another matter of note, procurement expert Michael McAuley is advising NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on the delivery of three major primary and community care projects in the West Hub Territory under a single £125m design, build, finance and maintain (DBFM) project, through the hub procurement model. Alan Nelson is recommended for his expertise in outsourcing for healthcare charities.

Burness Paull LLP’s practice spans healthcare-related commercial, project development and real estate matters, as well as contentious work such as defective hospital design, procurement challenges, fatal accident inquiries and medical product liability. The ‘highly responsive’ team is led by ‘commercially pragmatic’ PFI, PPP and NPD specialist Chris MacKay, who advised NHS Lothian on the second phase of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital project via the hub initiative, which included commercial and strategic advice on all project related matters. Gavin Paton assisted hub West Scotland with project agreements and management in relation to the financing, design, construction and service provision of two health and care centres in Gorbals and Woodside. Joanne Fulton, who made partner in August 2017, specialises in medical product liability litigation. Ray Gribben departed the firm in December 2017.

MacRoberts LLP has an impressive client roster of Scottish NHS health boards and private companies operating in the health space, which it advises on the spectrum of non-contentious matters. It also has a significant medical product liability practice. Highlights for practice head David Wylie included advising healthcare entrepreneur Robert Kilgour, on various projects, including securing development funding for the refurbishment of a portfolio of care homes, and an investment in HealthTech software, Storii Care. Projects specialist {Duncan Osler} advised NHS Orkney on the procurement and funding for the new General Hospital in Kirkwall under the NPD model developed by the Scottish Futures Trust. Rod Munro is assisting NHS Lothian with The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh PFI project, which involves the preparation of documentation for the capital investment programme and operational management issues.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team is ‘highly intellectually capable, without losing the commerciality of its advice’. It provides corporate, commercial, procurement, employment, pensions, real estate, governance and IP advice to a range of public and private healthcare sector clients. ‘Extremely capable’ practice head Stuart Barr ‘revels in challenging negotiations’ and specialises in advising investors, lenders and procuring authorities on PPP projects. He continues to advise Healthcare Centres PPP on a major primary care centre procurement in Ireland. Experienced procurement expert Wendy Nicolson is advising NHS Grampian on its bundled Foresterhill/Inverurie project and NHS Forth Valley on the procurement of Stirling Care Village. Joanne Ellis assisted Embrace Group with various corporate disposals of its care facilities to separate buyers.

Shepherd and Wedderburn handles capital projects and finance work for major care home operators and healthcare investment funds. It also acts for public bodies, including Councils and NHS Trusts, in relation to major NPD, hub and PPP transactions. Practice head John Elder is advising care home operator, Four Seasons Health Care Group, on Scottish aspects its restructuring and refinancing project, including a new facility agreement and the preparation of restructuring proposals for its third party landlords. Clare Foster and Stephen Colliston are advising NORD/LB on all aspects of the DBFM project for two health and care centres at Gorbals Health and Care Centre and Woodside Health and Care Centre; a mandate that includes assistance with project management, property, procurement, construction, facilities maintenance and finance. Daniel Lee is advising US-based MedSource on its acquisition of data trial services business, Datatrial, and post-transaction integration, which involved complex data protection issues.

Anderson Strathern handles a variety of corporate, commercial and contentious health matters, in addition to a strong clinical negligence practice. ‘Responsible and knowledgeable’ Healthcare, Public and Regulatory practice head Catriona Watt specialises in high-value clinical negligence, professional discipline, regulation and public law. Alongside Robert Carr and the ‘first-class’ Gary Burton, Watt is representing the General Medical Council in an appeal to the Inner House of the Court of Session brought by a doctor who was struck off for sexually assaulting a patient. John Kerr is advising Dentex Healthcare Group on partnership working agreements for its Scottish dental practice acquisitions. Commercial real estate lawyer Neil Farrell is advising a major healthcare fund on property management initiatives in Scotland.

Davidson Chalmers LLP is noted for its work in the medical and dental sectors, in addition to advising vets, care home operators, pharmacies, opticians and medical device companies on a range of non-contentious issues, including partnership agreements. ‘Sensible negotiator’ and corporate lawyer, practice head Craig Stirling is highly experienced in the sale and purchase of dental practices across Scotland. Andy Drane advised Leith Walk Surgery on its relocation to another premises with support and funding from NHS Lothian; and Musselburgh Primary Care Centre on mitigating the impact of the closure of its Riverside Medical Practice in cooperation with the Lothian Health Board.

Harper Macleod LLP’s team displays ‘superb professionalism’ when handling corporate, employment and dispute resolution matters for Scottish care home operators, primary care providers and veterinary practices. The practice is led by Carolyn Morgan, who primarily advises health clients on contentious matters, including civil and commercial disputes. Paula Skinner is advising Glasgow City Council alongside various care home operators in relation to the Glasgow City Council Business Growth Fund programme, on matters such as succession planning, employment law and data protection issues. Jennifer Jack continues to represent The Care Inspectorate in judicial review proceedings, Court of Session appeals and in relation to procedural matters in the Sheriff Court. Also recommended are ‘extremely commercial’ Tony Cameron and John Pringle, who displays ‘exemplary conduct and quality of work’.

The ‘professional’ team at Thorntons Law LLP provides ‘an all-encompassing service’ to clients in the dental sector, building on ‘excellent industry knowledge’. Practice head Michael Royden ‘understands the unique situations that arise within dentistry’ and is particularly noted for his expertise in limited companies, and agreements between dentists. Alongside Ewan Miller, Royden is assisting Armitage Dental Group with its disposal of one of its major Scottish dental practices. The duo also assisted Dr Omid Mowlawi on his acquisition of Roslin Dental Practice in Midlothian, involving complex leasing matters. With extensive experience advising pharmacies Miller was instructed by Walter Davidson & Sons to conduct due diligence on its acquisition of Garelochhead, as well as the negotiation of the business purchase agreement, and ancillary advice on the license transfer and filings with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

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