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In addition to handling medical product liability and professional discipline issues for clients including the General Dental Council and the Royal College of Nursing, Anderson Strathern’s health practice also advises on research contracts, and public law matters for the GMC. Catriona Watt heads the practice.

Brodies LLP’s ‘highly professional’ team advises on pharmaceutical investments and patents, care home joint ventures and product liability. William McIntosh advised Lamellar Biomedical on a £2.3m equity funding round.

CMS is a source of ‘comprehensive advice’ on health procurement, public finance initiative and construction matters. Key names include ‘very knowledgeable’ practice head Amanda Methven and Ailsa Ritchie, whose ‘knowledge of the market is second to none’. Clients include several NHS trusts.

Burness Paull LLP’s work includes product liability matters, nursing home acquisitions and procurements. Chris Mackay advised NHS Lothian on a redevelopment of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

Advising GP and dental practices sits at the core of Davidson Chalmers LLP’s health practice, which advises on real estate procurement, practice sales and partnership disputes. Craig Stirling and Andy Draneknow the sector well’.

Harper Macleod LLP’s health practice regularly features in high-value care home M&A deals. Scott Kerr is advising Epipole on distribution of a hand-held retinal photography camera. Jamie Watt advises on pharmaceutical regulatory matters.

At MacRoberts LLP, procurement practice head Duncan Osler advised NHS Orkney on a new hospital in Kirkwall. Other mandates include veterinary and dental M&A transactions and acquisition finance.

Pinsent Masons LLP is ‘a real value-add’ when it comes to health-related procurement. Practice head Stuart Barr, who stands out for his ‘no-nonsense approach’, is advising Robertson Capital Projects on the new Orkney hospital.

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s work includes corporate, M&A and real estate matters within the care home, hospital care and pharmaceutical sectors, as well as handling professional discipline and intellectual property matters. John Elder is ‘accurate and timely’.

Thorntons Law LLP provides ‘amazing, proactive service’ to medical practices, care homes and pharmacies on issues including acquisitions and regulation. Dental practice specialist Michael Royden leads the team alongside Ewan Miller.

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