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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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A well-respected name in the healthcare field, Blake Morgan LLP acts for a range of NHS trusts, social enterprises, GPs and health regulators, advising on the full spectrum of matters including procurement, competition issues, joint ventures and inquests. The team advises NHS England on policy issues such as drugs funding, primary care and offender health contracts, and provides similar full-service support to NHS Wales. Highlights included acting for Ramsay Health Care UK on its bid to design, build and run a private patients hospital on a NHS site, and defending NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group in a claim brought by a private health provider. Chairman and practice head Bruce Potter has extensive experience acting for NHS bodies and implementing system-wide changes, and also advises on transactions and public procurement projects. Gayle Curry is the other key practitioner, acting for central government, the NHS and various independent healthcare organisations.

Birkett Long LLP’s ‘highly responsive’ team has ‘a strong knowledge of the sector’ and advises GP practices, care homes and domiciliary care operators on the full range of M&A, regulatory and property-related work. The firm recently advised Avondale Care Home on a high-value asset sale, and assisted a GP practice with corporate ownership, allotment of shares, declarations of trust and various other matters tied to its incorporation as a limited company. Key figures include the ‘knowledgeableTracey Dickens, who advises care homes and medical partnerships on corporate finance matters, and David Wisbey, who handles M&A transactions. Other notable clients include Healthcare Homes Group, St Lawrence Medical Practice and Ambrose Avenue Partnership.

Brachers attracts praise for its ‘excellent, prompt service’ and for its ‘great knowledge of the legal and practical issues present in the provision of healthcare’. The practice is growing its commercial contracts and procurement workload, and also handles inquests for NHS trusts and judicial reviews in the context of strategic reorganisation. Recent work includes representing Kent & Medway NHS Partnership Trust in its prosecution under the Health & Safety at Work Act, and advising residential care home owner Nellsar on reputational damage issues and issuing a report to the Care Quality Commission following the assault of a patient at one of its care homes. Practice head John Sheath advises on clinical negligence claims, inquests, health and safety issues and risk management, and frequently handles mediations in clinical disputes. Other key individuals include Scott Alexander, who assists with judicial reviews and Court of Protection declarations, and Catherine Daw, who is recommended for HR matters.

Cripps LLP is ‘one of the leading advisers in the pharmacy sector’ and ‘adopts a pragmatic approach in each matter, offering clients timely and effective advice’. The practice’s clients span the independent pharmacy and dentistry sectors, in addition to GPs, opticians, care homes and independent fostering agencies. Highlights included advising pharmacy group Day Lewis on the sale and purchase of several pharmacy companies and businesses, and acting for Metro Bank on a variety of healthcare-related loans involving borrowers such as dentists, veterinary surgeons, dermatologists and opticians. Nick Austen heads the healthcare team, advising primarily on corporate and banking matters, and litigator Philip Youdan is recommended for regulatory issues.

Moore Blatch LLP has ‘a long history of successful work in the healthcare field’, making it ‘an excellent choice for dealing with all types of cases’. The firm regularly advises on challenging decisions made by public bodies and on refusal of medical care and services, and also assists individuals with applications for continuing care from the NHS and local authorities. The team also has strong expertise in housing issues, particularly with regards to specially adapted social housing, and regularly advises on disability discrimination matters. Paula Barnes has solid experience in administrative and public law matters, and assists a number of high-profile charities and education centres with regards to community issues. Tim Spring is the name to note for clinical negligence cases, and Trevor Sterling specialises in accidents resulting in major trauma.

DAC Beachcroft LLP fields a ‘strong team of pro-active lawyers’ that is ‘able to handle sensitive matters with a professional and human touch, which makes them very approachable’. The firm counts a significant number of NHS trusts as clients, and also retains a strong following of ambulance trusts and independent health providers. The team is particularly strong in employment issues, and recently advised a number of NHS hospitals on issues stemming from the junior doctors’ strike and the implementation of the new junior doctor contract, including advising on contingency planning and disputes regarding pay deductions. In another highlight, the practice advised NHS Resolution and Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust in a claim related to alleged surgical mismanagement. Nigel Montgomery heads the health sector practice and Belinda Dix leads the healthcare regulatory team; her expertise covers a range of patient care and regulatory issues.

EMW Law LLP is noted for its expertise in healthcare-related banking matters, advising a range of social care providers, medical hospitals and care units on various funding arrangements. The team also provides sector-specific advice on acquisitions and disposals, charity enterprises, property development and dispute resolution. Key figures include Joe Soul, who acts for banks and operators on healthcare transactions; Lucy Bradban, who assists with partnership arrangements and the transfer of property assets; and Jordan Glackin, who is recommended for corporate and commercial matters in the healthcare space. Care Concern, Clacton Dental Group, Roddericks Dental and Metro Bank are all clients. Cottsway Housing Association is a recent client gain.

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